Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rays Notes

Reid BrignacLisa Winston of spoke with Reid Brignac about topics including Paisley Broussard, LeBron James, Fernando Perez, and Myron Noodleman. Reid on the transition to professional baseball: "That first full season was an eye-opener for me, being the first time I've ever had to play that many games and run out there every day. In high school you play 50 games max. I learned, going into the next offseason, how to better prepare myself for what I was going to go through. No one in my family, none of my friends, had ever been drafted so it was all new to me. And after that first full season I learned how to take care of my body, when to go out and when to stay home, certain things you learn as you get older."

The Charlotte Stone Crabs are off to a fast start: "We are officially sold out of our initial order of merchandise from the Stone Crabs Logo Unveiling event. However, additional items will be available in the coming weeks."

The Bowling Green Hot Rods have named a Director of Ticket Sales. His resume includes the Arizona Diamondbacks, Live Nation, the Chicago Bulls and the Hagerstown Suns: "Alan Bowman, 30, will oversee all aspects of the Hot Rods ticket operation, with a focus on season tickets, group and family outings, and business suites. "The hiring of Alan is a big step for our organization," said General Manager and CEO, Brad Taylor. "He brings years of success at the highest level in the sports industry. We are thrilled to have Alan join the Hot Rods staff.""

Matt Joyce was named an honorable mention in Project Prospect's ranking of the Top 10 Corner Outfielders Under 25. The Rays finished 21st in their Organizational Position Prospect Rankings.

And finally, MiLB is relocating their headquarters: "Minor League Baseball has purchased two buildings, totaling 10,348 square feet, at 9550 16th Street North in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will move its headquarters there later this year. For the past 10 years, the building housed the non-profit group "R-Club Child Care, Inc." Another 3,600 square foot addition will be built on the property to accommodate the needs of the Minor League Baseball staff. The future home of Minor League Baseball is located eight miles north of the current office's downtown St. Petersburg location."

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