Affiliated Minor League Team Owner Disparages Independent Baseball

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In recent weeks news has been coming out of Frederick Maryland, currently the home of the Baltimore Orioles single-A team called the Keys.  There is a possible stadium lease issue where the Atlantic League is hoping to move to Frederick.  In a quote in the local media, the Keys owner said of independent baseball, “”They are the quality of a pickup game. They can’t even play single-A ball in an affiliated ball team.” “They’ve got the worst type of ballplayer out there.”

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  1. He is a blind and dumb ass, of course…not beginning to take into consideration the makeup of at least the Atlantic League that has through every season been peppered with guys who have been to “the show”, let alone had good stints in AAA and AA levels of his own affiliated leagues and others. He obviously hasn’t been out to see any of these teams play. They have lots of experience compared to the mere boys that play in single A, most of which do not get much further up the ladder…that’s what A level does; it weeds out the pretenders from the contenders.

    I believe that any midseason clash between a longstanding independent team and an “experienced” single A team would see the indy team win hands down, unless the A team has a pitcher that is a Cuban phenom or a late blooming Steven Strasburg. Even then, who’s going to get hits and runs off of a pitcher who got a couple cups of coffee in the bigs. I’ve seen single A…and it’s sucks. I think the best of NCAA Division III, even the best of NAIA, will beat A teams often.

    Have you got the guts to arrange such exhibitions? Put up or shut up…”owner.”

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