With the American Association opening its inaugural Independent season tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to analyze where the players were one year ago.
Fifty-five of them (21.7 per cent) spent at least part of 2005 playing for major league organizations while only 17 (6.6 per cent) were playing college baseball. Twelve are returning to professional baseball after being out of it for one or more seasons, and the remainder were in Independent leagues. We will go into this more completely in our weekly Independent Baseball Insider column, which subscribers receive later today.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
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Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.