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My night in the Minors, Part Deux


Well, I've seen more minor league baseball in two weeks than I have in two years.  However, I've been finding that more enjoyable than this season in the bigs.  This time, I attended a Frontier League game--the Normal Cornbelters were taking on the Traverse City Beach Bums--quite possibly the best name for a baseball team I've ever seen.  There were no stars, just kids that have never had much of a chance and probably won't.  That doesn't stop these guys, though, and the fans are definitely the beneficiaries.  This was a great game and if anyone thinks independent league games aren't as entertaining they don't know baseball.  I saw things tonight that most don't see at the major league level.  I saw a submariner, a dying breed and the game went ten and was ended with a walk-off grand slam.  I didn't see anyone that would be promising at any advanced levels, but the starting catcher for the Cornbelters, Elvin Milan, had some of the best bat speed through the zone I've ever seen.  Too bad his swing is so big and there so many holes in it, he doesn't make contact much.  I think if he did, the ball would go on just about forever.  You really need to check out all levels of baseball, see these guys that play just for a chance and for the love of the game it's a great change of pace from the grind of a lost season.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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