As Parker Hageman and I watched the Saints' debut as the Twins' AAA affiliate last night at CHS field, he reminded me that one of the first stories he ever wrote for GameDay Program and Scorecard concerned the challenges the Twins face in getting their minor league parks closer together. I dug it up for us old-timers. It was originally published in September of 2008. That's how long we've been talking about this. - JB
This past offseason, the Atlanta Braves announced plans to terminate their 42-year minor-league relationship with the city of Richmond, Virginia. The plan is to relocate the Richmond Triple-A affiliate 469 miles to the south. So starting with the 2009 season, the Braves’ most major-league ready prospects will be just a 45-minute drive away from Turner Field. The Braves, who already have a Class-A affiliate in Rome, Georgia – roughly 70 miles northwest of Atlanta – will have two of their farm clubs within a two-hour drive of their fan base.