Greensboro is Where Players Start to Take Development Into the Real World

Pittsburgh Pirates farm director John Baker recalls his playing days in Triple-A, where he lived with four players, two player wives, a baby, and a dog all crammed into a three bedroom apartment.

"I will say, although I wouldn’t wish that upon today’s player in my position now – you want to be able to take care of all of those things, so they can focus on the game and competing – but I wouldn’t trade the experience I had for anything," Baker told me when we spoke last week. "Through adversity and through struggle, you really do make lifelong friends. I made a lot better friends in the minor leagues than I ever did in the major leagues as a player."

Times have changed since Baker was in the minors. Major League Baseball started covering housing expenses this year for their minor leagu...

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Josh

Great article. I didn’t realize the change from the college-like atmosphere of Bradenton to Greensboro was a thing. Makes sense.

AdministrativeSky236

A hugely under discussed portion of the development, really looking forward to this series!

AdministrativeSky236

Love this feature!

NMR

These are wonderful, Tim!

James_Robert5

“ The biggest success story was Matt Gorski, who spent three years at college and obviously didn’t have much to learn about performing while living away from his support system.”

College is still a pretty sheltered existence. Gorski made a huge jump in year 2 at Greensboro.

docdon385

Why is Endy Rodriquez not closer to the majors than A+ ball? He’s tearing up that league and is 22 years old. I know that’s still young but other organizations might well have him in the majors or very close to it the way he’s performed while the Pirates appear to have him at least two and maybe three years away.

It’s not like there’s anyone blocking him in Indy or Altoona as long as Davis sits. At least promote him to Altoona where Davis can’t stay out of the infirmary long enough to do much of anything and see how he does there. Move Sabol to Indy if necessary. Good grief. Let’s get this ball rolling.

NMR

Tell us you don’t actually pay attention to other organizations without telling us you don’t actually pay attention to other organizations…

docdon385

What??

NMR

Name the 22 year old Major League catchers. Name them.

James_Robert5

Can’t use any Blue Jays for this one

docdon385

How about today!!!

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