Ramos: Introducing ‘Minor League Adjustments’

From SABR member Jen Mac Ramos at Minor League Adjustments on February 24, 2015:

If there’s one thing I’m sure of when the summer comes around, it’s that sleepy towns like Visalia get the sights and sounds of baseball, but at the minor league level — ballplayers working their way up the ranks to get to the show.

For the past two seasons, I have been covering the California League extensively, but it’s time to branch out. Putting my studies in creative writing, journalism, and economics to use, I’ve decided to embark on an ongoing project that chronicles life in the minor leagues. Not just what one may see on the surface, but below it and through it.

I’m interested in the socio-economics of Minor League Baseball: the differences in assimilation to professional baseball culture between North American players and non-native (i.e. Latino, Australian, Asian) players, the economic hardships faced by players who don’t receive a hefty signing bonus, and how it all meshes together. I could write this simply as a socio-economic research paper, but I’m a journalist and a creative writer and I’m inclined to use my words to convey the story without getting too deep into economic jargon and academic speak.

Read the full article here: http://www.minorleagueadjustments.com/

Originally published: February 24, 2015. Last Updated: February 24, 2015.