SAL team previews start tomorrow + some site notes

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Riley Pint, courtesy of kansascity.com/sports/2mesho/picture82886872/ALTERNATES/FREE_640/Pint

Riley Pint, courtesy of kansascity.com/sports/2mesho/picture82886872/ALTERNATES/FREE_640/Pint

Hey guys, anybody else want to end 2016 one month early? Tomorrow 12/1 I’ll start looking ahead to 2017 with the SAL team preview series. For those not familiar I scour the rookie levels of each organization and speculate on who’s coming to the Sally in 2017 and whenever possible I’ll include a scouting report.

Up 1st will be the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies affiliate).  And will go alphabetically around the league from there.  Last year I waited until January to start these but they’re big so doing more than 1 per week is difficult.  Plus I like to keep the few weeks before opening day available for any number of different stories.

In other news, I’m committed to seeing every team in the Sally twice in the 1st two months in 2017.  I realized the importance of this last season when I missed some of the players I wanted to see because they were promoted at the All-Star Break (11 weeks in the season). I can’t sit back and wait for teams to come to the area.  So I’m planning 3 overnight trips to Columbia (including opening weekend) and 1 overnight to Greensboro.   I’ll also be stepping up from the 6-8 games I saw last season per month to 12-14 (April-June) in an effort to meet my goal.

I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining or this is a hardship.  I love to do this, it’s my passion and I’m excited about the expanded work load. I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off from my regular job to accomplish the goal.  Unfortunately it’s not cheap, so I’m expanding the fund raising from 1 month last season to run concurrent with the team preview series this season.  Seriously If you’re getting anything out of this site, please consider contributing.  Even if it’s $1 or $3 or $5 or $10 it all adds up.  I’m not looking to make a dime, just trying to offset costs. I’ll be attaching a Pay Pal button to the bottom of every post, plus there will be a post pinned to the top of the site. Cheers and thank you for the support. It means a lot.

Early observations with the 2017 SAL lg schedules plus some site notes

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Hey guys I’m super stoked for 2017, looks like another great crop of talent coming in.  I’m a little less enthusiastic with the end of the year stuff.  As it’s the same players I wrote about all season but I’m working through that.

The 2017 SAL team previews will begin December 1st with a look at the Asheville Tourists and will continue alphabetically around the league.  The goal is to have 1 up about every 4 or 5 days.

 

So I had a few minutes to spare the other day and I began looking at the 2017 Sally schedules.  Here are some early observations:

Opening day is April 6th and Greenville hosts the Delmarva Shorebirds.  Delmarva comes to this area just once more in 2017. In mid July at Hickory.

Kannapolis is coming west for 7 games in the 2nd week of the year (4) in Hickory and (3) in Asheville.

I’ll be getting a lot of early looks at Rome, they’ll be in the area for 4 series by the end of May.

Lakewood makes zero trips to Hickory despite being in the same division. They come to the area just once when they visit Asheville June 1-4.

The SAL lg All Star game will be on Tuesday June 20th  in Columbia SC home of the Fireflies. I hope to be there.

Augusta will be in Asheville for 10 games in July and August

Columbia makes zero trips to Asheville in 2017 despite being in the same division.

That’s what I’ve got so far.  I didn’t get too deep into it just yet but wanted to post a few early observations that I found interesting.