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Digging Deep: Life in the Minors

Wearing the nickname of the “Empire State” Yankees, the
team will be based in Rochester, N.Y. Along with living in Rochester, the
Yankees will play 37 games at Rochester’s Frontier Field. The rest of the
Yankees’ Empire State journey will include six games at Buffalo’s Coca-Cola
Field, 10 games at Syracuse’s Alliance Bank Stadium and seven games at Dwyer
Stadium in Batavia. The Yankees will also play four games at Pawtucket’s
McCoy Stadium and another eight at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., home of
the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Ironically enough, being based out of Rochester is
a plus of sorts as it has the Yankees more centrally located in the
International League, which means they actually have shorter road trips than
they would if they were still playing at PNC Field. In fact, the biggest
challenge the players and coaching staff may end up dealing with will be
questions about how are they are handling the travel. 

“Everybody has been really accommodating, helping us
out. It’s just one of those things we just have to play through it,” Yankees
manager Dave Miley said. “We put on the white (home) pants for the first time
since spring training when we had our ‘home’ opener (April 14) in Syracuse … We’ll
figure it out.”

On another note, Eric Pettis just released a book titled “Just a Minor
Perspective: Through The Eyes of a Minor League Rookie.” Pettis, a 23-year-old
rookie, chronicles his 2010 journey in the Philadelphia Phillies’ system as a
member of the Class-A short season Williamsport Crosscutters of the New
York-Penn League Ironically, just days after the book was released, the Phillies
let Pettis go. The book gives a detailed, up-close inside look at life in the
low minors.

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