The best place for an Independent Baseball fan to hang out this month—at least aside from a major league spring training site where many a hopeful is playing—might be at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex on the south side of Sarasota, FL.
At one time, this same site hosted the Kansas City Royals’ innovative Baseball Academy. Now, it is the Baltimore Orioles minor league spring training camp, where well over 20 products of the Independent leagues are trying to claw their way up the baseball ladder. More than half of them have joined the Birds’ nest since the end of last season.
“We have placed an emphasis on Independent Baseball, and acquiring players from Independent Baseball”, Executive Vice President Dan Duquette told The Baltimore Sun during the winter meetings last December. Last season’s signing of veteran outfielder Lew Ford (Long Island, NY, Atlantic League), who helped the major league club late last year and into the postseason, may have