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A Big Thank You

September 8, 2008
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Considering there is some time here before Akron's next playoff series and the season winds down as we wrap up another season of minor league baseball, I wanted to give a quick thanks to those who visit this site as well as TheClevelandFan.com to read the player stories as well as Minor Happenings or anything else minor league related. Grazi.

Things will continue to be business as usual here for the remainder of the month as I have three-four Minor Happenings pieces still planned and have six player articles coming (Stephen Head, Kevin Dixon, Chris Jones, Josh Judy, Jonathan Holt, and Brian Juhl). One of those Happenings pieces will be a special Mahoning Valley piece with interviews from my visit last week where I spoke to Cord Phelps, Trey Haley, Tim Fedroff, Heath Taylor and pitching coach Anthony Medrano. And, as always, the final Happenings piece will be my year end awards at the end of this month.

That said, while the season is coming to a close, things will be as hectic as ever this offseason. As most of you may know, I put together my first Indians Top Prospect book last year and will be doing so this year again. This time there should be even more info and nuggets included as the book that had about 75 scouting reports last year could have 100 or more this year. More on this soon, but my target completion date is late November/early December so I have books in hand to ship out by the first week of December.

Also, I am thinking of upgrading the blog and taking it to an actual "site"....but I need to research how easy that may be to do and also the cost involved. If anyone out there knows more about this and would be willing to offer some advice or lend a hand in building a new site, please email me at tlastoria@gmail.com. One of the big reasons I want to move the site is because I want the freedom to be able to add more things, but mostly because I want to add some sort of discussion forum devoted completely to just the Indians prospects. I don't believe phpBB can be added to the Google blog sites, so would have to have my own to do it. If anyone has any experience setting up phpBB message boards, I would love your input on that too.

Also, if anyone is interested in contributing in some way to the site with any kind of opinion or analysis piece, by all means email me. I'd be looking for someone with some knowledge of the Indians farm system to provide some short opinion/analysis pieces from time to time to supplement the site. This would provide a good opportunity to anyone maybe looking to get into the writing field, or offer an outlet for those estalished in their careers but love to talk prospects.

If anyone has any suggestions of things they would like to see added, changed or removed in regard to the site, please let me know. I value honest feedback that is positive or negative.

And as a reminder, just because the season is over does not mean there will be no more coverage of the Indians minor league system. With minor league free agency, the Rule 5 Draft, roster decisions, rankings, trades, and so on to occur between October through February, there will be a lot to talk about before I kick coverage off on the 2009 season in late March from spring training in Arizona.

Thanks again for the support.

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