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The Columbus Clippers won the triple-A championship last night

Sep 21, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

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We set it up here yesterday. The game went down last night. Columbus beat Omaha 8-3 for the triple-A championship.

Joe Martinez was the MVP after pitching seven strong innings. He’s 28 and has 49.2 major league innings under his belt. He has 820 in the minors while playing in three organizations, mostly the Giants.

Winning a title in the minors, especially for a veteran, has to be weird.  I recently got an advanced copy of Dirk Hayhurst’s latest book (the followup to The Bullpen Gospels).  It starts with him coming home from winning the double-A title back in 2007. Let’s just say that the jubilation wears off rather quickly.

Sorry to be a downer. I’m happy for the Clippers. It’s just a weird setup when you have an event which we associate with the achievement of a dream — hoisting a championship trophy — accomplished by guys who have a much greater dream in their sights.  Not sure how to think about that.

  1. sneschalmers - Sep 21, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Are you going to do an advanced review of Hayhurst’s new book? I’ve been looking forward to it since finishing the Bullpen Gospels earlier this summer.

  2. woodenulykteneau - Sep 21, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    I think you should talk to the younger minor-leaguers winning their respective league championships before making such a broad, sweeping, and uninformed statement.

  3. natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Congrats to the Clippers for representing the IL so well.

    It’s unfortunate, but inevitable, that minor league playoffs don’t mean all that much. After all, the point of the modern minor league system (as envisioned and created by Branch Rickey) is to provide talent to the Major League teams. It’s good for the MLB teams to see their farm clubs do well, but what’s really important is the progress (or lack thereof) of individual players.

  4. slavetothetrafficlight - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    I believe that’s an incongruous photo of Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

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