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Shifting Identities: The Dilemma of the Minor Leagues

By Kimie Bunyasaranand On June - 8 - 2010
Minor league baseball teams. The farm system. Feeding grounds for the big leagues. Where young, promising kids are groomed into legitimate, professional athletes. But by operating in a transient environment where their very existence is defined as a means to an end, do minor league clubs face somewhat of an identity crisis?  The majority of minor league clubs are tied to their major league affiliates through a Player Development Contract (PDC), an agreement that typically lasts only two to four years, after which teams often become associated with a different major league team. While some teams have maintained consistent relationships with the major ...

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