I’ve made updates to the website for the minor league history pages showing the franchises and affiliations over the years by adding the 2011 information. There is definitely the possibility of another change after this, but now is when I have a little time to work on the website.
Speaking of which, I’m interested to hear what sorts of information you would like to see on the website. To give some background, I started the website in 1999 because I wanted to post minor league baseball information that wasn’t readily available on the internet. I figured that if I was interested in the information, that there had to be others. So I started with the history section and added things like the list of which ballparks I’ve seen (although really that’s just for me to log where I’ve been) and the player development contract information. Over the years, others have posted some of this information in other places, so this isn’t the only place to find it.
I have a little bit of time between now and the new year, so I’m looking for some feedback as to what information you would be interested in seeing on the site. Whether it’s additional content or an upgrade of the sorts of things already, all comments are welcome. My goal is to have a website that is free for everyone (and I don’t see ever changing that) and easy to use. I’ve considered updating the website to make it a little fancier, but I know that many baseball fans are interested in the information and don’t care about presentation as much. I am using the same style of pages as when I originally created the website (as I’m sure you can tell) and I still make updates by modifying the source HTML code instead of using some editing program.
But I’d like to get some input from you either by leaving a comment here on the blog or sending me an e-mail. Or if you think everything is great now, that would be good to hear as well.
On an unrelated note, I’ve been looking into what trips to take this year and I’ll probably be focusing on the Appalachian League. The minor league schedules are posted, but most teams haven’t determined game times yet, so it’s a little tough to plan.
The closest team I haven’t seen is the Danville Braves, so I’m definitely planning on seeing them. I have to work within the house rules of what kind of baseball trips I can do, and right now it’s looking like that will be a single game trip and I’ll decide exactly when once summer rolls around.
One other trip I’m planning on is Bluefield on July 19, Princeton with a morning game on July 20 and Elizabethton that night. Think that makes more sense than flipping the two night games the other way. If I can see three stadiums in two days, that would be a really successful trip. Surprisingly, I haven’t been able to see games in two different stadiums so far, so maybe I’ll finally get to do that.
I can usually see a few games from business travel, but I have no idea what kind of trips I’ll need to go on this year, so I’ll add that information when I figure it out.
Hope everyone has a good 2011!