Saying goodbye to DotF


When Triple-A Scranton lost to Durham last night, the Yankees’ 2009 minor league season officially came to an end. Both High-A Tampa and Short Season Staten Island won their league titles, making it the second consecutive year the Bombers have had multiple affiliates win championships. Minor league titles don’t tell you anything about what kind of prospects a team has, but they are a testament to the qualify of the coaching staffs and development people in place within the organization.

DotF will return when the Arizona Fall League season starts in just about a month (Oct. 13th to be exact), and of course I’ll keep you updated on what happens in the Mexican, Dominican, Venezuelan, and Puerto Rican Winter Leagues as well. The Caribbean Leagues don’t start until much later though, usually November. Remember, Hawaii Winter Baseball is no more, instead replaced by a second league in Arizona (dubbed the Junior League for the time being), but that doesn’t start until next season. Here’s the AzFL roster in case you forgot who’s going.

Thanks for paying attention all season, it’s been a blast.

Categories : Asides, Down on the Farm


  1. The Artist says:

    Back to warm milk before bed.

  2. Salty Buggah says:

    So no DotF for the month???????

    How will I survive?!

    Can you just make up some good stats every night?

    • 27 this year says:

      Ajax went 12 for 12 with 12 hrs and 48 RBI’s causing the world to stop spinning because such a thing could never happen.

      • Melvin Croussett threw a 27-inning perfect game, striking out all 81 batters he faced. He threw 243 pitches, all for strikes. He didn’t surrender a hit and he didn’t walk a batter, despite a new batter-handicap rule stating that he must begin every at-bat with a 3-0 count. The game ended when his team forfeited the DH in the bottom of the 27th, allowing Melvin to bat. He promptly hit a walk-off home run which was estimated to have traveled 4185 feet, but the exact distance is unknown because the ball landed half a mile out to sea. He will start again tomorrow, but he will be limited to just 150 pitches because of the length of this game.

  3. leokitty says:

    I walked by the SI Yankees stadium yesterday and it all the lights were off and it was sad. :(

    Come back soon DotF!

  4. Kiko Jones says:

    Dominican winter ball starts October 16th.

  5. Manimal says:

    Another season, another great year of DoTF’s by Mr. Axisa. Thank you!

  6. Mike Pop says:

    Thanks for paying attention all season, it’s been a blast.

    No, thank you Mike. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this info with one easy click.

    /kiss ass

  7. When do the Venezuelan leagues begin? Isn’t Montero supposed to go there?

  8. CB says:

    Once again, Mike your work on DOTF was tremendous. A pleasure to read. Your hard work is much appreciated.

    Numbers require context to become information, otherwise they’re just data. That’s why so many other sites that basically rehash box scores aren’t engaging and don’t jell with readers the way RAB DOTF does.

    You provide that context as well as anyone blogging about prospects.

  9. Master Bra'tac says:

    The Yankees will be running their Instructional Camp in a couple of weeks. Are u guys going to show a list of attendees to the camp.

  10. Troy says:

    I seldom comment here, but one thing I’d like to say is that, with the closure of Down on the Farm, for a month anyway, just reminds me how quickly this season has gone along.

    It seems like just a week ago when the minor league season was beginning, and Down on the Farm commenced for another go-around.

  11. Januz says:

    I am in agreement about the minor league titles, if you are stacking your system with lots of Josh Towers types. The “A” Ball titles are very different, seeing possible future YANKEES getting their feet wet, and getting used to winning. Besides, I would rather see the farm systems win then see anemic play,, with poor future prospects (Such as the Binghampton Mets (A prime reason why Tony Bernazzard, blew his stack, and got himself fired)).

  12. Master Bra'tac says:

    Why is that? The attendees are more than likely to be the top players of the organization that’s already known. Why not let your fan base know who to look for next year?

  13. Joey says:

    Thanks Mike, it really has been a blast. Well there goes my favorite part of the site for a few months. Oh well, I guess the rest is good enough to hold me over… lol

  14. bottom line says:

    “Minor league titles don’t tell you anything about what kind of prospects a team has..”

    Well, clearly some truth to that, but I wouldn’t go that far. Tough to win a title without at least some promising talent. May indicate, though, that talent is under-rated, especially where title teams don’t seem loaded with touted prospects.

    Overall, though, thanks for a great job on DotF. IMO, definitely what makes RAB a go-to site.

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