Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Abbreviated Baseball Life of Brad Halsey

Independent baseball has a sort of charm to it. Each league has its own different rules that shape the way a roster is formed. The Frontier League is based predominately around rookies (less than 150 ABs or 50 IPs). Each team fields roughly twenty rookies, meaning this league serves as another stepping stone for college players who have just graduated. The now defunct Northern League was a little looser with the roster. Teams could only have a maximum of four veterans (six or more years in professional baseball) with a minimum of five rookies, so the team experience could range greatly. The level of play is slightly above the Frontier League, with the players having played in affiliated baseball for a few years before their teams cut them loose or those looking to rehab from an injury. The former is the case of Brad Halsey.

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