If there’s one thing I’m sure of when the summer comes around, it’s that sleepy towns like Visalia get the sights and sounds of baseball, but at the minor league level — ballplayers working their way up the ranks to get to the show.
For the past two seasons, I have been covering the California League extensively, but it’s time to branch out. Putting my studies in creative writing, journalism, and economics to use, I’ve decided to embark on an ongoing project that chronicles life in the minor leagues. Not just what one may see on the surface, but below it and through it.
I’m interested in the socio-economics of Minor League Baseball: the differences in assimilation to professional baseball culture between North American players and non-native (i.e. Latino, Australian, Asian) players, the economic hardships faced by players who don’t receive a hefty signing bonus, and how it all meshes together. I could write this simply as a socio-economic research paper, but I’m a journalist and a creative writer and I’m inclined to use my words to convey the story without getting too deep into economic jargon and academic speak.
I intend to write short form and long form nonfiction with my research and interviewing. I plan to be as in-depth as possible and trying my best to get the story without crossing any lines or causing discomfort and without writing with ignorance. I intend to write with respect to those whose stories I’m writing. This project is not meant to glamorize or romanticize the life of minor leaguers or the life in the minor leagues by portraying it as such, but to help tell stories that want to be told to better understand that there are layers and complexities to the sport and the culture.