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Saturday, July 04, 2020
Hall & Delmarva 2020 Season Officially Done

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Major League Baseball (MLB) informed Minor League Baseball (MiLB) that it will not be providing its affiliated MiLB teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a MiLB season which includes the Delmarva Shorebirds, who were set to open their 25th anniversary season in 2020 which is now officially shelved.

“We are disappointed that the 2020 season will not be played, but we remain committed to providing a first-class atmosphere while ensuring people’s safety and health when visiting with us,” said Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters. “As always, we will continue to support our community during this challenging time and look forward to having Shorebirds baseball back at Arthur W. Perdue stadium in 2021.”

For all our 2020 partners, season ticket members, groups, silver sluggers, individual ticket holders, staff, and fans, we will be reaching out through separate communication in the very near future for the next steps in regard to your account with the Delmarva Shorebirds organization. We thank everyone for your continued support, understanding, and patience during this challenging time.

“Even though we are not able to play Shorebirds baseball here in 2020, we are still devoted to providing Delmarva with a fun, family atmosphere within the proper health guidelines,” discussed Bitters. “It is our goal to transition the stadium into a community entertainment center in the meantime, while we will continue to plan for making the 2021 season and the years to come some of our best years yet.”

Adhering with all guidelines, the Shorebirds are currently planning numerous events at Arthur W. Perdue stadium that will serve as fun, family entertainment for all. All event information will be distributed via Shorebirds social media, the website (theshorebirds.com), and through email once more information becomes available.

As we all continue to work through this together as a community, please know that we are committed to providing our fans with a first-class atmosphere and service while putting our fans first. We hope that everyone remains safe and healthy and we are looking forward to welcoming back Shorebirds baseball in 2021.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Hall's ShoreBirds one of 15 Teams who Filed a Lawsuit

Fifteen minor league baseball teams, including Adam Hall’s Delmarva Shorebirds, have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its minor league clubs — many under threat of losing affiliations amid negotiations with MLB — are unlikely to play until at least 2021.

The likely loss of the 2020 season comes at an already challenging time for the minors. The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league team owners is set to expire after this season, and MLB proposed reducing the guaranteed minimum of affiliates from 160 to 120.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, names Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co., Acadia Insurance Co., National Casualty Co., Scottsdale Indemnity Co., and Scottsdale Insurance Co. as defendants. The defendants did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The minor league clubs listed in the suit are the Chattanooga Lookouts, Augusta GreenJackets, Boise Hawks, Columbia Fireflies, Eugene Emeralds, Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Frederick Keys, Greenville Drive, Idaho Falls Chukars, Inland Empire 66ers, Amarillo Sod Poodles, San Antonio Missions, and Stockton Ports.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Baltimore Orioles Make Minor League Roster Moves
MLB teams are prohibited from moving Major League players, but minor league players are fair game. And, the Baltimore Orioles said good-bye to many minor league players.

But the Baltimore Orioles didn’t just cut one or two, they ravaged the minor leagues at let 37 players go.

Two of the names you might recognize, as they are Orioles legacies: Dalton Hoiles and Preston Palmeiro. But, many of the others are names that you haven’t heard of and might not ever hear of with other teams. The release was reported by MLB Trade Rumors and The Athletic.

Adam Hall who plays for the Baltimore Orioles farm team Delmarva Shorebirds was not one of the players released.

With COVID-19 still making its way through communities, minor league teams have been hit especially hard. These teams aren’t in major markets and run by billionaires. MLB was already planning on cutting 40 minor league teams with the current Professional Baseball Agreement expires in September. But, like the MLB season, PBA discussions aren’t moving much either.

The PBA is different from the CBA. The PBA is the agreement between the minor leagues and the MLB. The CBA is the collective bargaining agreement for the MLB players.

Along with the two Orioles legacies, the team also cut Jomar Reyes, who was expected to do great things for the Orioles when Dan Duquette signed him in 2014 when he was only 16. He was expected to rise alongside players like Trey Mancini and Mychal Givens, but he didn’t pan out. The Orioles paid Reyes $350,000 when they signed him. At that time, it was largest signing bonus given to a player from the Dominican Republic.

Other names you might recognize include catchers Ben Breazeale and Daniel Fajardo, as well as outfielders Cole Billingsley and Nick Horvath.

The Orioles did keep all of their top prospects and all players who had invites to 2020 Spring Training. They also kept the third-generation Ripken: Ryan Ripken. At age 26, the son of Cal Ripken Jr.has yet to find playing time in Triple-A ball. The left-handed first baseman and DH split the 2019 season between Single-A and Double-A and recorded a combined slash of .276/.312/.409. He signed with the Orioles in 2014.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Hall Evaluates Himself using a MLB Scouting Bureau Report

After finishing 2018 with a base knock in 21 of his final 24 games -- including a 19-game hit streak in August -- with the Class A Short-Season Aberdeen IronBirds, Adam Hall took his game up a notch in 2019.

In his first full season last year, Baltimore’s No. 13 prospect slashed .298/.385/.395 with five homers, four triples, 22 doubles and 33 stolen bases in 122 games for the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds. The middle infielder was named a midseason, postseason and organizational All-Star, and he was looking forward to seeing what he could do on the field in 2020.

“Hopefully I can continue the season I had last year,” the Bermuda-born Canadian shortstop Hall said ahead of baseball’s hiatus to battle the coronavirus pandemic this year. “And improve on a couple things, looking at the power numbers, and hopefully I can steal some more bases.”

“It’s pretty difficult [to stay competitive] when there are no dates laid out for anything, and they obviously can’t do that,” Hall said. “That makes it tough to have a preparation goal, because you don’t know when or what you’re preparing for. But you know eventually it’s going to come to an end, so you try and keep that in mind for whatever that happens to be.

“At this point, I’m just looking forward to being able to play, and being able to get back out there.”

Top Tools

The 6-foot, 170-pound Canuck gave himself a well-above-average future grade in his run speed, keeping it consistent with the current evaluation.

“I’ve always had a track background since I was younger,” Hall said. “And speed’s kind of a natural thing, but I’ve obviously worked on it. I’ve always made sure it’s a big part of my game, focusing on maintaining it and trying to get faster with whatever I can. … It gives that advantage of being able to take an extra base, steal some bases, helps with fielding and range so I can use it to contribute in a number of ways.”

Room for Improvement

Jumping his hit and power tools each a grade-and-a-half from present to future, Hall offered a below-average evaluation of his current ability to hit and a well-below-average grade on his current power, with potential to become an above-average hitter with fringy-average power as he works his way to the highest level.

“Hitting ability -- it’s mainly exposure to high-level pitching and learning how to adjust to that,” he said. “With power, obviously that comes as well once you’re able to handle pitching better, you can have more power in your game. But I’m also working on building up strength in the weight room all the time and that will help on that side of things as well.”

Scouting the Scout

Offering insight into his own game, the middle infielder had some experience in the realms of scouting and grading when he filled out the evaluation.

“I had a decent amount of background,” Hall said. “I can’t say I’m going and looking at everybody’s grades, but I have a pretty good awareness of where guys might be.”

What the Scouts Say

“He’s an aggressive, high-energy, high-intensity player who comes to play and plays hard,” one scout said. “He’s athletic but he has presently below-average hand and feet. He’s overly aggressive at the plate, but when he makes contact, he hits the ball like a rocket. He’s only 20 years old, plenty of upside. He hustles on every ball hit, he can steal a base, has bat speed and doesn’t get cheated. He seems determined to be a good player.”

What’s Missing

“Work ethic, the work being put in in the offseason, off the field,” Hall said of what the report doesn’t include about him as a player. “That’s helped me quite a bit. Making time for that side of things, even from a young age, has been a big part of it.”
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Hall & Minor League Teams Waiting on an Update

Major League Baseball on Saturday sent out a 67-page memo to teams detailing safety and testing protocols as they look to have regular-season games by the start of July.

The memo said whatever Spring Training looks like, it will be limited to 50 players per team. There will be socially-distanced lockers, regular testing, and no high-fives, fist bumps, or hugs.

The plan seems a bit ambitious calling for a return to team facilities next month. The players and owners also still have to agree on revenue sharing in a shortened season.

Meanwhile, players across all levels of the minors are hoping they have baseball this summer too.

That includes those guys grinding in the Independent Leagues who certainly aren’t making the big money like their major league counterparts.

Minor Leaguers are currently struggling to figure out what the next month, two months or even six months will look like.
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