[前文請參考小聯盟球隊如何運作?專訪球隊董事長Brent Miles(上)]

1Q: As a MiLB affiliate, what kind of MLB team you always want to work with?
問:就你而言,具備什麼特質的大聯盟球隊是你想合作的對象?

We want to find a major league team who wants to be a partner with a minor league team and work with us to help us be successful on and off the field. So the major league team would be do things kind of above and beyond the normal affiliate relation to help us be the winning team on the field; help us with attendance and promotions off the field.
我們希望找到願意合夥的大聯盟球隊,能幫助我們在場上及場下都成功。這樣的大聯盟球隊能多做一些超過這個合夥關係需要的事,讓我們在場上是勝率超過五成的球隊,在場下則給予票房及促銷活動上的支持。

Q: MiLB teams want to keep top prospect as long as possible; while MLB teams want promote their impact farmhands as soon as they are ready. Does a conflict exist in the partnership?
問:大聯盟球隊在潛力新秀準備妥當時就會升到下一個階層,小聯盟球隊則希望潛力新秀待在球隊越久越好(可以吸引更多票房),這會不會造成利害上的衝突?

I wouldn’t say that’s a conflict. I would say that as a minor league team, you gotta understand we are here to help to develop major league players. So we take a view that when our guys got promoted, that’s not great for our team. But we are excited because we are here to help guys to get promoted and get them closer to the big league. So we are excited for our guys get promoted.
我不會說這是一種利害衝突。我認為對一個小聯盟球隊來說,你必須瞭解你的角色是幫助大聯盟球員的養成。所以當我們隊上的球員升上去時,雖然對球隊戰力不是好事,但是我們還是會因為幫助到一個球員的晉升,讓他更接近大聯盟而感到興奮。所以當球員升上去時我們都是很高興的。

Q: Does it matter if a MiLB team is located in other MLB team’s territory? Like your Rockies short season club is located in Mariners territory.
問:一支小聯盟球隊如果位在其他大聯盟球隊的勢力範圍有沒有影響?就像你的洛磯短期1A球隊是位在水手隊電視轉播的範圍。

Yas. The ideal situation is that you can be geographically close to your affiliate. So like here Rancho Cucamonga, we are the affiliate with Dodgers, which is only 40 miles away. There is tons of Dodger fans right here. So that helps bring them out to the Quakes games. So yas, that’s the ideal situation that certainly helps.
是的。對一支小聯盟球隊來說,理想的狀態是地理位置能夠越接近自己的大聯盟球隊越好。就像倫秋庫卡蒙加是道奇的小聯盟球隊,距離洛杉磯不過40英哩,所以當地居民很多都是道奇球迷,帶給小聯盟球賽不少票房。沒錯,在理想狀態下,地理位置的確為票房帶來幫助。

Q: So minor league teams always looking for the closest major league partners?
問:所以小聯盟球隊都會找附近的大聯盟球隊合作?

Yes, ideally if you are making your list of which you ideally affiliate with, probably you are start with the closest major league team. But, a lot of times there is other minor league teams around like Tri-city; the Mariners has Everett, which is much closer; so makes more sense for them. Then you start to work down the list; try to find good major league partners.
是的,理論上當你列出一張大聯盟球隊清單時,可能會先從最近的大聯盟球隊開始尋找合作關係。但很多時候有其他小聯盟球隊更接近他,像西雅圖有艾芙瑞特市比我們(三城)還要接近,所以水手隊找他們做短期1A的球隊是合理的。然後你才開始在清單上往下看,希望能找出好的大聯盟合作伙伴。


About MiLB players
有關小聯盟球員

Q: Why some MiLB teams have host family for players to stay, while others don’t?
問:為何有些小聯盟球隊提供球員寄宿家庭,但有些的則沒有?

I don’t know. That’s an interesting question. It’s just kind of how it’s developed in those minor league communities. A lot of times, host family just coordinated and through the booster club. So I think if a team has strong booster club that coordinate that then there is host family. If it has not been host family tradition set up then it’s more likely apartments or whatever.
不知道,這是個有趣的問題,應該是看球隊跟當地社區的的關係。很多時候寄宿家庭是透過後援會來安排及運作,所以我認為如果一個小聯盟球隊有比較健全的後援會組織的話,就可以提供寄宿家庭的服務。如果一直都沒有這種傳統,則會安排球員去住公寓或其他地方。

Q: So lower level minor leagues have more chance to stay in host families?
問:比較低階層的小聯盟球員比較有機會助寄宿家庭?

I would agree with that. Just because those guys in lower level are a little bit younger, just get going, just out of high school or college a little bit more, and new to be on their own. So host families make more sense. But by the time you get to AA or AAA, you are talking about 26 year old guys; they are married and have kids. The want their own place.
我同意你的說法。因為低階的小聯盟球員比較年輕,剛剛踏入職業生涯,也剛剛離開剛高中或大學,他們才剛開始學習獨立生活,所以安排他們住寄宿家庭是合理的。但是當你到2A或3A時,已經26歲左右,剛結婚或已經有小孩,這種人比較需要自己的空間。

Q: According to your experience, do Taiwanese players have impact on minor league business?
問:根據你的經驗,台灣球員能不能吸引票房及商機?

I would say of the minor league team in a community with strong Taiwanese presents then certainly can be a benefit. Tri-City is probably not Taiwanese people in entire city. So if there is a Taiwanese player that probably doesn’t help with attendance. It’s kind of mean people think that is cool and unique there is an Asian player or Taiwanese player. But you kind of aware what United State cities have big Taiwanese presents.
如果一個球隊在有非常多台灣人的社區,那有台灣球員的確可以增加商機。像三城本身沒有太多的台灣居民,所以球隊有台灣球員也沒辦法增加票房,頂多就是亞洲或台灣臉孔讓觀眾覺得很酷很特別。所以你必須要看美國哪個城市有很多台灣人。

Q: Who pays for the MiLB player’s salary, meal money, transportation, and accommodation on road?
問:小聯盟球員的薪水、餐費、交通及客場住宿費用由誰負擔?

Salary and meal money is the major league team. Transportation and accommodations (hotel on the road) is the minor league team. The minor league team pays meal money first and gets reimbursement for the major league team.
薪水跟餐費是大聯盟球隊負責,交通及客場飯店的費用由小聯盟球隊支出。其中餐費是由小聯盟球隊先負擔,再向大聯盟球隊請款。

Q: All partnerships work like this way? Or it’s just the case of your team?
問:所以所有球隊都是這樣的費用負擔方式,還是只有你的球隊?

All the teams are the same.
所有球隊都一樣

About MiLB front office staff

有關小聯盟員工

Q: For the people in the front office, do they have to work during the offseason?
問:小聯盟辦公室的員工,在球季結束後還要繼續工作嗎?

Yes. They are full-time, year-round jobs. Offseason the hours become more normal business hours, Monday to Friday 8 - 5 as oppose to when we have games, we are here until after the game and working on weekends, typically ticket sales position selling ticket packages and advertising packages to businesses and community.
是的。他們是全職、一整年的工作,只是在球季結束後上班時間就跟一般單位一樣,星期一到五上午八點到下午五點。當球季開始時,我們要待在球場一直到比賽結束後,即使週末也要上班。通常指的是那些售票業務員,他們負責販售套票及向企業及社區推銷套票。

Q: So during the season they are kind of working like 12 hours in game day?
問:所以在球季中他們一天大概要工作12小時?

Yes, in the season definitely 12-15 hours a day in game day, in in the morning and out in the midnight. If you have seven days in homestead, you do that seven days in a row.
對,在球季有比賽的那天他們確實要工作12-15小時,早上進辦公室到半夜才離開。如果有一連7天的主場比賽,那7天都得過這種日子。

Q: But they get paid the same during the season and the offseason?
問:但是他們的薪水不分季內季外都是一樣的?

Right.
是的。

Q: Is it required to have a sports management or a business degree to work in the front offices of a MiLB team?
問:在小聯盟辦公室工作需要運動管理或是商學院的學位嗎?

Not required. I think sport management degrees are certainly helpful, but definitely not required. In our company, we have leaders that have history degree and political sciences degree. So you don’t have to have sport management degree.
不一定需要。我認為有運動管理學位對工作的確有幫助,但絕不是必要條件。像我們公司有些領導人是學歷史及政治的,所以你不一定要有運動管理學位。

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