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Minor League Ball Gameday, Wednesday, March 22nd

Greg Bird is the Yankees first baseman, Derek Fisher hits a homer for the Astros, and other reading tidbits from around MLB

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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday thread for Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017. Here are some baseball reading items worthy of your attention today.

****MLB Spring Training Scoreboard

****World Baseball Classic Scoreboard

****New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has named Greg Bird as the Opening Day first baseman, a completely logical move.

***Houston Astros prospect Derek Fisher hit a home run yesterday in the 2-1 Astros victory over the Miami Marlins. This brings his spring line to .276/.389/.483 in 29 at-bats with seven steals. It remains uncertain what kind of batting average Fisher will provide down the line, but the power/speed combination is legit.

****Milwaukee Brewers farmhand David Denson, the only openly gay player in professional baseball, has announced his retirement.

****At Beyond the Boxscore, Kazuto Yamazaki tells us about five Japanese hitters with major league potential.

****At Fishstripes, JJ Brands looks at two non-roster spring training invitees who could appear in the majors later this year with the Miami Marlins: pitcher Dillon Peters and first baseman Tyler Moore.

****Travis A. Barnett at Bucsdugout says that new Statcast data confirms the Pittsburgh Pirates decision to move Andrew McCutchen to right field.

****Ben Badler at Baseball America has a list of the top 50 signing bonuses for international players in the 2016 signing window.