With Cactus League Play Under Way, an Ex-Minor League Pitcher's Fair-Pay Lawsuit Is Scaring MLB

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Andrew J. Nilsen
Bryan Henry was sitting in a business management class at Burlington County College when a number with an Arizona area code popped up on his phone. It was 2012, and Henry had just arrived home in New Jersey after his second season as a Diamondbacks farm hand. He darted for the door anxious to answer the call.

"This is either going to be really good news or really bad news," he thought.

The voice on the other end of the line was that of Mike Bell, director of player development for the D-backs organization.

"I just wanted to let you know we've decided to give you your release," Bell said. "We have to make room for the new draft picks."

Henry felt sick. Just like that, his dream of playing major-league baseball ended the same way it has for thousands of minor-league players -- with a phone call, an offer to help catch on with another team, and a dwindling bank account.

The plight of the minor leaguer has been well documented. Cramped and dilapidated living arrangements, poor diet, 14-hour bus rides, 11-hour days, and poverty-level wages. Until now, nothing has been done to improve minor-league pay, but a St. Louis-based attorney and former minor-league pitcher is trying to change that.

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Video: Phoenix NASCAR Fans Discuss Proper Tailgating, Dish on Brad Keselowski

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The penultimate race in this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was held Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, where Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag.

New Times was there to get the fans' reactions on the important issues, like how to have a proper tailgate party, and who was in the wrong in the previous week's fight between drivers Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon.

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Arizona Cardinals' Quarterback Carson Palmer Tears ACL, Out for Season, Coach Says

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Carson Palmer
Hopes that the Arizona Cardinals would be playing Super Bowl 49 on its home turf were dampened on Monday with news that quarterback Carson Palmer would was sidelined for the rest of the season.

Head Coach Bruce Arians, in a news conference today, said that Palmer's ACL tear from Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams would probably put the player out until the end of June or into July.

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Steve Nash, Sidelined by Injuries, Puts Paradise Valley Mansion Up for Sale for $4.15 Million

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Steve Nash's Paradise Valley home is up for sale with an asking price of $4.15 million.
Steve Nash, former Phoenix Suns player and two-time league MVP, has put his Paradise Valley mansion up for sale, asking $4.15 million.

Even at full price, though, it won't cover the $4.8 he paid in April for a much smaller home in Manhattan Beach, California -- which he reportedly wants to tear down. Three L's rule of real estate.

Canada is definitely out.

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Two Valley Women Getting into Valley's Boxing Scene, Promoting "Phoenix Fight Night"

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Two Valley women -- Maritza Miranda Saenz and Celia Carbajal -- are hosting Ben Miranda Boxing Promotions' inaugural match up on Friday in downtown Phoenix.

"Phoenix Fight Night" is slated for the Phoenix Convention Center at 7 p.m.

Saenz, the daughter of the late lawmaker and attorney Ben Miranda, and Carbajal, daughter of boxing trainer Danny Carbajal, stepped into the boxing arena in July, in hopes of rejuvenating the Valley boxing scene to its heyday in the early 1990's and support local fighters who need a venue to showcase their talent.

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Phoenix's Other Drought: Pro Sports Teams Soon to Pass Two Years With No Playoff Games

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Andrew Pielage

Drought conditions are quite common in Phoenix, but don't forget about the other drought: It's been nearly two years since one of Phoenix's pro sports teams in the four major sports has been in the playoffs.

So far this year, the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, and Phoenix Coyotes each finished their seasons one spot out of playoff contention. Vince Marotta, one of the talkers on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, pointed out that Phoenix's playoff drought is the longest among the 12 markets with teams in all four sports.

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2015 NFL Pro Bowl Coming to Arizona

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Cpl. Jody Lee Smith

The National Football League announced today that the 2015 Pro Bowl will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Super Bowl XLIX will be held in Glendale a week later.

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Marriage Proposals at Diamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals, and Coyotes Games, Ranked

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Michelangelo Carrieri via Flickr

Anyone who has ever been to a live game has probably seen some sort of marriage proposal.

Love 'em or hate 'em, game proposals can actually cost quite a bit of money depending on the stadium. So in case you're thinking of popping the question at your favorite team's home turf, here are the cost and benefits of proposing, from least to most expensive, for each of the Valley's professional sports teams.

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B.J. Pasquel Quit as Scottsdale's Coronado HS Football Coach Before Settling DUI Case

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B.J. Pasquel resigned recently as head football coach for Coronado High School in Scottsdale for "personal and family reasons," says a February 5th Arizona Republic article.

New Times has learned that the resignation came just before Pasquel settled an extreme DUI conviction with the city of Scottsdale.

It wasn't the first serious DUI charge for the longtime coach, either.

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Joe Fitzgibbon, Washington State Rep, Calls Arizona "Racist Wasteland" After Cardinals Win

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Joe Fitzgibbon, a Washington state lawmaker, called Arizona a "desert racist wasteland" after becoming upset at the Cardinals' win on Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks.

"Losing a football game sucks," tweeted the 20-something at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. "Losing to a desert racist wasteland sucks a lot."

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