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Topps Honoring some Marlins Minor Leaguers

The Isotopes and a couple of their players recently have won an award.

Two Albuquerque Isotopes, third baseman Scott Seabol and shortstop Robert Andino, comprise the left side of the infield on the 2007 Topps/Minor League Baseball Triple-A All-Star team.

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In an off-season full of accolades, the Isotopes have picked up one more, earning the Bob Freitas Award from Baseball America as the top overall franchise in Triple-A Baseball, the publication announced last week.

In addition to hosting the immensely successful 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game, the Isotopes were recognized on the basis of their five total years in Albuquerque, in which they've drawn almost three million total fans and have been widely regarded throughout the industry as one of the strongest franchises in the game.  Isotopes Park continually ranks among the best facilities in sports and `Topes merchandise is annually one of Minor League Baseball's biggest sellers.

"The Bob Freitas Award is one of the most coveted accolades in Baseball and it's an honor for the Isotopes to receive this recognition," said Isotopes president Ken Young. "This award, like every honor we receive, is emblematic of the incredible support the Isotopes receive from the community of Albuquerque, without whom the success we've enjoyed since the team's inception in 2003 would be impossible."

Congratulations to the Isotopes and especially to Andino and Seabol.

This speaks well to the health of the Marlins organization as a whole.  However, there is something quite unsettling when the Triple-A park is filled to the brim and the Major League club's is nearly empty.  I don't know whether it is the park or the place it is situated, but something is kinda strange about it.

You make the call.