Films on Friday: Bowie Baysox Grounds Crew


Finishing off our two-week celebration of the return of Minor League Baseball, here’s a look at the Bowie Baysox ground crew and all they do!

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

The Low-A Leagues: Low-A East, Southeast, and West


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San Manuel Stadium, Home of the Inland Empire 66ers. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The new low-A leagues are mainly comprised of teams from the former high-A leagues: the Carolina League, the Florida State League, and the California League. Low-A East is made up of seven teams that were in the high-A Carolina League and five teams that were in the low-A South Atlantic League. Four of the teams have new Major League affiliates. The Fredericksburg Nationals have a new home in Fredericksburg, VA. Previously, they were the Potomac Nationals of Woodbridge, VA.

Low-A Southeast is made up of ten teams from the high-A Florida State League. All ten teams have the same Major League affiliate they had for the 2019 season. Low-A West is made up of seven teams formerly in the high-A California League and one team that had been in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. Only Fresno has a new affiliate.

Low-A East

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Delmarva ShorebirdsOriolesNorth 
Fredericksburg NationalsNationalsNorthhad been the class high-A Potomac Nationals
Lynchburg HillcatsIndiansNorthhad been high-A
Salem Red SoxRed SoxNorthhad been high-A
Carolina MudcatsBrewersCentralhad been high-A
Down East Wood DucksRangersCentralhad been high-A
Fayetteville WoodpeckersAstrosCentralhad been high-A
Kannapolis Cannon BallersWhite SoxCentral 
Augusta GreenJacketsBravesSouthpreviously affiliated with the Giants
Charleston RiverDogsRaysSouthpreviously affiliated with the Yankees
Columbia FirefliesRoyalsSouthpreviously affiliated with the Mets
Myrtle Beach PelicansCubsSouthhad been high-A

Low A Southeast

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Daytona TortugasRedsEasthad been high-A
Jupiter HammerheadsMarlinsEasthad been high-A
Palm Beach CardinalsCardinalsEasthad been high-A
St. Lucie MetsMetsEasthad been high-A
Bradenton MaraudersPiratesWesthad been high-A
Clearwater ThreshersPhilliesWesthad been high-A
Dunedin Blue JaysBlue JaysWesthad been high-A
Fort Myers Mighty MusselsTwinsWesthad been high-A
Lakeland Flying TigersTigersWesthad been high-A
Tampa TarponsYankeesWesthad been high-A

Low-A West

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Fresno GrizzliesRockiesNorthhad been triple-A; previously affiliated with the Nationals
Modesto NutsMarinersNorthhad been high-A
San Jose GiantsGiantsNorthhad been high-A
Stockton PortsAthleticsNorthhad been high-A
Inland Empire 66ersAngelsSouthhad been high-A
Lake Elsinore StormPadresSouthhad been high-A
Rancho Cucamonga QuakesDodgersSouthhad been high-A
Visalia RawhideD’BacksSouthhad been high-A

High-A East, High-A Central, and High-A West


The entrance of Ripken Stadium
Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen, Maryland. Photo by Phil Romans via Wikipedia.

Last week, I began my series on the “new” minor leagues. This week, I continue that series, starting with the High-A leagues: High-A East, High-A Central, and High-A West.

The High-A East League is made up of two divisions: North and South. The league is comprised of six teams that were formerly in the low-A South Atlantic League, three from the former short-season A New York-Penn League, two from the high-A Carolina League, and one the low-A Midwest League.  In addition, two teams in the league have new Major League affiliates: the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

High-A Central also has two divisions: East and West. All its teams were previously in the Midwest League. High-A West has only six teams, all of which were previously in the short season-A Northwest League. Each league has three teams with new Major League parent clubs.

Check out the details about the three High-A leagues in the tables below.

High-A East

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Aberdeen IronBirdsOriolesNorthpreviously short Season A
Brooklyn CyclonesMetsNorthpreviously short Season A
Hudson Valley RenegadesYankeesNorthpreviously short Season A; had been affiliated with the Rays
Jersey Shore BlueClawsPhilliesNorthpreviously low-A
Wilmington Blue RocksNationalsNorthhad been affiliated with the Royals
Asheville TouristsAstrosSouthpreviously low-A
Bowling Green Hot RodsRaysSouthpreviously low-A
Greensboro GrasshoppersPiratesSouthpreviously low-A
Greenville DriveRed SoxSouthpreviously low-A
Hickory CrawdadsRangersSouthpreviously low-A
Rome BravesBravesSouthpreviously low-A
Winston-Salem DashWhite SoxSouth 

High-A Central

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Dayton DragonsRedsEastpreviously low-A
Fort Wayne TinCapsPadresEastpreviously low-A
Great Lakes LoonsDodgersEastpreviously low-A
Lake County CaptainsIndiansEastpreviously low-A
Lansing LugnutsAthleticsEastpreviously low-A; had been affiliated with the Blue Jays
West Michigan WhitecapsTigersEastpreviously low-A
Beloit SnappersMarlinsWestpreviously low-A; had been affiliated with the A’s
Cedar Rapids KernelsTwinsWestpreviously low-A
Peoria ChiefsCardinalsWestpreviously low-A
QuaD Cities River BanditsRoyalsWestpreviously low-A; had been affiliated with the Astros
South Bend CubsCubsWestpreviously low-A
Wisconsin Timber RattlersBrewersWestpreviously low-A

High-A West

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Eugene EmeraldsGiantsn/ahad been short-season A; previously affiliated with the Cubs
Everett AquaSoxMarinersn/ahad been short-season A
Hillsboro HopsD’Backsn/ahad been short-season A
Spokane IndiansRockiesn/ahad been short-season A; previously affiliated with the Rangers
Tri-City Dust DevilsAngelsn/ahad been short-season A; previously affiliated with the Padres
Vancouver CanadiansBlue Jaysn/ahad been short-season A

The Annual Minor League Baseball Bobblehead List and Upcoming Promotions


Just a small portion of the bobbleheads I’ve collected from the Baltimore Orioles minor league affiliates.

Week 2 of the Minor League Baseball season begins today! With both teams and fans making their comebacks, its time once again for the Annual Bobblehead List! Because of COVID-19 uncertainly or other reasons, not all teams have published their promotions calendars on their websites yet. However, there are a few minor league promotions of note that are coming up.

The Columbus Clippers and Hickory Crawdads both will be holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The Clippers will be offering the one-dose vaccine at each game between today and Sunday. The Crawdads will be offering the vaccine on May 16th. Fans can get a free ticket to the Crawdads game by registering for an appointment and once they get the vaccine they will get a free meal voucher. Fans who are already vaccinated can show their vaccine card to the parking attendant to get free parking.

Other notable events this week include the St. Paul Saints celebration of the 40th anniversary of the DeLorean on May 13 and the Daytona Tortugas’ celebration of Jackie Robinson Day on May 15. Of course, there are several bobbleheads being given away this week – check out the Minor League Baseball bobblehead list below.

The table below contains all AAA, AA, high-A, and low-A teams that have reported on their promotions so far. Many giveaways are limited to 500, so check with your favorite team for guidelines and updates.

~ baseballrebecca

DateTeamBobblehead
11-MayBowling Green Hot RodsGolden Roscoe Bobblehead
14-MayBowling Green Hot RodsGolden Roscoe Bobblehead
15-MayFort Myers Mighty MusselsMussel Man Bobblehead
15-MayGwinnett StripersBrian McCann
15-MayWilmington Blue RocksTyler Hill Championship Bobble Arm
16-MayGwinnett StripersBrian McCann
16-MayWilmington Blue RocksTyler Hill Championship Bobble Arm
18-MayRichmond Flying SquirrelsAlmond Brothers Double Bobbleracers
18-MaySt. Paul SaintsPitch Stealing Talking Grouch Trash Can Doll Giveaway
21-MayBradenton MaraudersRoberto Clemente
21-MayRichmond Flying SquirrelsCope de la Diversion Fighting Lucha Nutzy (mascot) Bobblehead
22-MayAkron RubberDucksSloth Bobblehead
23-MayAmarillo Sod PoodlesBuddy Reed
25-MayReading Fightin PhilsScrewball “Snowman” Bobblehead
26-MayPortland Sea DogsBobby Dalbec
26-MayReading Fightin PhilsScrewball “Snowman” Bobblehead
27-MayRome BravesFreddie Freeman
28-MayBowie BaysoxMystery Bobblehead
28-MayNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsGrowlin’ Chickens Bat Breakin’ Bobblehead
29-MayLansing LugnutsMark Prior 25th Annivesary Bobblehead
29-MayNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsWhit Merrifield
29-MayRome BravesFreddie Freeman
30-MayCorpus Christi HooksAlex Bregman IBB Bobblehead
1-JunRichmond Flying SquirrelsJohnny Cashew Bobbleracer
4-JunLynchburg HillcatsSouthpaw Hula Bobblehead
4-JunMontgomery BiscuitsChickin & Baker Bobblehead
5-JunFort Myers Mighty MusselsBrusdar Graterol
5-JunHarrisburg SenatorsTrea Turner
5-JunMyrtle Beach PelicansAdam Dellinger v. Ed Pitrowski Charity Bobblehead Challenge (your choice for $20 donation)
9-JunPortland Sea DogsRafael Devers
9-JunWest Michigan WhitecapsEugenio Suarez Bubble Gum Bubble Bobblehead
13-JunAmarillo Sod PoodlesOwen Miller
13-JunWisconsin Timber Rattlers“Budder Cup” the Cow Bobblehead
18-JunRome BravesBrian McCann
19-JunCharlotte KnightsLuis Robert
19-JunGwinnett StripersMike Soroka
19-JunQuad Cities River BanditsArmy Bobblehead
19-JunRome BravesBrian McCann
19-JunWilmington Blue RocksRock ’em Bobblehead
20-JunWilmington Blue RocksRock ’em Bobblehead
23-JunPortland Sea DogsXander Bogaerts (1 of 2)
25-JunAmarillo Sod PoodlesTaylor Trammell
25-JunBirmingham BaronsLuis Robert Jedi Bobblehead
25-JunNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsSalvador Perez
26-JunAkron RubberDucksSteve Urkel
27-JunWisconsin Timber RattlersTrent Grisham
3-JulHickory CrawdadsJoey Gallo
4-JulHarrisburg SenatorsJuan Soto
8-JulRancho Cucamonga QuakesWill Smith
9-JulNorfolk TidesRyan Mountcastle
9-JulOmaha Storm ChasersMondesi Bobblehead
10-JulJacksonville Jumbo ShrimpGeorge Costanza
10-JulRound Rock ExpressNolan Ryan
11-JulRancho Cucamonga QuakesWill Smith
11-JulWisconsin Timber RattlersWhiffer Sugar Skull Bobblehead
17-JulNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsGrowlin’ Chickens Bat Breakin’ Bobblehead
17-JulWilmington Blue RocksMr. Celery Stalk ’em Bobblehead
18-JulHarrisburg SenatorsAaron Barrett “Bear” Bobblehead
18-JulWilmington Blue RocksMr. Celery Stalk ’em Bobblehead
23-JulOmaha Storm ChasersBubba Fett Bobblehead
23-JulWisconsin Timber RattlersEthan Small
24-JulAkron RubberDucksFarmer Fran (from “The Waterboy”)
27-JulHartford Yard GoatsBrendan Rodgers
27-JulRichmond Flying SquirrelsJohn Walnut Bobbleracer
28-JulRome BravesCharlie Culberson
28-JulWisconsin Timber RattlersLorenzo Cain
29-JulRome BravesCharlie Culberson
30-JulLynchburg HillcatsBaby Southpaw Bobblehead
30-JulNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsSinker “The Elf” Bobblehead
30-JulRound Rock ExpressCat Osterman
1-AugAmarillo Sod PoodlesMackenzie Gore
5-AugRancho Cucamonga QuakesCody Bellinger
6-AugColumbia FirefliesChicarrones Sugar Skull Bobblehead
7-AugAkron RubberDucksEddie Harris (from “Major League”)
7-AugBirmingham BaronsLuis Robert Sliding Bobblehead
7-AugHarrisburg SenatorsRyan Zimmerman
7-AugRound Rock ExpressYordan Alvarez
8-AugHarrisburg SenatorsRyan Zimmerman
8-AugRancho Cucamonga QuakesCody Bellinger
11-AugHudson Valley RenegadesRick Zolzer (PA Announcer) Ejection Bobblehead
11-AugWisconsin Timber RattlersBrent Suter Disnosaur Bobblehead
13-AugMississippi BravesCristian Pache
14-AugArkansas TravelersJake Fraley
14-AugGwinnett StripersMike Soroka
15-AugHarrisburg SenatorsJuan Soto
15-AugWisconsin Timber RattlersAaron Ashby
17-AugRichmond Flying SquirrelsPeanut Bobbleracer
18-AugSouth Bend CubsBen Zobrist
19-AugRancho Cucamonga QuakesDustin May
19-AugRancho Cucamonga QuakesDustin May
20-AugRome BravesDrew Waters
21-AugAkron RubberDucksUncle Rico (from “Napolean Dynamite”)
21-AugRome BravesDrew Waters
22-AugRancho Cucamonga QuakesDustin May
27-AugNorfolk TidesTidewater Tides Vintage Bobblehead
27-AugNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsCaptain America
28-AugHarrisburg SenatorsTrea Turner
28-AugNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsWhit Merrifield
31-AugLehigh Valley IronPigsLarry Bowa
2-SepLehigh Valley IronPigsScotty JetPacks Bobblehead
2-SepRancho Cucamonga QuakesCorey Seager
3-SepNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsSinker “The Elf” Bobblehead
4-SepGwinnett StripersAustin Riley “Bow-Hunting” Bobblehead
5-SepRancho Cucamonga QuakesCorey Seager
5-SepWisconsin Timber RattlersYooper Themed Fang Bobblehead
8-SepWisconsin Timber RattlersManny Pina
10-SepAlbuquerque IsotopesOrbit Bobblehead
10-SepClearwater ThreshersCaptain America
11-SepHickory CrawdadsRyan Succop
14-SepAlbuquerque IsotopesMusical Mariachi Bobblehead
14-SepLehigh Valley IronPigsMitch Williams
16-SepPeoria ChiefsSugar Skull Bobblehead
16-SepRancho Cucamonga QuakesJulio Urias
18-SepAkron RubberDucksOrbit Superhero Bobblehead
19-SepRancho Cucamonga QuakesJulio Urias

Best of the Week, 5/2/2021 – 5/8/2021


Like I’ve said before, a no-hitter is generally gonna be the Best of the Week. Especially when the pitcher has risen through the minors with the same team!

Stat-urday, 5/8/2021


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John Means in 2019. Photo via Wikipedia.

Several of the recent articles about John Means’ success this year remarked on how he’s remained under the radar since being selected in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB draft. I remember seeing Means with the Bowie Baysox, but, well, I’ve seen a lot of pitchers at the minor league level. Nonetheless, so far this year, his stats look a LOT better than his previous years – check them out below. (I’ll have to revisit this at the end of the season for a full-season comparison!)

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

YearAgeTeam (Level)WonLostW-L%ERAGames
201421Aberdeen (short season A); GCL Orioles (rookie)140.2003.4611
201522Delmarva (A); Frederick (A+)9110.4503.9127
201623Frederick (A+); Bowie (AA)980.5293.7027
201724Bowie (AA)990.5004.1126
201825Bowie (AA); Norfolk (AAA)790.4383.7228
201825Baltimore00 13.501
201926Baltimore12110.5223.6031
202027Baltimore240.3334.5310
202128Baltimore401.0001.377
2018-2125-28MLB Totals18150.5453.4849

Films on Friday: John Means


Congrats to John Means, who threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Here’s a fun video from last year highlighting his slow and quiet rise within the Orioles organization:

And since we’re celebrating Minor League Baseball Opening Week, here is some footage from his time with the double-A Bowie Baysox and the triple-A Norfolk Tides:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

Double-A Northeast, Central, and South


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Toyota Field, the brand new home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas. Photo by TheRealOne523 via Wikipedia.

Continuing our celebration of Opening Week for Minor League Baseball, I’m highlighting each “new” league over the next several days. Today’s focus is Double-A baseball. At the AA level, the Eastern, Southern, and Texas Leagues have been replaced by Double-A Northeast, Double-A South, and Double-A Central; each league has two divisions.

Double-A Northeast replaces the Eastern League and remains pretty much the same, with one exception: the Somerset Patriots, previously an independent team, have replaced the Trenton Thunder as the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Double-A Central is made up of teams that were previously in the Texas League. In addition, two teams previously in the Pacific Coast League have been added to the league: the San Antonio Missions and the Wichita Wind Surge. This is the first season for Wichita, which previously played in Louisiana as the New Orleans Baby Cakes. Three teams have also switched affiliations: Wichita, Amarillo, and San Antonio.

Double-A South takes the place of the Southern League. The big change in the league is the move of the Mobile BayBears from Mobile, Alabama, to Madison, Alabama, and their new identity as the Rocket City Trash Pandas. In addition, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are now affiliated with the Marlins.

Check out Double-A changes in the tables below:

Double-A Northeast

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Binghamton Rumble PoniesMetsNortheast 
Hartford Yard GoatsRockiesNortheast 
New Hampshire Fisher CatsBlue JaysNortheast 
Portland Sea DogsRed SoxNortheast 
Reading Fightin PhilsPhilliesNortheast 
Somerset PatriotsYankeesNortheast Previously independent
Akron RubberDucksIndiansSouthwest 
Altoona CurvePiratesSouthwest 
Bowie BaysoxOriolesSouthwest 
Erie SeaWolvesTigersSouthwest 
Harrisburg SenatorsNationalsSouthwest 
Richmond Flying SquirrelsGiants  Southwest 

Double-A Central

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Arkansas TravelersMarinersNorth 
Northwest Arkansas NaturalsRoyalsNorth 
Springfield CardinalsCardinalsNorth 
Tulsa DrillersDodgersNorth 
Wichita Wind SurgeTwinsNorthPreviously were the triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes and affiliated with the Marlins
Amarillo Sod PoodlesD’BacksSouthPreviously affiliated with the Padres
Corpus Christi HooksAstrosSouth 
Frisco Rough RidersRangersSouth 
Midland RockHoundsAthleticsSouth 
San Antonio MissionsPadresSouthHad been Triple-A and affiliated with the Brewers

Double-A South

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Birmingham BaronsWhite SoxNorth 
Chattanooga LookoutsRedsNorth 
Rocket City Trash PandasAngelsNorth Moved from Mobile, Alabama
Tennessee SmokiesCubsNorth 
Biloxi ShuckersBrewersSouth 
Mississippi BravesBravesSouth 
Montgomery BiscuitsRaysSouth 
Pensacola Blue WahoosMarlinsSouth Previously affiliated with the Twins

Triple-A East and Triple-A West


Sahlen Field, home of the Buffalo Bison (though the Blue Jays will start the season there again in 2021). Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

As I promised yesterday, over the next two weeks, I’ll be writing about the changes to minor league baseball. Today we’ll start with a look at Triple-A baseball. At minor league baseball’s highest level, we still have two leagues: Triple-A East and Triple-A West. Perhaps in an attempt to help us understand geography (or just thoroughly confuse us), each league is divided into divisions. Triple-A East has the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast Divisions, while Triple-A West has the East and West Divisions.

These new leagues replaced the International League and the Pacific Coast League, though many teams remain the same. Two teams that were previously independent have affiliated with MLB: the St. Paul Saints and the Sugar Land Skeeters. Three teams changed affiliations (Rochester, Nashville, and Round Rock); one team moved (Worcester); and one team moved up from Double-A (Jacksonville).

Each team in the new-look Triple-A leagues, their MLB affiliate, and additional changes are listed in the table below.

~ baseballrebecca

Triple-A East

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Columbus ClippersIndiansMidwest 
Indianapolis IndiansPiratesMidwest 
Iowa CubsCubsMidwest 
Louisville BatsRedsMidwest 
Omaha Storm ChasersRoyalsMidwest 
St. Paul SaintsTwinsMidwestpreviously independent
Toledo Mud HensTigersMidwest 
Buffalo BisonsBlue JaysNortheast 
Lehigh Valley IronPigsPhilliesNortheast 
Rochester RedWingsNationalsNortheasthad been affiliated with the Twins
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaidersYankeesNortheast 
Syracuse MetsMetsNortheast 
Worcester Red SoxRed SoxNortheasthad been in Pawtucket, RI
Charlotte KnightsWhite SoxSoutheast 
Durham BullsRaysSoutheast 
Gwinnett StripersBravesSoutheast 
Jacksonville Jumbo ShrimpMarlinsSoutheasthad been double-A
Memphis RedbirdsCardinalsSoutheast 
Nashville SoundsBrewersSoutheasthad been affiliated with the Rangers
Norfolk TidesOriolesSoutheast 

Triple-A West

TeamAffiliationDivisionAdditional Changes
Albuquerque IsotopesRockiesEast 
El Paso ChihuahuasPadresEast 
Oklahoma City DodgersDodgersEast 
Round Rock ExpressRangersEasthad been affiliated with the Astros
Sugar Land SkeetersAstrosEastpreviously independent
Las Vegas AviatorsAthleticsWest 
Reno AcesD’BacksWest 
Sacramento River CatsGiantsWest 
Salt Lake BeesAngelsWest 
Tacoma RainiersMarinersWest