The big news out of Los Angeles the other day was that the Dodgers have announced their 2014 promotional schedule – and there are 10 bobblehead giveaway days. While most of us haven’t begun putting together our lists for Santa yet, some teams are ahead of the game and have already published their giveaway lists for next year. In addition to the Dodgers, the Brewers, Tigers, A’s, and Braves have several promotions listed on their websites. A few minor league teams, including the Trenton Thunder, have also joined the party and scheduled their giveaways far in advance of next season.
Naturally, the most important items on these schedules are the bobblehead giveaways. In fact, Sports Business Daily reported a couple years ago that bobbleheads were making a comeback. During the 2012 baseball season, more than 2.2 million bobbleheads were given away on 94 dates by 26 clubs – a 25 percent increase over 2011. I haven’t seen any data on the 2013 season, but if my own bobble quests are any indication, bobblehead giveaways are definitely on the rise.
Though serious collectors will put together much better lists as Opening Day approaches, I’ve put together the list of what those over-achieving clubs have promised us. I only went through the teams in the American, National, and Eastern Leagues. I’ll add to it as more teams and leagues update their promotional schedules. Of course, if you don’t want to wait until next year – or you just don’t want to wait in line next year – the Bowie Baysox are again offering a bobblehead with the purchase of a holiday ticket pack. This year you can choose from Chris Tillman, Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson, and Al Bumbry. I still haven’t decided who I want.
2014 Bobblehead Schedule (So Far)
|4/10||Tigers||Miguel Cabrera (mini bobble)|
|4/24||Tigers||Justin Verlander (mini bobble)|
|5/9||Trenton Thunder (AA)||Player TBD mini bobbleheads|
|5/9||Portland Sea Dogs (AA)||Brandon Workman|
|5/30||Trenton (AA)||Mark Teixeira|
|6/15*||Brewers||“Vintage Brewers Bobblehead”|
|6/21||Portland (AA)||Xander Bogaerts|
|7/11||Trenton (AA)||Hideki Matsui|
|7/12||Dodgers||Pee Wee Reese and Roy Campanella|
|7/25||Trenton (AA)||David Robertson|
|7/31||Dodgers||Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Dusty Baker, and Reggie Smith|
|8/8||Trenton (AA)||Boomer (Trenton’s mascot)|
|8/10*||Brewers||Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Chorizo bobblehead|
|8/12||Portland (AA)||Daniel Nava|
* Not yet on official team webpage schedule