2014 Minor League Bobbleheads

Baysox' Machado GnomeIn honor of Opening Day at most minor league ballparks, I’ve put together a list of bobblehead giveaways in the International League (AAA), Eastern League (AA), Carolina League (A), South Atlantic League (A), and the New York-Penn League (A). (Admittedly, these are the teams that I would be most likely to go see, since the farm teams of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are in these leagues. The rest you’ll just have to figure out yourself.)

The minor leagues often have an interesting take on things, including bobbleheads. The Akron RubberDucks, for example, have several Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways, which include DEVO, Joe Walsh, and Chrissie Hynde. The RubberDucks are also doing a salute to women in baseball and giving out a Sharon Hargrove bobblehead. Several teams are giving away bobbleheads of their mascots, local sports figures, and people I don’t know. The Charleston RiverDogs have a few good ones, including Bill Veeck.

And, in case you didn’t get one at Bowie last year, this year you can pick up a Manny Machado Gnome at the Delmarva Shorebirds on July 18.

4/3 Reading Fightins (AA) Chase Utley
4/9 Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) Cody Asche
4/10 Lehigh Valley Jonathan Pettibone
4/12 Hickory Crawdads (A) Andrew McCutcheon
4/12 West Virginia Power (A) Starling Marte
4/19 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA) Jon Zuber SWB Red Barons Statue
4/28 Lehigh Valley Ethan Martin
5/5 Bowie Baysox (AA) Mystery Bobblehead
5/9 Portland Sea Dogs (AA) Brandon Workman
5/9 Trenton Thunder (AA) Tony Clark Mini Bobblehead
5/10 Akron RubberDucks (AA) Sharon Hargrove
5/10 Wilmington Blue Rocks (A) Kayla Miller
5/10 Charleston Riverdogs (A) Tony the Peanut Man
5/14 New Britain Rock Cats (AA) Miguel Sano
5/17 Altoona Curve (AA) Geritt Cole Garden Gnome
5/17 West Virginia Don Nehlen and Bob Pruett
5/24 Akron DEVO
5/30 Trenton Mark Teixeira
6/3 Portland Will Middlebrooks
6/7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Dave Miley SWB Yankees Statue
6/7 Gwinnett Braves (AAA) Mike Minor
6/9 Lehigh Valley Cesar Hernandez
6/12 Reading Jim Bunning (who will also be there signing autographs)
6/14 Akron Joe Walsh
6/14 New Britain Ted Williams
6/14 Potomac Nationals (A) Jayson Werth BobbleBeard
6/14 Asheville Tourists (A) Mr. Moon Bobble (mascot?)
6/19 Lehigh Valley Darin Ruf Garden Gnome
6/22 Lowell Spinners (A) Tooth Brush Holder Bobblehead
6/26 Wilmington Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Bobblehead
6/26 Lowell Pedro Martinez
6/28 Akron Chrissie Hynde
6/28 Potomac Bryce Harper
6/28 Gwinnett Chopper BobbleBank (mascot)
6/30 Reading John Kruk Garden Gnome
7/5 Akron The Black Keys
7/5 Altoona Pedro Alvarez
7/5 Potomac Anthony Rendon MLB Debut
7/5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Derek Jeter SWB RailRiders Statue
7/5 Gwinnett Julio Teheran
7/5 Charleston Ghostbusters Bobblehead
7/9 Reading Domonic Brown
7/10 Lowell Canaligator (mascot) Military Bobblehead
7/11 Trenton Hideki Matsui
7/18 Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA) Chipper Jones
7/18 Lynchburg Hillcats (A) Evan “El Oso Blanco” Gattis
7/18 Delmarva Shorebirds (A) Manny Machado Gnome
7/19 Akron Jake Taylor
7/19 Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) David Ortiz
7/19 Gwinnett Ron Gant
7/19 Charleston Bill Veeck
7/20 Wilmington Wil Meyers
7/21 Portland Xander Bogaerts
7/21 Tri-City ValleyCats (A) Johnny Evers
7/25 Trenton David Robertson
7/25 Rome Braves (A) Freddie Freeman
7/26 Frederick Keys (A) Nick Markakis
7/27 Reading Cole Hamels
8/2 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Media Bobblehead
8/4 Lakewood BlueClaws (A) Darin Ruf “Made the Phillies” Bobblehead
8/7 Bowie Travis Pastrana
8/7 Lowell Dave Roberts “The Steal” Bobblehead
8/8 Trenton Boomer (team mascot)
8/8 Aberdeen IronBirds (A) Bill Ripken
8/9 Akron Bernie Kosar
8/9 Asheville Russell Wilson
8/9 Hagerstown Suns (A) TBA
8/11 Aberdeen Cal Ripken, Sr.
8/12 New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) Fungo (team mascot)
8/12 Portland Daniel Nava
8/15 Norfolk Tides (AAA) Ron Johnson Gnome Figurine (manager)
8/16 Potomac Jayson Werth Wolf-A-Rine
8/19 Charlotte Knights (AAA) Jordan Danks
8/21 Lowell Johnny Boychuk Lock Monsters Bobblehead
8/23 Buffalo Bisons (AAA) ‘Chicken Wing’ Bobblehead
8/24 New Hampshire (AA) Ted Williams
8/26 Lakewood Greg Legg (manager)
8/28 Lexington Legends (A) Jose Altuve Mini Bobblehead
8/29 Trenton Player (TBD) Statues
8/29 Rochester Red Wings (AAA) TBA
8/29 West Virginia Gregory Polanco
8/30 Frederick Matt Wieters

Remember that all dates are subject to change and I may have gotten stuff wrong. Here are a few more notes:

  • The following teams have no bobbles, gnomes, or figurines listed on their schedules: Durham Bulls (AAA), Binghamton Mets (AA), Erie Seawolves (AA), Harrisburg Senators (AA), Carolina Mudcats (A), Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A), Salem Red Sox (A), Winston-Salem Dash (A), August Greenjackets (A), Charleston Riverdogs (A), Greensboro Grasshoppers (A), Kannapolis Intimidators (A), Savannah Sand Gnats (A), Staten Island Yankees (A),
  • The following teams list several giveaway dates as TBA (so, who knows? Maybe one of those will become a bobblehead day!): Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Charlotte Knights (AAA), Hudson Valley Renegades (A).
  • The Greenville Drive (A) and most of the New York-Penn League have no promotions listed yet.
  • Sat. 8/9, Baysox at Trenton Thunder – “Win a Dishwasher” night (ok, so this is really a “note to self” since mine broke over a year ago)

Happy Minor League Baseball Season!

~ baseballrebecca


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