July Bobbleheads


Here are your MLB bobblehead giveaways for next month! I’ll post the MiLB schedule (for my favorite leagues) tomorrow.

1-Jul Mets Asdrubal Cabrera
1-Jul Oakland Miguel Tejada and Barry Zito Bobblehead
1-Jul Orioles Zach Britton
1-Jul Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: Kelvin Herrera
2-Jul Brewers Zach Davies
4-Jul Indians Francisco Lindor
5-Jul Cubs “Turning Two” Bobblehead
5-Jul Phillies Charlie Brown (with special ticket purchase)
5-Jul Rangers House Banister Game of Thrones Bobblehead (special ticket)
6-Jul Dodgers Dave Roberts
7-Jul Arizona Taijuan Walker Night King Bobblehead (Game of Thrones Night)
8-Jul Cardinals Tim McCarver “Final Out” bobblehead (part two of two)
8-Jul Mariners Kyle Seager
8-Jul Phillies Mike Schmidt Bobble Figurine
8-Jul Rockies Marvel Super Hero Night Bobblehead
8-Jul Tampa Bay Evan Longoria Game of Thrones Bobblehead
9-Jul Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez
9-Jul Miami Ivan Rodriguez (special ticket for All-Star Sunday events)
9-Jul Yankees Whitey Ford
14-Jul Braves Matt Kemp
14-Jul Miami Jon Snow/Tom Koehler Game of Thrones Bobblehead (special ticket)
14-Jul Reds Margaritaville Parrot Bobblehead (special ticket)
15-Jul Reds Billy Hamilton
16-Jul Astros Carlos Correa “Handshake Series” Bobblehead
18-Jul Angels Trout MVP Double Bobblehead
21-23-Jul Reds Charlie Brown bobblehead (special ticket)
22-Jul Arizona Robbie Ray Strikeout Counter Bobblehead
22-Jul Giants Giants-themed Charlie Brown bobblehead with a soundchip (special ticket)
22-Jul Indians Jason Kipnis
22-Jul Mets Noah Syndergaard as Thor Bobblehead
22-Jul Rockies Adam Ottavino Star Wars Bobblehead
22-Jul Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: Eric Hosmer
23-Jul Royals Captain America (sepcial ticket)
24-Jul Phillies Billy Joel (with special ticket purchase)
25-Jul Cardinals Ozzie Smith mini bobblehead (special ticket)
26-Jul Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
27-Jul Cardinals Cardinals-themed Charlie Brown bobblehead (special ticket)
28-Jul Oakland G-Eazy bobblehead with sound
29-Jul Miami Dee Gordon
29-Jul Rangers Elvis Andrus/Rougned Odor High Five Bobblehead (2 of 2)
29-Jul Tigers James McCann Removable Mask Bobblehead
30-Jul Phillies Phanatic Solar Bobble Body

2017 Player Appearances


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Steve Garvey in 2010 (photo by Cbl62 via Wikipedia)

In case you didn’t know it, Steve Garvey will be making an appearance tonight at the Rochester Red Wings’ game. He is one of many former MLB and NFL players making appearances this summer at minor league ballparks. Garvey played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1982 before finish his career with the San Diego Padres (1983 to 1987).

Other players making appearances this summer include Mike Timlin, Carlos Baerga, and David Justice. Earlier this season, both Tony Oliva and Luis Tiant were in Charlotte, Jose Canseco made an appearance in Altoona, and Dale Murphy was at the Hickory Crawdads.

Below are the upcoming player appearances, plus a few other appearances, as well some events held previously this season:

Date Player Team League
20-Jun Steve Garvey Rochester International
22-Jun Jack Morris Rochester International
22-Jun NFL Player Appearance Syracuse International
23-Jun Andre Dawson Myrtle Beach Carolina
24-Jun Bill Buckner and Bob Dernier Myrtle Beach Carolina
28-Jun Bucky Dent Charlotte International
13-Jul Wally the Green Monster New Hampshire Eastern
17-Jul Don Beebe (Buffalo Bills) Rochester International
19-Jul Mike Timlin Rochester International
22-Jul Robert Maschio Akron Eastern
22-Jul Kenny Bania Bowie Eastern
29-Jul Mr. Met Binghamton Eastern
30-Jul The Oriole Bird Norfolk International
6-Aug Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
16-Aug Jack Morris Charlotte International
24-Aug Carlos Baerga Erie Eastern
Previous:

6-Apr

 

David Justice

 

Richmond

 

Eastern

15-Apr Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
17-Apr Chipper Jones Book signing ($40 includes copy of book and ticket to 4/18 game – tickets limited) Charlotte International
19-Apr Luis Tiant Appearance Charlotte International
29-Apr Elmo and Big Bird Binghamton Eastern
9-May Malcom Mitchell Portland Eastern
16-May Tony Oliva Charlotte International
20-May Jose Canseco Altoona Eastern
30-May Former Mets Player Trenton Eastern
7-Jun Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
10-Jun Dale Murphy Hickory South Atlantic
11-Jun Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the movie Field of Dreams Rochester International
14-Jun Brian Jordan Charlotte International
15-Jun Bobby Valentine Lakewood South Atlantic
17-Jun Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Harrisburg Eastern

2017 MiLB Bobblehead Giveaways


June may be almost over, but its never too late to play out your bobblehead giveaway gamess! Below are the remaining bobblehead giveaways for June for the International, Eastern, Carolina, and South Atlantic Leagues (the leagues in which the Orioles’ and Nationals’ minor league teams play) as well as past bobblehead giveaways. I will post future dates on July 1 and August 1.

Date Bobblehead, Gnome, or Statue Team League
19-Jun Paws Jedi Bobblehead Pawtucket International
23-Jun Luau LOCO Bobblebody Altoona Eastern
23-Jun Zach Britton Delmarva South Atlantic
24-Jun Stephen Strasburg Syracuse International
24-Jun Trevor Story Asheville South Atlantic
25-Jun Roger Clemens Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
28-Jun Atomic Wing Bobblehead Buffalo International
 

Previous Giveaways:

8-Apr 10th Anniversary Garden Gnome Lehigh Valley International
14-Apr Aaron Nola Golden Bobblehead Reading Eastern
19-Apr JP Crawford Lehigh Valley International
21-Apr Mystery Bobblehead Frederick Carolina
21-Apr Jack Kilway Akron Eastern
22-Apr Trea Turner Syracuse International
29-Apr Hollidaysburg Area School District Golder Tiger (mascot) Altoona Eastern
29-Apr Talking Rick Rice Bobblehead Asheville South Atlantic
2-May Nick Williams Lehigh Valley International
4-May Homer the Dragon Bobblehead Charlotte International
6-May Matt Stairs HOF Bobblehead Harrisburg Eastern
11-May Steve Carlton Lehigh Valley International
13-May Bryce Harper Gobblehead Potomac Carolina
13-May Sean Kazmar Jr. “Star Wars” Bobblehead Gwinnett International
13-May Rocket Bobblehead (Guardians of the Galaxy Night) Indianapolis International
13-May Deion Sanders Syracuse International
16-May Jackie Bradley Jr. Portland Eastern
19-May Anthony Rizzo Salem Carolina
19-May Al Tuna “Revenge of the Fish” Bobblebody Altoona Eastern
19-May Championship Bobble Trophy Rome South Atlantic
23-May Carlos Santana (random drawing) Columbus International
26-May Michael Fulmer Erie Eastern
26-May WQBE Rabbit Bobblehead West Virginia South Atlantic
27-May Rubberta Bobblehead Akron Eastern
31-May Dillon Brothers (NASCAR) bobblehead Winston-Salem Carolina
2-Jun Mystery Bobblehead Myrtle Beach Carolina
2-Jun Noah Santagaard Garden Gnome Binghamton Eastern
3-Jun Marla Hooch (“A League of  Their Own”) Akron Eastern
3-Jun Reggie Jackson Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
5-Jun Jake Thompson Lehigh Valley International
6-Jun Mookie Betts Portland Eastern
9-Jun “I Gotta Have More Josh Cow Bell” Bobblehead Altoona Eastern
9-Jun Amir Garrett Louisville International
10-Jun Pedro Severino Potomac Carolina
10-Jun Rio Ruiz “Super Hero” Bobblehead Gwinnett International
11-Jun Gold Ribbon Gnome New Hampshire Eastern
13-Jun Jason Kipnis (random drawing) Columbus International
14-Jun Chew Chew Mascot Bobblehead Hartford Eastern
17-Jun Johnny Damon Wilmington Carolina
17-Jun Leg Lamp Bobble (from “A Christmas Story” Lakewood South Atlantic
17-Jun Coach Cal Bobblehead Series Giveaway #2 Lexington South Atlantic

 

 

MLB Heritage Celebrations


17991985_10210450229270161_7373124005593779385_nSince I finally published the annual bobblehead list yesterday, I figured it was about time to publish the list of MLB heritage celebrations. I had the privilege of attending Korean Heritage Night at the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, and this year I just so happened to be in town for the Oakland Athletics’ Korean Heritage Night. Even if you’re not a member of the various groups below, there are a lot of cool things happening and you can learn a lot about other folks!

(Note that some dates below may require special tickets for some of the activities involved.)

All Groups
3-Aug Twins Diversity Day
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
18-Apr Oakland Korean Heritage Night
25-Apr Phillies Asian Pacific Celebration
11-May Giants Filipino Heritage Night 1
15-May Giants Korean Heritage Night
18-May Dodgers Japan Night
25-May Dodgers Korea Night
30-May Giants Chinese Heritage Night
30-May White Sox Asian Heritage Night
31-May Giants Japanese Heritage Night
20-Jun Dodgers Hawaiian Night
23-Jun Dodgers Filipino Night
26-Jul Rangers Japan/America Friendship Night
30-Jul Rangers Korean Heritage Night
18-Aug Giants Polynesian Heritage Night
19-Sep Giants Filipino Heritage Night 2
22-Sep Oakland Filipino Heritage Night
Native Americans
10-Jun Arizona Native American Recognition Day
23-Jun Giants Native American Heritage Night
22-Jul Mariners Salute to Native American Night
African Americans
15-Apr Nationals Jackie Robinson/Black Heritage Day
29-Apr Rangers African American Heritage Night
7-May Royals Salute to the Negro Leagues/Dressed to the Nines
2-Jun Phillies African American Heritage Celebration
16-Jun Pirates African American Heritage Celebration
19-Jun Dodgers African American Heritage Night
10-Aug Cardinals Negro Leagues Tribute
12-Aug Brewers Negro League Tribute Night
25-Aug Reds African American Community Night
13-Sep Giants African American Heritage Night
6/30 – 7/2 Detroit Negro Leagues Weekend
6/30 – 8/2 Detroit 15th Annual Negro Leagues Weekend
8/18-19/2017 Braves Hank Aaaron Heritage Weekend
Latinos and Hispanics
7-May Padres Domingos Padres: Celebration of Venezuelan Culture
9-May Dodgers Mexican Heritage Night
23-Jun Miami Venezuelan Heritage Night
2-Jul Padres Domingos Padres: Celebration of Domincan Republic Culture
12-Aug Detroit Fiesta Tigres
25-Aug Miami Domincan Heritage Night
25-Aug Phillies Goya Latino Family Celebration
8-Sep Nationals Roberto Clemente/Hispanic Heritage Day
9-Sep Arizona Hispanic Heritage Day
9-Sep Mariners Salute to Latin American Beisbol Night
9-Sep Rangers Hispanic Heritiage Night
15-Sep Detroit Hispanic Heritage Month Recognition
15-Sep Detroit Hispanic Heritage
17-Sep Miami Nicaraguan Heritage Day
22-Sep Reds Fiesta Rojos (for Hispanic Heritage Month)
22-Sep White Sox Hispanic Heritage Night
23-Sep Astros Hispanic Heritage Street Fest
23-Sep Astros Hispanic Heritage Street Fest
23-Sep Padres Hispanic Heritage NIght
24-Sep Padres Domingos Padres: Celebration of Hispanic Cultures
27-Sep Dodgers Hispanic Heritage Night
1-Oct Miami Mexican Heritage Day
European Americans
25-Apr Giants Irish Heritage Night 1
2-May Nationals Irish Heritage Day
12-May White Sox Italian Heritage Night
19-May Detroit Polish Night
5-Jun Phillies Irish Heritage Celebration
9-Jun Giants Portuguese Heritage Night
20-Jun Phillies Greek Heritage Celebration
27-Jun White Sox Polish Heritage Night
18-Jul White Sox Greek Heritage Night
28-Jul Phillies Italian Heritage Celebration
22-Aug Giants Irish Heritage Night 2
25-Aug Oakland Italian Heritage Night
31-Aug Giants Italian Heritage Night
18-Sep Detroit Greek Heritage Night
18-Sep Detroit Greek Heritage
22-Sep Detroit Irish Heritage Night
22-Sep Detroit Irish Heritage
23-Sep Mariners Oktoberfest
23-Sep Mariners Oktoberfest
26-Sep Oakland Portuguese Heritage Night
27-Sep Phillies Oktoberfest
29-Sep Giants Oktoberfest
29-Sep Nationals Oktoberfest
9/15-17/2017 Reds Oktoberfest
Religious Heritage
13-Jun Red Sox Jewish Heritage Night
25-Jun Dodgers Christian Faith Day
21-Jul Dodgers Mormon Night
13-Aug Dodgers Jewish Community Day
15-Aug Oakland Jewish Heritage Night
21-Aug Giants Jewish Heritage Night
27-Aug Nationals Jewish Community Day
3-Sep Miami Jewish Heritage Day
14-Sep Phillies Jewish Heritage Celebration

2017 MLB Bobblehead Giveaways


Now that I’ve finally acquired my first bobblehead of the year (more on that later this week), it’s time to finally post the list of MLB bobblehead giveaways. Below are the giveaways for June as well as the bobbleheads already given out this year at MLB ballparks. I’ll publish future giveaways for this year at the end of each month during the season – i.e., look for the list of July bobblehead giveaways on June 30th.

June Giveaways
2-4-Jun Reds Iron Man Bobblehead (special ticket required)
3-Jun Brewers Iron Man Bobblehead (special ticket)
3-Jun Mariners Nelson Cruz
3-Jun Miami Giancarlo Stanton 2016 MLB Home Run Derby Bobblehead
3-Jun Oakland Khris Davis
3-Jun Orioles Manny Machado Starting Lineup Figure
3-Jun Rangers Cole Hamels Super Hero Bobblehead
3-Jun Reds Anthony DeSciafani
3-Jun Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: Alex Gordon
4-Jun Blue Jays Josh Donaldson
6-Jun Dodgers Justin Turner
7-Jun Brewers Stitch ‘n Pitch Bobblehead featuring Brewers Racing Sausage Bratwurst (special ticket)
8-Jun Cubs “World Series MVP” Bobblehead
9-Jun Braves Bartolo Colon
9-Jun Cardinals Orlando Cepeda
9-Jun Nationals Tanner Roark
9-Jun Yankees Reggie Jackson
10-Jun Tampa Bay Matt Duffy Double Play Bobblehead
12-Jun Red Sox Chris Sale
13-Jun Cardinals Scott Terry mini bobblehead (special ticket)
16-Jun Braves Dansby “The Flow” Bobblehead
16-Jun Brewers Charlie Brown bobblehead (special ticket)
16-Jun Tigers Michael Fulmer Rookie of the Year Bobblehead
17-Jun Pirates Jordy Mercer
17-Jun Reds Pete Rose replica statue
18-Jun Oakland Marcus Semien Starting Lineup Action Figure
21-Jun Cubs Replica Rizzo Platinum and Gold Glove Trophy
21-Jun Dodgers Andre Ethier
21-Jun Phillies Phillies Star Wars Phanatic Red Leader (special ticket)
21-Jun Twins Brian Dozier “A Force 2B Reckoned With” Strormtrooper Bobblehead (special Ticket)
24-Jun Arizona Paul Goldschmidt X-Wing Fighter Pilot Star Wars Bobblehead
24-Jun Cardinals Bob Gibson “Final Out” bobblehead (part one of two)
24-Jun Giants Retro Bobble
24-Jun Tampa Bay Kevin Kiermaier Star Wars Bobblehead
25-Jun Cardinals Fredbird Bobblehead (kids 15 and under)
25-Jun White Sox Southpaw Birthday Bobbleheads (kids 13 and under)
26-Jun Cardinals Carlos Martinez and Matt Carpenter double bobblehead
27-Jun Red Sox Manny Ramirez
29-Jun Red Sox Charlie Brown (with special ticket purchase)
Past Dates and Other Bobblehead Giveaways
no date Reds Eric Davis 30/30 dual bobblehead with 6-game ticket plan
no date White Sox Carlton Fisk (when joinining Sox Pride Club)
no date White Sox Jim Thome (with purchase of SoxFest 2016 weekend hotel package)
4-Mar Tampa Bay Logan Forsythe
25-Mar Tampa Bay Raymond/DJ Kitty Bobblehead
5-Apr Red Sox Rick Porcello
8-Apr Arizona Jake Lamb
8-Apr Astros Jose Altuve “Handshake Series” Bobblehead
8-Apr Cardinals Yadier Molina
8-Apr Pirates Francisco Cervelli That’s Amore Singing Bobblehead
8-Apr Rockies DJ LeMahieu NL Batting Champion Bobblehead
8-Apr Tampa Bay Kevin Kiermaier Gold Glove Bobblehead
14-Apr Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. Replica Statue
14-Apr Miami Don Mattingly
14-Apr Nationals Daniel Murphy
14-Apr Red Sox Mookie Betts
15-Apr Dodgers Replica Jackie Robinson Statue
15-Apr Giants Johnny Cueto Shimmy Bobble
18-Apr Cardinals Red Schoendienst mini bobblehead (special ticket)
19-Apr Mariners Ichiro Dual Bobblehead
22-Apr Mets Matt Harvey garden gnome
22-Apr Tampa Bay Chris Archer Starting Lineup Figurine
23-Apr Brewers Jonathan Villar
25-Apr Cardinals Lou Brock mini bobblehead (special ticket)
28-Apr Cardinals Bruce Sutter garden gnome
28-Apr Royals Rusty Kuntz (special ticket)
29-Apr Cardinals Carols Martinez and Matt Carpenter Double Bobblehead
29-Apr Dodgers Corey Seager
29-Apr Rangers Adrian Beltre Dancing Legs Bobble
30-Apr Giants “Pence on Board” Plush Window Cling
30-Apr Yankees Gary Sanchez
2-May Cardinals Tom Pagnozzi mini bobblehead (special ticket)
3-May Dodgers Vin Sully Commemorative Microphone Statue
4-May Red Sox Mookie Betts Jedi bobblehead (with special ticket purchase)
5-May Reds Stormtrooper Bobblehead (special ticket)
6-May Braves R.A. Dickey Stormtrooper Bobblehead (special ticket)
6-May Mariners Felix Hernandez
6-May Oakland Bob Melvin
6-May Tampa Bay Bubble Blowin’ Evan Longoria
6-May Twins Rocket Raccoon Bobblehead
10-May Dodgers Kenley Jansen
13-May Brewers Jedi Keon Bobblehead (Star Wars Night) (special ticket)
13-May Rangers Elvis Andrus/Rougned Odor High Five Bobblehead (1 of 2)
13-May Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: Danny Duffy
14-May Blue Jays Marco Estrada
14-May Nationals Trea Turner
16-May Angels Trout MVP Season: Bobblehead 1 of 3
19-May Braves Ender Inciarte “Game Ender Catch” Bobblehead
19-May Cardinals Bobby Tolan mini bobblehead (special ticket)
19-May Reds Grateful Dead Terrapin figurine (special ticket)
20-May Astros Lance McCullers “Glow in the Dark” Gnome
20-May Cubs “The Final Out” Bobblehead
20-May Mariners Jay Buhner
20-May Mets David Wright Starting Lineup Figurine
20-May Pirates Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair
20-May Reds Adam Duvall
23-May Dodgers Joc Pederson
24-May Red Sox Craig Kimbrel
27-May Indians Jose Ramirez
28-May Brewers Robin Yount
28-May Miami Felo Ramirez
30-May Cardinals Whitey Herzog mini bobblehead (special ticket)

Stat-urday, 6/10/2017


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Masahiro Tanaka in 2015, photo taken by Arturo Pardavila III via Wikipedia

June is Immigrant Heritage Month and after a week of disturbing comments about foreign-born players essentially needing to learn English (from Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt – both of whom later apologized), its time to take a closer look at baseball demographics. According to the most recent Racial and Gender Report Card for MLB, foreign-born players make up nearly one-third of MLB rosters, and minorities account for over 40 percent of all Major Leaguers.

Here is a break down of the demographics:

Opening Day Rosters

2016

2017

Black, African American, or African Canadian

7.7%

7.7%

Hispanic or Latino

28.5%

31.9%

Asian

1.7%

1.9%

White

59.1%

57.5%

     
Foreign-born players

27.5%

29.8%