News of the devastation from Hurricane Maria is slowly coming in, but here are a few scenes from the baseball angle:
To help in the relief efforts on the island, former New York Yankee Jorge Posada and others have set up a relief fund. Although they’ve already reached their initial goal, every additional amount can only help.
Garabez Rosa of the Bowie Baysox was named Eastern League MVP this week! Congrats, Garabez!!
Alec Asher pitched for the Bowie Baysox in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs yesterday. He pitched 1.2 innings, gave up 5 hits and 3 earned runs, racking up a 16.20 ERA for his efforts. The Baysox lost 8-4.
What I don’t understand is why was he pitching for us in the first place? Asher pitched in only 34 games all season, none of them with Bowie. The time he spent in the minors this year was with the Orioles AAA affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. And he only pitched in 10 games with them.
Was Asher our consolation prize for the O’s taking Austin Hays from us right before the playoffs? I wouldn’t begrudge Hays his MLB playing time, but we’d like to have him for the playoffs.
The Baysox have lost the first two games of the 5-game series to the Altoona Curve. The series continues in Altoona tonight.
Generally, the week after Labor Day is one of the saddest of the entire year. I’m always sad when the Minor League Baseball season ends. Sure, some of our guys might get called up for the end of the season. But it’s just not the same without them playing in down the street and in other towns and cities across the U.S.
This year, however, is different. Both the Frederick Keys and the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles single A and double A affiliates, are in the playoffs. Game one for both teams is tonight – and they’re both playing at home.
Two years ago, the Bowie Baysox were the Eastern League champions. We’re hoping to take home the trophy again!
Good luck to both the Keys and the Baysox!
Bowie Baysox, 2015 Eastern League Champions (photo courtesy of milb.com)
I love it when you see the local team represented immediately upon arriving at a new location. Recently, I had a layover in Minneapolis. As I stepped off the airplane into the walkway, the first thing I saw was a Delta ad stating they were the official airline of the Minnesota Twins.
Then I found this cool restaurant in the airport:
I love a town that loves its baseball team!