How to Experience the Ballpark This Summer


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McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Photo by Meegs via Wikipedia.

Yesterday was Memorial Day, meaning summer is unofficially here! For many of us, summer means an afternoon or evening at the ballpark with a hot dog and cold beverage. Will we have to do without that this year? Well, maybe not – at least, sort of. Given the current restrictions due to coronavirus as well as concerns about whether or not Minor League Baseball will be played this year, many MiLB teams are coming up with unique solutions to stay in business right now – or at least entertain us. The Pawtucket Red Sox, for example, have found a way to allow fans to experience their 78-year old ballpark, which was to be their home for just one more season this year. With Rhode Island now allowing restaurants to serve customers outdoors, the PawSox are offering on-field dining. Capacity is limited to 20 tables of no more than 5 people. There is at least 8 feet between tables.

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Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, Florida. Photo courtesy of the City of Pensacola.

According to MiLB.com’s Ben Hill, several teams have offered curbside pickup of ballpark foods, at least on a limited basis. In fact, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, are not only offering curbside pick-up, but are providing “safe outdoor dining for lunch, dinner and brunch with eating spaced throughout the ballpark, giving fans access to Blue Wahoos Stadium’s award-winning views of Pensacola Bay and exclusive areas of the ballpark.” The team also explained their safety precautions:

“The safety of customers and Blue Wahoos staff is the team’s number one priority. All Blue Wahoos staff will have their temperature taken when they arrive at the ballpark each day and all staff will wear a protective mask when inside the ballpark. All in-stadium seating will spaced a minimum of six feet apart. Fans in line to order will be required to maintain six feet distance between themselves and other customers. During all in-stadium dining availability, a Blue Wahoos Compliance Manager will oversee the ballpark to ensure physical distancing and safety guidelines are strictly followed by all. In accordance with CDC COVID-19 safe dining guidelines, no refills will be offered on any product and all condiments will be delivered in single-serve packets.”

The Blue Wahoos have also put their stadium on AirBnB. For $1,500 a night, you can stay at the ballpark. You get access to the clubhouse, batting cages, and field. A bedroom connected to the clubhouse sleeps 10 and includes a kitchenette. Sign me up!

Here are some other examples of teams offering curbside pickup of ballpark food:

  • Several teams have offered food on limited dates. The Altoona Curve had a limited sale of their “Curve Burgers,” which were available for pre-order and ready for pick-up on May 5 and May 22.
  • The Charleston RiverDogs have ballpark meals available for pickup and delivery via DoorDash. Their specialties include the Alehouse Brat, the Southern Kenchi Dog, the Homewrecker hot dog, and the Brisket Ramen Bowl.
  • Wednesdays through Fridays, the Beloit Snappers offer a “Ballpark Drive-Thru” where you can get hotdogs, burgers, and brats. Diners call-in their orders and in 15-20 minutes can drive up to the ballpark and get their meals.
  • The Clinton LumberKings sell meals for pickup each Thursday. Orders of $25 or more receive a free bobblehead. You can even order a t-shirt while you’re at it!

Minor league teams are offering other forms of entertainment as well. The Daytona Tortugas have started a Summer Movie Series at their stadium, Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Naturally, the first movie shown was “42.” On-field seating areas are at least 10’ by 10’ (for a family of four) with 10’ walkways in between. Several different packages are available to be reserved on their website and concessions will be available for purchase.

~ baseballrebecca

Monday Baseball Motivation for Memorial Day


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ERECTED BY THE
CITY OF BALTIMORE
1954

DEDICATED BY
THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL
AND THE PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE CITY
IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND

As a Memorial to All
‘Who so Valiantly Fought
‘and Served in the World
‘Wars with Eternal
‘Gratitude to Those Who
‘Made the Supreme
‘Sacrifice to Preserve
Equality and Freedom
‘Throughout the World

TIME WILL NOT DIM THE GLORY OF THEIR DEEDS

 

Thank you to those who gave their lives for our freedom. Happy Memorial Day!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Best of the Week: 5/17/2020 – 5/23/2020


Orioles’ great Brooks Robinson turned 83 on Monday and some of his friends and teammates threw him a birthday party on Zoom – which is one of the best things I’ve seen all year!

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 5/23/2020


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Manny Ramirez with the Rhinos in 2013. Photo by P5693852 via Wikipedia.

Its nearly the end of May and we still have no baseball in the United States. Fortunately, we do have daily broadcasts of the Chinese Professional Baseball League and the Korea Baseball Organization. So, now all we need is some stats to study.

Fortunately, Sports Reference has updated their stats on the CPBL going back to its first season in 1990. (If you’re looking for the history of the KBO, those stats are also on Baseball Reference.) For example, if you want to learn more about the 2013 CPBL season, when Manny Ramirez appeared in 49 games for the EDA Rhinos, you can get all the stats you want, including the league batting leagues for the season:

 

Rk Name Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Yi-Quan Lin 27 EDA 113 462 417 66 149 26 0 18 79 4 5 38 42 0.357 0.409 0.549 0.958
2 Manny Ramirez 41 EDA 49 206 182 24 64 13 0 8 43 0 0 21 21 0.352 0.422 0.555 0.977
3 Kuo Hui Lo 27 EDA 102 398 357 60 125 31 2 14 65 5 3 34 45 0.350 0.411 0.566 0.976
4 Chin-lung Hu 29 EDA 99 414 393 71 135 27 3 5 38 12 1 15 24 0.344 0.368 0.466 0.834
5 Hong-Yu Lin 27 LNW 112 454 402 68 138 22 2 12 73 2 0 34 79 0.343 0.407 0.498 0.905
6 Chih-Sheng Lin 31 LNW 48 191 164 31 56 13 2 5 29 10 2 23 25 0.341 0.424 0.537 0.961
7 Zong-Nan Lin 31 EDA 72 275 241 37 77 13 2 1 30 6 4 22 31 0.320 0.378 0.402 0.781
8 Zheng-Min Peng 34 BTH 116 469 403 60 128 25 0 10 74 15 6 60 63 0.318 0.409 0.454 0.863
9 Si-Qi Zhou* 31 BTH 105 443 399 49 126 24 3 8 54 6 0 34 57 0.316 0.370 0.451 0.821
10 Yung-Chi Chen 29 UPR 101 433 385 71 121 17 2 9 51 18 2 40 46 0.314 0.376 0.439 0.815
11 Xiu-Yan Kuo 27 LNW 60 223 204 19 64 4 2 1 26 3 2 10 25 0.314 0.342 0.368 0.710
12 Zhao-Xing Zheng 36 EDA 100 350 319 35 100 21 0 0 38 3 2 19 28 0.313 0.351 0.379 0.730
13 Zhi-Gang Kao 32 UPR 90 316 284 47 88 15 0 1 30 5 2 22 38 0.310 0.366 0.373 0.739
14 Zhi-Wei Deng 24 UPR 106 398 370 52 114 29 2 10 59 1 1 25 72 0.308 0.357 0.478 0.835
15 Zhi-Xiang Lin 26 UPR 99 388 351 48 108 10 3 1 50 23 7 24 38 0.308 0.352 0.362 0.714
16 Zheng-Wei Zhang* 26 BTH 98 433 402 50 124 15 3 0 32 16 7 21 40 0.308 0.350 0.361 0.710
17 Xuan-Ren Xie* 27 LNW 75 212 186 25 56 6 0 0 19 17 4 20 30 0.301 0.373 0.333 0.707
18 Wux-Iong Pan* 32 UPR 74 287 253 32 76 13 1 2 43 4 1 33 36 0.300 0.383 0.383 0.767
19 Kuo-Qing Kao 34 UPR 112 447 418 53 123 19 0 6 46 3 0 24 64 0.294 0.331 0.383 0.714
20 Chin-Feng Chen 35 LNW 49 186 167 19 49 12 2 6 23 0 2 13 40 0.293 0.349 0.497 0.846
21 Tai-Shan Chang 36 UPR 119 501 470 58 136 31 1 9 90 1 1 22 53 0.289 0.323 0.417 0.740
22 Da-Hong Zheng 32 EDA 107 345 304 54 88 18 3 0 32 17 4 25 37 0.289 0.351 0.368 0.719
23 Jian-Yu Kuo 28 BTH 101 401 368 38 106 7 3 0 24 8 8 23 73 0.288 0.331 0.323 0.654
24 Zhi-Ping Lin 28 LNW 101 382 343 45 98 14 2 0 30 12 5 31 48 0.286 0.347 0.338 0.686
25 Jun-Hui Chen 32 UPR 51 138 129 20 36 6 0 4 17 1 0 3 27 0.279 0.319 0.419 0.737

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Films on Friday: Edgar Martinez Makes a Bat


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Edgar Martinez in 1997. Phone by Clare_and_Ben via Wikipedia

Earlier this week, MLB.com posted an article on the weirdest MLB promotions ever. The article mentions a functioning Edgar Martinez bat light bobblehead that was given away by the Seattle Mariners in 2017. The idea came from a popular series of commercials for Eagle Hardware in which Mariners players appeared in the hardware store.

Below is the series of Edgar Martinez commercials, which are absolutely priceless – and check out the other Eagle Hardware Mariners ads with Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, and Dan Wilson on the Jones Advertising YouTube page.

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baseball Sociologist Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month


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Masahiro Tanaka pitching for the Ratuten Golden Eagles in 2007. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

I’ve been posting about the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Korea Baseball Organization, Hyun Soo Kim, and related topics for weeks now. In fact, every May, I’ve written something in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. To organize this growing body of blog posts, I’ve put together some links to the posts I’ve written over the years about Asian Pacific Islanders; professional baseball in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; and players from Asian countries, American Samoa, and Hawaii. Check out the links below!

Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month!

~ baseballrebecca

Baseball Sociologist Posts on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (date  published appears in parentheses):

American Samoa

Hawaii

 

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Ichiro Suzuki in 2017. Photo by Johnmaxmena2 via Wikipedia.

Japan

Korea

Taiwan

U.S. players in Japan, Korean, and Taiwan

MLB and MiLB Heritage Celebrations: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Other

 

 

RiverDogs Partner with the Lions


Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Park, “The Joe,” Home of the Charleston RiverDogs (photo courtesy of the City of Charleston, South Carolina).

Yesterday, the Charleston RiverDogs, single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced a new partnership with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).  The team noted: “This mutually beneficial relationship between the two organizations is set to begin immediately with the main objective of encouraging fans to ‘adopt’ the Samsung Lions as the Charleston RiverDogs’ partner team. The two teams will work together to cultivate a fanbase of Lions fans in the Charleston-area, as Lowcountry baseball fans anticipate the return of baseball at Joseph P. Riley Jr., Park.” The partnership is a result of a 2018 visit of the Samsung Lions front-office staff to the RiverDogs and Charleston, South Carolina.

The press release further noted the highlights of the partnership:

  • Posting of Samsung Lions team information on RiverDogs’ media outlets
  • Educating fans about the KBO and the similarities and differences of baseball in another country
  • Promotions conducted jointly by the two teams via social media, allowing fans to learn more about the Samsung Lions
  • A RiverDogs “To-Go from The Joe” Korean food collaboration with the Samsung Lions
  • A merchandise collaboration between the RiverDogs and the Samsung Lions

Below are Tweets from the two teams regarding their partnership (note that the RiverDogs now spell out their Twitter handle in Korean):

Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

~ baseballrebecca