Best of the Week: 5/24/2020 – 5/30/2020


It’s been a terrible week. I contemplated posting nothing this week – how could there be a “best” anything with COVID deaths reaching 100,000 in the U.S., MLB firing scores of minor leaguers, and the death of George Floyd? And while 2020 likely had its worst week yet, there was one tiny bit of news that kind of, sort of, wasn’t awful: although minor leaguers are being released and others may or may not get their measly pay from their parent clubs, Dodgers’ pitcher David Price will be giving $1,000 to each of the Dodgers minor leaguers.

I mean, it won’t pay the rent, but at least he’s paying them more than MLB is.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Hyun Soo Kim in Bowie


Since we’re nearing the end of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, let’s recall that time when my favorite Korean baseball player did a rehab stint with my favorite baseball team, the Bowie Baysox. In July 2016, he appeared in two games for the Baysox, going 2-for-7 with one home run (check out the abbreviated box scores below):

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

Bowie Baysox, July 24, 2016

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Hyun Soo Kim DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    a- Austin Wynns PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.25
Garabez Rosa RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.32
Chance Sisco C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.32
Quincy Latimore LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.22
Sharlon Schoop 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.21
Chris O’Brien 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.21
Drew Dosch 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0.24
Adrian Marin SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.25
Jay Gonzalez CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.17
Totals 30 2 6 1 0 0 2 4 11 0.26

a-Flied out for Kim in the 7th.

 

Bowie Baysox, July 25, 2016

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Drew Dosch 3B 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0.244
Hyun Soo Kim LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.286
    Quincy Latimore LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.223
Garabez Rosa RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.321
Chance Sisco DH 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.322
Sharlon Schoop 2B 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.243
Joey Terdoslavich 1B 3 1 2 0 0 1 4 2 0 0.240
Chris O’Brien C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.208
Adrian Marin SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.243
Jay Gonzalez CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.133
Totals 37 9 11 1 0 3 9 6 4 0.264

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FredNats At-Home Opener


Today is Opening Day for the Fredericksburg Nationals! Although no actual games are being played, that hasn’t stopped teams from celebrating Opening Day at home. So today the Fredericksburg Nationals, who have yet to take the field in their new stadium, are joining the fun.

The FredNats were set to celebrate their first home game tonight at their new park, the New Fredericksburg Ballpark. After the 2019 season, the Washington Nationals single-A affiliate, then known as the Potomac Nationals, packed up their bags and moved down I-95 to their brand new home in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The team announced yesterday that the festivities begin today at 9 a.m. According to their press release, “Fans are invited to join the FredNats in celebrating what will be their first season in Fredericksburg on their social media pages with 9 innings of games, giveaways, interviews with coaches, a first pitch, and more!” The day’s events all lead up to a broadcast at 5:30 pm which includes a tour of the ballpark, a ceremony in honor of local health care works, and presentations from team ownership and city leaders.

Check out their stadium update video below and have a Happy FredNats Opening Day!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Latest on MLB-MiLB Negotiations


Pitcher Sean Doolittle is among those who disagree with the proposal to eliminate 42 Minor League Baseball Teams

In October, MLB released the details of its plans to contract Minor League Baseball and by November people began to understand the potential impact of MLB’s proposal for eliminating 42 minor league teams – 25 percent of the current teams. Since then, various MLB players, MiLB owners, and politicians have commented on the issue. Most agree that contraction is not what is needed to increase the fan base and address issues such as aging facilities. Over the weekend, MLB and MiLB each took swipes at each other, with MLB threatening to find other partners. Here’s a brief timeline of what has transpired since mid-November:

CBS Los Angeles ran this piece on the latest just yesterday:

 

MLB and MiLB have all of next year to fight this out, as the Professional Baseball Agreement between the two is set to expire at the end of 2020.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minor League Contraction?


Richmond County Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees. Photo by Doug Kerr, via Wikipedia

A few weeks ago, Major League Baseball released its plan to overhaul its player development system and reorganize the minor leagues. The current proposal would eliminate 42 MiLB teams, among other changes.  The contraction of teams has brought nationwide attention and criticism – including a letter from more than 100 members of Congress to MLB. Just this week, in fact, Congress created the “Save Minor League Baseball Taskforce” co-chaired by Representatives Max Rose (D-NY) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho).

I’m still studying the proposed changes and contemplating their impact on the communities involved – but I’ve posted the list of teams below. I’ll post more info later.

~ baseballrebecca

League Level Team Affiliate Location
Midwest A Burlington Bees Angels IA
Midwest A Clinton LumberKings Marlins IA
Midwest A Quad Cities River Bandits Astros IA
South Atlantic A Hagerstown Suns Nationals MD
South Atlantic A Lexington Legends Royals KY
South Atlantic A West Virginia Power Mariners WV
Eastern AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies Mets NY
Eastern AA Erie SeaWolves Tigers PA
Southern AA Chattanooga Lookouts Reds TN
Southern AA Jackson Generals D-Backs TN
California Adv. A Lancaster Jethawks Rockies CA
Carolina Adv. A Frederick Keys Orioles MD
Florida State Adv. A Daytona Tortugas Reds FL
Florida State Adv. A Florida Fire Frogs Braves FL
Appalachian Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays Blue Jays WV
Appalachian Rookie Bristol Pirates Pirates VA
Appalachian Rookie Burlington Royals Royals NC
Appalachian Rookie Daville Braves Braves VA
Appalachian Rookie Elizabethton Twins Twins TN
Appalachian Rookie Greeneville Reds Reds TN
Appalachian Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Cardinals TN
Appalachian Rookie Princeton Rays Rays WV
Appalachian Rookie Kingsport Mets Mets TN
Pioneer Rookie Billings Mustangs Reds MT
Pioneer Rookie Grand Junction Rockies Rockies CO
Pioneer Rookie Great Falls Voyagers White Sox MT
Pioneer Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars Royals ID
Pioneer Rookie Missoula PaddleHeads D-Backs MT
Pioneer Rookie Ogden Raptors Dodgers UT
Pioneer Rookie Orem Owlz Angels UT
Pioneer Rookie Rocky Mountain Vibes Brewers CO
New York-Penn Short- Season A Auburn Doubledays Nationals NY
New York-Penn Short- Season A Batavia Muckdogs Marlins NY
New York-Penn Short- Season A Connecticut Tigers Tigers CT
New York-Penn Short- Season A Lowell Spinners Red Sox MA
New York-Penn Short- Season A Mahoning Valley Scrappers Indians OH
New York-Penn Short- Season A State College Spikes Cardinals PA
New York-Penn Short- Season A Staten Island Yankees Yankees NY
New York-Penn Short- Season A Vermont Lake Monsters A’s VT
New York-Penn Short- Season A Williamsport Crosscutters Phillies PA
Northwest Short- Season A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Giants OR
Northwest Short- Season A Tri-City Dust Devils Padres WA