Happy 4th, everyone!
Happy 4th, everyone!
Happy Minor League Baseball Opening Day! Even better than MLB Opening Day, MiLB Opening Day features games in 54 communities across the country. To help you prepare, I’ve organized below some information to answer almost any question you might have about MiLB.
Who will you be rooting for?
MiLB Opening Day Toolkit:
MiLB’s A-Z guide for the 2018 season
The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here! MLB Opening Day is today, with all 30 teams scheduled to play.
With zero days left, today we feature No. 0 for the Frederick Keys, their mascot, Keyote. As we counted down the days until Opening Day, we looked at ten players’ charitable activities – but that was only a sample. Each year, both MLB and MiLB, all of their teams, and many of their players, are involved in their communities in a variety of ways, including running charitable foundations. One such effort is Frederick Keys Cares, which was created by the Frederick Keys in 1999 in memory of Joel Stephens, a minor leaguer who succumbed to colon cancer at age 22 in 1998. Also known as the Joel A. Stephens Memorial Fund, the Fund “awards grants to nonprofit organizations serving Frederick County [Maryland] youth or young adults 22 years of age and younger or religious organizations in need of funding for non-sectarian activities benefiting youth activities.”
Go Keys! Go O’s!
Earlier this week, the baseball world paid tribute to Home Run Derby, the Bat Dog of the Trenton Thunder who died after a bout with cancer. In memoriam, Ben Hill of milb.com wrote a great piece today on baseball’s bat dogs. The Trenton Thunder announced that they will celebrate Derby Day on January 26th, Derby’s birthday.
Just to cheer us up a little, here is some adorable footage of Gleyber Torres playing with Derby and his son, Rookie:
Thanks for the memories, Derby! May you now get all the dog treats you want!
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.
I’m not sure when LEGO Everything became a thing, but it seems in addition to LEGO Superheroes and LEGO Star Wars characters, there also are LEGO baseball players. This became abundantly clear when the LEGO Play Ball Tour came to Prince George’s Stadium this week. In addition to having LEGO figures along the concourse and LEGOs for kids to build and create with, we also had the LEGO Baysox Starting Lineup on the scoreboard. (With the exception of the number 7 batter, Chris O’Brien. For some reason, Chris didn’t get his own LEGO character.) Let’s go (LEGO) Baysox!