If you think the All-Star Break is all but over, you’re wrong. Tonight the Triple A All-Star game will be played between the International League and Pacific League all-stars. The Eastern League All-Star game will also be played tonight. Both games will be on MiLB.TV.
Yesterday, before the first pitch of the MLB All-Star Game was even thrown, one of my very own Bowie Baysox, Aderlin Rodriguez, had won the Eastern League Home Run Derby. The Triple A home run derby took place on Monday, with the title being captured by Bryce Brentz of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Brentz hit 18 home runs and Rodriguez hit 14 to win their respective titles.
Yesterday, Kathie Lee Gifford expressed her love for the Bowie Baysox on national TV! Gifford grew up in Bowie, MD, and highlighted our local minor league team on the Today show’s “Favorite Things” feature.
On Opening Day, Today also did a nice piece on baseball for Opening Day. It, too, mentioned the minor leagues. And for MiLB Opening Day, a few MiLB mascots made sure they got themselves on TV:
It’s nice to see minor league baseball getting national coverage. I’m still not sure how much casual fans know about the minor leagues, or if they follow them like The Baseball Sociologist does, but at least someone at the Today show loves MiLB!
Psssst. Wanna hear a secret? This is probably the greatest Major League secret of all time: during Spring Training you can go watch Baltimore Orioles minor league spring training games at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, FL. You can get as close as a Little League game and watch the up-and-coming Orioles perfect their skills. And you don’t even need a ticket. It’s the coolest thing EVER!
I was a little nervous at first. There wasn’t anything on the Orioles’ website or other Spring Training websites about the details of minor league camp. After all, for at least the last couple years, there has been information on spring training for the O’s minor league players on various websites. So I wondered why nothing was published this year. Nonetheless, we approached tentatively, just as players began leaving the facility’s building. Not wishing to disturb them, we slowed our pace. After the first group of players passed us, we walked up to the stands, not much larger than your typical local baseball field’s seating area, and took our places. Soon we began seeing familiar names and faces: Henry Urrutia, Adrian Marin, Drew Dosch, and Glynn Davis – all Bowie Baysox players.
But then I noticed two more familiar players: Caleb Joseph and Zach Britton. Britton was scheduled to get some work in at minor league camp the day we went. We got to see Zach Brittonin action, close-up, at minor league camp! This was one of the best spring training experiences I’ve ever had! (Oh, by the way, Zach threw 12 pitches and struck out the side.)
We got to see our favorite minor leaguers at a game that felt like it was just for us. There were only a few other fans, a bunch of minor leaguers, and us. Of course, there were also no announcements, no scoreboard, and no other distractions. Just simply baseball – and totally awesome!
Generally, I dread the All-Star Break. Annually, the day after the All-Star Game is a sad day, because there are no MLB games scheduled. But this year, the day after the day after the All-Star Game is also a day without Major League Baseball.
What are we supposed to do?
We have come to expect baseball to be a part of our daily existence from April through September, with that one day off. Usually at least one Major League team has a game the Thursday after the All-Star Game. But this year, we get nothing.
What cruel human beings are they to deprive us of baseball for two days in a row?
Thankfully, Minor League Baseball is there to fill the void. And I am one of the lucky ones because my hometown team, the Bowie Baysox, are in town tonight! In fact, 96 minor league games will be played today, including the Cedar Rapids Kernals v. the Lake County Captains, beginning at 11 am (Eastern). Several evening games will even be on MiLB.TV, if you subscribe. But even if you don’t have access to MiLB.TV, many teams provide audio links to their radio broadcasts on their websites, and you can always watch the graphic representation of the games on the teams’ Gameday pages. I’ve posted today’s MiLB schedule below, or you can go to the MiLB website for more info.
Deux Montréalais qui vont visiter chaque terrain de la ligue majeure de baseball pour promouvoir le retour d'une équipe de baseball à Montréal Two montrealers visiting all the mlb ballparks to promote the return of an mlb franchise in Montreal