Two More All-Star Games


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.

Congrats MiLB All-Stars!

~ baseballrebecca

Love for Minor League Baseball


KLEeYesterday, 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!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minor. League. Camp.


IMG_0135Psssst. 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 IMG_0161last 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.

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Zach and Caleb after Zach’s 1-inning outing.

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 Britton in 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!

~ baseballrebecca

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Ready for Spring


This picture was so pretty, I just needed to share it! Who’s ready for Spring (Training)?

~ baseballrebecca

No games scheduled on this date??


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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.

Crisis averted.

~ baseballrebecca

League Away Home Time (ET) MiLB.TV
MID Cedar Rapids Lake County 11:00 AM
FSL Clearwater Palm Beach 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Blue Jays GCL Phillies 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Cardinals GCL Marlins 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Nationals GCL Mets 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Pirates GCL Yankees East 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Rays GCL Red Sox 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Tigers East GCL Braves 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Twins GCL Orioles 12:00 PM
GCL GCL Yankees West GCL Tigers West 12:00 PM
FSL Bradenton Dunedin 6:30 PM
FSL Daytona St. Lucie 6:30 PM
INT Durham Syracuse 6:35 PM YES
EAS Hartford Binghamton 6:35 PM YES
FSL Jupiter Brevard County 6:35 PM
FSL Lakeland Charlotte 6:35 PM
MID Beloit Dayton 7:00 PM YES
APP Bristol Kingsport 7:00 PM
NYP Connecticut Tri-City 7:00 PM
APP Elizabethton Danville 7:00 PM
FSL Fort Myers Tampa 7:00 PM
EAS Harrisburg Altoona 7:00 PM YES
NYP Hudson Valley Staten Island 7:00 PM YES
APP Johnson City Burlington 7:00 PM
SAL Lakewood Hickory 7:00 PM
NYP Lowell Brooklyn 7:00 PM
CAR Lynchburg Carolina 7:00 PM YES
EAS New Hampshire Portland 7:00 PM YES
CAR Potomac Winston-Salem 7:00 PM YES
APP Pulaski Greeneville 7:00 PM
EAS Reading Trenton 7:00 PM YES
NYP Aberdeen Batavia 7:05 PM
SAL Asheville Hagerstown 7:05 PM
NYP Auburn West Virginia 7:05 PM
SAL Augusta West Virginia 7:05 PM
INT Buffalo Lehigh Valley 7:05 PM YES
INT Charlotte Pawtucket 7:05 PM YES
INT Columbus Toledo 7:05 PM YES
SAL Delmarva Columbia 7:05 PM YES
EAS Erie Akron 7:05 PM YES
CAR Frederick Myrtle Beach 7:05 PM YES
SAL Greensboro Greenville 7:05 PM YES
INT Indianapolis Louisville 7:05 PM YES
SAL Lexington Kannapolis 7:05 PM
NYP Mahoning Valley State College 7:05 PM YES
INT Norfolk Rochester 7:05 PM YES
SOU Pensacola Jacksonville 7:05 PM YES
APP Princeton Bluefield 7:05 PM
MID Quad Cities Fort Wayne 7:05 PM
EAS Richmond Bowie 7:05 PM
SAL Rome Charleston 7:05 PM YES
INT Scranton/WB Gwinnett 7:05 PM YES
NYP Williamsport Vermont 7:05 PM
CAR Wilmington Salem 7:05 PM
SOU Mobile Chattanooga 7:15 PM
MID Great Lakes Burlington 7:30 PM
MID South Bend Clinton 7:30 PM
MID West Michigan Kane County 7:30 PM YES
MID Wisconsin Bowling Green 7:35 PM
AZL AZL White Sox AZL Indians 8:00 PM
AZL AZL White Sox AZL Indians Game 2
PCL Fresno New Orleans 8:00 PM YES
SOU Jackson Mississippi 8:00 PM YES
MID Lansing Peoria 8:00 PM
TEX Frisco Corpus Christi 8:05 PM YES
TEX Midland San Antonio 8:05 PM YES
PCL Sacramento Round Rock 8:05 PM YES
PCL Salt Lake Omaha 8:05 PM YES
CAL San Jose Lancaster 8:05 PM
CAL San Jose Lancaster Game 2 YES
TEX Springfield NW Arkansas 8:05 PM YES
SOU Tennessee Montgomery 8:05 PM YES
PCL Las Vegas Iowa 8:08 PM YES
SOU Birmingham Biloxi 8:10 PM YES
TEX Tulsa Arkansas 8:10 PM YES
PIO Missoula Ogden 9:00 PM
PIO Orem Great Falls 9:00 PM
PIO Grand Junction Billings 9:05 PM
PCL Memphis Albuquerque 9:05 PM YES
PCL Nashville El Paso 9:05 PM YES
PIO Helena Idaho Falls 9:15 PM YES
NWL Vancouver Boise 9:15 PM
NWL Salem-Keizer Spokane 9:30 PM
AZL AZL Athletics AZL Giants 10:00 PM
AZL AZL Dodgers AZL Reds 10:00 PM
AZL AZL Mariners AZL Padres 10:00 PM
AZL AZL Rangers AZL D-backs 10:00 PM
AZL AZL Royals AZL Cubs 10:00 PM
CAL Visalia Lake Elsinore 10:00 PM
PCL Col. Springs Tacoma 10:05 PM YES
NWL Everett Hillsboro 10:05 PM YES
CAL Inland Empire Rancho Cucamonga 10:05 PM
PCL Okla. City Reno 10:05 PM YES
CAL High Desert Stockton 10:10 PM
NWL Eugene Tri-City 10:15 PM
CAL Modesto Bakersfield 10:45 PM