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

 

Happy Birthday to The Bee!


img_0140Happy Birthday to former Oriole, Al Bumbry, affectionately called “The Bee”!

Alonza Benjamin Bumbry was born on this date in 1947 in Fredericksburg, VA. Bumbry signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 1968 after graduating from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University). After 35 games with the Stockton Ports in 1969, he put his baseball career on hold to fulfill his two-year military service obligation with the U.S. Army. He was a platoon leader from July 1969 to June 1971 during the Vietnam War and earned a Bronze Star for his service. He returned to the Orioles’ organization in 1971, playing for the Aberdeen Pheasants in 1971 and for the Asheville Orioles and Rochester Red Wings in 1972.

Bumbry made his Major League debut with the O’s on September 5, 1972, and was named Rookie of the Year in 1973. Bumbry played with the Orioles for 12 years before signing with the San Diego Padres in 1985. He retired at the end of the 1985 season and was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2002, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

After his playing career, Bumbry was a first base coach for the Boston Red Sox (1988-1993), Baltimore Orioles (1995), and Cleveland Indians (1988 and 2002). He also was a coach for the minor league York Revolution and the Bowie Baysox. In 2012, the Baysox honored Bumbry with a bobblehead giveaway. In 2012 and 2013, Al’s son Steve Bumbry also played for the Baysox.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 4/11/2020


Yesterday, I posted a video of Aderlin Rodriguez, talking about his experiences in Japan playing for the Orix Buffaloes. I became a fan of Rodriguez when he was with the Bowie Baysox, the double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Thanks to Baseball Reference, we can get a snapshot of his career stats, so far:

Year Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 Mets GULF Rk NYM 17 72 62 5 18 3 0 1 10 9 15 0.290 0.389 0.387 0.776
2010 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A NYM 69 306 280 47 84 23 0 14 59 21 53 0.300 0.350 0.532 0.882
2010 Savannah SALL A NYM 8 39 30 3 6 1 0 1 11 6 10 0.200 0.333 0.333 0.667
2010 Kingsport APPY Rk NYM 61 267 250 44 78 22 0 13 48 15 43 0.312 0.352 0.556 0.908
2011 Savannah SALL A NYM 131 554 516 59 114 23 2 17 78 29 106 0.221 0.265 0.372 0.637
2012 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ NYM 125 515 471 60 124 26 1 24 83 37 101 0.263 0.321 0.476 0.797
2012 St. Lucie FLOR A+ NYM 42 163 153 19 37 5 0 8 24 8 30 0.242 0.288 0.431 0.720
2012 Savannah SALL A NYM 83 352 318 41 87 21 1 16 59 29 71 0.274 0.336 0.497 0.833
2012-13 Gigantes DOWL FgW 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
2013 St. Lucie FLOR A+ NYM 62 264 246 27 64 14 0 9 41 11 43 0.260 0.295 0.427 0.722
2013 Scottsdale AZFL Fal 19 73 72 2 14 2 0 0 3 0 18 0.194 0.205 0.222 0.428
2013-14 Gigantes DOWL FgW 2 5 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.200 0.200 0.400 0.600
2014 St. Lucie FLOR A+ NYM 89 360 339 32 82 20 2 6 54 16 73 0.242 0.284 0.366 0.650
2014-15 Gigantes DOWL FgW 4 11 10 1 2 0 0 1 3 1 6 0.200 0.273 0.500 0.773
2015 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA NYM 107 401 372 47 87 24 1 13 50 21 80 0.234 0.277 0.409 0.685
2015 Binghamton EL AA NYM 63 229 217 29 55 13 1 10 34 9 42 0.253 0.288 0.461 0.749
2015 Jackson SOUL AA SEA 44 172 155 18 32 11 0 3 16 12 38 0.206 0.262 0.335 0.597
2016 Frederick CARL A+ BAL 130 542 494 71 150 23 6 26 93 36 112 0.304 0.359 0.532 0.891
2016-17 Gigantes DOWL FgW 7 28 25 2 8 0 0 0 1 2 4 0.320 0.357 0.320 0.677
2017 Bowie EL AA BAL 125 536 484 61 135 25 1 22 76 43 102 0.279 0.341 0.471 0.812
2017-18 Gigantes DOWL FgW 28 103 94 14 21 3 0 4 12 8 20 0.223 0.282 0.383 0.665
2018 Bowie EL AA BAL 128 531 483 76 138 20 2 23 92 29 95 0.286 0.335 0.478 0.813
2018-19 Gigantes DOWL FgW 14 45 42 2 7 1 0 1 6 3 13 0.167 0.222 0.262 0.484
2019 El Paso PCL AAA SDP 75 289 265 54 85 26 0 19 64 14 46 0.321 0.363 0.634 0.997
2019-20 Escogido DOWL FgW 18 78 69 9 21 4 0 2 14 7 7 0.304 0.372 0.449 0.821
Minors (11 seasons) Minors 1058 4370 4012 539 1081 227 15 174 700 266 826 0.269 0.320 0.464 0.784
Foreign (7 seasons) Foreign 74 271 246 28 60 9 0 8 36 21 53 0.244 0.303 0.378 0.681
Other (1 season) Other 19 73 72 2 14 2 0 0 3 0 18 0.194 0.205 0.222 0.428
All Levels (11 Seasons) 1151 4714 4330 569 1155 238 15 182 739 287 897 0.267 0.317 0.455 0.772
AAA (1 season) Minors 75 289 265 54 85 26 0 19 64 14 46 0.321 0.363 0.634 0.997
AA (3 seasons) Minors 360 1468 1339 184 360 69 4 58 218 93 277 0.269 0.322 0.456 0.778
A+ (4 seasons) Minors 323 1329 1232 149 333 62 8 49 212 71 258 0.270 0.317 0.453 0.770
A (3 seasons) Minors 222 945 864 103 207 45 3 34 148 64 187 0.240 0.294 0.417 0.711
Rk (2 seasons) Minors 78 339 312 49 96 25 0 14 58 24 58 0.308 0.360 0.522 0.882

 

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Films on Friday: Aderlin in Japan


As you probably know, one of my all-time favorite players, Adam Jones, signed with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan during the off-season. Another of my favorites, Aderlin Rodriguez, formerly of the Bowie Baysox, is also new to the Buffaloes. Check out his thoughts about playing in Japan from a month ago:

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Andy Etchebarren


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Andy Etchebarren with the Baltimore Orioles (photo courtesy of MLB via Wikipedia)

Former Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren died Saturday at the age of 76. Etchebarren was born in Whittier, California, on June 20, 1943, and was of Basque descent. He made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles on September 26, 1962; in his career he was a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, and Milwaukee Brewers. His last MLB appearance was on April 20, 1978, for the Brewers. Rather than reiterate the tributes already written about him, I’ve provided a few links below:

What interests me most is his record as a minor league coach and manager. In 1984, he was the manager of the Stockton Mudville Nine, the class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. He served in various positions with the Brewers after that, including first base coach in 1985 and bench coach in 1987.

Beginning in 1993, Etchebarren managed several Orioles minor league teams. From 1993 to 1995, he was the manager of the rookie-leave Bluefield Orioles. Bluefield finished in 1st place in the league 1993 and 1995. For the next two years he served as bench coach with the Orioles, then returned to manage Bluefield in 1998.

He moved up the ranks to manage the single-A Frederick Keys in 1999 and the double-A Bowie Baysox in 2000. In 2001 and 2002, he managed the triple-A Rochester Red Wings. Between 2003 and 2006, Etchebarren was the Orioles “roving” minor league catching instructor and from 2005 to 2007, he managed the short-season-A Aberdeen IronBirds.

Etchebarren then moved on to the independent Atlantic League: he was a coach for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2008 and 2009 and then became the manager of the York Revolution, where he managed the team until his retirement after the 2012 season. Under his watch, the Revolution won the league championship in 2010 and 2011.

Current General Manager of the York Revolution, John Gibson, stated that next season the team will honor Etchebarren by wearing a patch with Etchebarren’s initials on their uniforms.

Rest in peace.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Minor League Towns of 2019


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Prince George’s Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox

SmartAsset has released their annual list of the Best Minor League Baseball Towns. This year, my favorite town, Bowie, MD, home of the Bowie Baysox, makes the list at #23!

To develop their rankings, SmartAsset creates two scores: the Game-Day Experience Score and the Quality of Life Score. The Game-Day Experience Score takes into consideration the following: average attendance, average attendance as a percentage of maximum capacity, win percentage, and minor league classification. The Quality of Life Score considers the violent crime rate, property crime rate, income after housing, unemployment rate, and dining and entertainment establishments.

Now, I’m not sure I’d agree with everything that goes into these scores. (For example, the Game Day-Experience Score is skewed toward triple-A teams, as the cities with AAA teams get higher scores and have a larger stadium capacity.) But it is fun to see how the list changes from year to year.

Check out the top 25 in the table below. How many of these Minor League towns have you been to? Do you agree with the list?

 ~ baseballrebecca

2019 Rank Change from 2018 Town
1 +1 Round Rock, TX
2 * San Antonio, TX
3 same Frisco, TX
4 +5 Columbus, OH
5 * Des Moines, IA
6 -2 El Paso, TX
7 * Amarillo, TX
8 +4 Portland, ME
9 -4 Durham, NC
10 +10 Reno, NV
11 * Midland, TX
12 -6 Springdale, AR
13 -2 Appleton, WI
14 * North Augusta, SC
15 -5 New York, NY (Brooklyn)
16 * Geneva, IL
17 * Charleston, SC
18 -5 Hillsboro, OR
19 * Las Vegas, NV
20 -2 Charlotte, NC
21 -4 Scranton, PA
22 * Sacramento, CA
23 * Bowie, MD
24 -16 Manchester, NH
25 * Pulaski, VA

* = not in the top 25 in 2018

 

 

 

Baysox Win a Golden Bobblehead


DSCN9287Congratulations to the Bowie Baysox, who won a Golden Bobblehead Award for their Moon Landing Specialty Jersey. The Baysox donned these awesome jerseys on July 20, 2019, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

The Golden Bobblehead Awards are given out each year at the Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit. The 2019 Summit was held last week. The award categories are as follows:

  • DSCN9294Best Specialty Jersey
  • Best Theme Night
  • Best In-Game Promotion
  • Best Non-Gameday Event
  • Best Community Promotion or Event
  • Best Digital Campaign or Activation
  • Best Overall Promotion

Congrats again, Baysox!

~ baseballrebecca