A few weeks ago we attended the Bowie Baysox’ (Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake) first Copa de la Diversión game of the season v. the Erie SeaWolves (Piñatas de Erie). Check out some of my photos of the game. I love this promotion!
Former Bowie Baysox player Mike Yastrzemski hit his first Major League home run Friday night at Oriole Park for the team that wears orange and black – and against the Baltimore Orioles.
Back in March, the Orioles traded Yaz to San Francisco for LHP Tyler Herb (who is currently with triple-A Norfolk). After more than seven seasons in the minors, Yaz made his MLB debut on May 25 and is batting .280 – which is higher than pretty much all of the current Orioles.
The O’s should have kept him. And they should have promoted him long ago.
The 2019 Minor League Baseball season is finally here! In addition to all the hometown fun, here are some things to look for this year:
- Stars on the Rise: Bo Bichette, Carter Kieboom, and other MiLB stars are debuting in triple-A ball this year, after spending some time at MLB spring training this year. And let’s not forget about Victor Victor Mesa, who will debut in High-A this season. (And if anyone knows where little brother Victor Mesa, Jr., will be starting, let me know!)
- Teams Saying Goodbye: the Potomac Nationals, Mobile BayBears, and New Orleans BabyCakes are spending their last year in their current cities and will relocate in 2020 to Fredericksburg, VA; Madison, AL; and Wichita, KS; respectively.
- Minors and Milestones: A number of teams are celebrating anniversaries this year, including: the Louisville Bats and the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
- MiLB is Fun: The Copa de la Diversion returns this year with even more teams.
- All Stars: The Carolina League All-Star game will be held at one of my favorite minor league ballparks this year – Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Maryland.
- Buck Returns: Buck Britton returns to Bowie as the team’s new manager (at least the Orioles still have one Britton.)
Check out some of the changes for MiLB this year that I noted yesterday.
It’s gonna be a great season! Happy MiLB Opening Day!
Opening Day for Minor League Baseball is this Thursday! This year I have even more teams to follow since I’m now a San Diego Padres fan. And one of my favorite Bowie Baysox, Aderlin Rodriguez, now plays for the Padres triple-A team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. Last year, in what now seems like fate, I saw the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Padres single-A affiliate, so now I need to follow those guys as well to see where they end up.
Last week, the Orioles’ minor league affiliates announced their break camp rosters. Below are links to the O’s minor league teams and a few other important teams (i.e., the teams I root for):
Baseball is going to be exhausting this year with all these teams to follow!
Just three more days until Opening Day! One bright spot of this season should be Cedric Mullins, one of my favorite Bowie Baysox who was promoted last year and now wears no. 3 for the Baltimore Orioles. Although I’ve vowed to be a San Diego Padres fan this year, since that’s where Manny Machado ended up, I’ll still be a Baysox fan and will occasionally pay attention to the Orioles so I can keep up with what Cedric is doing.
Radhames Liz during Spring Training with the San Diego Padres in 2010. Photo by SD Dirk via Wikipedia.
As I pointed out previously, right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz appeared on the roster for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. He was signed by the Orioles in 2003, and was in the Orioles system from 2005 to 2009. I remember him best from his years with the Bowie Baysox (2006-07, and a few games in 2009).
In three partial seasons with Bowie, Liz won 18 games and lost 6. His overall record in double A ball (which includes 8 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats) was 20-8 with a 3.31 ERA. In 42 games in the majors – with Baltimore and Pittsburgh – he had a record of 7-12 with a 6.94 ERA.
In his three seasons in Korea (2011-2013), Liz won 26 games and lost 38; his ERA was .406. In 2016 he played only 5 games with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan, where he was 0 and 3 with a 6.94 ERA.
Liz seems to have fared better in winter ball – perhaps because he was playing in his own country. In 8 seasons with the Estrellas de Oriente, he’s 12-8 with an ERA of only 1.84. His playing career is summarized below:
||Delmarva Shorebirds (A) and Aberdeen IronBirds (A-)
||Frederick Keys (A+) through 7/6; selected for All-Stars Futures game; Bowie Baysox; Estrellas de Oriente, Dominican Winter League (10/21-10/27)
||Bowie Baysox through 8/20, then made his Made MLB Debut with the Baltimore Orioles on 8/25; Estrellas de Oriente (11/12-12/16)
||Norfolk Tides (AAA); Baltimore Orioles; Estrellas de Oriente (11/28-12/13)
||Norfolk; Baltimore (4/15-4/20); Bowie (6/20-7/28); Estrellas de Oriente (11/7-12/9)
||Claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres
||Portland Beavers (AAA); Estrellas de Oriente (10/23 – 12/20)
||Released by the San Diego Padres.
||LG Twins (Korea)
||Signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
||Started the season on the disabled list; New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) (5/25-7/12) and Buffalo Bisons (AAA) (6/4-7/28); Estrellas de Oriente (10/16 – 11/13)
||Granted Free Agency
||Signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
||Pittsburgh Pirates and Indianapolis Indians (AAA) (6/13 – 8/30) (was designated for assignment on 5/25, assigned to Indianapolis, added to the MLB roster on 9/1, DFA’d again on 9/15)
||Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
||Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (Japan) (3/23 – 6/8)
||Estrellas de Oriente (10/15 – 12/2)
||Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers.
||Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) (4/7 – 5/23); released by the Brewers on 6/1; Estrellas de Oriente (10/13 – 12/15)
||Signed with the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League on 2/1/2019
[Note: I originally planned to post this last week, but wanted to honor Frank Robinson. So, I decided to post this today instead.]
Last week we celebrated National Bobblehead Day, and I finally picked up my Cedric Mullins bobblehead from the Bowie Baysox, along with my 2019 Baysox ticket pack.
Cedric Mullins is one of my all-time favorite Baysox players. He was promoted to Bowie in 2017 and proceeded to hit 13 home runs in 76 games. (In fact, I wrote about the importance of having Cedric in 2017.)
In 2018, he played in 49 games in Bowie, 60 games in triple A Norfolk, and 45 games in Baltimore. Cedric made his MLB debut on August 18, 2018. Adam Jones marked the event by ensuring Cedric was the first on the field at the beginning of the game.
I am proud to have Cedric join my bobblehead collection.