The Bowie Baysox may not have won the Eastern League pennant, but they won our hearts. All of Birdland supported them in their quest, including the one and only Brooks Robinson:
Minor League Baseball has released their attendance figures for the 2019 season, which ended September 2. Overall, MiLB experienced a 2.6% increase in attendance compared to 2018, with 41,504,077 fans attending games.
Since the Eastern League Championship series just ended (sadly, my Baysox did not win), below is a look at their numbers. The Richmond Flying Squirrels led the league with an average attendance of 6,255 per game. Both the Trenton Thunder and Reading Fightin Phils experienced a 4% increase in attendance compared to last year, and the Harrisburg Senators, Bowie Baysox, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies all saw declines in attendace. The Rumble Ponies were last in the league in attendance with only 3,000 fans per game, a decline of 16% from 2018.
||2019 Avg. Attendance
||2018 Avg. Attendance
||Percent Change from 2018
|Richmond Flying Squirrels
|Hartford Yard Goats
|Reading Fightin Phils
|Portland Sea Dogs
|NH Fisher Cats
|Binghamton Rumble Ponies
The Eastern League Championship series begins today. The Trenton Thunder host the Bowie Baysox in a best of five series. As the sign on the road to stadium says, “The Baysox will play for the championship!”
The Baysox experienced an incredible turn-around as they entered the second half of the season with a 30-38 record. They fought back and improved their record to 46-26 in the second half, for an overall record of 76-64. In the Eastern League, the first half winner plays the second half winner in the division series. On Saturday, the Baysox beat the first half champion Harrisburg Senators to get to this round of the playoffs. Check out the tweets below that document that moment.
Games 1 and 2 of the championship series will be held in Trenton, New Jersey, tonight and tomorrow night. The series will then move to Bowie, Maryland, for Game 3 on Thursday. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be played in Bowie on Friday and Saturday. Games 1-4 will start at 7:00. Game 5 begins at 6:35, if needed.
The Delmarva Shorebirds’ mascot, Sherman the Shorebird (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
The playoffs begin today for the following minor leagues: the International, Pacific Coast, Eastern, Southern, Texas, California, Carolina, Midwest, South Atlantic, New York-Penn, and Northwest leagues. The Florida State League playoffs were scheduled to begin yesterday, but were canceled because of Hurricane Dorian. The Gulf Coast League playoffs were also canceled over the weekend.
Two of the Baltimore Orioles’ affiliates will be in the playoffs: the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League and the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League. (Even if I’m still mad at the Orioles, I can still love their minor league teams!) Here is the schedule for the semi-final round of these two leagues:
|South Atlantic League:
||· Delmarva at Hickory
· Lexington at Augusta
||· Hickory at Delmarva
· Augusta at Lexington
|* Game 3 (on 9/7), if necessary
||· Trenton at Reading
· Harrisburg at Bowie
||· Reading at Trenton
· Bowie at Harrisburg
|* Games 4 and 5, if necessary
In each of these leagues, a 5-game championship series will be played by the winning teams in this first round of playoffs. The Minor League Baseball website has information on all of the playoffs. Enjoy!
The Minor League Baseball playoffs are in full swing right now, though its not always easy to tell. In the Carolina League semi-final round, Lynchburg and Potomac are tied at one a piece as the series moves to Potomac tonight. There appears to be absolutely no video, however, of the two games they’ve already played in this series.
Fortunately, other leagues and teams have provided video and there are several games broadcast on MiLB.TV. Here are a few scenes from last night’s Eastern League game between the Trenton Thunder and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (New Hampshire leads the series 2-0):
Garabez Rosa of the Bowie Baysox was named Eastern League MVP this week! Congrats, Garabez!!
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.