Best of the Week: 5/24/2020 – 5/30/2020


It’s been a terrible week. I contemplated posting nothing this week – how could there be a “best” anything with COVID deaths reaching 100,000 in the U.S., MLB firing scores of minor leaguers, and the death of George Floyd? And while 2020 likely had its worst week yet, there was one tiny bit of news that kind of, sort of, wasn’t awful: although minor leaguers are being released and others may or may not get their measly pay from their parent clubs, Dodgers’ pitcher David Price will be giving $1,000 to each of the Dodgers minor leaguers.

I mean, it won’t pay the rent, but at least he’s paying them more than MLB is.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

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

 

How to Experience the Ballpark This Summer


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McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Photo by Meegs via Wikipedia.

Yesterday was Memorial Day, meaning summer is unofficially here! For many of us, summer means an afternoon or evening at the ballpark with a hot dog and cold beverage. Will we have to do without that this year? Well, maybe not – at least, sort of. Given the current restrictions due to coronavirus as well as concerns about whether or not Minor League Baseball will be played this year, many MiLB teams are coming up with unique solutions to stay in business right now – or at least entertain us. The Pawtucket Red Sox, for example, have found a way to allow fans to experience their 78-year old ballpark, which was to be their home for just one more season this year. With Rhode Island now allowing restaurants to serve customers outdoors, the PawSox are offering on-field dining. Capacity is limited to 20 tables of no more than 5 people. There is at least 8 feet between tables.

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Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, Florida. Photo courtesy of the City of Pensacola.

According to MiLB.com’s Ben Hill, several teams have offered curbside pickup of ballpark foods, at least on a limited basis. In fact, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, are not only offering curbside pick-up, but are providing “safe outdoor dining for lunch, dinner and brunch with eating spaced throughout the ballpark, giving fans access to Blue Wahoos Stadium’s award-winning views of Pensacola Bay and exclusive areas of the ballpark.” The team also explained their safety precautions:

“The safety of customers and Blue Wahoos staff is the team’s number one priority. All Blue Wahoos staff will have their temperature taken when they arrive at the ballpark each day and all staff will wear a protective mask when inside the ballpark. All in-stadium seating will spaced a minimum of six feet apart. Fans in line to order will be required to maintain six feet distance between themselves and other customers. During all in-stadium dining availability, a Blue Wahoos Compliance Manager will oversee the ballpark to ensure physical distancing and safety guidelines are strictly followed by all. In accordance with CDC COVID-19 safe dining guidelines, no refills will be offered on any product and all condiments will be delivered in single-serve packets.”

The Blue Wahoos have also put their stadium on AirBnB. For $1,500 a night, you can stay at the ballpark. You get access to the clubhouse, batting cages, and field. A bedroom connected to the clubhouse sleeps 10 and includes a kitchenette. Sign me up!

Here are some other examples of teams offering curbside pickup of ballpark food:

  • Several teams have offered food on limited dates. The Altoona Curve had a limited sale of their “Curve Burgers,” which were available for pre-order and ready for pick-up on May 5 and May 22.
  • The Charleston RiverDogs have ballpark meals available for pickup and delivery via DoorDash. Their specialties include the Alehouse Brat, the Southern Kenchi Dog, the Homewrecker hot dog, and the Brisket Ramen Bowl.
  • Wednesdays through Fridays, the Beloit Snappers offer a “Ballpark Drive-Thru” where you can get hotdogs, burgers, and brats. Diners call-in their orders and in 15-20 minutes can drive up to the ballpark and get their meals.
  • The Clinton LumberKings sell meals for pickup each Thursday. Orders of $25 or more receive a free bobblehead. You can even order a t-shirt while you’re at it!

Minor league teams are offering other forms of entertainment as well. The Daytona Tortugas have started a Summer Movie Series at their stadium, Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Naturally, the first movie shown was “42.” On-field seating areas are at least 10’ by 10’ (for a family of four) with 10’ walkways in between. Several different packages are available to be reserved on their website and concessions will be available for purchase.

~ baseballrebecca

The Baseball Sociologist Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month


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Masahiro Tanaka pitching for the Ratuten Golden Eagles in 2007. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

I’ve been posting about the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Korea Baseball Organization, Hyun Soo Kim, and related topics for weeks now. In fact, every May, I’ve written something in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. To organize this growing body of blog posts, I’ve put together some links to the posts I’ve written over the years about Asian Pacific Islanders; professional baseball in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; and players from Asian countries, American Samoa, and Hawaii. Check out the links below!

Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month!

~ baseballrebecca

Baseball Sociologist Posts on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (date  published appears in parentheses):

American Samoa

Hawaii

 

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Ichiro Suzuki in 2017. Photo by Johnmaxmena2 via Wikipedia.

Japan

Korea

Taiwan

U.S. players in Japan, Korean, and Taiwan

MLB and MiLB Heritage Celebrations: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Other

 

 

RiverDogs Partner with the Lions


Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Park, “The Joe,” Home of the Charleston RiverDogs (photo courtesy of the City of Charleston, South Carolina).

Yesterday, the Charleston RiverDogs, single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced a new partnership with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).  The team noted: “This mutually beneficial relationship between the two organizations is set to begin immediately with the main objective of encouraging fans to ‘adopt’ the Samsung Lions as the Charleston RiverDogs’ partner team. The two teams will work together to cultivate a fanbase of Lions fans in the Charleston-area, as Lowcountry baseball fans anticipate the return of baseball at Joseph P. Riley Jr., Park.” The partnership is a result of a 2018 visit of the Samsung Lions front-office staff to the RiverDogs and Charleston, South Carolina.

The press release further noted the highlights of the partnership:

  • Posting of Samsung Lions team information on RiverDogs’ media outlets
  • Educating fans about the KBO and the similarities and differences of baseball in another country
  • Promotions conducted jointly by the two teams via social media, allowing fans to learn more about the Samsung Lions
  • A RiverDogs “To-Go from The Joe” Korean food collaboration with the Samsung Lions
  • A merchandise collaboration between the RiverDogs and the Samsung Lions

Below are Tweets from the two teams regarding their partnership (note that the RiverDogs now spell out their Twitter handle in Korean):

Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

FredNats At-Home Opener


Today is Opening Day for the Fredericksburg Nationals! Although no actual games are being played, that hasn’t stopped teams from celebrating Opening Day at home. So today the Fredericksburg Nationals, who have yet to take the field in their new stadium, are joining the fun.

The FredNats were set to celebrate their first home game tonight at their new park, the New Fredericksburg Ballpark. After the 2019 season, the Washington Nationals single-A affiliate, then known as the Potomac Nationals, packed up their bags and moved down I-95 to their brand new home in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The team announced yesterday that the festivities begin today at 9 a.m. According to their press release, “Fans are invited to join the FredNats in celebrating what will be their first season in Fredericksburg on their social media pages with 9 innings of games, giveaways, interviews with coaches, a first pitch, and more!” The day’s events all lead up to a broadcast at 5:30 pm which includes a tour of the ballpark, a ceremony in honor of local health care works, and presentations from team ownership and city leaders.

Check out their stadium update video below and have a Happy FredNats Opening Day!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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