Last week there was a brief delay during the third inning of a Norfolk Tides games as ducklings found their way onto the field. Thanks to the Louisville bullpen, a bat boy, a box, and a batting helmet, the baby ducks were quickly scooped up and taken to safety off-field:
Happy Minor League Baseball Opening Day! Even better than MLB Opening Day, MiLB Opening Day features games in 54 communities across the country. To help you prepare, I’ve organized below some information to answer almost any question you might have about MiLB.
The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here! MLB Opening Day is today, with all 30 teams scheduled to play.
With zero days left, today we feature No. 0 for the Frederick Keys, their mascot, Keyote. As we counted down the days until Opening Day, we looked at ten players’ charitable activities – but that was only a sample. Each year, both MLB and MiLB, all of their teams, and many of their players, are involved in their communities in a variety of ways, including running charitable foundations. One such effort is Frederick Keys Cares, which was created by the Frederick Keys in 1999 in memory of Joel Stephens, a minor leaguer who succumbed to colon cancer at age 22 in 1998. Also known as the Joel A. Stephens Memorial Fund, the Fund “awards grants to nonprofit organizations serving Frederick County [Maryland] youth or young adults 22 years of age and younger or religious organizations in need of funding for non-sectarian activities benefiting youth activities.”
I love minor league baseball! So, apparently “Goat Yoga” is a thing. And the Hartford Yard Goats are in on the action! There really are no words that can describe this. You just have to watch the video for yourself. You can check it out in my tweet below.
Earlier this week, the baseball world paid tribute to Home Run Derby, the Bat Dog of the Trenton Thunder who died after a bout with cancer. In memoriam, Ben Hill of milb.com wrote a great piece today on baseball’s bat dogs. The Trenton Thunder announced that they will celebrate Derby Day on January 26th, Derby’s birthday.
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our wonderful second generation Bat Dog, Home Run Derby, passed away this weekend.