2019 Baseball Calendar


baysox sched1.jpgWell, now that football is out of the way, we can start planning for baseball season! Spring Training starts soon and pitchers and catchers begin reporting in less than two weeks! Below are just a few of the important upcoming dates:

February

  • TODAY – 2/10 – Caribbean Series (watch it on ESPN Deportes!)
  • 2/12 – Pitchers and catchers begin reporting for Spring Training (different teams have different reporting dates)
  • 2/16 – Position players begin reporting for Spring Training (different teams have different reporting dates)
  • 2/21 – Spring Training games begin

March

  • 3/20 – 3/21 – Mariners and A’s open regular season in Tokyo
  • 3/28 – MLB Opening Day

April

  • 4/4 – Minor League season begins
  • 4/15 – Jackie Robinson Day

June

  • 6/3 – 6/5 – MLB Draft
  • 6/13 – GEICO Summer Series featuring Royals v. Tigers in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 6/14 – Opening Night for the New York-Penn League
  • 6/15 – Florida State League (A) All-Star Game, Jupiter, FL
  • 6/18 – Southern League (AA) All-Star Game, Biloxi, MS
  • 6/18 – California League (A) All-Star Game, San Bernardino, CA
  • 6/18 – Carolina League (A) All-Star Game, Frederick, MD
  • 6/18 – Midwest League (A) All-Star Game, South Bend, IN
  • 6/18 – South Atlantic League (A) All-Star Game, Charleston, WV
  • 6/25 – Texas League (AA) All-Star Game, Tulsa, OK
  • 6/29 – 6/30 – London Series featuring Yankees and Red Sox

July

  • 7/9 – MLB All-Star Game, Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
  • 7/10 – AAA All-Star Game, El Paso, TX
  • 7/10 – Eastern League (AA) All-Star Game, Richmond, VA
  • 7/21 – Hall of Fame induction ceremony
  • 7/27 – 8/25 – Little League World Series

August

  • 8/6 – Northwest League vs. Pioneer League All-Star Game, Boise, ID
  • 8/18 – Little League Classic featuring Pirates v. Cubs in Williamsport PA
  • 8/21 – New York-Penn League All-Star Game (short season A), Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, Staten Island, NY
  • 8/23 – 8/25 – MLB Players’ Weekend

September

  • Hispanic Heritage Month and Roberto Clemente Day are celebrated on various days in MLB and MiLB ballparks
  • 9/29 – last day of the regular season (MLB)

October

  • 10/1 – AL Wild Card Game
  • 10/2 – NL Wild Card Game
  • 10/3 – NLDS begins
  • 10/4 – ALDS begins
  • 10/11 – ALCS begins
  • 10/12 – NLCS begins
  • 10/22 – World Series begins

 

Play ball!

~ baseballrebecca

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Baseball Exhibits in 2019


1547480147808It seems like there is always an interesting baseball exhibit at some non-baseball museum or library. Unfortunately, I often miss them. This year, however, I vow to at least get to the ones in Washington, DC. Here are the ones I’ve found so far:

Also on display this year are a few baseball-related exhibits. Through March 10 you can see the exhibit “A Whole Different Ball Game: Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games,” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY.  Currently, the Hershey Story Museum in Hershey, PA, has an exhibit on Hershey operations in Cuba, which includes photos and artifacts from the Hershey Sport Club baseball team and the baseball diamond built for company employees in Cuba.

In addition, two baseball-related museums are set to open this year: the Jackie Robinson Museum is scheduled to open in December in New York, and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum also expects to open in Milwaukee, WI, this year.

And you may as well mark your calendars now for “Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” which will open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, in 2020.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Dariel Alvarez


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Dariel Alvarez with the Norfolk Tides at the Triple-A All-Star Game in July 2015. (Photo by Minda Haas and UCinternational via Wikipedia.)

A few days ago, I blogged about Dariel Alvarez and Henry Urrutia, former Cuban baseball players and former Baltimore Orioles, who are playing for Los Charros de Jalisco in the Mexican Pacific League playoffs. After highlighting Henry’s career, I promised to share Dariel’s story.

Dariel Alvarez was born on November 7, 1988, in Camagüey, Cuba. He played for the Ganaderos de Camagüey in the Cuban League from 2006 to 2012. There he had a batting average of .297 with 37 home runs and 180 RBIs. He also pitched in three seasons in Cuba – 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2009-10. In 22 games over those three seasons, he had an ERA of 3.62 and a win-loss record of 1 and 4.

Alvarez defected to Mexico in 2012, and played for Los Tigres de Tuxpan in La Liga Invernal Veracruzano (the Veracruz (Mexico) Winter League). According to The Baltimore Sun, Alvarez hit .317 in 192 plate appearances with Tuxpan (other sources had similar, but not quite the same stats). In July 2013, he signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles and received an $800,000 signing bonus. Unfortunately, his career with the Orioles was full of twists and turns.

Initially, Alvarez was assigned to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL) Orioles in August 2013, but was quickly promoted to the high-A Frederick Keys. He then spent a couple weeks with the Keys before being promoted to the double A Bowie Baysox on August 26, 2013. He spent that fall in the Arizona Fall League with the Surprise Saguaros, who are affiliated with the Orioles and a few other teams.

Alvarez spent the first half of the 2014 season in Bowie and represented the Baysox in the All-Stars Futures game in July. He was then promoted to the triple A Norfolk Tides, where he stayed through the 2015 season. He was called up to the Orioles on August 28, 2015. He found himself in Norfolk again for the beginning of the 2016 season, though was recalled to the Orioles on July 4 (returning to Norfolk on July 7) and again on July 22 (returning on July 26).

In March 2017, the Orioles announced that they’d decided to convert Alvarez to a pitcher; after all, he’d had pitching experience in Cuba. However, after experiencing elbow soreness, an MRI showed that he would need Tommy John surgery. In early April that year, the Orioles released Alvarez from his contract, but then signed him to a minor league contract five days later. The surgery was performed on April 18, 2017. The following April, Alvarez was assigned to the low-A Delmarva Shorebirds and immediately placed on the disabled list. He began a rehab assignment with the GCL Orioles on June 25, 2018. According to Baseball America, the Orioles assigned him to the Mexican Pacific League in late September.

Alvarez and the Orioles soon parted ways, however, when Alvarez elected free agency on November 2, 2018. Alvarez remained with the Charros de Jalisco through the end of the season (and is currently with the team for the championship series between Jalisco and Los Yaquis de Obregón began last night). Just last week, Los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican Baseball League announced that they had signed Alvarez for the 2019 season.

I guess I’ll be a Toros fan this year!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Cedric Mullins Bobblehead!


img_2718Last 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.

~ baseballrebecca

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Best of the Week: 1/6/2019 – 1/12/2019


Last week, baseball teams across the nation celebrated National Bobblehead Day. Below are a few ways they marked the occasion:

Lots of teams offered giveaways… I wish I’d seen this one from the Pulaski Yankees – for some reason, I love Estevan Florial:

Have a great week!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Check Out the Re-designed Baseball Sociologist Website!


img_2450In case you didn’t check it out yesterday, the website has been redesigned – although the layout is pretty much the same, the colors are more vibrant (and Orioles-themed) and there is more information on the menu line. Check it out and let me know what you think! And if you have any comments on the site or suggestions for baseball sociological issues you’d like me to investigate, drop me a line!

~ baseballrebecca