Best of the Week, 9/3-9/2017


Garabez Rosa of the Bowie Baysox was named Eastern League MVP this week! Congrats, Garabez!!

Garabez Rosa receiving the Eastern League MVP award. Congratulations @elpanchy09, you deserve it 👏

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Stat-urday, 9/9/2017


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. 

 ~ baseballrebecca

MiLB Postseason 


Generally, the week after Labor Day is one of the saddest of the entire year. I’m always sad when the Minor League Baseball season ends. Sure, some of our guys might get called up for the end of the season. But it’s just not the same without them playing in down the street and in other towns and cities across the U.S.

This year, however, is different. Both the Frederick Keys and the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles single A and double A affiliates, are in the playoffs. Game one for both teams is tonight – and they’re both playing at home.

Two years ago, the Bowie Baysox were the Eastern League champions. We’re hoping to take home the trophy again!

Good luck to both the Keys and the Baysox!

~ baseballrebecca 

Bowie Baysox, 2015 Eastern League Champions (photo courtesy of milb.com)

 

LEGO Baysox Starting Lineup


imagesI’m not sure when LEGO Everything became a thing, but it seems in addition to LEGO Superheroes and LEGO Star Wars characters, there also are LEGO baseball players. This became abundantly clear when the LEGO Play Ball Tour came to Prince George’s Stadium this week. In addition to having LEGO figures along the concourse and LEGOs for kids to build and create with, we also had the LEGO Baysox Starting Lineup on the scoreboard. (With the exception of the number 7 batter, Chris O’Brien. For some reason, Chris didn’t get his own LEGO character.) Let’s go (LEGO) Baysox!

~ baseballrebecca

The Importance of Having Cedric


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Cedric Mullins (photo courtesy of the Bowie Baysox)

Cedric Mullins is batting .315 this season with the Bowie Baysox. But that’s not the whole story.

The Bowie Baysox are 60-55 and in first place in the Eastern League Western Division. So far they are 3-5 this month, though they have outscored their opponents 49 to 43. But that’s not the whole story, either.

Last night, the Baysox hit five home runs, scored 14 runs, and beat the Harrisburg Senators 14-2. The Senators, for their part, hit two home runs. Most of the home runs scored in the game can be attributed to Cedric. Yet only one of those home runs was hit by Cedric himself.

This is the story: Last night the Bowie Baysox played the Harrisburg Senators. It also happened to be a night in which a group of boys, approximately 10 to 16 years old, were in attendance at the Baysox game. They were loud and exuberant and they immediately took a liking to the Baysox’ leadoff batter Cedric Mullins.

In the first inning, they began chanting, “Ced-ric Mul-lins” followed by the rhythmic clap, clap, clap-clap-clap so often heard at baseball stadiums. In response, Cedric hit a home run, immediately putting Bowie on the board.

So the boys kept chanting Cedric’s name; it did not matter if the rest of the players were not named Cedric Mullins. After Mullins’ lead off home run, the next batter, Baltimore Orioles rehabbing infielder Ryan Flaherty, singled. The boys chanted. After the next batter made an out, the rehabbing Anthony Santander homered, and the boys chanted.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Then Bowie’s D.J. Stewart homered.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

By the end of the first inning, the Baysox were leading 4-0. For nearly every batter, the group of boys chanted not the batter’s name, but Cedric Mullins’ name. The chanting continued into the top of the second inning, even though the Senators were batting. The young men continued to show their love for Cedric Mullins. So Raudy Read and Drew Ward each hit home runs – for the visiting team.

Baysox 4, Senators 2.

As the game progressed, the boys’ interest in both the game and Mullins ebbed and flowed. But in the bottom of the sixth, as the game got more interesting, their attention again turned to Cedric Mullins after Austin Wynns walked and Erick Salcedo singled. Before his name was even announced, the chanting started all over again, as loud as it had been in the first inning.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

With men on first and second, Mullins singled on a ground ball to Harrisburg’s right fielder, Yadiel Hernandez. Wynns stopped at third, Salcedo at second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The next batter, Flaherty, walked; Wynns scored; Salcedo to third; Mullins to second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Austin Hays to the plate.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The bases are loaded.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

“CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”,

And then Austin Hays hit a grand slam. And the small crowd in the stadium went wild. One by one, they crossed the plate: Salcedo, then Mullins, then Flaherty, then Hays.

Baysox 12, Senators 2.

“Aus-tin Ha-ys (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) …”

The chants may have changed by the end of the game, but with Cedric Mullins, and his fan club’s adoration, the Baysox might never have hit those five home runs last night (nor might the Senators have hit their two). The importance of Cedric Mullins to the outcome of yesterday’s game, and the Baysox’ 2017 success, cannot be overstated.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

MiLB Bobbleheads: August and September


With little more than a month left to the minor league baseball season, if you haven’t already stood in line to obtain a 2017 bobblehead, your chances are dwindling. Below are the remaining bobblehead giveaway dates in the International, Easter, Carolina, and South Atlantic leagues.

Happy August!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Bobblehead, Gnome, or Statue Team League
1-Aug Vintage Bobblehead New Hampshire Eastern
3-Aug Senator Chris Coons Bobblehead Wilmington Carolina
4-Aug Quidditch C. Wolf Bobblehead Erie Eastern
4-Aug Reggie Jackson/Derby (bat dog) Bobblehead Trenton Eastern
4-Aug Auggie Bobblhead Augusta South Atlantic
5-Aug Zack Greinke Wilmington Carolina
5-Aug Brandon Phillips Harrisburg Eastern
11-Aug Nomar Garciaparra Pawtucket International
11-Aug Sherman mini bobblehead Delmarva South Atlantic
11-Aug Coach Cal Bobblehead Series Giveaway #3 Lexington South Atlantic
12-Aug Jonathan Schoop Gnome Frederick Carolina
12-Aug Mystery Bobblehead Hagerstown South Atlantic
15-Aug Yoan Moncada Portland Eastern
18-Aug Clint Frazier Human Torch Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
19-Aug Anthony Rendon “Real Electric Hair” Bobblehead Potomac Carolina
19-Aug Thurman Munson Syracuse International
19-Aug Jim Schlossnagle Hagerstown South Atlantic
25-Aug Fan Vote Bobblehead Trenton Eastern
25-Aug Gary Sanchez Baby Bomber Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
25-Aug MASH Night – Corporal Klinger Bobblehead Toledo International
25-Aug Jon Lester Augusta South Atlantic
26-Aug Fans’ Choice Bobblehead: Jayson Werth and MASN’s Dan Kolko Potomac Carolina
26-Aug Tony Schiavone and his Chihuahua, Bug, Bobblehead Gwinnett International
26-Aug Dave Parker West Virginia South Atlantic
29-Aug Corey Kluber (random drawing) Columbus International
31-Aug Aaron Judge Baby Bomber Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
1-Sep Jameson Suit and Taillon bobblehead giveaway Altoona Eastern
1-Sep Vintage Jonathan Schoop Bobblehead Delmarva South Atlantic
2-Sep Erick Hosmer Wilmington Carolina
2-Sep Enrico Pallazzo Akron Eastern
2-Sep Rumble Ponies Mascot Bobblehead ft. Bobblefist Binghamton Eastern
2-Sep Mystery Ball/ Bobblehead Auction Gwinnett International
2-Sep Mystery Bobblehead Syracuse International
2-Sep Fan Choice Bobblehead Hagerstown South Atlantic