2017 Player Appearances


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Steve Garvey in 2010 (photo by Cbl62 via Wikipedia)

In case you didn’t know it, Steve Garvey will be making an appearance tonight at the Rochester Red Wings’ game. He is one of many former MLB and NFL players making appearances this summer at minor league ballparks. Garvey played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1982 before finish his career with the San Diego Padres (1983 to 1987).

Other players making appearances this summer include Mike Timlin, Carlos Baerga, and David Justice. Earlier this season, both Tony Oliva and Luis Tiant were in Charlotte, Jose Canseco made an appearance in Altoona, and Dale Murphy was at the Hickory Crawdads.

Below are the upcoming player appearances, plus a few other appearances, as well some events held previously this season:

Date Player Team League
20-Jun Steve Garvey Rochester International
22-Jun Jack Morris Rochester International
22-Jun NFL Player Appearance Syracuse International
23-Jun Andre Dawson Myrtle Beach Carolina
24-Jun Bill Buckner and Bob Dernier Myrtle Beach Carolina
28-Jun Bucky Dent Charlotte International
13-Jul Wally the Green Monster New Hampshire Eastern
17-Jul Don Beebe (Buffalo Bills) Rochester International
19-Jul Mike Timlin Rochester International
22-Jul Robert Maschio Akron Eastern
22-Jul Kenny Bania Bowie Eastern
29-Jul Mr. Met Binghamton Eastern
30-Jul The Oriole Bird Norfolk International
6-Aug Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
16-Aug Jack Morris Charlotte International
24-Aug Carlos Baerga Erie Eastern
Previous:

6-Apr

 

David Justice

 

Richmond

 

Eastern

15-Apr Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
17-Apr Chipper Jones Book signing ($40 includes copy of book and ticket to 4/18 game – tickets limited) Charlotte International
19-Apr Luis Tiant Appearance Charlotte International
29-Apr Elmo and Big Bird Binghamton Eastern
9-May Malcom Mitchell Portland Eastern
16-May Tony Oliva Charlotte International
20-May Jose Canseco Altoona Eastern
30-May Former Mets Player Trenton Eastern
7-Jun Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
10-Jun Dale Murphy Hickory South Atlantic
11-Jun Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the movie Field of Dreams Rochester International
14-Jun Brian Jordan Charlotte International
15-Jun Bobby Valentine Lakewood South Atlantic
17-Jun Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Harrisburg Eastern

2017 MiLB Bobblehead Giveaways


June may be almost over, but its never too late to play out your bobblehead giveaway gamess! Below are the remaining bobblehead giveaways for June for the International, Eastern, Carolina, and South Atlantic Leagues (the leagues in which the Orioles’ and Nationals’ minor league teams play) as well as past bobblehead giveaways. I will post future dates on July 1 and August 1.

Date Bobblehead, Gnome, or Statue Team League
19-Jun Paws Jedi Bobblehead Pawtucket International
23-Jun Luau LOCO Bobblebody Altoona Eastern
23-Jun Zach Britton Delmarva South Atlantic
24-Jun Stephen Strasburg Syracuse International
24-Jun Trevor Story Asheville South Atlantic
25-Jun Roger Clemens Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
28-Jun Atomic Wing Bobblehead Buffalo International
 

Previous Giveaways:

8-Apr 10th Anniversary Garden Gnome Lehigh Valley International
14-Apr Aaron Nola Golden Bobblehead Reading Eastern
19-Apr JP Crawford Lehigh Valley International
21-Apr Mystery Bobblehead Frederick Carolina
21-Apr Jack Kilway Akron Eastern
22-Apr Trea Turner Syracuse International
29-Apr Hollidaysburg Area School District Golder Tiger (mascot) Altoona Eastern
29-Apr Talking Rick Rice Bobblehead Asheville South Atlantic
2-May Nick Williams Lehigh Valley International
4-May Homer the Dragon Bobblehead Charlotte International
6-May Matt Stairs HOF Bobblehead Harrisburg Eastern
11-May Steve Carlton Lehigh Valley International
13-May Bryce Harper Gobblehead Potomac Carolina
13-May Sean Kazmar Jr. “Star Wars” Bobblehead Gwinnett International
13-May Rocket Bobblehead (Guardians of the Galaxy Night) Indianapolis International
13-May Deion Sanders Syracuse International
16-May Jackie Bradley Jr. Portland Eastern
19-May Anthony Rizzo Salem Carolina
19-May Al Tuna “Revenge of the Fish” Bobblebody Altoona Eastern
19-May Championship Bobble Trophy Rome South Atlantic
23-May Carlos Santana (random drawing) Columbus International
26-May Michael Fulmer Erie Eastern
26-May WQBE Rabbit Bobblehead West Virginia South Atlantic
27-May Rubberta Bobblehead Akron Eastern
31-May Dillon Brothers (NASCAR) bobblehead Winston-Salem Carolina
2-Jun Mystery Bobblehead Myrtle Beach Carolina
2-Jun Noah Santagaard Garden Gnome Binghamton Eastern
3-Jun Marla Hooch (“A League of  Their Own”) Akron Eastern
3-Jun Reggie Jackson Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
5-Jun Jake Thompson Lehigh Valley International
6-Jun Mookie Betts Portland Eastern
9-Jun “I Gotta Have More Josh Cow Bell” Bobblehead Altoona Eastern
9-Jun Amir Garrett Louisville International
10-Jun Pedro Severino Potomac Carolina
10-Jun Rio Ruiz “Super Hero” Bobblehead Gwinnett International
11-Jun Gold Ribbon Gnome New Hampshire Eastern
13-Jun Jason Kipnis (random drawing) Columbus International
14-Jun Chew Chew Mascot Bobblehead Hartford Eastern
17-Jun Johnny Damon Wilmington Carolina
17-Jun Leg Lamp Bobble (from “A Christmas Story” Lakewood South Atlantic
17-Jun Coach Cal Bobblehead Series Giveaway #2 Lexington South Atlantic

 

 

You Know It’s A Good Baseball Town Also When …


… the local newspaper keeps tabs on where baseball players who played at the local colleges and universities are currently playing. 

On a recent trip to New Orleans, LA, I noticed a list of all the guys who had played locally – including both major and minor league players. I knew they took college baseball really seriously in Louisiana, but this was pretty cool:

What’s A Fisher Cat?


Fisher_(animal)The other day there was an article in Baseball America about crazy/silly baseball team names. Such names, the article argues, are tradition in the minor leagues. Names like the Flying Squirrels, the Baby Cakes, and the Fisher Cats get us wondering what it’s all about. I’ve noticed that several folks have read my post on the Hartford Yard Goats, so I thought maybe it’s time to start looking up some other teams and reporting on the origin of their names – starting with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

So, what’s a Fisher Cat, anyway?

Last year, during my first visit to see the Fisher Cats, I asked the guy in the gift shop if a fisher cat was a real thing. He assured me it was – but he had a little trouble explaining it. So I did what I always do: I Googled it. Fishers – as they are properly called – are North American mammals that are part of the weasel family. And they are really cute – which is probably why they are sometimes referred to as Fisher Cats. (It also has a nice ring to it and makes a great baseball team name.)

Nature PhotographyWhen the New Haven Ravens moved from Connecticut to Manchester, New Hampshire, after the 2003 season, ownership decided to get fan input into the new team’s name. A contest was held and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats were born.

Fishers have been long-time residents of New Hampshire and neighboring states, though they haven’t always been understood. According to New Hampshire Public Radio, “Fishers are secretive, solitary and keep to the forest—silently. Silence helps them maintain stealth. Their only known vocalizations are low chuckling and an occasional hiss or growl.” It must be that stealth that helps them win ballgames!

I’ll be attending a Fisher Cats game this week at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH. Go ‘Cats!

~ baseballrebecca

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Love for Minor League Baseball


KLEeYesterday, Kathie Lee Gifford expressed her love for the Bowie Baysox on national TV! Gifford grew up in Bowie, MD, and highlighted our local minor league team on the Today show’s “Favorite Things” feature.

On Opening Day, Today also did a nice piece on baseball for Opening Day. It, too, mentioned the minor leagues.  And for MiLB Opening Day, a few MiLB mascots made sure they got themselves on TV:

It’s nice to see minor league baseball getting national coverage. I’m still not sure how much casual fans know about the minor leagues, or if they follow them like The Baseball Sociologist does, but at least someone at the Today show loves MiLB!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Was Henry?


The longer I study the Orioles’ minor league teams, the more I wonder about all the roster moves and how it affects the players and fans. On Saturday, I was surprised to see that Henry Urrutia was not on the roster when I went to see the Norfolk Tides at the Charlotte Knights. Then I found this tweet:

You see, I didn’t see that part about the IronBirds, at first. So, immediately I searched the roster of the Bowie Baysox on the MiLB First Pitch app. The Orioles had outrighted Urrutia to Bowie last year, so I thought maybe he’d just ended up back there. But he wasn’t on the Bowie roster. So I checked the Frederick Keys, the Delmarva Shorebirds, and then the Aberdeen Ironbirds’ rosters. No Henry.

Where was Henry? What happened to Henry? What did they do to Henry?

I was beginning to think it was some sort of a conspiracy. After all, the O’s had recently released fellow Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez. After he got hurt. After the O’s tried to convert him to a pitcher. After it was announced he needed Tommy John surgery. Poor guy gets sidelined and the O’s cut him. (But more on him later.)

It was eventually brought to my attention that – despite my inability to find him on the IronBirds’ roster – the original tweet that had started my feverish search for Henry Urrutia had indeed stated he was on the IronBirds’ roster. I checked First Pitch again and realized they only had two outfielders listed, and since they don’t start play until mid-June, maybe updating the app was not a priority.

I was happy to see this tweet on Sunday:

The Tides’ box score did confirm that Henry played in yesterday’s game. He was a pinch hitter. He didn’t get a hit, and the Tides lost, but at least he got in the game.

I’m a little sensitive about my players, you see. The Orioles like to manipulate the rosters of their various minor league teams. A lot. And I’m still a little annoyed that Pedro Alvarez was sent to Norfolk this year to learn the outfield. He was a major leaguer for the Pittsburgh Pirates for more than five years. Last year, playing part-time with the O’s he still managed to hit 22 home runs. Pedro does not belong in AAA.

Which brings me back to Dariel Alvarez. Two days after his release, the Baltimore Sun attempted to humanize the Orioles by saying that Alvarez could come back. The Orioles are interested in signing him to a minor league contract if he clears waivers. It’s the least they could do. I hope they at least pay for his Tommy John surgery. That minor league contract better not be a huge pay cut, though.

Perhaps the biggest problem is that with everything going on in baseball, it’s hard to get the whole story. Baseball sociology requires more than just rosters, box scores, and stats. To know how society impacts the sport, and how baseball impacts society, we need to dig deeper. We need to know more of the story.

~ baseballrebecca