Much has been said this past week about President George H.W. Bush and his love of baseball. Several organizations, including Little League Baseball, paid their respects with fitting tributes. Here is a run down of just a few of his baseball-related honors and accomplishments:
1989 – Threw out the first pitch in Anaheim on April 25.
1989 – Little League Baseball renamed the “Little League Parents of the Year Award” the “George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award.”
1989 – Celebrated Little League’s 50th anniversary with a reception on the South Lawn of the White House; later, later traveled with the Little League President to Warsaw, Poland, to deliver the first Little League charter to leagues that were established after the fall of the Soviet Union.
1989 – Threw out the first pitch in Baltimore on June 28
1989 – Attended baseball game in Baltimore on August 4.
1990 – Threw out the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game on April 10; became the first President to attend a baseball game in Canada.
1990 – Threw out the first pitch in Baltimore on July 16.
1991 – Threw out the first pitch at the Rangers game on April 8.
1991 – Attended an Orioles game with Queen Elizabeth on May 15.
Hispanic Heritage Month may be over, but the Copa de la Diversión is going strong! Last week, Ballpark Digestannounced its pick for its “2018 Best New Logo/Branding” award. According to the publication, the award “honors the team executing the best rebranding, from design to reception. [For 2018], There is one winner, with 33 different teams represented. Minor League Baseball’s Copa de La Diversión was an ambitious nationwide campaign and overwhelming success, earning our Best New Logo(s)/Branding of the Year citation.”
After three years of research, Minor League Baseball unveiled their year-long Copa promotion in March. Thirty-three teams participated, including Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake (Bowie Baysox). At the 156 Copa games played in 2018, average attendance was 4,857 per game, approximately 1,000 more per game than the typical MiLB game. Retail sales related to the Copa de la Diversión topped $3.5 million. And, yes, there will be a Copa winner. It will be awarded to the team “that best connected with its community.” The winner will be announced in December at the Baseball Winter Meetings.
In 2019, the Copa de La Diversión will expand to 72 MiLB teams – 39 new teams will join the 33 teams that participated this year. I certainly enjoyed meeting my team’s Latin players this year, and hope to do so again next year!
Yesterday, the Potomac Nationals overcame the Lynchburg Hillcats and a lot of rain to win the Carolina League Northern Division Championship and advance to the Mills Cup Championship Series. Check out the final out of yesterday’s game below:
Game 1 is tomorrow at Buies Creek. Congrats, P- Nats!
The Minor League Baseball playoffs are in full swing right now, though its not always easy to tell. In the Carolina League semi-final round, Lynchburg and Potomac are tied at one a piece as the series moves to Potomac tonight. There appears to be absolutely no video, however, of the two games they’ve already played in this series.
Fortunately, other leagues and teams have provided video and there are several games broadcast on MiLB.TV. Here are a few scenes from last night’s Eastern League game between the Trenton Thunder and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (New Hampshire leads the series 2-0):