Congratulations to the Bowie Baysox, who won a Golden Bobblehead Award for their Moon Landing Specialty Jersey. The Baysox donned these awesome jerseys on July 20, 2019, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
The Golden Bobblehead Awards are given out each year at the Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit. The 2019 Summit was held last week. The award categories are as follows:
- Best Specialty Jersey
- Best Theme Night
- Best In-Game Promotion
- Best Non-Gameday Event
- Best Community Promotion or Event
- Best Digital Campaign or Activation
- Best Overall Promotion
Congrats again, Baysox!
Since we’re in the midst of the Minor League Baseball playoffs, I thought I’d share with you the video MiLB put together at the start of the season for the two Short-Season A leagues: the New York-Penn League and the Northwest League. If you haven’t been to a Minor League game, this will show you what you’re missing:
A lot of great stuff happened this week from Little League to Minor League to MLB. This is just one of my favorites:
It was kind of inspirational! Even bunts can become home runs if we put our minds to it!
Does anyone know anyone who works on the ground crew of a Minor League Baseball team? Because I want to know what they really think about having to perform during the game – like the grounds crew at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats:
Now, I looked up job announcements for grounds keepers and grounds crew members, and not a one of them mentioned having to do the “YMCA” thing. However, they did mention “Other duties as assigned” and “Various other duties as required” – so perhaps that covers it.
So far this year there have been five no-hitters in Minor League Baseball; four of them were thrown in the Eastern League (two by the Erie SeaWolves). (And Bowie has been the losing team in 1/3 of the no-hitters.) Last year, there were 35 no-hitters. You can find all kinds of great no-hitter information for MiLB teams at Baseball-Reference.com.
||Kyle Hart, Daniel McGrath, & Adam Lau
||Alex Faedo & Drew Carlton
||Bryan Valdez, Andy Toelken, & Blake Workman
||Mitchell White, Parker Curry, Marshall Kasowski, & Louis Head
||Eric Fedde, Jordan Mills, & Aaron Barrett
1914 Babe Ruth baseball card (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
On this date in 1914, a 19-year old Babe Ruth played in his first professional game. Not for the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox, but for the Baltimore Orioles. Ruth, a native of Baltimore, had signed with the minor league team earlier that year. On April 22, 1914, made his debut with the Orioles, pitching a 6-0 shutout against Buffalo. Unfortunately, the Orioles were not doing well financially and were forced to sell Ruth’s contract to the Boston Red Sox a few months later.
In 2012, Ruth’s 1914 baseball card, pictured to the left, was valued at $575,000. Only 10 of them are known to still be in existence.
The 2019 Minor League Baseball season is finally here! In addition to all the hometown fun, here are some things to look for this year:
- Stars on the Rise: Bo Bichette, Carter Kieboom, and other MiLB stars are debuting in triple-A ball this year, after spending some time at MLB spring training this year. And let’s not forget about Victor Victor Mesa, who will debut in High-A this season. (And if anyone knows where little brother Victor Mesa, Jr., will be starting, let me know!)
- Teams Saying Goodbye: the Potomac Nationals, Mobile BayBears, and New Orleans BabyCakes are spending their last year in their current cities and will relocate in 2020 to Fredericksburg, VA; Madison, AL; and Wichita, KS; respectively.
- Minors and Milestones: A number of teams are celebrating anniversaries this year, including: the Louisville Bats and the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
- MiLB is Fun: The Copa de la Diversion returns this year with even more teams.
- All Stars: The Carolina League All-Star game will be held at one of my favorite minor league ballparks this year – Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Maryland.
- Buck Returns: Buck Britton returns to Bowie as the team’s new manager (at least the Orioles still have one Britton.)
Check out some of the changes for MiLB this year that I noted yesterday.
It’s gonna be a great season! Happy MiLB Opening Day!