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!
Twenty years ago, on October 21, 1998, infielder Ruben Rivera got a hit off of his cousin, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the 1998 World Series. The hit mattered not, as the Yankees went on to sweep the Padres when the next batter hit into a double play and the next Padres batter became the final out of the series.
That World Series game was the only time Rivera faced Rivera. Ruben, the younger cousin, had been signed by the Yankees in 1990, making his major league debut in pinstripes on September 3, 1995. He played 46 games with the Yankees in 1995 and 1996.
Ruben was traded to the Padres in 1997. He would later play for the Reds, Rangers, and Giants. His final MLB appearance was in 2003 for the Giants.
However, that was not the end of Ruben Rivera’s baseball career. Rivera continued to play in the minors for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox from 2003-2006. In 2007, he made bed on to the Mexican League where he played for several teams before being traded to the Acereros de Monclova – where he still plays today.
Not a bad career. I’ll be keeping an eye on Ruben and his continued career in the Mexican League. I wonder if Mariano ever goes to see him play.
MiLB.com posted a great article on the best stats of the 2018 season:
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):