Hurricane Maria 


News of the devastation from Hurricane Maria is slowly coming in, but here are a few scenes from the baseball angle: 

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/video/maria-damages-iconic-baseball-stadium

To help in the relief efforts on the island, former New York Yankee Jorge Posada and others have set up a relief fund. Although they’ve already reached their initial goal, every additional amount can only help. 

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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

This is Where the Twins Play


I love it when you see the local team represented immediately upon arriving at a new location. Recently, I had a layover in Minneapolis. As I stepped off the airplane into the walkway, the first thing I saw was a Delta ad stating they were the official airline of the Minnesota Twins. 

Then I found this cool restaurant in the airport: 

I love a town that loves its baseball team!

~ baseballrebecca

September Bobbleheads


With just over a month left of the 2017 baseball season, here are your last chances to obtain a bobblehead this year:

2-Sep Brewers Craig Counsell mini bobblehead (special ticket)
2-Sep Giants Buster Posey Special Event bobblehead (special ticket)
2-Sep Padres Wil Myers “The Cycle” Bobblehead
2-Sep Rangers Master Lucroy Star Wars Bobblehead
2-Sep White Sox Mark Buehrle
6-Sep Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez
9-Sep Arizona Sugar Skull Bobblehead
10-Sep Royals Drew Butera TIE Fighter Pilot (Star Wars) Bobblehead (special ticket)
12-Sep Cardinals Willie McGee mini bobblehead (special ticket)
12-Sep Giants Joe Montana bobblehead (special ticket)
13-Sep Giants Frank Robinson
13-Sep Red Sox Xander Bogaerts Gnome
15-Sep Giants Giants-themed Thor bobblehead (Marvel Day – special tickets required)
16-Sep Astros Super Springer “Diving Catch” Bobblehead
16-Sep Giants Orlando Cepeda statue replica (80th birthday)
16-Sep Reds Reds Past & Present Triple Bobblehead
16-Sep Tampa Bay Blake Snell
17-Sep Miami Christian Yelich
23-Sep Reds Tucker Barnhart
24-Sep Orioles Oriole Bird Bobblehead Toothbrush Holder (14 and under)
26-Sep Cardinals Joe Magrane and Greg Mathews dual-bobblehead (special ticket)
26-Sep Dodgers Bobblehead TBA
26-Sep Phillies Phillies Captain Picard bobble figurine (special ticket)
30-Sep Cardinals Scott Rolen
30-Sep Miami Adam Conley Star Wars Stormtrooper Bobblehead (special ticket)
30-Sep Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: George Brett

#ForHouston


Baseball teams all over the country are joining together to help the people in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here’s a message from MLB:

Rest in Peace, Felo


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Rafael “Felo” Ramirez passed away yesterday at the age of 94. He was the Spanish-language radio announcer for the Miami Marlins. But he was much more than that.

Ramirez was born in Bayamo, Cuba, on June 22, 1923. Growing up in Cuba he played second base for a local team. As the story goes, one day he began calling plays with a friend’s microphone. And the rest was history.

According to the Miami Herald, Ramirez began his professional radio career at Radio Salas in Havana in 1945, where he worked for 9 years. Later he became a broadcaster in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In fact, Ramirez was involved in more than 40 Caribbean World Series. He also was a boxing expert and called many professional boxing matches.

In 2001, the Baseball Hall of Fame honored Ramirez with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting and in 2003 he was inducted in to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. Venezuela’s Magallanes Navigators honored him in 2012 for his more than 60 years as a sports announcer.

Earlier this year, I posted a link to an oral history with Ramirez. I only wish I’d had more time to listen to him call ball games.

Thanks for sharing baseball with us, Felo!

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week, 8/14-20/2017


On Friday, Manny Machado hit not one, not two, but three home runs. And the third one was a walk-off grand slam. It was awesome – check out the coverage here: http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20170819&content_id=249347472&vkey=news_bal&c_id=bal

The best part, however, came during  MASN’s post-game interview with Machado. During the interview Adam Jones “pied” Machado, just like the good old days. Later, though, Adam set us straight: 

Keep being insubordinate, Adam!

~ baseballrebecca