P-Nats Advance!


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!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

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Best of the Week: 8/19/18-8/25/18


Matthew Crownover of the Potomac Nationals threw the first no-hitter in P-Nats history last night! The P-Nats won the game 7-0. Check out the video below.

Congrats, P-Nats, congrats, Matthew!

Stat-urday, 6/16/2018


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Five County Stadium in 2014 (photo by James Willamor, via Wikipedia)

The first half of the Carolina League season isn’t over until Sunday, but the first-half winners have already been determined. On Thursday, both the Potomac Nationals and the Winston-Salem Dash won their respective games, making them the Carolina League’s North Division and South Division first-half champions. The division winners of each half of the season qualify for the playoffs at the end of the season.

Six P-Nats players have been named to the All-Star roster: Tyler Mapes (P), Sterling Sharp (P), Wil Crowe (P), Tres Barrera (C), Carter Kieboom (SS), and Jake Noll (3B).  Kieboom, who is the brother of Spencer Kieboom (who was recently promoted to the Washington Nationals), ranks ninth in the Carolina League in batting average, hitting .296. He also ranks third in home runs (10), second in RBIs (43), third in hits (67), second in runs scored (46), and third in walks (34).

The 2018 Carolina All-Star Game will be played on June 19 at Five County Stadium (in Zebulon, NC), home of the Carolina Mudcats. You can find more Carolina League stats on the MiLB website.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

MiLB Opening Day 2017


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Prince George’s Stadium, Home of the Bowie Baysox

Happy Minor League Baseball Opening Day! I don’t know which I love better: MLB Opening Day or MiLB Opening Day. Maybe it’s possible to love them both the same.

A full schedule of all teams playing today can be found at MiLB.com. Unfortunately, my beloved Baysox will be in Akron today – and the weather reports have not been terribly positive. Nonetheless, I’ll be watching the game on MiLB.TV. (How nice of the O’s to take the day off in honor of MiLB Opening Day so I don’t have to have two TVs going at once!)

This season, there will be many baseball-sociological adventures, including the annual Bobble Quest, as well as sociological analyses of both MiLB and MLB. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, here is a list of this season’s key dates from MiLB.com:

April 6: Minor League Baseball Opening Day for full-season leagues

 May 31: 22nd Annual Rickwood Classic, Birmingham, Alabama

 June 12-14: First-Year Player Draft

 June 15: Pioneer League season begins

 June 17: Florida State League All-Star Game, Lakeland, Florida

 June 19: New York-Penn League and Northwest League seasons begin

 June 20:
California League All-Star Game, Visalia, California
Carolina League All-Star Game, Salem, Virginia
Midwest League All-Star Game, Midland, Michigan
South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Columbia, South Carolina
Southern League All-Star Game, Pensacola, Florida

 June 22: Appalachian League season begins

 June 26: Gulf Coast League season begins

 June 27: Texas League All-Star Game, Frisco, Texas

 July 2: International free agent signing period begins

 July 9: Futures Game, Miami

 July 12:
Eastern League All-Star Game, Manchester, New Hampshire
Triple-A All-Star Game, Tacoma, Washington

 July 15: Deadline for signing 2017 draftees

 Aug. 1: Northwest/Pioneer League All-Star Game, Hillsboro, Oregon

Aug. 15: New York-Penn League All-Star Game, Troy, New York

Sept. 19: Triple-A National Championship Game, Moosic, Pennsylvania

Happy 2017 Baseball Season!

~ baseballrebecca

Bobblehead Instructions


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I need a pinch hitter for Lucas Giolito Bobblehead Night at the Potomac Nationals, since I’ll be out of town. So, I’ve enlisted the help of my cousin. I figure if I prepare him early, he’ll be ready to come off the bench and get me the coveted bobble. Besides, he has been on several bobblehead and gnome missions before. He’s ready to go out on his own. I’m sure he’ll hit a home run.

Naturally, he needs to know the important details of how to get in the special Season Ticket holder line in order to be one of the lucky 1,500 to get the Giolito Bobble. At the beginning of the season, I purchased the special ticket pack so that I would have the ability to get into the stadium early, potentially ensuring my success at obtaining the elusive P-Nats bobbleheads. He needs to know exactly where to stand and exactly when to get there. The details of the operation are critical. It must be executed according to plan. Nothing can go wrong. We know what happens when things go wrong.

Unfortunately, I did not realize how complicated it sounded until it put it in text message form:

Text #1: You need to get there early. Like 45 min to an hour before. Take someone who can stand outside in the sun that long.

Text #2: The game is at 6:35. Gates open at 5:05. You’ll have my passes to get in 15 min early – so that’s 4:50. Need to be in line by maybe 4:15 at the latest.

Text #3: Unless it’s a double header, because of a rainout or something. Then the timeline will change.

Text #4: Have cold water handy when you stand in line. The line forms on the right hand side of that baseball field in front of the stadium – so take the second path, not the one that leads straight to the gate. Maybe I need to send a map so that makes sense.

               Response: Ok. I will need instructions based on double header or not.

 Text #5: LOL. Yeah. I’ll make a map.

Yeah. I’m not sure I’d understand those directions even with the map. It’s not that I doubt my cousin’s abilities. I doubt my ability to write decent instructions.

Giolito bobblehead night isn’t until August 6. We’ll have time to prepare. Maybe we can do a dry run. Hopefully, all will go as planned.

~ baseballrebecca