Tag:minor leagues
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:21 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Class A team to celebrate Titanic anniversary

By C. Trent Rosecrans

There's nothing like minor-league promotions, and the Potomac Nationals will have an interesting one on April 15 -- the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

To commemorate the anniversary, the team will allow women and children into the ballpark first -- a full 15 minutes before the men.

I was thinking maybe they should have specials on icees or a dunk tank -- too soon?

No matter what else they do, I'm sure plenty of people will make "I'm the king of the world" jokes and think they're the first one to do so. They'll be wrong.

Hat-tip: Washington Post's D.C. Sports Bog

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Minor leagues, big-league celebration

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Popping champagne and dousing your teammates with beer is just so cliche -- no, what's cool is going flat-out dance party with their own live music. That's what the Class A Stockton Ports of the California League did after clinching the North Division.

Check out the video here:

This is a better celebration than you'll see next month after the World Series, that's for sure. The man in the middle of the celebrtaion, breaking it all down? That's manager Webster Garrison. Somehow I don't see Charlie Manuel bdoing a handstand after winning the pennant, unfortunately. Joe Maddon? Maybe.

Sady, Stockton lost the California League championship, so there's no sequel.  

HT to NotGraphs

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Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

By C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the coolest minor league ballparks I've visited is in Harrisburg, Pa., where the field is on an island, City Island, just on the edge of downtown.

I remember walking from my downtown hotel, across a bridge with other fans for a Harrisburg Senators game and stumbling back. The bridge continued over the the Susquehana to the other side, in the middle was what is now called Metro Bank Park. It's a unique setting for baseball and the one game I went to there was a total blast.

That makes this photo from Harrisburg third baseman Tim Pahuta posted on Twitter (@Pahooter44) make me feel even sadder. (Photo credit: Tony Wagner)

 

Because of the rains on the East Coast this week, the island is under water.

The Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Nationals, had home field advantage in the Eastern League playoffs as the Western Division champs and were supposed to start a series against Richmond at Metro Bank Park on Wednesday and Thursday. The series will now start Friday in Richmond with the first two games being played in Virginia. All five games are likely to be played at the Flying Squirrels' home. According to the Patriot-News, officials from the Senators and Eastern League will meet Saturday to determine whether Metro Bank Park will be able to host baseball. If not, the teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday followed by games on Sunday and Monday. If the teams can play on City Island, the teams would return to Harrisburg for Game 3 and then have a doubleheader on Monday if necessary. But that doesn't seem likely.

"It's unfortunate that the flooding situation happened there," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post. "I just saw a picture of the stadium. It's certainly unplayable. It looks like it's going to be unplayable for a long, long time."

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Army major surprises wife at Double-A game

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Maybe it's because I remember what it was like when my dad would go away for six months on a "cruise," as they call Navy deployments and how excited I was when he came back, but I'm a sucker for these welcome home videos that are making the rounds.

The latest is this one from Mississippi, where U.S. Army Major Michael Harlow surprised his wife with his return from Afghanistan at a Double-A Mississippi Braves game. Harlow's wife, Darla, threw out the first pitch and didn't notice who the catcher was when she threw the ball in there. The video is fantastic.

The Welcome Home Blog has more of these kinds of videos, including Air Force Sargent Chris Weichman being reunited with his wife and two little girls during a Spokane Indians game. It doesn't have the creativity of the Mississippi reunion, but it has all the emotion.


Bless our men and women in service (and as a side note, I'm excited that my sister's fiancé will return from Cuba next week, so, yeah, it hits home) and hopefully we can see more and more of these -- I don't know about you, but it never gets old to me.

HT to 'Duk at Yahoo's Big League Stew.

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Minor-league team spoofs 'Major League'

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Because what's a day without a Major League-related post? Check out this great commercial for the Vancouver Canadians, the short-season Class A team for the Blue Jays and its take on a the classic American Express commercial in the 1989 movie.

We're Contenders Now
Major League at MOVIECLIPS.com

[H/T Entertainment Weekly]

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:43 am
 

Minor league game goes 23 innings

By C. Trent Rosecrans 

It's not every day a player enters the game as a pinch hitter and then gets six more at-bats. Clearwater's Leandro Castro entered Monday's Florida State League game against Jupiter in the 10th inning as a pinch hitter and finished the game 1 for 7.

Jupiter outfielder Jose Duarte didn't enter the game until the 14th inning, but then ended the game with an RBI single in the 23rd inning, giving the Marlins high Class A team a 2-1 victory over the Phillies' affiliate. Check out the boxscore here.

Phillies prospect Jiwan James tweeted after the game:

 

Six hours previously, he tweeted he was getting his pre-game peanut butter and jelly. Hopefully by he got a snack sometime during the game, because PB&J is tasty, but it's not exactly enough to fuel you for 23 innings. James went 3 for 8 with a double, triple and two walks, scoring the team's only run in the third inning, which was followed by 20 scoreless innings. 

The two teams combined for 31 hits, but just two runs in a game that lasted 5:37 and had an official attendance of 330. Both teams used eight pitchers.

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