Tag:Pirates
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:03 pm
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This week in free stuff: July 19-26


What's better than a day at the ballpark? A day at the ballpark and free stuff.

I remember as a kid going to a Tidewater Tides (as the Norfolk Tides were called then) and getting a Tides batting glove. I wore that batting glove even though it was for my left hand and I was a left-handed hitter. I loved that thing, with the Tides logo and elastic wristband. Since then, I've loved ballpark giveaways (or SGA as you can find them on eBay) and have a collection of odds and ends such as an Endy Chavez bobblehead or a Macon Braves batting helmet (I only get them now as a paying fan, not as part of the job). As a proud owner of a Savannah Sand Gnats Gnic the Gnat bobblehead, I often check around to see what's being given away at ballparks around the country. So here it is, this week in free stuff, from the majors and minors. Keep in mind, this isn't a complete list, just the ones I find most interesting, and even if many think bobbleheads are passe, I'm still a big fan and you'll see most of them here.

Tonight, July 19
Chicago Cubs -- a Cubs mouse pad… if you still use one of those. Ask your parents, kids.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie Appalachian League) -- seat cushion. One of the more underrated and classic give-aways, you don't see them as much anymore, yet your butt could still use a cushion after nine innings.

Tuesday, July 20
Los Angeles Dodgers -- James Loney bobblehead
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- Dustin Pedroia bobblehead
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Southern League) -- logo ball. I'm not usually a big logo ball fan, but this logo is a flying squirrel.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- paint your own Clawd bobblehead. Clawd is the team's mascot.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- eco-friendly cooler bag. I was at a Marlins game once and they gave out gas cans. I'm usually a big fan of practical give-aways, but I didn't take that one.

Brookly Cyclones Wednesday, July 21
Baltimore Orioles -- foam finger. A classic. I'd love to see the foam finger make a comeback, even if a No. 1 is a little unrealistic for the Orioles.
Chicago Cubs -- key chain. This one is actually a nice, simple design, something that can often be done wrong and is done well here.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- "Jersey? Sure!" Jersey. It's actually kinda great. The Cyclones are one of the minor league leaders in both quantity and quality of giveaways.

Manny Ramirez Thursday, July 22
Pittsburgh Pirates -- T-shirt. I don't normally get too excited by free t-shirts, but this one has a nice Pirate theme with a ship and all.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Manny Ramirez action figure. Action figures are this year's attempt at replacing bobbleheads. The Dodgers went the extra mile and made each of their three action figures as superheroes, but it still doesn't quite work.
Bowie BaySox (Eastern League) -- Nolan Reimold bobblehead. The Orioles prospect is getting his own bobblehead.
Iowa Cubs (Pacific Coast League) -- Casey Blake bobblehead. Blake is an Iowa native.
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Adrian Gonzalez bobblehead.
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League) -- Aussie hat. Not bad for a day at the beach on North Padre Island.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic Laegue) -- Dusty Wathan bobblehead. Wathan, son of former Royals manager John "Duke" Wathan, was the manager of the BlueClaws last season when the team won the South Atlantic League title and like most of his players, got called up. He's now the manager of the High-A Clearwater Threshers in the Phillies organization.
Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League) -- Bill Freehan bobblehead. The Loons are honoring Tiger legends with bobbleheads this season and Freehan is Michigan through-and-through. Freehan was born in Detroit, played football and baseball at the University of Michigan and then spent his entire 15-year career with the Tigers.
Orem Owlz (Frontier League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead.

Friday, July 23
Evan Longoria Baltimore Orioles -- tankard. More realistic than the foam finger, Orioles fans can drink away their problems in style.
Houston Astros -- gym bag. Again, one of the practical giveaways. I have a Braves bag I still use.
Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League) -- Evan Longoria bobblehead.
Clearwater Threshers (Florida State League) -- Mike Schmidt bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Larry Herndon bobblehead. It's a big week for former Tigers, apparently. Herndon caught the last out of the 1984 World Series.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Fireman Sandy bobblehead. A bobblehead of the mascot Sandy in a fireman's uniform.
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) -- Champ bobblehead. A friend of mine has a large collection of bobbleheads and says the mascot ones go for the most money on the secondary market.

Saturday, July 24
New York Yankees -- lunch box. I love the metal lunch boxes, they're a popular giveaway -- and for good reason.
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians -- Grady Sizemore bobblehead. One of the few chances to see Grady Sizemore in action at Progressive Field.
Houston Astros -- rainbow sleeve t-shirt.
Milwaukee Brewers -- grill master apron.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- wall clock.
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- James Loney bobblehead.
Visalia Rawhide (California League) -- beach blanket.
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- Lonnie Chisenhall bobblehead. The Indians prospect is nearly ready for the big leagues and he already has a bobblehead.
Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) -- Little Heiskell bobblehead. Little Heiskell is a German soldier weathervane figure that has become a symbol of the city.
Rome Braves (South Atlantic League) -- Tommy Hanson bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- glow-in-the-dark baseball.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- kids fielding glove giveaway. As a kid, these always kinda bummed me out, because it's not like they have a left-handed option. Sure, they're never good enough to actually use, but that's little consolation to a sad little left-handed kid.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- fleece blanket. One of my favorites, although many teams are moving toward Snuggie-like blankets instead of the usual throw.

Sunday, July 25
Philadelphia Phillies -- Chase Utley action figure. Like the real Utley, this one no longer has a cast on his hand.
Milwaukee Brewers -- Robin Yount bobblehead. Not only is Yount wearing a great old Brewers uniform, the Yountstache is in full effect.
Albuquerque Isotopes (Pacific Coast League) -- Orbit bobblehead. Another great mascot bobblehead. Most minor league mascots are better in bobblehead form than mascot form.
Reno Aces (Pacific Coast League) -- skateboard deck. Another new one this season, the Aces deck is one of the best.
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- paint your own bobblehead.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (South Atlantic League) -- Chris Coghlan figurine.
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) -- lunch box.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- Skipper leg lamp bobblehead. It's the leg of the mascot, Skipper, and it's a leg lamp, just like Cleveland's own A Christmas Story.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Allie Gator bobblehead.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:55 am
 

Relievers on the block 'terrible'


Is your team one of the many out there looking for bullpen help? Good luck.

Here's what ESPN's Buster Olney hears:


Right now the cream of the crop seems to be a trio of Blue Jays: Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs. Also, available could be the likes of Pittsburgh's Octavio Dotel, Houston's Brandon Lyon, Seattle's David Aardsma, Kansas City's Kyle Farnsworth, Florida's Leo Nunez, Washington's Matt Capps and Arizona's Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman. The trade market even had a hiccup when Kerry Wood went on the DL -- that tells you about everything you need to know.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Four sent scouts to see Oswalt's gem


The other high-profile pitcher on the market, Roy Oswalt, is garnering plenty of attention for his start against the Pirates.

MLB.com's Brian Taggert tweets that scouts from the Dodgers, Phillies, Rays and Mets were in Houston to watch Oswalt. Oswalt didn't disappoint, throwing a complete-game one-hitter. He struck out eight and walked two.

Oswalt still has hefty pricetag in a $16 million contract for next season and a club option on another $16 for 2012, plus the remainder of $15 million left on his contract for this season.

That could be an impediment for the Dodgers and Mets, while the Rays' owner, Stuart Sternburg, has said he'll take on more payroll, but they seem to need a bat more than a starter.

The Phillies seem to be wondering if they're going to sell -- rumors swirl that they're shopping Jayson Werth, a free agent after the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 3, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Walker back for the PIrates

Neil Walker
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is in the lineup for Pittsburgh tonight against the Phillies.

Walker left the game eight days ago when he suffered a concussion after colliding with right fielder Ryan Church.

"Yesterday was a big day in terms of activity," Walker told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Karen Price . "It was the most activity I'd done in a week. I took BP, did some running, took some extra ground balls and hitting in the cage and stayed out for the game and made sure that with the lights and noise that the headaches didn't come back or  the fatigue and it was a normal day. I woke up, felt good and it's good to be back in the lineup."

Walker, 24, has had a solid rookie season so far, hitting .295/.325/.464.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:56 pm
 

More bad luck for Pirates

Pirates fans must be starting to wonder whether their team is cursed. They just endured a 6-20 June (including 2-13 in interleague play), they've lost two second basemen in outfield collisions in the past week, and now another of their catching prospects has been hit in the face by a pitch.

Eric Fryer, a catcher with Class A Bradenton, will need surgery to repair the orbital bone near his eye after being hit by a pitch Thursday night. On June 22, the Pirates' best catching prospect, Tony Sanchez, was hit in the face with a pitch after taking a pitch to the head earlier in the month.

When it rains it pours.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:14 pm
 

Pirates' Crosby close to return

Good news for the Pirates, who need any good news they can find.

Second baseman Bobby Crosby will hit off a tee today and could be available to pinch-hit against the Cubs today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes . Crosby is expected to be available for Thursday's game.

Andy LaRoche is playing second for the Pirates today in Chicago.

Crosby was the second Pirates second baseman to collide with a right fielder in the course of four days. Friday night the team lost Neil Walker in a collision with Ryan Church and Walker has since been put on the disabled list with a concussion. Crosby collided on the same type of shallow popup on Monday, this time running into Lastings Milledge.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:04 pm
 

Pirates lose another second baseman

Bobby Crosby Being the Pirates' second baseman is dangerous business these days.

Bobby Crosby was removed from Monday's game against the Cubs with concussion-like symptoms after colliding with outfielder Lastings Milledge.

On Friday, Neil Walker collided with Ryan Church and suffered a concussion. He has been sent back to Pittsburgh for more tests.

The Pirates released their Opening Day second baseman, Akinori Iwamura, two weeks ago. Andy LaRoche has been transitioning from third to second but is a work in progress. The only player to start at second for the Pirates this season other than Iwamura, Walker and Crosby is Delwyn Young, who has started there three times and is batting .221.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 5:08 pm
 

Walker sent home for tests

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has been sent back to Pittsburgh to undergo more tests, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes .

Walker left Friday night's game after a collision with Ryan Church. It was later revealed Walker suffered a concussion on the play.

Walker is hitting .295/.325/.464 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 28 games for the Pirates so far this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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