Yesterday, I published my annual list of bobbleheads being given away by Major League and Minor League Baseball teams. However, MLB and MiLB aren’t the only games in town. Currently there are seven Independent Leagues in professional baseball. The more established leagues (those that have been around for at least 10 years) are the American Association, the Atlantic League, the Canadian-American League, and the Frontier League. Three leagues were founded more recently: the Pecos League (founded 2011), the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (2013), and the newly formed Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League.
I suspect that due to their independence from Major League Baseball (and MLB’s monetary coffers), independent league teams are less likely to have the sponsorship support that teams affiliated with MLB have. Thus, the independent league teams seem to have fewer “big ticket” giveaways and promotions. However, there is a significant amount of bobbleheads and figurines up for grabs this season at independent league ballparks. Below is the list I was able to cobble together from the teams’ various website.
Of course, independent league teams, like MLB and MiLB teams, have a variety of other promotions and giveaways scheduled for this season. I’ll publish those over the next few days.
|Date||Team||Bobblehead, Gnome, Figurine, Etc.|
|5/1||Long Island Ducks||Lew Ford Bronze Figurine|
|5/6||Bridgeport Bluefish||Mayor Bill Finch|
|5/30||Lancaster Barnstormers||Robert Fulton|
|6/12||Bridgeport Bluefish||Ringmaster Fred Hall|
|6/13||River City Rascals||Todd Worrell (Bobblehead and Appearance)|
|6/13||So. Maryland Blue Crabs||Stan Cliburn “Stomp the ‘Sharks’” Bobblehead (v. Camden Riversharks)|
|6/23||Winnipeg Goldeyes||Ace Walker|
|6/24||Bridgeport Bluefish||B.B. Bobblehead|
|7/1||Bridgeport Bluefish||P.T. Barnum|
|7/18||Lancaster Barnstormers||Jim Furyk|
|7/21||Kansas City T-Bones||Jake Blackwood|
|7/31||Lancaster Barnstormers||Johnny Weir|
|8/1||Bridgeport Bluefish||Bobby Valentine|
|8/2||Long Island Ducks||Elizabeth Hashagen|
|8/5||St. Paul Saints||King Boreas|
|8/15||Rockford Aviators||Western Bobblehead|
|8/16||Long Island Ducks||Ray Navarrete|
|8/21||Rockford Aviators||Superhero Bobblehead|
|8/22||Wichita Wingnuts||Anthony Capra Bobble-Butt|
|8/26||Bridgeport Bluefish||James O’Rourke|
|8/29||So. Maryland Blue Crabs||Jeremy Owens “Duck Hunting” Bobblehead (v. L.I. Ducks)|
|9/9||Bridgeport Bluefish||Chaz and AJ|
|9/13||Somerset Patriots||Fan Choice Bobblehead|
|9/16||Bridgeport Bluefish||George H.W. Bush|
This past Monday, I got my first in-park bobblehead of the year: Livan Hernandez. This bobble had been on my calendar since before the season started. But I suppose you can’t say it was my first bobblehead for this year – before this year’s promotions schedules were even announced, I made sure I got Zach Britton and Jayson Werth – no more Jayson Werth incidents for this Baseball Sociologist! (It takes much less effort to get free bobbleheads with my annual purchase of ticket packs from the Bowie Baysox.)
Of course, these days my list gets scooped by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which has a much more extensive list than I do. But I still get a kick out of putting together my own list. However, over the next weeks or so, I’ll post more about this year’s major- and minor league promotion schedules. After all, there is more to life than bobbleheads.
In fact, its not just heads that are bobbling this year. You can get a bobble waist (5/23), bobble biceps (6/27), bobble belly (8/9), bobble legs (9/5), and – I kid you not – a bobble butt (8/22 at the Wichita Wingnuts). Below is the list of bobbleheads, figurines, gnomes, and similar giveaways at Major League and Minor League Baseball stadiums this year (the bobble dates that have already passed appear at the end of the list). For now, the list does not include independent league teams, such as the Wichita Wingnuts. I’ll post those at a later date.
In the meantime, happy collecting!
|Date||Team||Bobblehead, Gnome, Figurine, etc.|
|5/8||Erie||Steven Moya OYO|
|5/9||Giants||Hunter Pence “Fence Catch” Bobblehead|
|5/9||Rays||Evan Longoria Walkup Music Bobblehead|
|5/14||Altoona||Starling Marte Partay Bobblehead|
|5/14||New Britain||David Ortiz|
|5/16||Astros||Dallas Keuchel “Gold Glove” Gnome|
|5/22||Erie||C. Wolf Garden Gnome (mascot)|
|5/23||Scranton-WB||CHAMP-Vadar Bobble Waist (mascot)|
|5/23||Syracuse Chiefs||Billy Gardner Jr. Gnome|
|5/23||White Sox||Paul Konerko Replica Statute|
|5/25||Dodgers||Tommy Lasorda Garden Gnome|
|5/28||A’s||Stephen Vogt Referee Bobblehead|
|5/29||Altoona||Tony Watson “Elementary” Bobblehead|
|5/29||Cardinals||Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome|
|5/29||Mississippi Braves||Christian Bethancourt|
|5/30||Akron||Truffle Shuffle Bobblehead|
|5/30||Giants||Giants World Champions Postseasons Heroes Bobblehead (Belt, Crawford, or Petit)|
|5/31||Cubs||Clark W Flag Bobblehead (mascot?)|
|6/2||Phillies||Vintage Phillies Bobblehead|
|6/4||Mississippi Braves||Tri-Bobblehead featuring Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux|
|6/4||White Sox||Bobby Jenks World Series Moment|
|6/5||Mississippi Braves||Mycal Jones|
|6/7||Blue Jays||Marcus Stroman|
|6/11||Mississippi Braves||John Smoltz|
|6/12||Mississippi Braves||Barrett Kleinknecht|
|6/13||Giants||Giants World Champions Postseasons Heroes Bobblehead (Affeldt, Ishikawa, or Panik)|
|6/13||Potomac||Steven Souza “The Catch” Figurine Giveaway|
|6/14||Rangers||Elvis Andrus Stolen Base Garden Gnome|
|6/19||Frederick Keys||Pat Sajak (including appearance by Pat Sajak)|
|6/20||A’s||Sonny Gray Solar Powered Gnome|
|6/20||Altoona||Josh Harrison Garden Gnome|
|6/25||Mississippi Braves||Aaron Holbert|
|6/27||Akron||Albert Belle Bobble Biceps|
|6/27||Baltimore||Buck Showalter Garden Gnome|
|6/29||Potomac||Michael Taylor “Flattop” MLB Debut Bobblehead|
|7/2||New Britain||Kennys Vargas|
|7/5||Cardinals||Ozzie Smith Bronze Statue|
|7/5||Potomac||Wilson Ramos Buff-A-Rine|
|7/8||Lakewood||Ken Giles “Made the Phillies” Bobblehead|
|7/8||Yankees||Dellin Betances Figurine|
|7/15||Lowell||Dogman (local personality)|
|7/17||Mississippi Braves||Julio Teheran|
|7/18||Dbacks||A.J. Pollock Star Wars Bobblehead|
|7/18||Staten Island||Dellin Betances|
|7/18||Wilmington||Rocky Bluewinkle Hero Bobblehead (mascot)|
|7/19||Bowie Baysox||Babe Ruth|
|7/21||Lowell||Fan Vote Bobble Head|
|7/23||Lowell||Keith Aucoin (NHL)|
|7/24||Cubs||Billy Williams Replica Statute|
|7/24||Mississippi Braves||Braeden Schlehuber|
|7/25||Dbacks||Randy Johnson Hall of Fame Bobblehead|
|7/25||Frederick Keys||Zach Britton|
|7/25||Giants||Hunter Pence Gnome|
|7/25||Indians||Larry Doby Replica Statue|
|7/26||Lowell||Pete Frates (Boston College) Bobble Ice Bucket|
|7/26||Rockies||Nolan Arenado Gold Glove Bobblehead|
|7/28||Birmingham||Michael Early Catch of the Year Figurine|
|7/31||Wilmington||Senator Tom Carper|
|8/1||Baltimore||Oriole Bird (mascot)|
|8/1||Potomac||One-Eyed Willie (“The Goonies”)|
|8/1||Staten Island||Jason Arnold|
|8/1||Twins||1965 Vintage Bobblehead|
|8/1||White Sox||Scott Podsednik World Series Moment|
|8/2||A’s||Mike Gallego Windmill Windup Toy|
|8/2||Brewers||Matt Garza Gnome|
|8/3||Blue Jays||Russell Martin|
|8/5||Nationals||Jayson Werth Chia Pet|
|8/8||Akron||Michael Dean Perry|
|8/9||Bowie Baysox||“Captain Manny” Machado Pirate Bobblehead|
|8/9||Brewers||Bob Uecker Statue Bobblehead|
|8/9||Lakewood||Buster Bobble-Belly (mascot)|
|8/14||Braves||John Smoltz Hall of Fame Bobblehead|
|8/14||Cardinals||Red Schoendienst Hall of Fame Red Jacket Statue|
|8/15||NW Arkansas||Yordano Ventura|
|8/16||Blue Jays||Bell, Moseby, and Barfield|
|8/16||Giants||Juan Marichal Statue Replica|
|8/16||New Britain||Elvis Rocky Bobblehead Weekend|
|8/22||Frederick Keys||Kevin Gausman|
|8/22||Hagerstown||Historic figure mystery bobblehead|
|8/22||Harrisburg||Stephen Souza, Jr.|
|8/22||Reds||Tony Perez Replica Statue|
|8/22||Rockies||Star Wars Bobblehead|
|8/23||Lowell||Zombie Player Bobblehead|
|8/25||Nationals||Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome|
|8/27||Altoona||Steamer Dashboard Bobble|
|8/28||Altoona||Jordy Mercer “Lloyd Christmas” Bobblehead|
|8/29||Akron||“It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” Bobble Tiki Bar|
|8/29||Mets||1986 World Championship Bobblehead|
|8/29||Pirates||Bill Mazeroski Replica Statue|
|8/29||Rays||Kevin Kiermaier Outlaw Action Figure|
|8/29||White Sox||Jermaine Dye World Series Night|
|8/30||Brewers||Vintage Brewer Bobblehead|
|9/5||Tampa||Brett Gardner Bobble Legs|
|9/7||Cardinals||Harry Caray Bobblehead with voice chip|
|9/12||Indians||Terry Francona red scooter bobblehead|
|9/12||Reds||To Be Announced|
|9/13||Marlins||Jose Fernandez Figurine|
|9/19||Rays||Fan Vote Bobblehead|
|9/20||Brewers||Scooter Gennett Gnome|
|9/23||Rockies||Jorge De La Rosa|
|9/26||Cubs||To Be Determined|
|9/26||Reds||2015 All-Star Player Bobblehead|
Dates that we already missed:
|4/12||Rockies||Justin Morneau Batting Champ Bobblehead|
|4/14||Boston Red Sox||Wally (mascot)|
|4/14||Giants||Madison Bumgarner Postseason MVP Bobblehead|
|4/17||Bowie Baysox||Mystery Bobblehead|
|4/18||Cardinals||Yadier Molina Gold and Platinum Gloves Bobblehead|
|4/18||Wilmington||Elena Delle Donne (basketball)|
|4/19||Blue Jays||Jose Bautista|
|4/19||New Britain||Byron Buxton|
|4/19||Rays||Evan Longoria Rubber Duck|
|4/25||Akron||Webster bobblehead (mascot)|
|4/28||Rangers||Derek Holland Garden Gnome|
|5/1||Altoona||Andrew McCutcheon OYO|
|5/2||Astros||Jose Altuve “Hit Counter” Bobblehead|
|5/2||Mets||Jacob deGrom Garden Gnome|
|5/3||Giants||Buster Posey Bank|
|5/5||Boston Red Sox||Carlton Fisk|
|5/7||Lakewood||Garden Gnome (player not specified)|
|5/7||Pirates||Clint Hurdle Gnome|
TOMORROW’S ORIOLES-WHITE SOX GAME TO BEGIN AT 2:05 P.M. ET AND BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
WEEKEND SERIES WITH RAYS TO MOVE TO TROPICANA FIELD
Monday’s and Tuesday’s games rescheduled for single-admission doubleheader on May 28
A game with no fans will certainly be interesting. Its definitely a good compromise. Over the next few days, weeks, and months, the events of this past week will be analyzed by the public, the media, and, of course, sociologists. In the meantime, here are a few thoughts from the baseball world:
- Baffoe: Baseball’s Not Important In Baltimore Right Now « CBS Chicago.
- USA Today: This isn’t the time for baseball in Baltimore
Hopefully the coming months will bring peace and healing to all those in pain in Baltimore and beyond. In the meantime, the world is watching.
Baseball is the only game where there is a right
way to play: the white way.” ~ Chris Rock
One week after Jackie Robinson Day, HBO posted a video on YouTube of Chris Rock discussing the absence of Blacks in Major League Baseball. Rock is a baseball fan, and he has some legitimate concerns. “Baseball is dying,” he says.
This is something MLB and the Baseball Sociologist have also focused on in recent years. Here are a few of the issues highlighted by Rock (the video is also posted below):
- Baseball is old-fashioned.
- The number of Black ball players has fallen from 20% a few decades ago to 8% today.
- Announcers are old, white-haired white guys.
- Baseball wants things to return to the way it used to be – from retro ballparks to organ music in the parks; this does not reflect the history and experiences of non-white fans.
- In a speeded up world, baseball is slowing down.
- There is an old-fashioned code: no celebrations allowed.
All of these things, Rock argues, do not reflect the interests and experiences of a large part of society. He sums it up: “Baseball is uncool. … you lose black America, you lose young America.”
So what are the solutions to this dilemma? I, for one, would like to start with his point about announcers. Let’s have Chris Rock and other celebrities (who are not old white-haired white guys) do the announcing some day. That would be pretty cool. And completely un-old-fashioned.
What are your suggestions?
So much baseball, so little time! Enjoy every moment of baseball season that you can!
Happy Opening Day!
Its a beautiful 68 degrees in Viera here at Space Coast Stadium. Sadly, this is our last Spring Training game before heading back home to the real world (although I did just get tickets to the pre-season Yankees at Nats game next weekend because I just don’t want this to end!)
Spring Training is one of the greatest events of the year. Nothing beats escaping reality for a few days and immersing yourself in baseball. Many have written of the cathartic, healing powers of Spring Training. I must concur.
Even if the Nats are currently losing to the Marlins 5-3 after 2 1/2 innings, despite beautiful home runs by Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper.
Oh well. After all, it’s only Spring …
PS Ramos just hit a homer bringing it to 5-4. Go Nats!
You know its almost baseball season when everything starts to remind you of baseball. Yes, for baseball fans that’s ALL the time, but it intensifies as the calendar moves closer to April. Here are but a few examples – can you add any to my list?
- The thermometer says its 34 degrees outside and you think, #34 – Bryce Harper.
- On your daily commute you start taking the slightly longer route that leads past the baseball stadium.
- You pass Stanton Road and your brain reads the sign as “Giancarlo Stanton Road.”
- The snow on the ground reminds you of the year it snowed on Opening Day.
- You find it hard to make plans for weekends in April because it depends on who’s playing that day.
- You start making room in your bobblehead display case for new additions.
- You’re humming “Take me out to the ballgame” as you do the dishes.
- The ad for Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio cologne makes you think of Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals pitching staff.
- Instead of astronauts on NASA TV, you see Orioles fans (oh wait – that one’s actually real!)
Baseball is almost here!
Last year at Spring Training, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a Mariano Rivera bobblehead upon entering Steinbrenner Field for a New York Yankees Spring Training game. I had no idea there was a giveaway that day. In fact, I’d never gotten any game day promotional giveaway during a spring training game. Unless of course you count that special – yet seemingly odd – appearance by Kenny G a few years ago in Viera.
So, with this year’s Spring Training already underway, I decided to see if we could expect any other spring training giveaways. Unfortunately, its not always easy to find the spring training giveaway calendar. For some teams, it’s not on the team’s MLB website. For example, you have to go to the Steinbrenner Field website to find the Yankees’ spring training giveaway schedule. And I must say that I was disappointed to see that the Yankees really weren’t handing out anything terribly exciting: a Steinbrenner Field 20th anniversary pin (3/14), a Masahiro Tanaka Poster (3/15), a tote bag (3/19), a Derek Jeter final game key chain (3/21), a Brian McCann Fathead poster (3/28), and a 1978 championship commemorative ring (4/2).
The Baltimore Orioles, on the other hand, make it much easier to find their giveaway schedule – it’s part of their regular promotional schedule website. Sadly, however, their promotions are less noteworthy than the Yankees: a luggage tag (3/11), a plush cow (3/14), and a handful of non-giveaway events, such as seniors (all fans 55 and over) run the bases.
I couldn’t find any information on giveaways for the Nationals. So, if Kenny G or some other surprise guest shows up, it will be an added bonus.
- March 7 – Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley bobblehead, Goodyear Ballpark
- March 7 – Toronto Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay bobblehead, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
- March 7 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Robin Yount bobblehead, Maryvale Park
- March 14 – Cleveland Indians’ Billy Hamilton bobblehead, Goodyear Ballpark
- March 19 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Jean Segura bobblehead, Maryvale Park
- March 22 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Hank the Ballpark Pup bobblehead, Maryvale Park
- March 23 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Chorizo bobblehead, Maryvale Park
Of course, for those who can’t make the games above, you can always get your picture taken with the Orioles’ life-size Oriole bird bobblehead at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota or the Dodgers’ life-size bobblehead of Tommy Lasorda at their spring training home, Camelback Ranch (see the video below of Tommy coming face to face with it at Dodger Stadium).
Happy Spring Training!
Some folks love Valentine’s Day, others hate it. But maybe we should think of it as one day closer to Spring Training! In the meantime, I thought I’d share some Valentine’s wishes from the Norfolk Tides. ~ baseballrebecca
Happy National Bobblehead Day!
As far as I can tell, this is a day that was made-up by the folks who are putting together the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. They are actually pretty organized – they have a strong social media presence, are selling memberships, have a Kickstarter campaign, and have even gotten some bobblehead donations from the Miami Marlins.
Speaking of bobbleheads, I’ll be keeping an eye out for the 2015 promotional schedules. In fact, the Milwaukee Brewers have already announced that this year they will be giving out a whopping ten bobbleheads, as well as two gnomes. Of course, the guys at the National Bobblehead HoF and Museum already have a pretty good list on their website. But my annual list will focus solely on baseball.
[Note: National Bobblehead Day should not be confused with Britain’s Bobble Hat Day (you know – winter hats with balls of yarn on top or hats like Santa’s) that occurred on December 10, 2014, to raise awareness about child abuse, or National Bobble Day which occurred on February 7 last year. (It’s unclear if National Bobble Day will be replicated this year. It was all about raising funds to help older people keep warm during the winter. The idea was to wear or do something warm. According to the website, “This could be as simple as wearing a bobble hat to work or school, or hosting a warming morning selling tea, cakes or soup to raise funds.” They also recommend wearing wacky sweaters (“jumpers”), “sparkly legwarmers,” or other items of warm clothing to bring attention to the issue.) (And, in case you were wondering, January 7 is also National Tempura Day.)]