MLB and MiLB Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Days


Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, prepares to throw one of the first pitches during the opening ceremonies of a Springfield Cardinals game in Springfield, Mo., June 16, 2012.

Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, prepares to throw one of the first pitches during the opening ceremonies of a Springfield Cardinals game in Springfield, Mo., June 16, 2012.

One of the great things about Minor League Baseball is the countless activities going on at ballparks on any given day. Sure, a lot of these are designed to lure folks to the ballpark. But a lot of them also help us recognize and honor things that are important in our culture.

This season, it seems like “Awareness Days,” “Heritage Days,” and other such events are more numerous than ever before. In fact, it’s taken me nearly half the season to complete my research on them! However, over the next few days I’ll post what’s coming up at Minor League – and Major League – ballparks across the country this summer. I’ve divvyed them up into several categories: Military/Law Enforcement Days, Professional Days, Awareness Days, Diversity/Heritage Days, Player Appearances, Jersey Nights, and Other Goofy Stuff.

So, in honor of Independence Day, I’ll start with a rundown of all of the military and law enforcement appreciation days coming up at a ballpark near you.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Event
5/9 Tides Armed Forces Night
6/13 Tides Marine Corps Night
6/22 Williamsport Military Monday (Free general
admission ticket for all active & retired Military)
6/24 Vermont First Responders Night
7/3 State College First Responders Appreciation Night
7/3 Williamsport Military Appreciation Night
7/11 State College Military Appreciation Night
7/12 Lowell First Responders Appreciation Day
7/13 Williamsport Military Monday
7/13 Lowell Vietnam Veterans Night
7/15 Mahoning Valley Military Appreciation Night
7/18 Staten Island FDNY Appreciation Night
7/20 Williamsport Military Monday
7/22 Mahoning Valley Military Appreciation Night
7/22 Vermont Military Appreciation Night
7/31 Brooklyn FDNY Night
7/31 CT Tigers First Responder Night
8/2 State College Veteran Appreciation Day
8/3 West Virginia Military Appreciation Night
8/5 Mahoning Valley Military Appreciation Night
8/6 Aberdeen Military Appreciation Night
8/8 Tides Navy Night
8/9 State College Veteran Appreciation Day
8/10 Williamsport Military Monday
8/12 Mahoning Valley Military Appreciation Night
8/14 Staten Island NYPD Appreciation Night
8/16 State College Veteran Appreciation Day
8/19 Mahoning Valley Military Appreciation Night
8/21 CT Tigers Military Appreciation Night
8/24 West Virginia Guns and Hoses Night
(celebrating First Responders)
8/29 Brooklyn Military Appreciation Night
8/30 Staten Island Military Appreciation Night
9/6 State College Veteran Appreciation Day
9/7 Williamsport Military Monday

Happy International Signing Day!


“World Map – Rainbow Bliss Baseball Square” by Andee Design, photo courtesy of FineArtAmerica.com

Last week, a 16-year old baseball player, Melissa Mayeux, made history by becoming the first female baseball player to be added to the MLB international registration list. This means that she could conceivably become the first female major leaguer. (Note that this all happened one day before the 43rd anniversary of the passage of Title IX, commonly known for providing equal opportunity for girls in sports.)

Today is the day that teams can start signing players on list. But first, what is the international registration list? New international signing rules were implemented in 2012 with the latest MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement. Teams must follow this process in order to sign international amateurs. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:

“An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of next year if the prospect turns 17 before Sept. 1 of this year or by the completion of his first Minor League season. Additionally, any prospect who is already 17 or older and has not previously signed a Major or Minor League contract, resides outside the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within the previous year is eligible to sign during the period.”

Ok, so that’s a little confusing. Basically, 16-year olds in countries not subject to the MLB draft (i.e., everywhere by the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico) become eligible to sign with MLB teams on July 2 every year as long as they registered with MLB by May 1. If you’re already 17, you don’t need to register.

But being registered doesn’t mean you will get signed. After Melissa was placed on the international registration list, The New York Daily News had an interesting article about how likely it was that she – or any woman – would sign with MLB any time soon. Even MLB.com’s Lindsay Berra says it’s not likely that Mayeux will sign with anyone.

Right now, Mayeux is at an MLB hitting camp in Germany where she’ll get hitting instruction from former Oriole (Diamondback, etc.) Steve Finley. Later this summer she’ll be at the European baseball championship in the Czech Republic, and then it’s on to MLB’s European Elite Camp in the Netherlands. One thing is for sure: it’s good to be 16!

For a continually updated list of the top international prospects and who is getting signed, go to Baseball America.com.

~ baseballrebecca

Baseball Sociology and Meteorology


Potomac Nationals Grounds Crew, July 20, 2015

Potomac Nationals Grounds Crew, July 20, 2015

With the postponement of several baseball games on Saturday (resulting in a fabulous Sunday of double headers!) and the tornado warnings in St. Louis last night (prompting some to second-guess whether the nationally televised Cardinals-Cubs game should have started at all), it seems like it’s time for a quick post on baseball and the weather. In fact, just last week the National Weather Service observed National Lightning Awareness Safety Week.

So, here’s a brief rundown of recent articles on the relationship among baseball, weather, and sociology:

  •  Recently, the Washington Post clued us in to “How the Nationals make high-pressure weather decisions.”
  • Sky over Prince George's County Stadium, June 23, 2015 (photo courtesy of the Bowie Baysox)

    Sky over Prince George’s Stadium, June 23, 2015 (photo courtesy of the Bowie Baysox)

    Last Tuesday, several teams experienced amazing colors in the sky as storms approached or departed the local area, including: Chicago, Washington (check out the cool pic by none other than Bryce Harper), Boston, and Bowie (see the Baysox photo to the right).

  • In April, USA Today, reported that “Mike Trout also is baseball’s best meteorologist.”
  • Even stadiums with roofs, like Minute Maid Park, haven’t been safe from the rain this year.

Hopefully there are no rain-outs in your future!

~ baseballrebecca

Bernie Williams and the Tri-City Valleycats?


BernieYesterday, I posed the question – what is the connection between Bernie Williams and the Tri-City Valleycats? The ‘Cats are a Houston Astros affiliate. Bernie is a life-long Yankee. He never played for Houston, nor did he play for Tri-City. So, why are they giving out a Bernie Williams bobblehead this season?

Well, it turns out that the Valleycats are located in Troy, NY. The “Tri-City” moniker refers to the tri-city area of New York’s capital region – Albany, Schenectady, and Troy. And that’s where the connection begins to make sense. Anyone remember the Albany-Colonie Yankees? They were the Double A (AA) affiliate of the New York Yankees from 1985 to 1994. The Valleycats pay tribute to the former local team with their “Weekend at Bernie’s” promotion, which includes a bobblehead giveaway of the 1989-90 Albany-Colonie Yankee, Bernie Williams, on August 21. The Bernie Weekend continues the following day with a raffle for an autographed, life-sized Bernie Williams bobblehead. (The team will sell a limited number of raffle tickets beginning at the start of the season, with proceeds going to charity.)

Now, here’s where minor league genealogy gets complicated, yet fascinating. Throughout its history, Albany, NY, had several minor league teams. In fact, between 1920 and 1959, the city hosted a team every year. Baseball returned to Albany in 1983 in the form of the Albany A’s (who became the Albany-Colonie A’s in 1984; technically, the team played in Colonie, NY, a suburb of Albany). Their home ballpark, Heritage Park, was built in 1982. (In case you were wondering, tBuckhe A’s had moved from West Haven, CT, where they had played as the West Haven Whitecaps (1980) and the West Haven A’s (1981-1982)) (prior to that they were the West Haven Yankees from 1972-1979 and the A’s affiliate was in Waterbury, CT). (But I digress.)

In 1985, the Albany team became an affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Albany-Colonie Yankees moved to Norwich, CT, in 1995 and were renamed the Norwich Navigators. They remained the Yankees’ AA affiliate through 2002. The team switched affiliations to the San Francisco Giants for the 2003 season (when the Yankees moved their AA team to Trenton, which is still the Yankees’ AA team). In 2006, the team’s name changed to the Connecticut Defenders, though they remained a Giants affiliate. After the 2009 season, they moved to Richmond, VA, and became known as the Richmond Flying Squirrels. To this day, the team remains in Richmond, is still a Giants farm team, and is still named the Flying Squirrels.

Of course, when the Yankees’ AA team moved to Connecticut in 1995, it wasn’t the end of baseball in New York’s State Capital. At least not then. In 1995, the independent Northeast League was formed and fielded a team in Albany – the Albany Diamond Dogs. Beginning in 1998, they became known as the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs.

Photo courtesy of RochesterAreaBallparks.com

Photo courtesy of RochesterAreaBallparks.com

In 1999, the Northeast League merged with the Northern League (which was founded in 1993). The Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs remained in the Northern League through 2002. The team folded after the 2002 season (and the Northern League folded after the 2010 season). Although the Northeast League returned as a separate league in 2003, the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs were no longer part of the league, nor did Albany (or Colonie) field a team in 2005 when the Northeast league reorganized as the Canadian-American League (also known as the Can-Am League, not to be confused with the Class C minor league Canadian-American League, or Can-Am League, which operated between 1936 and 1951 (for the most part)). (Interestingly, the original Can-Am league did not field a team in Albany.) (But I digress.) (Again.)

Sadly, the Diamond Dogs’ Heritage Park sat empty after the 2002 season. In 2005, just ten years after the Dogs first played there and less than 23 years after it was built, the contents of the stadium were sold at auction. The stadium itself was demolished four years later.

What makes this so fascinating and sociologically significant? The linkages among teams and towns fascinates this Baseball Sociologist. It’s kind of like that six degrees of Kevin Bacon thing. If you dig deep enough, you can find a connection to baseball almost anywhere. Baseball is deeply ingrained in U.S. society, and you never know when, or where, you might stumble upon it (or, exasperatingly, the Yankees).

~ baseballrebecca

Abandoned Heritage Park, 2009 (photo by ILikeTakingDigitalPhotos, on Wikipedia)

Abandoned Heritage Park, 2009 (photo by ILikeTakingDigitalPhotos, on Wikipedia)

More Bobbles Coming!


It’s 2015_Promo_Schedule_grnvz89p_v816qe6qOpening Day for the New York-Penn League and time for another update to the bobblehead giveaway list. And these are definitely worth listing! This year, the Aberdeen Ironbirds are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken’s streak of 2,131 games played with four separate bobblehead giveaways – one each month (on June 30, July 15, August 5, and September 2). Cal will also make several appearances at his ballpark throughout the season.

Other notable bobble giveaways are: Madison Bumgarner from the Connecticut Tigers on July 4; a Juan Lagares bobble glove from the Brooklyn Cyclones on July 29; and a trio of Yankees from a trio of teams – Dellin Betances from the Staten Island Yankees (7/18), CC Sabathia from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (7/25), and Bernie Williams from the Tri-City Valley Cats (8/21). Of course, only one of those teams is a Yankees affiliate (can you guess which one?). It sorta makes sense that a Cleveland farm team would be giving away a CC Sabathia bobblehead, though it seems like he’s been a Yankee forever. But I had to do some research to see the connection between Bernie and the Tri-City Valleycats, which is currently an affiliate of the Houston Astros. (Tomorrow, I’ll give you my report on the connection between Bernie Williams and the Tri-City Valleycats and it will all become crystal clear.bobbleahd)

The New York-Penn League’s teams will also giveaway several non-baseball bobbleheads, including NHL and NFL players, a university president, and a zombie player. In addition, the Brooklyn Cyclones will pay tribute to “Seinfeld” and “The Honeymooners” with bobbleheads. The Cyclones will also offer what is believed to be the first-ever Sidd Finch bobblehead.

And just in case you aren’t fond of some of the bobbles you collect, the Lowell Spinners are hosting a Bobblehead Swap Day on August 24.

~ baseballrebecca

 

6/26 Mahoning Valley Jim Tressel (Youngstown State Univ. president)
6/30 Aberdeen Cal Ripken – Rookie Year
7/4 Connecticut Tigers Madison Bumgarner
7/5 Brooklyn Lil’ Jerry Bobble Beak (Kramer’s pet rooster from Seinfeld)
7/15 Aberdeen Cal Ripken – World Series Champ
7/15 Lowell Dogman (local legend)
7/17 Williamsport Pat Borders
7/18 Brooklyn Bus Driver Sandy Bobblehead (from the Honeymooners)
7/18 CT Tigers Mike Rabelo (manager)
7/18 Staten Island Dellin Betances
7/19 Brooklyn Impractical Jokers (Tru TV) Bobbleheads
7/21 Lowell Fan Vote Bobblehead
7/23 Lowell Keith Aucoin (NHL)
7/25 Mahoning Valley CC Sabathia
7/26 Lowell Pete Frates (Boston College) Bobble Ice Bucket
7/29 Brooklyn Juan Lagares Bobble Glove
8/1 Staten Island Jason Arnold
8/5 Aberdeen Cal Ripken – Season for the Ages
8/8 Mahoning Valley Cody Allen
8/9 State College Jerome Bettis (NFL) Gold Jacket Bobblehead
8/13 Vermont Ted Williams
8/15 CT Tigers Eric Campbell
8/19 Brooklyn Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto (from “Good Day New York”)
8/21 Tri-City Bernie Williams
8/23 Lowell Zombie Player Bobblehead
8/26 Brooklyn Sidd Finch Bobblehead
9/2 Aberdeen Cal Ripken – 2131 Bobblehead

 

 

Bobbleheads of the Independent Leagues


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.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Bobblehead, Gnome, Figurine, Etc.
5/1 Long Island Ducks Lew Ford Bronze Figurine
5/6 Bridgeport Bluefish Mayor Bill Finch
5/29 Rockford Aviators TBA
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
7/2 Rockford Aviators TBA
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

 

The Annual Bobble List


Livan Hernandez bobbleheadThis 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!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Bobblehead, Gnome, Figurine, etc.
5/8 Dbacks Josh Collmenter
5/8 Erie Steven Moya OYO
5/9 Giants Hunter Pence “Fence Catch” Bobblehead
5/9 Harrisburg Anthony Rendon
5/9 Mariners Fernando Rodney
5/9 Rays Evan Longoria Walkup Music Bobblehead
5/10 Brewers BobbleHank (mascot)
5/12 Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
5/14 Altoona Starling Marte Partay Bobblehead
5/14 New Britain David Ortiz
5/16 Astros Dallas Keuchel “Gold Glove” Gnome
5/16 Reds Johnny Bench
5/20 Braves Javy Lopez
5/21 Boston Luis Tiant
5/22 Erie C. Wolf Garden Gnome (mascot)
5/23 Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez
5/23 Pirates Josh Harrison
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 Angels Matt Shoemaker
5/29 Cardinals Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome
5/29 Mississippi Braves Christian Bethancourt
5/30 Akron Truffle Shuffle Bobblehead
5/30 Cardinals Ozzie Smith
5/30 Giants Giants World Champions Postseasons Heroes Bobblehead (Belt, Crawford, or Petit)
5/30 Reds Billy Hamilton
5/30 Scranton Dellin Betances
5/31 Brewers Bud Selig
5/31 Cubs Clark W Flag Bobblehead (mascot?)
6/2 Boston Mike Napoli
6/2 Mariners Kyle Seager
6/2 Phillies Vintage Phillies Bobblehead
6/2 Portland Christian Vazquez
6/4 Dodgers Kenley Jansen
6/4 Mississippi Braves Tri-Bobblehead featuring Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux
6/4 Nationals Ryan Zimmerman
6/4 White Sox Bobby Jenks World Series Moment
6/5 Mississippi Braves Mycal Jones
6/6 Dbacks Tony LaRussa
6/6 Indians Corey Kluber
6/6 Montgomery Desmond Jennings
6/6 Reds Barry Larkin
6/6 Royals Lorenzo Cain
6/7 Blue Jays Marcus Stroman
6/7 Rockies Troy Tulowitzki
6/9 Braves David Justice
6/11 Mississippi Braves John Smoltz
6/12 Angels Kole Calhoun
6/12 Mississippi Braves Barrett Kleinknecht
6/13 Cubs Joe Maddon
6/13 Giants Giants World Champions Postseasons Heroes Bobblehead (Affeldt, Ishikawa, or Panik)
6/13 Hagerstown Mike Mussina
6/13 Louisville Devin Masoraco
6/13 Potomac Steven Souza “The Catch” Figurine Giveaway
6/13 Scranton Derek Jeter
6/14 Brewers Carlos Gomez
6/14 Rangers Elvis Andrus Stolen Base Garden Gnome
6/18 Yankees Thurman Munson
6/19 Frederick Keys Pat Sajak (including appearance by Pat Sajak)
6/19 Twins Paul Molitor
6/20 A’s Sonny Gray Solar Powered Gnome
6/20 Akron Larry Nance
6/20 Altoona Josh Harrison Garden Gnome
6/20 Reds Brandon Phillips
6/20 Royals Mike Moustakas
6/23 Rangers Prince Fielder
6/25 Mississippi Braves Aaron Holbert
6/25 Tigers Victor Martinez
6/26 Birmingham Tim Anderson
6/27 Akron Albert Belle Bobble Biceps
6/27 Baltimore Buck Showalter Garden Gnome
6/27 Pirates Starling Marte
6/27 Scranton Rob Refsnyder
6/28 Brewers Paul Molitor
6/28 Giants Hello Kitty
6/29 Potomac Michael Taylor “Flattop” MLB Debut Bobblehead
7/1 Tigers Yoenis Cespedes
7/2 New Britain Kennys Vargas
7/5 Cardinals Ozzie Smith Bronze Statue
7/5 Nationals Stephen Strasburg
7/5 Potomac Wilson Ramos Buff-A-Rine
7/6 Dodgers Maury Wills
7/7 Richmond Hunter Strickland
7/8 Indians Carlos Santana
7/8 Lakewood Ken Giles “Made the Phillies” Bobblehead
7/8 Yankees Dellin Betances Figurine
7/11 Arkansas Matt Shoemaker
7/11 Dodgers Juan Uribe
7/11 Mariners Nelson Cruz
7/11 Mets Juan Lagares
7/11 Twins Phil Hughes
7/12 Marlins Henderson Alvarez
7/12 Rangers Michael Young
7/15 Lowell Dogman (local personality)
7/17 Erie Lance Parrish
7/17 Mississippi Braves Julio Teheran
7/18 A’s Hello Kitty
7/18 Cardinals Matt Carpenter
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
7/19 Brewers Khris Davis
7/20 Portland Henry Owens
7/20 Tigers David Price
7/21 Lowell Fan Vote Bobble Head
7/23 Lowell Keith Aucoin (NHL)
7/24 Cardinals Al Hrabosky
7/24 Cubs Billy Williams Replica Statute
7/24 Mississippi Braves Braeden Schlehuber
7/24 Rockies Charlie Blackmon
7/24 Trenton CC Sabathia
7/25 Akron Pedro Cerrano
7/25 Cubs Jorge Soler
7/25 Dbacks Randy Johnson Hall of Fame Bobblehead
7/25 Frederick Keys Zach Britton
7/25 Giants Hunter Pence Gnome
7/25 Gwinnett Bobby Cox
7/25 Hagerstown Dane Anthony
7/25 Indians Larry Doby Replica Statue
7/25 Royals Yordano Ventura
7/25 Twins Brian Dozier
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
7/29 Dodgers Yasiel Puig
7/31 Altoona Punxsutawney Phil
7/31 Astros Craig Biggio
7/31 Cardinals Lou Brock
7/31 Wilmington Senator Tom Carper
8/1 Baltimore Oriole Bird (mascot)
8/1 Potomac One-Eyed Willie (“The Goonies”)
8/1 Reds Devin Mesoraco
8/1 Staten Island Jason Arnold
8/1 Twins 1965 Vintage Bobblehead
8/1 White Sox Scott Podsednik World Series Moment
8/1 Wilmington George Brett
8/2 A’s Mike Gallego Windmill Windup Toy
8/2 Brewers Matt Garza Gnome
8/3 Blue Jays Russell Martin
8/4 Charlotte Joel Skinner
8/5 Nationals Jayson Werth Chia Pet
8/5 Trenton Dellin Betances
8/7 Altoona Pete Vuckovich
8/7 Angels Garrett Richards
8/8 Akron Michael Dean Perry
8/8 Gwinnett Tom Glavine
8/8 Indians Michael Brantley
8/8 Mariners Jamie Moyer
8/9 Bowie Baysox “Captain Manny” Machado Pirate Bobblehead
8/9 Brewers Bob Uecker Statue Bobblehead
8/9 Lakewood Buster Bobble-Belly (mascot)
8/11 Portland Mookie Betts
8/13 Dodgers Sandy Koufax
8/14 Braves John Smoltz Hall of Fame Bobblehead
8/14 Cardinals Red Schoendienst Hall of Fame Red Jacket Statue
8/15 Louisville Todd Frazier
8/15 NW Arkansas Yordano Ventura
8/16 Blue Jays Bell, Moseby, and Barfield
8/16 Brewers Jonathan Lucroy
8/16 Giants Juan Marichal Statue Replica
8/16 New Britain Elvis Rocky Bobblehead Weekend
8/16 Potomac Ryan Zimmerman
8/16 Rangers Adrian Beltre
8/18 A’s Mark McGwire
8/18 Phillies Larry Bowa
8/22 Cubs Jon Lester
8/22 Frederick Keys Kevin Gausman
8/22 Hagerstown Historic figure mystery bobblehead
8/22 Harrisburg Stephen Souza, Jr.
8/22 Mariners Robinson Cano
8/22 Reds Tony Perez Replica Statue
8/22 Rockies Star Wars Bobblehead
8/23 Lowell Zombie Player Bobblehead
8/24 Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury
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 Gwinnett John Smoltz
8/29 Hagerstown Harper Brothers
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
8/30 Nationals Jayson Werth
9/1 Dodgers Justin Turner
9/4 Trenton Bernie Williams
9/5 Gwinnett Greg Maddux
9/5 Tampa Brett Gardner Bobble Legs
9/6 Marlins Marcell Ozuna
9/7 Cardinals Harry Caray Bobblehead with voice chip
9/9 Yankees Peanuts Bobblehead
9/10 Braves Julio Teheran
9/10 Yankees Babe Ruth
9/12 Indians Terry Francona red scooter bobblehead
9/12 Reds To Be Announced
9/13 Marlins Jose Fernandez Figurine
9/16 Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela
9/19 Rays Fan Vote Bobblehead
9/20 Brewers Scooter Gennett Gnome
9/22 Boston  Fred Lynn
9/23 Dodgers Vin Scully
9/23 Rockies Jorge De La Rosa
9/25 Nationals Jordan Zimmerman
9/26 Cardinals Lance Berkman
9/26 Cubs To Be Determined
9/26 Reds 2015 All-Star Player Bobblehead
9/27 Tigers Anibal Sanchez
10/4 Baltimore Fans’ choice

Dates that we already missed:

4/9 Phillies Ryan Howard
4/11 Dbacks Hello Kitty
4/11 Reds Todd Frazier
4/12 Brewers Rob Deer
4/12 Phillies Ryan Howard
4/12 Rockies Justin Morneau Batting Champ Bobblehead
4/13 Richmond Nutzy (Mascot)
4/14 Boston Red Sox Wally (mascot)
4/14 Giants Madison Bumgarner Postseason MVP Bobblehead
4/17 Astros Jimmy Wynn
4/17 Bowie Baysox Mystery Bobblehead
4/18 Cardinals Yadier Molina Gold and Platinum Gloves Bobblehead
4/18 Mariners Felix Hernandez
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)
4/25 Rays Chris Archer
4/26 Brewers Wily Peralta
4/27 Indians Jason Kipnis
4/28 Rangers Derek Holland Garden Gnome
4/28 Yankees Masahiro Tanaka
5/1 Altoona Andrew McCutcheon OYO
5/2 Astros Jose Altuve “Hit Counter” Bobblehead
5/2 Mets Jacob deGrom Garden Gnome
5/2 Royals Salvador Perez
5/3 Giants Buster Posey Bank
5/4 Nationals Livan Hernandez
5/5 Boston Red Sox Carlton Fisk
5/7 Lakewood Garden Gnome (player not specified)
5/7 Pirates Clint Hurdle Gnome

Some Things Are More Important Than Baseball


There’s a lot going on in Baltimore right now, and baseball isn’t one of them. And that’s OK.  A couple hours after postponing the game for a second night in a row, the Baltimore Orioles made this announcement:

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:

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.

~ baseballrebecca

Chris Rock on Baseball


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?

~ baseballrebecca

Happy Opening Day!!!


So much baseball, so little time! Enjoy every moment of baseball season that you can!

Happy Opening Day!

~ baseballrebecca

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