Like Apprenticeship Programs or Artistic Pursuits: Minor League Baseball reporting 2017

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Affiliation changes

Arkansas goes from LAA to SEA
Jackson (TN) goes from SEA to ARI
Mobile goes from ARI to LAA

Carolina goes from ATL to MIL
Lancaster (CA) goes from HOU to COL
Modesto goes from COL to SEA

New teams
Buies Creek (NC) Astros (which will move to Fayetteville, NC in 2019) -- High-A HOU
Down East Wood Ducks (Kinston, NC) -- High-A TEX
Florida Fire Frogs (Kissimmee, FL) -- High-A ATL

Discontinued teams
Bakersfield, CA
High Desert, CA
Brevard County, FL

Name changes
Binghamton Mets become Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Jacksonville Suns become Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
New Orleans Zephyrs become New Orleans Baby Cakes

mookieproof, Friday, 3 February 2017 16:59 (two years ago) link

no word on whether the bowling green hot rods will change their name to the massacres for a one-day promotion

mookieproof, Friday, 3 February 2017 19:51 (two years ago) link*QL8GW9bYkdqQk2eByaK6Ig.png

for a price, the myrtle beach pelicans will let you fuck in their luxury suites, clubhouse or field

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 February 2017 02:05 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Former top prospect Jon Singleton, who will make $2 million this year, was assigned to begin the season back in Double A.

mookieproof, Monday, 3 April 2017 21:59 (two years ago) link

not reporting per se but holy shit loooooooooool

Eric Stephen‏ @truebluela 27m27 minutes ago
Among 2017 Pacific Coast Lg Hall of Fame inductees includes PCL historical society founder Dick Beverage, my new favorite name in baseball

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:12 (two years ago) link

lol i just came here to post that

mookieproof, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:40 (two years ago) link

i see Dick Beverage p much every year at the SABR convention, u filthy ppl

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:43 (two years ago) link

i would expect no less of you

mookieproof, Thursday, 6 April 2017 19:38 (two years ago) link

is this the thread for asking how the Hank Azaria low-minors-announcer IFC sitcom is?

it's set in PA and the team is called the Frackers, so that's one good joke

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 7 April 2017 21:48 (two years ago) link

Fort Myers Miracle
Miracle to Offer Half Priced Tickets to Anyone with a United Airlines Boarding Pass

mookieproof, Monday, 10 April 2017 19:33 (two years ago) link

yard goats opening night

johnny crunch, Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:49 (two years ago) link

I thought I saw this thred but couldn't find it. anyway:

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:38 (two years ago) link

that's staten island 4 u

could be worse -- a lot of (mostly southern) teams are doing 'military heroes baseball cards' where they print up/give away cards featuring local armed forces members. the staten island version would presumably be cards of nyc cops

mookieproof, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:49 (two years ago) link

The Ballad of Mike Hessman

mookieproof, Friday, 21 April 2017 14:55 (two years ago) link

Name changes
Binghamton Mets become Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Jacksonville Suns become Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
New Orleans Zephyrs become New Orleans Baby Cakes

this is a nice trio of name changes

Karl Malone, Friday, 21 April 2017 15:44 (two years ago) link

i'm afraid you are mistaken

mookieproof, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:06 (two years ago) link

perfect game on 88 pitches for double-a pensacola's tyler mahle

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:10 (two years ago) link

first nine-inning perfect game in south atlantic league history on 85 pitches for augusta's domenic mazza. nine strikeouts, game score 103

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:00 (two years ago) link

these are not common, even in the minors -- mahle's was the first in the southern league since 1970. idk what's going on

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:04 (two years ago) link

toledo mud hens' sgt peppers 50th anniversary uniforms

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 17:59 (two years ago) link

good thing VU & Nico anniversary was preseason

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 18:38 (two years ago) link

one month passes...


mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 18:29 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

changes announced for 2019:

triple-a colorado springs (currently MIL) will move to san antonio
double-a san antonio (currently SD) will move to amarillo
short-season helena (currently MIL) will move to colorado springs

i suspect that the new san antonio team will eventually be TEX affiliated, round rock will switch from TEX to HOU, and the brewers will get stuck with something crappy like las vegas or fresno for triple-a

mookieproof, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:48 (two years ago) link

i liked the Colorado Springs park/ambience

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:52 (two years ago) link

san antonio is one of the most interesting stadium I have been in it's p amazing. it's backed up onto an AFB and there are a lot of sad USAF folx just out trying to enjoy their night. xp

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 15:01 (two years ago) link

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:50 (two years ago) link

they should send one to Dusty

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:56 (two years ago) link

apparently the 'ligament' is removable

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:58 (two years ago) link

Effective immediately, the Replay America Tour shows scheduled at Minor League Baseball Stadiums including the show scheduled at Prince George's Stadium on Friday, August 4 have been canceled. Poor ticket sales across the entire Ballpark concert tour, was the determining reason for the cancellation. These shows featuring Billy Ocean, Taylor Dayne, Starship, the Motels and Naked Eyes were anticipated to bring thousands of people out to a ballpark environment for the enjoyment of throwback music favorites from the 1980's but just didn't generate the interest needed to support the costs.

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:47 (two years ago) link

featuring a league-record 44 combined strikeouts

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 15:24 (two years ago) link

M's minor leaguers take $683 Uber to game
Four Mariners minor leaguers took a seven-hour Uber trip from Phoenix to Albuquerque, New Mexico, at a cost of $683 to make it to a game.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:56 (two years ago) link

amusing action in Winnipeg (American Association) last Saturday night

It's the bottom of the 14th inning and the Kansas City T-Bones are completely out of pitchers, having already used their entire bullpen and then their centrefielder to get through a pair of innings. So they bring in starting pitcher Matt Sergey, who is coming off a 105-pitch performance in Fargo 48 hours earlier. As a result, the righty ends up using his left arm to throw — and promptly walks the first two Goldeyes batters he faces.

After a sacrifice bunt moves them over to second and third, Sergey is asked to intentionally walk Goldeyes hitter Mason Katz to set up a bases-loaded, one-out force play situation. But instead of just making a routine wide toss to his catcher, Sergey — we remind you, he's using his wrong arm to throw — sails one to the backstop.

Shawn Pleffner trots home with the game-winning run on a wild pitch intentional walk...

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:47 (two years ago) link

Missoula Osprey to Retire Lyle Overbay's Number on July 28

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 21:17 (two years ago) link

Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo hit a 385-foot homer at AAA tonight: 360 feet off the bat, 25 feet off Zach Borenstein's head. Holy Canseco.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 26, 2017

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 July 2017 13:09 (two years ago) link

I'll be making my first visit to a Pawtucket game in 2 weeks.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 July 2017 22:27 (two years ago) link

dayton dragons outfielder jose siri extended his hitting streak to 36 games last night, breaking the midwest league record of 35.

the previous record-holder, tony toups of the 1977 waterloo indians, was there, which is kind of cool

mookieproof, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 14:08 (two years ago) link

Behold, the most GCL play ever.

— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) August 10, 2017

mookieproof, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:11 (two years ago) link


WilliamC, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:28 (two years ago) link

the new york-penn league has selected 56 players to participate in its all-star game tuesday in troy, ny

exactly zero of them are from the staten island yankees, who have the best record in the league

not that i don't approve, but wtf

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:41 (two years ago) link

Columbus 5, Pawtucket 4

37-yo Eric Kratz catching for the Clippers.

They sing Sweet Caroline in Pah-tucket, but no Green Monster replica. (Greenville has one.)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 13 August 2017 13:30 (two years ago) link

padres infield prospect gabriel arias was added to the class a fort wayne tincaps roster on saturday

he is the first affiliated full-season-team player born in the year 2000

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 16:37 (two years ago) link

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 18:49 (two years ago) link

360° video here, which is p. cool if you make it look up

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:30 (two years ago) link

The Salina Stockade lost again last night. They're now 16-71. Here's how they got their .184 winning percentage.

— Ben Lindbergh (@BenLindbergh) August 23, 2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 24 August 2017 14:27 (two years ago) link

yeah, he was released back in october. i wonder if he had an injury that made pitching no longer a possibility?

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 05:53 (four months ago) link

Probably. He's run the gamut by now: third base when he with us, then a catcher, then a pitcher, back in the infield now.

I said International League--what I meant was Intercounty League. Fergie Jenkins played in it a couple of seasons after he retired, Rob Ducey too. I feel bad for him, but a stepping-stone to the majors it isn't.

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 11:26 (four months ago) link


d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:47 (four months ago) link

red-ass nation

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:49 (four months ago) link

man i get that no hitters are cool and all but like the unwritten rule that you can't try to win a game where you're down 3-0 has to be in the top 5 stupidest unwritten rules. "these guys are doing really well, so you should stop trying to win the strategic way and just try to win the way that hasn't been working all day out of RESPECT"

I'm a board man. Board man gets paid (Will M.), Thursday, 6 June 2019 14:50 (four months ago) link

people are still talking about this and apparently the hitter has gotten death threats

ain't that america

mookieproof, Friday, 7 June 2019 19:31 (four months ago) link

IT'S OUTTA HERE!!! Matt Davidson launches his 200th career professional home run to score 2 runs for Nashville. It's now 4-1 Nashville in the 5th.

— Nashville Sounds (@nashvillesounds) June 16, 2019

mookieproof, Sunday, 16 June 2019 06:15 (four months ago) link

The GJ Rockies are not considering changing their name and never have. We are owned by a group led by the Colorado Rockies and having a team on the west slope helps build their brand. Suggesting we would be called the GJ "Chubs" is offensive and a slang sexual term for erection.

— GrandJunctionRockies (@GJRockies) June 27, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:47 (three months ago) link

someone got rubbed the rong way

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:52 (three months ago) link


i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:55 (three months ago) link

wait that has got to be some kind of street team psy-ops, right?

why...would someone write that?

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:18 (three months ago) link

i wouldn't put it past some teams, but this one seems to legitimately have no sense of humor (or understanding of twitter)

the real question is when will some other team take advantage by doing a chubs night

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:28 (three months ago) link

does Bald Knob, AR have an mlb affiliate?

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:39 (three months ago) link

attended my first Vancouver Canadians (short season A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays playing in the Northwest League) game of the season last night and left at the 7th inning stretch, missing all 5 of the Canadians runs - I had seen all 6 of the Hillsboro Hops' runs at least.

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:02 (three months ago) link

the dodgers have two teams in the arizona rookie league this summer: Team Mota and Team Lasorda

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:24 (three months ago) link

it’s a metsaphor

The fireworks for the St. Lucie Mets did not go well tonight at First Data Field. They set a fire outside the stadium.

Photos from Shannon Cullen

— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) July 5, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 5 July 2019 03:11 (three months ago) link


i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Friday, 5 July 2019 03:12 (three months ago) link

gavin lux is a 21yo shortstop in the dodgers system; he was promoted to triple-a oklahoma city three weeks ago. these are the results of his first 15 games:

3-for-4, 2B
1-for-2, 2B
4-for-6, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI
1-for-5, 2B, RBI
4-for-6, RBI
1-for-3, 3B
2-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI
2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
1-for-3, 3B
2-for-4, HR, RBI
1-for-3, HR, RBI
4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
2-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI
4-for-5, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI

33-for-62 (.524), 7 HR, 2 3B, 9 2B, 21 RBI, 24 R, 12 K, 7 BB

i mean yes the ball is juiced and the PCL is a hitters league, but jfc

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:45 (three months ago) link

sweet name, too

Karl Malone, Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:46 (three months ago) link

mookieproof, Friday, 19 July 2019 16:55 (three months ago) link

i, i...


Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 19 July 2019 17:36 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Because of travel difficulties, the Nats have all but abandoned Fresno as a legitimate place to keep fringe major league players whom they could need on short notice

— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) August 6, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 16:46 (two months ago) link

lol, no shit...?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:06 (two months ago) link

sadly, these guys aren't available either:

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:07 (two months ago) link


Major league affiliations


Washington Senators (1965–1967)


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:08 (two months ago) link

i don't know if being in double-a when they should otherwise be in triple-a affects players' salaries. maybe if they're on the 40-man it doesn't matter?

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:13 (two months ago) link

what is even the point

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 August 2019 16:37 (two months ago) link

Fan dies during taco-eating contest at Fresno Grizzlies baseball game

— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) August 14, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:05 (two months ago) link

i guess he died doing what he loved

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:13 (two months ago) link

still a grisly end

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:32 (two months ago) link

if you're going to die in a taco-eating contest, it would be nice to at least do it in the privacy of one's own bathtub

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:33 (two months ago) link

morbs might need one of these jerseys

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:56 (one month ago) link

we have a Game 141 today: scranton/wilkes-barre (NYY) and syracuse (NYM) are playing a one-game tiebreaker for the international league north title

mets are up 6-0 in the third with ervin santana on the mound

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:56 (one month ago) link

pretty crazy game tbh

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 20:22 (one month ago) link


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 20:26 (one month ago) link

scranton won, 14-13. erstwhile brewers playoff hero erik kratz delivered the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 21:00 (one month ago) link

wow awesome.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 21:46 (one month ago) link

Brooklyn Cyclones one win away from NY Penn League flag, and i am pondering whether to invest in $5 tickets tonight or (if nec) tom'w

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 September 2019 17:15 (one month ago) link

Travis Sawchik: are minor leagues necessary?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 15:13 (one month ago) link

from a certain standpoint this is otm. certainly juan soto and casey mize don't need minor league baseball. and triple-a has never really been necessary -- it's more of a holding pen for the older replacement-level guys you need when someone gets hurt. the sheer number of transactions shifting players where they're needed seems to be rising all the time.

but i doubt that decreasing the footprint of the game is likely to have a good impact on its popularity. fewer (public) teams would present fewer opportunities, probably fewer draft rounds, and less of a reason for people to even try playing pro baseball. future kyler murrays aren't going to be any more attracted by spending development time in eternal spring training than they are by spending it in the minors.

also, minor league baseball draws 40m people a year; for reference, the nba and nhl draw in the low 20s. obviously the revenues are much smaller, but there's still money to be made as long as you can pay the players nothing and con municipalities into building ballparks.

most of that money goes to the minor league team owners, though, only a few of which are the MLB teams, and there's nothing MLB owners hate more than money they don't get a cut of. anyway the current Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and the minors runs through 2020; could be interesting to see what happens then

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 01:40 (one month ago) link

i think there's a difference between "they're not necessary" and "it's a good idea to have them in some form"

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:47 (one month ago) link

Sometimes baseball provides its own soundtrack. Here is the final out of the 2019 NYPL Championship Series, as heard if you were with us in park. Speakers on....

— Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) September 11, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:15 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

5 balls, 2 strikes, walls are made of glue, 460 feet away except for one HR circle (also covered with glue) that's in the middle of center field, only weird or funny players allowed, no water or refreshments allowed for anyone in the stadium

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

oh, and anyone who plays in the league gets a MLB contract with the yankees stipulating that they must appear in at least five games

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

Two of Independent Professional Baseball’s oldest and most established Leagues are pleased to announce that they will join forces. Beginning with the 2020 season, five former members of the Can-Am League will merge into the Frontier League.

Members of the Frontier League and the new teams from the Can-Am League will make up the 14-team circuit. The New Jersey Jackals, Quebec Capitales, Rockland Boulders, Sussex County Miners and Trois-Rivieres Aigles will play in the Can-Am Division. The Washington Wild Things and Lake Erie Crushers will join the Division as well. The seven remaining teams, the Evansville Otters, Florence Freedom, Gateway Grizzlies, Joliet Slammers, Schaumburg Boomers, Southern Illinois Miners and the Windy City ThunderBolts, will compete in the Midwestern Division.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 16:35 (one week ago) link

wau. this would completely change minor league baseball, which has been in a reasonably steady state for 60 years

An MLB proposal to Minor League Baseball would eliminate 42 minor league teams, reorganize the minors geographically and move the draft back to August@jjcoop36 has the full story

— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) October 18, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 18 October 2019 18:24 (five days ago) link

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