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) Permalink

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

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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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

lol i just came here to post that

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

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) Permalink

i would expect no less of you

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

yard goats opening night

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

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) Permalink

The Ballad of Mike Hessman

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

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) Permalink

i'm afraid you are mistaken

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

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

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:10 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

toledo mud hens' sgt peppers 50th anniversary uniforms

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 17:59 (one year ago) Permalink

good thing VU & Nico anniversary was preseason

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 18:38 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...


mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 18:29 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

i liked the Colorado Springs park/ambience

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

they should send one to Dusty

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

apparently the 'ligament' is removable

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:58 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

featuring a league-record 44 combined strikeouts

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 15:24 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

Behold, the most GCL play ever.

— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) August 10, 2017

mookieproof, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:11 (one year ago) Permalink


WilliamC, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:28 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 18:49 (one year ago) Permalink

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

mookieproof, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:30 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

Collegiate summer-league reporting

We are thrilled to introduce @robneyer as the new commissioner of the West Coast League. See the full release about the former ESPN and Fox Sports journalist joining the WCL.

— West Coast League (@WCLBaseball) May 1, 2018

Andy K, Tuesday, 1 May 2018 17:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

fitting even if SI has a minor-league railroad too

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

A few years ago, the Staten Island Yankees held a fan vote to decide upon a new name/identity for the organization. As things tend to go with online fan voting, the choices were pretty weird and amusing. But there could only be one ultimate winner: the Pizza Rats.

Apparently embarrassed by being associated with the most popular rat in NYC history, the team officials dragged their feet over changing the name, ultimately announcing that the team would stick with the "SI Yankees" moniker.

lol they weren't embarrassed -- the prissy yankees informed them that if they became the pizza rats, the team would take its affiliation elsewhere at the next opportunity. staten island figured that keeping the affiliation was more important than selling a shitload of merch, which may or may not be true (certainly not for the average non-nyc minor league team). they're finally now doing it as a special one-off thing so they can have it both ways

mookieproof, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 19:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

the yankees have a proud history of dignity and honor to uphold

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

i'll take Babe's guzzling and "bellyache" over bald-eagle flyovers and the Steinbrenners

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

in his first professional game, tigers 10th-round pick BROCK DEATHERAGE hit three solo homers in the gulf coast league

mookieproof, Monday, 18 June 2018 18:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

Great Real Names imo

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Monday, 18 June 2018 19:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

corpus christi hooks third baseman randy cesar has hits in 38 straight games (during which he is batting .386), the longest such streak in the 130-year history of the texas league

mookieproof, Friday, 22 June 2018 15:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

we need audio

The Spinners would like to release the following statement on an incident that occurred during the Canadian National Anthem prior to last night's ball game.

— Lowell Spinners (@LowellSpinners) July 2, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 02:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

How Minor League Baseball players can begin unionizing
Minor League players unionizing isn’t impossible, but it won’t be easy, either.

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 July 2018 16:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have unveiled their list of finalists for their new team name for 2019. Are you ready?

1. Happy Campers
2. Lamb Chops
3. Punchy Pikas
4. Throttle Jockeys
5. Rocky Mountain Oysters

— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) July 18, 2018


mookieproof, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

you know sky sox, not every team name needs to be made up of two or more words

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

'pikas' would actually be okay by itself

guaranteed to be rocky mountain oysters tho

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

can't wait til the Cyclones are renamed the Coney Island Whitefish

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

We want your input on the new North Alabama MiLB team name! Should it be...
🔘 Army Ants
🔘 Comet Jockeys
🔘 GloWorms
🔘 Lunartics
🔘 Moon Possums
🔘 Puffy Head Bird Legs
🔘 Space Chimps
🔘 Space Sloths
🔘 ThunderSharks
🔘 Trash Pandas

Which is your favorite? Let us know below👇

— Brandiose (@Brandiose) July 26, 2018

will we ever reach the bottom

mookieproof, Friday, 27 July 2018 18:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

i'm not sure what i would pick if i actually had to choose. i guess...gloworms?

Karl Malone, Friday, 27 July 2018 18:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

i would select puffy head bird legs or trash pandas because i am a minor league team name accelerationist

challops trap house (Will M.), Friday, 27 July 2018 18:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

we'll never have good names again until all names are bad

challops trap house (Will M.), Friday, 27 July 2018 18:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

kinda want to know why Trash Pandas gets a space and ThunderSharks doesn't

mookieproof, Friday, 27 July 2018 18:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

A couple BP guys did a Saberseminar presentation on improving minor-league culture, and when they got to diet, they just put up a slide of a dozen minor leaguers hailing Chipotle.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 6 August 2018 15:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

i hadn't considered this ramification of starting extra innings with a runner on second -- a team had a two-pitch inning the other day

mookieproof, Monday, 13 August 2018 15:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

PawSox Sign Letter of Intent to Build a Triple-A Ballpark in Worcester, Massachusetts

mookieproof, Friday, 17 August 2018 18:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Hudson Valley Renegades 4, Brooklyn Cyclones 1. Got to see the visitors celebrate a division title on the field, and on Military Appreciation Night I tipped my cap when members of the Coast Guard were solicited. (I have never been in the Coast Guard.)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 September 2018 03:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

the "fans of northern alabama" have spoken

beginning in 2020, madison, al (just outside of huntsville) will be home to the Rocket City Trash Pandas

mookieproof, Thursday, 6 September 2018 13:57 (seven months ago) Permalink


Karl Malone, Thursday, 6 September 2018 14:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

the eugene emeralds finished the regular season with the worst record (31-45, .408) in the eight-team northwest league, but made the playoffs through the magic of half-seasons and wild cards and tiebreakers

they proceed to win five straight playoff games, taking the championship on a walk-off balk

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

affiliate shuffle has begun -- las vegas is now the a's triple-a team

mookieproof, Monday, 17 September 2018 18:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

triple-a shuffle is complete, and the nationals got stuck with fresno

This is a complete disaster for the #Nationals. While I tweeted yesterday that geography is usually overstated, it's not in this case. They will be 2,796 miles from Fresno, 3 time zone aways, and their new AAA affiliate has one of the smallest airports in AAA.

— Josh Suchon 🎤⚾️ (@Josh_Suchon) September 18, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

Dusty Baker's Revenge

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

the mets have been mostly stuck with shitty triple-a affiliates (new orleans, las vegas) since losing tidewater like 15 years ago -- i suspect this had something to do with the wilpons' crappy management -- so they straight-up purchased the syracuse team, which had been with the nationals, last year

after years of being bad locations, nashville and las vegas have new ballparks and are now desirable. someone was always going to get stuck with fresno -- which at least has a nice park -- but having it be with an east-coast team is rough

i don't really know how this stuff plays out -- it's very secretive and there are a lot of rules like all the affiliation deals are for the same money and you can't promise to hold a big-league exhibition game there, deals are for two or four years, no longer or shorter, etc. the pirates' triple-a club was in hawaii in the mid-80s, and the marlins had calgary in the early 2000s, but player movement is much more extreme these days. the nats are probably going to have to call up their emergency pitchers from double-a harrisburg instead just to get them there on time

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

this is something that is rarely discussed in MLB expansion talk -- every new team is going to need not only a big-league stadium and a spring training facility but also four or five new domestic farm clubs with professional-grade parks. that is not something that is done easily or quickly, and i'm not even sure where they'd go. the landscape is pretty saturated

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

mookieproof, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:16 (six months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 20:03 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Meet Traverse City's new Northwoods League baseball team -- the Traverse City Pit Spitters. I like it. A lot.

— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) January 29, 2019

Andy K, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

pit spitters is dumb but like kinda fun dumb and those colors are gonna be nice

armadillo pod doodles or whatever tho that shit looks awful

suggest boban (Will M.), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:27 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Salem making history in broadcast booth
Cool, Newman to form baseball's first all-female radio team

Andy K, Thursday, 7 March 2019 17:13 (one month ago) Permalink

PROMO HIGHLIGHT>> Florida Man Night - July 26 - Join us as we attempt to break a weird Florida law every inning!

— Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@JaxShrimp) March 6, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 March 2019 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink

tbf, anyone dumb enough to bet on minor league baseball deserves what they get

mookieproof, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:13 (one month ago) Permalink

PawSox to host @RedSox-themed Engagement Party for @AROD & @JLo on April 12

*Fans in Varitek or Bronson Arroyo jerseys get in free
* @BenAffleck has been invited to throw Ceremonial First Pitch
*Jennifers get in free (Yes... All "Jenny's from the block")

— PawSox (@PawSox) March 20, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:04 (one month ago) Permalink

I guess it will take more than 4 titles in 15 yrs to kill of this inferiority complex

heinrich boll weevil (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:14 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

fucked up

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 6 April 2019 14:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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