The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread

HarleyQuinn

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Baseball America released its Farm System rankings.

Top 4: Tampa Bay, San Diego, LA Dodgers, and Atlanta.
Bot 4: Houston, Cincinnati, Colorado, and Milwaukee.
 

King Kamala

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https://twitter.com/maineredclaws/status/1228014537934278656
My girlfriend and her friend are going to this game. LORD WILLING, I will get some throwback Red Claws Timelord Bobbleheads for me and Baby Shoes.
 

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes
Gonna be the greatest bobble head until they make the Tacko Fall one

Though I still love my Thaddiator that you gave me, Kamala
 

King Kamala

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MiLB is offering free access to MiLB TV, which has 6,500 minor league baseball games in its archives, until the start of the season.

If anyone is looking for some stuff to fill the time (looking at you, alkeiper)
 

alkeiper

Welcoming our new insect overlords
Bernie Bro Kamala said:
MiLB is offering free access to MiLB TV, which has 6,500 minor league baseball games in its archives, until the start of the season.

If anyone is looking for some stuff to fill the time (looking at you, alkeiper)
I just wish I had the time to watch everything I could watch. I'm still working in an office and my child eats up the rest of my spare time. But there are some gems in there worth checking out.
 

King Kamala

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Portland Sea Dogs having a 27% off sale today in honor of what would've been their 27th home opener.

They still have some game worn Portland Whoopie Pies jerseys from last season...Baby Shoes...
 

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes
I tried looking on their store site but not seeing the sale? Am I doing something wrong? PM me some links so we can be Whoopie Pie brothers or something.
 

King Kamala

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Eastern League and Texas League (both Double A) have canceled their All Star Games.

Chances of any minor league baseball being played this summer are dwindling from slim to nil.

Idk if minor league baseball has had a worse year between all those teams potentially being contracted and now this.
 

alkeiper

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King Mutumbo Classic said:
Eastern League and Texas League (both Double A) have canceled their All Star Games.

Chances of any minor league baseball being played this summer are dwindling from slim to nil.

Idk if minor league baseball has had a worse year between all those teams potentially being contracted and now this.
The AAA All Star game is also cancelled according to the SWB Railriders' owner. And the Cape Cod League cancelled their season. This is bad for the affiliated minors. Potentially crippling for the independent minors.
 

King Kamala

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I had that thought too. Potential contraction might not even matter anymore cause a lot of these franchises won't be able to bounce together after a lost season.
 

King Kamala

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New England Collegiate Baseball League has canceled its season.


Well, my dreams of seeing a Sanford Mainers game have to wait for another year.
 

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes
I knew people who were making a big deal of getting garbage bags of movie theater popcorn to go so someone will be doing this. Could especially see someone getting this food to pair with some Korean baseball viewing.
 

alkeiper

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Some venues have professional catering facilities, especially AAA. I've seen Scranton/Wilkes-Barre offer stadium dining experiences for events like Valentine's Day and I know Lehigh Valley has top notch facilities.
 

King Kamala

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https://twitter.com/ChrisSedenka/status/1266435145034346497
I genuinely don't know if MLB wants most of the minors to survive this pandemic.
 

alkeiper

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"50 Summers" is on Amazon Prime and got some attention among minor league observers, so I gave it a shot. It's a documentary on the Omaha Storm Chasers (formerly Omaha Royals). The first minutes were interesting as they had old footage of Omaha baseball from the 1960s. But it dragged on as a history of the business side of the franchise and ultimately why they needed a new stadium of their own separate from the college World Series' new stadium. I found it a real slog to get through the whole thing.
 

King Kamala

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Sad day for baseball. The 42 to 43 teams that are losing affiliation are going to become wood bat college league teams and MLB is claiming that fans won't know the difference.

Maybe people just at the game for the snacks won't the notice but (and @alkeiper can attest in more detail) to anyone with rudimentary knowledge of baseball, it seems like there's quite a drop-off between Single A and summer college baseball.
 

alkeiper

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Impacts I see as far as the teams:

1. Stability. I'm reasonably confident an affiliated minor league team will come back next season. But in the last decade or so I've seen the Newark Bears, Camden Riversharks, Atlantic City Surf, Bridgeport Bluefish fail in the Atlantic League. Is this arrangement even going to work? And a lot of these teams are suffering financially from a lost season to begin with.

2. Prestige. Not every team has a nearby parent club like Binghamton. Some are outright random. How many Oakland A's fans are there in Vermont? But it's still affiliated baseball and that carries weight.

3. Competition. This may surprise fans. The average age of players in the rookie leagues is between 20-21, and short season A about 21. A lot of high school kids. Experienced college players may actually perform better. I think the greatest benefit might be not having an organization constantly shuffling players in and out. A minor league team that stays together?

4. Free labor. MLB is getting into the realm of summer college ball formerly occupied by Baseball U and Perfect Game. They're presumably charging ticket prices for the benefit of growing players who'll someday be major league talent. And the players being college players are playing for free? Pay the goddamn players.
 
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