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Title: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 15, 2012, 08:23:30 AM
The Portland Sea Dogs are off to a scintillating 3-8 start but there is good news in the pipeline! A band made up entirely of the rejected mascots from the "Fans pick the team name" contest way back in '93 is performing in front of the stadium before every Saturday home game.
(http://portland.seadogs.milb.com/images/2012/04/14/PEgIPkgb.jpg)
This is supposed to appeal to who? Banana Splits fans? Certainly not kids! This is terrifying!

Meanwhile, the NBA Developmental League playoffs are under way and airing live (on tape delay) on NBATV! Will it be The Erie Bayhawks taking home the NBA Development Championship? Or will it be the Bakersfield Jam take home the chip to the delight of everybody in their 400 seat arena? Will a Los Angeles D-Fenders home playoff game get postponed because the Lakers need to use their court for practice? Tune in and find out! Or not!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: MFer on April 15, 2012, 08:41:17 AM
I'm gonna have to check out a Syracuse Chiefs game or two to see Bryce Harper.

As far as the D-league is concerned, the impression I get is that it does a shitty job of developing talent compared to baseball or hockey. Players put up Oscar Robertson numbers there yet can't stick in the NBA as a 12th man.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 15, 2012, 08:57:13 AM
It's gotten better in the past few years as the NBA has poured more money into it but it's still not where it needs to be.


Honestly, I don't know if minor league basketball holds the appeal that hockey and baseball. Unless they can figure out a way to pay the second tier players comparable salaries to what they get in Europe and Asia, I don't see the D League becoming hugely popular.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: 2GOLD on April 15, 2012, 09:48:16 AM
Got Dylan Bundy's autograph last night and he was pretty cool about it. The Delmarva Shorebirds have a tall lanky motherfucker on the team who I am not sure who he is. He didn't sign and he was wearing his jacket the entire game. I thought it was Kevin Landry but he is listed as 6'7, same height as coach Minor and this fucker was towering over everyone.

Shorebirds got a lot of prospects and I'll be heading out Tuesday to watch Bundy work his 3 innings. They are seriously going slow with him, he is barely doing anything. I didn't see him do stretches or warm-ups, just walked out, signed autographs and went to the bench. I expect his arm to explode by AA.

Also one of the ladies handing out launch a balls (stupid promotion where you throw numbered balls onto the field and try to get them to land in hulu hoops for prizes) had a great ass but attempts by both the lady and I to get a picture where failures. Great ass though, distracted from the constant bullshit between innings. This shows you how terrible the between innings shit is when the main target of conversation was her ass. Seriously, chanting OUT BACK for a homerun so everyone gets 5 dollars off at Outback was almost as bad as every bottom of the ninth, instead of cheering the team to win, they wanted use to cheer for runs so everyone would get a free Thickburger coupon.

In player news:
Mychal Givens still is struggling to hit, not good. Glynn Davis can hit, Wynston Sawyer has a great eye (worked 3 walks), and some good hitting out of Esposito and Delmonico. I was wondering what they would do about the 3B logjam, Delmonico is getting work down at 1st base and he did a good job. 
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: the max on April 15, 2012, 10:29:08 AM
The Norfolk Admirals finished the season today with a 28 game winning streak.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on April 15, 2012, 10:32:46 AM
The Rocherster Amerks AHL team, whose fans I despise more than most, whined, cried and bitched all year as "their" players had to be called up to Buffalo when Sabre after Sabre went down to injury.  Their boards were full of people rooting for the Sabres to get eliminated from the playoff hunt earlier so they could get "their" players back.

Well...they got them back last week and after all that fucking bitching about how important they perceive themselves to be...they made the playoffs today.

I hope they get fucking swept.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: 2GOLD on April 17, 2012, 03:43:16 AM
Dylan Bundy (#1 Orioles prospect) vs Alex Meyers (#4 Nationals prospect, top pitching prospect at a towering 6'9)
Yeah, this should be a damn good game.
Well, good 4 innings.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on April 17, 2012, 03:50:08 AM
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are on the road this year. The stadium is up for renovation. A process which has yet to begin, pending the eventual sale of the team from the county to a private entity. Given our spate of nice weather renovations could've started months ago. Given what I've seen out of this place in the past, I would not be surprised at all if the stadium is not ready by Opening Day 2013.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Gert on April 17, 2012, 08:28:20 AM
Didn't you say they were playing in six different "home" stadiums this year?

My wife and I have our first Dragons (Reds) game Thursday night against Quad City (Cards). Tyrell Jenkins pitches tonight, so I'm bummed I won't get to see him. We have games in July against the DBacks and Royals affliates so I'm hoping to see Archie Bradley and Bubba Starling this year.

Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: 2GOLD on April 17, 2012, 01:46:54 PM

Dylan Bundy has a solid 98 mph fastball, a great 88 mph change up that leaves guys unbalanced and he seriously needs to work on his control. A lot of 3-2 counts including his first walk of the year. Worked three then it looked like finished up in a stimulated game in the bullpen or mechanics work. Either way, he has a live arm and if he can get his command and a third pitch (he may have one already, unknown) then he could easily become a strong #1 for the Orioles. Needs work but I like him a fuck lot more than I liked Brandon Erbe. At one point the gun clocked him at 102, but that had to be a glitch, there is no way he found another 4 mphs on his fastball out of nowhere. I'd say, live fastball with good movement, great change-up and knows when to throw his junk and when not too. Tries to get too many hitters out with the high heater though, will get him killed in the higher divisions. Young but GOBS of talent. Needs to work on his command though or he is going to bust.

Alex Meyers is the same situation. Fastball at about 97-93 range, outstanding breaking pitch that looked a lot like a slurve, change up was just as wicked as Bundy's but control is a concern. Struck two batters, got himself in trouble a few times and got hit for 3 runs. Worked 5 innings but I am not sure what to say about whether or not he is a starter. His control was solid for the first 3 innings and then faded. Also, lets the umpire not calling his pitches strikes get way too much into his head. Very visible reactions to not getting the call and he'd follow it up with two pitches well out of the zone while he tried to clear the frustration. He's young so the control flare ups and that can be worked on. He didn't seem tired, just seemed to lose his cool and control went with it. Does not respond well to hitter crowding the inside since his pitches will hit them. Too early to say what he'll become but I see a lot of potential in him but I can see a lot of possible crash and burn in him. His size is an plus but he isn't Randy Johnson intimidating. He's just tall and lanky so he's not going to scare anyone with his height.

Goodwin, the center field prospect for the Nats was a DNP. Still out with an injury so no go on seeing what he has. Really am liking Glynn Davis for the Birds, great contact hitter and good speed. 
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Beer Baron on April 17, 2012, 04:22:09 PM
The Edmonton Oil Kings have won 19 in a row including an 8-0 record in the WHL playoffs right now.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on April 17, 2012, 04:25:54 PM
How's Mark Pysyk doing there?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Beer Baron on April 19, 2012, 03:24:50 PM
Pysyk is a stud, though I hate the fact that he's a Buffalo prospect. He should be able to pressure a spot on the Sabres squad next year.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on April 19, 2012, 03:28:19 PM
That's good to hear.  I think they were targeting Tinordi in that draft and Montreal jumped ahead of them.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 21, 2012, 06:08:27 AM
Jose Canseco signs with Worcester Tornadoes. (http://www.telegram.com/article/20120420/NEWS/120429992)


Now this is a huge deal to me because I've got a friend who lives in Worcester who goes to these games a lot and I'm weirdly obsessed with Jose's post MLB career/Twitter account. Yesterday, he kept claiming that he was Kenny Powers (as if it's a good trait) and that he had to restrain himself from confronting A-Rod on the field at Fenway. He also implied that he's pummel Bud Selig if he was still mad at him, which he is so totally not! So great. Anyway.

The Can-Am League isn't even particularly good by independent league baseball standards. I mean, I'm guess it's maybe at the level of High Single A and at the games I went to with my friend maybe 10% of the crowd was into the game and the rest was there to enjoy the nice weather and buy $1 hot dogs. And it fits only about 3,000. So with any luck, he'll barge into the stands to beat me up after I heckle him.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: tekcop on April 21, 2012, 07:58:04 AM
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So with any luck, he'll barge into the stands to beat me up after I heckle him.

Video please.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Broward on April 21, 2012, 08:27:18 AM
"What?! Canseco struck out?! No way Jose!"
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 21, 2012, 11:26:53 AM
I really hope he insists on the team signing his twin brother Ozzie too, which Jose has done with several of the other independent league team he's played for.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on April 22, 2012, 01:00:57 PM
Jose Canseco signs with Worcester Tornadoes. (http://www.telegram.com/article/20120420/NEWS/120429992)


Now this is a huge deal to me because I've got a friend who lives in Worcester who goes to these games a lot and I'm weirdly obsessed with Jose's post MLB career/Twitter account. Yesterday, he kept claiming that he was Kenny Powers (as if it's a good trait) and that he had to restrain himself from confronting A-Rod on the field at Fenway. He also implied that he's pummel Bud Selig if he was still mad at him, which he is so totally not! So great. Anyway.

The Can-Am League isn't even particularly good by independent league baseball standards. I mean, I'm guess it's maybe at the level of High Single A and at the games I went to with my friend maybe 10% of the crowd was into the game and the rest was there to enjoy the nice weather and buy $1 hot dogs. And it fits only about 3,000. So with any luck, he'll barge into the stands to beat me up after I heckle him.
Quality of play is slightly better than Class A. No real prospects, but the veterans are better players than the filler on the Class A rosters.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 22, 2012, 01:06:40 PM
The quality of the game I went to was certainly a lot lower than the Double A minor league baseball I'm used to seeing. But I guess maybe there's a great disparity in quality between Single A and Double A than there is between Double and Triple A. This just all based on uneducated observations watching minor league baseball.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on April 22, 2012, 01:17:29 PM
There is. Double A you get veterans, guys who have been in the minors a while. They have no future, but they are better players now than the prospects.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 23, 2012, 12:14:02 PM
The headline for the story in my local paper about yesterday's Portland Sea Dogs game is hilarious. "Sea Dogs Play---Yada, Yada---4-14". When a minor league team is as consistently shitty as the Sea Dogs have been for the past two seasons, there's no reason for the poor beat writer that writes about them to come up with an actual headline.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on April 24, 2012, 05:25:44 AM
Going to my first Lehigh Valley Ironpigs game of the season tomorrow. Friend of mine has me working the strikeout board.

Edit: I'll have a chance to see Matt Harvey starting for the Buffalo Bisons there as well.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: 2GOLD on April 24, 2012, 02:38:53 PM
Dylan Bundy vs Matt Barnes of the RED SOX NATION ended up being a good four inning affair.

Now I never had a problem with Bundy working innings before, I mean he's 19 and they want to be cautious. I get it. At least I did until tonight. He worked four REALLY quick innings. His control looked a lot better and a few of the Drive hitters got wood on the ball but no hits. Didn't walk anyone and he got 6 K's. So he looked a lot better but with the so few pitches he threw, they should have sent him out for the fifth. Oh well, they are sticking to the plan which with this organization, I do like.

Matt Barnes is fucking talented. Worked five innings, allowed two hits, struck out 9, walked 2 and his stuff looked really good. Great control, great fastball, mixed his pitches really well. Red Sox have a solid pitcher with him if he stays on this track, was REALLY impressed by him. C Blake Swihart looked good, got really good wood on the ball on Bundy's pitches but went 1-for-4 in the game as everything was right at defenders. Still, there was solid pop in every swing so it'll come around. Saw Henry Owens (got his and Swihart autos, Barnes wasn't signing because he was starting) and Henry Ramos has a CANNON in right field. Drove in one of the Drive's only 2 runs of the game.

I liked Bundy a lot more in this game. A lot more. More control, mixed his pitches better, let his defense do some of the work and still showed promise. But between Barnes and Bundy? Way more impressed with Barnes right now. It's early between the two but damn, Barnes just so much more polished right now.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: pujoljunkie on April 25, 2012, 12:18:47 AM
Going to my first Lehigh Valley Ironpigs game of the season tomorrow. Friend of mine has me working the strikeout board.

Edit: I'll have a chance to see Matt Harvey starting for the Buffalo Bisons there as well.

It's Harvey's turn in the rotation, so I'd think you would. If Brad Holt pitches, do you think you could maybe give us a little update on that guy? His minor league career fascinates me for some reason. Dude wrecks shit in Brooklyn in his first year of professional ball (nearly a 3 to 1 K:BB, sub-2 ERA, and 11 k's per nine), then the next year he makes nine starts in High A, and he actually does better, with a 4 to 1 K:BB, gets promoted to AA, and then just hits a fucking wall. I understand A ball to AA ball is a tough transition, but god damn. His ERA in AA in 2009 was above 6. In 2010, his BB/9 in Binghamton was 7.5! His year in Binghamton last year (his third year at AA) was getting pretty rough so they moved him to the pen. Now this year, based on some injuries and shit, he's accidentally found himself at AAA...and he's getting guys out, somehow. He's held batters scoreless in his last three appearances, and even earned a save. I do not understand Brad Holt...but I sure as shit find him fascinating.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on April 25, 2012, 12:09:40 PM
IIRC, I saw Holt get demolished in Binghamton in 2010. I don't remember much about him though. I didn't think to get radar readings today, but Harvey put up a great line. Seven scoreless innings, five strikeouts, no walks, and hit a home run! Josh Edgin threw 95 mph out of the bullpen, you'll see him on the big club by the end of the year.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on May 02, 2012, 08:23:56 AM
Billy Hamilton in the Reds' system has 29 stolen bases in just 24 games. He's probably not the best prospect in the minors, but he may be the most interesting.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: pujoljunkie on May 02, 2012, 09:56:47 AM
Especially when you consider he's almost the exact same player as the Billy Hamilton from 100 years ago (at different positions, though).
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: jimmy no nose on May 02, 2012, 11:15:39 AM
I'll be in Akron for work early next week and the Aeros are taking on the Erie Seawolves those days.  Indians and Tigers AA teams.  After looking over the rosters I've determined that this is about the worst possible matchup for prospect hunting.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on May 02, 2012, 11:20:04 AM
I'll be in Akron for work early next week and the Aeros are taking on the Erie Seawolves those days.  Indians and Tigers AA teams.  After looking over the rosters I've determined that this is about the worst possible matchup for prospect hunting.
I got to watch the Charlotte Knights today. The #19, #29 and #30 prospects from the worst minor league org in baseball. The Ironpigs threw their #5 prospect until he walked the bases loaded, and Domonic Brown left the game early. And it rained.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: 2GOLD on May 24, 2012, 06:43:17 AM
Both Matt Barnes and Dylan Bundy have been called up out of the SAL into high A. Bundy I think is scheduled to start on Saturday and Barnes is already tearing up High A with many thinking he could be on a fast track to a September call up.

I like Barnes a lot more than Bundy so it wouldn't shock me, but I think the Sox would be wise to just wait until next year on him.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Gert on May 24, 2012, 08:04:39 AM
Billy Hamilton in the Reds' system has 29 stolen bases in just 24 games. He's probably not the best prospect in the minors, but he may be the most interesting.

Is Hamilton ever going to be able play good enough defense or get on base enough in the bigs to take advantage of his speed strengths?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on May 24, 2012, 02:19:34 PM
I think the defense is fine. Hamilton had an OBP of .340 last year, I think that's a very acceptable mark for a middle infielder. He's in the California League this year so I pretty much disregard his numbers completely there. But basically, I think he's obviously better than Esix Snead or Joey Gathright.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Gert on June 04, 2012, 01:09:55 PM
Just saw that he has 62 SB's in 53 games and his BA and OBP are through the roof. Isn't the knock on the Cali League that the fields are atrocious so OBP's tend to be higher? Either way I'm sure he'll be promoted to AA fairly soon.

I saw Francisco Lindor last month in Dayton. While he clearly looked like the best athlete in uniform, twice that night Dragons players legged out infield singles on balls that he should have charged but he let get to him and he totally depended on his arm. That said, I think that could be boredom with Midwest League ball. He comes back into town on June 25, so I'll be interested to see him again.

Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: KingPK on June 10, 2012, 01:48:31 PM
Bill Murray on RiverDogs Tarp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4t3dVd9Fhs#ws)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on July 18, 2012, 09:30:20 PM
Scott Savastano, a backup 1B on the Tacoma Rainiers, ended up pitching in an extra inning game. He won his own game with a walkoff home run.

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2012_07_18_srcaaa_tacaaa_1 (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2012_07_18_srcaaa_tacaaa_1)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Kotzenjunge on July 19, 2012, 12:36:48 AM
Considering our baseball team is known for a celebrity owner, is a Yankees farm team, has a beautiful stadium on the river, insane promotions (I think we have the lowest attendance ever, on purpose), and a generally great atmosphere it's amazing that I've yet to attend a Charleston Riverdogs game since they changed stadiums in the early 00s.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: jimmy no nose on July 19, 2012, 06:19:23 AM
Shaq Green-Thompson was one of this year's top college football recruits and is committed to play safety at Washington.  He decided to take another shot at playing baseball during his senior year of high school and impressed enough that the Red Sox drafted him in the 18th round.  He signed quickly and has now played in 12 games.  His batting line:

0-37, 36 K

He started off 0-16 with 16 strikeouts, then miraculously managed to ground out softly to first base.  He has since gone 0-20 with 20 strikeouts.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on July 19, 2012, 08:40:23 AM
Eight walks too. Talk about a three true outcomes king.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: tekcop on July 19, 2012, 02:38:21 PM
Scott Savastano, a backup 1B on the Tacoma Rainiers, ended up pitching in an extra inning game. He won his own game with a walkoff home run.
He played all 9 positions in an extra inning game for the AA Diamond Jaxx a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on August 10, 2012, 05:02:32 AM
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are changing their name next season. Here are the six choices.

Blast
Black Diamond Bears
Fireflies
Porcupines
Railriders
Trolley Frogs
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Smues on August 10, 2012, 05:04:31 AM
Trolley Frogs sounds funny, but I'd vote for Railriders. Every victory could be a rail kill.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Broward on August 10, 2012, 07:03:31 AM
Fireflies, so their fan support group could be called the Browncoats.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: treble on August 13, 2012, 11:34:48 AM
Went to a Red Wings game in Rochester on the weekend. Probably the 2nd nicest AAA stadium I've been to (after Toledo, ahead of Pawtucket, Syracuse, and Scranton), but the highlights were the Zooperstars. Harry Canary and Dominik Hashark dancing, Cow Ripken Jr. fighting with some players, Roger Clamens eating some kid and spitting out his boxer shorts, and some other stuff.  Harry Canary also helped sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame.  Good times.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on August 18, 2012, 01:46:48 PM
Does that thing that Cal Ripken's doing have any association to the "real" LLWS? Because I just found out that I have a cousin who played on the MD team in Ripken's thing today.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: claydude14 on August 18, 2012, 04:19:02 PM
Went to a Red Wings game in Rochester on the weekend. Probably the 2nd nicest AAA stadium I've been to (after Toledo, ahead of Pawtucket, Syracuse, and Scranton), but the highlights were the Zooperstars. Harry Canary and Dominik Hashark dancing, Cow Ripken Jr. fighting with some players, Roger Clamens eating some kid and spitting out his boxer shorts, and some other stuff.  Harry Canary also helped sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame.  Good times.
What food did you have? Frontier has numerous great dining options. A lot of people attend just for dinner and a nice summer night. Sucked for the Empire State Yankees games though, they only had standard ballpark food stands open... no Red Osier Roast Beef, Fried Calamari, Gourmet Mac and Cheese or Gourmet Hot Dogs.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on August 18, 2012, 11:58:27 PM
Does that thing that Cal Ripken's doing have any association to the "real" LLWS? Because I just found out that I have a cousin who played on the MD team in Ripken's thing today.
It doesn't, but that shouldn't make it any less praiseworthy. The LLWS isn't the only game in town, just the most publicized.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on August 21, 2012, 08:39:08 PM
Billy Hamilton stole 4 bases last night to snag the minor league stolen base record.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: jimmy no nose on September 03, 2012, 06:27:37 AM
Today the Indianapolis Indians brought in position player Jeff Larish to pitch and had Jose "Jumbo" Diaz stay in to play 2B.  Diaz is well over 300 pounds, maybe closer to 350.  He stayed in to hit, reached on an error, and stole third! Only in the minors...
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 14, 2012, 07:10:50 AM
A few teams are rebranding this offseason. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees announce a new team nickname this evening. The Reading Phillies are announcing a new nickname this Saturday.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 17, 2012, 02:21:17 PM
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/575068_10151231455259381_656488975_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Spaceman Spiff 🚀 on November 17, 2012, 02:23:44 PM
wut?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Brooklyn Zoo on November 17, 2012, 02:25:29 PM
(http://mlblogsbensbiz.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/rr.jpg)

run train on your asses
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 18, 2012, 09:16:41 AM
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/575068_10151231455259381_656488975_n.jpg)
Now that I think of it, the R-Phils seem to be going for something akin to the 1944-45 Phillies.

(http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/board/attachments/ootp-mods-logos-graphics-html/73310d1173361251-1943-1945-philadelphia-blue-jays-nl_1944_philadelphia.gif)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 18, 2012, 09:17:50 AM
And I'm actually looking to buy this SWB Railriders hat:

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/c0.0.300.300/p403x403/553862_10151083854491891_67957821_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: tekcop on November 19, 2012, 03:57:44 AM
That ostrich needs to put on a pair of pants. That's inappropriate.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 12, 2014, 07:44:55 AM
I went to the Portland Sea Dogs-New Britain Rock Cats game. I splurged and got the "expensive" $10 seats. Set first row center behind home plats. Not too shabby.

Sea Dogs look great this year. They won 10-4.  5 of the Boston Red Sox Top 10 prospects are in Portland right now. Offense in particularly looks tremendous. Blake Swihart definitely looked like future catcher for Boston today.

Also, these guys were there!
(http://portland.seadogs.milb.com/images/2012/04/14/PEgIPkgb.jpg)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: 2GOLD on May 08, 2014, 06:56:51 PM
Quick hits of South Atlantic League top prospects I've seen

Yankees: OF Aaron Judge is a BEAST, I hope the Yankees trade him because he has a lot of power and a great arm. Luis Servino didn't impress me,seems like he is a raw talent with just a fastball right now and it isn't overpowering plus he lacks command. Rookie Davis has the best name and decent arm, could be a back end starter or bullpen. 2B Gosuke Katoh showed solid range and speed with good contact at the plate over two games. OF Michael O'Neil is fast with good bat control. Some good A ball prospects for the Yanks

Giants: Luis Ysla isn't on any top prospect lists and I'm not sure why not. Mid 90's fastball with control from the left side. His breaking pitches need work but I liked what I saw with speed andability to nip corners. SS Christian Arroyo chased some bad pitches high and low but showed good range defensively. Tyler Horan has some pop in his bat for outfield. Best part of their game? Manager gets ejected then Steve Kline loses his shit an inning later and gets booted. Great stuff. 3B Ryder Jones has quick reaction and feet, he struggled at the plate against a left hander all game long.

Orioles: OF Josh Hart is REALLY fast and his bat is improving, he has no power that I've seen so far. C Chance Sisco isn't bad, good arm, decent bat but again lack of power. Haven't seen Hunter Harvey pitch at all.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on July 11, 2014, 02:15:00 PM
the Portland Sea Dogs-New Hampshire Fisher Cats game tomorrow night is Princes & Pirates Night and Bark in the Park night. Gonna draw a diverse crowd.

Also these guys are performing
(http://portland.seadogs.milb.com/images/2012/04/14/PEgIPkgb.jpg)

Legit though. I should try to catch another game. I haven't gone since opening weekend. Sea Dogs are best team in the Eastern League this year by far to this point.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on September 25, 2014, 04:32:54 AM
The Oklahoma City Thunder's new D-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue has an awful logo.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByUFJjACQAI3_4y.jpg:large)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Flik on September 25, 2014, 07:29:16 AM
Okay. Why not just make the entire logo blue? I mean, the other colors aren't different shades of blue. Totally against what the name is.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Damaramu on September 25, 2014, 07:41:35 AM
*palm to face*

SIGH
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on September 25, 2014, 08:41:53 AM
So...assuming you and your son aren't going to become Oklahoma City Blue season ticket holders, Dama?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Richard on September 27, 2014, 08:37:50 PM
Why have your d league team in the same city? shouldn't they be in the sticks somewhere?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 01, 2014, 09:45:08 AM
http://www.nba.com/dleague/draft2014/results.html?ls=iref:nbahpts
NBA D-League Draft is always fun for the "He's still around!?" aspect. Had no idea Dominique's nephew/Gerald's son Damien Wilkins was still playing. Erik Murphy was the #3 pick LOL. Red Claws first pick doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry. Summer League Favorite Yuki Togashi got drafted in the second round by Santa Cruz.

EFF YES! The Red Claws picked John Stockton's kid in the third round. 8)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 15, 2014, 07:21:51 AM
http://www.celticsblog.com/2014/11/15/7226089/boston-celtics-assign-rookies-james-young-and-dwight-powell-to-maine-red-claws
Woo hoo! Got tickets to see the Red Claws home opener on Friday.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on November 15, 2014, 04:20:52 PM
EFF YES! The Red Claws picked John Stockton's kid in the third round. 8)

There must have been some sort of trade, because Stockton's kid plays for Reno.

Apropos of nothing, I can't stand Reno's horseshit Grinnell offense.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 16, 2014, 12:29:21 AM
Oh yeah. Stockton's kid got traded to Reno right after the draft/I made that post. :(

We got Florida Gulf Coast/Dunk City star Sherwood Brown returning this year though! That's gotta be worth something!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on January 18, 2015, 02:34:50 PM
I know I already said this, but I really, really, really, really, really hate this horseshit Grinnell system. Someone stick the whole Aresenault family in an oven, please!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on February 17, 2015, 10:21:18 AM
New Britain Rock Cats (Colorado Rockies Double A Affiliate) are moving 10 miles up the road to Hartford in 2016. Amazing that Hartford hasn't had a team until then. They have (or well, soon to be had) to be the largest city without a pro baseball team at any level, right, alkeiper?


Also closer to home, Old Orchard Beach, Maine is gonna have their first professional team in 27 years. The East Coast Baseball League (which is so new/obscure that it doesn't even have a Wikipedia page yet) is gonna have one of their inaugural franchises there. They say it's gonna be equivalent to Class A Baseball. I can't imagine this team lasting more than a season. I really don't see the need for it with the Double A Portland Sea Dogs a ten minute drive away but who knows...

I'm amazed that Old Orchard Beach once had a Triple A Team.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on February 20, 2015, 01:22:48 AM
Quote
New Britain Rock Cats (Colorado Rockies Double A Affiliate) are moving 10 miles up the road to Hartford in 2016. Amazing that Hartford hasn't had a team until then. They have (or well, soon to be had) to be the largest city without a pro baseball team at any level, right, alkeiper?

Depends on semantics. If a team ten miles down the road doesn't count, then the answer surely has to be Dallas. Portland recently got a Northwest League team in a suburb, before that they were left out of baseball. Maybe Montreal, I don't know how close to the city the CanAm teams are. A few California cities have exploded in population like Riverside, Santa Ana, Long Beach, but we know they're served by ballclubs. I think the runaway winner is Orlando, which hosts the Spring Training Braves but no other home teams.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on February 20, 2015, 01:33:18 AM
True. New Britain really is basically a suburb of Hartford. Not sure how many people from Hartford were going to RockCats games though. I went to a RockCats game about five years ago since it was the nearest minor league team to where I went to college. It was mostly families and empty seats. Other thing I took away is the RockCats ran onto the field to Sable's theme!

I coulda swore Orlando had the Devil Rays' Double A affiliate but Wikipedia's telling me that was over ten years ago.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: pujoljunkie on February 22, 2015, 11:00:52 PM
I've been to the Braves spring training facility down there, ESPN Sports World or some shit like that. It'd be a fun place for a full time FSL affiliate but I think, in that it's attached to Disney, they prefer it as a venue for like, high school softball championships and the like.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on February 23, 2015, 03:57:03 AM
Larry Lucchino's bought the Pawtucket Red Sox and I guess he wants to build a new ballpark in Providence and move the team there. So that covers another big city that kind of sort of but doesn't really have a minor league baseball team.

That would leave Worcester as the biggest city in New England without a pro baseball team. I saw a Worcester Tornadoes game like 3 or 4 years ago before Jose Canseco bankrupted them. It was not good!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on February 24, 2015, 07:16:59 AM
I've been to the Braves spring training facility down there, ESPN Sports World or some shit like that. It'd be a fun place for a full time FSL affiliate but I think, in that it's attached to Disney, they prefer it as a venue for like, high school softball championships and the like.
I think it'd be difficult to maintain a franchise, even given the paltry attendance standards of the FSL. It's well outside Orlando, it would be a chore for residents to attend games regularly. You can't hold day games in Orlando, the heat and humidity are oppressive. Keep in mind other FSL teams are on the coast where the Ocean/Gulf keeps things milder.

I'd love to see Orlando proper get a minor league team. But then I'd like to see just about everybody get a new team. With private funding of course.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on February 24, 2015, 07:31:29 AM
Also closer to home, Old Orchard Beach, Maine is gonna have their first professional team in 27 years. The East Coast Baseball League (which is so new/obscure that it doesn't even have a Wikipedia page yet) is gonna have one of their inaugural franchises there. They say it's gonna be equivalent to Class A Baseball. I can't imagine this team lasting more than a season. I really don't see the need for it with the Double A Portland Sea Dogs a ten minute drive away but who knows...

They just announced that the team name would be The Surge.

Anybody who knows Old Orchard Beach would know that it's kind of appropriate that they'd name their minor league team after a soda from 1998.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: KingPK on February 24, 2015, 07:36:20 AM
I wish I could have gotten to McCoy more often; after the renovation it was a good mix of old school ballpark atmosphere with newer amenities.  Hopefully they don't jack the prices up on everything like I'm at a Providence Bruins game.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on February 25, 2015, 12:55:58 AM
The Rhode Island Surge? Man, I hate the new naming trends in minor league baseball.

You go through the Midwest League for example and you get teams like the West Michigan Whitecaps, Great Lakes Loons, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Instead of teams representing a long history of minor league baseball in their cities, you have to research where they even are. I mean, the Great Lakes Loons could be in any one of several states! And given that they usually represent teams from far away, they are utterly anonymous and interchangeable within their leagues. It's terrible long term.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on February 25, 2015, 01:59:14 AM
The Rhode Island Surge? Man, I hate the new naming trends in minor league baseball.
It's the Old Orchard Beach Surge. But it could be worse. I was looking at the East Coast Baseball League's website and one of the other team's name was the Waterloo Whiskey Jacks. That's the worst/best team name I've ever heard. The frig is a "Whiskey Jack"?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 07, 2015, 10:15:40 AM
Watching the Maine Red Claws-Fort Wayne Mad Ants (speaking of terrible minor league team names) D League Playoffs game on ESPNU right now.

At first, I was kind of wondering why they would show this game on ESPNU but it's kind of obvious that they're using a college video production crew so I guess it sort of makes sense. :)

Good to see Jordan Crawford again.

Fort Wayne seems to be a perfect example as to why D League teams are moving to smaller & smaller arenas (or in the case of the Lakers D-League affiliate, just using their parent club's practice court). There's like 500 people in 10,000 seat arena. 500 might be overly generous.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on April 07, 2015, 03:06:44 PM
I wish I could have gotten to McCoy more often; after the renovation it was a good mix of old school ballpark atmosphere with newer amenities.  Hopefully they don't jack the prices up on everything like I'm at a Providence Bruins game.

I have a ton of family in RI and lived there for a bit when I was little.  Went to tons of games at McCoy and even have a present day PawSox hat in my rotation to the confusion of many on the West Coast.

Hearing the move makes me very sad.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on May 27, 2015, 03:46:00 AM
Even though I really enjoy going to minor league baseball games, I've probably been to two or three Portland Sea Dogs games in the past five years.

Then this week they announced that Kelly Olynyk would be throwing out the first pitch and signing autographs at a game last weekend of June and Mick Foley would be doing the same thing on July 2nd. It seems like they're personally trying to appeal to me to come out to more games. :)

I looked at the Sea Dogs schedule and I guess Big Bird is throwing out the first pitch the day after Olynyk. They're trying to appeal to four year old me too.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on May 27, 2015, 06:36:38 AM
Mr. Belding nights have become a regular occurrence around the local minor league circuit. It kinda baffles me.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: claydude14 on May 27, 2015, 02:37:03 PM
Well I'm guessing Belding will do anything he's into clinging onto that character and whoring himself.

Bret Hart is in Rochester (NY) next week or the week after for the Red Wings. It's on like a Tuesday though not sure I'm putting in the effort (I work til 8 and would need to use time to get out early)...
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on May 27, 2015, 02:39:49 PM
Even though I really enjoy going to minor league baseball games, I've probably been to two or three Portland Sea Dogs games in the past five years.

Then this week they announced that Kelly Olynyk would be throwing out the first pitch and signing autographs at a game last weekend of June and Mick Foley would be doing the same thing on July 2nd. It seems like they're personally trying to appeal to me to come out to more games. :)

I looked at the Sea Dogs schedule and I guess Big Bird is throwing out the first pitch the day after Olynyk. They're trying to appeal to four year old me too.

I've wanted to go to Sea Dogs before but now I feel I must go.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on May 27, 2015, 03:06:10 PM
Mr. Belding nights have become a regular occurrence around the local minor league circuit. It kinda baffles me.
Saved By The Bell nostalgia seems about as huge as ever. Which is bizarre cause SBTB nostalgia is like 15 years strong now. And Belding is the most affordable, least crazy SBTB alumnae. It's weird but not that weird.

Belding was at the Sea Dogs either last season or the season before btw.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on May 27, 2015, 08:47:16 PM
From what I've been hearing since the mid-90s is that New Orleans Zephyrs games are apparently awesome for fan experience, yet I've only been at that ball park for charity events. Hell, six years strong now, I've been supposed to have arranged attendance for the wife when they have "star wars night" but I keep flaking.

I love live baseball, too.

Hell I don't even like LSU but enjoyed the hell out of myself the time we were gifted tickets to their baseball game against 'bama.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: JHawk on May 28, 2015, 01:04:16 PM
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are doing Saved by the Bell Night on 7/17 complete with Mr. Belding appearance.  I work until 5:30, the game is at 7:05, and the stadium is within walking distance of my work.  I kind of want to go just to see how much weight he gains between now and then
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on May 28, 2015, 01:12:06 PM
The better question is how much weight he gains inning to inning.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 20, 2016, 06:31:56 AM
Went to my first Portland Sea Dogs game of year against Trenton Thunder, on a whim. Beautiful day for baseball. Red Sox pitching prospect Teddy "Stanky Leg" Stankiewicz started and put on a clinic. 6 IP,  four hits, six strikeouts. Hope he makes the majors so I can hear sports anchors yell "Put some STANK on it" during his highlights. Really good pitching duel. Both teams offense looked super crummy so it might be a combination of good pitching and bad hitting. Sea Dogs won 1-0 with a walkoff double in bottom of the 9th.

Plus it was a 12 P.M. game so it was done by 2:15-2:30. Day baseball rules.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Richard on May 06, 2016, 06:18:11 AM
http://deadspin.com/taxpayers-cover-34-million-arena-renovation-hockey-te-1775140156 (http://deadspin.com/taxpayers-cover-34-million-arena-renovation-hockey-te-1775140156)

Frankly any city spending that much on a minor league team deserves what they get. Anyway my condolences KK.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on May 08, 2016, 01:47:31 AM
It wasn't just for Pirates. Cumberland County Civic Center is outdated as shit and tbh, that $34 million renovation is just a band aid on a flesh wound.

Portland Pirates are (or I guess were) a distant third for popularity for local minor league teams with Sea Dogs being #1 and Maine Red Claws (Celtics D League affiliate) being a solid #2. They switched affiliates so many times it was hard to keep track. I mean I know it's impossible for them to be Bruins affiliate since Providence is so entrenched as Boston's minor league affiliate but it's hard to build loyalty when they switch affiliates literally every 2 or 3 seasons. They also had a weird season during the renovations where they played at an even crappier, older arena in Lewiston and averaged less than a 1,000 fans a game.


Assuming Red Claws will move to the Civic Center now to make up for the losses. Former Red Claws GM is now the City Manager (he can run a minor league basketball team so he can run a city!).  They've  been playing at a 3,000 seat high school gym and selling out so they'll probably move to 8,000 seat arena and playing to mostly empty houses!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on April 10, 2017, 02:35:49 PM
Went to Game 2 of NBA D League Conference Semi Finals between Maine Red Claws and Fort Wayne Mad Ants. EXCITING!

Red Claws blew a 15 point 4th quarter lead. So Red Claws have lost both times I saw them this year. Should probably not go to any more Red Claws games this year. Although if they win Game 3, they face Raptors 905 in Eastern Conference Finals and I'd miss chance to yell at Raptors 905 coach Jerry Stackhouse.

I did get to see Guerschon Yabusele and he looks like potential stud. 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in 26 minutes. Jordan Mickey had 27 pounds and 13 boards.

Tyler Hansbrough is on Mad Ants. He had 27 points and 15 boards. And if anyone was worried about him being humbled by playing in D League, don't worry! He is still a whiny dick!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on April 10, 2017, 03:05:27 PM
You should've followed HANDS BRO to the Mad Ants' Comfort Inn
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on February 02, 2018, 02:58:32 AM
I went to a Red Claws game last weekend on a Tinder date. Had some awesome seats four rows behind the Red Claws bench. Anthony Bennett got a DNP, so I spent a lot of my Tinder date staring at a bored Anthony Bennett.

Tinder date went well so this is probably best assist he's made in a while! THANK YOU MAINE RED CLAWS!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 02, 2018, 03:23:35 AM
I went to a Red Claws game last weekend on a Tinder date. Had some awesome seats four rows behind the Red Claws bench. Anthony Bennett got a DNP, so I spent a lot of my Tinder date staring at a bored Anthony Bennett.

Tinder date went well so this is probably best assist he's made in a while! THANK YOU MAINE RED CLAWS!

I hope you name the babies Anthony and Bennett Kamala, Kamala.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on August 07, 2018, 02:16:32 PM
Me and the girl from Tinder date are still together 6+ months later. I wonder if Anthony Bennett would be the Best Man at the wedding...

Also ARON BAYNES is throwing out the first pitch and signing autographs at a Portland Sea Dogs game later this month.

I bought a six game Sunday afternoon day game package to the Sea Dogs this season. They've been awful but it's been fun to wake & bake with my Anthony Bennett loving lady and go watch Slugger the Sea Dog wear awesome costumes and be best mascot in the minors while the Dogs fumble their way to a 9-3 loss to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on August 18, 2018, 05:23:48 AM
End of an era in Pawtucket. The PawSox are moving to Worcester after the 2020 season. Essentially because the state of Massachusetts would give them money and Rhode Island wouldn’t.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: KingPK on August 18, 2018, 06:25:22 AM
McCoy was like 20 minutes away so this really sucks.  I fell off going to games as I got older but one summer my dad and I went at least twice a week because tickets were nothing.  Can't wait to see how much more expensive the new place is!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on August 18, 2018, 07:35:02 AM
Providence is too big a market to go empty for long. I imagine an Indy league or NY-Penn team will jump and eventually they’ll land an eastern league franchise. I think if they refuse a new stadium they could still draw  a NY-Penn team.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on August 18, 2018, 01:53:08 PM
Went to a good amount of PawSox games as a kid with lots of family in Rhode Island.  Used to love the portraits of the former players walking in.

Also from earlier in the thread, Kamala and the girlfriend revelation explains why we never talk anymore  :'(
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on August 25, 2018, 01:42:58 AM
End of an era in Pawtucket. The PawSox are moving to Worcester after the 2020 season. Essentially because the state of Massachusetts would give them money and Rhode Island wouldn’t.
PawSox moving to Worcester is a capital B BAD idea. IMO, there's no way that they'll be able to fill up a 12,000 seat stadium on a regular basis there when Fenway is less than 45 minutes away. Plus the proposed stadium (Polar Park! Only upside is  it'll be only park where you can get fresh seltzer on tap!) is in Kelley Square, which is one of the most hellacious intersections I've ever seen. Can't imagine this working well. I feel like Lucchino and co. are gonna regret this move quickly.

I have a bunch of friends in Worcester and their collective reaction is "Huh?". Not a bunch of excitement. Except for possibility that Ric Flair will show up for the inaugural WooSox game.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on August 28, 2018, 02:15:33 PM
Went to my last Sea Dogs game of the year. They lost 8-4. Seems like most of the games I've been to this year have been them losing by four runs.  New Hampshire Fisher Cats have both Craig Biggio and Dante Bichette's kid playing for them. Bo Bichette definitely seems like a potential stud. Went 3 for 5 with two doubles and a homer. Fisher Cat Jon Berti also hit for the cycle. I think that's first time I've seen someone hit for the cycle. Cool stuff.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on September 16, 2018, 11:32:41 AM
The Durham Bulls were forced to play the entire Governors Cup finals (International League championship) in scranton. I went to games one and five, got to see the Bulls celebrate. Great accomplishment for them, and I never want to hear minor league fans bitch about playoff home field again.

I’ve been out of my groove the last few years, but this year I managed to hit Citizens Bank Park and also visit the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, Reading Fightin’ Phils, Clearwater Threshers, Lakewood Blueclaws and Williamsport Crosscutters. All five Phillies affiliates and the big club. Also got to the Futures Game, a Tampa Bay Rays game and several Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders game. Good baseball summer.

The affiliation shuffle commences soon. Fresno and the Astros are not renewing. It seems likely the Astros will land with San Antonio’s new AAA team. If the Rangers and Round Rock renew that leaves Fresno, Las Vegas and Nashville to sort out the Nationals, Athletics and Brewers.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on September 17, 2018, 06:43:05 AM
The Las Vegas 51s become the new affiliate of the Oakland A's. Hearing the Astros are actually heading to Round Rock. Assumption is San Antonio becomes a Rangers affiliate.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on September 18, 2018, 09:14:55 AM
San Antonio remains with the Brewers (San Antonio moved from Colorado Springs, the Brewers’ previous affiliation. The Rangers sign an agreement with Nashville. That leaves the Nationals stuck with their AAA team in Fresno, California.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on May 15, 2019, 05:57:48 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6mlH2GXsAEt8_W.jpg)
I guess this is one way to try and get fans to your minor league team's lame duck last season..
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on May 15, 2019, 06:20:06 AM
It's a collegiate summer baseball league. That's not entirely inaccurate.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on May 26, 2019, 04:07:13 AM
Just finished watching the first half of the women's college lacrosse NC final and, man, it is such a mindfuck to listen to Stugotz actually speak knowledgeably about a sport, instead of spitting refried hot takes.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on May 26, 2019, 04:11:54 AM
In going down the rabbit hole of those Funko Pops, I found out that the Mariners minor league team the Everett AquaSox have their stadium sponsered by Funko and do several Pop Giveaways.

This August they are doing a special commerative Jay Buhner Aqua Sox Funko Pop and I feel like I need to take a trip to Everett, Washington.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0552/1401/files/jayBuhner_aquasox_social-1_large.png?v=1557785378)
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on July 30, 2019, 02:11:18 AM
Deep dive on this one. I remember attending a USA/Japan exhibition in Scranton in my youth. Dig some digging and was able to find this gem.

http://www.mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-1993-07-21-2937056-story.html

1993, a game that featured collegians Todd Helton, Todd Walker and Russ Johnson. Hiroki Kokubo of Japan went on to hit 413 home runs in Japan.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on July 31, 2019, 12:16:55 PM
There's a brother who went to Providence, playing for the US in the Pan Am Games, named David Duke, Jr. Does that amuse anybody besides me?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on July 31, 2019, 12:42:22 PM
I have some family ties to Providence so I did a double take the first time I saw him last year
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on July 31, 2019, 02:01:06 PM
Also at the Pan An Games, gold medals were awarded today in dressage, mixed team trap shooting, and men's and women's squash. The United States won all four, which hardly seems surprising to me: if those aren't the three most MAGA sports in existence, they gotta be in the Top Ten, right?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on July 31, 2019, 03:11:47 PM
I need to find my old programs from the two Babe Ruth World Series in the 90s I was in (as bat boy). I am curious to see if ANY of those kids from across the country that descended to my town made it to the minors/majors. Statistically at least ONE of them, right? Also, indicative of human nature that even at the preteen to teen level of sports how many baseballs got shoved into the dugout for us to sign (yes, they even demanded bat boy sign, consistently).
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on August 14, 2019, 06:17:36 AM
A man died during the Fresno Grizzlies' taco eating competition.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: KingPK on August 27, 2019, 01:39:07 PM
I went to what might be my last PawSox game tonight (unless I go next year).  It was the first time I was in a luxury suite thanks to my boss and her husband.  Highly recommended if you can swing it.  There might have been less than 500 people in the stadium and they looked like shit on offense, though (3 hits, losing 4-0).  I saw Chris Chavis and Rusney Castillo (the only two PawSox I recognized), so yay?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Thrasher on August 27, 2019, 02:13:44 PM
https://wset.com/news/local/heavy-police-presence-in-keeling-area-police-looking-for-armed-man

Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on August 27, 2019, 02:45:59 PM
I went to what might be my last PawSox game tonight (unless I go next year).  It was the first time I was in a luxury suite thanks to my boss and her husband.  Highly recommended if you can swing it.  There might have been less than 500 people in the stadium and they looked like shit on offense, though (3 hits, losing 4-0).  I saw Chris Chavis and Rusney Castillo (the only two PawSox I recognized), so yay?

I had a ton of family in Rhode Island and lived there for a year when I was little so I remember taking many trips to McCoy as a kid.  It is weird to hear about them moving as even though I haven't been to a game in probably over 25 years, I still try to have a fresh PawSox hat in my hat rotation.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on August 28, 2019, 10:16:58 AM
The Blake Bivens stuff is heartbreaking. A go fund me already has $33000 raised which is nice to see given the circumstances.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Cartman on August 28, 2019, 10:21:35 AM
I used to go to a ton of Pawsox games, I really liked McCoy Stadium, even moreso after the renovation. When I was a kid, being able to walk down the street and see a game any day for dirt cheap, was great. No Chance will I ever go to Worcester to see them now.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on September 03, 2019, 10:57:34 AM
Crazy game in Scranton today. The Railriders and Syracuse Mets found themselves in a one game playoff for the division crown. The Mets led 7-1 at the seventh inning stretch and then all he’ll broke loose.

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/scrantonwilkes-barre-railriders-punch-ticket-to-playoffs-with-big-comeback/c-310518030
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on October 23, 2019, 04:22:34 AM
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Amazing that Gritty is doing personal appearances in Maine! What an ICON!

Meet & Greets are $100 (front row center ice tickets for Maine Mariners games are $24)! Go get that cheddar, Gritty!
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 18, 2019, 04:14:57 AM
A story making its way around the last month. MLB is seeking to reduce the number of minor league teams.

https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/ny-minor-league-luhnow-madden-20191116-73ssnr7ybvdwzdr5vd44vh4e5m-story.html
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Thrasher on November 18, 2019, 04:32:48 AM
Which is stupid if your trying to grow the game. Also you mentioned it but the team in Williamsport is going to go bye bye, yet MLB going to play a game there. The stadium has been updated recently too.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 18, 2019, 04:38:34 AM
Maybe a hot take but I'm not really upset at that idea. Does there really NEED  to be seven Single A Leagues and five Rookie Ball leagues? And if it makes living conditions for minor league players better, I'm all for it. It's eliminating jobs but the jobs it's eliminating (at least, the playing jobs) aren't really much of a living at all. The guy selling popcorn in Lowell will probably lose out on more money than the Lowell Spinners shortstop.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 18, 2019, 05:23:43 AM
Maybe a hot take but I'm not really upset at that idea. Does there really NEED  to be seven Single A Leagues and five Rookie Ball leagues? And if it makes living conditions for minor league players better, I'm all for it. It's eliminating jobs but the jobs it's eliminating (at least, the playing jobs) aren't really much of a living at all. The guy selling popcorn in Lowell will probably lose out on more money than the Lowell Spinners shortstop.
I think the Appalachian League is expendable. The Pioneer League is on the same level but where else is someone in Montana going to see professional baseball? Professional baseball shouldn't just be a conduit to its highest level. There needs to be a place where players can play for a livable wage who aren't MLB quality but are still very good.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 18, 2019, 05:55:23 AM
Totally agreed. And I think more than any other sport, I think there's more of an appeal and demand to see baseball at low professional level.

Do you know pay is like in top level independent leagues Vs Double A and Single A, al? I remember from the FS1 docuseries on the Pecos League, they got pay (and living conditions) comparable to an Eastern European factory worker.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 18, 2019, 06:14:14 AM
Totally agreed. And I think more than any other sport, I think there's more of an appeal and demand to see baseball at low professional level.

Do you know pay is like in top level independent leagues Vs Double A and Single A, al? I remember from the FS1 docuseries on the Pecos League, they got pay (and living conditions) comparable to an Eastern European factory worker.
That's a good question. The Pecos League is absolute dirt lowest before you start playing semi-pro or amateur. Other indy leagues are marginally better. I found an article stating the Can-Am League had a team salary cap of $102,000 and the American Association has one of $115,000. That gets you to the level of Short Season A or Low A. The Atlantic League has team salaries of $225-275000, I think that is roughly comparable to AA baseball.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 18, 2019, 06:24:09 AM
That is still gruesomely low. That averages to $4.40 an hour for a AA player per my pidgin math.

It's baffling to me that pro baseball players being paid sub minimum wage isn't a bigger deal. Sure, a lot of their expense get paid for but what about during the offseason? Are the winter overseas leagues lucrative at all?
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 18, 2019, 06:38:17 AM
Not a lot of their expenses are covered. Players need to find their own housing and often shack up with host families. Their travel is covered and they receive a per diem on the road but a portion of that is paid to the clubhouse attendant. Players don't get paid for the offseason, in fact minor league players aren't even paid for spring training. I don't know what players in the Caribbean make, but I do know some minor leaguers and prospects are playing in the Australian Winter League more.

One silver lining currently is that Korea is using more foreign players and paying them well.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 20, 2019, 03:09:44 AM
https://theathletic.com/1367234/2019/11/20/play-better-and-get-the-hell-out-of-here-a-weekend-in-indy-ball-the-league-of-second-chances/

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The pay is worse, too. Atlantic League teams deal with a monthly payroll limit of $55,000 a month, and a hard cap on salaries of $3,000 a month per player. It’s not much, but it approximates a Triple-A salary. American Association clubs must stay below $125,000 for the entire roster for the whole season, although there are a couple of exceptions that allow teams to retain “star” players at higher salaries.

The further down you go, the worse the accommodations. There are the Midwest-set Frontier League and the East Coast’s Can-Am League, which announced a merger last month. The talent level there ranges from the equivalents of rookie league to Double A, the pay from $600 to $2,500 a month. Then there are smaller leagues that mostly escape the eyes of scouts. In the Pecos League, which has teams sprinkled across the Southwest from Kansas to California, players make $50 a week and drive their own cars to road games. Players sometimes come out of the Pecos League, but it’s extremely rare.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Thrasher on November 22, 2019, 03:26:35 AM
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Cool
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 22, 2019, 04:14:23 AM
More than 100 members of Congress signed a letter condemning the proposal to shut down over 40 teams earlier this week.

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"Reducing the number of Minor League Baseball clubs and overhauling a century-old system that has been consistently safeguarded by Congress is not in the best interest of the overall game of baseball, especially when Major League Baseball's revenues are at all-time highs," the letter said.
Wadeasekin. Maybe I'm reading this wrong but Congress safeguards the MLB system? How? No wonder why they were overly interested in the steroid scandal 15 years ago.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 22, 2019, 01:24:21 PM
After the Federal League collapsed it’s owners sued Major League Baseball claiming it constituted a monopoly. The Supreme Court said it didn’t, creating the antitrust exemption. The court won’t overturn that decision and has passed it along to Congress since. So MLB has an interest in keeping congress happy, lest congress legislates away MLB’s antitrust exemption.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 22, 2019, 01:24:52 PM
(https://milb.bamcontent.com/assets/images/5/0/4/311935504/cuts/568x320/cut.jpg)

Cool
I really need to go to this.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 22, 2019, 01:27:48 PM
After the Federal League collapsed it’s owners sued Major League Baseball claiming it constituted a monopoly. The Supreme Court said it didn’t, creating the antitrust exemption. The court won’t overturn that decision and has passed it along to Congress since. So MLB has an interest in keeping congress happy, lest congress legislates away MLB’s antitrust exemption.
Oh I guess that explains why MLB is the only major sports league where no one has attempted to compete with for the past 50 years.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Thrasher on November 23, 2019, 01:39:45 AM
Would anyone really watch a competing baseball league? There's been a dozen football leagues that have collapsed. The ABA and WHL folded into the NBA and NHL. There isn't enough talent to get into a separate baseball league.

I hope the owners of those minor league teams file a class action lawsuit against MLB. 
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: alkeiper on November 23, 2019, 08:31:09 AM
The ramifications of the antitrust exemption is that the San Francisco Giants can assert territorial rights over San Jose and can stop the Athletics from moving there.

I don’t think a league could compete with MLB. But there’s the small matter of the labor agreement coming due. If MLB sees a work stoppage and there’s 6-8 cities that want Major League Baseball, suddenly the idea of a high independent league looks attractive. That’s a pipe dream. I could see a foreign league drawing interest in the event of a work stoppage though, at least temporarily.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 24, 2019, 01:12:51 AM
https://www.pressherald.com/2019/11/22/tacko-fall-makes-a-big-splash-at-boys-girls-club/
To lighten the mood a bit, Tacko Fall has enrolled in a swimming class while he plays for the Maine Red Claws.
Title: Re: The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread
Post by: Boomer Kamala on November 25, 2019, 06:07:09 AM
So MLB has an interest in keeping congress happy, lest congress legislates away MLB’s antitrust exemption.

I was going to make a joke earlier about when the POTUS candidates would start weighing in...