Archive for June 16th, 2008

Now Batting For The Atlanta Braves…

Whew, this was close.  I like to get “Now Batting For” posts up within a day or two of a prospect’s debut, if not before, and have updated my Google Alerts in the hopes that it will help improve my promptness.  One hundred alerts means one hundred emails a day, however, which can be impossible to sift through…which is how I missed Brandon Jones’ 2008 debut for a full 48ish hours after it happened.

Jones was brought up to the Braves from the AAA affiliate in Richmond at the end of last week, despite a .263 average and just two homeruns and 25 RBI in 2007.  He has responded with six hits in his first thirteen at-bats, including his first major league homerun, a solo shot off Ervin Santana on Saturday.

Atlanta’s fourth-ranked prospect and number 70 overall, Jones made his major league debut with the Braves last season, hitting .158 in five September games.  He was originally drafted by Atlanta in the 24th round of the 2003 draft.

This Week In Bobbleheads, Part 4

Solid slate of bobbleheads coming up this week.  My personal favorite: Nashville’s Joseph the Dreamer giveaway on Friday.  I’m a sucker for non-sports-related bobbleheads.

As always, much love to Eric from The True Bobblehead Board for both the list and the commentary.

Monday, June 16

Tuesday, June 17
Iowa Cubs – Geovany Soto Statuette (first 1500) – The I-Cub standout has made an outstanding transition to the Cubbies in Chitown.
Wednesday, June 18
Joliet Jackhammers – Bill Haller (Wish Upon a Star) (first 1000) – Reality series bobbles now…Sheesh

Princeton Devil Rays – Carl Crawford Figurine (first 400) – Can you believe it’s been 8 years since he was a P-Ray?  And now he’s a perennial all-star.
Round Rock Express – Nolan Ryan Figurine in Astro Uniform (first 2500) – The Ryan Express in figurine form in the old time Astro Jersey.
Thursday, June 19
Altoona Curve – Adam Hyzdu – A Pirate 1st round pick in 1999 makes his 2nd Curve appearance as a resin formed bobblehead.

Baltimore Orioles – Nick Markakis – (first 25,000 adults) – This former Glen Cove NYer has taken the Chesapeake Bay by storm and his bobblehead legacy will grow.  His past figures include Aberdeen and Delmarva.

Lowell Spinners – Jacoby Ellsbury – This will be the first of three bobbles for Ellsbury by the end of June (Wilmington and New Hampshire).  

Friday, June 20
Birmingham Barons – Frank Thomas (first 1000) – The Big Hurt continued his road to stardom at the AA level here.
Lansing Lugnuts – Ryan Theriot Figurine – A fan favorite in Lansing has paid his dues to make it to Cubbies stardom.

Minnesota Twins – Dan Gladden (first 10,000) – Another player turned broadcaster made into a bobble.
Nashville Sounds – Joseph the Dreamer – Bible bobbleheads have become a staple during certain Nashville “Faith Nights”
Saturday, June 21
Charlotte Knights – Dairy Cow (first 1500) – “Got Milk?”

Columbus Catfish – Random Past Bobblehead Giveaway (first 300) – Apparently some leftovers were found of Edwin Jackson, Chuck Tiffany and maybe some others. It also coincides with Bark in the Park…Bring the puppies!!!!

Somerset Patriots – Slider – Mascot – At least this character with a ball on his head is cute. 
Wisconsin Timberrattlers – Fang (Mascot)  – This unique mascot bobblehead has him firing a Bratzooka.  Sounds suspicious to me.
Sunday, June 22
Lakewood BlueClaws – Jimmy Rollins (first 2000) – The reigning NL MVP rehabbed in Lakewood in 2007.
Milwaukee Brewers – Polish Racing Sausage Bobblehead – It’s a good thing Randall Simon is no longer a major leaguer or this giveaway would have to run and hide.
Reading Phillies – Ryan Howard (first 2000) – The annual Howard giveaway comes to fruition.