Archive for June 23rd, 2008

Vote for Your AAA All-Stars!

Do you attend a lot of triple-A games? Can you keep track of the players as they yo-yo from the majors to the Bus Leagues? Do you just like putting dots inside of circles? Then this is for you:

Vote for the Triple-A All Star Team

Because of all of the call-ups, AAA doesn’t figure much in the Z-meter. But just in case it helps, here are the 6/19/08 stats on the guys I track:

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .286 – 43R – 8HR – 28RBI – 20SB – 31BB – .436 SLG – .804 OPS

Eulogio De La Cruz, RHP – Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins): 13GS – 8W – 3L – 3.72 ERA – 25BB – 60K

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .296 – 43R – 15HR – 30BB – 66RBI – 0SB – .601 SLG – .976 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .247 – 44R – 10HR – 33RBI – 9SB – 40 BB – .402 SLG – .743 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .348 – 60R – 21HR – 57RBI – 15SB – 41BB – .704 SLG – 1.156 OPS

MiLB also provides a handy pop-up stats comparison chart to help us out, but I like to vote for the funniest name if I don’t know all of the players. The All-Star Game is being held in Louisville, so I’m sure the Bats are sorry their two top prospects won’t be with them to share in the slightly diminished glory.

Ballpark Wish List: The Brooklyn Cyclones

For some reason I cannot adequately explain, I really want to go see a minor-league game at Coney Island. The Brooklyn Cyclones have been there since 2000, playing in the short-season New York-Penn League, and eventually sending their best players up the ladder to the Mets.

I guess the combination of amusement park, Nathan’s hot dogs, and baseball sounds good to me, even though I must admit that I’ve never been to New York, so my potential enjoyment of it all is very theoretical. For me, it would be an adventure.

For residents of the boroughs, however, attending a Cyclones game has apparently become something of a political statement:

With a sellout crowd of 8,673, Chris Garrett, 41, of Bushwick, Brooklyn, had to stand. “No spoiled millionaires here,” he said.

A Cyclones fan since 2001, Mr. Garrett was one of dozens of fans who said KeySpan Park helped them imagine the Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbets Field, that intimate, lost temple of baseball.

“I come to watch real baseball without the greed,” said Mr. Garrett, who works as a courier and a part-time photographer. “These kids play a great game. It’s like ‘American Idol’ out here. They’re doing their best to be called up.”

[New York Times]

It’s tough to find that balance. Personally, I enjoy watching the spoiled millionaires when they’re playing at their best. But MLB has been, and always will be, a luxury for me. I live too far from the nearest major league team. So for most of my summer baseball needs, the bus leagues, with their cheap tickets, carnival attractions, and VFW BINGO! outfield signs, will serve very nicely.

But if I find myself in Brooklyn any time soon? I may just have to find my way over to Coney Island. And invite the only nearby residents I know – Will and Will. Who else is coming?

This Week In Bobbleheads, Part 5

One of these days I’ll actually get up to Stadium and get one of the many Red Sox-related bobbleheads being given away by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats this season. This week’s, as seen below, is Jacoby Ellsbury. Get there early: they’re gonna go fast! (Get it? Because Ellsbury is really fast! Ha! Thank you! I’m here all week!)

For more info on bobbleheads past, present and future, get thee to The True Bobblehead Board, the proprietor of which puts together this list each week.

Monday, June 23
Princeton Devil Rays Rocco Baldelli Figurine (first 500) – Oh, how the mighty have fallen for this once promising star.

Quad City River Bandits – Rascal (Mascot) (first 1500 kids) – Mascots were put at ballparks for kids anyway, so no biggie here.

Wilson Tobs – Justin Verlander (first 250) – These must be leftovers from a previous overorder and lack of participation the last time this was given.

Tuesday, June 24
Cleveland Indians – Travis Hafner Mini – A big guy like Pronk as a mini bobble? Does this make any sense?

Everitt Aquasox – Frank (Mascot) (1000 kids 14 and under) – Pass the mustard

Nashville Sounds – Frank Plaster – Local Radio personality

Savannah Sandgnats – Gnate – Yes the G is silent here too.

Wednesday, June 25
Atlanta Braves – Brian McCann – First Major League bobble having been already produced at the A and AA levels.

Trenton Thunder – Chien-Ming Wang (first 2000) – Will this bobble continue to draw the big bucks like past Wangs that had garnered $500+?

Thursday, June 26
Wisconsin Woodchucks – Jim Gantner (first 1000) – From Cheesehead to Woodchuck all in the same state.

Friday, June 27
Erie Seawolves – Tom Brookens (first 1000) – Another former player turned manager rising fast through the bobble ladder. First was in West Michigan.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Jacoby Ellsbury (first 2000) – Never played here and the bobble is in the Lowell jersey with just a different sponsor plaque.

Pittsburgh Pirates – Dave Parker – Part of the Lumber Company series.

Princeton Devil Rays – Jonny Gomes (first 500) – Just don’t show these to Shelley Duncan.

Stockton Ports – Splash (Mascot) (first 1000) – Last of the 4 part series.

Wilmington Bluerocks – Jacoby Ellsbury (first 1000) – He definitely did play here as opposed to the above where they just used one mold for 2 bobbles

Saturday, June 28
Arkansas Travelers – George Kell (first 1000) – He will also be there to autograph them as well.

Lake County Captains – Buster Bluegill (Mini) (Mascot) – The first in a set of 4 mini fish bobbles.

Lakewood Blueclaws – Carlos Ruiz (first 2000) – Another in the long line of ‘Claws that have “Made the Phillies”

Omaha Royals – George Brett Figurine – Hope the pine tar is at its legal limit.

Rockford Riverhawks – Billy Williams – The Cubbies HOF set continues.

Sacramento Rivercats – Del Rodgers – Local Radio Personality

Sunday, June 29
Minnesota Twins – Paul Molitor Bronze Statuette – Another HOFer in Bronze form.