Posts Tagged ‘Delmarva Shorebirds’

Trying Out A New Theme

Just a brief post to let you know that the new look of the blog is something we’re trying out. We were annoyed that author names weren’t put on posts in the old theme, so this nice, balldiamond-green layout seemed like a nice change. We kind of miss the photo of the Delmarva Shorebirds superchicken up above, but all good things must come to an end some day.

Let us know what you think!

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Bus Leagues in Baltimore

I went to a major-league game in Baltimore this Sunday. Rangers at Orioles, with a few of our old Z-meter regulars playing, like Felix Pie and Elvis Andrus. But my real Bus Leagues surprise came when I took the advice of an usher and visited the Sports Museum that was recently built next to Camden Yards. I was wandering around in the rather gloomy basement display area and found this:

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This bus was actually a display showing the travel conditions of Maryland’s Negro Leagues players. I liked it – I thought it was an innovative use of the space they had, even though it was a sort of creepy cellar. The upstairs was given over to the old Baltimore Colts and the Orioles. Everything else was downstairs.

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I was amused by the caption on this poster. “Why the Minor Leagues?” A question OMDQ and I ask ourselves every day. Kidding! We love the Bus Leagues.¬†Pictured here are uniforms from¬†Maryland’s entries into the minor league system: the Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season NY-Penn League), Bowie Baysox (AA Eastern League), Frederick Keys (A+ Carolina League), Delmarva Shorebirds (A South Atlantic League), and Hagerstown Suns (A South Atlantic League). The Suns belong to the Nats organization. The rest are all variations on the Orioles.

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Just kind of a cool map. It shows all of the minor-league teams to call Maryland home, even ones that are now defunct. That hole where they listed the teams is actually where Delaware belongs!

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Another perspective on starting out small and making it to the bigs.

At first, I thought it kind of sucked that all of these great items were stuck in the basement. Then I saw this:

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Dude wins a kajillion Olympic gold medals and all he gets is a crummy alcove and a bare lightbulb.

So, it was kind of cool to see this stuff when I only thought I’d be seeing a MLB game. Still, not sure it was worth ten bucks. But how would I know unless I tried?

Spotlight on A Ball – West Virginia Power vs. Delmarva Shorebirds

Over the weekend, I visited the Delmarva peninsula with my family. It’s called that because it contains parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Smack in the middle is a town called Salisbury, and that town is the home of the Delmarva Shorebirds, class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. They were taking on the West Virginia Power (Brewers). So I made sure to catch the Sunday afternoon game with my son. Here are a few photos from the ballpark!

Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Named for the patriarch of the Perdue chicken empire.

 

The third base line in Perdue Stadium.

The Shorebirds’ manager is the mysterious Ramon Sambo. Yes, I said Sambo.

A wider view from the third base line.

Sherman the Shorebird. Hangin’ out, watchin’ the game.

Sherman shakes my son’s hand.

I love how they left a gap in the outfield so the church is visible.

Not only are they growing new talent for the Orioles, they’re growing new baseballs, as well.

As I was looking at the website for the Shorebirds, I noticed the very tight locus of the affiliate clubs. Typical Peter Angelos – he’ll save a buck anywhere he can, and he must surely save a ton on this travel schedule for his callups:

Aberdeen IronBirds (Short A) – Aberdeen, MD
Delmarva Shorebirds (A) – Salisbury, MD
Frederick Keys (High A) – Frederick, MD
Bowie Baysox (AA) – Bowie, MD
Norfolk Tides (AAA) – Norfolk, VA

Every single O’s affiliate is within a few hours of Baltimore. Very cagey, Angelos!