Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas 51s’

Waiting – Waiting – Waiting On The Affiliates To Change

Most of these are several days old, but here are a few more changes in major-minor league affiliations:

Toronto Blue Jays: Syracuse is out, Las Vegas is in.

The story announcing this change contains one of the most awesome paragraphs the world will ever see:

The Syracuse Chiefs had made it known that they weren’t willing to extend their relationship with the Blue Jays after this season. Syracuse hasn’t made the International League playoffs since 1998 and was hoping to reel in a more competitive farm club. In the end, Syracuse found a new parent club in the Washington Nationals.

I think “hoping” is the key word there.

New York Yankees: extend PDC with Trenton through 2014.

More than 200 players and coaches have played for the Thunder and in the Major Leagues, including Chien-Ming Wang, Joba Chamberlain, Robinson Cano, Dioner Navarro, Nomar Garciaparra and David Eckstein.

The fact that the last two guys played in Trenton when it was a Red Sox affiliate makes me chuckle.

Cincinnati Reds: Carolina is in.

Save Us, Jamie D’Antona, You’re Our Only Hope

As far as transactions go, it’s not quite as big as Clayton Kershaw’s arrival on the big league scene, but the Los Angeles Dodgers made a second move over the weekend, calling outfielder Terry Tiffee up from AAA Las Vegas to replace the injured Andruw Jones.  Tiffee, a career .286 hitter entering this season, led all minor leaguers with a .422 batting average through Saturday.

Jamie D’Antona (AAA-Tucson) and Luis Maza (AAA-Las Vegas) are the two remaining minor leaguers with .400 batting averages. 

This will be Tiffee’s fourth stint at the major league level.  He previously hit .226 in 91 games and 239 at-bats with the Minnesota Twins from 2004-06. 

Spotlight on AAA Ball – 4/11/2008

The new owners of the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) talk about the challenges of working in a 48-year-old stadium. And, Braves fans of both the Richmond and Atlanta varieties will probably be interested to hear what it’s like to operate a team’s AAA affiliate within driving distance of the parent club. [Tacoma Daily Index]

In case you don’t know what I was referencing in the above link, the Atlanta Braves have decided to move their AAA affiliate from Richmond, VA to the suburbs of… Atlanta. The good news is that even as the R-Braves play their final lame-duck season in the Virginia capital, local businessmen are looking to bring in something new. [inRich.com]

Good news in Indianapolis – the Pirates have extended their player development contract with the Indians until 2012. [pirates.com]

I can’t be the only one bothered by this. I read through this press release from the Buffalo Bisons (Indians), drooling all the while over the food specials on offer. Until I realized that wings were not mentioned even once. No wings in Buffalo? A travesty, sirs. You can expect to hear from my lawyer. [Bisons Homepage]

DUDE! Did you hear who will be playing at AT&T Bricktown Park?!? The Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers)!!! Oh, and some dillweed named Dave Matthews will be there on August 13th, if you’re into that kind of thing. [RedHawks Homepage]

I hear the kids don’t go to the rave-parties any more. But if they did, wouldn’t you want all of them to be wearing this hat? [Las Vegas 51s Shop]

I can go on mining press releases and websites forever like this – there’s plenty going on. But if you have a tip we should check out, email us a busleagues at gmail dot com.

Let The Bobbling Begin!

Because everyone loves bobbleheads, the crack Bus Leagues staff (okay, me) is currently compiling a list of scheduled bobblehead giveaways around the minor leagues this season. With a little luck and a lot of ambition, it will be done and posted by the end of the weekend.

Most teams offer bobbleheads later in the season, when weather is good and larger crowds can be expected. A few, however, are starting off early, with giveaways planned for April dates. Tonight, the Las Vegas 51s kick things off (as near as I can tell; if there are others out there, either from last night or tonight, let us know) with Russell Martin bobbleheads for the first 2,500 fans. The 51s play the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 PM.

Las Vegas has two more bobblehead nights planned: Joe Torre on May 24 and Takashi Saito on July 11.