Charlotte Knights Become Charlotte Traffic Cones

Since one MiLB club adopted an alternate identity, there hasn't been a shortage of ideas for other clubs. The latest one is the Charlotte Knights turning into the Charlotte Traffic Cones for one night. Last night, the Charlotte Traffic Cones saw the light. In a game vs Norfolk Tides, the Charlotte Knights adopted their alternate …

$1 Beer Night Brawl at Indy League Game

I guess we are used to bench clearing brawls on a baseball diamond. It doesn't happen every day, but once in a while it occurs. But a brawl between players and fans? It happened last night during a game between the Sussex County Miners and the New Jersey Jackals in the independent Frontier League. Something …

One of Those Wacky MiLB promotions

Minor League Baseball is known for its wacky promotions to lure fans to the ballparks. Next week, the Missoula Paddleheads will have one that includes a certain alcoholic beverage. The Missoula Paddleheads of the “independent” Pioneer League (you know, one of those leagues that that were cut by MLB to save the greedy MLB owners …

Tulsa Drillers To Remember Massacre

The Dodgers AA affiliiate Tulsa Drillers will wear a special patch during the month of May. A patch that remembers the 1921 Race Massacre that took place in Tulsa. The patch does have a small finesse as it shows the word "riot" struck through and being replaced by the word "massacre." Back in the days, …

Minor League Teams come up with wacky promotions due to cancellation of 2020 season

Yesterday, when the news was announced that the 2020 Minor League Season was cancelled, one minor league team reacted in a typical Minor League way. By offering some quirky t-shirt for sale. The Bowie BaySox, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, came up with an "undefeated" tour T-shirt. Can it be more minor league …

Only in the minors: Christmas in July

Every year, at least one minor league club is celebrating Christmas during the baseball season. This year it is up to the Inland Empire 66ers. The club from San Bernadino will adopt a special Christmas moniker for the occasion on July 20. The 66ers will play the game on July 20 as the Inland Empire …

Fort Myers goes Major League

No, no, no. Major League Baseball isn't going to expand to Fort Myers. The local minor league club, the Miracle, will have a Major League themed day coming Saturday. Major League as in the movie Major League. Actor Corbin Bernsen, who played the role of Roger Dorn will make a special appearance at Hammond Stadium, …

Peanuts night in Binghamton

Recently you could read about the comic Peanuts and its relationship to baseball. Despite the passing of its artist, Peanuts is still in the hearts of many Americans which was proven by the Binghamton Rumble Ponies last night. The Rumble Ponies (I still think it is a lame name) played last night's game vs the …

Rochester Red Wings to sport jersey with name in sign language

After the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were the first ever to do so in 2018, the Rochester Red Wings will also pay attention to deaf culture with a special day on which they wear jerseys with their team name "written" in sign language. Also special caps will be worn. The Red Wings will team up with …

Railriders celebrating 30 years of Minor League baseball in SWB area

The upcoming season will one to be remembered in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At least according to the SWB Railriders. Even though the club isn't around that long yet, it will celebrate the existence of Minor League Baseball in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. Personally, I think it is taking credit for what other wizards have done but on the …

Tennessee Smokies offer small consolation to those affected by government shutdown

Those who are affected by the shutdown of the government will receive Opening Day tickets by the Tennessee Smokies.  The club announced this today. Opening Night for the Smokies (AA, Southern League, Chicago Cubs) is scheduled for April 4 when they will host the Mississippi Braves. If somebody has been affected by the current Government …

The Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Benjamin Hill

Say the name Benjamin Hill in a Minor League ballpark and everybody knows who you are talking about. Benjamin Hill is my big example when it comes to blogging. Ben is working for MiLB for a long time so he is inextricably linked to that part of the baseball landscape. Luckily Ben was so nice to …

Flying Squirrels to commemorate first moon landing

On July 20, 2019, it will be fifty years ago that the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. This historic event will be commemorated by the Richmond Flying Squirrels with a special space suit themed jersey. The special space suit jerseys are inspired by the suits that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wore on their …

TinCaps extend PDC and have special promotion

The Fort Wayne TinCaps and the San Diego Padres have extended their Player Development Contract with two years. The new extension will stretch the affiliation between the two ball clubs to twenty-two years. The affiliation with the Padres dates back to 1999 when the team sported the Fort Wayne Wizards moniker. The history of the …

Staten Island Yankees become PizzaRats

It was a matter of time. After the name-the-team contest was halted, the team needed to opt for a name sooner or later. With an overwhelming vote, New Yorkers voted for the moniker PizzaRats. But... the team will adopt the name for only five games: June 23rd, July 7th, July 14th, July 21st and August …

A promotion that fuels the rivalry

The AAA Pawtucket Red Sox will have a promotion that fuels the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It is all based on the bench-clearing brawl that was sparked by Tyler Austin's slide at second base and the brushback pitch by Joe Kelly. In that particular game between the two hated …