Give It Away Now!

As of this exact moment in time, I am being on followed on Twitter by 1652 hardy souls (and  the occasional hardy spambot). I am grateful for each and every one of these individuals — especially the ones that possess sentience — but more are wanted and needed.

After all, I’m doing my best to document the best and brightest (not to mention the surrealest and strangest) that Minor League Baseball has to offer. This meticulous chronicling of a nationwide network of 160 distinct sporting entities is of interest to more than 1652 people. Of this I am sure.

Here’s one way to increase the ranks: give away Minor League memorabilia! As a result of my extensive travels (and more are coming soon!), I am awash in the stuff:

And now it’s time to give it away! Over the next month,@MinorLeagues (the official Twitter account of Minor League Baseball) and @BensBiz (yours truly) will be distributing this accumulated souvenir bounty to our loyal followers. It will start next Friday (March 16th), and run each Friday thereafter. Here’s how it will work.

1. Follow @MinorLeagues and @BensBiz on Twitter

2. Look for the following tweet, which will be posted each day of the contest at 2 p.m. ET: “It’s MiLB giveaway time! Must be following @MinorLeagues and @BensBiz to win! Click here for official rules.”

3. This tweet will be followed by another tweet, posing a question along the lines of the following: “What is your favorite Minor League logo and why? Respond to @BensBiz and @MinorLeagues to be eligible to win a prize.”

4. Those who respond to the question posed in the tweet (and are following both accounts) will be then entered into a drawing to win that day’s prize. As to what that could be — well, who knows? An Inland Empire 66ers Snuggie? An Iowa Cubs t-shirt? A Charleston RiverDogs knit cap? These are the sort of things that most people only dream of owning, and we are here to make your dreams come true.

Under the desk: bags and bags of MiLB swag

So that’s the gist of it — a simple way to systematically distribute Minor League swag across the land, while gaining followers at the same time. What’s not to like?

And, teams — going forward @BenzBiz and @MinorLeagues would be delighted to promote your unique giveaway  items and merchandise. Simply send a sample to HQ (address provided upon request). I’ll take pictures of it (maybe even make it my Twitter avatar pic for a few days), and then we’ll give it away in an manner similar to the one outlined above.

And while all of this is going on, I’ll be busy plotting my 2012 Minor League road trips. Rest assured that these travels will quickly replenish my MiLB souvenir supply, so that the entire process can begin again.

It’s a beautiful thing.


  1. Rants, Raves, etc.

    Aw, what about those of us who don’t twit or tweet or whatever the verb form is? I like minor league stuff too, but blogging and Facebook already take up enough of my time. Oh well.
    – Sue

    • BensBiz

      Hi Sue —

      You raise a good point — it’s certainly not my intention to exclude anyone. But Twitter has proven itself to be a remarkably useful resource — both in how I acquire and disseminate MiLB news — so for now using Twitter as the giveaway vehicle is the most practical route and the one with the most potential for growth. But later on in the season I’ll make a point to give away some stuff solely through the blog, no Twitter required.

      • Just Say No To Twitter

        I agree with Sue – Just Say No To Twitter! I personally think Twitter isn’t what everybody makes it out to be & overhyped. I see it no different than updating your FB profile (other than you have a limited amount of characters).

      • BensBiz

        I respect your opinion, but for me Twitter has proven to be a far more simple, fast-moving, and effective tool than Facebook. I use it to communicate with readers, keep up to date with what’s going on in the Minor Leagues, and promote my writing on both and the blog.

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  3. Robert

    Twitter is not remarkably useful unless run and gun is your method of operation. the entire world is constantly looking for short cuts and ways to spend LESS time doing anything. I can barely stand social networks,but Twitter, is jsut another step on the path of short cuts. Would rather the way of emails and forums over 2 line “blasts” and such. So impersonal.

    • BensBiz

      Twitter, like anything else, is what you make of it. I am able to communicate throughout the day with dozens of diverse individuals with a speed and efficiency that is unmatched. The space constraints are sometimes difficult, but if that’s the case then I can switch to another method of of communication. “Run and gun” is not my method of operation, as I hope I’ve been able to make clear over the course of six years of writing for (including nearly 800 blog posts). My email address is at the bottom of every post, and I do my best to communicate thoughtfully with all readers no matter what the forum. Twitter is simply another tool in the arsenal.

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