Those who work for Minor League Baseball teams have no say whatsoever when it comes to trades, free agency, and player development. Nonetheless, the flame of the industry’s hot stove is just as scorching as that which emanates from the Majors. It’s just heating up a different pot is all.
One big piece of news was made official yesterday, with the announcement that the franchise formerly known as the Portland Beavers will be playing in Tucson in 2011 (and, perhaps, beyond). More on that can be found HERE, and rest assured I’ll be providing updates on that situation as it progresses.
And as an aside — when I first started this blog a man by the name of Benny Hill would periodically email me his thoughts on the Tucson Sidewinders. You still out there, Benny? Your name is my name too, and I’d like to hear what you think about yesterday’s announcement.
Far more prevalent than franchise re-location are identity overhauls, featuring new logos and, in some cases, new team names. The Lake County Captains released their new marks on Wednesday, and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers continue to churn out numerically-obsessed promotional videos in anticipation of November 12’s grand unveiling.
On an even greater scale is the Omaha Royals, who will be announcing the results of their “Name the Team” contest on November 15.
I will say once again that my choice is “Omahogs.”
As for that which has already happened, the newly re-christened Jackson Generals have unveiled the logo for the 2011 Southern League All-Star Game. As with the Lake Captains logo, this is a Studio Simon effort:
Moving from logos to stadium renovations, the South Bend Silver Hawks have announced that Coveleski Stadium will be getting a $10 million facelift.
Speaking of improvements, the Toledo Mud Hens are making available a customized Firefox add-on browser.
Sez the team: The add-on is complete with a scrolling Hens’ news ticker, video and image updates, Hens’ downloads, and much, much more!
Are any other teams doing this? The Mud Hens are the first I’ve seen.
Finally, while I do my best to ignore Christmas-related endeavors until after Thanksgiving, the first item of the Williamsport Crosscutters’ “Eight Weeks of Cutters” gift guide caught my eye (and you know how painful that can be).
It’s the Boomer plush doll!
And — hey! — I almost forgot: It’s Gratuitous Video Friday! Today’s selection is an old promo for “Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!”, one of the most funny, subversive, and ahead of its time TV shows ever made.
Hey Sony! Release more “Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!” on DVD!
Memo to future parents: If you would like to give your child a leg up in the dog-eat-dog world of Minor League Baseball front office employment, then make sure to name him (or her) after a Hall of Fame ballplayer.
For an example of just how much of an edge this simple technique can provide, consider the case of young Ty Cobb.
Mr. Cobb worked as a marketing intern for the Omaha Royals this past season, his first in the world of professional baseball. Unlike most interns, he was immediately given his own blog, so that fans could read up on the experiences of Ty Cobb as he learned the ins and outs of Minor League Baseball. Then, later in the season, Cobb was honored with his very own night at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium. Fans received special Ty Cobb baseball cards, and were able to get autographs and pose for pictures with the man himself.
“In exchange for the young Cobb, and in the spirit of the late Hall of Famer with the same moniker, the Royals will receive a bottle of
Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon, a box of cigars and a copy of the 2003 film ‘Anger Management.'”
You know, I have gone through my whole life with the name of “Benny Hill”, and no one has ever traded me for a bundle of goods associated with the late British comedian. I find this very disheartening, but I haven’t lost hope that one day this may occur.