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Summer Fun 2019

My list of things to do this summer include work in my profession, yard work and of course baseball.
The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Independent Baseball) and The Eastern League (MiLB) are in full swing.
Since the start of the season, I have attended about ten Long Island Duck games. It’s been fun! The team is doing well, despite losing about nine pitchers signing contracts with various Major League baseball teams. I always feel like a kid again. The sunshine, the roar of the crowd and having a baseball thrown to me makes for a wonderful event!
My annual visit to the Richmond Virginia this year, takes me again, to see Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball. This year is a little different. They are hosting the Eastern League All-Star Game. This will be only the second one I have ever attended, the first was in 2018 when the Long Island Ducks hosted the Atlantic League All-star Game.
The Flying Squirrels are hosting a four day event 2019 All-Star Celebration, from Sunday, July 7 at Browns Island to kick off the big show. A country music event is scheduled for Monday, July 8. The Home Run Derby is on Tuesday, July 9 and the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 10.
In-between activities will include enjoy other sites of Virginia and enjoying the company of a very good friend. While this will be my only vacation this year, I will be enjoying the rest of the baseball season watching Long Island Ducks baseball.
Until next time, my friends, enjoy your summer!

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Is There Proper Baseball Park Etiquette?

Don’t arrive late. Don’t leave early. And kindly sit down.

From Southern Living article by Valarie Fraser Luesse

I thought this to be a very interesting article from Southern Living. It is something that is sort of a forgotten way of life when attending baseball games.

“We all know there are rules of engagement for the players running the bases, but what about fans in the stadium? If you’re more of a football fan and have never seen a baseball game live, it might surprise you to know what’s expected of you—and not by Management but by the fans. 

As with anything else, there are differences of opinion among the diehards. But some rules of baseball etiquette are almost universally accepted. If you don’t want to get the stank face from your neighbors in the stands, write these down:

Don’t be late. Fans hate it when somebody in the middle of their row shows up during an “at bat” and expects everyone to stand up and make way. Why? Because when the people on your row stand so that tardy you can get to your seat, they block the view of fans behind them, and everybody could miss a big play. In case of an emergency—and baseball fans define “emergency” as stopping by the hospital for outpatient surgery on the way to the ballpark—wait till a break in the action, like a changeover or the end of an inning, to find your seat. 

Don’t leave early. Fans strongly believe that everybody should stick around till the very last out.

Remove your hat during the National Anthem. This applies to male and female fans. Show respect for the stars and stripes.

While we’re talking fashion, it’s bad form to wear the jersey of a team that isn’t on the field. In other words, if the Rangers are playing the Astros, don’t show up in a Cardinals jersey. 

Leave your glove at home, Pepaw. If you’re old enough to drive, you’re three or four years past your glove-totin’ days. Kids only, please. 

Sit down . . . unless we’re standing up. During certain critical moments in a game, everybody stands up. Otherwise, baseball fans are sitter-downers. Watch your neighbors whenever you aren’t sure what to do. (If you’re an SEC football fan, we know what you’re thinking: Stadiums have SEATS?  Who knew?)

Never, ever, ever, do the wave (if we may paraphrase Taylor Swift.) At the very least, do it only during a changeover. And do it only in “wave-friendly” stadiums. Actually, now that we think about it, don’t do the wave—never, ever, ever. Some fans will hesitantly allow that the wave has its place, but most of the purists shun it.

Watch how you handle yourself with vendors. Treat them politely. Let them know how many hotdogs or drinks you want by holding up the appropriate number of fingers. Don’t get up and walk to the vender so that all your neighbors have to move. Politely ask them to pass down your money and let them know how much you aim to tip. (And you really should tip.) Your food and change will be passed back to you. And nobody misses a play.

Don’t talk on your cell phone, especially if you’re sitting behind home plate. If you were stepping up to the plate with two outs and bases loaded, would you want to be distracted by Baby Girl calling Mama to finalize plans for that upcoming Sip ’n See? No. No, you would not.”

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2019 MiLB Rule Changes Unveiled (continuing story)

(from a continuing story I have been following across baseball, from MLB to MiLB to The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players)
[additional story and link by Ball Park Digest Editors March 29 2019]

Baseball in its infinite wisdom, continues to incorporate rule changes. First to experiment are teams in The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players.
Three batter minimum for pitchers (unless it is two outs, pitcher does not have to face two more the next inning), size of bases will go up to 18″, pitchers mound to be moved back two feet, no infield shift, limit of mound visits, possible rob umps to assist umpires. Many fans think this to be a joke. What next? Robo – players, robo umps, rob fans, robo venders?
The Commissioner, Rob Manfred, does not even seem to care and expressed that is why it is starting out in the Atlantic League, when asked by Michael Kay pertaining to pitchers possibly getting injured.
Not it appears that Minor League Baseball will be incorporating some or all of those experimental rule changes.
In a recent article by Ball Park Digest (a very good e-zine by the way), mentioned that thee will be a small twist to their experimental rule changes in each of the different levels in Double A and Triple A leagues. Unlike the Atlantic league, Minor league will make a revision to the Extra Inning Runner on Second Base rule, unlike the Atlantic League, which at this time remains as it is like previous seasons.

For more information you can visit Ballpark Digest:

This link is directly from MiNOR League Baseball:

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