MILB Mt.Rushmore

S.Samek

So, pardon my Take did a Mt. Rushmore of minor league baseball names. I think they did a pretty good job, yet missed with quit a few picks.

I present my top four picks for overall best name. Note I’m not using temporary names used for promotions like a lot of the comments are. Most of these can also be seen in my series of best logo posts. I guess mark this as the unofficial best logo in minor league baseball post then.

1. Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Yep this team has to be on the list. My top-ranking hat that I own and the top ranked logo team in my Southern League post puts the in a position of dominance in my personal rankings. Plus, its just a super fun name.
2. Richmond Flying Squirrels. This is a team left on the pardon my take list. However, after capturing the top spot in my Eastern League logos it needs to be on the list.
3. El Paso Chihuahuas. You know just how much I love this team name. It’s one of the few names to have a post dedicated to it solely. Despite a third-place finish in the PCL logo rankings its still own of the best names in the entire minor leagues.
4. Carolina Mudcats. This is a team I really want a hat for. They also play in the awesome town of Zebulon. I feel like I would be missing something by not having them on the list. So the top Carolina League logo gets the nod as one of the best in minor league baseball.

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Two Cycles

S.Samek

Two of Pittsburgh prospect put on a hitting display.

Kevin Newman went 5-5 on the night of August 7th 2018. The final hit of which came in the eight inning as a solo home run. With the homer he collected one of each type of hit, completing the cycle.
Jacob Stallings stepped up a couple batters later an launched a fly ball. He then hustled his way around the bases stopping at third base for the triple. His forth hit of the night. He would twin with Newman on collecting one of each hit for a cycle of his own.
Yep two cycles in one game. A rare feat and very impressive.
Yet it’s the second one of its type this season. A pair of hitters from the San Francisco Giants did the same thing earlier in the year. Disappointing its not the first time its happened this season, but still very impressive.
In fact, I think this is the first time I have seen this happen. So, it’s very cool to see and really cool that it happened to players in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

No Hitter Loss

S.Samek

This has to be one of the most insane things ever. Turns out a team won a game with out recording a hit or a walk.
The Clearwater Threshers used an error and a fielder’s choice, to score a run. Yet the way the did it came from how they got a baserunner on in the first place.
New extra inning rules gave them a free runner at second to start the inning. They were then able to get that runner home despite not recording a hit. Tampa then failed to score a run after giving one up and lost.
The game goes into the books as a no-hitter, but not a perfect game. It also goes into the books as an unlikely loss.
I must admit when I first saw this happened I chuckled. Yet now I just think what a terrible loss. It must feel so cheap to lose in such a fashion.
Yes, Tampa could have scored their runner from second in the bottom half of the inning, but they didn’t. It may be part of the game, but it just feels cheap, even if both teams had the same opportunity.
I don’t like the free runner on base to start extra inning games in the minors. I think this is one of the cases that shows how bad of a rule it is. An awesome accomplishment like a no hitter equals a loss because of a silly rule. That shouldn’t happen.

 

Tim Tebow an All-Star

S.Samek

Here at Hammer Down we have talked a lot about Tim Tebow. Mostly saying how we feel he shouldn’t try and make a professional baseball career.

Well after a year in single a baseball Tebow was set to double a Binghamton this season. Which was surprising as he struggled last year at both levels of low a.

Yet this year he played well enough to earn an all –star selection. During the game he went 1-4 with a double.

For the season he is hitting .273 with six homers and 36 RBI. The average is up quite a bit from last year which is good. The 6 home runs in 84 games puts Tebow at a better pace to beat the eight home runs he hit in 126 games last year. He should also be able to best his 52 RBI’s from 2017 during the season as well.

It’s good to see Tebow improve. I still don’t think it’s enough to get him to the MLB though. He still sits outside the Met’s top 30 prospects list and still remain unproven at the upper levels of the minor leagues.

Yet keep watching and I’m sure he will do something next that might surprise me.

Sadly , Tebow broke his right hand and is out for the rest of the year. This happened the same day the post was originally published. A rough break for a player having an improved season.

 

Pacific Coast League Logo Rankings

S. Samek

16.Tacoma Rainers
15.Iowa Cubs
14.Salt Lake Bees
13.Nashville Sounds
12.Reno Aces
11.Oklahoma City Dodgers
10.Colorado Springs Sky Sox
9.Sacramento River Cats
8.Fresno Grizzles
7.New Orleans Baby Cakes
6.Memphis Redbirds
5.Round Rock Express
4.Los Vegas 51’s
3.El Paso Chihuahuas
2.Omaha Storm Chasers
1.Albuquerque Isotopes

 

International League Logo Ranks

S. Samek

14.Charlotte Knights
13.Columbus Clippers
12.Syracuse Chiefs
11.Indianapolis Indians
10.Buffalo Bison
9.Durham Bulls
8.Louisville Bats
7.Pawtucket Redsox
6.Rochester Redwings
5.Scranton/Wilks-Barre Railriders
4.Gwinnett Stripers
3.Lehigh Valley Ironpigs
2. Toledo Mudhens
1.Norfolk Tides