Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Declining attendance in Granville: nothing new

Credit: New York-Penn League History
As I noted in my post on September 1, 2019 (Declining Attendance in Granville: How low will it go?), attendance at Monongalia County Ballpark has declined each year since the inaugural championship season.

But declining attendance is nothing new for the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates (located in Jamestown, New York and known as the Jammers until their relocation to Granville, West Virginia in 2015). With the exception of two seasons (2007 and 2015) attendance has declined each season since 2005 (see table below).


2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Jamestown/West Virginia
1,442
1,410
1,421
1,414
1,409
1,213
1,137
1,031
1,076
758
2,265
2,188
2,029
1,827
1,699
Source: MiLB.com

Baseball fans who haven't seen a minor league game at Monongalia County Ballpark might want to make the trip next season. If a proposal by Major League Baseball is approved, 42 Minor League teams and the New York-Penn League will be eliminated. See more details about the proposal at this link to the recent article in Baseball America.

Unfortunately, I suspect that attendance will continue to decline in Granville, if their approach to promoting their product doesn't change.

I hope I'm wrong. See you at the ballpark......

Photo Credit: New York-Penn League History

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Former NYPL Prospects in the 2019 World Series

After reading the shocking proposal by Major League League to eliminate the New York-Penn League (NYPL), I took a look at the rosters for this year's World Series.

I count 19 former NYPL prospects playing in the Series this season. Let me know if I missed anyone

Here is the list of former NYPL prospects playing in this year's World Series.

George Springer - Credit: MiLB
Houston Astros

Bryan Abreu (Tri-City ValleyCats, 2018)
Brad Peacock (Vermont Lake Monsters, 2008)
Ryan Pressly (Lowell Spinners, 2009)
Hector Rondon (Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 2011)
Joe Smith (Brooklyn Cyclones, 2006)
Jose Urquidy (Tri-City ValleyCats, 2015, 2018 rehab assignment)
Jose Altuve (Tri-City ValleyCats, 2009)
Michael Brantley (Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 2016 rehab assignment)
George Springer (Tri-City ValleyCats, 2011)

Victor Robles - Credit: MiLB

Washington Nationals

Roenis Elias (Lowell Spinners, 2017 rehab assignment)
Anibal Sanchez (Lowell Spinners, 2004)
Austin Voth (Auburn Doubledays, 2013, 2017 rehab)
Yan Gomes (Auburn Doubledays, 2009)
Matt Adams (Batavia Muckdogs, 2009)
Asdrubal Cabrera (Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 2010 rehab)
Jake Noll (Auburn Doubledays, 2016)
Anthony Rendon (Auburn Doubledays, 2012)
Victor Robles (Auburn Doubledays, 2015, 2018 rehab)
Juan Soto (Auburn Doubledays, 2016)






Photo Credits: MiLB.com

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

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Photo Credits: The Trading Card Database

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Today's Birthday: Jim Rooker (Jamestown Tigers, 1961)

Happy 76th Birthday to former New York-Penn League prospect Jim Rooker.

Credits: Topps Co. via The Trading Cards Database
Rooker played in the New York-Penn League for the 1962 Jamestown Tigers. He played in the majors during 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1968), Kansas City Royals (1969-72), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1973-80). He pitched in two games during the 1979 World Series.

After his playing days, he was a broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1981 to 1993.

Source: Baseball Reference 

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Today's Birthday: Jerry Zimmerman

Former PONY (New York-Penn since 1957) League prospect Jerry Zimmerman was born on this date in 1934.

Credits: Topps Co. via The Trading Card Database
He played for the Corning Red Sox in the PONY League in 1954 (.302/.302/.439). He played 8 seasons in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds (1961) and Minnesota Twins (1962-68), and appeared in two World Series (Reds 1961) and Twins (1965).

In 1969, Zimmerman was one or the original coaches of the Montreal Expos and later coached for the Minnesota Twins. He also scouted for the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

Zimmerman died September 9, 1998 at the age of 63.

Sources: Baseball Reference and SABR

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Today's Birthday: Ed Phillips (Oneonta Red Sox, 1966)

Former New York-Penn League prospect Ed Phillips was born on this date in 1944.

Credits: Society for American Baseball Research
He played in the New York-Penn League in 1966 for the Oneonta Red Sox (4-4, 2.80 ERA). He went on to pitch in 18 games for the 1970 Boston Red Sox.

Phillips was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

He died on his birthday, September 20, 2017.

Sources: Baseball Reference and SABR

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Today's Birthday

Former New York-Penn League prospect and manager Ken Brett was born on this date in 1948.

Credits: Topps Co. via The Trading Card Database
He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 1966 MLB June Amateur Draft and was assigned to the Oneonta Red Sox.

He pitched in the majors during 14 seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1967, '69-'71), Milwaukee Brewers (1972), Philadelphia Phillies (1973), Pittsburgh Pirates (1974-75), New York Yankees (1976), Chicago White Sox (1976-77), California Angels (1977-78), Minnesota Twins (1979), Los Angeles Dodgers (1979), and Kansas City Royals (1980-81).

His brother, George Brett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ken Brett managed in the New York-Penn League for the Utica Blue Sox in 1985. He died on November 18, 2003, at the age of 55.

Source: Baseball Reference
   

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