Tag: Minor League Baseball

Willwerth: What A Lost Minor League Baseball Season Means To Me

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McCoy Stadium will not be hosting the final season of the Pawtucket Red Sox

By Brian Willerth

So, it’s official: there will be no Minor League Baseball this summer due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a tremendous loss, not just for the teams, but for families who say it’s an affordable way to spend a night out.

But there’s more to this cancelation for one team in New England: it also means the end of the Pawtucket Red Sox. The team will be playing games next season in Worcester.

The PawSox are celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer. It will be marked by the season that never happened. Fans won’t even get the chance to take in one last home game. Can you just picture what the final regular-season home game would’ve looked like?

I’ve been to several minor league stadiums over the years, and McCoy Stadium was always at the top of my list.

The tickets, both at McCoy Stadium and other places, were (and have been) cheap. And so is the food, along with the parking, which is usually free.

You could go down to McCoy Stadium and spend less than $20 on everything. And there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

I remember going to games on Saturday nights for a ballgame and fireworks, spending Sunday afternoons in the sun, and even the occasional weekday 12:05 first pitch.

I hadn’t been there in several years due to changes in my work schedule, but what made McCoy Stadium special to me, was that the gameday experience was about the game.  That was the focus. You knew when you watched players play, you knew they were busting their butts, hoping to make it to the majors.  And yes, you can say that at every minor league ballpark, but the atmosphere at McCoy just felt special to me.

I wish Worcester good luck when the AAA affiliate moves there officially next season, and hopefully, they will be able to play next year. But to me, they will always be the PawSox. And I will miss McCoy stadium, still, home to the longest baseball game ever played.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to the first day of July, everyone.

Additionally, welcome to the unofficial start of the second half of 2020 – man, it has been a crazy year, but as usual, we hope everyone is continuing to stay safe, healthy, and happy during this unprecedented time.

Let’s kick off a new month – and yes, the second half of 2020 – with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’


Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 1, 2020 

  • The biggest news of the day revolves around baseball.It was announced – and yes, confirmed – yesterday afternoon around dinner time that there would be no Minor League Baseball season this summer. The announcement was made by Pat O’Conner, who is the president of Minor League Baseball.
  • So, with no Minor League Baseball, what does that mean for the sport, along with the various teams that compete both locally and around the country?Luckily, we have a few answers, including why the decision was made at this time.
  • With yesterday’s news surrounding Minor League Baseball, what does that mean about sports, in general, going forward, especially during a pandemic?All in all, the loss of Minor League Baseball is not good on many fronts, including the various communities that rely on these various teams to help their economy.
  • On somewhat of a brighter note, there will be some baseball taking place this summer. But according to Derek Jeter, who is currently the CEO of the Miami Marlins, the sport itself will “suffer” following recent negotiations between the league and Players Association.Are you excited for a short, abbreviated season, beginning later this month?
  • Finally, let’s share some good news: ESPN will air a documentary tonight at 9 p.m. eastern on the Boston Renegades football team, which won a national championship last summer.We are excited to tune in and learn more about this all women’s football team, which has enjoyed a great deal of success the past two years on the gridiron.

Lowell Spinners Host Mahoning Valley This Afternoon At Fenway Park

By NoontimeSports.com 

Looking for a way to cap the weekend? Then head over to Fenway Park this afternoon as the historic ballpark hosts the Lowell Spinners, the Boston Red Sox’ Class A Affiliate, who’ll host the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at 3:30 p.m.

According to the Spinners’ website, this will be the ninth time Lowell will be participating in the annual “Futures at Fenway.” The Scrappers, who have also competed in this yearly ritual, will be making their sixth appearance in this particular game.

Admission is $15, which includes the game, as well as post-game screening of “Field of Dreams.” Fans are also welcome to bring their dogs to the ballpark, too.

For more information on the Lowell Spinners, hop here!

Assumption’s Colabello Called Up By The Minnesota Twins

By Matt Noonan 

The Worcester Tornadoes may not be playing baseball this summer, but one of their former players, Chris Colabello, will have the chance to suit up for the Minnesota Twins this afternoon against Atlanta, according to multiple reports.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported this morning that the Twins purchased Colabello’s contract from Triple-A Rochester, which will provide the former Assumption College star and Milford High graduate, a spot in Minnesota’s dugout.

Colabello spent seven seasons with the Tornadoes (Can-Am League) and hit .317 with 86 home runs before joining Double-A New Britain last season where he hit .284 with 19 home runs and 98 RBIs in 134 games.

The 29-year-old, who was currently playing for Rochester, was hitting .358 with 12 home runs, 17 doubles and 39 RBIs.

According to the Star Tribune, Colabello will replace Trevor Plouffe, who was placed on MLB’s new 7-day concussion disabled list.

Noontime Sports Podcast: Nick Parson (Oakland Athletics Public Relations Seasonal Assistant)

In February of 2012, Nick Parson landed a season media relations position with the Oakland Athletics! (Photo Credit: CareerActionNow.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The story of Nick Parson is an interesting one.

The former Wheaton College (MA) graduate, who double-majored in Political Science and African American Diaspora Studies, as well as minored in Modern European History, has spent the past two-year pursuing a career in baseball media relations. And despite not having a communications degree, Parson has utilized the various skills he obtained at Wheaton to help him experience successful stints with the Bourne Braves, Hickory Crawdads and Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

In February of 2012, Parson landed a public relations seasonal assistant position with the Oakland Athletics, and discussed his role with the ball club, as well as his various duties on Wednesday’s Noontime Sports the Podcast.