Manhattan Project

I’ll admit it, the headline is misleading.  No nuclear weapons, just baseball: a Manhattan College @ Quinnipiac University double-header last Saturday.

We didn’t plan on staying for both game of the twin bill.  The first game would’ve been plenty.  We got suckered in, to an extent, because the Manhattan coach had already gotten rid of his lineup card for the first game by the time we got to him, but he promised us the lineup card from the second game if we were there at the end.

We thought he meant the dugout lineup card, which looked pretty nice at quick glance.  So we ran some errands between games, practiced a little baseball ourselves, and were there to see the Jaspers (“Jaspers” refers to Brother Jasper, a priest who was Manhattan’s first Athletic Director and baseball coach back in the 1800’s) outscore the Bobcats 17-11 in the second game.

[Brother Jasper and the 1886 Manhattan College baseball team, courtesy of Manhattan College’s web site]

Sean politely asked the Manhattan coach for the lineup card, but sadly got Manhattan’s official batting order card instead.  It was nice of the coach to give it to Sean, but still a little disappointing.

We had asked the Quinnipiac coach for his lineup card after the first game, won by Quinnipiac, 5-3.  We must have been the first people to ever ask him for his lineup card, because he looked at us a bit cross-eyed.  He told us he kept the dugout lineup card, but gave us Quinnipiac’s official batting order card.  Again, it was nice of him to give us that.

So, while the day didn’t work out quite as planned, we still walked away with lineup cards from two new teams, saw some baseball and got a few baseballs (almost all of which we gave back, including two HR balls).  We’ll call that a victory.
One interesting thing about the Quinnipiac lineup card.  We’ve gotten a few of these carbon-copy official batting order cards now from the likes of other colleges, the Atlantic League and Eastern League.  But this is the first time we have seen a color version (i.e., the school and conference logo in color), which stands out a bit from other similar versions.

Lineup Card Stats

2016: 13 lineup cards (9 dugout/bullpen; 4 “official batting order”)

Lifetime: 76 lineup cards (56 dugout/bullpen; 18 “official batting order”; and 2 “relief pitcher usage”)

Leagues: MLB: American League; National League.  MiLB: International League; Eastern League; Carolina League; New York-Penn League.  Independent Leagues: Atlantic League; Can-Am League; American Association.  Colleges: NCAA – American Athletic Conference; NCAA – Ivy League; NCAA – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; Cape Cod League; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)

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