There were a couple of major highlights in July: We scored our 100th lineup card, and also got a neat International League lineup card from a Syracuse Chiefs @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs game late in the month.
Getting our 100th lineup card in less than two full season of trying was amazing. Interestingly, our 100th lineup card is from a game we didn’t attend. The State College Spikes manager Johnny Rodriguez gave us the lineup card from the game played the night before.
Late in the month, Kate and I went to a Chiefs @ IronPigs DH. It was our first trip to Allentown’s Coca Cola Park.
We got shut out after the first game, but got both official batting order cards from the home plate umpire as well as Lehigh Valley’s dugout card after the game.
A non-lineup card highlight was getting several balls from the Futures Collegiate Baseball League All Star game.
Biggest Miss: Not getting the Syracuse Chiefs lineup card was a definite miss, but I found out after the game that Syracuse manager Billy Gardner had already promised it to someone else. It would have been nice to get the Spikes lineup card from the day we attended the game instead of the previous days’ game, but what can you do.
The Anatomy of our 105 Lineup Cards (as of August 1, 2016)
Lifetime: 105 lineup cards (78 dugout/bullpen; 25 “official batting order”; and 2 “relief pitcher usage”)
MLB (4): American League (2); National League (2).
MiLB (43): International League (1); Eastern League (27); Carolina League (2); New York-Penn League (13).
Independent Leagues (35): Atlantic League (26); Can-Am League (9).
NCAA (9): American Athletic Conference (3); Ivy League (3); Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (2); Northeast Conference (1).
College Summer Leagues (9): Cape Cod League (1); New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) (3); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) (3); Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League (2).
*We also have lineup cards from games that included the Shikoku Island (Japan) League All Star team and an American Association team
MLB organizations represented: Rockies, Orioles, Nationals, Yankees, Indians, Blue Jays, Astros, Rays, White Sox, A’s, Marlins, Mets, Red Sox, Tigers, Pirates, Giants, Cardinals, Phillies.