4/14/17 – Atlantic League’s 20th Anniversary Baseball

I wandered over to the New Britain Bees pre-season exhibition game against players from a local amateur league given that there was a chance the Bees might be using some of the Atlantic League’s 20th Anniversary baseballs that it had been announced would be used during this upcoming season.

Still, I figured it was more likely that the Bees would use balls from last season.  When the Atlantic League switched from red-laced balls to red-and-blue-laced balls a couple years ago, it took a while before the red-and-blue laced balls started to appear regularly.

So I was surprised when I found a a foul ball that left the stadium and sure enough it was a 20th Anniversary ball.

Atlantic League 20th

It’s a nice looking ball, and kudos to the Atlantic League 1) for making it to their 20th season, and 2) doing something fun/different with their baseballs.

I ended up getting four balls on the night, and since I stayed until the end, I also got the lineup card from New Britain Manager Stan Cliborn.

Bees

The game itself was more interesting than I would have expected.  The amateurs looked alright to start, I assume because the better players played early in the game.  As the game went on, things started to get out of hand.  The amateurs committed six errors, and I think the scorer was generous.  But they seemed to have a good time regardless and I enjoyed watching them give it a go.

2017: 7 lineup cards (2 dugout/bullpen; 5 “official batting order”)

Lifetime: 128 lineup cards (89 dugout/bullpen; 37 “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; Southern League. Independent Leagues: Atlantic League; Can-Am League; American Association. Colleges: NCAA – America East Conference; NCAA – American Athletic Conference; NCAA – Ivy League; NCAA – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; NCAA – Northeast Conference; Cape Cod League; NJCAA – Region XXI; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL); Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League. International: World Baseball Classic (qualifying round, 2016).
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