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.
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.
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”)