Thursday, November 14, 2019

Minor League Baseball Grows Copa de la Diversión in 2020

Minor League Baseball Grows Copa de la Diversión in 2020
Organization Builds Formula of Success Celebrating U.S. Hispanic Fans and Communities
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 14, 2019 — Minor League BaseballTM (MiLBTM) today announced the continued long- term commitment to and celebration of its U.S. Hispanic fans and communities through the unveiling of its 2020 Copa de la DiversiónTM (Fun CupTM) campaign and event series. Each of the 92 participating MiLB teams covering 34 U.S. states will transform its on-field brand to a culturally-relevant Hispanic persona, representing an extension of the team’s and community’s identity. Fans are encouraged to join Minor League Baseball’s ongoing celebration of its U.S. Hispanic communities by using #JoinLaDiversión on social media.
MiLB’s Copa-specific website features each team’s unique identity, including the story behind its Hispanic on-field persona, and links for fans to purchase available apparel for select Copa de la Diversión (“Copa”) teams. Similar to years past, the 2020 participating teams will release their official on-field looks in March 2020 as the second part of the unveiling when on-field merchandise will be available for purchase on MiLB team store sites.
The cornerstone of MiLB’s Es Divertido Ser Un FanTM (It’s Fun to be A FanTM) Hispanic fan engagement initiative, Copa de la Diversión established an innovative new platform authentically connecting MiLB teams with their diverse communities, embracing the culture and values that resonate most with U.S. Hispanics nationwide.
“Copa de la Diversión began as a fan and community-first initiative and remains as such,” said Cory Bernstine, director, marketing and business strategy for Minor League Baseball. “The initiative has become the blueprint for authentic and intentional fan engagement and its growth and success continue to infuse the Hispanic culture into the MiLB experience.”
The fourth year of celebrating Es Divertido Ser Un Fan, 2020 marks the third year of the Copa de la Diversión initiative, cementing MiLB’s commitment to U.S. Hispanic communities nationwide. The campaign had massive success in 2019, paving the way for the 2020 program, including:
  • 1.8 million fans attending nearly 400 Copa de la Diversión games
  • MiLB teams partnering with more than 200 local Hispanic/Latino organizations, donating more than $400,000
    in cash and gifts-in-kind to local Hispanic philanthropies
  • Nearly 20% higher average attendance per Copa game vs. the average per game attendance
    Since launching Es Divertido Ser Un Fan in 2017, Minor League Baseball has continued to reinforce its position as a leader in creativity, innovation and community engagement with its intentional and authentic strategy to engage its U.S. Hispanic fans. In 2018, Copa de la Diversión was introduced with 33 teams and grew to 72 teams in 2019. The 2020 campaign adds 22 new teams and identities to MiLB’s “comunidades” of Copa de la Diversión, plus four rebrands from the previous year.
    In November 2018, MiLB announced an agreement with ECHO Incorporated making it the first commercial partner tied to Copa as the “Official Outdoor Power Tool of MiLB” and the “Official Outdoor Power Tool of Copa de la Diversión” (“Herramienta Oficial de la Copa de la Diversión”). Last month, ECHO extended its agreement with Minor League Baseball and Copa by becoming the “Official Outdoor Power Equipment of Copa de la DiversiónTM” (“Equipos Portatiles Motorizados - Equipos Oficiales de la Copa de la Diversión”). Additionally, MiLB announced a partnership with the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) in December 2018 to become an “Official Charity of MiLB Copa de la Diversión,” making it the first-ever philanthropic partner tied specifically to MiLB's Hispanic fan engagement initiative. Minor League Baseball has raised awareness for the cause through the partnership and LFA’s ¡Adiós Lupus! campaign in ballparks.
    Minor League Baseball will announce the winner of the 2019 Copa de la Diversión (Fun Cup) event series next month at the Baseball Winter MeetingsTM in San Diego.
About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball® clubs through their farm systems. In 2019, Minor League Baseball attracted over 41.5 million fans to its ballparks to see baseball’s future stars and experience affordable family-friendly entertainment that has been a staple of Minor League Baseball since 1901. For more information, visit Follow Minor League Baseball on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
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Mets announce Alonso, Mrs Met, and deGrom Bobble heads.

This is all interesting. Two Alonso bobbles. I wonder which Marvel Character that he's going to be. I also want to know how long the lines are going to be for this and how horrible the security is going to be. DC know jumping into the Mets world with Mrs Met as Wonder Woman. See my last comment about lines. A deGrom Two time. Two Time. Back to back. Back to back. Cy Young award winner bobble head. Hmmm lines?

The free shirt Fridays. I am not going to comment until we see them and I wonder what size these are going to be this year.



FLUSHING, N.Y., November 14, 2019 – The New York Mets today announced that tickets will go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. at and (718) 507-TIXX. Full-season, half-season and 20-game ticket plans are also available at The best way to guarantee tickets to Opening Day and the biggest games is by purchasing a season or partial ticket plan.
Tickets for all 2020 home games will be available starting on November 22 at 10:00 a.m., including all the biggest games:
  • Opening Day vs. the World Series Champion Washington Nationals, March 26
  • Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, July 28-29
  • Interleague series at Citi Field including:
    • 2019 American League Champion Houston Astros, June 2-3
    • Seattle Mariners, July 17-19
    • Texas Rangers, September 18-20
  • Eight weekend games vs. the Nationals, March 28-29, June 12-14, September 4-6
  • Weekend series vs. the NL West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, May 29-31
  • Weekend series vs. the Chicago Cubs, August 28-30

  • Free Shirt Fridays – Back again in 2020, the first 25,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Mets-themed shirt at Friday night games at Citi Field. This season, the Mets will give away new and exciting styles including a quarter-zip, a three-quarter sleeve baseball tee, a Hawaiian shirt, as well as several player replica jerseys.

  • Super Saturdays – Saturdays are jam-packed with promotions in 2020. Some of the unique giveaways include:
    • Pete Alonso Rookie of the Year bobblehead, sponsored by Citi on March 28 vs. the Washington Nationals 
    • Mrs. Met as DC Comics’ Wonder Woman bobblehead, sponsored by Citi on May 30 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers
    • Pete Alonso one-of-a-kind custom Marvel Superhero bobblehead, sponsored by Delta on June 20 vs. the Washington Nationals

  • Family Sundays – Every Sunday home game includes pre-game activities on Mets Plaza, promotional giveaways at the gates and the opportunity for kids to run the bases postgame in the Mr. Met Dash presented by Northwell Health. A special Sunday giveaway:
    • Jacob deGrom Back-to-Back Cy Young Award bobblehead, sponsored by Ford on March 29 vs. the Washington Nationals

The entire 2020 promotional schedule will be released on a later date. For more information and to purchase 2020 Mets tickets, please or call (718) 507-TIXX.

Mets get new Manager and boom Scandal.

From the New York Post
Mets manager Carlos Beltran may be in hot water after a report said he helped plan the Astros’ alleged illegal sign-stealing system during the 2017 season.
Beltran, who on Tuesday told The Post’s Joel Sherman that Houston stole signs legally without the aid of cameras, was said to have played a key role in forging the system alongside current Red Sox manager Alex Cora, sources told The Athletic. Beltran was the team’s designated hitter during the Astros’ championship season, while Cora was a bench coach alongside current manager AJ Hinch. The three will almost certainly be interviewed by MLB’s Department of Investigations (DOI), according to the website.
MLB prohibits teams from using electronics to steal signs, and the DOI is also slated to speak with current and former Astros employees, including players.
“I’m not aware of that camera,” Beltran told The Post. “We were studying the opposite team every day.”
The camera, former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic in a report published Tuesday, was stationed in the center field of Minute Maid Park and was used to convey catcher signs to hitters so they would know what pitches were coming.
Read more here. 

The Mets  do this huge search for a new manager. Then they decide to go with a player who had ill will to them for years. Looks like they patched that up and that when he goes into the Hall Of Fame, maybe he'll go in as a Met. Then the Astros controversy happens. Even if Beltran didn't steal signs using technology, won't other teams, Umps, and the MLB always scrutinizing the Mets more? It really is amazing that's this is even happening and of course even when the Mets aren't involved with something, it still ends up involving the Mets. Holiday "Sweaters" are Up for Pre Sale.


BACK TO BACK! Jacob deGrom is the gift that keeps on giving! 
Jacob deGrom 2019 National League Cy Young holiday long sleeve shirt. 
100% Cotton
Printed by us in New York 


Pete Alonso 2019 National League Rookie Of The Year holiday long sleeve shirt. 
100% Cotton
Printed by us in New York 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

deGrom Two Time CY YOUNG Winner


FLUSHING, N.Y., November 13, 2019 – New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom tonight was named the 2019 National League Cy Young Award recipient by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). This marks the second-straight win for deGrom, who is the 20th pitcher in major league history to win multiple Cy Young Awards.

DeGrom received 29 of 30 first-place votes, earning 207 of a possible 210 voting points, and is the seventh NL pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Youngs, joining Sandy Koufax (1965-1966), Greg Maddux (1992-1995), Randy Johnson (1999-2002), Tim Lincecum (2008-2009), Clayton Kershaw (2013-2014) and Max Scherzer (2016-2017). Tom Seaver is the only other Mets pitcher with multiple Cy Young Awards (1969, 1973, 1975).

“Receiving this award again is an honor and I am so thankful for the Baseball Writers’ Association for their support,” deGrom said. “My goal is to put up zeroes every time I pitch. I’ll take that mindset into next season and try my best to help the Mets win as many games as I can.”

The right-hander led the NL in strikeouts (255), bWAR (7.3) fWAR (7.0), opponent OPS (.580) and opponent slugging (.323). He ranked second in the league in ERA (2.43), WHIP (0.97), FIP (2.67) double-digit strikeout games (nine) and opponent OBP (.257) and finished third in the NL in HR/9 (0.84) and innings pitched (204.0).

DeGrom began his award-winning campaign by extending his quality start streak to a major-league record-tying 26-straight outings and ended the season tossing 23.0 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest season-ending scoreless streak in Mets history. He was named to his third All-Star team in 2019 and threw 7.0 innings or more 19 times, the most in the majors, including in 12 of his final 13 starts and each of his final eight outings.

“Jacob’s brilliance has been truly amazing and so much fun for our fans to watch,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “They have a chance to witness something special every time he takes the mound. I know our fans, his teammates and the entire organization are proud that he is part of a great list of elite Mets pitchers.”

“Jacob’s second-straight award win cements his status as one of this generation’s greatest pitchers,” Mets Executive Vice President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “He is a critical part of our short and long-term future and we are thrilled that he will continue to be the anchor of our staff for years to come.”

Mets pitchers have garnered seven Cy Young Awards (Seaver, Dwight Gooden-1985 and R.A. Dickey-2012), tied for the second-most for any franchise. Only the Dodgers (12 Cy Youngs) have more. This is the first time in Mets history that the team has had two national BBWAA award winners in the same season, with Pete Alonso earning Rookie of the Year honors earlier this week.

DeGrom will be presented with the award during the 97th Annual New York Baseball Writers’ Dinner on January 25, 2020 at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.

Hurling this Saturday ay Citi Field

This seems fun but, I think I'll stay home and be warm. I wonder how bad the security lines are going to be...

The New York Hurling Classic
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Citi Field
12:30PM Start Time - Subject to Change
Rain or Shine

Hurling, "Ireland's Ancient Warrior Sport" debuts at Citi Field on Saturday, November 16th! Widely believed to be the world's oldest field game, Hurling combines agility, strength and intensity - earning it the reputation as the "fastest game on grass" among its loyal and passionate followers. This popular Irish sport will come to Queens with a 4 team tournament in which Limerick will defend its title against three counties: Kilkenny, Tipperary and Wexford. 
The New York Hurling Classic will feature the very best and most competitive hurling rivals from Ireland. In addition to the hurling tournament, the event will feature a lively Irish festival complete with music and dancing. 
Parking Lots Open: 9:00AM
Gates Open: 11:00AM
Fan Festival: 11:00AM-12:30PM
Start Time: 12:30PM
*All times subject to change 
Cars: $25
Bus/Limo: $50
Please note: There is no re-entry into the event. Backpacks are prohibited at Citi Field. Please visit for more information.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

@QBConvention: QBC 2020 This and That

Some quick QBC tidbits.

We are finalizing players this week. Hopefully we can tell you folks by Friday who we are having. I don't want to say who we are working on yet  in case something comes up.

The Date for QBC 2020 is Saturday January 18th 2020. The location is Mulcahy's in Wantagh(Long Island), NY. Doors open at 11 am and it should end about 7pm. The LIRR stop is right outside Mulcahy's. There is also plenty of free parking in the LIRR lots on Saturdays.

We have announced that Dennis "DHAPSHOW" Holden is returning to host the QBC again.

Gotham Baseball's Mark Healey returns to moderate the State Of the Mets Panel

Joe "@PSLtoFLUSHING" is doing a Mets Minor League Panel.

The Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award will be given out.

We are thinking about having a QBC Panel where fans can ask us about what has gone on with the QBC in the last year.

There will be autograph signings.

There should be Three player panels.

You can buy Merch at

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Monday, November 11, 2019




FLUSHING, N.Y., November 11, 2019 – New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso tonight was named the 2019 National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).

Alonso received 29 of 30 first-place votes and garnered 148 of a possible 150 voting points. He is the second Mets position player (also, Darryl Strawberry in 1983) and sixth player in club history overall to win the award. Four Mets pitchers have also been named Rookie of the Year: Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Dwight Gooden (1984) and Jacob deGrom (2014).

The 24-year-old put together one of the greatest offensive seasons ever by a rookie, setting numerous Mets and major league records. Most notably, he became the first Met and first rookie to lead the majors outright in home runs, swatting a major league rookie-record 53 blasts.

“I am so grateful to the Baseball Writers’ Association for their recognition,” Alonso said. “I’m truly blessed and humbled to be part of a group of some of the best to ever play the game. This season was the most special time I’ve ever had on a baseball field. I’m extremely thankful to the Mets for allowing me the opportunity to prove myself at the major league level this year. I can’t wait to get back to work in the spring and make a push for the postseason in 2020.”

Alonso was a three-time NL Rookie of the Month honoree, taking home the award in April, June and September. The only other players to win three NL Rookie of the Month awards are Jason Bay (2004) and Juan Soto (2018).

In addition to setting Mets club marks for home runs, extra-base hits (85) and total bases (348) in his first major league season, Alonso also established club rookie records for hits (155), RBI (120), runs scored (103), at-bats (597), plate appearances (693), games played (161), slugging percentage (.583), OBP (.358) and OPS (.941). He tied the club rookie record with 72 walks.

“Pete’s historic rookie season created great memories and thrilled Mets fans all year,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. “We are very proud of how he represents our fans, teammates and the organization on and off the field with his energy, enthusiasm and passion.”

Alonso became the first rookie position player in Mets history to be named to the NL All-Star team. He was the first rookie to win the Home Run Derby outright as well, defeating fellow rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the final round. In the Midsummer Classic, he went 1-2 with a two-run single and a stolen base, making him the first rookie with multiple RBI in an All-Star Game.

“Pete was a joy to watch all season long for our passionate fans as well as all of us in the organization,” Mets Executive Vice President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “We’re so proud to see his on-field results match his tireless work ethic.”

Alonso led the NL in extra-base hits, was second in total bases, third in RBI, sixth in slugging and seventh in OPS. He led all qualified rookies in games played, hits, home runs, RBI, OPS, extra-base hits, runs scored, walks, total bases and slugging percentage.

Alonso will receive the award during the 97th Annual New York Baseball Writers’ Dinner on January 25, 2020 at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.



FLUSHING, N.Y., November 11, 2019 – The New York Mets announced today the return of their MetsGiving initiative, which encompasses a series of programs in November and December that focuses on helping the community during the holiday season. The events, including food and coat drives, a turkey giveaway, and a holiday party for kids will feature Mets players, front-office staff, corporate partners and fans all working together to give back and help those underserved in the community.

Wednesday, November 13 – Mets Food Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Mets and Hain Celestial are partnering to host a Food Drive to benefit The Mary Brennan INN, a hunger-relief organization based on Long Island. Fans are encouraged to bring canned and packaged goods (no glass containers) and enjoy a special appearance by Mr. Met. Fans donating at least 10 non-perishable items will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in 2020. For more information, visit
Thursday, November 21 – Sixth Annual Turkey Giveaway
Mets players and employees will distribute more than 2,000 turkeys to families in need across all five boroughs. The Mets will work with the New York Common Pantry to hand out turkeys in Manhattan, Agape Food Rescue in Brooklyn, Hope Line in the Bronx, and The Child Center of NY in Queens.
The Mets will continue the tradition of providing complete Thanksgiving meals to 25 families in those neighborhoods closest to Citi Field including Corona and East Elmhurst. Mets players and employees will donate the food and personally deliver the packages to the families’ homes in conjunction with NYPD Community Affairs. Each family will also receive ticket vouchers redeemable to select games during the 2020 season. Players assisting with the deliveries will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, December 4 – Kids Holiday Party
Foxwoods Club at Citi Field 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

More than 100 students from local elementary schools will come to Citi Field to play games, enjoy lunch and perform holiday songs at the annual Kids Holiday party. The children will receive a special visit from Santa and his elves who will be delivering gifts. Mets players participating in the event will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, December 11 – Coat Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Mets are teaming up with New York Cares for the 14th Annual Mets "Warm-Up" Holiday Coat Drive. Mets personnel and New York Cares volunteers will collect donations to keep those in need warm during the cold winter months in New York. Fans donating new or gently used coats will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to select Mets home games in 2020. Further details can be found at


As you folks are fully aware, I am a part of the T7LA and Darren is one of my good friends. I love going to the games with the T7LA, especially the road games. It is a blast hitting other cities meeting Mets fans form other states and cheering with them. If you haven't been yet you need to go. This is also what is keeping me having a "plan" at Citi Field. You guys all know I dropped my 1/2 season package with the Mets because I feel that they don't care about the plan holders. 
Come sit with us sometime...


by The 7 Line November 10, 2019 0 Comments
We have another stacked season on deck, and we hope you'll start making plans to join the fun. We're hitting 10 home, 5 road, and 3 minor league games in 2020!
There's a lot of info here, so take a few minutes to dive in and digest it all.
The 7 Line Army started cheering together on 9/27/12 and has since hit a total of 108 (60-48) Major League games together. Besides our outings at Citi Field, the goal has been to cross off new ballparks each season, as long as the series lands on a weekend. This summer we'll finally cross LA off the list, officially closing out the NL. 

2020 HOME GAMES:  
- OPENING DAY: MARCH 26th vs the Nationals
- Saturday APRIL 18th vs the Brewers
- Saturday MAY 16th vs the Pirates
- Tuesday MAY 19th vs the Diamondbacks 
- Saturday JUNE 13th vs the Nationals
- Saturday JUNE 20th vs the Phillies
- Wednesday JULY 29th vs the Yankees
- Saturday AUGUST 15th vs the Phillies
- Tuesday SEPTEMBER 1st vs the Rockies 
In years past we sold our season ticket members jersey separately as a replica. This will not be an option in 2020. Instead, the fans that purchase tickets to Citi Field with us on a game-by-game basis will get a shirsey version of the members authentic. 
Our members voted on a few jersey options, and the above one, designed by T7LA member Dru Jimenez won by a landslide for 2020. As usual, our home package members will have the option to customize theirs with a name/number. The game-by-game home ticket purchasers will get a shirsey version with no name, and with the number 20 to represent the year. 

Last year we designed an exclusive limited edition Mr. Met bobblehead to coincide with our 100th outing, and in 2020, his wife will take the honors. 
The game date is TBD, but we re-designed the vintage Lady Met bobble from 1967 to give her a 2020 twist. Fans that hit the game with us that day will get the bobblehead along with their ticket and shirsey, T7LA home members will automatically get it as part of their package.

Another promotional item for 2020 is a wearable flag. This game date is also TBD. We're seeing about adding grommets so you can also fly the flag if you don't intend to wear it. Like the bobble, fans that hit the game with us that day will get the wearable flag along with their ticket and shirsey, T7LA home members will automatically get this as part of their package.

Each minor league game ticket comes with a special shirsey and cap along with food/drinks. These outings are a ton of fun, and you should absolutely try to join us this summer. Join our mailing list for details as they're set in stone.

Each away game ticket comes with a special event t-shirt and a game patch. Fans are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. For DC and Philly, we'll have an optional bus trip planned if you'd like to hop in. Before each road game we plan a meet up at a local bar or put together a tailgate party if the home team allows. 
We'll be heading back to DC for our annual trip on Saturday April 4th vs the Nationals. Like in 2019, we'll be seated down the LF line on the field level in a solid block of a couple sections. This was a massive upgrade over years past. Ticket quantity TBD, but we're shooting for 1,000. 
In the summer we're heading back to Philly on Saturday the 25th of July. This is a repeat ballpark for us (2014), and the Phillies put together a great package for us. We'll be taking over pretty much the entire Scoreboard Porch with the exception of some Phillies season ticket holders. We know this will be a pretty sought after ticket, but we'll have just 814 total. 
Two weeks later we'll finally bring T7LA to Chavez Ravine. Dodger Stadium is the last on our list to close out the National League, and Saturday August 8th should be a huge celebration in LA. We don't have pricing or seating location set yet on this, but we'll get as many tickets as possible for this one. This should all be hammered down soon. Check back and we'll update this post. 
Two weeks after that we'll be shooting back across the country again to hit Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday August 22nd. Since our goal is to hit every ballpark at least once, and this series lands on weekend, we just have to go. It's going to be tough for a lot of our usual members to do the trip to Cali twice in the same month, but there is a monster contingent of Met fans on the West Coast. We expect this one to be well attended either way, and have 1,000 tickets reserved on the field level down the RF line. 
Lastly on the road for 2020 is Pittsburgh. This is another repeat for us (2015), but PNC is gorgeous and a must visit for any baseball fan. That, and it's close proximity to NY, and the series landing on a weekend was a no brainer. We have 1,500 tickets reserved in the LF bleachers for Saturday September 12th

We currently have 632 home ticket package members in the Big Apple Reserve for our games at Citi Field. This leaves 242 tickets open for the game-by-game sales in our section.
Our members will soon have the option to renew their seats. Once the renewal process is over, current members will have the option to nominate family or friends to fill seats that open up. 
After that, any leftover seats of the 632 would go up as a public sale.

2020 home package members will get:
- The same seat for every home game on our 2020 schedule
- An authentic customized jersey 
- A black card from Mikkeller NYC good for 20% off any beers/food/merch at their Citi Field brewery
- The Mrs. Met bobblehead and wearable flag 
- Pre-sale access for road game tickets 
- The option to purchase a full playoff strip if/when the Mets make it