Short-Season Single A baseball is where baseball’s “kids” start their journey, a world that features recent draft picks, guys just starting to begin their major league journeys. The New York-Penn League, as you probably deduced, is one such league, serving as a minor league home to a diverse bunch of teams.
But this summer, one NYPL team will become a team dressed by kids…literally.
— MV Scrappers (@mvscrappers) March 15, 2017
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, will invite children aged 12 and under to design the team’s uniforms for an August game. In addition to their jersey being worn during team the team’s tilt against the West Virginia Black Bears, affiliate of the Pirates, the winning child will also receive one of their designed jerseys, a chance to meet the players in the dugout prior to the game and throw out the first pitch.
To enter (your child or junior relative, of course), the official template/entry form can be found here, or submitted online here. It should be a fun time for all parties involved, and perfectly fits in with the underlying theme of fun Minor League Baseball jerseys. Sure, any team can roll out theme nights based on Star Wars, Seinfeld, or the 1980’s…all of which, don’t get us wrong, can also be very fun…but this is a unique take on the special jersey night that also allows the team to connect with its local fans. Hopefully, other teams follow suit on this Mahoning Valley-birthed trend.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490