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The 2013 MLB postseason is well underway, and it sure has been exciting so far. A lot of unexpected things are sure to happen in the coming weeks, but for now I’m not going to discuss any of it. For this blog post I’m focusing solely on the Arizona Fall League. More specifically, through the mail (TTM) autograph requests that I’m sending out to various participating players.
Taking place every October/November – this year it’s October 8th through November 16th — the Arizona Fall League (AFL) gives top Minor League players who didn’t get a full season of playing time, for one reason or another, a chance to show their organization what they can do, as well as provide them with a little more baseball experience.
I usually only send off autograph requests in March, for Spring Training, and October, for the Arizona Fall League. Some people send requests to players throughout the season, however, I’ve never really wanted to do that — they’re too busy going around from ballpark to ballpark. In Spring Training and the Arizona Fall League players stay in the same relative area for over a month; giving, in my mind, a better chance of success.
There is a ton of great talent in this year’s Fall League, but I’m not sending to all of them. If a player has a chance of coming to play the Bulls or Mudcats – my local MiLB teams — I don’t want to send to them. A good example of that being Byron Buxton. He’s participating in the AFL and was the 2013 MiLB Player of the Year, however, in addition to the unlikelihood that he would sign TTM, he could come to Durham with Rochester in the next year or two. So there’s really no point in wasting a card.
Last year I sent out fifteen auto requests and received back nine of them. That’s a fairly decent return as far as TTM’s go. This time around, I’m sending out seventeen, to players such as Addison Russell, Andrew Heaney, C.J. Cron, Delino DeShields and Colin Moran — all of which are on the top 100 prospects list – among multiple others.
The plan is to post an update every time I receive back a few autographs, as I did this year during Spring Training; assuming I get any autographs back at all. So look out for that over the course of the next few months.
Wrigley Field doesn’t turn 100 years old until 2014, but that’s not stopping the Cubs from planning ahead. Recently announcing a rather intriguing contest, the Cubs are looking for a logo, designed by the fans, to commemorate the 100th year of baseball at Wrigley Field.
Basically, the Cubs are searching for logo submissions that somehow incorporate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field; how you choose to design the logo is up to you. The eligible logos received by the deadline, on February 28th, will be judged on overall appearance, originality, creativity, style and quality of the design, with the finalists being announced next month.
The decision for which logo will be used will then be left up to the fans, as the finalists’ logo designs will be voted on throughout the entire months of March and April, with the winner being notified by April 30th.
The winning designer and a guest will receive a flight and accommodations in Chicago to be honored during a logo unveiling event before a late-summer home game at Wrigley Field. The winner will also receive two tickets to the game, as well as a personalized 2014 jersey. (This coming word for word from the contest’s details.)
Not a bad deal, for merely designing a logo.
If you’d like the chance to have your ’Wrigley Field 100 Year’ logo featured by the Cubs throughout the 2014 season–showing up all over the place, including the possibility of a patch on the players’ jerseys–make sure to enter by the deadline, which, as stated, falls on the 28th.
I entered the logo contest earlier today, but, although I spent a couple of hours on it, my design, in my opinion, isn’t all that professional looking (I have no photoshop talent, whatsoever), so I’m not going to be posting a picture of the design on here. If it makes it past the initial judging round, and subsequently gets posted on the Cubs’ website to be voted on, then I’ll obviously write an article on it. But I really don’t see that happening.
On a much different note, I added a countdown calendar to the sidebar, on the right (below ‘Recent Posts’). At the moment it’s counting down to when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, however, I’m planning to change it throughout all of 2013. So if ever you’re unsure of how long it is until an upcoming major MLB related event, you can check back with the countdown on the sidebar.