August 2012

Keys Apocalyptic Theme Night Nominated

Six Months ‘til the End of the World Night is a Finalist for a Golden Bobblehead Award

Frederick, MD – On June 21st, the Frederick Keys opened gates to the public, who witnessed one of the memorable theme nights of 2012 in Minor League Baseball. Six Months ‘til the End of the World Night was recognized for its creativity and uniqueness when nominees for the yearly Golden Bobblehead Awards were announced on Monday. The Keys theme night is up against six other teams in the nation for the “Best Theme Night” of 2012.

Over 160 submissions were made from over 150 teams that hope to get the honor of being awarded a Golden Bobblehead. Formerly known as the “Best Of” Awards, Golden Bobbleheads are presented to nominees from each of the five categories that include Best Theme Night, Best Charity Event, Best In-Game Promotion, Best Non-Game Day Event and Best Overall Promotion.

Featured in Ben Hill’s weekly promo preview back in June, this theme was a success in the eyes of all that survived. In-game promotions were hosted by zombies and the undead tried to attack contestants. Luckily, Keyote fended off the zombies with roundhouse kicks and karate chops to keep all fans from experiencing any further danger. Two fans got the rare opportunity to participate in a Last Meal Eating Contest. Immunity from zombie attacks for the rest of the evening was on the line for whoever finished a hot dog, pretzel and large order of fries the fastest.

Upon entry into the stadium, fans received a raffle ticket, which gave them a chance to win survival kits and doomsday movies. Survival kits included water bottles, flashlights, toilet seat covers and other such essentials. End of the World Movies included 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, The Book of Eli and I am Legend. REM’s End of the World as We Know It, The Cranberries’ Zombie and Jay Sean’s 2012 (It Ain’t The End) were just a few of the musical selections on the apocalyptic playlist.

The Golden Bobblehead Awards will be presented to the winners during the annual MiLB Promotional Seminar, held this year in Reno, NV from October 2nd-5th. Nominees are given the chance to present to seminar attendees why their promotion deserves the recognition as the best in their category.

To view the full list of nominees for this year’s Golden Bobblehead awards, click here.

Where Are They Now? – The Championship Outfield

We looked at the Mills Cup Championship infield and pitching staff, so now it is time to look at the outfield that the Keys put out there during the championship run.

Miguel Abreu – After spending time with the Keys in 2008, 2010-11, Abreu was picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies. Abreu is a valuable utility guy who can play mostly every position on the field. He has spent six years in the minors, where he has compiled a career .267 average with 49 home runs. Currently, Miguel plays for the Phillies Double-A affiliate, primarily at short stop. After hitting in the mid .300’s most of the year, his average has slipped to a still reasonable .289. Abreu played 96 games in Frederick last season, hitting just .255. He stepped up his play during the playoffs though, hitting .323 through nine games with a homer and six RBI, four of those coming in the championship series.

Glynn Davis – Davis was just recently called up to Frederick after spending 89 games with the Low ‘A’ Shorebirds, where he hit .260 and stole 28 bags. Glynn was a late addition to the roster last year, though he saw some playing time in the postseason. He played eight of the nine games but hit just .167. This seasonthrough four games, Glynn is hitting .188. His speed is something that should be watched as the #8 Orioles prospect.

Steve Bumbry – Although Steve was inactive during last year’s postseason due to injury, he played 109 games with the Keys. He hit .245 with 11 homers and 27 RBI. Steve is currently on the Keys after spending some time in Bowie this season. Bumbry has a .248 line and three home runs this season in Frederick.

Kipp Schutz – Like Bumbry, Schutz was inactive during the postseason, but played 87 games with the Keys in 2011, where hit hit seven home runs and 26 RBI. After 41 games and a .304 average in Frederick this year, Schutz was picked up by the Blue Jays after recovering from injury and has been playing for their Low ‘A’ affiliate, the Lansing Lugnuts. There, he is hitting .294 with five RBI through eight games.

Jacob Julius – No longer playing with the Orioles organization, Julius played some outfield and 1B for the Keys last season. He hit just .171 in Frederick during the regular season and hit .217 through eight playoff games last year. 2010 was the best year for Julius in Frederick, when he hit .285 with 12 homers and 50 RBI.

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