Kallman: One night in AAA ball with the Las Vegas SABR chapter

From SABR member Jeff Kallman at Sports-Central.org on May 15, 2017:

The Las Vegas chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, of which I am a member, decided to round up at Cashman Field Saturday night to watch the Las Vegas 51s (AAA farm of the Mets) host the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA farm of the Royals), both of the Pacific Coast League. The seats were in the club restaurant, up against the glass at the front over the stands.

As it turned out, only four of us including yours truly turned up for the game. The 51s showed up, too. And may have wished they hadn’t, after their bullpen imploded in the top of the eighth to spoil what began as a taut pitchers’ duel and a 1-0 51s lead, the Chasers going on to win, 7-3.

(Fair disclosure: In my Air Force years, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha, I spent many a night at old Rosenblatt Stadium watching the College World Series and the then-Omaha Royals, before the old American Association folded and its clubs were dispersed to either the Pacific Coast League or the International League. The last American Association champions, the Buffalo Bisons, still have their championship trophy from 1997, the league’s final season.)

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Originally published: May 16, 2017. Last Updated: May 16, 2017.