On July 19th the Yakima Bears secured a spot in the postseason with a win at Boise. The Bears finished the first half of the season with an East Division best 21-17 record. This will be the first appearance in the playoffs for the Bears since 2010.
The sixth annual “Minors Moniker Madness” – a contest to determine which player has the best name in all of minor league baseball as determined by fan votes - is underway for 2012 with 64 unique and funny names from across the Minors.
Yakima Bears outfielder Yogey Perez-Ramos has advanced to the second round after defeating Randolph Oduber to make the cut and is now just one of 32 remaining players.
2012 Golden Spikes winner, and Seattle Mariners First Round draft pick, Mike Zunino has played just four games in the Northwest League for the Everett Aqua Sox… and his days may be numbered there already.
The Yakima Bears will host Prostate Cancer Awareness Night during a 7:05 game against the Tri-City Dust Devils at Yakima County Stadium on Saturday. The event is sponsored by Washington Hematology-Oncology and will feature some special appearances and a fireworks extravaganza.
During the Yakima Bears first homestand of the 2012 N.W.L. season, you may have missed a few ex-Big Leaguers in the stands.
Quinton McCracken, who had a stint with the Mariners in 2004, was on a scouting trip to watch how some of the Arizona Diamondbacks prospects were progressing here in Yakima.
Sitting behind home plate, next to McCracken, for much of the series though was a 13-year veteran of M.L.B. whom many in the valley will remember from his high school (Eisenhower) and American Legion (Beetles) days.
Some may have heard of him from the Brad Pitt flick “Moneyball.”
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