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1990-91 Orlando SunRays hat - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Now that MLB's 2018 regular season is underway, I'm back to dedicating a full seven days a week thinking about baseball as opposed to the one day a week when I posted to this blog. My appreciation for Florida minor league baseball continues this week with a hat I've been seeking out for quite a while: a 1990-91 Orlando Sun Rays hat.  

Their name changed to the Orlando Cubs upon their affiliation with the Chicago Cubs in 1993 but became the Orlando Rays for their last year with the Cubs in 1997. They kept this name when they became affiliated with the Seattle Mariners the next year and throughout their current affiliation with the Tampa Bay (then-Devil) Rays which began in 1999. 

If you didn't get enough love and light from this Sun Rays cap then you need to check out this this article I found a while ago called The “Real” First Rays: 1990 Orlando Sun Rayswhere you'll learn that Ron Gardenhire managed a Double-A team stacked with  Chuck Knoblauch and Scott Erickson wh…

1992 Fort Myers Miracle

Last weekend was St. Patrick's Day and I'm unsure if neglecting to feature a green cap was a goof or a pro move on my part but this week's sea-green gem is as rare as a four-leaf clover in the world of minor league hat collecting: a 1992 Fort Myers Miracle snapback.

Despite how little I care about Florida's MLB teams, some of of my favorite cap logos (e.g. Kissimmee,  Fort Lauderdale, Orlando,Jacksonville, etc.)  come from teams in that state. But, instead of focusing on the negative aspects of the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins, I like to think about all of the youthful optimism that the minor league teams represent.

I looked Raabe up and found that he's currently head baseball coach at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minnesota. He never had much success in the big leagues but he put up some decent numbers in Triple-A at the end of his career. I meant to ask him why he decided to hang up his cleats then but I kept forgetting. Anyway, you can check out those stat…

2006 Jacksonville Suns Batting Practice

I struggled to come up with this week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection until I decided the halfway point of Spring Training is as good a time as any to show love to Florida, especially in light of recent current events that have taken place there. I then discovered the perfect cap tucked away deep in my closet: a 2006 Jacksonville Suns "Batting Practice" hat.  

Besides comfort, a big reason why I love BP caps is because they are the rarest caps to find since they were produced in such limited quantities. It's also hard to pin a year down on when a BP cap was worn but I was able to do so with a little help from my google-box.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this classic hat which is the first in a series of some fun Florida teams. This cap isn't for sale or trade however don't hesitate to reach out if there's something you like on the Trading Block and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.
As always, thanks for coming back to read abou…

1980-1992 Reading Phillies

I've finally run out of classic Eastern League caps, y'all. The last few weeks have been fun but I'm really excited to share a recent pick-up that has a timely meaning to me. I'll be in Philadelphia this weekend celebrating a good friend's birthday and because "R" is her last initial, I'll be wearing a Reading Phillies snapback in her honor.

As far as I can tell from the old photos in my research, this is the logo that Reading stuck with from around 1980 until 1991. The following year was when the caps went from maroon to MAGA-tized red and the serifs went from pointy to bubbly:

As a New Yorker, I love giving my Philadelphia friends a hard time about the antics of their city's sports fans but it's all in good fun. I enjoy Philly immensely and I wish I could get there more often, especially considering how close it is to New York City. I can't believe the last time I wrote about a hat affiliated with the Phillies was just over three years ago…

1994 Albany-Colonie Yankees, Pt 2

After bringing the heat last week, I really wanted to continue the love for the Albany Yankees and since I just happened to have an even more rare hat of theirs on ice, you know I had to do it to ‘em!

Even though Albany wore two different cap logos in 1994, the one shown here was only worn during that final season in Albany which makes slapping a year on this hat a slam dunk. I also love that future Hall-of-Famers Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter wore this cap during that season.

The New Era and size tags on this cap are the same as last week although unlike last week’s cap, the New Era and MILB tags haven’t been ripped out of this one. Also of note, last week's ripped out MILB tag looks to be an older version of the one used for this cap.

While I would love it if the Albany Yankees caps that I’ve featured over the past few weeks receive the retro treatment, I just hope they don’t get MAGA-tized with a custom all red release. I know I’ve been rocking my soapbox hard lately but I'm …