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2018 Tacoma Rainiers - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Something you might have noticed is that I enjoy doing is going back-to-back with certain teams so the Pacific Coast League fun continues this week by bridging last week's Tacoma Rainiers cap with the home cap that is currently worn by the team.

The stand-alone scripted "R" cap logo here is one of the classiest logos in all of minor league baseball. 

Sadly, this is a Made In China production so it'll take a while before it gets fully broken in like the Made In USA versions, if it even happens at all.

Glad I kept the stickers on here so that I can remember how prices for hats increased by $3 in 2019. You really hate to see it when the quality goes down and the prices go up.

I've got plenty more PCL caps coming your way however I want to take a break from future hats and instead talk about the future of MILB. As per recent reports, MLB is planning on eliminating up to 42 MILB teams with most of those cuts affecting rookie and short-season levels. Even though I currently live in a major league town, I still fill uneasy about this plan.

Because I grew up in a minor league town, I can't help but fear this change is going to negatively impact many people in those places that are about to lose their teams. There are many people that rely on the existence of minor league teams to make a living besides the players and those jobs are in jeopardy now as well as the ones on the field.

The only silver lining in this is that hopefully these affected cities will respond by joining together to create strong independent leagues as they surely realize how precious of a resource their local teams are. 

Another benefit to this whole thing is that hopefully these newly created teams will form new and unique identities that reflect their host cities rather than simply adopting the design elements of their parent teams.

One last advantage is that hopefully the leagues will be reorganized in a way that makes more sense geographically. One thing I appreciate about the PCL is that it's neatly split up into two eight-team location-based conferences which are each then divided in half again.

Even though the Rainiers have to travel to Nashville to play the Sounds once next year, the Sounds won't have to reciprocate that visit in 2020 and that is a level of sensibility that MLB should heed. I'm sure this MILB restructuring situation will work itself out over time but it's definitely scary to think about all of these potential hearts that are about to break.

This cap is not going on the Trading Block however please do not hesitate to reach out if you want any other cap from that list and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.

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