The Lowell Spinners are bringing back the Yankees Elimination Promotion for a fifth year, as the Red Sox affiliate works to eliminate New York Yankees teams from youth baseball programs throughout New England.The Lowell Spinners (short season; NY-Penn League) are bringing back the Yankees Elimination Promotion for a fifth year, as the Red Sox affiliate works to eliminate New York Yankees teams from youth baseball programs throughout New England.
Originally developed as a response to the heartbreak and taunting which children assigned to Yankees youth baseball and softball teams face, the Yankees Elimination Promotion (Y.E.P.) has eliminated over 150 Yankees teams since 2006, replacing them with Spinners teams.
As part of the 2010 promotion the Spinners are looking for new programs to continue the removal of the Yankees following their 2009 World Series title. The Yankees Elimination Promotion will be limited to 75 teams on a first come, first served basis. As part of the promotion the Spinners will replace the league’s Yankees hats with Spinners hats and provide a $200 donation toward the cost of uniforms. Through Y.E.P., the Spinners have donated over $70,000 into the youth baseball and softball community.
“The Yankees Elimination Promotion was originally built as a fun promotion in response to parent’s stories of children losing interest in the game after facing taunts simply for playing in a Yankees uniform,” said Spinners Vice President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “Five years later teams are still eliminating the Yankees and the joy on the faces of the newly minted Spinners players on the field at LeLacheur Park reminds us why we love this game.”
Not only will the youth Spinners teams receive a uniform makeover, but they will also be invited to play on the field at LeLacheur Park prior to a Spinners 2010 game. Additionally the Spinners will work with each youth baseball organization to assist them in their fundraising initiatives.
“The Yankees may be the defending World Series Champions, but the Red Sox have proven they are built for the long run, in no small part to their determination to their young prospects,” said Bawmann. “When Jonathan Papelbon started his career with the Spinners in 2003, he told us his first Little League team was the Red Sox. We want the next Pap to start his career as a Spinner.”
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