Minor league team cancels sexist promotion

Minor league team cancels sexist promotion

The team offered a somewhat tortured justification for the promotion, pitching the "hourglass" theme as a celebration of the "timeless" game of baseball, which, unlike virtually every other major sport, is not governed by a clock.

Minor league baseball teams in Utah seem to be having a lot of trouble coming up with promotions that aren't outrageously stupid or offensive.

He said the release wasn't authorized by managers or owners and the team has taken steps to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

Ogden Raptors owner Dave Baggott says in a statement Tuesday that the team does not support or condone the objectification of women.

Baggott said the Raptors wouldn't take questions about the event.

The Raptors promised fans the opportunity to pose for pictures with the women, who were to spend a half-inning each in the broadcast booth with Harreld, the team's broadcaster and director of media relations.

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The Ogden Raptors-the Class A affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers-just announced they were planning on hosting "Hourglass Appreciation Night" at the ballpark, featuring appearances in the color commentary booth from 18 local women.

Decorated with drawings of women in bikinis, the announcement said a "different stunner each half-inning" would appear and pose for pictures with fans at an August 11 game.

"The Ogden Raptors regret that an unauthorized press release was disseminated over the weekend announcing a promotion that was not approved or scheduled by club ownership or management".

The team didn't immediately return phone and email messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Two years ago, a Utah-based minor league baseball team called the Orem Owlz apologized and cancelled a promotion called "Caucasian Heritage Night".

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