“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. This promotion will not take place and steps have been put in place to ensure this will not happen again. The Ogden Raptors offer a sincere apology to anyone who was offended by the promotion itself and the contents of the press release, and in no way supports or condones the objectification of women. It is not reflective of the values of the Ogden Raptors, Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the Pioneer Baseball League, or Minor League Baseball.”
Dodgers Affiliate Announce, Then Cancel ‘Hourglass Appreciation Night’ After Female Uproar
The Ogden Raptors minor league baseball team, a minor-league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, got themselves in a bit of hot water after the team sent out a press release announcing the team’s “Hourglass Appreciation Night”.
The press release promoting the event has since been removed from the team’s website, but Kate Feldman of the New York Daily News posted the info on her Twitter account:
— Kate Feldman (@kateefeldman) June 6, 2017
The promotion was scheduled to take place on Aug. 11 when the Raptors took on the Billings Mustangs. In the details, it promised “gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect” would appear each half-inning to pose for photos with fans. Raptors President Dave Baggott immediately issued a statement:
Women expressed their displeasure at the event and the press release itself on social media.
— Jessica Quiroli (@heelsonthefield) June 6, 2017