Utah baseball team pulls 'Hourglass Appreciation' release


A minor league baseball team was blasted as sexist for a ballpark promotion blatantly created to objectify the bodies of 18 different women.

A statement released Tuesday from Ogden Raptors President Dave Baggott called the announcement an "unauthorized press release" and apologized on behalf of the Raptors, Dodgers, the Pioneer Baseball League and Minor League Baseball "to anyone who was offended by the promotion itself and the contents of the press release".

He says the release decorated with drawings of women in bikinis and promising a "different stunner each half-inning" wasn't authorized by team ownership or management, and the team has taken steps to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers' Rookie ball affiliate probably should have thought this one through more.

The offending promotion this time was "Hourglass Appreciation Night", which was not a tribute to archaic timepieces or the opening sequence to the soap opera "Days of our Lives".

A minor league team in Utah has announced - and possibly scrapped - an ill-conceived Hourglass Appreciation night at the ballpark. It said models would appear and pose for pictures with fans.

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But the true focus comes in the third paragraph where the Pioneer League team promises that Salt Lake City-based Stars Talent Studio would "provide a different stunner each half-inning" of the August 11 game at Ogden's Lindquist Field and the team would live stream from the broadcast booth - "well, at least the better-looking half of it!" the promotion said.

LA Dodgers' rookie league club, the Raptors, were planning to host the event August 8. The team's ridiculous press release promised to stream video of the event and the women in question.

The team did not immediately respond to an email or voicemail requesting comment.

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A Utah Minor League Baseball team has some interesting promotions ranging from "Speed-Dating Night" to "Toilet Seat Night".