Yankees minor-league promotions fans should snag during MLB Lockout

The Somerset Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 after the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded the stadium last week.Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 after the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded the stadium last week.Somerset Patriots /

The 2022 Major League Baseball season is full steam a-NOPE right now, and it could be months before your New York Yankees take the field.

Unfortunately, same goes for any of the team’s top prospects who just so happen to be on the 40-man roster. Everson Pereira and Oswald Peraza? Nope, temporarily banned from action. Deivi Garcia, looking for a bounce back year? Also barred from competition. It’s not very fair, folks.

Without several top prospects in action, minor-league baseball teams will need YOU more than ever, especially in April and May, and they’re making their product as attractive as ever by installing some very tempting promotions onto their schedules.

As if live baseball wasn’t enough for you people, you can also snag a bobblehead or two if you visit your local minor-league parks this season.

Please use this comprehensive guide to the Yankees’ minor-league system to plan your weekend getaways and maximize the amount of free stuff you can take home.

We insist.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2022 Promotions Schedule

Most of SWB’s promotions are of the “Classic Minor-League Fun” variety. Dogs will be present and accounted for on Waggin’ Wednesdays, first responders will be honored on Fridays, and Thirsty Thursdays should help pack the park — even if you’re only thirsty for Pepsi products.

If your kid’s a superhero fiend (or, uh, you are we guess?), grab the Thor Bobblehead on Aug. 6 OR take advantage of Captain America roaming the stands on June 3.

Also, the RailRiders will be wearing Margaritaville jerseys on July 15, and if you win an auction, you too can disappoint your wife by bringing one home after the game.

Somerset Patriots 2022 Promotions Schedule

Kids can take home a pack of cards every Tuesday on Topps Tuesday — and with the hobby as hot as it’s ever been, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that?

Keep an eye specifically on Aug. 5, when the first 1,000 fans can take home a Yogi Berra bobblehead on Yogi Berra Day/Italian American Night. You’re going to want to line up early for this one — and find someone else to stir the sauce while you’re gone.

Hudson Valley Renegades 2022 Promotions Schedule

The Hudson Valley Renegades have gone all out in 2022, stacking their deck with an overload of action. Many of their promotions don’t currently have full details behind them, but they still pack a ton of oomph.

Want a take-home prize? Anthony Volpe Birthday Bobblehead on April 28 may be your best bet. Want to drink heavily? We can’t recommend it, but try “Boots, Beer, Baseball” on April 29 or Rascal’s (the Mascot) 21st birthday on Aug. 26?! Those are always sloppy.

But that’s not all — seriously, there are many more. Stanley Hudson from The Office shows up on May 10. What is “’90s Prom”? Who knows, but you can find out June 29! Just buy season tickets, it’ll be much easier that way.

Tampa Tarpons 2022 Promotions Schedule

Enjoy Rachel Balkovec’s team — likely with Jasson Dominguez — throughout the 2022 season. Those two forces alone will make the games plenty unique, but if you need a little extra oomph, head to the ballpark on Armed Forces Night on May 21, or pick the pregame Easter Egg Hunt on April 16.

Not seeing any bobbleheads here, but you can likely meet The Martian in person, so that should be a solid consolation prize.