As I have written before, Tampa Bay is a hub for military personnel. Due to MacDill Air Force Base and many retirees in the region, Tampa Bay ranks alongside San Diego, Washington DC, and Baltimore as the most military-populated baseball regions.
This year, nearly every team in the region has military-themed promotions.
The Rays have narrowed their Military Honor Pass to a Military Monday Promotion. According to the Rays website:
For all active-duty military, retired and honorably discharged veterans, the Rays will offer two free tickets for all Monday home games and eight additional bonus dates throughout the season.
The Florida State League is also heavily promoting recognition of military and veterans. The league recently announced the creation of the Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award. According to an FSL press release:
This award is named after the “longtime Florida State League president and U.S. Army veteran who passed away Feb. 21, 2015, at the age of 83. The award will recognize an individual or club for its outstanding support of military branches and level of engagement with veterans.”
Bradenton Marauders are recognizing military personnel and veterans through a Military Appreciation Night on June 11th and includes a Military Heroes Baseball Card Set giveaway. Through a nomination process, fans can see their favorite local military personnel on a baseball card.
In Clearwater, the Threshers will be hosting Veterans and Military Appreciation Night on June 4.
Although the Tampa Yankees have not yet announced their promotion schedule, they have hosted Military Mondays for several years. This promotion usually allows military personnel in to Steinbrenner Field for free. This post will be updated when the Tampa Yankees promotion schedule is released.