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‘Hourglass Appreciation Night’ is new low for minor-league promotions

For the most part, minor-league baseball teams come up with some truly hilarious promotions for their games.

Last year, there was a “Halfway to Festivus” promotion that brilliantly played off the iconic “Seinfield” episode. The actor who played Mr. Belding on “Saved By The Bell” is a regular at minor-league games. And a team recently wore St. Pepper’s uniforms for a game in honor of the Beatles.

However, the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League hit a new low with a now-scrapped plan for “Hourglass Appreciation Night.”

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Raptors have removed a news release from their website that promised:

“Fans will have the opportunity to pose for pictures with the lovely ladies as we showcase seriously splendid visual appeal: Utah’s legendary mountains, Dodgers and Reds farmhands — and gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect!”

It didn’t take long for the team to drop the planned promotion, but who in their right mind ever thought this was a good idea?

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff