A minor league baseball team was blasted as sexist for a ballpark promotion blatantly created to objectify the bodies of 18 different women.
The Ogden Raptors, a single-A level club that is a farm team for the Los Angeles Dodgers, appears to have scrubbed their website of a controversial posting alerting fans to the August 11 promotion sometime early Tuesday after the Salt Lake Tribune covered the story Monday evening.
The Ogden Raptors of the Rookie-level Pioneer League have been catching all kinds of heat for an "Hourglass Appreciation Night" promotion which was scheduled for August 11.
"The home team hosts the Billings Mustangs, but the real thoroughbreds will join Raptors broadcaster A.P. Harreld in the booth", the release said.
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".
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Ogden Raptors managers says in a statement handed out to reporters Tuesday that the news release referencing women's bodies was sent without management approval and the event would not take place. The release promised "gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect!"
"Stars is the ONLY talent agency dedicated to developing healthy role models within the media", the posting said.
The Raptors are a minor league affiliate Dodgers based in Ogden, Utah, about 40 miles north of Salt lake City.
The team did not immediately respond to an email or voicemail requesting comment.
Minor league baseball teams are long known to resort to wacky gimmicks (Hawaiian shirts, Trump themes, even just being generally "awful") to drive attendance, but one team is finding itself without an excuse for a promoted theme night that critics are accusing of being sexist.
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