Minor League Baseball announced this week that 72 clubs will participate in the "Stars & Stripes" cap program during the Independence Day holiday weekend. All 30 AAA affiliates are among the teams participating in the program that raises money for Welcome Back Veterans, a program which addresses the needs of returning American Veterans and their families through the sale of the specially designed caps.
Clubs based in the United States will have the stars and stripes of the American flag in place of the standard coloring of their logo on their caps. In the case of the Vancouver Canadians a Maple Leaf pattern will be substituted to celebrate Canada Day which was July 1st.
The "Stars & Stripes" cap program has become an annual tradition in Major League Baseball with the players of all thirty clubs doffing off their traditional caps for games played on Memorial Day, Independence Day and on September 11th. All royalties from the sale of these caps both online and at the participating club's ballparks will be donated to the Welcome Back Veterans charity.
The following Minor League Baseball clubs are scheduled to take part in the “Stars & Stripes” program:
Albuquerque Isotopes, Beloit Snappers, Binghamton Mets, Bowie Baysx, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Bradenton Marauders, Brooklyn Cyclones, Buffalo Bisons, Burlington Royals, Carolina Mudcats, Charleston RiverDogs, Charlotte Knights, Chattanooga Lookouts, Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Columbus Clippers, Danville Braves, Dayton Dragons, Delmarva Shorebirds, Durham Bulls, Eugene Emeralds, Everett AquaSox, Frederick Keys, Fresno Grizzlies, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Greeneville Astros, Greenville Drive, Gwinnett Braves, High Desert Mavericks, Idaho Falls Chukars, Indianapolis Indians, Iowa Cubs, Jamestown Jammers, Lakewood BlueClaws, Las Vegas 51s, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Lexington Legends, Louisville Bats, Lynchburg Hillcats, Memphis Redbirds, Mississippi Braves, Nashville Sounds, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, New Orleans Zephyrs, Norfolk Tides, Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Oklahoma City RedHawks, Omaha Royals, Pawtucket Red Sox, Portland Beavers, Portland Sea Dogs, Quad Cities River Bandits, Reno Aces, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Rochester Red Wings, Rome Braves, Round Rock Express, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, San Jose Giants, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Syracuse Chiefs, Tacoma Rainiers, Tampa Yankees, Tennessee Smokies, Toledo Mud Hens, Trenton Thunder, Tri-City ValleyCats, Tulsa Drillers, Vancouver Canadians, West Michigan Whitecaps, Wilmington Blue Rocks and Williamsport Crosscutters.
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