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Top minor league promotions for 2010

Watching the future stars of an organization is a great draw for many baseball fans, but let's be honest -- a lot of families attend minor league baseball games for the promotions and giveaways.

Like most minor league teams, the four full-season affiliates in the Orioles' system are full of innovative ideas every year. In order to give everyone a glimpse at the offerings for the 2010 season, I've compiled a list of the top five ideas from within the organization.1. Baha Men pre-game concert -- Norfolk Tides -- Friday, July 16

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Man, I can't wait to be at Harbor Park this summer to finally discover "Who let the dogs out?" In all seriousness, the concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the Tides take on the Columbus Clippers at 8 p.m. Since the song is about three minutes long, they should be able to play it about 40 times more than needed. If a Baha Men concert isn't enough reason to head to Norfolk that night, the Inflatamaniacs will also be in attendance. The rare double promotion!

2. Salute to "The Dude": Big Lebowski Night -- Bowie Baysox -- Thursday, July 29

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As everyone who knows me will tell you, I'm a professional bowler in my spare time. OK, so that's not really the case, but I do participate in a few leagues. Combine that with one of the best cult movies of this generation and I'll be sure to be in the press box on this summer night. If you're dressed as The Dude, you'll get $4 off a lower reserved ticket, according to the Baysox. If you only have nine toes, you'll receive free admission in the lower bowl of the stadium. Seriously.

3. Jayson Werth bobblehead -- Delmarva Shorebirds -- Sunday, June 27

He never made it to the major leagues with the Orioles, but Werth batted .265 with eight home runs, 53 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 120 games for the Shorebirds as a 19-year-old catcher in 1998. Those numbers are good enough to earn a bobblehead at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium for the All-Star and World Series champion, who successfully transitioned into a power-hitting outfielder after being traded. I hope the Orioles don't give up on the bobblehead and send it to the Kansas City Royals for a seat cushion before June.

4. Fernando Guerrero bobble-boxing gloves -- Delmarva Shorebirds -- Friday, Aug. 20

Honestly, I don't follow boxing much anymore. Ever since Mike Tyson bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear, I haven't had much desire to watch the sport. However, Guerrero's story is interesting and, really, how many times can you get bobble boxing gloves?! I can't wait to see what they look like. I wonder if I'll be able to punch other reporters with them. Jeff and Dan better watch out.

5. Guaranteed Win Night -- Frederick Keys -- Every Tuesday home game

It's not a one-time promotion, but the fact that you can get a free ticket for the future to any Monday-Thursday home game if the Keys lose is good enough to make my list. I don't recommend rooting against the Keys if you go to a Tuesday night game at Harry Grove Stadium, but you'll be rewarded if it happens.

If you'd like to see a full list of each team's promotions and giveaways, visit the correct Web site below:

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