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BOSTON (CBS) – Will Middlebrooks is already making his mark in the majors, even with less than a week with the Boston Red Sox.
Now, he’s getting honored in the minors.
The Lowell Spinners, Class-A Affiliate of the Red Sox, announced Tuesday that they will honor Middlebrooks, who spent time with the Spinners in 2008, with his very own bobble head. The first 1,000 fans that enter LeLacheur Park on August 28 will receive the Middlebrooks bobble head, one of the over 70 the team has given away since 2001.
Middlebrooks is the 52nd former Spinner to find his way to the majors, getting the call to Boston on May 2 to replace the injured Kevin Youkilis.
Now, he joins the many former Spinners alumni to be honored with a bobble head.
“We take great pride anytime a former Spinner makes the leap to the Major Leagues,” Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann said in a release. “Will has progressed each step of the way along his way to Fenway. Having him return to Lowell in 2011 on a rehab assignment, you could see he was ready to make that next step. We are thrilled to honor him with his own Bobble Head Night.”
Middlebrooks is one of nine bobble heads on the 2012 promotional schedule for the Spinners, which includes former-Spinner Jacoby Ellsbury and a “Super” version of Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
In 2008, Middlebrooks hit .254 with a home run and 21 RBI with the Spinners. He returned to the team in 2011 for a four-game rehab stint, hitting .333 with three home runs and six RBI in his second stint with the Single-A club.
Tickets for Will Middlebrooks night and all 2012 Lowell Spinners home games are on sale now at the team’s website.
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The Spinners open the season Monday, June 18 at home at LeLacheur Park against the Connecticut Tigers.