Mi­nor league team nixes ‘hour­glass ap­pre­ci­a­tion’

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A mi­nor-league ball club in Utah has nixed its planned “hour­glass ap­pre­ci­a­tion” pro­mo­tion sched­uled in Au­gust af­ter crit­ics said the gim­mick was sex­ist and de­mean­ing, USA To­day re­ported Tues­day. The team has since apol­o­gized in a terse press re­lease blam­ing the con­tro­versy on the dis­sem­i­na­tion of an “unau­tho­rized press re­lease.”

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 Aug. 11 pro­mo­tion some­time early Tues­day af­ter the Salt Lake Tribune cov­ered the story Mon­day evening.

The Rap­tors had promised fans the chance to take pho­tos with 18 lo­cal beau­ties, each of whom would get a turn in the press box pro­vid­ing color commentary for half an in­ning, noted the Tribune. On Tues­day, the Rap­tors is­sued a state­ment ex­press­ing “re­gret that an unau­tho­rized press re­lease was dis­sem­i­nated over the week­end an­nounc­ing a pro­mo­tion that was not ap­proved or sched­uled by club own­er­ship or man­age­ment.”

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