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Two years after the Orem Owlz scrapped their "Caucasian Heritage Night" promotion, minor league baseball in Utah is pushing the boundaries of ballpark promotions again.

The Pioneer League Ogden Raptors have announced "Hourglass Appreciation Night" with allusions to women's bodies and a promise that Salt Lake City-based Stars Talent Studio will "provide a different stunner each half-inning" of the Aug. 11 game at Lindquist Field.

"Fans will have the opportunity to pose for pictures with the lovely ladies as we showcase seriously splendid visual appeal: Utah's legendary mountains, Dodgers and Reds farmhands -- and gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect!" according to a news release on the team's website.

The team removed the news release about half an hour after The Salt Lake Tribune published this story online.

A voicemail and an email left with the team's main office were not returned immediately Monday night.

The Raptors are a minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.

In June 2015, the Owlz announced that their Caucasian-themed promotion would include "Wonder Bread on burgers with mayonnaise, clips from shows like 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld' and trying to solve the vertical leaping challenge."

The Orem team's communications director resigned after the event was canceled, saying that he raised concerns about the plan.

The Raptors are scheduled to play the Billings Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11.

nparker@sltrib.com

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