Bobblehead Graveyard

via @ParkerSports via @darrenrovell

Not every bobblehead gets to see the light of day. Some even get made, but are subsequently canceled. The reasons vary. Sometimes it is due to scheduling conflicts, like when COVID-19 hit and several were never handed out, or even rescheduled. Other times, players get traded, or have a scandal. The funniest ones are when the bobblehead is made, but the end product isn’t quite appropriate. Here’s a running list of ones that have been canceled, and at the very best, remade. We’ll be expanding on this later with photos and more information. You can view more of them here.

Tampa Bay Devil RaysJason Tyner6/2/2002He had been demoted to the minors five days prior to the giveaway.
Baltimore OriolesBrian Roberts7/15/2006A manufacturing error made his skin too dark. It was replaced with a new one.
Toronto Blue JaysFrank Thomas5/25/2008He was traded from Toronto to Oakland a month earlier.
New York YankeesSnoopy9/25/2013After years of other Snoopy-related giveaways, the Yankees replaced it with Charlie Brown.
Boston Red SoxDavid Ortiz4/7/2014This looked like a racist caricature and was replaced with a new one.
Washington NationalsJayson Werth8/30/2015His walk-off home-run bobblehead was scary looking and was replaced with a new one.
Miami MarlinsBilly the Marlin9/4/2015The Billy the Marlin Stormtrooper bobblehead was replaced by a t-shirt.
Pittsburgh PiratesFrancisco Liriano9/10/2016(Canceled/traded away)
Toronto Blue JaysZach Britton4/1/2017This was an April Fools' joke, as a blogger said the Blue Jays were trying to increase ticket sales by giving out an Orioles bobblehead.
Philadelphia PhilliesPete Rose8/11/2017Allegations surfaced that Rose had a sexual relationship in the 1970s with a girl before she turned 16.
Boston Red SoxJ.D. Martinez4/24/2020Never handed out at the stadium due to COVID.
Houston AstrosYordan Alvarez4/24/2020Never handed out due to COVID. Rookie of the Year.
Altoona CurveBryan Reynolds5/9/2020This was cancelled due to COVID-19 of Bryan 'Not Ryan' Reynolds as Ant Man.
Tampa Bay RaysTampa Bay Rays Audio Bobbleheads5/9/2020Most of these were canceled due to COVID-19. One was handed out and the other was canceled for a different reason.
Cincinnati RedsSonny Grey5/16/2020Never handed out at the stadium due to COVID.
Pittsburgh PiratesJosh Bell7/4/2020Never handed out at the stadium due to COVID, but given to Season Ticket Holders. He's fishing.
Pittsburgh PiratesTrevor Williams8/4/2020Never handed out at the stadium due to COVID.
Tampa Bay RaysWilly Adames6/9/2021He was traded to the Brewers a few weeks prior to his giveaway. This was an audio bobblehead.
L.A. DodgersTrevor Bauer8/19/2021A woman alleged that Bauer sexually assaulted her. The case was settled in 2023.
Kansas City RoyalsAndrew Benintendi8/23/2022He was traded to the Yankees a month before this giveaway.
Kansas City RoyalsMichael A. Taylor8/24/2022He was part of a dual bobblehead with Andrew Benintendi, but Benintendi was traded so they were canceled.
Cleveland GuardiansFranmil Reyes9/3/2022Reyes was waived and clamed by the Cubs, so his bobblehead night was canceled. Several fans still got it, though.
San Diego PadresFernando Tatis Jr.9/7/2022Canceled after he failed a PED test. Changed to a Juan Soto City Connect shirsey giveaway.
L.A. DodgersJulio Urias9/21/2023Urias was arrested a few weeks earlier and kicked off the team before this bobblehead was handed out.