Game 4: Curve 2, Senators 1

Photo courtesy Mark Pynes / PennLive

Photo courtesy Mark Pynes / PennLive

Tony Renda with third-straight multi-hit game in loss

Manager Brian Daubach on Tony Renda’s success at the plate:
“I’ve seen it in spring training and the short times I’ve been around him. But he won the batting title in the Carolina League which is a really tough league because you play the teams so often. He can really hit.”

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Game 3: Senators 4, Curve 1

Photo courtesy Mark Pynes / PennLive

Photo courtesy Mark Pynes / PennLive

Abel De Los Santos picks up his first Double-A save

Manager Brian Daubach on getting De Los Santos back out there after collaring the loss in the season opener:
“We have high hopes for him, but it’s good to get him back out there. He’s going to be in those situations a lot for us and hopefully this gets him started going forward.”

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Game 2: Senators 3, Curve 2 (11)

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Matt Skole delivers walk-off HR for Senators’ first victory of the season

Manager Brian Daubach on Skole’s heroics:
“He’s got a knack to do that. He struggled a lot early last year and I remember he had two or three walk-offs early on. For him, it’s just keeping it simple and not trying to do too much. Out of probably all of his swings tonight, that was his easiest one and that was the one that went out. He just tries to generate so much that he doesn’t need to do. He can just keep it calm and put a good swing on instead of a great one, those things happen.”

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Game 1: Curve 1, Senators 0

Photo courtesy Mark Pynes / PennLive

Photo courtesy Mark Pynes / PennLive

Austin Voth dominates in Opening Day start

Austin Voth’s line: 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K

Manager Brian Daubach on the right-hander:
“He got into a little trouble in the first inning, but got two big punchouts to two pretty big hitters there. Those guys (Willy Garcia and Stetson Allie) were in the league last year and they did some damage against us. That was a big pick-up for him and obviously Seve (Pedro Severino) helped him out from there on. I know last year he was running out of gas when he got up here. I’m not saying he’s going to throw a shutout every night, but that’s more of what we saw in the past.”

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What can I get you?

Press Box
Over the weekend, Geoff Morrow posted this on his Facebook page:

After nearly a decade as @HbgSenators beat writer for The Patriot-News and @PennLive, I decided in the fall it was time to step away…I may still make a few visits to City Island, but the addition of high school football to my beat coverage last year greatly impacted my decision.

As I said to Geoff when he told me his plans over the winter, “I knew this day was coming. Selfishly, I hoped it wouldn’t be soon but I completely understand.”

When I was granted press credentials in 2011, Geoff could have easily shunned me or treated me with a healthy dose of disdain. After all, here I was just some punk who wrote stuff on a blog and somehow had lucked into full access to the Senators. But the professionalism and friendship he offered was much more than one could ever hope.

Even though I knew baseball backwards and forwards, I had absolutely no idea how to conduct myself around coaches and players in the locker room. I don’t think I asked manager Tony Beasley a question until at least May or June. But I stuck as close to Geoff as I could to try and pick up as much as I could. That season PennLive also had Andy Shay at Metro Bank Park most nights and between the two of them I felt like I learned everything from a Journalism 101 course through a Master’s level degree.

Fast-forward to the 2014 season and I still rarely left Geoff’s side. If you happened to see him walking around the concourse or chatting up a player, I was usually a half of a pace behind him still being taught lessons after four years.

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When Norm MacDonald was fired from Saturday Night Live, his friend Colin Quinn replaced him behind the news desk. Quinn began his first Weekend Update with this soliloquy:

You know how you go to your favorite bar, and your local bartender isn’t there? You ask, “Where’s Jeff?” “Jeff no longer works here, I’m Steve.” And you’re thinking, “Hey, who’s this idiot? I like Jeff.” But you still want your drink? And even though Steve doesn’t mix your drink the same way you’re used to, like Jeff, you still like the same bar, you don’t want to have to go to a different bar. And even Steve might feel kinda bad because Jeff trained him. Jeff showed him how to work the cash register, where the tonic was on the soda gun, who tips, who doesn’t….Well…I’m Steve. What can I get you?

You may be asking yourself why you just read that story. Well that pretty much sums up my feelings as I let everyone know that I’ll be taking over the beat writer duties for the Senators this season.

The amount of respect I have for the previous beat writers Skip Hutter, Andy Linker, and Geoff is immeasurable. I only wish I can live up to the example and standards they have set over the years.

I hope my love for the game of baseball and appreciation for those that play it comes across in my writing.

So, if you have any questions, recommendations, or issues about the coverage, please hit me up at any game, e-mail me at mickreinhard@gmail.com, or tweet at me @Mayflies. I would love to hear from all of you as we both make this transition into uncharted territory this summer.

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Senators begin spring training games tomorrow


Thursday marks the first time this spring the 2015 Harrisburg Senators take the field against another squad when they travel to Kissimmee to face the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.

The rest of their schedule is as follows:

Mar 20 Viera – Mississippi Braves (ATL)
Mar 22 Viera – Erie SeaWolves (DET)
Mar 23 Lake Buena Vista – Mississippi Braves (ATL)
Mar 24 Viera – Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Mar 26 Lakeland – Erie SeaWolves (DET)
Mar 27 Viera – Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Mar 28 Viera – Mississippi Braves (ATL)
Mar 30 Lakeland – Erie SeaWolves (DET)
Apr 1 Kissimmee – Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Apr 2 Lakeland – Erie SeaWolves (DET)
Apr 3 Lake Buena Vista – Mississippi Braves (ATL)

Unlike Major League spring training, results and stats will remain virtually unknown and we won’t find out very much about these games.

The team will return to Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 7, for Media Day and their first workout on City Island. Later that night, the Fan Club will host the team at their Annual Welcome Back dinner where manager Brian Daubach will formally introduce each player.

Two days later, the Senators open the regular season at home against the Altoona Curve.

 

 

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The Eastern League Roundtripper: 3/9

Once the season starts, we’ll use this space to highlight top performers and notable events of the previous week but for now we’ll catch up on some off-season news from around the league.

Eastern League baseballs

Richmond and Reading Both Lose From the Top

High-ranking officials in both Richmond and Reading are leaving their positions before the 2015 season begins. Flying Squirrels’ GM Bill Papierniak is leaving baseball to become owner of a Cartridge World franchise in Innsbrook, VA, while Todd “Parney” Parnell will assume General Manager duties. In Reading, Fightin Phils Assistant GM Ashley Peterson is stepping down after 15 seasons in the front office to be a full-time mother for her three sons.

This Was the Best They Could Come Up With?

After close to 6,000 entries, Hartford unveiled its top ten choices for a team name. Voting ends this Wednesday.

Blue Frogs
Choppers
Hedgehogs
Honey Badgers
Hound Dogs
Praying Mantis
River Hogs
Screech Owls
Whirlybirds
Yard Goats

Best of Business Yet Again

For the eighth year in a row, the New Hampshire Business Review has voted the Fisher Cats the ‘Best Sporting Event to Take Clients To’.

Inside the Smelly Wool Suit

The RubberDucks are holding mascot auditions this Tuesday as they’re looking to hire candidates for their three official mascots: Orbit, Homer, and Webster.

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