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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Catching up on transactions UPDATE…

Photo courtesy Joe Hermitt / PennLive

Photo courtesy Joe Hermitt / PennLive

An updated look at the transactions for former Senators (in reverse chronological order):

Mar 3: Jonny Tucker (’11-’12) – re-signed by Somerset Patriots
Mar 1: Edward Valdez (’07) – released from Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz
Feb 24: Ryan Perry (’12-’14) – signed with Detroit Tigers
Feb 24: Cory VanAllen (’08-’12) – re-signed with Sugar Land Skeeters
Feb 17: Jesse Estrada (’09) – signed with Tigres de Quintana Roo
Feb 12: Roy Corcoran (’03, ’06) – signed with Rieleros de Aguascalientes
Feb 11: Michael Martinez (’09-’10) – signed with Cleveland Indians
Feb 6: Josh Whitesell (’06-’07) – signed with Guerreros de Oaxaca
Feb 6: Armando Galarraga (’05) – signed with Pericos de Puebla
Feb 6: Corey Thurman (’04) – re-signed by York Revolution
Feb 5: Zack Segovia (’08-’09) – signed by San Diego Padres
Jan 31: Kevin Pucetas (’12) – signed by San Francisco Giants
Jan 26: Jesus Flores (’09) – signed with Atlanta Braves
Jan 23: Henry Rodriguez (’11-’12) – signed by Arizona Diamondbacks
Jan 23: Eury Perez (’12) – claimed off waivers by Atlanta Braves
Jan 21: Jason Marquis (’10) – signed with Cincinnati Reds
Jan 20: Ryan Mattheus (’11-’13) – signed with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Jan 15: Brian Jeroloman (’13-’14) – re-signed with Washington Nationals
Jan 14: Danny Rosenbaum (’11-’12) – traded to Boston Red Sox
Jan 12: Brandon Bantz (’14) – signed with Miami Marlins
Jan 8: Mike Broadway (’13) – signed with San Francisco Giants
Dec 19: Steven Souza (’13) – traded to Tampa Bay Rays
Dec 19: Brian Broderick (’12-’13) – traded to Kansas City Royals
Dec 18: Roger Bernadina (’07-’08) – signed with Colorado Rockies
Dec 18: Derek Norris (’11) – traded to San Diego Padres
Dec 17: Michael Morse (’12) – signed with the Miami Marlins

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Senators Roll Call: 3/4

Photo courtesy PennLive

Photo courtesy PennLive

• With 2015 his walk year, is this the end of the road for Ian Desmond (’06, ’08-’09) in DC? (Pressbox DC [Driver])

Steven Souza (’13) is impressing new Rays’ manager Kevin Cash with his intensity, work ethic, and disciplined approach (MLB [Chastain])

• It’s the age-old question…do they send Michael Taylor (’14) back to AAA for everyday at-bats or keep him on the bench with the Nationals? (Nats Insider [Zuckerman])

• After Melvin Upton (the Artist Formerly Known as BJ) went down with a foot injury, the frontrunner to man centerfield for the Braves appears to be Eury Perez (’12) (AJC [O’Brien])

• Check out the spectacular catch made yesterday by Destin Hood (’12-’14)…

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The Eastern League Roundtripper: 3/2

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

Keep Turning Left

The Trenton Thunder are set to host the Third Annual Dover vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Game on Tuesday, April 21st. The squads will feature the two most recent winners of the Daytona 500 as Dale Earnhardt Jr. will lead Team Dover and Joey Logano will captain Team Pocono. The rest of the rosters will be made up of members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and a few other special guests.

Opening Day Guarantee

Despite a harsh winter that has brought historic snowfall and record cold temperatures to Portland, the Sea Dogs are guaranteeing the team will be playing baseball on April 9th at Hadlock Field. If they are not able to for any reason, the team will double the normal rain check policy by providing two tickets to a future 2015 Sea Dogs game for each Opening Day ticket exchanged.

hadlock snow

First Friday

Richmond is set to host their First Friday Fan Fest & Ticketpalooza in four days. The event will officially kickoff the Squirrels season-long Free Shirt Friday and Happy Hour promotion and will also feature live music, concession items and a sneak peak at the new upgrades taking place at The Diamond.

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Senators 2015 Promotional Schedule Released

Photo courtesy Sean Simmers / PennLive

Photo courtesy Sean Simmers / PennLive

Late yesterday afternoon, the Senators released their promotional schedule for the upcoming 2015 season.

Giveaways
Saturday, April 11 – Hersheypark Passes to the first 2,000 kids 12 and under
Sunday, April 12 – Jordan Zimmermann Pint Glass to the first 1,000 fans 21 and over
Saturday, April 25 – Hat to the first 1,000 fans 13 and over
Sunday, April 26 – Salt & Pepper Shaker to the 1,000 fans
Saturday, May 9 – Anthony Rendon Bobblehead to the first 1,000 fans
Sunday, May 10 – Hersheypark Passes to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under
Saturday, May 23 – Harrisburg Mayflies T-Shirts to the first 1,000 fans 13 and older
Saturday, June 13 – Military Card Set to the first 1,000 fans
Sunday, June 14 – Michael Taylor Bobblehead to the first 1,000 fans
Saturday, June 27 – Oyo to the first 1,000 fans 12 and under
Sunday, June 28 – Performance Socks to the first 1,000 fans 18 and older
Saturday, July 11 – Two-Sided Star Wars Bobblehead to the first 1,000 fans
Sunday, July 12 – Hat to the first 1,000 fans 13 and older
Saturday, July 25 – Bryce Harper “Mayfly” Snow Globe to the first 1,000 fans
Sunday, July 26 – Youth Jersey to the first 1,000 fans 12 and under
Wednesday, August 5 – Bill Buckner baseball cards to the first 2,000 fans
Saturday, August 15 – Adult Jersey to the first 1,000 fans 13 and over
Sunday, August 16 – Welcome Mat to the first 1,000 fans
Saturday, August 22 – Steven Souza Jr. Bobblehead to the first 1,000 fans
Sunday, August 23 – Drawstring Backpack to the first 1,000 fans
Saturday, September 5 – Baseball to the first 1,000 fans
Sunday, September 6 – Fan Appreciation giveaway

Appearances and Entertainment
Saturday, May 9 – Bucket Ruckus
Sunday, May 10 – Bucket Ruckus
Saturday, May 23 – Birdzerk!
Sunday, May 24 – ZOOperstars!
Friday, June 12 – Denny McLain appearance
Saturday, June 13 – BBoy McCoy
Sunday, June 14 – BBoy McCoy
Thursday, June 18 – Cowboy Monkey Rodeo
Saturday, June 27 – Bucket Ruckus
Sunday, June 28 – Bucket Ruckus
Thursday, July 23 – Cowboy Monkey Rodeo
Tuesday, August 4 – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Wednesday, August 5 – Principal Financial Dreams Tour with Bill Buckner appearance
Friday, August 14 – Racing Presidents
Saturday, August 15 – Racing Presidents

Specialty Days/Nights
Thursday, April 23 – Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Wednesday, May 13 – Education Day
Wednesday, May 20 – Education Day
Saturday, May 23 – What If? Night featuring Mayflies Jerseys
Saturday, June 13 – Military Appreciation Night
Saturday, June 27 – Bricks and Baseball Night featuring Lego Style Jerseys
Thursday, July 2 – Red, White and Blue Thursday
Friday, July 10 – Star Wars Night
Saturday, July 11 – Star Wars Night; Scout Night Sleepover
Friday, July 24 – Bacon Bingo
Saturday, July 25 – Christmas in July featuring Ugly Christmas Jerseys
Sunday, July 26 – Blue Day for Prostate Cancer Awareness
Wednesday, August 5 – Summer Reading Night
Thursday, August 6 – Diamond Dig; Summer Reading Night
Saturday, August 15 – Pink Night featuring Pink Jerseys
Thursday, September 3 – 90s Retro Night

Daily Promotions
Sunday – Rite Aid Wellness Plus Family Day with pre-game catch on the field and post-game kids run the bases
Monday – Military Mondays
Tuesday – Karns Foods Max Saver Tuesday
Wednesday – Wet Nose Wednesday (which means you can bring your dog to the park)
Thursday – Thirsty Thursday
Friday – Fireworks (along with April 9, May 24, July 3, July 25)
Saturday – Giveaways

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Senators Roll Call: 2/26

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• On Wednesday, the Senators announced that Mark Butler, president and CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, will assume the majority stake in the franchise as he becomes the principal owner and managing partner of the baseball club. Check out my story at PennLive here.

Derek Norris (’11) got a head start on learning about the pitchers on his new team, the Padres, by studying tons of game film this winter. (MLB [Brock])

• Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is not my idea of a mentor, but Kash Beauchamp (HC ’95) might disagree with me. Beauchamp is one of nine coaches featured in Spike’s series “Coaching Bad” trying to fix their anger control problems.

• Looking to put a disappointing injury-plagued 2014 season behind him, Taylor Jordan (’13) focused on his health coming into spring training. (Washington Times [Schad])

Erik Davis (’11-’12) did something on Tuesday that he hadn’t done in over a year when he threw off the mound pain-free. (Washington Post [Janes])

Chien-Ming Wang (’11-’12) signed with the Braves this offseason because the open competition for their fifth spot in the rotation was very enticing to him. (FOX Sports South [Bardeen])

• Former backstop Brian Schneider (’99) is going to try his hand at hurling, the traditional Irish sport, for an Irish reality show called “The Toughest Trade”. (SI Extra Mustard)

• The Harrisburg Senators and Delaware North SportService are holding their part-time job fair this Saturday, February 28th, 2015 from 11am – 2pm at Metro Bank Park.

 

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