Awards and accolades over the years

harper mvp

After a historic 2015 season, Bryce Harper was unanimously selected as the National League MVP on Thursday evening. He became the second former Harrisburg Senator in the modern era to claim the award after Vladimir Guerrero took home the American League honors in 2004.

Here are winners of other Major League awards for former Senators throughout the years:

Most Valuable Player
Vladimir Guerrero – 2004
Bryce Harper – 2015

Cy Young Award
Cliff Lee – 2008

Rookie of the Year
Bryce Harper – 2012

Comeback Player of the Year
Cliff Lee – 2008
Chris Young – 2014

Manager of the Year
Jim Tracy – 2009
Jeff Bannister – 2015

Hank Aaron Award
Bryce Harper – 2015

Gold Glove Awards
Orlando Cabrera – 2001, 2007
Mark Grudzielanek – 2006
Brandon Phillips – 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
Ryan Zimmerman – 2009

Silver Sluggers
Moises Alou – 1994, 1998
Vladimir Guerrero – 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
Jose Vidro – 2003
Michael Barrett – 2005
Ryan Zimmerman – 2009, 2010
Brandon Phillips – 2011
Stephen Strasburg – 2012
Ian Desmond – 2012, 2013, 2014
Anthony Rendon – 2014
Bryce Harper – 2015

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Current and Former Senators in the Off-Season Leagues

Dan DeMent continues his coaching career with a stint as the Hitting Coach for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. (Photo courtesy PennLive)

Dan DeMent continues his ascension up the coaching ranks with a stint as the Hitting Coach for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. (Photo courtesy PennLive)

Arizona Fall League
Dakota Bacus (’15) – Salt River Rafters
Chris Bostick (’15) – Salt River Rafters
Abel de los Santos (’15) – Salt River Rafters
Dan DeMent (’05-’07) – Mesa Solar Sox HITTING COACH
Nick Lee (’15) – Salt River Rafters
Danny Rosenbaum (’11-’12) – Scottsdale Scorpions
John Simms (’14-’15) – Salt River Rafters

Dominican Winter League
Richard Bleier (’15) – Estrellas de Oriente
Felix Fermin (’87) – Toros del Este MANAGER
John Lannan (’07, ’10) – Tigres del Licey
Pedro Lopez (’10) – Leones del Escogido
Warner Madrigal (’14) – Tigres del Licey
Michael Martinez (’09-’10) – Estrellas de Oriente
Pat McCoy (’11-’13) – Estrellas de Oriente
Yunior Novoa (’08-’10) – Leones del Escogido
Jhonny Nunez (’08) – Gigantes del Cibao
Adderling Ruiz (’15) – Toros del Este
Atahualpa Severino (’09) – Tigres del Licey
Pedro Severino (’15) – Aguilas Cibaenas
Jhonatan Solano (’09-’10, ’12) – Toros del Este
Wander Suero (’15) – Tigres del Licey
Oscar Tejeda (’14) – Gigantes del Cibao
Alex Valdez (’11) – Leones del Escogido
Edward Valdez (’07) – Leones del Escogido
Claudio Vargas (’02-’03) – Toros del Este

Venezuelan Winter League
Gabriel Alfaro (’14) – Navegantes del Magallanes
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’12) – Tigres de Aragua
Michael Burgess (’10) – Caribes de Anzoátegui
Reegie Corona (’15) – Tiburones de La Guairá
Frank Diaz (’06-’07) – Navegantes del Magallanes
Luis Dorante (’01 MGR) – Cardenales de Lara MANAGER
Paolo Espino (’14-’15) – Caribes de Anzoátegui
Jesus Flores (’09) – Caribes de Anzoátegui
Carlos Garcia (’89-’90) – Navegantes del Magallanes MANAGER
Brian Goodwin (’12-’13, ’15) – Bravos de Margarita
Zach Jackson (’14) – Aguilas de Zulia
Sandy Leon (’12-’13) – Tigres de Aragua
Mario Lisson (’15) – Navegantes del Magallanes
Chris Marrero (’09-’10, ’12) – Bravos de Margarita
Hector Nelo (’12) – Navegantes del Magallanes
Hassan Pena (’10-’11) – Navegantes del Magallanes
Omar Poveda (’14) – Bravos de Margarita
Carlos Rivero (’13) – Cardenales de Lara
Henry Rodriguez (’11-’12) – Tiburones de La Guairá
Joe Testa (’12) – Caribes de Anzoátegui
Rob Wort (’13) – Caribes de Anzoátegui

Mexican Pacific League
Roger Bernadina (’07-’08) – Yaquis de Obregon
Brian Broderick (’12-’13) – Charros de Jalisco
Delta Cleary (’15) – Yaquis de Obregon
Roy Corcoran (’03, ‘06) – Tomateros del Culiacan
Paul Demny (’12-’15) – Tomateros de Culiacan
Quincy Latimore (’14) – Mayos de Navojoa
Edgar Gonzalez (’05) – Aguilas de Mexicali MANAGER
Jesus Valdez (’10-’12) – Charros de Jalisco

Australian Baseball League
Tristan Crawford (‘08) – Brisbane Bandits
Aaron Thompson (’09-’10) – Canberra Cavalry

Roberto Clemente Baseball League (Puerto Rico)
Jonathan Albaladejo (‘07) – Indios de Mayaguez
Luis Atilano (’08-’09, ’11) – Criollos de Caguas
Isaac Ballou (‘15) – Indios de Mayaguez
Jesus Feliciano (’05-’06) – Gigantes de Carolina
Tyler Herron (‘13-’14) – Indios de Mayaguez
Pat Kelly (’95-’96 MGR) – Indios de Mayaguez MANAGER
Jose Lozada (’12-’15) – Cangrejeros de Santurce
Jorge Padilla (’08) – Cangrejeros de Santurce
Saul Rivera (’05) – Criollos de Caguas
Javier Vazquez (’97) – Cangrejeros de Santurce

Liga de Beisbol Profesional Nacional (Nicaragua)
Ofilio Castro (‘07) – Oriental Granada

Premier 12
Shawn Hill (’03-’04, ’06) – Canada
Luis Jimenez (’08) – Venezuela
Zack Segovia (’08-’09) – United States

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Utley and Tejada, Perez and Alonso

The latest controversy in the MLB playoffs involves former Philadelphia Phillie, now Los Angeles Dodger Chase Utley and his “slide”/flying body block into Ruben Tejada during the second game of the NLDS.

Although not ruled a double play on the field at the time (something the umpires have the power to do), Utley has since been suspended for the next two games of the playoffs although the second baseman plans to appeal the punishment.

The incident in question was very reminiscent of a play earlier this season in a Harrisburg Senators game against the Reading Fightin’ Phils at Metro Bank Park.

On April 24 in the sixth inning of a 7-3 game, Senators’ shortstop Stephen Perez took out Reading’s Carlos Alonso at second base. The play developed under very similar circumstances as a ball was hit up the middle and both middle infielders, Tejada and Alonso, started the pivot with their back to the runner before rotating to try and finish the double play.

In real time, I thought Perez’ slide was hard and aggressive but not over the line.

But after watching it multiple times from multiple angles in the control room later that night, I understand the outcry. I don’t think Perez intended to hurt Alonso, but the Reading infielder’s season was done after he suffered a torn ACL on the play.

Many Phillies fans at the time and even today are calling Perez’ attempt that day an “incredibly dirty slide”. Manager Dusty Wathan even talked with Eastern League officials about the play hoping for disciplinary action against Perez according to reports.

The only video I have here is from the original broadcast and there weren’t any replays shown at the time, but you can see in the photos from PennLive’s James Robinson that Perez almost stutter stepped when he’s getting to the bag. I remember from the replays seeing his shoulders dip like he was going in for the slide and then changing his mind. I believe Perez intended to go in hard and legal, but somewhere in the middle of starting his slide tried to alter his path and instead went in awkwardly late and high.




Look it sucks for Alonso. I even heard from his dad after the game about the slide being dirty. I don’t agree but I can understand how he would feel that way for his son.

But now that Utley’s slide has raised the discussion on these types of incidents, will we see harsher penalties and stricter rules much like we’ve seen at home plate after the Buster Posey and Brian Jeroloman collisions? Probably. I’m just not sure how that can be accomplished at second base.

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Arrieta and Cole both losers on City Island

Both starting pitchers in tonight’s National League Wild Card game, Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole, came through Metro Bank Park on their way to tonight’s matchup. Both left City Island collared with their team’s loss, and in Cole’s case a badly bruised face.

Let’s first look back at Arrieta’s lone start against the Senators on May 22, 2009 when he was still a top prospect in the Baltimore Orioles’ system. According to the story from PennLive’s Geoff Morrow, the game also marked the first time the new outfield seats and boardwalk were opened to the public.

Arrieta threw well, but was outdueled by Harrisburg’s Luis Atilano in the Senators’ 3-2 win. The future Cubs’ ace scattered six hits over six innings while striking out nine but allowed three first-inning runs. Marvin Lowrance accounted for the big hit in the frame as the slugger connected on a first pitch two-run home run off Arrieta.

In Cole’s case three years later on June 26,2012, the Altoona right-hander was hit around and literally hit in his one inning of work. Cole allowed three runs on five hits, none more damaging then a line drive Destin Hood lined right back at the pitcher and off his face.

Bruised and battered, Cole finished the inning thanks in all likelihood to a huge rush of adrenaline but was replaced after that. Per PennLive’s Bob Flounders, the Pirates’ prospect was taken to a nearby hospital for a precautionary exam but somehow still made his next scheduled start without a hitch.

Reliever Zech Zinicola, who years earlier pocketed the save in the Arrieta game, earned the win against Altoona and Cole.

Later tonight, both Arrieta and Cole will make a case for their team to advance in this year’s postseason.

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Helping you root for a team this postseason


Now that the MLB playoffs are about to begin, you may need a reason to root for a team to go all the way.

We looked at all 10 teams to find direct links to the Harrisburg Senators. Surprisingly, only three former players will likely find themselves on their team’s playoff roster for the first round. However, a lot more have ties with former players and coaches who are now on the field staffs and front offices of the playoff-bound teams.

There are four teams with no links whatsoever with the players, coaches, and front office staff: Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals.

After that…

Los Angeles Dodgers:
Pat Corrales (managed a couple of games while Matt LeCroy was gone on paternity leave) – special assistant to GM

Houston Astros:
Oliver Perez (2011)
Brad Peacock (2010-11) – on the 60-day disabled list

Kansas City Royals:
Chris Young (2003)
Rafael Belliard (1987) – special assistant to GM

Texas Rangers:
Jeff Banister (1988-90) – manager
Tony Beasley (Mgr 2011) – 3rd base coach
Ivan Rodriguez (2011) – special assistant to GM

Toronto Blue Jays:
Marco Estrada (2008)
Tim Leiper (HC 1998) – 1st base coach
Tim Raines (HC 2007) – outfield/baserunning coordinator

Pittsburgh Pirates:
Rick Sofield (Mgr 1997) – 3rd base coach
Dave Jauss (Mgr 1994) – coach
Jeff Livesey (HC 1996-97) – coach
Larry Broadway (2003-05) – director of minor league operations
Jamey Carroll (1998-2000, 2002) – special assistant

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2015 in PennLive articles


Here are some of my favorite articles from this past season:

Five questions for the Washington Nationals’ farm system

Harrisburg Senators’ staff dances into new role as in-game entertainment

Brief Q&A with Nationals’ OF Denard Span and video of his rehab appearance

Former teammates Joe Ross and Zach Eflin relish the chance to face each other

Richard Bleier‘s pitch-to-contact philosophy shows young arms the way

Harrisburg Senators pitcher Joe Ross adapts quickly to a new organization and new league

Devin Ivany takes the next step in his baseball career

The handling of Wilmer Difo is a swing and miss for the Washington Nationals: Commentary

Trea Turner joins Harrisburg Senators amid excitement and high expectations

Stephen Strasburg tries to find his way out of the darkness

Richmond pitching coach Steve Kline relishes the chance to come home

Harrisburg Senators’ pitcher Colin Bates paints more than just the corners

The span of Spann: Inside a pitcher’s five days between starts

Ten years burning down the road, Ryan Zimmerman begins his rehab stint in Harrisburg

Hershey’s Joe Gunkel proves you can go home again

Harrisburg Senators’ cooking clubbie keeps the team well-fed and happy

Baseball’s top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito brings his ‘A’ game to Metro Bank Park

The birth of a bobblehead: how the popular giveaway item gets into the hands of the fans

The model of consistency, Austin Voth, becomes the Eastern League’s strikeout king in 2015

Harrisburg Senators set all-time attendance record, top 300,000 fans for the first time

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Pregame Field Prep

Here’s some great time lapse video from Tyler of the Grounds Crew…

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