Pregame Field Prep

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

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Leftover quotes from Strasburgapalooza

Photo courtesy Dan Gleiter / PennLive

Photo courtesy Dan Gleiter / PennLive

Stephen Strasburg

…on his rehab start
“Obviously, it was a noon game I had to get up early, get a coffee in me but I was definitely excited to get back out there and face another team.”

…on returning to Harrisburg
“It’s cool. This town has brought me a lot of good memories especially early on so it’s like déjà vu all over again.”

Brian Daubach

…on the start
“He obviously had a really good fastball today and was pounding the zone. He used all of his pitches well, commanded his fastball, and had plus-velo.”

Chris Michalak

…on what Senators’ pitchers can learn from Strasburg
“He makes mistakes too. Warming up he didn’t hit spots, but he would make adjustments. I think that’s the biggest thing that those guys can learn from. He had the ability to feel when he was making a mistake and make that adjustment on the very next pitch.”

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Leftover quotes from Trea Turner

17422286-mmmainI had the opportunity on Sunday afternoon to talk to newest Senator, Trea Turner, for my post that ran on PennLive here.

In the end, there were some questions and answers that I didn’t have room or context for but I wanted to put out in the universe…

…on the San Diego Padres’ handling during the first half of the season
“I owe them a lot. I’m very thankful for them doing what they did and allowed me to play at Double-A and treated me just like another player.”

…on the expectations of Nationals’ fans
“I have high expectations for myself. I probably have higher than anyone. I’m a picky kind of perfectionist.”

…on Monday’s off-day
“It’s definitely nice to have an off-day. I kind of got one today, another one tomorrow to think about where I’m going to live and stuff like that. I’ll have to figure that out pretty quick.”

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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.


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, 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
Honey Badgers
Hound Dogs
Praying Mantis
River Hogs
Screech Owls
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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