Eastern League Preview: Western Division


Harrisburg Senators (2011: 80-62) – Washington Nationals
Manager: Matt LeCroy (2011: Potomac Nats 68-71; Career 189-224)

The Senators are the only EL team who completely overhauled their entire coaching staff from 2011 as Paul Menhart and Eric Fox take over the pitching and hitting coach duties.

Key Returnees: Danny Rosenbaum, Tim Pahuta, Pat Lehman
New Guys: Destin Hood, Sandy Leon, Eury Perez, Jeff Kobernus

Home: Metro Bank Park (Capacity: 6,187)
Can’t Miss Concessions: Spot Dogs, MoMo’s Macho Nachos

 


Richmond Flying Squirrels (2011: 76-66) – San Francisco Giants
Manager: Dave Machemer (2011: Richmond; Career 1464-1446)

Machemer skippered the Senators to their worst season in modern history as he led the 2004 squad to a 52-90 record.

Key Returnees: Chris Dominguez, Justin Fitzgerald, Wes Hodges
New Guys: Gary Brown, Tommy Joseph, Chris Heston

Home: The Diamond (Capacity: 9,560, 216 miles from Harrisburg)
Can’t Miss Concessions: Trolley Dog – a giant hot dog covered with chili and cheese while nestled on top of two fried pickles


Bowie Baysox (2011: 75-66) – Baltimore Orioles
Manager: Gary Kendall (2011: Bowie; Career 407-436)

Kendall is the only EL manager with no MiLB playing experience as he came up through the ranks of coaching college and scouting.

Key Returnees: LJ Hoes, Robert Bundy, Tim Bascom
New Guys: Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop

Home: Prince George’s Stadium (Capacity: 10,000, 109 miles from Harrisburg)
Can’t Miss Concessions: Old Bay soft pretzels

 


Akron Aeros (2011: 73-69) – Cleveland Indians
Manager: Chris Tremie (2011: Akron; Career 311-351)

During his 14-year minor league career as a catcher, Tremie was forced into pitching on four separate occurrences. In a combined 3.1 innings, Tremie allowed no runs and surrendered only one hit.

Key Returnees: Austin Adams, Tim Fedroff, Chun Chen
New Guys: Davis Stoneburner, Jesus Aguilar

Home: Canal Park (Capacity: 9,097, 310 miles from Harrisburg)
Can’t Miss Concessions: If you’re a fan of extreme foods (think Man vs. Food), Canal Park is the place for you and their best one is the Three Dog Night, a hot dog stuffed in a bratwurst wrapped in kielbasa, topped with sauerkraut and Stadium Mustard, and served on a hoagie roll. If that’s a little too much meat in tube form for you, try The Elvis which is a peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwich.

 


Erie SeaWolves (67-75) – Detroit Tigers
Manager: Chris Cron (2011: Erie, Career 994-999)

Cron’s two sons were both selected high in last year’s amateur draft as C.J. was the Angels’ first-round pick and Kevin was chosen in the third-round by Seattle.

Key Returnees: Jamie Johnson, Jay Voss, Rawley Bishop
New Guys: Jordan Lennerton, Tony Plagman

Home: Jerry Uht Park (Capacity: 6,952, 298 miles from Harrisburg)
Can’t Miss Concessions: Smith’s hot dogs, cajun sausage, and kielbasa

 


Altoona Curve
(2011: 64-77)
– Pittsburgh Pirates
Manager: P.J. Forbes (2011: Altoona, Career 533-584)

Former Senators’ star Larry Broadway is in his first season as the Pirates’ new director of player personnel.

Key Returnees: Brock Holt, Jeremy Farrell, Quincy Latimore, Aaron Pribanic
New Guys: Robbie Grossman, Ramon Cabrera

Home: People’s Natural Gas Field aka “The Fart” (Capacity: 7,210, 138 miles from Harrisburg)
Can’t Miss Concessions: Quaker Steak & Lube wings


Predicted order of finish:

1. Richmond
2. Bowie
3. Altoona
4. Harrisburg
5. Akron
6. Erie

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