May 2009

Luke Scott Day Random Notes

Here are just some news and notes from an interesting day that of course was highlighted by Luke Scott’s appearance.

He arrived at the park around 3:00 o’clock and began his rehab routine in the clubhouse shortly there after.  He participated in normal stretching, throwing and batting practice.  It is worth noting that Luke took a couple extra rounds of batting practice, but nobody was counting.  He was extremely helpful to several of the players who asked for his input, especially Tyler Kolodny. 

He did a couple interviews with WBOC- TV and for the radio broadcast. The interview will be archived tomorrow on “Around the Bases”.  He is very intelligent and really expressed a deep devotion to his faith.  He also said that Peanut Butter and Jelly is an option in the clubhouse at Camden Yards.  See, there isn’t a huge difference between the bigs and the minors.

His home run in the first inning was all you needed to see to understand the difference between a big leaguer and a minor leaguer.  An opposite field shot on a 3-2 pitch that he didn’t even get on  the sweet spot.  He also smoked the ball in the sixth inning for a base hit.

Luke is taking care of the spread tonight by the way, also very nice of him.  The players/coaches and staff are currently enjoying some Famous Dave’s. 

Every time he stepped to the plate, he received a loud roar from the crowd.  A lot of Luke Scott fans were in attendance. 

He is going to DH on Tuesday and again bat three times. 

On a side note, the Shorebirds are now in second place, still a game back of Lakewood.  They are also riding a season long six game win streak.  It’s really amazing how quickly they recovered from the eight game losing streak.

Hickory is coming into town as I write.  They have some quality young arms.  Should be a good series.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!

 

 

LUKE SCOTT ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY

Good news to pass along.  Just became official in the afternoon today.  Luke Scott will rehab here in Delmarva on Monday and Tuesday (25th & 26th).

From our press release today

Salisbury, MD – The Baltimore Orioles announced on Sunday that Orioles designated hitter and left fielder Luke Scott will make two rehab starts with the Delmarva Shorebirds and Monday, May 25th and Tuesday, May 26th at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.  Scott is recovering from a strained left shoulder that he suffered when he slid head first into first base on a pickoff attempt against the New York Yankees on May 10th.
 
Scott was placed on the 15-day Disabled List on May 16th, retro-active to May 11th.  He is expected to return to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, May 26th, following his rehab assignment in Delmarva. 
 
The 30-year old, from DeLand, Florida had been a consistent asset in the Orioles order prior to the injury.  Through 29 games, he was hitting .303 with five home runs and 15 RBI.  Scott ranks third on the Orioles in slugging percentage (.515), batting average (.303) and fifth in home runs.
 
In 2008, Scott hit .257 in 148 games for the Orioles.  He blasted a career best 23 home runs and drove in a career high 65 RBI.   Scott was named the American League Player of the Week for the week ending on July 20th, when he hit .538 (7-13) with three home runs and six RBI. 
 
Scott was acquired from the Houston Astros in December of 2007 in the trade that sent Miguel Tejada to the Astros.  The Orioles also received Troy Patton, Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate and Mike Costanzo.    
 
The former Oklahoma State University star was selected in the 9th round of the 2001 First Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians.  In 2004, he was traded to the Astros along with the rights to Rule 5 Willy Taveras in exchange for Jerome Robertson.
 
On Monday, May 24th, Luke Scott and the Shorebirds play the series finale against the Kannapolis Intimidators at 7:05 PM.  On Tuesday, May 25th, Scott will help the Shorebirds begin a four-game series against the Hickory Crawdads.  First pitch is also scheduled for 7:05 PM.
 
For tickets and more information, contact the Delmarva Shorebirds at 410-219-3112 or vist the Shorebirds online at www.theshorebirds.com.

2004 SAL Top Prospects

I was rummaging through my desk yesterday and I came across the 2004 SAL Top Prospect card set.  I was interested, so I ripped a pack opened. 

Here were the top prospects in this league back in 2004.

Josh Anderson – Lexington Legends

Luis Apodaca – Savannah Sand Gnats

Ian Bladergroen – Capital City Bombers

Jake Blalock – Lakewood BlueClaws

Michael Bourn – Lakewood BlueClaws

Jose Diaz – Columbus Catfish

Matt Esquivel – Rome Braves

Clint Everts – Savannah Sand Gnats

Jarrett Gardner – Augusta Greenjackets

Thomas Gorzelanny – Hickory Crawdads

Derick Grigsby – Lexington Legends

James Houser – Charleston Riverdogs

Chuck James – Rome Braves

Andy LaRoche – Columbus Catfish

Adam Loewen – Delmarva Shorebirds

Shaun Marcum – Charleston Alley Cats

Nick Markakis – Delmarva Shorebirds

Aaron Marsden – Asheville Tourists

Brandon McCarthy – Kannapolis Intimidators

Lastings Milledge – Capital City Bombers

Adam Miller – Lake County Captains

Jai Miller – Greensboro Bats

Nyjer Morgan – Hickory Crawdads

Brandon Moss – Augusta Greenjackets

Ryan Roberts – Charleston Alley Cats

Nate Schierholtz – Hagerstown Suns

Cole Seifrig – Greensboro Bats

Juan Serrato – Hagerstown Suns

Brad Snyder – Lake County Captains

Ian Stewart – Asheville Tourists

Robert Valido – Kannapolis Intimidators

Delmon Young – Charleston Riverdogs

 

As you will notice, some of the names are recognizable but most are probably not five years after playing in the SAL.  Besides Nick Markakis, Delmon Young has probably made the biggest splash in the bigs.  He made his debut in Tampa in ’06 and is now in Minnesota.  Nyjer Morgan is another guy that has made a difference in the big leagues.  In 39 games, he is hitting .280 for Pittsburgh.  Lastings Milledge started the season in Washington but was sent down to Syracuse (AAA). 

Just goes to show how difficult it is to stick at the big league level. 

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!

WOW – Welty Homer

Ron Welty just hit a home run in the first inning that hit off the scoreboard.  That thing must have travelled at least 440 feet. 

Furthest ball hit at Perdue Stadium by a long shot this season.  We are still in awe an inning later.

 

Joe Mahoney’s Guest Blog

Note: During the rest of the season, I will try and get a different player to write a short guest blog.  I thought Joe Mahoney would be a good lead off for this because this is his second year on the Eastern Shore and he is certainly a crowd favorite here at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.  Entering game one against Kannapolis, Mahoney is hitting .292 with 17 RBI. 

MAHONEY’S ENTRY

Hey fans, Joe Mahoney here giving you guys a heads up on how the team is doing.  It is nice to be back in Delmarva & not in a hotel room.  The road trip was long and we battled with West Virginia and Hickory.  Though we played well, our record didn’t show it, but now we’re on a roll after winning the last two.

We got in this morning around 7 AM and sleeping on the bus is no fun.  But, that is the life of a minor league baseball player and that’s why we love the game.  As always, we are looking forward to playing on Friday night (May 22) right in Salisbury in front of you guys.  We will put our best effort on the field and hopefully walk off the field with a victory.  See you all tonight and come support our run at a championship.

-Joe Mahoney-

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I hope you enjoy these guest blogs.  I figure it will give you a perspective from the players angle instead of my view all the time.

‘Birds go for three in a row tonight.  Cole McCurry goes for Delmarva against Justin Edwards.

I walked down to the clubhouse some time ago and the Kannapolis coaching staff was already there.  They must have either taken a cab to the park or had the bus driver bring them over early.  Both teams arrived in Salsibury around 7 AM as Joe Mahoney mentioned.  Kannapolis was coming from home after finishing their series with Hagerstown.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!

Home Sweet Home

We got in this morning at about 7:00 o’clock.  Quick turnaround today for everybody.  First pitch against Kannapolis is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

Players don’t have to report to the ballpark until 4:00 PM.

Crowded bus last night so I was up in the bunks.  Hot at first up there, but once I fell asleep around 1:30 it was fine.  We are carrying two extra players.  Jedidiah Stephen and Brendan Monaghan are both on the DL but both are travelling.  Stephen is set to come off the DL this weekend by the way.  He has been taking batting practice and infield on the road.  Monaghan is progressing in his rehab. 

We caught the 3rd and 4th quarters on the bus of the Denver-Lakers game.  Tough loss for Eddie Gamboa and Tyler Kolodny (California guys).  Then we watched Enemy at the Gates.

It feels a little weird to be home at Arthur Perdue.  That road trip felt like it was two weeks instead of just one. 

Time to get after it today.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds! 

Former Orioles MILB player on ESPN

Former Orioles minor league pitcher Josh Faiola was interviewed on ESPN First Take this morning.  Many of the guys were excited to see him being interviewed.  He was released by the Orioles this season and is now playing for the Lake Erie Crushers (Independent League Baseball).  Brent Allar actually lived with him at one time when they were both in Bluefield.  All position players went to the gym today and they watched the interview when it came on at around 11:20 on the bus ride back to the hotel.

The reason ESPN was interviewing him is because of his living situation.  Instead of living with a host family or in an apartment, he is living in an assisted living center. It’s a pretty interesting story. 

He was drafted in the 24th round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft out of Dartmouth.  He played in Bluefield/Aberdeen in 2006 but did not play in 2007 due to a right rotator cuff injury that required surgery.  In 2008, he again pitched in Bluefield.  He had a career 3-1 mark with a 2.35 ERA out of the bullpen.  Injuries really plagued his career.  He is trying to get back into affiliated baseball by playing in Lake Erie. 

CNN also did an article on Josh – CLICK HERE 

Cleveland.Com also did a story on him – CLICK HERE

Even for a non baseball fan, this is a cool story.  Since it pertains to the Orioles, it becomes that much more relevant.  Most of the guys know Josh.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!

Early Wake Up!

My alarm clock was set for 7:30 this morning.  I have to be honest…I hit the snooze button until 7:45 AM.  This is our first morning game away from Perdue Stadium. 

Last nights game didn’t finish until around 11:25 PM (4:17 minutes).  The bus didn’t arrive back at the hotel until well after midnight.  Both teams are in the same position so we will see what happens today.

Couple moves to make you aware of.  Jedidiah Stephen has been placed on the DL (elbow).  With Greg Miclat getting sick a couple days ago, the Orioles have sent shortstop Javier Santana to Hickory, NC.  Santana played in the GCL last season.  He hit .238 with six RBI.  He played all over the infield in the GCL.  He will play short until Greg Miclat/Jedidiah Stephen are ready to return.  Santana’s flight was due to arrive around 11 PM so he may have actually beat us to the hotel.

Luis Bernardo and Tyler Kolodny did well on the left side of the infield yesterday.  Kudos to them for going out there and filling voids. 

The breakfast in the hotel is not free (not ideal) so I don’t know what everyone is doing before heading to the park.  Bus was pushed back to 9:30 (this is the definition of show and go).  I think there is a Waffle House down the road that I might try and run to after completing this blog.

I’ve got to hurry and get ready to rock and roll.  Air time is in two hours!

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!

 

Switching Spots on Bus

During this road trip, I have been riding in the back part of the bus because my normal row is a couch that takes up about three rows.  This is a smaller bus so it’s a bit tight and we are carrying an extra man (26).

So far, I actually like riding on the back of the bus.  The front of the bus (coaches and staff) is generally pretty quiet.  There is just more going on in the back (card games, etc.).  On the way to West Virginia, the only down side was sleeping in the bunks.  It was about 110 degrees up there. 

Last night, I sat on one of the couches with Dustin Black and Jedidiah Stephen.  We all watched the Orlando Magic take out the Boston Celtics.  Half of the guys were pulling for Orlando and half for the Celtics.  We watched some Family Guy after that but I started to fall asleep.  We arrived here in Hickory at midnight.

A couple of us ventured across the street to get a late night snack at the gas station.  It took forever because the owner only had a little window open.  So you had to tell her what you wanted, then she had to go get it.  Not ideal.

Anyway, there are a lot of food choices around our hotel!  We have Fuddruckers (home to the 1 pound burger), Outback Steakhouse, Wendy’s, LongHorn Steakhouse and something else I’m forgetting at the moment. 

Before the bus departed yesterday after the Shorebirds were swept, Orlando told the guys to just relax and not to worry about the recent slide.  I like that.  He was definitely really positive because he knew the guys were down.  With that being said, the Shorebirds know that they need to revert back to the winning ways. 

Oh, if anybody is big into hunting out there talk to Jedidiah and Dustin.  For a kid from New York City that has not shot any type of gun or bow, the conversation and pictures were pretty cool.  Those two are experts. 

I’ll chat in with you all from L.P Frans Stadium,

Bret

 

 

Doubleheader Sunday

Greetings from the business center of our hotel in South Charleston.  We have a 10:30 bus to the field today in preparation for the doubleheader.  First game will begin at 2:05 PM.  The Shorebirds probably won’t be able to take batting practice again because the field might be wet.  The first three days they couldn’t because of the college game.

The rain started yesterday when we arrived to the park at about 4:00 PM.  It persisted the entire time we were there.  Even the Tulane vs. Marshall game was called in the seventh inning. 

We will travel right to Hickory, NC (apparently four hours away) immediately following the back end of the doubleheader.

The rain stopped last night at around 8:00 o’clock so hopefully the field is in good shape.  In my talks with the people in the press box, the field drains well.  It should considering it was constructed in 2004. 

It is colder today than it has been all weekend.  That may affect some things on the field.  Most of these players prefer warm weather for obvious reasons. 

Seven inning games are always interesting.  The team that sets the tone early and gets a quality start from the pitcher will win nine out of ten times. 

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!

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