July 2009

Dave Schuler Reunion/Knapp Traded

Former Shorebirds Pitching Coach (2000-2002) is now the pitching coach for the Asheville Tourists.  He also spent a couple season (2003-2004) with the Bowie BaySox.  Last season, he was the Pitching Coach for the Tri-City Dust Devils. 

Switching gears, Jason Knapp, formerly of the Lakewood BlueClaws, was part of the trade today that sent Cliff Lee from the Cleveland Indians to the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Heres the trade:

Phillies Get: P Cliff Lee andOF Ben Francisco

Indians Get: P Jason Knapp, C Lou Marson, SS Jason Donald and Carlos Carrasco

In five starts this season against Delmarva, Knapp went 1-3 with a 2.00 ERA.  In  27.0 innings, he fanned 38 Shorebirds.

Knapp was recently shutdown due to right-elbow soreness. He has not pitched since July 11th.

I am assuming that Knapp is going right to the Lake County Captains.  The Shorebirds play the Captains nine more times this season.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!





Tuesday Game Postponed

Tuesday nights game in Asheville has been Postponed due to Rain.

Doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 5:35.

Notes for 7/28

Here are some news and notes for game three against Asheville. 

MULTI-WELTY: Shorebirds right fielder Ron Welty has recorded four consecutive multi-hit games. During his five game overall hitting streak, he is batting .476 (10-21). His batting average has jumped from .297 to .311 during the last five games. Welty leads the Shorebirds with 28 multi-hit games on the season. His .311 batting average ranks him 7th in the South Atlantic League. Welty ranks third in the entire Baltimore Orioles farm system in batting average.

MAHONEY TOUCHES HOME: Shorebirds first baseman Joe Mahoney has scored a run in six straight games. He has scored nine runs in his last six games to increase his total to 52 on the campaign. He is tied with Kyle Hudson for the team lead. He ranks 12th in the South Atlantic League in runs scored. In 2008, Mahoney scored only 37 runs for the Shorebirds.

TWO-OUT RBIS: During their six game road swing, the Shorebirds have knocked in 19 runs with two outs on the board. Tyler Kolodny has five two-out RBIs, Xavier Avery has four, Ron Welty has three, L.J. Hoes has three, Rodolfo Cardona has two and Joe Mahoney and Kyle Hudson each have one. It is interesting to note that on the 25th they went without a two out RBI and lost 7-5. Last night, the Shorebirds only recorded one two-out RBI and lost 9-2.

BEST ROAD TRIP OF THE YEAR??: If the Shorebirds can pull out wins in the final two games of the series, this will be the unquestioned best road trip of the season. The Shorebirds’ most wins during one road trip is five. That was accomplished during an eleven-game road swing to Lake County, Hagerstown and Lakewood.

HUDSON HIT STREAK: Shorebirds left fielder Kyle Hudson will put a seven-game hit streak on the line in game three against the Tourists. Hudson is 11-27 (.407) during the stretch. His season long hit streak is eight, set between May 18-29. Hudson is batting .333 (27-81) in the month of July.

I also found a good shot of McCormick Field in Asheville so you can all see where we are.  The top of the scoreboard in right-center field is 42 feet high.


Gamboa Perfect in Frederick

I was looking over some statistics from the farm clubs for the O’s today and I was really happy to see that former Shorebirds pitcher Eddie Gamboa still owns a flawless 0.00 ERA in eight relief appearances.

In 17.1 innings, he has allowed just eight hits and ZERO runs.  He also has 12 strike outs to only two base-on-balls.  The Carolina League is batting just .138 against Eddie.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!

More Single Season Records Lists

Stolen bases in a single season…

1) Darrell Dent – 60 (1997)

2) Orlando Cabrera – 51 (1996)

3) Tim Raines – 49 (1999)

4) Luis Matos – 42 (1998)

5) Willie Harris – 38 (2000)

6) Matt Angle – 37 (2008)

7) Maleke Fowler – 36 (1997)

8) Danny Figueroa – 35 (2007)/Darnell McDonald – 35 (1998)

9) Jarod Rine – 31 (2004)/Maikell Diaz- 31 (1999)/Wes Denning – 31 (1996)

10) Napolean Calzado – 29 (2000)

Kyle Hudson (25), Xavier Avery (24) and Joe Mahoney (23) have a chance in the next six weeks to make their ways onto the above list.

Triples in a single season…

1) B.J. Littleton – 18 (2001)

2) Nate Spears – 11 (2004)

3) Willie Harris – 10 (2000)

4) Eight tied with 8

5) Xavier Avery – 7 (2009)/Bryan Bass (2002)

6) Joe Mahoney – 6 (2009)/Tied with four others

18 is a reach for Avery at this point but 11 is not out of the question.


Shorebirds Top 10 Single Season Homers

Here is the list I compiled…

1) Calvin Pickering – 25 (1997)

2) Ryan Minor – 24 (1997)

3) Jason Fransz – 22 (2005)

4) Brandon Tripp – 19 (2007)/Joe Nowicki – 19 (2008)

5) Ryan Finan – 17 (2006)

6) Mark Fleisher – 16 (2006)/Rick Elder – 16 (2001)/Chris Vinyard -16 (2007)

7) Orlando Cabrera – 14 (1996)

8) Tim DeCinces -13 (1997)/Franky Figueroa – 13 (1998)/Alex Gordon -13 (2002)/Miguel Abreu – 13 (2007)

9) Mike Russell – 12 (2004)

10) Many tied with 11

Just in a research mood tonight

Kolodny Nears HBP Record

I just did the research on this so here you go.  Tyler Kolodny is one hit-by-pitch away from tying the single-season Delmarva Shorebirds record.  Kolodny has been hit by a South Atlantic League high 16 pitches this season.

Last year (2008), Kieron Pope set the franchise record by being hit 17 times.

Interesting to note that Ryan Minor ranks third on the list with 15 HBP’s back in 1997.  He is actually tied for third with Eddy Garabito (1998).

No doubt in my mind that Kolodny will best 17 in the next two weeks.


Four Straight…

Hi everyone, I’m back after a 48-hour hiatus.  Sitting here in the hotel in Asheville, North Carolina.  Just got back from the movies.  Some of us just went to see Transformers 2.  Pretty good movie.

Besides a relatively uneventful 3-1 win in game one of this road trip, the last four nights have just been wild.  The Shorebirds have played four straight three-hour plus games.

Thursday (13-8 W): 3:40

Friday (10-7 W): 3:20

Saturday (5-7 L): 3:04

Sunday (6-3 W): 3:39

Add them together and that is 13 hours and 43 minutes of baseball in the last four days!

Sunday afternoons game was wild.  Joe Mikulik was ejected from the game.  Not nearly as bad as his 2006 outburst against Lexington (06 Mikulik Outburst).  On Sunday he threw his hat and brushed dirt all over the plate. 

Who’s hot: Tyler Kolodny is destroying the baseball during this road trip.  He is 10-22 at the plate with four runs and nine RBIs during the five games so far.  His batting average has increased from .223 to .240.  L.J. Hoes has recorded back-to-back three hit nights.  On Sunday, he was responsible for the two-out RBI single in the ninth that sent the game into extras.  His batting average has increased from .240 to .249 during the road swing.  Xavier Avery is also swinging a hot bat.  He is 9-20 in the last four games with four runs scored and six RBIs.  Ron Welty is red hot in his last four games.  He is 8-16 with four runs and four RBIs.  Welty is two hits shy of 100 for the season.

Until next time, Go Shorebirds!


Audio: Q&A With Hudson and Hoes


Kyle Hudson and L.J. Hoes spent about an hour yesterday in the press box at Fluor Field answering the droves of questions sent in by fans from all over the country.

I have the audio version ready to go.  The written version might take me a couple days.  It’s not easy to transcribe 40 minutes worth of audio.

Thank you to the following people for sending in questions:

Danny from Peoria, Illinois

Danny from Louisville, KY

Tom from St. Charles, IL

Dan from Paris, IL

Frobby from Orioles Hangout

Aaron from West Chester, PA

Chris from Baltimore

Kim from Salisbury

Michael from Wayne, PA

Daryl from Fruitland, MD

Kim from Rhodesdale, MD

Corey from Baltimore, MD

Nick from New York, NY

Bob from Lakeview, OH

Ryan from unknown

Ruby from Assawoman, VA

Karl from Delaware

Austin from Lincoln, DE

John from Champagne, IL

Bob from St. Charles, IL

Leah from Bridgeville, DE

Steve from Berlin, DE

Gary from Fruitland, MD

The response was awesome for the first time that we have ever done something like this.  I think I am going to do another one in the month of August sometime.  Email me at blasky@theshorebirds.com if you have any thoughts about the Q&A.

Also, a thank you to Kyle and L.J. for taking time to answer all the questions.


Brandon Cooney INT

I had a chance to chat with Shorebirds closer Brandon Cooney before the game last night at Fluor Field. 

We talked about a variety of topics including: what it’s like for a 6’6 guy on an 11-hour bus ride, his pitching success, road vs. home and some other things as well.

cooney.wma – Click the link to listen to the interview.

NOTE ABOUT Q&A WITH HUDSON AND HOES: The three of us are doing the Q&A today in the press box at Fluor Field.  I am shooting to get the audio and written transcript up by Friday morning.