September 2009

Team Batting Average

I was doing my game notes and I was thinking that the ’09 Shorebirds team batting average might be close to the bottom in comparison to the other 13 years.  It turns out that its about the average (maybe a tad below).  Here is a year-by-year look.

2008: .265

2007: .259

2006: .236

2005: .257

2004: .257

2003: .243

2002: .246

2001: .241

2000: .256

1999: .240

1998: .260

1997: .250

1996: .242

Last year was the best all-time.  2006 was the worst all-time. 

The average in the previous 13 years of Shorebirds baseball is .250.153.  So the ’09 Shorebirds are going to be right around there at seasons end.

Top 10 Plays of the Year According to WBOC Sports

Scott Abraham and Yianni Kourakis from the local TV station WBOC sports put together the top 10 plays of the year.


In case you can’t watch the video, here is the countdown

10. Welty’s Great Year

9. Luke Scott’s Rehab Appearance on the Shore

8. Kyle Hudson’s steal of home (almost)

7. 13 strike out performance by Cole McCurry

6. Diving Catch by Brian Conley in right field

5. Diving stab Jedidiah Stephen at third base

4. Running Grab by Xavier Avery in center field

3. Orlando Gomez argument and helmet toss

2. Jacob Julius diving grab in right field

1. L.J. Hoes plowing over the catcher

There you have it.  Check it out – pretty cool.

McCurry Honored by Shorebirds Fan Club

Before tonights game, Cole McCurry was named the Shorebirds Fan Club 2nd Half Player of the Year.  Certainly very well deserving – good job by the fan club in making that selection.

Ron Welty, by the way, was named the 1st Half Player of the Year by the Fan Club.

Gil Dunn made the announcement prior to the game. 



Zach Britton Named CL Pitcher of the Year

2008 Shorebirds pitcher Zach Britton was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year.  Keys first baseman was named the CL Player of the Year.  Britton has won 21 games over the last two seasons (12 in Delmarva last year)

Parts of an article on written by Danny Wild

The Keys’ keys to success got their recognition on Wednesday.

Orioles prospects and Frederick teammates Brandon Waring and Zach Britton were voted the best players in the Carolina League and Winston-Salem’s Joe McEwing was named Manager of the Year when postseason All-Star rosters and awards were announced Wednesday afternoon.

Waring, who drove in five runs in his Double-A debut on Tuesday with Bowie, was named Most Valuable Player after leading the Carolina League with 90 RBIs, a .520 slugging percentage and 63 extra-base hits for the Keys. The 23-year-old first baseman, a midseason All-Star batting .273, ranks second with 26 homers.

Originally the Reds’ seventh-round pick in the 2007 Draft, Waring was traded to the Orioles along with Justin Turner and Ryan Freel on Dec. 10, 2008 for Ramon Hernandez on the heels onf a season in which he earned Midwest League All-Star honors for Class A Dayton.

Britton, a lefty from Panorama, Calif., was voted Pitcher of the Year. The Orioles’ third-round pick in 2006, Britton has dominated for Frederick this season, going 9-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 140 innings. The 21-year-old ranks second in the league in strikeouts with 131.


Nice to see former Shorebirds shining at the higher levels.


New Players Numbers

Mike Flacco – 46

Michael Mechaw – 12

Brian Conley – 4

Gary Helmick – 5

It’s almsot like April 3rd when all the guys arrive and I’m trying to figure out whos who and who’s wearing which number. 

9-2 Roster.pdf – Full PDF Roster in case your intersted.

Good Start for Joe

Joe Mahoney went 2-4 with a double last night in his debut with the Frederick Keys.  He is going to be joined today by Kyle Hudson, Greg Miclat and Shane Mathews, who all got the call up following the game last night here in Delmarva.

Brandon Cooney is a perfect 6 for 6 in save opportunities for the Frederick Keys.  In 11.0 total innings since his promotion, he has allowed just one earned run (0.82 ERA).  The Carolina League is hitting only .158 against him.

Rick Zagone picked up his first win with the Keys about four days ago now against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  Season high seven innings.  He also struck out 10 batters.

More on the players coming to Delmarva a bit later.  There are four new players coming. 

By the way, with all these roster moves, there are only 12 players from the opening day roster that are still with the club.

Brent Allar

Oliver Drake

Ryan O’Shea

Raul Rivero

Luis Bernardo

Brendan Monaghan

L.J. Hoes

Tyler Kolodny

Elvin Polanco

Xavier Avery

Ron Welty

Jacob Julius



Boxing Fight at Perdue Stadium

Scott Abraham from WBOC Sports broke the story today.

SALISBURY, Md.- Nationally-known boxer Fernando Guerrero will be returning to the ring in his hometown of Salisbury to fight in an October title match, event organizers announced Tuesday.

Fernando will fight for the vacant NABO Middleweight Title. It will be his first opportunity at a belt.

The Wicomico County Council approved a boxing event to be held at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. It will held either on Friday, Oct. 9. or Saturday, Oct. 10. The details are still being worked out. 

It will be an outdoor fight and this time alcohol can be sold at the event. The stadium, which is the home of the minor league baseball team the Delmarva Shorebirds, can hold up to 8,000 people. The stadium is a much larger venue than the Wicomico County Youth & Civic Center where Guerrero has previously fought.

Guerrero will be the main event. This time the undefeated middleweight (15-0, 13KO) will be fighting for title. His opponent will be announced at a later date. There is no word yet on whether this event will be televised by any of the major boxing networks.


I found an awesome article about the history of boxing at Major League Baseball Stadiums written by Don Stradley for back in 2008.  CLICK HERE

Couple interesting things from article..

-65,000 packed Yankee Stadium to watch Joe Louis retain his title against Billy Conn

-Joe Louis went 10-2 in his career in fights at Yankee Stadium with nine knockouts

More details will become available in the next couple of weeks.


Did You Know?

That…Kyle Hudson (31) and Xavier Avery (30) are the first duo to steal 30 or more bases in a single-season for the Shorebirds since 1999.  During that season, Tim Raines stole 49 bases and Maikell Diaz stole 31 bags.  Remember, Joe Mahoney was at 29 stolen bases before his promotion today. 

In 1998, Luis Matos (42) and Darnell McDonald (35) also accomplished the feat.  It also happened in 1997 by the way.  Darnell Dent stole 60 bases, while Maleke Flower stole 35 bags.  1996 also saw two players steal 30 or more bases.  Orlando Cabrera stole 51, while Wes Denning stole 31 bases.

So, the first four years of the franchise saw two guys steal 30 or more bases.  But, the feat took a nine year hiatus until this season.



L.J. Hit Streak/Random Notes

Shorebirds second baseman L.J. Hoes is riding a seven game hit streak into game two against the Captains.  He is 13 for his last 26 at the plate (.500).  His batting average has skyrocketed from .243 to .260 during the stretch.

Remember, L.J. Hoes owns the Shorebirds long hitting streak this season at 12.

Other things to hone in on tonight…

McCurry has not allowed a run in 16.1 straight innings.

Miclat is leading off for just the 13th time this season.  First time that he has led off since July 3rd.

First game without Joe Mahoney in the middle – Jacob Julius bats fifth.




Roster Shakeup

Ok, here you go.  There will be some unfamilar faces at tonight’s game and some familiar faces missing.

Nicholas Haughian and Jacob Smith (lefty pitchers) have been promoted from Aberdeen.

Nathan Moreau and Cliff Flagello have both been placed on the Temporary Inactive List.  Flagello has returned home with the anticipation of the birth of his first child.  Moreau has returned to the University of Georgia to begin his fall class schedule. 

Today, Joe Mahoney and Brett Bordes have been promoted to the Frederick Keys. 

Nice to see Joe get his first taste of the Carolina League after spending a couple near full seasons with the Shorebirds. I talked to him for a bit in the clubhouse before he left and he seems excited to get a glipse of the next level. 

Bordes is of course returning to the Keys.  He played the first half of the season in Frederick before being sent down at the all-star break.