May 2011

First Machado Card

The first Minor League Baseball Manny Machado baseball card is now available as part of the 2011 Shorebirds team set.  I put a picture of the card below.  The set is only $10.  They are available at Perdue Stadium and only by clicking here!

First since ’08

Michael Ohlman’s grand slam was historic in a way.  It was the first Shorebirds grand slam since August 16 of 2008 when Tyler Henson hit one off Brad Burns of Savannah.  No grand slams for Delmarva in 2009 and 2010.  Joe Nowicki also hit a grand slam in 2008 on June 26. 

How about the year for Ohlman so far – let’s compare.

2010 – 34 G, .174 (19-109), 14 R, 6 2B, 2 HR, 17 RBI

2011 – 19 G, .299 (20-67), 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI

In summation, he has more hits and an equal amount of home runs  in 15 fewer games this year. 

Great to watch a player improve from one year to the next.

In Hagerstown

Just pulled in to Hagerstown, Maryland in preparation for the series opener tomorrow at Municipal Stadium.  This series will be a really good measuring stick for Delmarva.  They have won 14 of their last 16 games but all have been played against the Southern Division.  Should be fun to see them play the second place team in the North. 

The Shorebirds have won four straight series (Augusta, Savannah, Charleston, Asheville), their longest such streak since the 2007 season.  Don’t forget that this team started 5-9 before exploding to their current 19-11 mark. 

The Shorebirds didn’t win their 19th game last season until May 22 (game 43).  They won number 19 in game 30 this season. 

I’m interested to see what the Suns have done at Municipal Stadium.  I’ve heard that they have made a few upgrades.  I’ll keep you posted on that front. 

It’s a matchup of the two hottest teams in the league.  Shorebirds have won 14 of 16 and the Suns have won 9 of 10. 

Bryce Harper is red hot by the way.  He takes a 12-game hitting streak into game one against Delmarva. He has 7 home runs and 24 RBIs this year.  Harper has five multi-hit games in his last six games.  He is striking out less as well (only two K’s in last 28 at-bats).

Orioles Connect/Milt May

Milt May is in town here in Asheville to help out the Shorebirds hitters.  He spends most of his time with the hitters in Sarasota.

May had a long and successful career in the major leagues with six different teams.  He made his debut with the Pirates in 1970 and didn’t play his last MLB game until 1984, back again with the Pirates. 

He won a world series title in 1971 with the Pirates.  He had his best season with the SF Giants when he batted .310 in 97 games. 

Another piece of information; Lenn Sakata is the hitting coach for the Tourists.  He played for the Orioles from 1980-85.

Mustache May Voting Results – Day 1

The “Best Mustache” Contest is underway.  We have a big board at Perdue Stadium with all the clean shaven faces of the participants.  Pay $1 to vote for (at this point) who you think will grow the best ‘stache.  At the start of the next homestand, we will have some updated mustache pictures.

Here is the leaderboard after day 1…

1) Irv Brumbley – 10

2) Gail Potts – 5

3) Chris Bitters – 4

4) Mike Steinhice – 3

4) Steve Bumbry – 3

4) Jimmy Sweet – 3

7) David Bledsoe – 2

7) Tim Berry – 2

7) Jacob Pettit – 2

10) Sam Ward – 1

10) Brenden Webb – 1

10) David Walters – 1

10) Troy Mattes – 1

10) Scott Copeland – 1

10) Audrey Vane – 1