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Dance Team Practice Begins

The Delmarva Shorebirds and High Voltage All Stars teamed up to start the first ever Shorebirds Dance Team for ages 6-18.  Last night, the “Junior Team” held its first practice of the year.  Sherman was on hand to help jump start the team.  The team will perform six times at Perdue Stadium throughout the summer.  All the kids get practice uniforms (as seen below) and performance uniforms.  Check out the team in action!



Tuesday Trivia

I am going to attempt to post some Shorebirds trivia on the blog every Tuesday from here through September. 

Let’s set the first trivia question up like this.  Steve Melewski, who writes for, recently interviewed Manny Machado.  Steve asked Manny about his expectations for 2011 and the 18-year old said….

“My goal right now is maybe to hit over .300 with 15 bombs maybe. You know, mostly though, numbers don’t really matter to me,” he said. “If I do that, it’s great, but in this first full season I just want to get through it with good numbers and have a good season.”

With that in mind, how many players have hit at least 15 homers in a single season in Shorebirds franchise history?

Answer: 9 – Ryan Minor (24), Calvin Pickering (25), Rick Elder (16), Jason Fransz (22), Ryan Finan (17), Mark Fleisher (16), Chris Vinyard (17), Joe Nowicki (19), Brandon Tripp (19).

Not easy to do.  In fact, over the last two years, no player has hit more than 10 homers in a season. 

Welcome to March everyone!

Here we go…

When Dave Super, the trusty keeper of the diamond at Perdue Stadium says he is going to start cutting the grass in the Monday morning meeting, you know it’s time to start blogging in preparation for the 2011 season. 

First of all, welcome back to another year of Shorebirds baseball.  I hope that this blog serves as an additional source for keeping up-to-date with everything related to the team in 2011.  You’ll find information about games, stats that take you beyond the box score and information from the road.

The enthusiasm surrounding the 2011 Shorebirds has really been refreshing during the offseason.  Everywhere you turn, some “expert” is predicting that the Shorebirds are going to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.  Only time will tell.

Each year, Baseball America puts up their “Prospect Handbook”.  For each organization, they put together a “Top 30 Prospects” list.  Five of the “Top 30” could open in Delmarva according to Baseball America.

1. Manny Machado

7. Mychal Givens

10. Jonathan Schoop

12. Parker Bridwell

Trent Mummey

19 of the ‘”Top 30″ have played for the Shorebirds at some point during their careers.  A  couple guys made big jumps from a year ago.  Joe Mahoney wasn’t even in the “Top 30” last year and this year he is number 11.  Ron Welty went from off the list to #19.  Ryan Berry went from #24 to #9 in the span of a year.  L.J. Hoes went from #21 to #4. 

With all the speculation about Manny Machado, here is a nugget to digest.  IF Manny Machado arrives in Delmarva, he would be the highest draft pick (third overall) to ever play for the Shorebirds.  The current holder of the distinction is Adam Loewen, who was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft.  Loewen played for the Shorebirds in 2004.

A couple quick reminders. 

  • Ryan Minor will be a guest on “Off the Bench” with Whiskey and Randy on Wednesday (March 2nd) on 960 The Sports Animal.  He is scheduled to appear around 6 p.m. 
  • Individual tickets for the 2011 “Strike Out Hunger” all-star game and the 70 regular season home games go on sale on March 12. 
  • Fan Fest will be March 26 at Perdue Stadium
  • Shorebirds will play Salisbury University in an exhibition game on April 5.

I’ll try and take more pictures this year.  Look, we have brand new carpet in the office.  Also, we now have a little “Flock Shop” in the main office.  The last picture is of the all-star game tickets lined up and ready to be sold.  JUNE 21ST EVERYONE!




I just wanted to write a little thank you message to all those that read the Shorebirds Blog this season.  It was certainly a lot of fun to write about the team and some of the nuances that don’t get noticed by the casual viewer. 

Keep reading the Shorebirds blog for off season news and notes as they become available. 

Former ‘Birds Pitching in Playoffs

I was reading today and Steve Melewski wrote about the Keys setting up their pitching rotation for the upcoming playoffs.

Olive Drake (2009 ‘Birds starter) goes in game one, Ryan O’Shea (2009 ‘Birds starter) game two and Zach Clark game three.  If there is a game four, Luis Noel will take the ball and if it goes the distance, Steve is reporting that it will either by Cole McCurry (’09 ‘Birds pitcher) or Kenny Moreland (’10 ‘Birds pitcher). 

Good luck to the Keys!

Former ‘Birds to AZL

The Orioles have announced the eight players that will play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League this year. 

Several are former Shorebirds…

2009 starter Oliver Drake

2009 reliever Pat Egan

2008 second baseman Ryan Adams

2009 shortstop Greg Miclat

2010 first baseman Tyler Townsend

The non-former Shorebirds include: Wynn Pelzer, Kam Mickolio and Caleb Joseph

Last years pitching coach, Blaine Beatty, will serve as the pitching coach for the Scottsdale team.

Congrats to Snyder!

First baseman Brandon Snyder was called up the Baltimore Orioles yesterday for the first time in his career. 

He played for the Shorebirds in 2006 and 2007.  In ’06, he hit .194 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 38 games.  In ’07, he batted .283 with 11 homers and 58 RBIs. 

Snyder becomes the first Shorebirds played to make the majors since Brad Bergesen’s jump in 2009.

The last Shorebirds position player to make it to the major leagues is Nick Markakis in 2006.  Markakis played for the Shorebirds in 2004. 

Quickest Game Since 2001

Last night’s game breezed right by us all.  A grand total of 1-hour and 53 minute. 

The last time a Shorebirds nine-inning game was played faster was during the 2001 season when a 1-hour 49 minute nine-inning game was played. 

As of now, I don’t have a lot of information about that game.  I found out through the 10th Anniversary book that was printed by the Shorebirds in 2005. 

I’ll keep digging.

Who is Scott Copeland?

Since he is making his debut on the hill tonight, I thought I would introduce you to ‘Birds righty Scott Copeland. 

First of all, he made 12 starts for the Ironbirds and posted a 2-5 mark with a 2.91 ERA.  Copeland led the Ironbirds in starts (12) and innings pitched (65.0).  He is an extreme extreme (I meant to write that twice) ground ball pitcher.  His GO/AO (groundout to airout) ratio is 3.47.  The Penn League hit just .197 against him this year.

He was selected in the 21st round of the 2010 draft out of Southern Mississippi.  During his senior campaign, he posted an 11-1 record with a 3.75 ERA.  Copeland led conference USA in wins.  In the C-USA Championship, he went 2-0 in 11.2 innings.  He was named the C-USA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

In 2009, Copeland was on the Southern Miss. team that advanced to the College World Series.  He went 2-5 with a 6.41 ERA that season.  They were eliminated after two games.  Texas beat them in game one 7-6 and UNC took out the Golden Eagles in game two, 11-4.  Copeland tossed 0.2 of an inning in relief of game one of the CWS.  It was the first time in school history that Southern Miss. made the CWS. 

He played one season at Panola Community College before transferring to Southern Miss.


Postseason All-Stars Announced

No Shorebirds player made the 2010 SAL Postseason All-Star Team but I still thought many of you might be interested in finding out who did.

Here is the release right from the league…

St. Petersburg. Florida–Eric Krupa, President of the South Atlantic League, announced the selection of the 2010 Annual All-Star Team.  The All-Star Team was voted on by the 14 South Atlantic League Team’s Field Managers, General Managers, Sports Writers and Broadcasters for a total of 56 votes.


The Annual All-Star Team was highlighted by the selections for Most Outstanding Pitcher, Most Outstanding Major League Prospect and Most Valuable Player.  James Fuller of the Savannah Sand Gnats was selected as the Most Outstanding Pitcher.  Fuller has a 8-3 record and leads the league with a 1.93 ERA in 19 games.  Jonathan Singleton, first baseman for the Lakewood BlueClaws, was chosen as the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect.  Singleton is batting .297 with 107 hits and 14 home runs in 98 games.  Lexington outfielder J.D. Martinez was selected as the Most Valuable Player.  Martinez was batting .362 in 88 games, 348 at bats, with 126 hits and 15 home runs before being promoted to Corpus Christi in the Texas League.


Mark Parent of the Lakewood BlueClaws has been selected as Manager and Marc Valdes of the Savannah Sand Gnats was chosen to be the Coach of the 2010 Annual All-Star team.  Five teams each placed two players on the Annual All-Star Team.  Representing the Asheville Tourists are Jared Clark (first base) and Eliezer Mesa (outfielder).  The Augusta GreenJackets contributed Jorge Bucardo (right-handed pitcher) and Christopher Dominguez (third base).  Destin Hood (utility outfielder) and Justin Bloxom (designated hitter) represent the Hagerstown Suns.  The Lakewood BlueClaws added Sebastian Valle (catcher) and Jonathan Villar (shortstop) while the Lexington Legends contributed Jose Altuve (second base) and J.D. Martinez (outfielder and Most Valuable Player).  The Charleston RiverDogs, Greenville Drive and Savannah Sand Gnats each had one representative on the All-Star Team.  Charleston’s Robert Lyerly (utility infielder) is joined by Greenville’s Jeremy Hazelbaker (outfielder) and Savannah’s James Fuller (left-handed pitcher and Most Outstanding Pitcher).  


2010 South Atlantic League All-Star Team





Mark Parent

Lakewood BlueClaws


Marc Valdes

Savannah Sand Gnats

RH Pitcher

Jorge Bucardo

Augusta GreenJackets

LH Pitcher

James Fuller

Savannah Sand Gnats


Sebastian Valle

Lakewood BlueClaws

First Baseman

Jared Clark

Asheville Tourists

Second Baseman

Jose Altuve

Lexington Legends


Jonathan Villar

Lakewood BlueClaws

Third Baseman

Christopher Dominguez

Augusta GreenJackets

Utility Infielder

Robert Lyerly

Charleston RiverDogs


J.D. Martinez

Lexington Legends


Eliezer Mesa

Asheville Tourists


Jeremy Hazelbaker

Greenville Drive

Utility Outfielder

Destin Hood

Hagerstown Suns

Designated Hitter

Justin Bloxom

Hagerstown Suns




Most Outstanding Pitcher

James Fuller

Savannah Sand Gnats

Most Outstanding MLB Prospect

Jonathan Singleton

Lakewood BlueClaws

Most Valuable Player

J.D. Martinez

Lexington Legends


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