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Fans who come out to see a Southern League game can expect a fun, aﬀordable, and exci ng evening at any of our ballparks. How aﬀordable is a Southern League game? Minor League Baseball es mates that the average cost for a family of four to see a game is $57. And for that money, fans can enjoy not only an exci ng baseball match between future Major League stars, but ﬁnd pleasure in delicious food choices and a variety of entertainment and events. Over 500,000 fans have already experienced the outdoor fun of one our games this year. League a endance has been steadily growing over the decades and the Southern League now welcomes over two million fans per season in our ballparks. Besides the chance to see talented prospects like Mike Stanton and Andrew Cashner in ac on, all ten of our clubs have been working hard to provide a total experience when fans come through their gates. Our clubs like to provide fun for the whole family, especially the young ones. The Huntsville Stars are excited about their new Kidzone, an inﬂatable source of joy for kids where they can pay just $2 to jump all night long. Tennessee’s Smokies Kids Club provides admission to twelve games and much more for only $25!
For future baseball all-stars, some clubs have baseball camps and the chance to meet stars like Atlanta’s Dale Murphy, who will sign autographs at West Tenn on June 5th. West Tenn also oﬀers a promo on during every Sunday, and Monday-Wednesday night games, where kids and seniors eat for free- included is a free hot dog, chips and a drink. Mascots like Cha anooga’s Looie the Lookout and Mobile’s Teddy Bear are always around to make sure kids are having a good me. There are also special shows for kids, like Jacksonville’s June 11th presenta on of Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey, featuring a real monkey performing a rodeo-style show! Whiplash is scheduled to appear three mes this summer. Some clubs are working extra hard to provide entertainment between innings. Mississippi has a Diamond Dance Team who dances during three half innings of every game and helps out with other events like dizzy bat races and sumo wrestling. Mobile has a a Ninth -Inning Rave and Tennessee has their Rally Crew to help pump up the crowd. In fact, according to Rennie Leon, the Smokies Director of Marke ng and Communicaons, Smokies Park has some sort of promo on every single half-inning! Montgomery is even providing some post-game entertainment. Their Club Car Bar will remain open a er select Thursday Night games to feature regional music acts and $2 beers!For some clubs, this year is also about celebra ng milestones. All season long, Carolina will be celebra ng their 20th Anniversary in town, and they are looking forward to having their ﬁve millionth fan walk through the turns les. According to Assistant General Manager Eric Gardner, Carolina has also made some stadium improvements including some new ﬁeld ligh ng, which he says provide 30-40% more light on the ﬁeld, an improved sound system, and some new sea ng. Jacksonville is celebra ng their 2009 Championship win all season long, with lots of give-aways, and merchandise with their new colors has been selling like crazy. Mobile also has an en rely new logo and is especially excited about the new Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum right on the grounds of The Hank. One of the great experiences of being at the ballpark is the food! No fan can deny the pure pleasure of a hotdog and a cold drink out in the open air. This season, the BayBears sarted their own concessions company and created Hotdog Land where fans can get a dog almost any way imaginable. They have 14 toppings to choose from and they also have ﬁsh dogs, corn dogs, and mini dogs. Kyle Schoonover, Assistant General Manager, Concessions at The Hank is most proud of the “Big Hank”, their foot-long tribute to the hometown legend. Mississippi has expanded their concessions as well, to make fan favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers as well as new favorites such as grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken nachos and sweet potato fries more available to fans in more places. Plenty of promo ons such as West Tenn’s Dollar Night, provide fans with savings. General Admission ckets, hotdogs, dra beer, soda and popcorn are all just $1 each Thursday, so going to a game is less than seeing a movie! Assistant General Manager Jason Compton says that Thursday a endance has gone up 120% since the start of Dollar Night. Every club has a lot more to oﬀer, including theme nights patrio c celebra ons, holiday celebra ons, weekly ﬁreworks shows and much, much more! The best way to keep up is by checking team websites and following teams on Facebook and Twi er. Summer is here and it is me to take the family out to the ballpark.
The Smokies Kids Club. Courtesy of Rennie Leon
The Barons enjoyed an off-day May 4th as they are struggling to improve this season’s record. At 8-23 so far, Birmingham is looking to recreate their 2004 performance when they came back from a slow 5-11 start to win the second-half title with 40-29. They are counting on Jim Gallagher, John Shelby III, Tyler Kuhn, Christian Marrero and Dale Mollenhauer to keep getting on base. Jim Gallagher tied the Southern League record for hits in a game on Sunday, April 18th in an astounding 17-inning battle at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium with six hits. In doing so, he also tied the Barons record for hits in a game, and the game itself just fell short of the Barons record of an 18-inning game. The last 17-inning game happened in 1992 when the Barons played two consecutive 17-inning games against Knoxville and Memphis. The Barons are currently in Jacksonville but will return home to host Montgomery May 15th. Carolina joins Birmingham in attempting to break free from a slow start this season with their 14-20 record. Despite 4 consecutive wins against Birmingham in their first week of the season, the Mudcats have been unable to repeat that performance against Montgomery, Tennessee, Jacksonville, or Mobile. On Friday, May 1st, they came back from an 11-game losing streak, striking back at Mobile with a crushing 10-3 victory. Taking an early 1-0 lead in the first, the Mudcats managed 4 more in the third and 5 in the ninth. The first 1,200 children 14 and younger at Five County Stadium will be treated to a free t-shirt on Saturday, May 15. That Saturday is also the first Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic, with another to follow on Saturday, May 29th. The Lookouts are looking for a comeback against Mississippi. With a so-so 15-19 record this year, t they have had their share of highs and lows in the last couple of weeks. Jesus Castillo, with a seveni inning shutout May 2, led the way for a the Lookouts triumphant 4-1 series with Montgomery. Trayv Robinson, leading his team with three homeruns, knocked one out in the seventh inning of the von M 2nd game and together with the second-inning blast from Corey Smith landed their second 4-3 May v victory over Tennessee. However, the Smokies came back with a 2-1 win and took the series. The L Lookouts play a rubber match against Mississippi tonight before heading to Mobile. K Kids Eat Free! Children 12 and under receive a free hot dog and Coke on Mondays. Lookout onThursdays! One lucky fan will win $1,000 every Thursday. And don’t forget fireworks on Fridays. The Stars are shining in the number three position in the Northern Division! Despite a rain delay May 2nd, Huntsville still managed three clear victories over Birmingham. In game one of the doubleheader on the 25th, Amaury Rivas pitched his first full game, giving up only one run and brought home a 7-1 victory. Despite a loss in the second game of the doubleheader, the Stars came back for an 8-2 win the next night, thanks in part to Zelous Wheeler hitting his first homer of the season, landing the Stars four runs. The Stars return home from Montgomery on Saturday to face the Smokies. On Wienie Wednesdays, fans can purchase two Oscar Meyer hot dogs for $2 and to make it twice as nice, Thursdays are Thirst-Aid Thursdays, where fans can purchase their choice of 20-ounce beers for $2. J Jacksonville has a strong hold as number one in the Southern Division. Their winning percentage i is just ahead of Northern Division leader’s Tennessee, and they’ve seen over 100,000 fans already y at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Sweeping the Player of the Week awards last week, Mike Stanton and Alejandro Sanabia aided Jacksonville in edging out Mississippi in a 3-1 series. Relief f p pitcher Todd Doolittle took the win May 2nd, his second of the season. Last night, they took their r 7th straight win. The Suns current record is 23-10. Friday is the second scout night of the season, where scouts enjoy a post-game campout and midnight movie. When the Suns return home May 26, they will offer a $14.50 Businessperson Special f followed by another Throwdown Thursday, this week the theme will be College Night.
Mississipi is currently at 17-17 and are 2-2 so far in Chattanooga. Despite a solid series victory over Mobile, the M-Braves were unable to hold off Montgomery and Jacksonville. Mike Minor pitched a seven-inning shutout April 20th against Mobile, and the win was sealed by pinch-hitter Randy Gress in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Cody Johnson’s two run homer in the eighth inning May 1st, his sixth of the season, answered Mike Stanton’s fifth-inning blast and brought a 7-4 victory for the M-Braves. The M-Braves just concluded a contentious 3-2 series with Birmingham. Monday May 17th, Dale Murphy will be a special guest at the game, throwing out the first pitch and signing autographs. He will also appear at a luncheon and reception in the Farm Bureau Grill.
Mobile is holding strong, following a 17-1 game on Tuesday against West Tenn, with 11 runs in the ng ninth inning alone, thanks in part to Collin Cowgill’s grand slam. This followed a four-homerun, 11-4 win over West Tenn on April 25th, their only win of that series. On Thursday, April 29th, Wes Roemer struck out eight and allowed no walks on the BayBears 5-0 victory. So far Roemer has 36 strikeouts this season. Saturday, May 15 is Breast Cancer Awareness Night and the first 1,000 kids eat free. Also, every Wednesday is Ladies Night, with $1 glasses of Yellowtail wine from 6-8pm. May 19th is the BayBears Bachelor of the Month contest where a winner will receive a night in a suite with nine of her friends.
The Biscuits are cooking along this season, currently at number two in the Southern Division and e close on the heels of Jacksonville. They enjoyed a road victory over the Diamond Jaxx capped off by a 5-4 and 3-1 doubleheader sweep, but lost a 2-3 home series with Jacksonville.They are hoping Ian Paxton will keep up his slugging percentage (.571) and Alexander Torres will add to his thirty-eight strikeouts and four wins. Just last night he pitched seven scoreless innings! The Biscuits continue with Huntsville through Friday and head to Birmingham on Saturday. Thursday is a Thirsty Thursday with $2 drink specials and the theme is 80s night with a performance by The Spicolis. Friday is Grand Slam School Night with an appearance by former Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy. And every Tuesday is Dollar Dog Tuesday. Sitting pretty with the second-best record in the league the Tennessee Smokies may have lost their league, home series with Mobile, dubbed “Battle of the Bears” and they may have lost three games against Carolina in the “Bloomin’ BBQ Series”, but with a record of 21-13 the Smokies are still riding sky high thanks to pitching prospects Hung-Wen-Chen and Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Pitching star Andrew Cashner was promoted to Iowa on May 7th, and that same day hitting prospect Starlin Castro went to Chicago. On Thursday, May 20th, Smokies Park celebrates 80s hair bands! Friday is British Invasion Night, with music and clips from classic British bands. Fans will also be treated to the weekly fireworks show. West Tenn is staying solid with a 17-16 record. Crushing Huntsville last Tuesday night 13-2, T p pitcher Michael Pineda picked up his second win of the season, striking out eleven Stars after r s some rainouts and a less than stellar doubleheader against Montgomery. The powerhouse team o of Carlos Peguero and Mike Wilson continued to dominate opposing pitchers winning easy 4-1 s series with both Mobile and Huntsville. Peguero’s slugging earned him Hitter of the Week and Wilson was just called up to Tacoma. A number of promotions will take place on Friday, including Girls’ Night t O Out (free admission for ladies), Honor Roll Night, a Boy Scout Campout, P Pink Jersey Auction and fireworks. Friday, May 21st, Jared from Subway will make an appearance!
Southern League Hitter And Pitcher of the Week April 19 - April 26
Hitter of the Week
Carlos Peguero - West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
Carlos Peguero is on fire. With 14 RBI and a .367 average this season, he is doing his best to bring in runs for West Tenn. Peguero stood out during a hard series against Huntsville, homering in the first inning of game four, helping to end a five-game losing streak. He also hit one of three back-toback-to-back homers against Mobile in the fifth inning of their opener against Mobile. The West Tenn slugger has hit six home runs this season with a .733 slugging percentage. A native of the Dominican Republic, Peguero has been a rising star in the Seattle Mariners organization since first being Current statistics as of 5-14-10 drafted in 2005. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG
.339 124 29 42 7 0 11 25 .661
Pitcher of the Week
Amaury Rivas - Huntsville Stars
Allowing only one run in his six innings pitching to West Tenn on the opening night of the Star’s visit to Pringles Park, Amaury Rivas helped to land a 9-2 victory. That night was his second of three wins this season, leading him to the top of the league with a .78 ERA and 17 strikeouts. Born in Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic, Rivas has been working his way through the Milwaukee Brewers system since 2005. In 2009, he had a career high 123 strikeouts with the Brevard County Manatees.
Current statistics as of 5-14-10 W-L-S ERA IP H R ER BB 4-2-0 2.23 40.1 32 11 10 16
Southern League Hitter And Pitcher of the Week April 26 - May 3
Hitter of the Week
Mike Stanton - Jacksonville Suns
With 12 home runs and 26 RBI, Mike Stanton is having a phenomenal season at the plate. He leads the league not only in home runs and RBI, but he also has the highest slugging percentage at .866 as well as the most runs and the highest on base percentage, at 25 and .505, respectively. In this last week Stanton homered in 4 out of 5 games against Mississippi and brought 11 runs to Jacksonville against Carolina and Mississippi. The Los Angeles native was selected to play in the 2009 Futures Game and is the Marlins #1 prospect.
Current statistics as of 5-14-10 AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG .333 114 29 38 9 0 15 35 .807
Pitcher of the Week
Alejandro Sanabia - Jacksonville Suns
Alex Sanabia has pitched 30 strikeouts so far this season in the 31 innings he’s pitched. In Saturday’s home game against Mississippi, he struck out 7 batters. He allowed no runs from Carolina and Huntsville in the 13 innings he pitched against them. Sanabia has one of the lowest ERA’s in the league at 1.15. The right-hander was born in San Diego, California and was drafted by the Marlins organization in 2006.
Current statistics as of 5-14-10 W-L-S ERA IP H R ER BB 3-0-0 1.42 44.1 29 9 7 11
Southern League Hitter And Pitcher of the Week May 3 - 9
Hitter of the Week
Corey Smith - Chattanooga Lookouts
Leading a hitting attack against the Carolina Mudcats, Corey Smith had his best week of the season, hitting a triple in the top of the 7th in Sunday night’s game, and homering in the two previous night’s games. He brought in two runs on Saturday and four on Friday, standing out in a series where his team went 2-3. He has 19 RBI and a .591 slugging percentage for the season. The Lookouts third-baseman was born in Plainfield, NJ.
Current statistics as of 5-14-10 AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG .301 73 14 22 6 1 4 19 .575
Pitcher of the Week
With three wins and 35 strike-outs this season, Mauricio Robles is on a hot streak. His ten strikeouts on Saturday helped to hold back Huntsville for a 4-1 victory and sealed the fourth win in their five game series. The lefty pitcher was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 2006 and joined the Mariners organization in 2009. He was born in Valencia, Venezuela.
Mauricio Robles - West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
Current statistics as of 5-14-10 W-L-S ERA IP H R ER BB 3-1-0 3.30 30.0 20 11 11 12
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