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Beavers Announce 2007 Field Staff PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2006 08:05
BeaversColbert returns for fourth season; Castro, Lance, Sinon round out staff

PORTLAND, Ore. — Craig Colbert will return as the manager of the Portland Beavers for a fourth season, it was announced yesterday as the San Diego Padres named the 2007 field staff for their Triple-A affiliate.

Hitting coach Jose Castro and pitching coach Gary Lance both return to Portland for a third season, while athletic trainer Will Sinon is set to mark his second campaign with the club.

In three seasons at the helm of the Beavers, Colbert, 41, has compiled a 222-209 (.515) record. Portland went 68-76 under Colbert in 2006, with the club finishing third in the Pacific Conference North Division of the Pacific Coast League.

In 2004, Colbert, who resides in Portland, led the Beavers to a division title, a playoff berth and the best record in Triple-A Baseball at 84-60.

Colbert’s return marks just the fourth time in the Beavers’ 92-year franchise history that a manager will lead the team for a fourth consecutive season.  

Hooks shift gears in front office PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 October 2006 12:00

HooksRogers named Director of Communications, Nuse takes over Group Sales

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Two members of the Corpus Christi Hooks front office staff are taking on new roles with the club.

Team president J.J. Gottsch announced Director of Group Sales Matt Rogers has shifted to the newly created position of Director of Communications and Adam Nuse has been promoted from Account Executive to Director of Group Sales.

"Fall is when we take a look at the entire operation," Gottsch said. "And, sometimes we make adjustments. Matt came to us as Director of Group Sales in December after eight seasons with the Astros, but he worked in media relations in college athletics for many years before moving into professional baseball. He'll work closely with Matt Hicks to advance our media initiatives."

"From the beginning, Adam has been a top producer for us and it's time to recognize his contributions. He came up in the Ryan-Sanders organization, so we've enjoyed watching him learn and grow."

Rogers earned a Journalism degree at Houston in 1982 and spent 17 years as a publicist at Houston, Baylor, Sam Houston State and Georgia Southern. With the Astros, he worked as a manager in group and season-ticket sales and was extensively involved in marketing, customer service, operations and special projects like the 2004 All-Star Game and Minute Maid College Classic. Rogers currently directs the Whataburger College Classic for the Hooks.

Nuse, 25, moved to Corpus Christi in August 2004 after earning his Master's degree in Sports Administration at Wichita State. He is a 2003 Marketing graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Nuse's sports sales experience includes stints with Ryan-Sanders' Round Rock Express, the Oklahoma RedHawks and Wichita State athletics.
Donley joins Curve Baseball LP as CFO PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 October 2006 12:00

CurveOrganization also announces promotions for three front-office staff members

ALTOONA -- Curve Baseball LP, which owns and operates the Altoona Curve (Double-A/Eastern League) and State College Spikes (Class A Short-Season/New York-Penn League) in Central Pennsylvania, today announced the addition of a new Chief Financial Officer, as well as promotions for three members of the franchise's front office staff.

John Donley has joined Curve Baseball LP as the new Chief Financial Officer, while Derek Martin has been promoted to Director of Altoona Ticket Sales and Chris Phillips to Director of State College Ticket Sales. Matt Hoover has been promoted to the position of Director of Promotions. The announcements were made by Curve Baseball LP President and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg.

"We are very pleased to welcome Central Pennsylvania native John Donley to the Curve Baseball Family and to add his 16 years of experience in the area of finance to our hard-working front office staff, which continues to grow and set higher goals and expectations for the future," said Greenberg. "We are also grateful to Derek, Chris and Matt for the dedication and leadership which they have shown in previous seasons and we're looking forward to seeing their careers continue to blossom in their expanded roles with our two franchises."

Donley will direct the daily financial operations for the Curve and Spikes, including financial reporting, banking relationships, budgeting and accounting. He will oversee each of those areas in support of Altoona Curve General Manager Todd Parnell and State College Spikes General Manager Rick Janac.

Rangers Extend Affiliation with Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 04:08
Agreement Goes Through 2008 Season

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers Director of Player Development Scott Servais announced today the club has reached an agreement with Single-A Clinton to remain the club’s affiliate through the 2008 season.               

Clinton has been a Texas affiliate in the Midwest League since the club started playing in 2003.
Suns name Johnson assistant GM PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 12:00
Mandalay Baseball Properties, owner of the Hagerstown Suns, promoted C.J. Johnson to Assistant General Manager.

Previously the team's Senior Director of Marketing, Johnson will take on additional administrative responsibilities.

Johnson has worked with the Suns the past four seasons, beginning as an intern and earning a promotion to Director, Marketing and then Senior Director, Marketing. The LaVale, Md. native is a graduate of West Virginia University.

"I'm looking forward to building on the successful foundation we have laid over the past five years," said Johnson. "We don't draw 150,000 baseball fans, we draw 150,000 Suns fans, and that really sets us apart from other teams."

"Through our four years of working together, C.J. has proved to be invaluable. I look forward to working more closely with him as we begin our affiliation with the Washington Nationals and truly congratulate him on his promotion," said Suns General Manager Will Smith.

Smith was recently promoted to General Manager when Kurt Landes left the team for another opportunity. On Wednesday, it was announced that Landes was named the General Manager of the Triple-A baseball team headed for the Lehigh Valley.

Landes left the Suns in September after completing his fifth season. The Lehigh Valley team will open a new ballpark in Allentown, Pa. in 2008.

The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League are the new Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties. Ticket packages, group information, and sponsorships are available by calling 301.791.6266 or by visiting the Suns at

Group looks to bring baseball back to Lorain PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 12:00

A group of supporters hopes to bring baseball back to Lorain, OH, either in the form of an Independent League club, or Minor League club, possibly associated with the Indians.

Bambi Dillon, a resident who supports bringing a professional team to the city, said a group is organizing a meeting to try and find out how much interest there is in Lorain and the surrounding area for a team.

'It's a quality of life issue,'' said Randy Renick, another member of the group. Renick is the former coach of the Lorain Internationals, a semi-pro baseball team which no longer exists.

Renick said he thinks Lorain is big enough to support a minor league professional team, and many people are looking for a low-cost alternative to Cleveland Indians games.

The Mayor of Lorain, Craig Foltin supports the idea.

'These are people acting on their own, who are certainly no political allies of mine, by any stretch of the imagination,'' Foltin said. ''I'm glad to see some prominent sporting individuals taking a leadership role in this cause.''

(The Morning Journal

Royals Extend Agreement with Chukars PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 12:00
ChukarsThe Royals have signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Idaho Falls Chukars, Royals Director of Player Development J.J. Picollo announced Wednesday.

"We have had a great working relationship with Idaho Falls over the last three years," Picollo said. "We are certainly happy to continue this relationship for the next two years. Of the three short season teams now in our system, Idaho Falls will certainly be considered the most advanced. The Pioneer League has proven to be a very competitive league, and we feel it's a great place for our college draft picks to come and play."

Next season will mark Idaho Falls fourth season as Kansas City's short-season Class A advanced affiliate. Over the past three seasons, Idaho Falls has made the playoffs twice, including this season's championship series.

"After talking with J.J. about where we stood in relationship to the other short-season teams affiliated with Kansas City, I am confident that we will continue to see top-rated prospects and a competitive team in Idaho Falls," Chukars General Manager Kevin Greene said. "I am very excited to have the Royals as our Major League affiliate for another two years. There is no better way to open a brand new ballpark."


Dodgers announce affiliations PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 September 2006 10:55
Dodgers logoThe Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that their Advanced Class A affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla., will relocate to San Bernardino, Calif., and their Class A affiliate in Columbus, Ga., will move to Midland, Mich., according to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.

The Dodgers will continue to maintain minor league affiliations with the Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A), Jacksonville Suns (Double-A), Ogden Raptors (Rookie) and Gulf Coast Dodgers (Rookie).

"San Bernardino and Midland are ideal partners for strong minor league developmental organizations and we look forward to long-term relationships with these communities," said Colletti. "This also will be a nice opportunity for Dodger fans to see some of our younger players in action."

Diamond Jaxx Become Mariners Affiliate PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2006 10:46

The West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and the Seattle Mariners have signed a two-year working agreement, making the Diamond Jaxx the Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Mariners. The Mariners Double-A team had previously been affiliated with the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League since 2001. Seattle becomes the third American League team to have their Double-A affiliate in the Southern League, joining the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Seattle becomes the Diamond Jaxx second parent club in the nine year history of the franchise, replacing the recently departed Chicago Cubs.

Seattle’s most recent minor league accomplishments include the Inland Empire 66ers, the Mariners High-A affiliate, winning the California League championship this past season. In 2005, the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners Triple-A affiliate advanced to the Pacific Coast League championship and their Low-A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, advanced to the Midwest League championship as well. In 2003, San Antonio and Inland Empire celebrated championship titles in the Texas League and the California League,respectively. In 2002, San Antonio won a Texas League championship. In 2001, Tacoma won the Pacific Coast League title and in 2000 the Mariners Double-A affiliate, the New Haven Ravens, won the Eastern League championship.
Padres enter 2-Year Agreement with Missions PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2006 08:32
MissionsThe San Diego Padres announced today that they have entered into a two-year Player Development Contract with the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League through the 2008 season. Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Grady Fuson made the announcement.

"We are truly honored and excited about this opportunity to bring the Missions and the San Diego Padres together," said Fuson. "This is a major move for us in becoming part of this historic city and franchise."

San Antonio has been a member of the Texas League since the league's inception in 1888. The Padres will be the 10th affiliate of the club with the most recent being the Seattle Mariners from 2001-06. The Missions are part of The Elmore Sports Group, a leadership company that includes a total of six professional baseball teams, one of which is San Diego's Single-A Northwest League affiliate in Eugene.

"Having had an opportunity to meet with ownership, I am very excited to enter into this partnership with the Missions," said Padres CEO Sandy Alderson. "We have had a successful relationship with The Elmore Sports Group with our club in Eugene and look forward to our expanded association."

Nats Announce 2-year extension w/Monsters PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2006 07:47


The Washington Nationals today announced that they have signed a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract with the Vermont Lake Monsters of the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League.  Nationals President Stan Kasten made the announcement.

“We are excited to extend our working relationship with the Vermont Lake Monsters for two more years,” said Kasten. “Our franchise has enjoyed its affiliation with not only the Lake Monsters , but the City of Burlington and the New York-Penn League.  With our stated commitment to player development, the future for Vermont, and for our entire minor league system, is bright.”

The Nationals franchise’s 13-year relationship with the town of Burlington—which began in 1994 (with its entry into the NY-P League) and will now extend at least through the 2008 season—is highlighted by Vermont’s 1996 NY-P League championship.

Among the Nationals’ recent crop of prospects to don the Vermont uniform are first baseman Larry Broadway (2002), outfielder Kory Casto (2003), right-handed pitcher Clint Everts (2003), left-handed pitcher Mike O’Connor (2002) and right-handed pitcher Chris Schroder (2001).

Crosscutters announce affiliation with Phillies PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 September 2006 12:00
CrosscuttersWilliamsport Crosscutters and the Philadelphia Phillies officials joined together at a Tuesday luncheon at the Genetti Hotel to announce a new two-year Player Development contract between the two organizations.

The deal marks the end of the Cutters affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates that started in 1999 and lasted for eight seasons. The Pirates announced Monday that they had signed a Player Development contract with the State College Spikes. The Phillies had spent the past 19 seasons in Batavia, N.Y.

"This is a great day for the Williamsport Crosscutters," stated club President Paul Velte. "We had a great relationship with the Pittsburgh Pirates and we wish them great success in State College. They gave us four playoff teams in eight years and two New York-Penn League titles, we couldn't ask for much more than that. But at the same time, the opportunity to partner with the Philadelphia Phillies was something we could not pass up. We have always said, internally, that the only thing better than being with the Pirates is if we could somehow get the Phillies here and today is the day."


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