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The Team from Reading: Opening Day Roster for @ReadingFightins

2014 Reading Fightins Opening Day Roster

The Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, have announced the organization’s 2014 Opening Day roster in conjunction with the Philadelphia Phillies.19 of the players on Reading’s team were originally drafted or signed by the Phillies, and 17 members of the 2014 roster have formerly played in Reading. The roster also features four members of the Phillies 40-man roster.The 2014 roster features nine of the Top 30 Philadelphia Phillies Prospects according to Baseball America, including no. 2 prospect Jesse Biddle and no. 9 prospect Severino Gonzalez.
Reading Fightin Phils Catchers

Tommy Joseph                               8

Full Name: Thomas Richard Joseph
Born: 07/16/1991
Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 225
Bats: R
Throws: R

Sebastian Valle                               7

Full Name: Sebastian Valle
Born: 07/24/1990
Birthplace: Los Mochis, Mexico
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

Carlos Alonso                                 17

Full Name: Carlos Alonso
Born: 02/15/1988
Birthplace: Boston, MA
College: Delaware
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

Albert Cartwright                            13

Full Name: Albert Cartwright
Born: 10/31/1987
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Bahamas
College: Polk CC, FL
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

Edgar Duran                                     16

Full Name: Edgar Jose Duran
Born: 02/10/1991
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 155
Bats: S
Throws: R

Chris Serritella                                 21

Full Name: Christopher Mark Serritella
Born: 02/21/1990
Birthplace: Glenview, IL
College: Southern Illinois – Carbondale
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 205
Bats: L
Throws: R

Brock Stassi                                   28

Full Name: Brock Stassi
Born: 08/07/1989
Birthplace: Sacramento, CA
College: Nevada
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 190
Bats: L
Throws: L

Matt Tolbert                                      4

Full Name: Christopher Matthew Tolbert
Born: 05/04/1982
Birthplace: McComb, MS
College: Mississippi
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 185
Bats: S
Throws: R

Zach Collier                                      6

Full Name: Zachary Edward Collier
Born: 09/08/1990
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 200
Bats: L
Throws: L

Kelly Dugan                                     11

Full Name: Kelly P. Dugan
Born: 09/18/1990
Birthplace: Encino, CA
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 215
Bats: L
Throws: R

Anthony Hewitt                               25

Full Name: Anthony Hewitt
Born: 04/27/1989
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

Cameron Perkins                            27

Full Name: Cameron Perkins
Born: 09/27/1990
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN
College: Purdue
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 195
Bats: R
Throws: R

Aaron Altherr                                  DL

Full Name: Aaron Samuel Altherr
Born: 01/14/1991
Birthplace: Landstuhl, Germany
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 220
Bats: R
Throws: R

Jiwan James                             DL

Full Name: Nathaniel Jiwan James
Born: 04/11/1989
Birthplace: Williston, FL
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 180
Bats: S
Throws: R

Jesse Biddle                                   38

Full Name: Jesse Thomas Biddle
Born: 10/22/1991
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 220
Bats: L
Throws: L

Brody Colvin                                   31

Full Name: Brody Edward Colvin
Born: 08/14/1990
Birthplace: Lafayette, LA
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 195
Bats: R
Throws: R

Justin Friend                                  34

Full Name: Justin D. Friend
Born: 06/21/1986
Birthplace: Tracy, CA
College: Oklahoma State
Height: 6′ 1″

Perci Garner                                              10

Full Name: Percival Garner
Born: 12/13/1988
Birthplace: Dover, OH
College: Ball State
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 225
Bats: R
Throws: R

Kenny Giles                                               54

Full Name: Kenneth Robert Giles
Born: 09/20/1999
Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM
College: Yavapai CC, AZ
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

Severino Gonzalez                                     40

Full Name: Severino Yunier Gonzalez
Born: 09/28/1992
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 153
Bats: R
Throws: R

Jay Johnson                                  17

Full Name: Jay Robert Johnson
Born: 12/21/1989
Birthplace: Sussex Corner, NB
College: Texas Tech
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 210
Bats: R
Throws: L

Tyler Knigge                                   30

Full Name: Tyler C. Knigge
Born: 10/27/1988
Birthplace: Portland, OR
College: Lewis-Clark State
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 215
Bats: L
Throws: R

Hoby Milner                                    35

Full Name: Hoby Milner
Born: 01/13/1991
Birthplace: Ft. Worth, TX
College: Texas
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 165
Bats: L
Throws: L

Nefi Ogando                                   36

Full Name: Nefi Ogando
Born: 06/03/1989
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

Ryan O’Sullivan                             23

Full Name: Ryan Patrick O’Sullivan
Born: 09/05/1990
Birthplace: El Cajon, CA
College: Oklahoma City
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

Luis Paulino                                   45

Full Name: Luis Alberto Paulino
Born: 06/16/1989
Birthplace: Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 215
Bats: R
Throws: R

Austin Wright                                 50

Full Name: Austin T. Wright
Born: 09/26/1989
Birthplace: Schaumburg, IL
College: Mississippi
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 235
Bats: L
Throws: L

Ryan Demmin                                DL

Full Name: Ryan Demmin
Born: 04/05/1988
Birthplace: Oshkosh, WI
College: Minnesota State Mankato
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 210
Bats: L
Throws: L

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Route 222 Showdown Tickets on Sale Now!

From That Baseball Team out in Reading:

Reading Hosting Baseballtown 222 Showcase on April 1st

Battle between Fightins and IronPigs to also feature Fightins team autograph session

For the first time since 2012, FirstEnergy Stadium will be home to the 7th Annual Baseballtown 222 Showcase on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:35 p.m. The exhibition game, which pits the top prospects from the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils and Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs against each other, is once again presented by Capital BlueCross.

As a special added bonus, members of the Fightin Phils team will sign autographs for all fans prior to the game. This will be the only opportunity for all fans to partake in a Fightin Phils team autograph session.

Because of Capital BlueCross’s generous sponsorship, all ticket money from the 222 Showcase will benefit Baseballtown Charities, helping more kids in the City of Reading play baseball.

“It is important for Capital BlueCross to support the community in a meaningful way, such as connecting children to physical activity so they can all lead a healthier lifestyle,” said Amy Nilsen, Capital BlueCross manager of Community Relations. “That is exactly what the Baseballtown 222 Showcase and Baseball Charities are all about – providing an opportunity for inner city kids to run, catch and have fun through America’s favorite pastime. As the Reading Fightin Phils and Lehigh Valley IronPigs square off in friendly competition, they are not only showcasing the future of the Philadelphia Phillies, they are helping to shape a better future for the youth of this region.”

Tickets for the exhibition game are on sale now via Fightins.com, over the phone at 610-370-BALL, and at the Fightins Ticket Office located at FirstEnergy Stadium. General admission tickets located in the red and green seating areas cost $5 and reserved seats in the Yellow Box and Blue Box seating areas cost $7, with all proceeds benefitting Baseballtown Charities thanks our partners at Capital BlueCross.

The all-time series stands at 3-3 between the two clubs after Reading won last year’s contest, 6-4, in Lehigh Valley. The Fightins will look for their third straight win of the series in this year’s game.

Baseballtown Charities, a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity, was launched ten years ago in association with the Reading Fightin Phils in order to keep baseball alive in Reading through charitable donations to underprivileged youth, who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to play baseball. The organization was also founded to pay tribute to Reading’s rich baseball history.

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A Closer Look at the @ReadingFightins Promo Schedule

I was just taking a look at the Reading promo schedule and trying to match it up with the IronPigs home dates.  (the full schedule is here )  Here are some things I noticed, by date:

Tuesday April 1, 6:35PM:  The 222 game.  Just as we suspected/already purchased tickets for.  There will be a pre-game autograph session (just the Reading players if it matches last time).  Many of the early season Fightins games will be 6:35PM, BTW, so check your schedule if you’re heading down.

Thursday April 3, 7:05PM:  Opening Day for Reading features an Utley Bobble Doll and Autographed jersey raffle, and cocktails on the warning track…sounds great!  I was tempted, but opening days are often “amateur hour” and I don’t really want to make it more crowded for the season ticket holders.  But,….

Friday April 4, 7:05PM:  …these early games are tempting if I’m not driving through the woods of Rhode Island trying to get to Pawtucky.  A Reading Red Sox throwback cap for adults this night.  If you can’t wait for early season baseball and don’t want to drive to Rhode Island, this might be the game for you!

Saturday April 5, 6:05:  Fireworks and a beer tasting.  If I can’t make it to Friday night, perhaps this one.

Friday Apri 18, 7:05PM:  Ryne Sandberg throwback Bobble Doll.  I’m really considering this.  That bobble doll (they’re dolls.  if you’re not comfortable with that then quit collecting them.) looks pretty cool.  And Fridays are my days off.  If the weather’s nice, I might get in line early for this one.  The IronPigs are in Moosic with a visit from the Mountain Man.  For you it might be different, but for me Sandberg Bobble >> Mountain Man.

Monday May 5, 6:35PM:  Fightins Beer Yard for first 1000 21+.  I’ve been meaning to get a beer yard.  I wonder if it’s a full yard or just a half?  No matter.  I’m in.  The IronPigs are in Charlotte.

Thursday May 22, 11:35AM:  An Education Day in Reading.  But, the IronPigs are home!  So this might be an opportunity if you desire two games in one day…

Monday June 9, 9:35AM:  Every year they have a morning game.  I think the players hate this more than just about anything.  But, I’ve always wanted to try one.  If we could find an afternoon game, it’s an opportunity for THREE games in a day, with the IronPigs home at 7:05PM.  Alas, it can’t be done. Checked Philly, Moosic, Lakewood, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Camden….appears nothing within driving distance.  I think the IronPigs should do a 1:35PM “Business Person’s Special” on this day next season, and we’ll find a night game elsewhere.  That would work!

Thursday June 12, 7:05PM:  Jim Bunning Bobble Doll and autograph session.  Plus a beer tasting!  IronPigs are in Rochester!

Wednesday July 9, 7:05PM:  Dom Brown Bobble Doll.  IronPigs in Indy.

Sunday July 27, 1:35PM:  Cole Hamels Bobble Doll!  For the Kiddos!  As it should be…  IronPigs are in Buffalo.

Friday August 8, 7:05PM:  Human cannon ball launch!  I understand only one guy gets to do it, but if you paired this with the beer tasting the night before, you might get some volunteers.  Just saying.  IronPigs are in Toledo.

The Fightins tweeted me that they’re not planning a wing fest this season, which is a shame.  I’ve been to a couple of those and they’re a good time–they’ve done a nice job with them and the wings were super.

Happy scheduling!

 

@Kram209

 

 

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Bunning & Bobbleheads – Reading Stepping Up!

That Baseball Team Out in Reading is charging hard into the 2014 season announcing today a “Jim Bunning Day” right after a Ryne Sandberg bobblehead day!

The Sandberg bobblehead is being billed as “the first in franchise history,” although the IronPigs had one a few years back.. but I’ll give it to them. First in their New Named Franchise, I suppose… Either way, Reading fans will have a great year of promotions this season!

From That Baseball Team out in Reading:

Promo Preview: Jim Bunning to be Celebrated on June 12

Night to feature Bunning appearance, bobblehead giveaway, and Reading Baseball Hall of Fame induction

On February 13th, the Reading Fightin Phils will announce their full promotional schedule for the 2014 season in conjunction with the first day of individual ticket sales. Opening Night, the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, Human Cannonball, John Kruk Garden Gnome, and Ryne Sandberg Bobblehead have already been announced. Between now and then, the Fightins will preview some highlights of the schedule.

Baseball Hall of Famer and Phillies great Senator Jim Bunning will be making his return to Baseballtown on Thursday, June 12 at 7:05 p.m. when the Reading Fightin Phils host a 50th Anniversary of Jim Bunning’s Perfect Game & Reading Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The night will also feature a Jim Bunning Bobblehead giveaway to the first 2,500 adults compliments of Van Bennett Food Co.

In addition to being in attendance, Bunning will also be on hand for a free autograph session for all fans.

Known for his illustrious 17-year MLB career, Bunning spent a season in Baseballtown a year after retired when he managed the Reading Phillies in 1972. His squad, who featured future major leaguers Jim Essian, Mac Scarce, and Bob Beall, went 70-69 in the Eastern League.

A nine-time all-star selection, Bunning became the seventh pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game on June 21, 1964, against the New York Mets. At the time, the historical game was the first perfect game thrown in the National League in 84 years. He is also one of just seven pitchers in MLB history to hold the distinction of throwing both a perfect game and no-hitter.

Over his Hall of Fame career, Bunning went 224-184 with a 3.27 ERA in 591 games. He struck out 2,855 batters, ranking second all-time at the time of his retirement behind Walter Johnson.

After his baseball days, Bunning turned his focus to public service and was elected to the city council of Fort Thomas, Kentucky in 1977. Nine years later, Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he spent 12 years in congress before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1999. He served two terms before stepping down in 2011.

Tickets for this and the rest of the 2014 slate of games go on sale February 13th online at Fightins.com, by phone at 610-370-BALL, or by stopping at the Fightin Phils Box Office at FirstEnergy Stadium.

See, I can copy/paste press releases too… ;-)

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Gnewest Gnome Giveaway Gnews!

One of my all time favorite Phillies is John Kruk and That Baseball Team out in Reading will be honoring him with a garden gnome giveaway this season!

Promo Preview: Fightins to Honor Kruk as Next Gnome

Garden gnome of Phillies legend to be given out on June 30th

On February 13th, the Reading Fightin Phils will announce their full promotional schedule for the 2014 season in conjunction with the first day of individual ticket sales. Opening Night, the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, and the Human Cannonball have already been announced. Between now and then, the Fightins will preview some highlights of the schedule.

On June 30th, Philadelphia Phillies legend and former Reading hitting coach John Kruk will become the latest figure to be immortalized in Baseballtown lore as a garden gnome when the Reading Fightin Phils give out a John Kruk Garden Gnome to the first 2,500 adults 15 and over thanks to Metro Bank.

The night also features the 14th Annual Chili Festival with Free Chili starting at 5:00 p.m. in Tompkins VIST Bank Plaza.

Kruk will become the fourth Reading legend to be featured as a Garden Gnome, following in the footsteps of Ryan Howard (2010-11), Cole Hamels (2011), Vance Worley (2012), and Carlos Ruiz (2013).

While known primarily for his career in Philadelphia from 1989 to 1994, Kruk spent time in Baseballtown on two instances. In 1994, the first baseman made a major league rehab in Reading for three games. Seven years later, Kruk joined the Reading coaching staff as the hitting coach under manager Gary Varsho.

After his coaching career, Kruk began a career in broadcasting with Fox Sports Network and in 2004, he joined ESPN as an analyst on Baseball Tonight.

A three-time all-star, Kruk played in the majors for 10 seasons and finished his career with a .300 batting average and 100 home runs. He was also part of the Phillies 1993 National League Championship team.

Tickets for this and the rest of the 2014 slate of games go on sale February 13th online at Fightins.com, by phone at 610-370-BALL, or by stopping at the Fightin Phils Box Office at FirstEnergy Stadium.

For those not old enough to pick up on the reference in this post’s title… watch this:

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Halladay to Rehab!

From the baseball team out in Reading:

Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay Rehabbing Sunday in Reading

Starting pitcher will start on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. when team hosts New Hampshire

READING, Pa.—Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay is scheduled to continue his Major League rehab with the Reading Fightin Phils on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. when the club hosts the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Sunday’s game is the final afternoon game of 2013 and features a Fightin Phils Team Baseball Card Set giveaway for the first 2,000 kids 14 and under. In addition to the giveaway, it’s a Fightin Phils Kids Club Free Ticket game where all members receive a ticket and exclusive access to the team autograph session at 11:30 a.m. (NOTE—Roy Halladay will not be a part of the pre-game autograph session)

Halladay was placed on the disabled list May 6 with right shoulder discomfort after struggling through the early part of the season, going 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts. The right-handed pitcher was later transferred to the 60-Day disabled list on May 24th following shoulder surgery.

He has made two starts in his rehab assignment thus far with the Gulf Coast League Phillies last week and Lakewood BlueClaws last Tuesday. In his first start, he tossed six innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts across 87 pitches. With the BlueClaws, Halladay threw 90 pitches–52 strikes–over six innings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out four in the start.

A two-time Cy Young winner, Halladay is 201-104 with a 3.37 ERA in 16 major league seasons. His 201 career wins rank as the most by major league pitchers since 2002. The Colorado native is also an eight-time All-Star with two starts and has won 20 games three times in his career (2003, 2008, 2010). He has also finished in the top-five of Cy Young voting and ERA leaders seven times each in his career.

In 2010, Halladay became the fifth pitcher in MLB history to pitch two no-hitters in the same calendar year. Early in the season, he pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history against the Florida Marlins on May 29th. Later in the National League Divisional Series, he joined the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen as just the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason when he did so against the Cincinnati Reds in Game One.

Halladay was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 1995 draft and made his major league debut three seasons later in 1998. Halladay was acquired by the Phillies from the Blue Jays prior to the 2010 season after 12 seasons in Toronto for Travis D’Arnaud and former Reading players Michael Taylor and Kyle Drabek.

Tickets for the final nine games of the 2013 season at FirstEnergy Stadium are available by visiting Fightins.com, calling the Fightin Phils Ticket Office at 610-370-BALL, or by visiting the Fightin Phils Ticket Office in person at FirstEnergy Stadium. Follow the Fightin Phils on Twitter at @ReadingFightins and like them on Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/fightins.

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NoiseCast – Episode 5 – Lehigh Valley Pro Sports with kraM & Dan!

Episode 5 of the NoiseCast is so hot the tape recorder melted! Luckily we had digital backup!

Join host Kram209 along with our very own Editor Dan live at The Black Forest Deli as they discuss some Nation Award News, LV Steelhawks, LV Roller Girls, Valley Cycling, LV Phantoms, of course some IronPigs, and much more!


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Let’s Go Blanco!!  Suomi the Money!

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(was on the A/V team)

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