(Greensboro, NC) The Greensboro Grasshoppers announced today that Tuesday April 11, 2017 will be the "Jim Boeheim (No) Value Night" at First National Bank Field. All fans with a valid Syracuse, NY Driver's License will be given a free ticket, $20 in food and beverage vouchers, and a pre-game meet and greet with retired Hall of Fame Bat Dog, Miss Babe Ruth, for the 7:00PM game against the Delmarva Shorebirds.
GREENSBORO, NC - First National Bank, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE: FNB), and the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Class A minor league baseball affiliate of the Miami Marlins, today unveiled the new name and logo for the Grasshoppers' ballpark, now First National Bank Field.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - With less than a week's supply of food on the shelves, Greensboro Urban Ministry's executive director turned to the community for help on Monday afternoon. On Wednesday, Greensboro Grasshoppers President and General Manager Donald Moore delivered a home run.
The Miami Marlins announced Todd Pratt will be the new manager for the 2017 Greensboro Grasshoppers. Pratt will be joined by pitching coach Mark DiFelice, hitting coach Frank Moore and coach Danny Black. Michael Bibbo will be returning for his second season as Athletic Trainer. Trevor Ging will return as the strength and conditioning coach.
It's hard to come to grips with this, to fathom what happened, to wrap my head around the finality of it. Jose Fernandez killed in a boating accident.
(Greensboro, NC) The Greensboro Grasshoppers announced today that they will unveil their new food truck, Hoppin' Hound Dogs, tomorrow September 8 outside the stadium at 11:00 AM at the Plaza Entrance. The truck will offer Certified Angus Beef gourmet hot dogs, as well as Italian sausages and brats.
Clearwater, Florida-South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa announced the recipients of the 2016 South Atlantic League Outstanding Achievement Awards. All 14 teams, along with the field managers and umpires, participated in the voting for these awards.
Clearwater, Florida-Eric Krupa, President of the South Atlantic League, announced the selection of the 2016 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.
(Greensboro, NC) The Greensboro Grasshoppers announced today that Miss Lou Lou Gehrig has been placed on the Disabled List and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season. The popular K-9 Bat and Ball Dog is being treated for malabsorption and has been advised to rest until she fully recovers. "Lou Lou has done a great job filling in for Babe this year and we hope she feels better and gets her strength back real soon," said Grasshoppers President and General Manager Donald Moore.
Some good efforts wound up being wasted by the Hoppers Sunday afternoon. Such as a four-hit game by Mason Davis.
It took the Hoppers more than a month to find their offensive stride this season.
The Hoppers have to get hot. After Thursday's 5-2 loss to Delmarva, they have 18 games remaining in the regular season. They trail first-place Lakewood by 3 1/2 games in the Northern Division of the SAL. That's not insurmountable by any means, but the problem is that they're just one of six teams with a shot at winning the second half, so they simply can't afford many more losses.
Tuesday night was a big first step for the Hoppers. Reeling after losing six of seven games on a road trip, they righted themselves, at least momentarily, with a 3-2 win over Delmarva at NewBridge Bank Park. That keeps them well within range of the top spot in the SAL's Northern Division second-half standings.
The smallest things can make the difference in a 1-0 game. In the second inning of Sunday's contest at NewBridge Bank Park, Micker Adolpho of Kannapolis hit a fly ball to left field that would have been an out in many ball parks. But it carried over the fence for a home run that a computer program measured at 333 feet.
The faces keep changing and somehow the Hoppers keep finding ways to win. After losing the completion of Friday's suspended game, 5-4, the Hoppers bounced back to beat Kannapolis 5-3 in the 7-inning nightcap Saturday at NewBridge Bank Park.
For a player who has made contributions with his defense and as an emergency pitcher, Gio Alfonzo got a chance to do something with his bat Thursday night.
The hitting was spotty and the pitching kept battling out of tight situations, so defense carried the day for the Hoppers Wednesday.
If it had been a football or basketball game, the videotape would have been burned. That's the kind of day it was for the Hoppers Sunday afternoon when they took a 10-2 pounding at the hands of Kannapolis at NewBridge Bank Park.
Kevin Randel had a simple message for his team after the Hoppers' nine-game winning streak was stopped Saturday night. "I didn't tell them 'let's start a new streak,'" Randel said. "It was 'just don't let this carry over. We still have a series to win.'"
Not even a long delay was going to keep the Hoppers from their eighth straight win Thursday night. In a game scheduled to start at 7 p.m., the first pitch wasn't thrown until 8:36. As rain finally subsided, the tarp was pulled and the field was prepped for play, there was nothing the players could do but wait.
Chuck Weaver says his job as a starting pitcher is simple. "I try to put us in a position to win," the Hoppers' right-hander said. Lately, no one has done that better than Weaver. Tuesday night he pitched six innings, giving up two hits and one run, and the Hoppers made that stand up for a 2-1 win over West Virginia at NewBridge Bank Park.
Just when it seemed the Hoppers' pitching couldn't get any better, it did. L.J. Brewster and two relievers combined for a two-hit shutout Wednesday afternoon as the Hoppers rang up a 3-0 win over West Virginia at NewBridge Bank Park. The victory gave the Hoppers a three-game sweep of the Power, ran their winning streak to seven games and improved their second-half record to 11-3. That's not only the best in the North Division, it's the best in the South Atlantic League.
The setting was perfect. It was July 4, with 9,559 fans packed into NewBridge Bank Park, voices in full throttle. Two outs, bottom of the ninth, a 2-2 game with the winning run on second base. Aaron Blanton stepped into the batter's box with a chance to produce a win for the Hoppers.
On Thursday I clicked on a story about the Marlins acquiring relief pitcher Fernando Rodney from the San Diego Padres. I was curious to see who was the player they gave up to get him. Maybe someone from Double-A Jacksonville, or even from high-A Jupiter, which is the norm in exchange for a 39-year-old reliever with an inconsistent career.
It's a long bus ride from Greensboro to Delmarva, but the Hoppers put themselves in a good mood for it Sunday afternoon.
The Hoppers have pulled out some dramatic victories in the last few weeks, but Saturday night things went the other way and they lost a game they probably should have won.
Jagged lightning danced in the dark sky behind the outfield fences starting about midway through Friday night's game at NewBridge Bank Park. But the biggest bolt of the night came off the bat of Josh Naylor in the bottom of the first inning.
Some people know how to make an entrance but Arturo Rodriguez knows how to make an exit. Rodriguez belted a three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday night to give the Hoppers an 8-5 victory over Hickory in the first game of the season's second half. As he rounded third base and headed to home plate, he threw his batting helmet high in the air before being engulfed by his teammates.
Back to 0-0. That's how the Hoppers will begin the second half of the South Atlantic League season Thursday night when they begin a four-game series with Hickory at NewBridge Bank Park.
When two weary teams meet, the one that strikes first has a big advantage. At least, that's what happened Wednesday at NewBridge Bank Park. With Asheville and Greensboro playing 13 hours after a 14-inning game the night before, the Tourists scored three times in the first inning and went on to beat the Hoppers 5-2.
Giovanny Alfonzo keeps racking up the pitching statistics. He entered Monday's game in the top of the 14th inning and gave up a run, but the Hoppers rallied in the bottom of the inning. Aaron Blanton homered to tie the game against Asheville and Anfernee Seymour drove in Casey Soltis with a double moments later to give the Hoppers an improbable 6-5 win.
It's not often that a game-saving defensive play happens in the first inning, but that was the case for the Hoppers Monday night.
Pitching in daylight doesn't bother Chris Paddack and pitching in heat and humidity doesn't bother him, either. And Sunday afternoon, the Rome Braves didn't bother him a bit.
For Hoppers manager Kevin Randel, it's not about the players missing from his lineup, it's about those who are there playing better.
Sometimes a storybook ending doesn't work out. The opportunity was there for Arturo Rodriguez to write one Thursday night. In his first game back with the Hoppers, he came up in the bottom of the ninth with two men on base, two outs and his team down by two runs to Rome. A home run would have won the game.
Coming back from a trip out of Town Wednesday, I checked to see if the Hoppers had played an afternoon game.
CLEARWATER, FL-Eric Krupa, president of the South Atlantic League, has announced the rosters for the 57th Annual SAL All-Star Game, scheduled to be played on June 21, 2016, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky, home of the Lexington Legends.
The young and the old of the Hoppers pitching staff held up their end of Friday's doubleheader in NewBridge Bank Park. The offense continued to get contributions from different players in the lineup.
If it's Thursday, it must be raining at NewBridge Bank Park. That was the case again tonight, with rain postponing the Hoppers game against Delmarva. The teams will play a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) on Friday. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the first pitch will be at 5 o'clock.
Chris Paddack made up for lost time Wednesday afternoon. The 20-year-old right-hander breezed through four innings in his debut to set the tone for the Hoppers' 11-4 pounding of Delmarva in NewBridge Bank Park.
The Hoppers may find out something about themselves Wednesday.
There was no promotion for "O Canada Night" at NewBridge Bank Park Monday, but it turned into one thanks to Maxx Tissenbaum and Josh Naylor.
Baseball can be broken down into simple terms when a team is playing well. Here's the way Hoppers outfielder Isael Soto described his two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning of the second game against Hagerstown Sunday.
Anfernee Seymour likes being a catalyst for the Hoppers. That's just what he was Thursday night, running the bases with abandon and helping the Hoppers beat the Hagerstown Suns 4-2 to open a four-game series at NewBridge Bank Park.
The Hoppers' offense was gone with the wind Sunday. After a promising start against Lexington, Greensboro was stymied by Legends pitching and wound up on the short end of a 3-2 score. The Hoppers scored twice and got four hits through the first three innings, then were shut out on one hit over the last six.
Aaron Blanton gave himself a chance to relax Saturday night. Mired in a 2-for-26 slump to begin the season, the Hoppers' third baseman found his batting stroke against Lexington. He clubbed a grand slam homer in the first inning, added a double in the sixth and another double in the eighth to propel Greensboro to a 9-3 win over the Legends at NewBridge Bank Park.
Pitching out of the bullpen is new for Ben Holmes, but he's making the most of it. The left-hander pitched four hitless innings of relief Friday night to help the Hoppers to a 5-2 win over the Columbia Fireflies in the first game of a double-header at NewBridge Bank Park. Columbia came back to win the second game, 2-1.
Some losses leave everyone shaking their heads, and that was the case for the Hoppers Sunday. The game against Lakewood was there for the taking, but Greensboro couldn't capitalize on some golden opportunities and fell to the BlueClaws 11-7 in 11 innings at NewBridge Bank Park.