Opening Day News and Notes

Opening Day has come and gone, including the Major League Debut of former Boise Hawk, Marwin Gonzalez, who went 0-for-3 as the starting shortstop for the Houston Astros.  Gonzalez, who had 43 RBI for the Hawks in 2008, became the 91st former Boise Hawk to play in the Big Leagues.

Also, Sean Marshall (pictured right) tossed a scoreless inning in the Reds victory over Miami – as the lefty, who pitched for Boise in 2003, is serving as Cincinnati’s closer.

The minor league season started on Thursday – with 22 former Boise Hawks starting the season at the AAA level, including Josh Vitters (’08) and Blake Lalli (’07), making their debuts for the Iowa Cubs.

Other AAA players in Iowa include Randy Wells (’02), Welington Castillo (’06), Alfredo Amezaga (’99), Tony Campana (’08), Jay Jackson (’08), Ty Wright (’07), Casey Coleman (’08), Brett Jackson (’09), Blake Parker (’07), and Chris Rusin (’09).  Other players at AAA include Mark Reed (’05) in Reno, Donnie Veal (’05) in Charlotte, Russ Canzler (’06) in Columbus, Brandon Guyer (’07) in Durham, Lou Montanez (’04) in Lehigh Valley, Tony Thomas (’07) in Pawtucket, Mitch Atkins (’05) in Syracuse, Darin Downs (’04/’05/’06) in Toldeo, and Dontrelle Willis (’01) in Norfolk.

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