July 2013

Field Level from Hillsboro Ballpark

Here is a field level view of the new Hillsboro Ballpark in Oregon…wouldn’t it be sweet to have something like this in Boise?

Roster Turnover – 12 Moves Today

Cubs1The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs have announced a total of 12 roster moves prior to the opening game of a three-game series with the Hillsboro Hops.

Five players will be rejoining the team after missing the Vancouver series – catcher Lance Rymel, pitchers Trey Masek and Carlos Martinez, shortstop Carlos Penalver, and outfielder Yasiel Balaguert.

The squad will add three other pitchers to the roster – 15th round draft pick Michael Wagner, along with a pair of players from Class-A Kane County in Eddie Orozco and Dillon Maples.

Four others have been reassigned to the Mesa Cubs – pitchers Orbandy Rodriguez and Ethan Elias, infielder Jesse Hodges, and outfielder Kevin Brown.

Rymel spent the weekend with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies, going 0-for-3 on Friday night against Jackson.  The 2012 draft pick was hitting .260 in 15 games with the Hawks this season.

Martinez has been on the seven-day disabled list since July 2 with an unspecified injury.  In six appearances with the Hawks, he has a 3-0 record with a 0.77 ERA, allowing just five hits in 11.2 innings.

Masek was optioned to Mesa on July 9 and made two appearances in the Arizona Rookie League, allowing four runs on four hits in two-plus innings.  In three outings in Boise, the fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech did not allow an earned run in four innings of work.

Penalver was optioned to Mesa on July 9 and played in four games, going 2-for-13 with three runs scored and two RBI.  The Venezuela native hit .184 with three doubles and six RBI in 24 games in Boise.

Balaguert was optioned to Mesa on July 9 and played in four games, hitting .267 with a pair of doubles and a triple.  In Boise, he hit .289 in 25 games, recording six doubles, four home runs, and 23 RBI.

Wagner makes his first trip to Boise after signing with the Cubs out of the University of San Diego – where he was a teammate of second-overall pick, Kris Bryant.  The right-hander went 2-5 with a 4.55 ERA during the college season, but has been outstanding in Mesa – allowing just one unearned run on four hits in four appearances.

Orozco has been on the disabled list for Kane County since June 11 with an inflammation in his right elbow – and will begin his rehabilitation with the Hawks.  The 22nd round selection in the 2012 draft was 3-3 with a 4.87 ERA for the Cougars, a year removed from a stellar season in Boise, where the righty went 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA and six saves.

Maples joins the Hawks after spending the first three months in Kane County, where he posted a 0-2 record and an 8.31 ERA in 34 innings, walking 31 and striking out 34.  The No. 6 prospect in the Cubs organization heading into 2013, Maples was a 14th round pick of the Cubs in the 2011 draft.

Rodriguez heads to Mesa after posting a 1-2 record and a 6.10 ERA in five appearances with the Hawks – but hasn’t pitched since July 5.  Elias returns to Mesa after making six appearances in Boise, going 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA, striking out 12 in 12.2 innings.

Both Hodges and Brown return to Mesa after a week with the Hawks – Hodges going 0-for-12 in three games and Brown 2-for-7 in two games.

The Boise roster sits at a maximum of 30 players, along with two players on the disabled list making rehab appearances.

The Hawks return to action tonight, meeting the Hillsboro Hops at 8:05 p.m. (MT)

Shawon Dunston Jr. Batting Practice

Here is a round of Batting Practice in Vancouver from Boise Hawks centerfielder Shawon Dunston Jr.

A Look From the Roof

I call games in Vancouver high atop Nat Bailey Stadium, with the press box on the roof of the old stadium…here is a video I shot today, giving you a sneak peak into my vantage point each night in Canada.

Complete Trevor Gretzky Press Conference

Thanks to the Montreal Media – here is the entire Trevor Gretzky press conference from yesterday…including comments from Gretzky and manager Gary Van Tol

Oh Canada! Life North of the Border

The longest road trip of the season so far for the Boise Hawks is underway, including the 6-5 loss to Vancouver last night…but we first need to talk about the “Next One”.

GretzkyOr so how the Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and any other Canadian media outlet that showed up for yesterday’s press conference outside the Hawks dugout at Nat Bailey Stadium called Trevor Gretzky.  It was as if Queen Elizabeth had come to Vancouver – as C’s radio man Rob Fai mentioned, it was the biggest turnout for a presser in his time with the club.

Here is a link of video from the presser from the Vancouver Sun

When we got back to the hotel – I turned on the local news (CBC, CTV, CityTV) and saw a story with video on Gretzky on each, along with highlights of him in the game (went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an outstanding defensive play in left)…but felt sorry for Vancouver, because they didn’t show anything on the C’s – not even the score.

But it got better – I turned on Sportscentre (notice the spelling), the Canadian (TSN) version of the ESPN brand…and there was Trevor Gretzky…I turned on Rogers SportsNet (Here is their story) for their national show…and there was Trevor Gretzky…GlobalTV…there was Trevor Gretzky…I honestly wonder if there is a bump in Boise Hawks gear being purchased online because every kid in Canada probably saw Trevor wearing the BP hat.

The trip up was outstanding…gotta give props to Caldwell Transportation drivers Steve and Craig for an outstanding job – we got to the Accent Inn in Richmond BC at 11:35 AM…a funny note was when Bill Buckner woke up in the morning and noticed a new driver (we picked Craig up in La Grande OR and Steve stayed there for the night) – he was like “Bussie, when did you get here?”  I had a chance to take some random pictures from around town yesterday morning…

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The first picture made me think of summer baseball in the states…American Legion ball…I didn’t know there was a Canadian Legion, let alone a “Royal” Canadian Legion.

The second picture is a Canadian version of a railroad crossing ahead – though I see it more as a cross-road.

The third picture is a play on words…as when I was walking by the “Rich Hill” subdivision, I immediately thought of former Boise Hawks and current Cleveland Indians lefty, Rich Hill…I wonder if he gets any royalties from it?

Around Boise, you’ll see A&W/KFC’s every now and then…in Vancouver, it’s the A&W/Chubby Chicken…Chubby Chicken?

The fifth picture is of the local Denny’s in Richmond BC – do you notice the subtle Canadianism of the logo?

The final picture is that of the sign outside the gym that the team works out at in Vancouver – yes, it is owned by L.A. Lakers guard Steve Nash, and is the top gym that we work out in on the road during the season.

Off to Canada with Seven Roster Moves

SamWilsonVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced a total of seven roster moves prior to the series opener tonight against the Vancouver Canadians.

Three players will join the Hawks from the Cubs’ Arizona Rookie League squad – pitcher Sam Wilson, infielder Jesse Hodges, and outfielder Kevin Brown.  All will make their Northwest League debut.

Wilson, a left-handed pitcher out of Lamar (Colo.) CC, is the Cubs eighth-round pick in the 2013 draft.  Possessed with a low-90s fastball and a good curve and change, he posted a 11-2 with a 1.33 ERA in 87 innings this spring, striking out 109 batters.  The native of Albuquerque, N.M., made one appearance in Mesa, allowing an unearned run on one hit, striking out two, in one inning of work.

JesseHodgesHodges, a 2012 non-drafted free agent, returns to his home province in Canada to join the Hawks.  A native of Victoria, B.C., the infielder played last summer for the Victoria in the British Columbia Premier Baseball League, hitting .341 with two homers and 33 RBI, before joining the Canadian Junior National Team, where he led the squad in batting at the Junior World Championships.  Hodges has played in 15 games in Mesa, hitting .200 with five RBI.

KevinBrownBrown, an outfielder out of Bryant (R.I.) University, is the Cubs 22nd-round pick in the 2013 draft.  The 22-year-old was named Northeast Conference Player-of-the-Year this spring, helping the Bulldogs to their first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament.  Brown hit .367 with seven home runs, 48 RBI, drew 47 walks, and stole 22 bases during the campaign.  He played in 10 games in Mesa, hitting .231 with five stolen bases and three RBI.

Four players have been sent to the Arizona Rookie League – infielder Carlos Penalver, outfielder Yasiel Balaguert, and pitchers Trey Lang and Trey Masek.

Penalver played in 24 games at shortstop with the Hawks, hitting .184 with three doubles and six RBI, while Balaguert played in 25 games in right field, hitting .289 with four homers, six doubles, and 23 RBI.  Lang made four starters for the Hawks, going 0-2 with a 11.37 ERA in 12.2 innings of work, with Masek making three relief appearances, allowing two unearned runs in four innings of work.

The Hawks active roster sits at 30 players – including two players on a MILB rehab assignments, along with two others who are on the seven-day disabled list.

Alumni Report – July 9, 2013

AlumniReportWhat does a radio guy do during his first off day of the year – in a “big league” city such as Vancouver?  I guess I am a work-a-holic, as I spent the day compiling the latest Boise Hawks Alumni Report.

Click Here for the Latest Boise Hawks AlumniReport

There are currently 22 former Hawks in the Big Leagues and a total of 150 playing professional baseball in the U.S.

Game Notes – July 8, 2013

GameNotesThe following link has the official Boise Hawks media game notes for tonight’s game with the Tri-City Dust Devils at Memorial Stadium.

Boise Hawks 7/8/13 Game Notes

The Hawks will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak and avoid their first five-game sweep at home since the start of the 2007 season.

For the first time this season, the Hawks will use a piggy-back rotation, as Dae-Eun Rhee will make his first rehab start and is expected to go three innings, with typical No. 3 starter, Loiger Padron, coming in relief.

Game Notes – July 6

GameNotesHere are the official Boise Hawks Game Notes for Saturday’s game vs. the Tri-City Dust Devils, as the Hawks look to end a three-game losing streak.

7/6/13 Boise Hawks GameNotes

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