Saturday, January 4, 2014

Popular Start Times Continue to Accommodate Fans

CHARLESTON, SC - Countless Charleston RiverDogs fans have passion about many things that range from the team's famed food & beverage creations to the traditional Thirsty Thursdays, Fireworks Fridays, and Family Sundays.
"We have always taken pride in our customer service and we are simply reacting to what many fans have told us," said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. "We listen to all suggestions and when it is the right thing to do, we'll adjust and do it."Another item that our fans care greatly about is the start times for the 70 home games at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Therefore, all Saturday home games will once again have a 6:05 pm first pitch as the RiverDogs announce their game times for the 2014 season.
The team's games on Monday through Friday will continue to feature the traditional 7:05 pm start time while Sundays' first pitch will again be at 5:05.
As usual, however, the RiverDogs have several special days in which the normal start time will be slightly adjusted and that list of games include:
  • Wednesday, April 9 vs. Greenville - Education Day at 11:05 am;
  • Wednesday, April 30 vs. Augusta - Education Day at 11:05 am;
  • Friday, July 4 vs. Rome - Independence Day Celebration at 6:35 pm;
  • Wednesday, July 9 vs. Greenville - Big Splash Day at 12:05 pm;
  • Monday, July 21 vs. Augusta - Business Person's Special at 12:05 pm;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 13 vs. Hickory - Business Person's Special at 12:05 pm;
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 vs. Greenville - Season Finale with postgame Fireworks at 6:35 pm.
As always, fans have the opportunity to see two games for the price of one when The Citadel plays a Southern Conference contest prior to the RiverDogs and those dates are:
  • May 2 vs. Delmarva (The Citadel vs. Wofford)
  • May 3 vs. Delmarva (The Citadel vs. Wofford)
  • May 4 vs. Delmarva (The Citadel vs. Wofford)
  • May 15 vs. Hickory (The Citadel vs. UNC Greensboro)
  • May 16 vs. Hickory (The Citadel vs. UNC Greensboro)
The RiverDogs open the 2014 season on April 7 with a seven-game homestand that features the Greenville Drive and the Augusta GreenJackets. For ticket information, please contact the box office at 843/577-DOGS (3647) or online at

Being posted with permission from the Charleston Riverdogs organization. The original article can be seen HERE

2014 Tampa Yankees Coaching Staff Announced

The New York Yankees Player Development office has officially released the 2014 Tampa Yankees Field Staff. Joining the Single-A Advanced T-Yanks are Manager Al Pedrique, Pitching Coach Danny Borrell, Hitting Coach PJ Pilittere, Coach JD Closser, Trainer Michael Becker and Strength and Conditioning Coach Joe Siara. 

BORN: 8/11/60 in Valencia, Venezuela • RESIDES: Tucson, Ariz.
COACHING CAREER: Enters his second season in the Yankees organization and his first as Tampa's manager…spent the 2013 season as manager of Single-A Charleston, leading the RiverDogs to a 75-63 (.543) overall record…spent the previous 16 years as a manager or coach in the Astros, Diamondbacks and Royals organizations…served in several different posts in the Astros system over seven seasons, including bench coach (2010-11), third base coach (2009), minor league field coordinator (2008-09) and special assistant to the general manager (2005-07)…began the 2004 season as Arizona's third base coach before spending the second half of the year as the team's interim manager…prior to that, spent nine seasons as a minor league manager (1995-2003), compiling a 463-433 (.517) overall record…managed the 2002 Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League and served as a coach for the World Team in the 2003 MLB All-Star Futures Game at U.S. Cellular Field… PLAYING CAREER: Was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Pirates in 1978…combined to hit .247 with 18 doubles, 1HR and 36RBI in parts of three seasons with the Mets (1987), Pittsburgh (1987-88) and Detroit (1989)… PERSONAL: Has two daughters: Mariana and Liliana.

BORN: 1/24/79 in Landsdale, Penn. • RESIDES: Wichita, Kan.
COACHING CAREER: Enters his sixth season as a coach in the Yankees organization and his first with Tampa…spent two seasons as a pitching coach with Single-A Charleston (2012-13) after serving in the same role with short-season Single-A Staten Island in 2011…prior to that, spent two seasons as a rehabilitation pitching coach in the GCL… PLAYING CAREER: Selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft…played nine minor league seasons with the Yankees (2000-06) and Oakland (2007-08)… the left-hander compiled a career record of 39-35 with a 3.49 ERA in 138 games (130 starts)… split the 2008 season between the Athletics' Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento squads, before landing on the disabled list in June for the remainder of the season with a left elbow strain… PERSONAL: Pitched at Wake Forest.

BORN: 11/23/81 in Galesburg, Ill. • RESIDES: Indio, Calif.
COACHING CAREER: Will enter his first season as hitting coach for Tampa after serving in the same role for Single-A Charleston in 2013…made his professional coaching debut in 2012 as a coach with GCL… PLAYING CAREER: Was originally selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft… hit .264 with 77 doubles, 16HR and 183RBI in 470 career minor league games over eight seasons in the Yankees system…twice led his respective league in fielding percentage, producing a .995 fielding percentage (with Double-A Trenton) in 2007 and a .998 fielding percentage (with Single-A Tampa) in 2006… PERSONAL: Full name is Peter John Pilittere…was named team captain at Cal State Fullerton in 2004, helping lead his team to the College World Series… batted .351 with 18 doubles, 4HR and 49RBI in 69 games during his senior season…graduated from Bishop Amat High School in Walnut, Calif…was honored with first-team All-Del Rey League and honorable mention All-San Gabriel Valley recognitions…was the starting catcher in the 1999 San Gabriel Valley All-Star game.

BORN: 1/15/80 in Beech Grove, Ind. • RESIDES: Garner, N.C.
COACHING CAREER: Will be making his professional coaching debut in 2014…in 2012 and 2013, worked as a coach in the USA Baseball National Team Development Programs… PLAYING CAREER: Was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft…spent four seasons in the Diamondbacks' minor league system (1998-2001)…was traded to the Rockies on 1/2/02 and spent five seasons in their organization (2002-06)…made his Major League debut on 6/30/04 and played in 36 games with Colorado that season, batting .319 with 10RBI…began the 2005 season as the Rockies' starting catcher…hit .239 in 160 career games in the Majors, all with the Rockies…from 2007-11, played in the Minors with the Brewers, Athletics, Cubs, Yankees, Padres and Dodgers organizations…also played for the Edmonton Capitals of the North American Baseball League in 2011…PERSONAL: Full name is Jeffrey Darrin Closser…attended Alexandria-Monroe HS (Ind.)…he and his wife, Holley, have two daughters, Isabelle and Callie McKenna.

BORN: 12/16/88 in Bennington, Vt. • RESIDES: Bennington, Vt.
Begins his third season in the Yankees organizations as a trainer after serving in the role with Charleston in 2013 and Staten Island in 2012… previously worked as an athletic training student intern at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre during the 2010 season…graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in athletic training in 2011 and has served as an athletic training intern with various institutions over the last two years including Cornell University, Ithaca College and Siena College.

BORN: 4/17/84 in Tampa, Fla. • RESIDES: Tampa, Fla.
Enters his second season as a strength and conditioning coach in the Yankees organization after spending his first season with the short season Staten Island Yankees…graduated in 2006 from Indiana University with a degree in kinesiology and exercise science…in 2008, received a master's degree in human performance from the University of Florida…also works as a personal trainer in the Tampa area.

Being posted with permission from the Tampa Yankees organization. The original articled can be seen HERE.

Yankee Stadium Legacy: #87 Andy Pettitte (Again)

One of the best big named pitchers in the Major Leagues is named Andrew Eugene Pettitte and pitched for the New York Yankees. Pettitte reached double digits in victories in 12 of his first 13 seasons  and in 2003 the left hander reached his career high in victories with 21. The Yankees built a 101-61 record on their way to an American League pennant. Pettitte also struck out a career best 180 batters that season which ranked sixth best in the American League.

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This Day In New York Yankees History 1/4

On this day in 1904 the New York Highlanders, soon to be the Yankees, announce plans to play Sunday home games at Long Island's Ridgewood Park. This will be overruled in March by National Commission chairman August Herrman since the park is so close to the home of the Brooklyn Superbas, soon to be the Dodgers.