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Yadiel Hernandez named Eastern League Player of the Week

The Eastern League announced today that Harrisburg Senators’ OF Yadiel Hernandez has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of August 28th through September 4th. The Senators slugger is the second Harrisburg player to win player of the week honors this season.

The 29-year-old led the Eastern League with a .480 (12-for-25) batting average, .594 on-base percentage, and 840 slugging percentage in eight games last week, along with two home runs, three doubles, five RBIs, five runs scored, two stolen bases, and seven walks. The Matanzas, Cuba native reached base at least once in all eight games and had at least one hit in seven of the eight games. Hernandez’s stellar week was highlighted by a walk-off home run on August 30 against Akron to complete a five-run comeback for the Senators.

Yadiel, who hit .292 (116-for-397) with 12 home runs and an .819 OPS in 120 games while making his Minor League Baseball debut with the Senators this season, was signed by the Washington Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on October 1, 2016. He finished third in the Eastern League with a .379 on-base percentage and ninth in the league in batting average.

Harrisburg Senators announce 2018 home schedule

The Harrisburg Senators today released their 2018 home schedule, which includes 70 dates beginning with their home opener on Friday, April 13 against the Bowie Baysox. The Senators begin the 2018 season on the road at Bowie on April 6.

Once again, this season the Senators will play their MondayTuesday and Wednesday night games at 6:30 p.m.Thursday and Friday nights at 7:00 p.m.Saturday nights at 6:00 p.m. and most Sunday games at 1:30 p.m.

The 2018 schedule has two 10:30 a.m. home games, Wednesday, May 2 against Hartford and Thursday, May 24 against Erie. There are also five noon weekday games. They are Thursday, April 19 vs. Reading; Monday, May 28 vs. Altoona; Thursday, June 7 vs. Binghamton; Wednesday, June 20 vs. Bowie; and Wednesday, July 18 vs. Akron.

The schedule also includes four odd Sunday game times. They are May 27 at 6:30 p.m. vs. Altoona; June 3 at 3:30 p.m. vs. Portland; July 1 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Richmond; and July 29 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Bowie.

The Senators have 11 home FridaySaturday and Sunday games, and are home on Memorial Day.  They’ll play 10 home games on Thursday and 27 MondayTuesday and Wednesday home games.

Senators fans will see Altoona, Bowie and Hartford the most, with 10 games each against those three teams. Binghamton, Trenton, New Hampshire and Portland all only make one visit to FNB Field.


The 2018 Senators’ Home Schedule:

April 13-15 Bowie Baysox (Orioles)

April 16-19 Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies)

April 27-29 Altoona Curve (Pirates)

April 30-May 2 Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)

May 10-13 New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays)

May 22-24 Erie SeaWolves (Tigers)

May 25-28 Altoona Curve (Pirates)

June 1-3 Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)

June 5-7 Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Mets)

June 15-17 Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)

June 19-21 Bowie Baysox (Orioles)

June 29-July 3 Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)

July 12-15 Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)

July 16-18 Akron RubberDucks (Indians)

July 26-30 Bowie Baysox (Orioles)

July 31-August 2 Altoona Curve (Pirates)

August 7-9 Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)

August 10-12 Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

August 17-19 Akron RubberDucks (Indians)

August 20-21 Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies)

August 27-30 Erie SeaWolves (Tigers)


The Senators box office is open today and Thursday9:00 a.m. to the end of the game. Tickets are available via telephone during the same hours as the box office hours. Tickets are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online at You can find the Senators on Facebook at or @hbgsenators on Twitter.

Robles, Bacus, Cordero, and McGowin highlight Nationals’ contingency slated to play in the Arizona Fall League

Victor Robles (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

Arizona Fall League rosters were announced earlier today and four Harrisburg Senators (Victor Robles, Dakota Bacus, Jimmy Cordero, and Kyle McGowin) are being sent to represent the Washington Nationals on the Mesa Solar Sox. The 2017 season begins Tuesday, October 10, and typically showcases many of the best young players and prospects from all 30 Major League organizations.

Robles, the Nationals’ top prospect, has made the seamless transition to Double-A as the outfielder is batting .323 in 32 games for the Senators with 22 runs scored, 10 doubles, and three home runs. He went 1-for-3 on Monday night to extend his hitting streak to 16 games before being removed after getting hit on the right knee while attempting a sacrifice bunt.

After a disappointing 2016 campaign, Bacus has rebounded with his best professional season. The 26-year-old reliever has a 1.22 ERA in 37 innings over 21 games between Potomac and Harrisburg while striking out 29 batters.

Cordero can hump it up to triple digits on the radar gun but has struggled with his command for most of the season walking every sixth batter he has faced. The 25-year-old flamethrower has been inconsistent for the Senators, posting a 27.00 ERA in April, 2.54 ERA in May and June, and an 8.78 mark in July and August.

McGowin has returned from a DL stint a new and improved pitcher after clearing his head and working on a mechanical fix in Florida. Through July 9th, McGowin combined for a 1-11 record with a 7.62 ERA and 1.79 WHIP at Syracuse and Harrisburg. But since then hitters are batting .258 off him and he is sporting a sub-2.00 ERA in four starts.

The Nationals other representatives are Potomac catcher Taylor Gushue, third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, and former Senator Austen Williams.


Fan Appreciation Night finishes out the 2017 home schedule in final homestand

Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Military Monday presented by WHP580. To say ‘thank you’ for all you’ve done serving our country, we’re offering all current members and veterans of the military a free box seat ticket to the game. Their families are welcome to half-price box seat tickets. Ticket promotion is only valid at the box office.

 Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Karns Max Saver Tuesday presented by Karns! Bring your Karns receipt to the box office for buy 1, get 1 free box seat tickets for that night’s game! Tickets must be purchased at the box office. Ticket offer excludes Club seats. Max four tickets per receipt.
  • Tasty Tuesday! An $8 ticket add-on is available for purchase which includes a hotdog, popcorn, nachos, soda, and a mighty mini ice cream sandwich! Tasty Tuesday add-ons are available online, over the phone, or at the FNB Field box office!

Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Wet-Nose Wednesday presented by Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center. Your favorite four-legged friend is invited to the park with you every Wednesday!
  • Winning Wednesday presented by the PA Lottery! One fan wins a Pennsylvania Lottery / Harrisburg Senators Prize Pack!

Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • Fan Appreciation Night. All fans will receive a giveaway as they enter FNB Field, while supplies last.  And as a thank you for being the best fans in baseball, we will have thousands of dollars-worth of giveaways and prizes offered to fans all throughout the night.
  • Community Aid Free Parking presented by Community Aid. Bring a full bag of clothes to donate and park for free! Donations will be accepted at City Island as you are parking.
  • Thirsty Thursday presented by Coors Light and 105.7 The X. Enjoy $2 Coors Light drafts on the boardwalk!

Additionally, beginning today through Wednesday, $4 out of every $10 box seat ticket sold online for our Monday through Wednesday games will be donated to the American Red Cross. To purchase a ticket and have the money donated simply use the promo code word RELIEF. This offer is good for online ticket sales only.

With the Harrisburg area having been affected by floods in the past and the devastation they bring, we’re encouraging fans to purchase their tickets online and use the promo code RELIEF. Once again, this offer is good for online ticket sales only.

Jose Marmolejos Named Eastern League Player of the Week

Jose Marmolejos (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

The Eastern League announced today that Harrisburg Senators’ OF/IF Jose Marmolejos has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of August 21st through August 27th. The Senators’ slugger is the first Harrisburg player to win player of the week honors this season.

The 24-year old batted .462 (12-for-31) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, nine RBIs, eight runs scored, four walks and a .885 slugging percentage in seven games for the Senators last week. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native had at least one hit in all seven games he played in last week and had back-to-back three hit performances on August 22 and 23 against Akron. Marmolejos finished the week on an 11-game hitting streak overall.

Jose, who is hitting .288 (107-for-422) with 14 home runs and a team-high 60 RBI in 99 games with the Senators this season, was signed by the Washington Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on June 15, 2011. Marmolejos, now in his second season with the Senators, was selected as a Mid-Season Eastern League Western Division All-Star earlier this year.

Brandon Phillips enters the Senators’ Bobblehead Hall of Fame

This content was originally found in Issue No. 19 of this year’s Senators Program


The Wit and Wisdom of Brandon Phillips

“I’ll take a three-run homer over a walk.”

“You need haters in your life. If you don’t have haters in your life, you’re not doing anything.”

“Yes, I’m flashy. I just feel like it makes me have fun if I put a little flair to it. Do I feel like I’m arrogant? No. Do I feel like I’m confident? Hell yes, I do. I feel like I’m the best all-around second baseman in
baseball. If you don’t think you’re the best, why go out and play this game?”

“What I love is people are starting to recognize defense now. If you just hit home runs, you’re a one-dimensional player. So if you don’t hit a home run, then you didn’t do your job. But if you can play defense and do a decent job swinging the bat? Then you’re one of the best players in the game.”

“It’s about me being confident and believing in myself. You have to believe in yourself to play this game, because this game will kill you.”

“The only thing I can do is go out and play the game the way I do. I do it with flair because baseball is a boring game.”

“If I was to go out there and be selfish, my stats would be totally different than what they are. But my goal is to get a ring on my finger. I’ve got the Silver Slugger, got the All-Stars, got the Gold Gloves. The only thing I’m missing is a ring. I got it in the Minor Leagues, had it in high school. Would I like an MVP? Yeah that would be nice. But what I really want is a ring.”

“If I could say one word to describe me, it’s ‘misunderstood’.”

Accolades and Achievements

  • Over two partial seasons and 127 games in Harrisburg, Phillips hit .312 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles, 71 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases
  • In 2001, Phillips was the first teenager to play for the Senators since Ugueth Urbina had previously done so in 1993
  • Was a three-sport star at Redan High School and originally considered attending the University of Georgia to play both baseball and football
  • Traded with Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, and Lee Stevens for a two-month rental of Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew in one of the worst trades in baseball history
  • Clubbed 30 home runs for Cincinnati in 2007 breaking the franchise’s single season record by a second baseman set by Hall of Famer Joe Morgan
  • One of only three second baseman in the history of baseball to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season
  • A human highlight reel on defense, Phillips has claimed the National League Gold Glove four times so far in his career
  • Holds the Reds’ club record for most consecutive errorless games with 107
  • One of the most popular MLB players (@DatDudeBP) on Twitter with over 1.1 million followers
  • Comes from a family of athletes as his older brother Jamil played for the Texas Rangers’ organization, his younger sister Porsha played for the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA, and his younger brother P.J. played in the Los Angeles Angels organization
  • He is an avid bowler with at least three perfect games to his credit

(Harrisburg Senators)

Revisiting the “Trade of the Decade”

With reports swirling that the Montreal Expos would be eliminated through contraction after the 2002 season, Expos’ GM Omar Minaya made a bold decision to push all of his chips to the center of the table
to get Montreal in the playoffs for the first time since 1981. He wanted an ace for his staff and was willing to empty the farm system to do it.

The Expos trailed the Braves by 6.5 games in the National League East and found themselves five games behind the Wild Card-leading Diamondbacks when Minaya dealt away Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee, Grady
Sizemore, and Lee Stevens to the Cleveland Indians for Bartolo Colon and minor league pitcher Tim Drew on June 27, 2002.

Colon pitched well for Montreal down the stretch — tallying a 3.31 ERA and 74 strikeouts over 117 innings. But unfortunately the rest of the roster faltered in the second half and the Expos were distantly
behind Atlanta in the Division and the Giants for the Wild Card. One piece of good news was that baseball agreed to not contract any teams through 2006 as part of a new labor deal that it forged with
the players’ union.

By then, the Expos’ best young talent was in Cleveland.

“When we did that deal, Brandon clearly was the marquee player,” Indians’ then GM Mark Shapiro recalled to Ken Rosenthal. “Cliff Lee, we felt, would be a very good major-league pitcher, but we had no idea he’d win a Cy Young. Grady was the upside guy.”

Senators Roster Moves: Victor Robles promoted to Senators; Collier, Simms, and Valdez called up to Syracuse; Schepel and Bacus return to Harrisburg

Phillips Valdez (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

The following transactions have taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

The Nationals promoted their top-ranked prospect Victor Robles from Potomac to Harrisburg after the outfielder slashed .289/.377/.495 with 25 doubles, seven triples, seven homers, and 16 stolen bases in 77 games with the P-Nats this season. The 20-year-old will become the youngest player to make his Senators’ debut since 18-year-old Bryce Harper did it in 2011 and eighth youngest in their 31-year modern history. (h/t to Andy Linker)

Outfielder Zach Collier along with pitchers John Simms and Phillips Valdez were promoted to Class AAA Syracuse. Collier recently returned from a stint on the disabled list and has batted .278 in 30 games this season with the Senators. Simms has been the Senators’ most consistent starter as the 25-year-old Rice product has pitched to a 5-6 record and 3.54 ERA while being named an Eastern League All-Star.  For Simms, this will be his first opportunity at the Triple-A level. Valdez has been lights out since tweaking his delivery after coming off the disabled list in late May. Since then the lithe Dominican has thrown 28 innings over 15 games and has allowed just three earned runs (0,96 ERA) and opponents are batting .192 against him.

Relievers Dakota Bacus and Kyle Schepel, former Senators, return to Harrisburg to complete the corresponding moves. In 31 appearances with the Senators in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Bacus pitched to a 7-4 record with a 4.13 ERA. Schepel made one appearance with Harrisburg earlier this season pitching 2.2 innings in Richmond.

Senators Roster Moves: Greg Ross reassigned to Senators; Derek Eitel released

Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators

The following transactions have taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

Greg Ross returns to Harrisburg after going 3-9 with a 6.40 ERA in 16 appearances for the Syracuse Chiefs. In 2016 and 2017, the Frostburg State product went 7-1 with a combined 1.25 ERA as a Senator.

The corresponding move was the release of Derek Eitel. The 29-year-old right-hander worked out of the rotation and bullpen for Harrisburg in 12 appearances. Eitel was signed as a minor league free agent this past off-season.

Three fireworks nights and the Phillie Phanatic highlight four-game weekend homestand

Thursday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA Mets), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • Phillie Phanatic Appearance Presented by CW Central PA! The Phanatic will be around all game to interact with fans and participate in on-field games!
  • Postgame Fireworks presented by Orkin and CW Central PA. Make sure to stick around post-game for a special Thursday edition of postgame fireworks! We’ll have the best fireworks show in Central PA!
  • Thirsty Thursday presented by Coors Light and 105.7 The X. Enjoy $2 Coors Light drafts on the boardwalk!
  • Community Aid Free Parking presented by Community Aid. Bring a full bag of clothes to donate and park for free! Donations will be accepted at City Island as you are parking.

Friday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA Mets), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • Steve Hytner Appearance Presented by CBS21! Steve Hytner, who portrayed Kenny Bania on Seinfeld, will be at FNB Field to sign autographs and meet fans!
  • Steve Hytner VIP Performance! Join us for a post-game VIP Comedy Show with Steve Hytner! Tickets for the VIP Comedy show are $15 and are in addition to your game tickets. The 20-minute stand-up comedy show will be Rated R and guests must be 18 or older.
  • Fireworks and Flatscreens presented by Waste Management, WINK 104 and CBS21. We’re giving away three flatscreen TVs throughout the game! Make sure to register to win at the ballpark. Plus, stick around post-game for the best fireworks in Central PA.
  • Post-game Autographs! Two Senators players will sign autographs in the Senators team store following the game!

Saturday, July 22, at 6:00 p.m. vs. the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA Mets), gates open at 4:30 p.m.

  • Superhero Cape Giveaway presented by First National Bank, CW Central PA, BOB 94.9 and The River 97.3. The first 1,000 fans 12 & under receive their own Senators Superhero cape!
  • Postgame fireworks presented by D&H. Make sure to stick around post-game for a special Saturday edition of postgame fireworks! We’ll have the best fireworks in Central PA
  • Superheroes appearance presented by CW Central PA. A variety of your favorite superheroes are going to be at FNB Field for Superhero Day! Don’t miss your chance to meet & greet them!
  • Superhero Day with Specialty Jersey. Make sure to come dressed as your favorite superhero! We’re saluting the best superheroes there are with a special Senators themed superhero jersey which will be worn by the players and auctioned off during the game!

Sunday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. vs. the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA Mets), gates open at 12:30 p.m.

  • Fedora Straw Hat Giveaway presented by UPMC Health Plan and CBS21! The first 1,000 fans 13 & older receive a Senators Fedora Straw Hat!
  • Super Splash Sunday! Bring your swimsuit with you to the park because we’re turning parts of FNB Field into splash zones! Keep cool at the park on these warm Sunday games!
  • Signature Sunday! Two Senators players will sign autographs from 12:35 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. on the dugout tops!
  • Rite Aid Family Day presented by Rite Aid, BOB 94.9 and The River 97.3. Show your Rite Aid Plenti card at the box office for $2 off your tickets (excludes Club seats)! You also receive 1/2 price kids zone wristbands when you show your Rite Aid card in the kids zone! Tickets must be purchased at the box office.
  • Battle of the Badges Softball Game! Make sure to stick around postgame for a special Battle of the Badges Softball Game featuring local police and fire departments! In addition, all first responders at the game will be able to hold a large American flag on the field during the national anthem.

Senators Roster Moves: Austin Voth back with Senators, RC Orlan reassigned to Potomac

Will Bentzel / Harrisburg Senators

The following transactions have taken place today affecting the roster of the Harrisburg Senators:

Austin Voth was reassigned from the Syracuse Chiefs and will start tonight for the Senators against the Altoona Curve. The 25-year-old right-hander is 1-7 with a 6.38 ERA in 13 starts for the Chiefs. In 2015, Voth went 6-7 with a 2.92 ERA in 28 appearances spending the whole season with Harrisburg. That year he also lead the Eastern League with 148 strikeouts.

The corresponding move was the reassignment of RC Orlan to Potomac. The southpaw reliever struggled to a 5.09 ERA in 25 appearances with Harrisburg.