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Senators Return Home for Six Game Homestand

Halloween Night and Two Hersheypark Ticket Giveaways Highlight Homestand

Friday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Bowie Baysox (AA Orioles), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • Fireworks and Flatscreens presented by Arooga’s. We’re giving away three flatscreen TVs throughout the game! Make sure to register to win at the ballpark. Plus stick around postgame for the best fireworks in Central PA.
  • Two Senators players, Alec Keller & Stephen Perez, are signing autographs in the team store postgame for approximately 20 minutes

Saturday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. vs. the Bowie Baysox (AA Orioles), gates open at 4:30 p.m.

  • Trick or Treat Backpack and Hersheypark Ticket Giveaway presented by Holiday Inn Harrisburg East. The first 1,000 fans 12 & under receive a Senators Trick or Treat Bag with a Hersheypark ticket presented by Holiday Inn Harrisburg East! Hersheypark tickets are valid through June 30th for youth admission only. Please see Hersheypark ticket for details.
  • Halloween Night. Break out your favorite Halloween Costume and join us for a night of fun and trick-or-treating! Kids come early and join in the Halloween costume parade on the field. The team is also wearing a Halloween themed specialty jersey that will be auctioned off during and after the game!

Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. vs. the Bowie Baysox (AA Orioles), gates open at 12:30 p.m.

  • Hersheypark Ticket Giveaway presented by Hersheypark. The first 2,000 kids 12 & under receive a Hersheypark Ticket to enjoy the park this summer! Hersheypark tickets are valid through June 30th for youth admission only. Please see Hersheypark ticket for details.
  • Signature Sunday! Two Senators players, Alec Keller & Stephen Perez, are signing autographs from 12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. on the dugout tops!
  • Rite Aid Family Day presented by Rite Aid. Show your Rite Aid Plenti card at the box office for $2 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.
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by Meiji. All kids are invited to run the bases at FNB Field after the game!

Monday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Military Monday. 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, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), 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 on-line, over the phone, or at the FNB Field box office!

Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), 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! If the Senators win the game, your ticket is good for a free Ollie’s or reserved seat for the Friday, May 5 game against the Hartford Yard Goats! Plus, one fan wins a Pennsylvania Lottery / Harrisburg Senators Prize Pack!

The Senators box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 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 www.senatorsbaseball.com. You can find the Senators on Facebook at facebook.com/senatorsbaseball or @hbgsenators on Twitter.

Senators Roster Moves: Greg Ross promoted to Syracuse, RC Orlan up from Potomac

Greg Ross will get his first taste of Triple-A after a promotion to Syracuse (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

Prior to Wednesday’s game against Hartford, right-handed pitcher Greg Ross was promoted to Syracuse. For Ross, it marks his first time at Triple-A in his seven year professional career. The 27-year old was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts with the Senators in 2017.

The corresponding move for Harrisburg was the assignment of reliever RC Orlan to the Senators. The southpaw was 5-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 52 appearances with the Potomac Nationals over parts of the last three seasons.

Senators Announce 2017 Opening Day Roster

Andrew Stevenson returns to Harrisburg to start the 2017 season (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Team Features Five Top 30 Prospects

Harrisburg, PA – The Harrisburg Senators, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals, have released the player roster for the 2017 season. The roster features seventeen players that have already appeared in a Senators uniform. The team is led in their 31st season on the island by Matt LeCroy, returning for a fourth season as the Senators manager.

The list of players features five of the organizations’ top-30 prospects per Baseball America including starting pitcher Eric Fedde (#2), OF Andrew Stevenson (#5), infielders Drew Ward (#12) and Osvaldo Abreu (#21) and catcher Raudy Reed (#22).  Of the 25 players on the opening day roster, 17 players have appeared with the Senators before and 17 and have been with the Nationals their entire career.

Opening Day for the Senators is April 6 with a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Altoona Curve at FNB Field. The gates open to the ballpark at 5:45 p.m. The evening begins with a ribbon cutting at the front gates to FNB Field at 5:45 p.m. sharp.

Matt LeCroy returns for a fourth season as the manager of the Senators. He’s joined by pitching coach Chris Michalak who is also returning for a fourth season. Brian Rupp returns for his second season as the Senators hitting coach. Trainer Eric Montague is back for a fourth season while the team welcomes first year strength and conditioning coach RJ Guyer.

Senators Opening Day Roster listed below:

PITCHERS
Arias, Gabriel
Brinley, Ryan
Cordero, Jimmy
Fedde, Erick
Johansen, Jake
Lara, Braulio
Long, Jaron
Ross, Greg
Self, Derek
Simms, John
Suero, Wander
Valdez, Phillips
Williams, Austen

CATCHERS
Kieboom, Spencer
Read, Raudy

INFIELDERS
Abreu, Osvaldo
Lisson, Mario
Norfork, Khayyan
Perez, Stephen
Sanchez, Adrian
Soto, Neftali
Ward, Drew

OUTFIELDERS
Hernandez, Yadiel
Keller, Alec
Stevenson, Andrew

DISABLED LIST
Collier, Zach
Lee, Nick
Mapes, Tyler
Robinson, Andrew

The Senators box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 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 www.senatorsbaseball.com. You can find the Senators on Facebook at facebook.com/senatorsbaseball or @hbgsenators on Twitter.

Harrisburg Senators Announce 2017 Promotional Schedule

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Matt LeCroy Santa Bobblehead giveaway (July 29); Phillie Phanatic appearance (July 20); Steve Hytner (Kenny Bania) on Seinfeld Night (July 21)

The Harrisburg Senators announced their 2017 promotional schedule today which includes something for everyone in the family. The 2017 promo schedule has 17 special appearances by celebrities, cartoon characters, dogs, and more.  There are 23 games when fans of varying ages can receive a giveaway item. If you like fireworks, FNB Field is where it’s at with 15 fireworks and flatscreen nights on the schedule.

The Senators open the 2017 season on Thursday, April 6, against the Altoona Curve. That night, fans will receive a preview of several of the Senators daily promotions including Military Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Wet Nose Wednesday, Fireworks & Flatscreens and Thirsty Thursday (descriptions below). The first 1,500 fans 13 and older entering the park receive a Senators Hat. Youth baseball and softball players can get a free ticket to the game opening night if they are in uniform.

The special appearances are highlighted by Steve Hytner (“hack comedian” Kenny Bania) of Seinfeld fame on July 21 as part of Seinfeld Night. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Phillie Phanatic appears on City Island when he entertains Senators fans with his shenanigans on Thursday, July 20. The Senators welcome long-time soap opera star William deVry (Julian Jerome on General Hospital since 2013) on Thursday, July 6. For the first time, Mutts Gone Nutz is appearing at FNB Field on Saturday, June 10. They were the half-time stars at the Pittsburgh Steelers Christmas Day game against the Baltimore Ravens.  The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo returns to Harrisburg for one show this season on Friday, May 26. BirdZerk! and the ZOOperstars! will each appear at two games this season on back-to-back nights. They’ll be at FNB Field on June 8 and June 9 and then again on August 17 and August 18.

For a third straight season, kids 12 and under can receive passes to Hersheypark this year with 2,000 passes given away on April 23. Passes are also included in the Trick or Treat Backpack giveaway to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under on April 22. On May 7, the first 1,000 women 18 and older receive a Senators Picture Frame as the Senators celebrate Mother’s Day a week early. If you like jerseys, the Senators are taking care of you. On May 27, there’s a Senators Youth Jersey giveaway to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under. Adults are the priority on Saturday, August 19, when the first 1,000 adults 13 and older receive a Pink Jersey that night.

There are a trio of games designed to help when you hit the beach. Sunday, July 9, the first 1,000 fans 13 and older receive a Tim Raines Jersey Cooler Bag. Then on Sunday, July 23, the first 1,000 fans 13 and older receive a Fedora Straw Hat. Finally, on Sunday, July 30, the first 1,000 fans 13 and older receive a Beach Towel.

Kids get in on the giveaway fun on Sunday, June 11, when the first 1,000 kids 12 and under receive a Senators Baseball. On July 22, the first 1,000 kids 12 and under get a Super Hero Cape! On August 6, the Senators go back in time to an old baseball staple and hand out Batting Helmets to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under. As the youngsters get ready for school and all their fall sports, the Senators are giving away 1,000 pairs of Performance Socks to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under on August 20.

For those that love bobbleheads, have no fear, the Senators are giving away three this season. On Saturday, May 6, Matt Stairs bobbleheads will be given to the first 1,000 fans all ages and he’ll be inducted into The One & Only World Famous, Life Size Bobblehead Hall of Fame. The next entry into the One & Only World Famous, Life Size Bobblehead Hall of Fame is Saturday, August 5, with Brandon Phillips’ induction with the first 1,000 fans all ages receiving his bobblehead. The third bobblehead giveaway is Saturday, July 29, when the first 1,000 fans all ages will receive a Matt LeCroy Santa Bobblebelly.

Coming back this year is the popular Fireworks and Flatscreens Friday nights. Every Friday home game this year three lucky fans will win a 32” Flatscreen TV. In addition to our eleven Friday Fireworks & Flatscreen games, there are four more including opening night April 6; Sunday, May 28; Tuesday, July 4; and Saturday, July 22. Every fan 18 and over can enter the drawing to take a Flatscreen TV home with them on the night of the game!

The Senators will wear special jerseys for six games and those jerseys will be raffled during the game with several live-auctioned after the game. The first special jersey night is on Saturday, April 22, when the Senators celebrate Halloween Night with the players wearing Halloween themed uniforms. On Saturday, June 17, the Senators are wearing Blue jerseys as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Weekend. Tuesday, July 4, the Senators are wearing Patriotic jerseys. On Saturday, July 22, they’ll be wearing Super Hero jerseys. The Senators are celebrating Star Wars on Saturday, August 4, with the players wearing Star Wars jerseys. Last, but certainly not least, the Senators will wear Pink jerseys on Saturday, August 19.

The Senators again this year have two special nights for women. The first is Thursday, June 29 with the Diamond Dig. The second is the Senators Annual Pink Night which is Saturday, August 19.

The ballpark opens an hour before game time to fans Sunday through Friday, and on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Season ticket holders are allowed in the park 15 minutes before general gate opening.

DAILY PROMOTIONS

  • Sunday is Rite Aid wellness+ Family Day & Signature Sunday
    • Pregame every Sunday Senators players will sign autographs on each teams’ dugout
    • Postgame Kids Run the Bases presented by Stauffers
  • Military Monday presented by WHP 580
    • Free tickets, excluding club seats, for military members and their families can purchase half-price tickets
  • Karns Max Saver Tuesday & Tasty Tuesday
    • 2 for 1 ticket deal with Karns receipt (excludes all you can eat seats)
    • Add on the $8 Tasty Tuesday card to your ticket every Tuesday and receive a hot dog, popcorn, order of nachos, soda and a mighty mini ice cream sandwich!
  • Wet Nose Wednesday & Winning Wednesday
    • Bring your dog to the park
    • If the Senators win, you win, your ticket is good for a free ticket (in the Ollie’s Cheap Seats or the LB Smith Value Seats) to the Senators next Friday night game! PLUS, one lucky fan will win a PA Lottery / Senators Prize Pack!
  • Thirsty Thursday
    • Free Parking with a full bag of Clothing Donation (Community Aid)
    • $2 Coors Light Drafts
  • Friday Night Fireworks & Flatscreens
    • Postgame Fireworks
    • Enter and Win one of three Flatscreens
  • Saturday – giveaways each Saturday Night

2017 HARRISBURGSENATORS PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

April

4/6 – Opening Night; Senators Hat giveaway to the first 1,500 fans 13 and older; Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks & Flatscreens; Military Night; Bring Your Pet Night; Tasty Night; Youth Baseball & Softball Players are Free in their Uniforms

4/7 – Fireworks & Flatscreens

4/8 – Performance T-Shirt giveaway to the first 1,000 fans 13 and older

4/9 – Magnet Schedule giveaway to the first 3,000 fans all ages; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Easter Egg Hunt; Postgame Kids Run the Bases

4/10 – Military Monday

4/11 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

4/12 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday; Special Noon Start Time

4/21 – Fireworks & Flatscreens

4/22 – Halloween Night featuring special jerseys worn by the Senators; Trick or Treat Backpacks giveaway to the first 1,000 fans 12 and under including a Hersheypark Pass in the backpack

4/23 – Hersheypark Passes giveaway to the first 2,000 kids 12 and under; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Postgame Kids Run the Bases

4/24 – Military Monday

4/25 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

4/26 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday

May

5/4 – Thirsty Thursday;

5/5 – Fireworks & Flatscreens; Cinco de Mayo

5/6 – Matt Stairs Bobblehead giveaway to the first 1,000 fans all ages; Matt Stairs induction into the One and Only Life Sized Bobblehead Hall of Fame

5/7 – Picture Frame giveaway to the first 1,000 women 18 and older; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Postgame Kids Run the Bases

5/8 – Military Monday

5/9 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

5/10 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday; Education Day with a special 10:30 a.m. Start Time

5/16 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

5/17 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday

5/18 – Thirsty Thursday; Education Day with a special 10:30 a.m. Start Time

5/26 – Cowboy Monkey Rodeo; Fireworks & Flatscreens

5/27 – Senators Youth Jersey giveaway to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under

5/28 – Fireworks; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Special 6:30 p.m. Start Time

5/29 – Military Monday with a Special 12:00 p.m. Memorial Day Start Time

5/30 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

5/31 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday

June

6/1 – Thirsty Thursday;

6/6 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

6/7 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday

6/8 – BirdZerk! Appearance; Thirsty Thursday;

6/9 – Fireworks & Flatscreens; ZOOperstars! Appearance

6/10 – Mutts Gone Nutz Appearance; Kids Cartoon Character Appearance; Green Senators Hat giveaway to the first 1,000 adults 13 and older; Faith Day with a pregame concert by Seven from Messiah College and a postgame concert by True Heart.

6/11 – Baseball giveaway to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Postgame Kids Run the Bases; Special 3:30 p.m. Start Time

6/16 – Fireworks & Flatscreens; Blue Weekend (Prostate Cancer Awareness)

6/17 – Foam Finger giveaway to the first 1,000 fans; Kids Cartoon Character Appearance; Blue Night featuring special jerseys worn by the Senators

6/18 – Father’s Day Seat Cushion giveaway to the first 1,000 men 13 and older; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Blue Weekend (Prostate Cancer Awareness); Postgame Kids Run the Bases

6/26 – Military Monday

6/27 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

6/28 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday; Special 12:00 p.m. Start Time

6/29 – Diamond Dig; Thirsty Thursday

July

7/4 – Independence Day Fireworks; Independence Day Celebration featuring special jerseys worn by the Senators; Mini American Flags to the first 3,000 fans all ages; Hot Dog Eating Contest; Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

7/5 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday

7/6 – Soap Opera Star William deVry Appearance; Thirsty Thursday

7/7 – Fireworks & Flatscreens

7/8 – Fanny Pack giveaway to the first 1,000 fans 13 and older; Kids Cartoon Character Appearance; Scout Sleepover

7/9 – Tim Raines Jersey Cooler Bag giveaway to the first 1,000 fans 13 and older; Super Splash Sunday; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Postgame Kids Run the Bases

7/20 – Phillie Phanatic Appearance; Thirsty Thursday

7/21 – Fireworks & Flatscreens; Seinfeld Night featuring an Appearance by Steve Hytner (Kenny Bania on Seinfeld)

7/22 – Super Hero Night featuring a Super Hero Cape giveaway to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under; Super Heroes Appearance; Super Hero jerseys worn by the Senators; Fireworks

7/23 – Fedora Straw Hat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans 13 and older; Super Splash Sunday; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Postgame Kids Run the Bases

7/27 – Thirsty Thursday; Postgame Midget Wrestling

7/28 – Fireworks & Flatscreens; Negro League Appreciation Night

7/29 – Christmas in July featuring Matt LeCroy Santa Bobblebelly giveaway to the first 1,000 fans all ages; Kids Cartoon Character Appearance; Player Ornament Auction for Charity; Christmas Themed Game

7/30 – Beach Towel giveaway to the first 1,000 fans 13 and older; Super Splash Sunday; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Postgame Kids Run the Bases

August

8/4 – Fireworks & Flatscreens; Star Wars Night featuring special jerseys worn by the Senators

8/5 – Brandon Phillips Bobblehead giveaway to the first 1,000 fans all ages; Brandon Phillips induction into the One and Only Life Size Bobblehead Hall of Fame; Kids Cartoon Characters Appearance

8/6 – Batting Helmet giveaway to the first 1,000 fans 12 and under; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Princesses in the Park; Touch a Truck; Postgame Kids Run the Bases

8/15 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

8/16 – Wet Nose Wednesday; Winning Wednesday

8/17 – BirdZerk! Appearance; Thirsty Thursday

8/18 – Bring Your Own Instrument Night; Fireworks & Flatscreens; ZOOperstars! Appearance

8/19 – Adult Jersey giveaway to the first 1,000 adults 13 and older; Breast Cancer Awareness Night featuring the Senators wearing special Pink jerseys

8/20 – Performance Socks giveaway to the first 1,000 fans 12 and under; Rite Aid wellness+ Family Sunday; Signature Sunday; Postgame Kids Run the Bases

8/28 – Military Monday

8/29 – Karns Max Saver Tuesday; Tasty Tuesday

8/30 – Wet Nose Wednesday

8/31 – Fan Appreciation Day; Thirsty Thursday

** This schedule subject to change.

The Senators offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily during the off-season. The 2017 home opener is Thursday, April 6th against the Altoona Curve.  For information about season tickets, ticket plans, group tickets please call the Senators at 717-231-4444 or visit the Senators online at http://www.senatorsbaseball.com.You can find the Senators on Facebook at facebook.com/senatorsbaseball or @hbgsenators on Twitter. You can also find Senators information at The Island Chronicles blog which is updated frequently. It’s located at harrisburgsenatorsmlb.wordpress.com.

LeCroy, Michalak, and Rupp returning to Harrisburg in 2017

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The Nationals’ minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2017 season were announced by the club on Tuesday afternoon.

Manager Matt LeCroy, pitching coach Chris Michalak, and hitting coach Brian Rupp will form the nucleus of the Senators’ brain trust for the upcoming season. The trio returns to Harrisburg after leading the Senators to a 76-66 record last year, falling just short of the playoffs by one game.

Athletic trainer Eric Montague and strength and conditioning coach R.J. Guyer complete the staff.

LeCroy, the franchise’s all-time winningest manager, will be skippering the team for a record fourth season including the 2013 campaign when he led the Senators to its first Eastern League championship series appearance since 2002.

Michalak enters his fourth straight season as Harrisburg’s pitching coach. The former Major League southpaw shepherded Koda Glover, Reynaldo Lopez, and Lucas Giolito from Harrisburg to DC last year and oversaw the development of Erick Fedde.

Rupp returns for his second season on City Island and sixth in the Nationals’ organization.

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The Nationals also retained coaches and coordinators in the system with ties to Harrisburg:

Triple-A Syracuse: Hitting Coach – Brian Daubach (MGR 2014-15)
Short-Season Auburn: Manager – Jerad Head (2013)
Short-Season Auburn: Hitting Coach – Mark Harris (HC 2014-15)
Rookie GCL Nationals: Manager - Josh Johnson (2010-13)

Senior advisor to the GM, player development - Randy Knorr (MGR 2010)
Senior advisor, player development – Spin Williams (PC 1987-88, 90)
Co-field Coordinator - Tommy Shields (1988-89)
Pitching Coordinator - Paul Menhart (PC 2012-13)
Hitting Coordinator - Troy Gingrich (2001-03; HC 2008-11)
Catching Coordinator – Michael Barrett (1998)
Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator - Mark Grater (PC 2004)

Senators Annual Hot Stove Dinner Set for February 4

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Pitchers Tyler Mapes and Greg Ross and outfielder Andrew Stevenson expected to attend

The Harrisburg Senators announce that their seventh annual Hot Stove Dinner presented by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is Saturday, February 4.  For a third year in a row the dinner is at the Central Hotel and Conference Center Best Western Premier. The evening allows fans a chance to interact with players and Nats front office staff members as well chatting about baseball in the middle of winter.

Special guests this year include the Senators 2016 manager, Matt LeCroy, pitchers Tyler Mapes and Greg Ross and outfielder Andrew Stevenson.   The Washington Nationals will also be represented as Doug Harris, Assistant General Manager and Vice President Player Development; Mark Scialabba, Director, Player Development; and Ryan Thomas, Assistant Director, Minor League Operations will also be in attendance.

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 6:00pm, followed by dinner at 7:00pm. The program begins after dinner at about 8:00 p.m. There is a silent auction and raffle with the winners announced at the end of the evening.  The three players and Matt LeCroy will be available for pictures and autographs from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

The seated-dinner is $45 per person through December 31 and then $55 after January 1 through the ticket deadline, which is Friday, January 20. To purchase a table of eight prior to January 1 is $280 with the price increasing after January 1. Tickets are available online through the Senators website at www.senatorsbaseball.com or by calling Blair Jewell at 231-4444 ext. 122.

The Senators offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily during the off-season. The 2017 home opener is Thursday, April 6th against the Altoona Curve.  For information about season tickets, ticket plans, group tickets please call the Senators at 717-231-4444 or visit the Senators online at http://www.senatorsbaseball.com.You can find the Senators on Facebook at facebook.com/senatorsbaseball or @hbgsenators on Twitter. You can also find Senators information at The Island Chronicles blog which is updated frequently. It’s located at harrisburgsenatorsmlb.wordpress.com.

Spin Williams named MiLB’s Mike Coolbaugh Award Winner

60237-3555022frThis is a 2014 photo of Spin Williams of the Washington Nationals baseball team. This image reflects the Nationals active roster as of, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

Per a Minor League Baseball announcement, Washington Nationals Senior Advisor of Player Development Donald “Spin” Williams was selected as the recipient of the ninth annual Mike Coolbaugh Award. Williams will receive the award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The Mike Coolbaugh Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players on the field.

Williams was the Harrisburg Senators’ pitching coach in their return to the Eastern League in 1987. He held that same position with the club for the 1988 and 1990 seasons when the Senators were still affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Williams has returned often to the island the last 11 years as the Washington Nationals’ minor league pitching coordinator and now senior advisor for player development. In his time with the Nationals, he has overseen the development of over 40 pitchers that have reached the major leagues with the Nationals, including 12 on the current major league roster.

“This game has blessed me in so many ways: The people I have met, the opportunities that I have had, and the places that I have been able to go, but being chosen for the Mike Coolbaugh Award is one of the highlights,” said Williams in the press release. “I am grateful to Minor League Baseball and the Coolbaugh family for recognizing me with this honor. There are so many good baseball people out there that are deserving of such an award, and I am humbled to be chosen. Thanks to my Washington Nationals family, Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner, and all of the people who have helped me along the way on this wonderful journey.”

“On behalf of the entire Washington Nationals organization, I am thrilled to congratulate Spin Williams on being named the 2016 Mike Coolbaugh Award winner,” said Washington Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President, Player Personnel Doug Harris. “Spin’s commitment to not only helping our players develop as pitchers, but also to mature as men, is second to none. For me, personally, it is an honor to know him and to work with him for as long as I have, and I’m so proud to see him earn the type of recognition he so richly deserves.”

The Eastern League Roundtripper: October 3

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• The naming rights to Jerry Uht Park have been sold to UPMC, the hospital system based in Pittsburgh. Under the five-year deal the home of the Erie SeaWolves will now be known as UPMC Park.

• The folks at SmartAsset.com have released their third annual ranking of America’s Best Minor League Baseball Towns and Portland was the only Eastern League city ranked in the top ten as Round Rock, TX took home top honors.

• The Eastern League announced their nominees for the Minor League baseball awards given out annually at the Winter Meetings.

John H. Johnson President’s Award: Akron RubberDucks
Larry MacPhail Award (creative marketing and promotional efforts): Reading Fightin Phils
John Henry Moss Community Service Award: Richmond Flying Squirrels
Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award (outstanding support of and engagement with the United States Armed Forces and veterans): Bowie Baysox
Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award: Kris Haver, Reading Fightin Phils

• Additionally, Jim Pfander of the Akron RubberDucks was named the league’s 2016 Executive of the Year.

Marmolejos, Lopez, and Bautista take home Nationals’ top minor league honors

Reynaldo Lopez was one of three 2016 Harrisburg Senators to earn organizational accolades (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Reynaldo Lopez was one of three 2016 Harrisburg Senators to earn organizational accolades (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

The Washington Nationals announced their minor league offensive player and pitcher of the year along with their Bob Boone Award recipient for 2016 and all three played in Harrisburg in 2016.

Jose Marmolejos was named the organization’s top offensive player as he split time between Potomac and Harrisburg over 136 games. The 23-year-old first baseman cracked 45 doubles and led the Nationals minor league players with 87 runs scored and 240 total bases. In 33 games with the Senators, Marmolejos adjusted nicely to Double-A as he hit .299 and drove in 15 runs.

Reynaldo Lopez was awarded the pitcher of the year accolades as the 22-year-old fireballer struck out 126 batters while walking only 35 batters in 109.1 minor league innings over 19 starts. Lopez held opponents to a .220 batting average between his stints in Harrisburg and Syracuse. The Dominican Republic native is also 5-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 10 appearances with the Nationals this year.

Rafael Bautista was named the recipient of this year’s Bob Boone Award given to the player that best “demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the Washington Nationals Way.” The speedy outfielder led the Eastern League with 153 hits and 56 stolen bases on his way to setting the Senators’ single-season record for stolen bases.

The Nationals will honor the three players prior to Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins.

Rafael Bautista named Eastern League Player of the Week

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The Eastern League announced today that Harrisburg Senators’ outfielder Rafael Baustista has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of August 29th – September 5th. Bautista became the second Senators’ position player to win the award this season after Neftali Soto took home the honors on May 16.

The 23-year old batted .475 (19-for-40) with one double, two triples, nine RBIs, seven runs scored, six stolen bases, four walks and a .600 slugging percentage in nine games for the Senators last week. Bautista, who is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, reached base at least once and scored or drove in at least one run in all nine games he played in last week. He had multiple hits in seven games, including a pair of four hit performances on September 3rd and September 5th. The 6’2″, 165 lb. slugger led all Eastern League players in batting average (.475), hits (19) and on-base percentage (.523) and tied for the league lead in total bases (24), triples (6) and stolen bases (6) last week. He also finished ranked among the weekly league leaders in runs scored (7-tied 2nd), RBIs (9-5th) and OPS (1.123-6th). Rafael, who hit .282 (153-for-543) with 77 runs scored and a league-high 56 stolen bases in 136 games while making his Double-A debut with the Senators this season, was signed by the Washington Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on January 9, 2012.