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Joe Benson is Back

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Announced today, outfielder Joe Benson has been activated off the disabled list and, although he is not in the lineup, Joe is listed on Steve Buechele’s bench tonight in San Antonio. Benson provided a spark for the RoughRiders when he arrived from on May 25, after he was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins (click for more on the Joe Benson story).

Benson, however, as has been the case in recent years, had issues staying on the field. In two months, Benson played just nine games for the RoughRiders.

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Benson played six games for the ‘Riders in May, homering in the first three contests he played in donning a RoughRiders uniform. Straining his groin running out a groundout on May 31, Benson sat on the bench, recuperating before finally returning to play on June 9 as a pinch hitter in a come-from-behind victory for the ‘Riders 4-3 in Midland. His triple set up the game-winning RBI fielder’s choice. He went 0-for-3 the following night before he was tossed in the fifth inning for arguing a call, and on June 11, after two trips to the plate, he was lifted for a defensive replacement in right field, and we have not seen him in the lineup since.

Joe was placed on the disabled list on June 19, as he had reaggravated the groin injury. After resting for a long while, he intensified his rehabbing and spent the past week terrorizing teenagers (mostly) in the Arizona League (Rookie). In seven games (five at CF and two at DH), Benson hit .417 with three doubles and a homer. Although those numbers are silly, they are not that much better that his performance at Double-A with the ‘Riders–the guy can hit.

In his nine games for the ‘Riders, Benson hit .333 with two triples and four home runs, driving in six of his teammates. Although the sample size is unfairly small to draw big conclusions, the numbers still speak loudly. His 1.289 OPS between Frisco and Arizona leads all Rangers minor leaguers this season.

The ‘Riders went 7-2 in games played by Benson, and with the current state of affair for the team, which has lost three in-a-row and five of six, his return is an extremely welcomed one for the offense, which has been shutout in back-to-back games and has not scored in 26 innings.

The ‘Riders step into the box against Keyvius Sampson tonight at 7:05 p.m., you can catch the game at RidersBaseball.com. For all the ways to listen to the game, check out our post on the new ‘Riders mobile app!

More Joe Benson nuggets can be found from his interview on the ‘Riders pregame show shortly after his arrival in May, posted on ‘Riders on the Record.

- Nathan

Baseball term of the day: goat’s beard - the plastic or leather flap hinged at the bottom of a catcher’s or umpire’s mask

Frisco RoughRiders: There’s an app for that

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Want to dial on your cell phone like it’s 1955? There’s an app for that. Need to email while walking? Do it safely with this app. There seems to be an app for nearly everything we need and a lot of things we don’t need these days. Want to write on your cell phone screen like it was a steamy shower door…yeah, you can do that too.

It was about time there was an app for the Frisco RoughRiders. Well, it’s here. Out this season, the Frisco RoughRiders have a shiney new app for the iPhone and Android mobile platforms. AND — IT’S FREE!

Download the app:

Download the iPhone app from the iTunes store                

Download the Android App from the Google Play store 

Listen Live to RoughRiders broadcasts

mzl.oxoyvtpd.320x480-75So this is a question that we (happily) get on occasion: “How do I listen to the game?”

Someone wants to tune it to our play-by-play! Alex calls all the games on the road and I, Nathan, join him for the home games. You can hear each game on the app, and it is one of a number of places you can go to tune in. Bookmark this page and come back if you are looking for a new way to listen!

In addition to listening on the Frisco RoughRiders app, you can tune in to the broadcast the following ways:

- At the ballpark, you can pick up the broadcast on 88.9 FM

Listen from From your PC or Mac

Listen on your Android devices

Listen on your iPhone/iPad

- Search for the “Frisco RoughRiders Baseball Network” channel on the TuneIn Radio (all MiLB broadcasts can be heard on the TuneIn app this season after the two sides agreed to a multi-year deal)

RoughRiders News

The app features a news section that pulls the stories directly from RidersBaseball.com, so the days of navigating through your browser to find news on the team is over! You can also share stories via e-mail, facebook, Twitter and text message directly from the news page.

Colby Lewis is starting for the RoughRiders?!?!

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This is VERY exciting news! I want to share this with my Twitter universe and/or my facebook friends, you might think. Perfect. With a couple touches of the screen, you are on your way:

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Statistics

Want to see who is leading the team in hitting? Who has the most saves? What about finding out which RoughRiders hitter has clubbed the most homers? The app is the easiest, quickest and cleanest way to find out all of this information and more!

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Are you a Founder’s member? You can make your RSVP for the jcp club right on your phone. You can find details on upcoming promotions, purchase tickets, find out information about your upcoming visit to Dr Pepper Ballpark, buy merchandise, interact with fellow fans by posting photos and comments on the Fan Wall and more!

Download the app today! Happy Downloading and Go Riders!

- Nathan

Baseball term of the day: bleedera batted ball that, as the result of an erratic roll, pop, bad bounce, or overall slowness, becomes a base hit

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

‘Riders coach James Vilade active in honoring the memory of Mike Coolbaugh

On July 22, 2007, former big leaguer Mike Coolbaugh tragically lost his life after getting struck in the head by a line drive in foul territory while coaching first base for the Tulsa Drillers.  Mike’s brother Scott Coolbaugh, hitting coach for the Round Rock Express and former ‘Riders coach, started the Diamond Dreams organization in 2009 to honor Mike and his contributions to baseball and to advance Mike’s passion for the game and helping others.

Yesterday at the Frisco RoughRiders- Midland RockHounds game, on the sixth anniversary of Mike’s passing, Mason Hairston, 2013 recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Diamond Dreams Scholarship, threw out the first pitch of the game.

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Photo from Diamond Dreams website

‘Riders first base coach and scout James Vilade was called to be on the board of directors for the non-profit.  In 2007, James was on the Frisco staff in his first year coaching professional baseball with former pitching coach Terry Clark, current Rangers first base coach Dave Anderson and Scott Coolbaugh.

“Scott and I became good friends, and he asked me to become involved in an organization that was going to honor Mike’s life called Diamond Dreams,” Vilade said.  “I was the first person that Scott called to ask to be on the board of directors.  I obliged and told him anything I could do to honor Mike’s name and promote what the foundation had in mind I would do it. Diamond Dreams was born, and our main goal is to honor Mike’s life and promote safety in the game of baseball, and also impact people that have had a tragedy or tough times in the game.”

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Mike’s brother, Scott Coolbagh and James Vilade

Diamond Dreams is a non-profit that honors the memory of Mike Coolbaugh by promoting safety in the game of baseball and providing support to members of the baseball community in need.  The organization holds multiple programs that promote Mike’s legacy.  “Mike’s Extra Innings” provides care and assistance to people in the baseball community who have experienced tragedy. The “Make it Home Safe” program provides equipment for teams that are in need, focusing on helmets and other safety equipment. “The Keeper of the Game” award is given out annually to someone who embraces the baseball community and has the priority of helping people in need.  It was just announced that Jamey Newberg was this year’s recipient for his many contributions to the community and people in need.

The organization also honors two scholarship winners each year, one from Roosevelt High School where Mike went to school, and one local DFW school student.  The recipients are individuals who stand for the organization’s beliefs: community-minded, someone who embraces their community.

During the ‘Riders game on July 22, the six-year anniversary of Mike’s accident, this years scholarship winner, Mason Hairston from Plano West High School, threw out the first pitch.

“Mason is just really well-deserving of this scholarship.  He carries himself well, plays baseball, does things in the community, and goes the extra mile.  The ‘Riders allowing him to come out here and be a part of what we do with the organization every day is just special,” James said.

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Vilade with Mason Hairston during the ‘Riders-RockHounds first pitch July 22, 2013

The RoughRiders’ front office, led by president and general manager Scott Sonju, makes community a priority in everything they do, and have supported Diamond Dreams since its founding.

“Scott [Sonju] made it very clear after the tragedy of Mike Coolbaugh that anyway that he and the ‘Riders could help, it would be done,” James said.  “From top to bottom, the generosity and the care and helping us perpetuate Mike’s name has honored the game through nights like last night on the anniversary of his passing.  It’s been a great extension of our foundation.  The ‘Riders have blessed the organization.”

Because of Mike’s accident, all fielding coaches in professional baseball are now required to wear helmets.  In the early stages , coaches were resistant to the change, but every single person embraces this need for safety.

“I’m glad the rule is in place.  Unfortunately we lost a great man in baseball, but we are doing everything we can to honor him.  I coach first base, and Mike is almost always the first thing I think about stepping onto the field.”

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First base coach James Vilade and outfielder Teodoro Martinez

“For me, it’s, number one, an honor to work on behalf of the Coolbaugh family, and the community of baseball to ensure that we takes care of our own,” James said.  “I would tell any young player to be like him, the way Mike carried himself, the way he loved his family, the way he played the game.  Mike played a long time and had the opportunity to play in the big leagues.  He was very focused on family, very focused on education.  It’s been an honor just to help carry the torch and help ensure all players make it home safely.”

-Ryan

Home Sweet Home: More Colby Lewis

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The ‘Riders are back, but don’t blink–they depart for the road in just three days time. The shortest home stand of the season begins today, and Colby Lewis will take the hill for the ‘Riders for the third time. The rehabber is trying to return from surgery to a torn flexor tendon suffered a little over a year ago.

Tickets are still available for all three games; don’t miss your chance to come catch Colby in a ‘Riders uniform–it could be your last chance to do so. Alex Buchholz has turned himself into a headliner the recently as well. He is hitting .375 in July and his four home runs in the last ten days lead the entire Rangers system–big leagues and minor leagues.

Here are the probables for the three-game set, the shortest home stand of the season:

Monday: RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, 10.80 ERA) vs Murphy Smith (7-7, 3.33 ERA)

Tuesday: RHP Tyler Tufts (3-2, 3.42 ERA) vs RHP Zach Neal (6-8, 4.62 ERA)

Wednesday: RHP Carlos Pimentel (8-6, 3.95 ERA) vs LHP Carlos Hernandez (5-7, 2.62 ERA)

Here are the promotions for the upcoming season:

Monday, July 22   |  7:05 p.m.  | RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds (OAK)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details)

Tuesday, July 23   |  7:05 p.m.  | RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds (OAK)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details)

  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Wednesday, July 24  |  7:05 p.m.  | RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds (OAK)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details)

  • Dollar Dog Night
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

- Nathan

Baseball term of the day:  gumshoe man - a scout

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

‘Riders on the Record: Dangerous High Fives and Pumping Iron

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‘Riders on the Record is a weekly rundown of the pre-game interviews record by broadcasters Alex Vispoli and Nathan Barnett with RoughRiders players and coaches and occasionally a special guest. You can find all previous editions by clicking here.

Another week has passed, which means it’s time for another edition of ‘Riders on the Record, number 15 in fact. The ‘Riders were joined by MLB rehabbers Craig Gentry, Jeff Baker and Colby Lewis on the home stand and Richard Bleier and Eric McMahon made their first appearances. Highlights include McMahon’s discussion of supplements and taking care of the ‘Riders training regimen and Ryan Strausborger’s new-found hobby.

Happy Sunday and enjoy!

Sunday, July 14, 2013 – Richard Bleier


Richard Bleier has settled in nicely to reliever duties in the Frisco bullpen after initially arriving as an addition to the rotation. Coming off a series in Corpus Christi in which the team played three extra-innings games, Bleier discusses the state of the bullpen and gives his assessment of the relief work by Zach Zaneski, one of his catchers, who threw in the 16-inning marathon a few days prior. (w/ Nathan Barnett)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – Craig Gentry


Rangers rehabber Craig Gentry gave us some time to talk about his rehab from a left hand non-displaced fracture. He talks about how he feels, the importance of rehab at-bats over plays in the field and his take on the “Kitten Face” nickname. (w/ Nathan)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – Jeff Baker


Back-to-back rehabber interviews brought Jeff Baker to the mic on Wednesday. The Rangers utility man was rehabbing from a sprained thumb suffered on an errant high-five by a unnamed teammate. He talks about another strange injury he saw as a player and voices his disappointment in being on the shelf.  (w/ Nathan)

Friday, July 18, 2013 – Strength and Conditioning Coach Eric McMahon


The RoughRiders Strength and Conditioning Coach Eric McMahon joined the pregame show for the first time this season. Honored as the best at his position in 2012 in the Texas League, McMahon explains how he goes about his business and the ins and outs of keeping the players healthy and getting them stronger. He talks about the research he has to do on the ever-changing world of supplements and gives his take on the purpose of weightlifting. (w/ Alex Vispoli)

Saturday, July 20, 2013 – Ryan Strausborger


Coming off a big offensive game and his first start of the season at second base, Ryan Strausborger discusses his offensive adjustments as well as the challenge of playing in the infield after all those games in the outfield this year. He discusses his passion for baserunning as well as a new-found passion for the guitar. (w/ Alex)
- Nathan

Baseball term of the day: aspirin tablet - a fastball that is difficult to hit due to its velocity and/or movement

#MascotMania! Vote Deuce!

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Today marks the beginning of Mascot Mania, a competition where YOU decide who has the best mascot in all of minor league baseball. From now until August 1 is Round One, in which the ‘Riders mascot, Deuce, is competing against the other seven mascots from the Texas League.

Last year was the inagural year of the Mascot Mania, but the rules have changed this season. Deuce needs only to outlast the other Texas League mascots to capture victory and make it the finals.

Contest Details

Dates: Round One begins on Thursday, July 18 and runs through noon on Thursday, August 1. Round Two starts around 2 PM EDT on Thursday, August 1 and ends at noon EDT on Thursday, August 8.

Matchups: Every team will be in a group with the other teams from its League for Round One. Deuce is in a round with the other Texas League mascots. Each League winner will advance to Round Two to compete for the overall championship. The overall winner will receive a “Championship Belt”:

2012 Champion Orbit of the Albuquerque Isotopes

How to vote:

Fans can vote in two different ways –

a)      Online – Fans can vote an unlimited number of times through the online ballot. Vote here.

b)      Twitter – fans can vote via Twitter by using the hashtag mascotmania (#mascotmania) and by including the club Twitter handle in the tweet (@RidersBaseball). You can vote up to 25 times per account per day on Twitter. Retweets count as well, so encourage retweeting in your tweets. 

Sweepstakes and prizes:

The campaign features a sweepstakes where fans can win MLB.TV subscriptions, MiLB.TV subscriptions, MLB.com & MiLB.com shop giftcards. Fans can enter through the ballot or by tweeting their vote and following @MiLB.

In addition, the RoughRiders are encouraging fans to vote by giving away some sweet RoughRiders gear! A few select fans who vote on Twitter will be selected at the conclusion of the contest and will win RoughRiders merchandise, autographs or special VIP tours of Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Vote early! Vote late! Vote often! And spread the word!

- Nathan

Baseball term of the day: yakker a mean, sharp-breaking, overhand curveball

Battle of the Beards: Tufts vs. Bleier

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I will save you the suspense. Tufts won. At least in the battle of attrition. Richard shaved his beard on Saturday, so the fight is not a really a fair one here.

That said, this photo and graphic can forever keep his fantastic all-black (not dyed) beard living forever on the internet. We aren’t quite sure why he shaved it. He did admit that his significant other doesn’t like the beard, but that being the reason is pure speculation. For now, let’s live in the glory days, and remember what was: the best beard battle of the RoughRiders’ season.

To honor this great competition, we profiled the two beards. Now we need you to help us decide. Comment below or send us a tweet with “#BattleoftheBeards” and vote who you think has had the better beard.

RoughRider: Tyler Tufts Richard Bleier
Beard Name: Red Raider Dark Passenger
Beard Color: A little red, a little blonde, a little bit of brown — the Perfect Mixture Black
Beard Age: 3 months 3 months  Four Days
How long have you been growing beards? Since college–this is the most epic one I have ever grown though. Since I entered pro ball. We weren’t allowed to in college.
How often do you trim your beard? NEVER Often because of the curling cowlicks on the sides.
Is this a season-long beard you plan on growing? Nothing will stop it. I am not shaving it. Take it day-by-day. If it gets annoying enough I will probably shave it, but right now, I am trying to keep up with Tufts.
Beard Personality: Grouchy and angry. It would spend most of the day sleeping and playing Call of Duty. It would just be hot and sweaty all the time.
If your beard could eat one meal what would it be? Cheesy Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell Whatever I am eating that day.
Why is my beard better than the opposition? Because Richard trims his. It’s gotta be the color. When I have Mitch Moreland telling me that my beard is better than Tufts’…I mean, it’s just a full black beard. Tyler’s is a good beard though…
On a 1-10 scale, rank Tyler’s beard: 10 7
On a 1-10 scale, rank Richard’s beard: 8 7.5 – Jake [Brigham], Tyler and I have been growing these for years. Jake’s is like a 2.

You know, looking back at the answers, it’s not all that shocking that Richard shaved his beard first. Tyler was just with oozing confidence for  his mane.

So now, help us decide, who had the better beard? Vote #Tufts or #Bleier by tweeting at @RidersBaseball.

Want us to profile another beard this season? Let us via twitter or post in the comments section below. Here are a few beard and other facial hair photos from this season (click for larger view):

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Richard Bleier

Tyler Tufts

Joakim Soria

Kevin Pucetas

Carlos Pimentel

Jake Brigham

Coach James Vilade

Zach Zaneski

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Odubel Herrera

Chih-Hsien Chiang

ADDENDUM: As pointed out by Jan, we missed Jimmy. A inexcusable goof. As were excluding the other fellows listed below:

Jimmy Reyes

Jimmy Reyes

Kyle McClellan

Kyle McClellan

 

Joe Benson

Joe Benson

 

Randy Henry

Randy Henry

Justin Miller

Justin Miller

 

- Nathan

Baseball term of the day: belly whoppera headfirst slide

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

That crazy Texas weather: ‘Riders rain delays

It’s often said that the Texas weather is unpredictable, that if you don’t like the weather just wait ten minutes.  Lately, those sentiments have been true.

Last week, North Texas was experiencing triple-digit heat, then Sunday, clouds covered the sky and the temperatures dropped into the mid-80s, just in time for the RoughRiders four-game home stand against the San Antonio Missions.

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The rain was on and off all day Sunday, but the ‘Riders and Missions’ 6 p.m. contest fell perfectly in a two hour dry window. Monday, however was a different story, as the rain caused a rare July postponement.  Today the teams will play a double-header beginning at 4:30.

The last time the RoughRiders had a July rain out was the summer of 2010 when Frisco had three postponed games in the month.

  • July 12, 2010 against Arkansas (North Little Rock).
    This is the most recent July rain out.  The ‘Riders and Travelers played a double header the next day (July 13), splitting the two games.
  • July 8, 2010 against Springfield (Springfield).
    Frisco and the Cardinals made up this game in a double header two days later on July 10, splitting the games.
  • July 2, 2010 against Springfield (Frisco)
    The RoughRiders and Cardinals made this game up the next day (July 3).  Frisco won both games of the double header.
    **According to all available records, this appears to be the only other time that Frisco had a  rain out at Dr Pepper Ballpark in the month of July.

Today’s game:

This is the third double header the RoughRiders have played this season, the second at Dr Pepper Ballpark.  The season opener on April 4 in Arkansas was rained out to the next day, and Frisco split the double header. May 29 in Frisco against the Springfield Cardinals was the second postponed game, and again, the ‘Riders made up the game the next day and split the two games.

Today, Kevin Pucetas (8-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound for game one at 4:30 p.m., and will face Matt Wisler (4-3, 3.15 ERA) for the Missions. Arlett Mavare (1-2, 6.12 ERA) will start the second game against Donn Roach (6-8, 3.93).  The second game of tonight’s double header will begin as close to 7 p.m. as possible.

Ranger’s center fielder Craig Gentry and third baseman Jeff Baker will continue their rehab assignments.

-Ryan

Baseball Term of the Day: Solid up the middle - Said of a team that has excellent players at catcher, second base, shortstop and center field.

Home Sweet Home: Turning things around

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The Frisco RoughRiders began a four-game home stand against the San Antonio Missions Sunday hoping to turn things around and put aside their recent struggles in July.  This month, Frisco has won just four of the 12 games, and went 1-5 on their last home stand.

This short home stand will also feature three Rangers rehabbers.  Craig Gentry, recovering from a non-displaced fracture to his left hand, started at center field on Sunday.  Outfielder Jeff Baker was placed on the disabled list June 18 after spraining his right thumb and will begin a rehab assignment Monday in Frisco.  Colby Lewis will also rehab with the ‘Riders for a second time this season, recovering from a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow from last July and has battled triceps tendinitis and muscular soreness since.  Lewis will make the start on Wednesday.

Nick McBride and Keyvius Sampson faced off yesterday.  These are the matchups we expect to see on the mound for the rest of this series:

Monday: RHP Kevin Pucetas (8-7, 4.84 ERA) vs RHP Matt Wisler (4-3, 3.15 ERA)

Tuesday: RHP  Arlett Mavare (1-2, 6.12 ERA) vs RHP Donn Roach (6-8-2, 3.93 ERA)

Wednesday: RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, 7.71 ERA) vs TBA

Sunday, July 14   |  6:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. San Antonio Missions (SDP)
TV:  KTXD    Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

    • Kids Run the Bases
    • Free ‘Riders Sunglasses
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    • Dairy Queen Triple Play

Monday, July 15   |  7:05 p.m.  | RoughRiders vs. San Antonio Missions (SDP)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details)

Tuesday, July 16   |  7:05 p.m.  | RoughRiders vs. San Antonio Missions (SDP)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

        • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Wednesday, July 17   |  7:05 p.m.  | RoughRiders vs. San Antonio Missions (SDP)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

          • Dollar Dog Night
          • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day:  Can of corn - An easily caught fly ball

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

‘Riders on the Record: a catcher pitching and playing like a girl

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‘Riders on the Record is a weekly rundown of the pre-game interviews record by broadcasters Alex Vispoli and Nathan Barnett with RoughRiders players and coaches and occasionally a special guest. You can find all previous editions by clicking here.

Without a doubt one of my favorite editions of ‘Riders on the Record this season. Steve Buechele gives some extremely high praise to Carlos Pimentel’s slide piece, Guilder Rodriguez gives his sage wisdom to the youngsters on the roster, catcher Zach Zaneski smiles over the microphone about pitching in a ballgame and Casey Candaele explains why he occasionally took batting practice naked in the big leagues. Radio gold this week.

Happy Sunday and enjoy!

Sunday, July 7, 2013 – Manager Steve Buechele


Steve Buechele sits down in his weekly conversation to talk about the bounce back effort from Carlos Pimentel. Coming off his eight strikeout performance, he talks about the right-hander’s slider that has put him into the ‘Riders record books. (w/ Alex Vispoli)

Monday, July 8, 2013 – IF Guilder Rodriguez


Guilder Rodriguez joins us to talk about his first ever All-Star game experience, coming two weeks prior in Springdale, Arkansas. The 13-year veteran explains how special the honor is but is quick to divert the attention to the younger players who got the honor as well. Rodriguez sheds light on how he tries to help the younger players like Herrera, Alberto and Telis improve and carry themselves professionally. (w/ Nathan Barnett)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - IF Alex Buchholz


Alex Buchholz talks about his current hot streak, which was highlighted by a blast of a home run to finish the home stand. He talks about his mental and physical adjustments this season and the importance of staying healthy. He weighs in on the swing of Chih-Hsien Chiang and the fan environment in Frisco. (w/ Alex)

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - C/”RHP” Zach Zaneski


During the longest game in RoughRiders history, catcher Zach Zaneski made his professional appearance on the mound. Impressively, Zach tossed three scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He talks about his unforgettable experience and what he learned from former big leaguer Kyle McClellan in the bullpen to get ready for his outing. (w/ Alex)

Friday, July 12, 2013 – Rangers Infield Coordinator Casey Candaele


Casey Candaele is the Rangers infielder coordinator, and for the series in Corpus Christi served as the acting manager. He talks about the whirlwind of a first game played in the series that took 16 innings. He weighs in on what the young infielders Hanser Alberto and Odubel Herrera need to do to keep getting better and reminisces on his impressive, long, and occasionally amusing big league career. (w/ Alex)

Saturday, July 13, 2013 – IF Greg Miclat


One of the newer RoughRider Greg Miclat has played two positions in his first five professional seasons–shortstop and second base. In Corpus Christi, he twice played third base. He talks about the adjustment to that spot and the last time he has played there. Not known for his power, Greg tells us that he remembers each one of his home runs and he recalls his pro homer. (w/ Alex)

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We will post our “Home Sweet Home” preview of the whole home stand tomorrow, but the ‘Riders begin a four-game series today. Pitching matchup has RHP Nick McBride (1-5, 5.84) vs. RHP Keyvius Sampson (6-4, 2.90)

Sunday, July 14   |  6:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. San Antonio Missions (SDP)
TV:  KTXD    Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

- Nathan

Baseball term of the day: pool table - a smooth infield

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