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Meaning behind the mascots

NORTH DIVISION OPPONENTS:

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Arkansas Travelers  Name derived from an old folk song, The Arkansas Traveler, which was the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963. The music was composed in the 19th century by Colonel Sanford C. ‘Sandy’ Faulkner, and the lyrics were written in 1947.

 

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Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Named partially after the state’s nickname as the “Natural State” and also after the Robert Redford film, The NaturalBob Rich, Jr. of Rich Products Corporation, the Naturals ownership group, bought the Double-A Buffalo Bisons in 1983. That year, Hollywood producers approached Rich about filming scenes of The Natural at Buffalo’s War Memorial Stadium. Following the release of the film, attendance at Bisons’ games nearly tripled and the team moved to the Triple-A American Association. In a fan vote, the “Naturals” name was chosen, receiving 33% of the vote. The second-place choice “Thunder Chickens” received 27%.

 

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Springfield Cardinals – The only team in the Texas League who currently shares the same name as their Major League affiliate. In 1931, the St. Louis Cardinals purchased a Minor League team, renamed it the Cardinals, and moved it to Springfield. Following the 1946 season, St. Louis moved the team to St. Joseph, Mo. The new Springfield Cardinals began play in the Texas League in 2005, but the dugouts at Hammons Field still include championship banners from the 1930s and 1940s.
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Tulsa Drillers – Name was carried over from the Lafayette Drillers who moved to Tulsa in 1977. Tulsa’s original Minor League team was named the Oilers and played Triple-A baseball, but the team moved to New Orleans. The new team opted to keep the Drillers name, due to the importance of oil to the city’s economy, and the ballpark changed its name from Oiler Park to Driller Park.

 

SOUTH DIVISION OPPONENTS:

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Corpus Christi Hooks – Named for the city’s association with fishing, which is very popular on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Team’s colors are navy blue and light blue, representing the sea water and the sky.

 

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Midland RockHounds – Nickname originated in 1999 when Midland’s team became an Oakland Athletic affiliate. They were originally known as the Midland Cubs and the Midland Angels, but the team wanted to have a name that would honor local tradition and be unique. A RockHound is simply a nickname for a geologist and it acknowledges the oil and gas industry in west Texas. The RockHounds became one of the early adopters in the current wave of fun, kid-friendly, location-specific Minor League nicknames.

 

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San Antonio Missions – Named after a chain of five missions that were established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century. It became the largest concentration of Catholic missions in North America. The most famous mission is The Alamo, which is featured on the Missions’ logo.

 

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: light tower power piece – A towering home run; a truly awesome blast.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

The streak: A look at Ryan Cordell’s first 37 games

Ryan Cordell was an Opening Day starter for the RoughRiders on April 7 at Northwest Arkansas. Until the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader against Midland, the No. 15 prospect in the Rangers organization had reached base in all 37 games he played in.

The on-base streak was the longest of its kind so far this year in Minor League Baseball. It was also the longest streak for the Riders since 2012 when Jurickson Profar reached in 50 straight games from April 7 – June 2.

So how impressive was Cordell’s streak?

Ryan Cordell’s 37-game on-base streak:

Batting average: .350 (49-for-140)

Walks: 12

Hit by pitches: 1

Singles: 25

Doubles: 11

Triples: 3

Home Runs: 10

RBI: 35

Multi-hit games: 13

Hit streaks: 4 games, April 7 – 10; 17 games, April 12 – May 1; 2 games, May 4 – 5; 7 games, May 7 – 13; 3 games, May 16 – 19

Remarkable games: Cordell hit two grand slams less than a week apart on April 16 against Northwest Arkansas at Dr Pepper Ballpark and on April 21 on the road in Corpus Christi. He also hit two home runs in a home game on May 9 against Midland to lead the Riders to a 6-5 win.

Awards: In addition to his Texas League-high hitting streak and his MiLB-leading on-base streak, Cordell also won several awards during the period. He was named the Texas League’s Player of the Week on April 25 and was also recognized as the Texas League and Texas Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for April.

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The verdict? Awfully impressive.

Cordell went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the first inning of Friday’s game against San Antonio to begin a new streak.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: four-ribeye steak – A grand slam

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

What’s in the name? Ryan Cordell vs. Ryon Healy

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As we mentioned earlier in the week, the RoughRiders and Midland RockHounds are two very evenly-matched teams.

Not only are the teams very similar statistically, but two of their best players match up quite well also. And coincidentally, they share the same first name (although spelled differently).

Ryan Cordell and Ryon Healy have not only been putting up similar numbers this year, but throughout their entire Minor League careers as well. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Ryan C. Ryon H.
Birthplace: San Diego, California West Hills, California
Age: 24 (3/31/92) 24 (1/10/92)
Bats/Throws: R/R R/R
Height, Weight: 6’4″, 195 lbs. 6’5″, 225 lbs.
School: Liberty Oregon
Drafted: Round 11 (2013, TEX) Round 3 (2013, OAK)
MLB Pipeline Rank: 15 in Rangers farm system 17 in Athletics farm system
In Double-A: 2nd season 2nd season
’16 Average: .355 (3rd in Texas League) .339 (4th in Texas League)
’16 On-Base %: .405 .411 (T-2nd in Texas League)
’16 Slugging %: .720 (1st in MiLB) .645 (2nd in Texas League)
’16 Home Runs: 8 (T-2nd in Texas League) 7 (5th in Texas League)
’16 RBI: 30 (2nd in Texas League) 31 (1st in Texas League)
’16 Runs: 27 (T-1st in Texas League) 24 (3rd in Texas League)
’16 Extra-base hits: 20 (2nd in Texas League) 21 (1st in Texas League)
’16 Strikeouts: 31 32
Career Average: .286 .289
Career On-Base %: .350 .327
Career Slugging %: .476 .444
Career Home Runs: 44 39
Career RBI: 187 205
Career Runs: 210 176
Career XBH: 120 126
Career Strikeouts: 276 221

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: futility player – A player who plays many positions, none of them well.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Baseball And Bacon, Part 2

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a popular party game where people try to link themselves to the Hollywood star. In May 2012, the writers of the Riders Insider Blog discovered four links from Bacon to the Frisco RoughRiders. Today, nearly four years later, we present…four more links. Ladies and gentlemen, here it is once again. The Circle of Bacon.

The first chain begins with none other than Kevin Bacon. He was in Apollo 13 with Ed Harris, who uttered the famous quote “Failure is not an option.” Harris was in Two Tickets to Paradise with Vanna White. White, best known as the hostess of Wheel of Fortune, was raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The Pelicans are owned by the Greenberg Sports Group, an ownership group led by Chairman and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg. Greenberg is also involved in the RoughRiders ownership as the Managing Partner and CEO. This completes chain one.

The second chain begins much like the first. Kevin Bacon was in Starting Over with Burt Reynolds, who was in Meet Wally Sparks with Geraldo Rivera. Rivera is an alumnus of the University of Arizona, located in Tucson. Tucson has hosted two different Minor League Baseball teams. The Tucson Padres served as the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres from 2011 to 2013, before moving to El Paso for the 2014 season. Previously, the city was home to the Tucson Toros dating back to the early 20th century. The team ultimately switched names to the Sidewinders and were the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998-2008. The Sidewinders were sold, moved to Reno, Nevada, and became the Aces after the 2008 season. Tucson is also home to many past and present-day baseball players, including Ian Kinsler, who was born and raised in the city. Kinsler is currently an infielder for the Detroit Tigers, but he was previously a Texas Ranger from 2006-2013. He played with the RoughRiders in 2004 and made rehab appearances in Frisco in 2009, 2010, and 2013.

Through current Riders manager Joe Mikulik, we can complete the third chain all the way back to the original source, Kevin Bacon. Mikulik was previously the manager of the Class A Asheville Tourists from 2000-2012 and was the team’s all-time leader in wins as a skipper. The Tourists played a minor role in the 1988 film Bull Durham. In the film Kevin Costner‘s character, Crash Davis, finishes his baseball career with the Tourists after being cut from the Durham Bulls and breaks the all-time Minor League home run record. Costner starred in the movie with Tim Robbins, who played the character Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh. Robbins and Bacon were cast as brothers in the movie Mystic River.

Lastly, Kevin Bacon was in Sleepers with Tom Signorelli. Signorelli was in The Trip with Michael Nader, who was in Bikini Beach with Donna Loren. Loren served as the “Dr Pepper Girl”, acting as the company’s spokesperson from 1963 to 1968. Dr Pepper, of course, holds naming rights of Dr Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco RoughRiders.

These chains explain how everyone in the world quite possibly could be connected to Kevin Bacon. Are you?

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: fuzzy concrete – Artificial turf.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Lights, camera, action! Riders shine in the spotlight

Tonight, for the second time this season, a Frisco RoughRiders game will be aired on Fox Sports Southwest.

During the last homestand, it was announced that the network will be airing at least eight Riders games during the 2016 season. The first game was a huge success, with fans across four different states tuning in to watch Frisco defeat the San Antonio Missions 6-5.

Ronald Guzman and Alex Burg both slugged home runs, as the Riders capped off their first four-game sweep of the Missions. Watch the highlights below:

RoughRiders broadcaster Nathan Barnett was joined by analyst Mike Bascik, a former Rangers pitcher, and Paul Kruger, the Assistant Director of Player Development for the Rangers. Tonight, Rangers Senior Director of Player Development Mike Daly will be on the air with Barnett as the RoughRiders host the Midland RockHounds.

In the past, select Riders games have been televised on KTXD 47. While this provided fans across the Metroplex with an opportunity to watch Riders games, it excluded additional fans from the remainder of the state and region.

Now, fans from the DFW area and beyond have the opportunity to watch the games on television tonight and at least six other times this year. Fox Sports Southwest reaches over 10 million cable and satellite TV homes in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, as well as nationally via satellite television and streaming online with Fox Sports Go.

After tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game against Midland, Fox Sports Southwest will air the following remaining RoughRiders games this season. Make sure to tune in on these dates and catch the Riders in action!

Date: Time: Opponent: Opponent Affiliate:
Monday, May 23 11:00 a.m.  vs. San Antonio Missions  (San Diego Padres)
Thursday, June 2 7:00 p.m.  vs. Tulsa Drillers  (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Tuesday, June 14 11:00 a.m.  vs. Midland RockHounds  (Oakland Athletics)
Sunday, July 31 6:00 p.m.  vs. San Antonio Missions  (San Diego Padres)
Thursday, Aug. 18 7:00 p.m.  vs. Springfield Cardinals  (St. Louis Cardinals)
Sunday, Aug. 21 6:00 p.m.  vs. Tulsa Drillers  (Los Angeles Dodgers)

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: Freak show stat – A baseball statistic that is cute or entertaining but of little real value; e.g., players’ double-figure totals in doubles, triples, and home runs

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Matta’s moves hype up Riders

Erick “Shaq” Matta isn’t a member of the Riders active roster, but that doesn’t stop him from making contributions to the squad. In addition to helping out as a bullpen catcher with the RoughRiders, Matta has assumed the unofficial role of pre-game motivator by way of a short dance.

The routine takes place in the Riders dugout, shortly before each game. Matta gets in the middle of his teammates, who circle around him, and get energized by watching him dance. The ensuing claps, chants, and cheers from his teammates are noticeable around the ballpark.

Matta, the 22-year-old catcher, was a member of the active roster for a short while earlier this season and played in one game on April 18. The native of San Juan, Puerto Rico says the tradition started early in the season on a day when the energy wasn’t quite at normal levels before a game.

“I said, ‘let’s go do that’ and see the reaction after that,” said Matta. “Now, they do it for motivation.”

“I like it because – you know, Puerto Ricans, Latins, they like dance, you know?” said Matta. “Sometimes, the American guys don’t like that, but now, they like it.”

It’s a simple dance, but it’s brought Matta and his teammates closer together, while giving them a little extra energy boost before they take the field.

As Matta puts it, “I’m not on the roster, but I feel like I am.”

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Dancer – A knuckleball

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

April by the Numbers

0 – Losses in series openers

1 – Place in Texas League South division standings

2 – Grand slams for Ryan Cordell

2.95 – Earned run average (lowest in league)

3 – Series sweeps

3.5 – Games ahead of second-place Midland

4 – Total losses

5 – Straight road wins to open the season

5.2 – Runs scored per game (most in league)

6 – Longest win streak (4/25-4/30)

– Wins in series openers

8 – Comeback wins

– Doubles for Cordell (leads league)

10 – Innings with four or more runs scored

11.1 – Consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Ryne Slack

12 – Longest game (innings), Riders came back to beat Arkansas 6-4

13 – Wins when leading after six innings (no losses)

14 – Singles for Cordell

15 – Extra-base hits for Cordell

16 – Cordell’s league-leading hit streak

17 – Total wins

18 – Home runs

19 – Consecutive batters retired by Richelson Pena (4/7-4/11)

20 – Runs scored by Cordell (leads league)

21 – Games played (best start in team history)

22 – RBI for Cordell (leads Rangers organization – MLB & MiLB)

24 – Sixth-inning runs

42 – Run differential (largest in league)

61 – Total wins by Rangers affiliates, more than any other farm system

6,682 – Average attendance (highest in league)

10,004 – Largest crowd at Dr Pepper Ballpark (4/30)

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– Steve

Baseball term of the day: automobile squint – The theory when automobiles first became popular that driving one adversely affected a ballplayer’s batting eye.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Rehabbing with the Riders: Chris Gimenez

This week has been an eventful one for the RoughRiders, winning all five games at home. The Riders have also been joined by Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez, another highlight of the past few days in addition to the success on the field. Gimenez was added to the roster earlier this week on a rehab assignment.

During the Major League veteran’s time here in Frisco, Gimenez has been assisting the younger players and giving valuable advice to everyone in the clubhouse. Earlier this week, we caught up with him and chatted about the experience. Here is an excerpt from the interview.

Steve Goldberg: You had a chance to meet a bunch of these guys at Spring Training. What did you know about the Riders players coming in to your rehab assignment?

Chris Gimenez: It’s just a good group of goofballs. The one thing I’ve noticed is that they keep the clubhouse extremely light and it’s a lot of fun. There’s a lot of music and a lot of talking. I think that’s good. That’s something you don’t see a lot of these days, with the iPads and iPhones. Everyone is in their chair playing on their different device. But this group is a good, close-knit group. These guys are having fun.

Chris Gimenez rounds the bases after hitting a home run in his first at-bat with Frisco.

Chris Gimenez rounds the bases after hitting a home run in his first at-bat with Frisco.

SG: How does being back here now compare to your own experience as a Minor Leaguer?

CG: This is the nicest ballpark I’ve ever played in aside from the big leagues, so it doesn’t make you feel like you’re in the Minor Leagues. From the ballpark, to the crowd, to the scenery around here, everything is gorgeous. Like I said, they take such good care of us around here that it really doesn’t make you feel like you’re in the Minor Leagues at all.

SG: Did you have experience working with Major League players on rehab assignments when you were in the Minors coming up?

CG: Absolutely. And at every level too. I always remember it being a really cool experience, just to try to talk to some of the guys. I’ve had some conversations with a couple of the guys down here that I’ve known for a little while as well. It’s nice to offer any sort of advice or just be there as someone to listen. Sometimes, you just need a deaf ear to fall on and somebody that you can just go out and have a normal conversation with. Someone that’s not a coach, someone that’s not trying to give you four different things you can do to fix your swing or to throw a strike. It’s the same for me. When you’re struggling, you just want to get out of it as quick as you can. But a lot of times, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do that. I think the biggest part of it is just trying to be relaxed as possible. Try to keep it like you were playing in Little League. We never had slumps in Little League because we always had fun doing it. That’s the motto I try to portray when I talk about stuff like that.

SG: You’re fighting for a spot as a catcher on the Rangers [25-man] roster. Does that competition impact you at all during these rehab games?

CG: Not at all. It’s out of my control. The only I can control is just trying to get myself back, in the best game shape I can possibly be in, and put myself in a position for them to have to make a decision on it. As much as I would like to say it’s in my control, I know it’s not. They’re going to have a decision to make.

So far, Gimenez is 5-for-14 (.357) with a home run and three RBI in four games with the Riders. He will be joined by fellow Rangers rehabbers Josh Hamilton tonight and Yu Darvish tomorrow.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: baby act – A play considered “ungentlemanly” in the late 19th century, such as a bunt or an intentional base on balls.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Riding Through the Farm: Rangers Organization Continues to Crush

The RoughRiders are off to a 15-4 start and lead the Texas League South division, and the other teams in the farm system have stayed hot as well. Every team affiliated with the Rangers, including the big league club, has a winning record and four of the five are in first place in their respective divisions.

Texas Rangers (MLB):

Elvis Andrus (Riders ’08) currently leads the Rangers with a .343 batting average. The mark is good for third in the American League behind Mark Trumbo (.354) and another former Rider Ian Kinsler (.345). Andrus also leads the league with three triples. The Rangers in first place, half a game ahead of the Seattle Mariners, in the AL West with a 12-10 record and begin a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tonight.

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Former Rider Joey Gallo is tied for the PCL lead with seven home runs.

Round Rock Express (Triple-A):

Round Rock is currently in first place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern division with an 11-8 record. Joey Gallo (Riders ’14-15 – Rangers No. 1 prospect, MLB Pipeline) is tied for the league-lead with seven home runs, which is also the second highest total in Minor League Baseball.

High Desert Mavericks (High-A):

Travis Demeritte (Rangers No. 21 prospect) continues to pace the explosive offense for the 17-4 Mavericks. Demeritte leads all of Minor League Baseball with eight home runs. Meanwhile, Luke Tendler paces the circuit with a .377 batting average and is second in the league with 19 RBI. High Desert is in first place in the California League South division, leading Rancho Cucamonga by three games.

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Travis Demeritte leads all of Minor League Baseball with eight home runs for High Desert.

Hickory Crawdads (Single-A):

The 14-7 Crawdads have been putting up some impress totals as well, at the lowest full-season level. Andy Ibanez (Rangers No. 16 prospect) leads the entire farm system with his .397 batting average. Pedro Payano (Rangers No. 29 prospect) has a farm system and league-best 0.38 ERA (1 ER in 24 IP). Eric Jenkins (Rangers No. 7 prospect) and Dylan Moore lead Rangers Minor Leaguers with 10 stolen bases each. The Crawdads are tied for second place in the South Atlantic League Northern division, half a game behind Hagerstown.

Stay tuned for more updates from the farm system over the course of the season.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: foul screecher – An untutored spectator who cheers foul balls not knowing that they are not hits

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Cordell crushes his way into the record books

Ryan Cordell etched his name into the RoughRiders record books in the second inning of last night’s 5-2 victory over Corpus Christi.

Cordell blasted his second grand slam of the season, which is awfully impressive. But in addition, it was also his second one of the week. His first one was on Saturday against Northwest Arkansas.

With two grand slams already, Cordell became the only Minor Leaguer to reach that mark so far in 2016. He joins Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper as the only other player in professional baseball to accomplish the feat this year.

Cordell has already surpassed Frisco’s total number of grand slams as a team last season. The Riders only hit one, coming off the bat of Pat Cantwell on June 24 against Midland. Frisco’s largest number of grand slams as a team in a single regular season is five, occurring in both 2009 and 2013.

Last year, Renato Nunez (Midland) hit grand slams on back-to-back days against Frisco on September 5 and 6. The RockHounds hit more grand slams in 2015 than any other team in Texas League with seven, while the RoughRiders were tagged for a league-high five.

Brett Nicholas was the last player to hit two grand slams for the Riders in 2013.

The last time the Riders hit grand slams in the same week as a team was in 2013. Ryan Rua knocked one out against Corpus Christi on August 28, and Teodoro Martinez followed with another on September 1 at Midland.

Prior to Cordell, Brett Nicholas was the most recent Rider to hit two grand slams. His were also in 2013, on April 28 against Corpus Christi and August 18 facing Tulsa.

Mike Olt and Chris McGuiness hit grand slams two days apart in 2012, on June 9 and 11 against San Antonio and Midland, respectively. McGuiness went on to slug another one later in the season on August 12 at Northwest Arkansas.

Jason Botts and Ian Kinsler were the only RoughRiders to hit grand slams in the same game on July 21, 2004. Botts’ grand slam came off San Antonio’s Felix Hernandez, just over a year before “King Felix” made his Major League debut with Seattle in August 2005.

Cordell joins Nicholas, McGuiness, and Chad Tracy as the only players to hit two grand slams in the same season for the Riders. Tracy’s two came in 2009 on July 10 against Springfield and August 7 against San Antonio. Adam Fox also had two grand slams for Frisco, one in 2005 and another in 2009.

33 different players have combined to hit 38 grand slams for the Riders in team history. However, nobody has ever hit more than two. But if the bases are loaded again for Cordell in his time with Frisco, he will have a chance to become the first.

Riders grand slams by year (regular season only):

2016:

Ryan Cordell (2)

 

 

 

2013:

Brett Nicholas (2)

Jared Hoying

Teodoro Martinez

Ryan Rua

 

2010:

Emerson Frostad

Matthew Lawson

 

 

 

2007:

Brandon Boggs

Salomon Manriquez

 

2004:

Jason Botts

Patrick Boyd

Ian Kinsler

G.J. Raymundo

2015:

Pat Cantwell

 

 

 

2012:

Chris McGuiness (2)

Engel Beltre

Mike Olt

 

 

2009:

Chad Tracy (2)

Adam Fox

Tim Smith

John Whittleman

 

2006:

Casey Benjamin

Kevin Mahar

 

2003:

Ryan Soules

Laynce Nix

 

 

2014:

Trever Adams

Joey Gallo

J.T. Wise

 

2011:

Michael Bianucci

Renny Osuna

 

 

 

2008:

Ben Harrison

Stephen Murphy

Corey Ragsdale

 

 

2005:

Adam Fox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: apply the whitewash – To shut out; to keep the opponent from scoring.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

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