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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

For those who may have forgotten that Mother’s Day is this week, be grateful you don’t live in South Korea! Each year, May 8 is Parent’s Day in South Korea.  The holiday was formerly known as Mother’s Day, but changed as to not leave out the fathers.

Like in the United States, it is the day where children in South Korea pay special regards to their parents’ love and affection and say thank you for all that their parents have done for them.  Flowers are a common gift  (carnations and roses are the most popular), and time is spent with their parents.

As a reminder, Mother’s Day here in the US is this Sunday, May 12.  Do something special for the great mothers and grandmothers in your life.  Children, make breakfast for you mom and let her relax.  If there is distance between you and your mom, give her a call, send flowers, and let her know you are thinking about her.  If your mother enjoys baseball and you are in the Corpus Christi area, y’all could go to the RoughRiders game on Sunday at 1:05!  The Rangers are in Houston playing the Astros Sunday at 1:10.

Above all, enjoy the holiday with your family!

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In ‘Riders News:

The RoughRiders have a much-needed day off  today after their four-game series in Midland. They begin a new series with Corpus Christi tomorrow night at 7 p.m.  Neil Ramirez will start for the ‘Riders and will face Hooks right-hander Jake Buchanan.

Frisco returns to Dr Pepper Ballpark Monday night against the RockHounds to begin an eight-game home stand.

Baseball term of the Day: Ride the Pine — sitting on the bench

—Ryan

Baseball’s “Iron Man”

In 1995, Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s 56-year record of most consecutive games played, earning Ripken the title of baseball’s all-time Iron Man.  Set over a sixteen year period, the record stands at 2,632 consecutive games and many say that in today’s era of baseball, players wouldn’t be able to come close to breaking Ripken’s record.

RoughRiders Jared Hoying and Ryan Strausborger have both played 26 out of 27 games this season. Hoying, who currently has played the most consecutive games this season, shared his insights on how players can keep their bodies conditioned to play several games in a row.

“A lot of it is just a mindset,” he said. “I like playing every day, and want to play as many games as I can.  I tell coach there’s no need to take me out.  If he thinks I need to take a day off,  obviously, I will.

“I sit in hot tubs a lot, stretch routinely, and eat healthy.  I try to get at least ten hours of sleep a night and just do a lot of things to keep my body rested.  If you don’t take care of yourself, you risk injury and then it just snowballs from there.

“I like to try to be that ‘Iron Man’ type figure.  I like to be that guy that plays every day that can be counted on.  I like to have that role.  In high school and college I didn’t miss too many games because I wasn’t ever all that injured.  In pro ball I’ve only been injured, knock on wood, a couple of times maybe, with a shoulder injury or a little hamstring here and there.  Nothing real severe and hopefully it can stay like that.

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In recognition today’s premiere of “Iron Man 3″

“In today’s game, I don’t think Ripken’s record could be broken,” Jared continued.  They pay their players a lot of money and they don’t want to risk injury.  They could end up missing a month because of injury when they could have just missed a week. There’s a big difference between playing hurt and playing injured.  It’s too much of a risk to overplay; I don’t think anyone can even come close to breaking Cal Ripken’s record in today’s game.”

-Ryan

Baseball Term of the Day: Nail Down – To secure a victory

A glance back at the last ten years

This time ten years ago, the Frisco RoughRiders Inaugural season was just getting under way.  2012 was the 10th season of ‘Riders baseball, but 2013 marks ten full years in Frisco.  As we continue Opening Weekend at Dr Pepper Ballpark, we’d like to  take a small look at the past ten years.

Recently, while cleaning a storage area in the press box, we came across an April 1, 2003 Special Edition issue of The Dallas Morning News featuring Opening Day of the Frisco RoughRiders at Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark.

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Front page of the April 1, 2003 Dallas Morning News, Frisco RoughRiders Opening Day special edition

Much can change in ten years.  This time ten years ago, the US had been at war in Iraq for a little more than a month, occupying the majority of news coverage. In sports, A-Rod was playing his last season with the Rangers, and Don Nelson was still in Dallas as coach of the Mavs.

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The Dallas Morning News cover, April 1, 2003

In their ten-year history, the RoughRiders organization and Dr Pepper Ballpark have had a number of changes and improvements added.  However, it is neat to take a look at the ballpark and at the team as they were ten years ago.  In 2003, Tim Ireland was the manager of the ‘Riders.  Since then, others have taken the role, including Darryl Kennedy (’05-’06) Dave Anderson (‘07), Scott Little (‘08), Mike Miccuci (’09) and our current manager, former Rangers’ third baseman Steve Buchele, who made his Frisco debut in 2010.

Dr Pepper /Seven Up Ballpark was renamed Dr Pepper Ballpark on March 31, 2006, and has held the name since.  Since 2003, many changes have been made to the ballpark itself with the addition and renovation of the concessions, scoreboard and lighting systems and other aspects.  Just prior to the 2013 season, the ballpark underwent a major improvement process on new concessions and playground areas.  Since its opening, Dr Pepper Ballpark has earned numerous recognition for its unique design, feel and fan amenities.

2003 Schedule

The ‘Riders 2003 pocket schedule

There have been 324 players to have played in the ‘Riders uniform, with 97 former RoughRiders making it to the big leagues.  Many big-name players have starred in Frisco in these ten years, and the RoughRiders have had many successful season and memorable highlights.    We look forward to another ten years of Frisco RoughRiders baseball.

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Through the Slot- A pitch that passes directly over home plate.

Friday at the Ballpark

As you might imagine, the ballpark is pretty quiet on a Friday in early November.   The cooler weather has finally found Frisco and it’s starting to “feel” like college football outside.

The ballpark this morning at 9:30 (Aaron's iPhone)

Even though things are a little slower since the end of the World Series, here are some of the things happening here, with the Rangers, and around minor league baseball:

  • Last night at 8:00, the Rangers and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced that Texas Rangers’ infielder Michael Young is the winner of the 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.  The award is presented to the player “whose on-field and off-field performance most inspires others to higher levels of achievement by displaying as much passion to give back to others as he shows between the lines on the baseball diamond.”  Young becomes the third player to ever win the award twice (John Smoltz, 2002, 2003; Jim Thome, 2001, 2004).
  • The Rangers also announced yesterday a series of improvements to the Ballpark in Arlington totaling $11.5 million.  Upgrades for 2012 include a complete renovation of Vandergriff Plaza and much of the office building first floor in centerfield with the construction of a new Batter’s Eye Club, Restaurant/Sports Bar, Kid’s Zone, and concession stands. In addition, the areas that previously contained the bleacher seating will be remodeled and the visitors bullpen will be reconfigured.

The visitors bullpen will move to the bottom of the former bleacher section (left) along the outfield fence. New features will include an indoor restaurant and sports bar on the bottom floor of the suites alongside an indoor Kid's Zone (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

  • The Akron Aeros (Double-A, Indians) of the Eastern League will not be changing their name after all.  A contest held by the team and the local newspaper asked fans to choose their favorite possible team name from a list including Aeros, RubberDucks,Vulcans, Tire Jacks and Gum Dippers (are you kidding me!!).  The Aeros nickname won in a landslide, garnering 67% of the vote. (ballparkdigest.com)
  • If you’re not aware, it’s officially “Movember.”  Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. To help achieve this, men grow a Mo (moustache) for 30 days.  Since a number of us can’t grow a mustache (mainly me), our graphics designer Alex Yocum-Beeman helped us out (if you can’t recognize me, I’m the top left corner):
Enjoy your weekend … and some football.
-AG

Back From Vacation

Every year after the season is over the RoughRiders are kind enough to let me escape for about 10 days and simply get away from things.  For the second straight year, my wife Heather and I ventured to the east coast to visit her family in Boston and some friends I made while broadcasting in Portland, Maine in 2009.

Along with Boston and Portland, we also made it to Cape Cod, Vermont, and New Hampshire.  It was great to experience the fall season out there and see some family.  Plus, we got to go to my all-time favorite sea food restaurant in Hull, MA, Jake’s Seafood.

Now it’s back to the ballpark just in time for the World Series.  Over the course of the last two seasons broadcasting for the RoughRiders, I’ve tried not to talk much on-air about the fact that I spent the majority of my life in St. Louis and even own a pair of seats from the old Busch Stadium (seats 16 and 17, if you’re wondering).

It’s especially hard to not sound like a Cardinals fan when the ‘Riders play the Springfield Cardinals.  Well now it’s become really hard with the Redbirds taking on the Rangers. Before even the first pitch is thrown in the World Series, this matchup has already taught me how much of a Rangers fan I’ve become over the last couple of years.  I’ve written about it on here and talked about it on-air, the Rangers are a class franchise top to bottom and go about things the right way.  I’m sure there are some things they they and/or the fans would have liked to have seen done differently, but overall, it’s a fantastic organization to be associated with.

I’ve had some people here at the ballpark ask me who I’ll be rooting for and to be honest, I’m actually torn.

If nothing else, here’s hoping for a good series.

-AG

Playoff Perspective – Game 4

The 2011 season is over for the RoughRiders after San Antonio’s 11-3 victory in Game 4 Saturday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Here are a few thoughts a few minutes after Frisco’s tremendous season came to an end.

PLAYOFF PERSPECTIVE:

- With the pitching talent that both teams possessed, it felt like one big inning would ultimately decide this series. San Antonio’s seven-run first would certainly qualify as that big inning. The Missions sucked the life out of the RoughRiders in that frame and cruised from there to the franchise’s first Texas League Championship Series appearance since 2007.

- The ‘Riders did not reach their end goal, but they posted another fantastic season. Overall, Frisco went 80-64 and played the Missions, minor league baseball’s best team, extremely well. This organization once again churned out the top attendance number in the Texas League, and fan support has never been higher. 2011 was a good year for the RoughRiders.

- After their defeat of Northwest Arkansas in the North Division Series, the Arkansas Travelers will square off with the Missions in the TLCS. The Travs have had a solid season this year, but the Missions will, and should, go into that set as the heavy favorites.

- It has been a pleasure to cover the RoughRiders throughout the season. Thanks so much for making the ‘Riders Insider Blog a success during its first year. We look forward to keeping tabs on everything during the offseason, so be sure to stay tuned. Go RoughRiders!

- Brian

Playoff Perspective – Game 1

The RoughRiders dropped Game 1 of this best-of-five Texas League South Division Series to San Antonio 3-0. You can check out the game recap here. Here are some post-game thoughts after Game 1:

PLAYOFF PERSPECTIVE:

- First off, this is what playoff baseball is all about. This was a pitching-heavy, nail-biting type of game that went to the team that took advantage of the few offensive opportunities that were available. Frisco fans have to tip their cap to the Missions.

Robbie Ross struck out a career-high 12 in Game 1 Wednesday (Alex Yocum-Beeman).

- What an effort by Robbie Ross. The southpaw struck out 12 in his six innings of work. He did not surrender a hit until Cody Decker’s RBI double in the sixth, which proved to be the game-winning hit. It was the best start of Ross’ Double-A career, and he wasn’t too shabby (2.61 ERA) during the regular season.

- Joe Wieland was great, and RoughRiders’ fans aren’t surprised. Wieland posted minor league baseball’s fifth lowest ERA during the regular season (1.97). This effort was comparable to his no-hitter with the ‘Riders July 29. He wasn’t untouchable, but he was close, and the stakes were higher.

- There is no shame in losing at San Antonio. After all, the Missions are 56-15 at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium this year. However, the Missions have only lost three straight games three times this year (April 8-10, May 3-5 and August 12-14). Thus, Game 2 is critical, because a loss Thursday would mean that the ‘Riders would have to hand San Antonio its fourth three-game losing streak in order to advance.

- Don’t expect to see much change in the RoughRiders’ lineup Thursday. It is probably a safe bet that Elio Sarmiento will be behind the plate instead of Jose Felix because these two trade off at the catcher slot. Other than that, I would anticipate the same personnel.

- The RoughRiders are now 4-5 in playoff series openers. Frisco has never won a series when dropping Game 1, so history is not on the ‘Riders’ side.

- It wasn’t a good day for the Rangers’ affiliates. Triple-A Round Rock lost at home to Omaha 4-0. Low-A Hickory spoiled three extra-inning leads in a 5-4, 15-inning loss at Greensboro. Only High-A Myrtle Beach picked up a victory, 4-1 over Kinston.

- We had a tremendous “Extra Bases Chat” tonight. You can view that until Thursday afternoon here. Be sure to join us on the Chat beginning at 6:45 Thursday for Game 2. That Chat will be available at the above link as well.

- Thursday is another day, and a win in Game 2 makes things much better. Hope you enjoy!

- Brian

Playoff Pitching Matchups

The RoughRiders and Missions will begin their divisional round series Wednesday night in San Antonio. At this point, we know the probable pitchers for both Game 1 and Game 2. Let’s go inside the matchups.

Game 1 – Wednesday
Frisco at San Antonio
LHP Robbie Ross (1-1, 2.61 ERA) v. RHP Joe Wieland (3-1, 2.77 ERA)
These two hurlers led the Rangers’ High-A affiliate–the Myrtle Beach Pelicans–to a first-half division title earlier this season. Wieland earned a promotion to Frisco in late June. All the righty did with the RoughRiders was post a 1.23 ERA in seven starts. Two days after tossing a no-hitter in San Antonio, Wieland joined the Missions after the Rangers’ shipped him and Robbie Erlin to San Diego’s system for Mike Adams.

Robbie Ross gets the call for Game 1 Wednesday (Alex Yocum-Beeman).

With the Missions, Wieland still has great numbers. However, his final outing of the regular season was his shakiest at the Double-A level. Wieland surrendered four runs on ten hits in five innings Wednesday night against Midland. He needed more than 100 pitches to get through those five frames.

Ross remained with the Pelicans through July and earned the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honor. Despite the tougher competition, Ross has had similar success with the RoughRiders. In 38 innings of work, Ross has struck out 36 and given up only 11 earned runs.

The southpaw faced San Antonio August 26 and lasted seven innings. He gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits. While Ross did not get the win, Frisco earned the victory that night.

Game 2 – Thursday
Frisco at San Antonio
LHP Ben Snyder (11-5, 3.87 ERA) v. RHP Simon Castro (5-6, 4.33 ERA)
After 26 relief appearances, Snyder joined the RoughRiders’ starting rotation at the outset of the second half. Snyder has been steady for Frisco, posting a 4.15 ERA in his 14 starts. Entering the playoffs, Snyder has notched a quality start in five straight efforts, and he has worked through six frames in his last seven starts. He leads the club in wins with 11.

Ben Snyder hopes to continue his success against lefties Thursday night (Alex Yocum-Beeman).

Snyder is dominant against fellow left-handers, who have just a .202 average against the Bellevue, Ohio native. This could be a huge asset against San Antonio. The Missions carry six lefties, including the likes of Jaff Decker, Sawyer Carroll and Blake Tekotte.

The Padres’ number three prospect according to Baseball America, Castro has made 16 starts with the Missions this season. Castro is a specimen at 6’5″, 210 pounds, and he has strong strikeout numbers (73 in 89 1/3 innings). Since August 1, the righty is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA.

Against the RoughRiders, Castro has been pretty solid. He is only 1-2, but his ERA sits at 2.67. He has whiffed 25 in 27 innings of work over the course of four starts.

Beyond these two games, the RoughRiders’ starters have yet to be announced. For San Antonio, right-hander Casey Kelly will start Game 3. Game 4 and Game 5′s hurlers have not been set yet. Stay tuned for continuing playoff coverage, including an interview with Frisco’s Game 1 starter–Robbie Ross.

- Brian

RoughRiders Clinch Playoff Berth

For the sixth time in the franchise’s nine-year history, the RoughRiders have qualified for the Texas League playoffs.

San Antonio defeated Midland 8-2 tonight to officially clinch the second-half South Division title. Because the Missions also finished at the top of the South in the first half, the ‘Riders earned a wild card berth because they will finish second in the overall division standings.

The ‘Riders and Missions will meet in the divisional round of the Texas League playoffs, which is a best-of-five series beginning Wednesday, September 7. Game 3 and, if necessary, Game 4 will be at Dr Pepper Ballpark Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10.

Frisco is 17-14 during five other trips to the postseason, which includes the RoughRiders’ 2004 Texas League championship.

San Antonio won the season series with a 19-13 mark against the ‘Riders this season. Frisco managed a split in the 16 games played between the two squads at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

The RoughRiders become the fifth Rangers affiliate to earn a postseason spot here in 2011. Triple-A Round Rock won its division for the first time since 2006. High-A Myrtle Beach and Low-A Hickory claimed first-half titles. The AZL Rangers earned a division crown, too.

Short-season Spokane, the only club in the Rangers’ minor league system that has not guaranteed a playoff berth, entered play tonight tied for the wild card spot in the Northwest League’s East. Overall, Texas’ farm system owns the best record in baseball (412-319; .564 winning percentage).

Click here for ticket information for all playoff games at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

- Brian

What’s That Sound?

That sound is the RoughRiders making quite a charge late in the regular season. The ‘Riders own a four-game winning streak, with the last two victories coming against the San Antonio Missions. This will most likely be the first round playoff matchup in the Texas League South, and it should be fascinating based on the last two games. Here are some notable stats after last night’s win.

5: The RoughRiders’ current home winning streak, which is the longest of the year. Three of those five victories have come by just one run. Overall this year, the club is 38-27 at home.

Carlos Pimentel has had San Antonio's number this season (James Garner).

7: The ‘Riders have hit seven home runs in their last three games, all of which were wins. During Frisco’s four-game losing skid that preceded this run, the club only hit two homers. In the entire month of August, the ‘Riders have only hit 16 long balls, so the power is coming back for the RoughRiders.

13: How many one-run games the RoughRiders and Missions have played this season. San Antonio owns a narrow 7-6 edge in these games. Overall in the season series, the Missions lead 18-12, but Frisco is an even 7-7 at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

14: Frisco is now 14 games above .500, which is one away from matching a season high. The ‘Riders were 15 games above .500 three times (July 14, July 24, and July 26).

29-2: This stat is courtesy of Mike Saeger, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Missions. San Antonio is 29-2 when hitting two or more home runs. The second loss came last night against the RoughRiders.

30: Mike Bianucci’s home run total this season, which puts him second on the RoughRiders’ all-time list for a single season home run mark. Bianucci is four away from Nate Gold’s record of 34. If Bianucci plays in every game the rest of the regular season, he is on pace for 33 homers.

39.1: The number of innings Carlos Pimentel has worked against San Antonio, and the righty is 2-0 with a 2.97 earned run average. Not bad for a guy who has a 5.21 ERA overall.

And most importantly…

14: The number of days until Game 1 of the Texas League playoffs.

- Brian

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