Thursday, October 6, 2011

Riversharks Announce 2012 Schedule

POSTED: 10/6/2011 by Megan McLaughlin

Now that the 2011 season has concluded, the first key piece of the 2012 season has fallen into place as the Atlantic League has released the schedule for its 15th season.

The Camden Riversharks will play their first four series on the road before returning to Campbell’s Field for their home opener against the Lancaster Barnstormers, Wednesday, May 9 at 7:05. Plans for the ceremony to open the 12th season at Campbell’s Field are still in the formative stages. Further details about the Riversharks Opening Night celebration will follow. The team will end the season at home on September 23rd vs. the Long Island Ducks at 5:35pm.

The Atlantic League is excited to add the Sugar Land Skeeters to the Freedom Division for the 2012 lineup. Based in the City of Sugar Land, Texas, southwest of Houston, the Skeeters will take on the Riversharks for the first time on Thursday, June 14th at 7:05pm. The Sharks will travel outside of the Northeast, and fly on a plane to travel for the first time in team history on June 22. Each of the other seven teams will make two trips to Texas during the 2012 season. This demonstrates the next phase of Atlantic League baseball.

Through the 2012 season the Riversharks will host 70 home games, with fireworks shows after every Friday and Saturday home game. Riversharks highlights will include:
• The Baseball in Education Series: May 11, May 17, May 23, and June 1. All games will be played at 11:00 AM.
• Scout Overnights Return! Scouts and their parents will have the opportunity to sleep over at Campbell’s Field on June 15th, June 29th, July 20th, and August 3rd.
• Finley’s Birthday Celebration! Sunday July 22nd will have a special start time of 5:35pm and a firework spectacular to celebrate our mascot, Finley’s, birthday!

Other special celebrations throughout the 2012 season will include Memorial Day (May 28th 7:05pm), Father’s Day (June 17th 1:05pm), and Fan Appreciation Weekend (September 21-23). The full promotional calendar including theme nights, special ticketed events, and weekly promotions will be released at a later date.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Burgamy, McGuire Go Down Under

from The Canberra Times

The Canberra Cavalry has added some young international talent to its roster for the 2011-12 ABL season.

It has signed five players from Major League clubs - three from Tampa Bay and two from Toronto - and two from from Japanese club Hanshin Tigers.

The Cavalry also boasts several players - including pitchers Steve Kent and Brian Grening - who have been released from Major League clubs. Such players can be a boon for ABL clubs because they strive to secure a new Major League deal, and face no restrictions on how many games they can play or innings they can pitch.

Pitcher Chris Oxspring was a standout for the Sydney Blue Sox last season, as was Justin Hughes for Perth. Both earned contracts in the USA after strong ABL seasons.

Cavalry assistant general manager Thom Carter said there were still five or six positions to fill, mainly offensive players, with several of those to come from Korean club Lotte Giants.

Cavalry squad - Pitchers: Hayden Beard (San Diego), Chris Morgan, Brian Grening, Steven Kent, Tim Atherton, Michael Laird, Chris Kimpton, Daiki Kiyohara (Hanshin), Mike McGuire, Alex Rogers, Mathew Fawcett, Jarrett Commane, Tristan Crawford, Nathan Crawford. Catchers: Travis Scott, Mark Thomas (Tampa Bay), Kyle Perkins, Alex Perkins. Infielders: Byron Aird, Brian Burgamy, Jean Carlos Diaz, Chris Curley, John Tolisano (Toronto). Outfielders: Ty Morrison (Tampa Bay), Todd Glaesmann (Tampa Bay), Yuhei Kai (Hanshin), Kenny Wilson (Toronto).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The York Revolution Are Your 2011 Atlantic League Champions

from the York Daily Record:

The York Revolution are Atlantic League champions for the second straight year, becoming the second franchise to win back-to-back titles.

The Revs beat the Long Island Ducks, 6-3, in front of a bundled-up but noisy crowd of 3,767 at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York. They dropped Game 1 on the road to the Ducks but won the next three games to claim the title.

York put up a four-run eighth inning to break the game open.

Third baseman Vince Harrison was named Most Valuable Player. Harrison's bat was hottest in the postseason, as he went 19-for-37 at the plate during the playoffs.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Riversharks Choose Representative for 25 Millionth Atlantic League Fan

POSTED: 9/30/2011 by Megan McLaughlin

The Atlantic League announced earlier this month that it was set to reach an attendance milestone of 25 million fans. Each team from the Atlantic League chose two fans to represent their teams in Game 3 of the Atlantic League Championship Series. Winners received a special VIP package including tickets to the game, recognition on the field in a pre-game ceremony, an overnight stay, $250 in cash and a team autographed baseball.

The Riversharks have chosen Barb Gilmore and Tony Saban, longtime season ticket holders and Riversharks fans, to represent them tonight at the 2011 Atlantic League Championship Game between the York Revolution and the Long Island Ducks.

"We are thrilled to be sending Barb and Tony to York to represent all Camden Riversharks fans. They are well known and loved by the team, staff, and many other Riversharks fans" said Adam Lorber, Riversharks General Manager.

The mission of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. (AL) is to bring a high level of professional baseball and affordable family entertainment to selected communities not presently being served by Major League or Minor League teams. The Atlantic League began playing in 1998.

“We are excited to celebrate surpassing 25 million fans coming to our ballparks in just our 14th year,” says Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Executive director Joe Klein. “Our goal every year is to provide affordable family entertainment for all baseball fans, and their support is what keeps us going.”

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