Issuu on Google+

SEASON

PREVIEW

Skeeters Sign Players for 2016 Season, p 12 A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

2

Join SilverSneakers today! If your Medicare health plan, Medicare Supplement carrier or group retiree plan includes SilverSneakers as part of your benefit package, you get all this at no extra cost: • Fitness membership including all basic amenities • Access to 13 Fitness Connection locations • SilverSneakers classes led by certified instructors Find out how you can take advantage of all that SilverSneakers offers! Contact Fitness Connection for more information or to get started.

www.fitnessconnection.com 1-800-795-0348

Get Fit Your Way

FREE 7-DAY PASS! Bring this ad to a Fitness Connection near your to get your free pass. SilverSneakers® is registered trademark of Healthways, Inc. ©2014 Healthway, Inc.


When I applied for the position as editor of the Fort Bend Star, one of the first things here I was, sitting in Gary I thought about and Gaetti’s office in the clubhouse at hoped for was being Constellation Field interviewing able to cover the him for this special section on the Skeeters. Welcome to Sugar Land Skeeters, trying hard a dream come true. not to come across as a star-struck fan boy. Working on this special I’ve interviewed hundreds of celebrities, section has been a huge athletes, politicians and the like over the JOE SOUTHERN thrill. Everyone in the years, so I’ve learned to control that geeky EDITOR Skeeters organization feeling you get when you meet somebody from President Jay famous. This, however, was special. Miller and Jay Lucas, the vice president of The first time I saw Gaetti, I had no idea marketing and public relations, to other front who he was. I had just moved to Minnesota office personnel and Gaetti and his players and my now ex-in-laws took me to my first have been very friendly and accommodating. Major League Baseball game. It was 1987 Each time I go to the ballpark I get a and the Twins were hosting the Oakland deep, positive feeling with every person I A’s. The great Jesse Jackson was making his encounter. There is an intangible vibe or farewell tour with the A’s and it was his last buzz at Constellation Field. There seems stop at the Metrodome. Gaetti was playing to be a feeling that this is the year it all third base for the Twins. comes together. If the players stay healthy The Twins won the game. They kept on and the big leagues don’t raid the team as winning and that fall won their first World hard as they did last season, this could very Series. That year I became not only a Twins well be Sugar Land’s first Atlantic League fan, but also a baseball fan. Growing up championship team. in Colorado, there wasn’t much to root for I don’t want to jinx the team but rather outside of the Denver Broncos, so I had a lot spread the word that there is something to learn about the sport. I still have a lot to incredible happening here. You don’t want to learn. miss it. Come on out to the ballpark and be a When I returned to Colorado, I became part of something special. At the end of the fan of the new Colorado Rockies team and season you’ll be able to say, “I was there” and was even briefly employed by them as a “WE won it all!” ticket-taker. Since my move to Texas 10 This is the Skeeters fifth season of years ago, I let my interest in baseball slip. existence – their High Five year. Come on It was too hard to keep following the Rockies out and give the team a big high five. I think at a distance and the team hasn’t exactly a high five gesture could very well be to this performed at a level to keep one’s interest. I’ve team and the fans what a homer hanky or gone to a few Houston Astros games and even terrible towel is to other teams. So, come to covered a couple games as a photographer. the ballpark, slap some high fives and root Five years ago came a game-changer. The the Skeeters to victory! Sugar Land Skeeters were born. Wouldn’t you know it; one of my beloved Twins of Go Skeeters! old was named the manager! I was excited enough to be able to watch the birth of a Joe Southern, team. Bringing Gaetti onboard was icing Editor, Fort Bend Star on the cake. We got tickets to the inaugural game and my youngest boys joined the Buzz Brigade and were on the field to welcome the players. Over the course of the last four seasons I’d guess we have seen an average of six or so games a year. My wife Sandy and I love going to the games. Our boys aren’t into sports but enjoyed the playground or just playing games on their cell phones (insert eye-roll here).

By JOE SOUTHERN

Open a Skeeters checking and you’ll get checks, a checkbook cover and a Visa® debit card - all displaying the Skeeters logo. Plus, you’ll be rewarded with unlimited free ATM withdrawals from Allpoint or MSCU ATMs, discounts on eligible loans, a NSF and Stop Payment fee waiver and monthly prize drawings. Visit us online and see what the buzz is about. Need a home, auto or personal loan or credit card? We do that, too. Stop by for a visit. We want to be YOUR credit union, too!

Sugar Land Branch 16535 Lexington Blvd Ste 145 Sugar Land TX 77479

jsouthern@ fortbendstar.com

T

membersourcecu.org 713.627.4000 MemberSource Credit Union is the Official Credit Union of the Sugar Land Skeeters. Membership is open to individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Fort Bend County or within a ten-mile radius of MSCU’s offices.Membership with savings deposit of $5 required before opening checking account. See representative for details.

Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

Give this Skeeters team a big high five

SKEETERS CHECKING

3


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

4

Skeeters individual tickets on sale promotional schedule announced

T

ickets for the upcoming 2016 Sugar Land Skeeters season are on sale now at Constellation Field and online at SugarLandSkeeters.com. The Skeeters begin the 2016 Atlantic League season at home on Thursday, April 21, against the Bridgeport Bluefish at 7:05 p.m. Skeeters 2016 Promotional Schedule The 2016 Skeeters promotional schedule features popular giveaways and will once again include fan favorites. Margarita Mondays have been kicked up a notch this season with the addition of Dollar Dogs, which allows fans to enjoy dollar hot dogs alongside discounted margaritas. Other weekly promotions include Two-Steppin Tuesdays, featuring half priced field box group tickets and

#WinningWednesdays in which fans have the chance to win prizes all night even if the Skeeters don’t win. Thirsty Thursdays, Firework Fridays, SaLute2Fans Saturdays and Sunday Fundays will also be featured this season. Thirsty Thursdays (sponsored by Bud Light) allow fans to enjoy discounted beer and soda while Firework Fridays include a Fireworks Spectacular show after the game. SaLute2Fan Saturdays are dedicated to fans with “Shirt Off Our Back” jersey auctions, giveaways and post game concerts. Sunday Fundays offer activities for the whole family, including catch on the field, kids run the bases (sponsored by Larry Caldwell), autographs and more. The 2016 season opens with an Opening Weekend Extravaganza April 21-24. Fireworks will light up the night sky after the game on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22. The first 2,000 fans in the gates on Saturday, April 23 will receive a Skeeters hat courtesy of MemberSource Credit Union and schedule magnets will be given away all weekend. The team will host

the first Jersey Auction of the season on Friday, May 6. Many fan-favorite promotions are being brought back for the 2016 season including Pink in the Park (May 6), Bark in the Park (July 10 and September 4), and Faith and Family Night (September 17). The Diamond Dig (May 8) and Remote Dig (July 24) will allow fans a chance to dig for a great prize in the infield dirt after the game. There are also plenty of promotions geared toward the younger Skeeters fans. The Skeeters reading program, which visited over 60 schools this offseason, provided 70,000 students with a chance to receive two free tickets by reading four books. Those students who learned how they can become a super student with the help of team mascot Swatson can turn in their earned tickets for games on April 24 (Sunday Funday), May 8 (Diamond Dig), May 11 (Christmas in July in May) and May 22 (Princess and Pirates Night). Once school is out for the summer, the Skeeters will host Super Splash Day on June 21. Super Splash Day allows families

and youth camps the opportunity to enjoy a day game (11:05 a.m.) while participating in in-game water balloon fights, get sprayed down with hoses, and other water games. The Skeeters have also partnered up with 38 local little leagues for spirit/fundraising nights that will include team parades on the field before the game among other fun activities for the youth players. Fans will want to get to the ballpark early for these great giveaways: • Skeeters hat, presented by MemberSource Credit Union (April 23)
 • Replica jersey, courtesy of Texas Direct Auto (May 21)
 • Team card set, presented by Memorial Hermann (Disney Day - June 12)
 • Bobblehead, presented by ABC Home and Commercial Services (June 25)
 • Bullpen cart, courtesy of Texas Direct Auto (July 23)
 • Selfie stick, presented by Constellation Energy (Home Improvement Night – Aug. 20) • Scarf, presented by Republic Services (Faith and Family Night – Sept. 17).

GO Skeeters! 2016

Paid for By Olson for Congress


Sports injuries have met their match. N OW I N SUGAR L AN D Learn more at ironman.memorialhermann.org TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER | MEMORIAL CITY SUGAR LAND | THE WOODLANDS

2016

APRIL SEASON SCHEDULE

Call about our

10% Specials

and Referral Fees

Fort Bend County’s Premier Self Storage Facility

Climate/Non-Climate Storage Units Vehicle Storage Perimeter Security 24 hour Access Available On-Site Manager

Sales@VossRdStorage.com

281.988.8677

SUN

3 @ CAM 0:00 3 @ CAM 0:00 10 @ CAM 0:00 17 @ CAM 2:05 24 BRI 0:00

MON

TUE

WED THUR

FRI

4 0:00 5 0:00 6 0:00 7 0:00 1 @ CAM @ CAM @ CAM @ CAM @ CAM 0:00 4 0:00 5 0:00 6 0:00 7 0:00 8 @ CAM @ CAM @ CAM @ CAM @ CAM 0:00 11 0:00 12 0:00 13 0:00 14 0:00 15 P R@I CAM N G@ TCAMR A@ ICAM N I@NCAM G @SCAM 0:00 18 0:00 19 0:00 20 7:05 21 7:05 22 @ CAM @ CAM @ CAM BRI BRI 7:05 25 7:05 26 7:05 27 7:30 28 7:30 29 LAN LAN LAN YRK YRK 0:00

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAMS | HOME • AWAY BRI - BRIDGEPORT LAN - LANCASTER

LI - LONG ISLAND SOM - SOMERSET NB - NEW BRITAIN SMD - SOUTHERN

Love, hope, success, family, security. Some things we all have in common.

There’s nobody like me to protect the things we all value.

SAT

2 @ CAM 0:00 9 @ CAM 0:00 16 @ CAM 6:05 23 BRI 7:30 30 YRK 0:00

FIREWORKS

YRK - YORK REVOLUTION

All Game Are Subject To Change

WEAVER 281-207-5037

GO

RE/MAX Southwest 281-491-1776 x5037 Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

Selling the American Dream for 36 Years

SKEETERS! www.JenniferWeaver.com Offering the Finest in Dance Education Since 1971

No Registration Fee with this ad exp. 8-13-16

Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio Ann Sill - Director

11110 S. Highway 6 Sugar Land, Texas 77498 (281) 498-8270 • (281) 498-8271 Fax

GO SKEETERS! www.amsds.com

Realtor®

14905 Southwest Fwy • Sugar Land, TX 77478

713-203-9975 Voted Sugar Land’s Best Realtor 2015 with 58+ Mil SOLD in 2014 Benevides and Associates

Tracy Walker ChFC CLU CASL CPCU, Agent 15510 Lexington Blvd Ste P, Sugar Land, TX 77478

1101022.1 State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL

Jennifer

NANCY BENEVIDES

Like a good neighor, State Farm is there.®

Bus: 281-265-0711 tracy@agentwalker.com

IF YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL A HOME, CALL A PROFESSIONAL WITH PROVEN RESULTS!

nancybenevides@yahoo.com

GOOD LUCK SKEETERS!!!

Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

5


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

6

Constellation Field and the Sugar Land Skeeters are here for the fans By JOE SOUTHERN jsouthern @ fortbendstar.com

I

t’s by no accident that Constellation Field is one of the most fan-friendly baseball parks around. It is designed to not only enhance the baseball watching experience but to provide a venue where entire families can enjoy themselves. From seats that are close to the field to the swimming pool, splash pad, carousel, play area, the Bud Light Ice House and more, the Sugar Land Skeeters and Constellation Field are here to make the fan experience pleasurable and memorable. “I want the ballpark to be the most fanfriendly ballpark there has ever been,” said Skeeters President Jay Miller. The result of the fan-focused philosophy has paid off hugely for the organization now headed into its fifth season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Consider these statistics: - The Skeeters led the Atlantic League in attendance three years in a row. - The team set a modern day independent baseball record (dating back to 1900) of

465,511 in 2012. - The average annual attendance over the first four seasons is 383,223 and total is 1,532,895. - The average attendance per game over the four years of the franchise is 5,553. - The largest game attended on May 15, 2015, attracted 7,163 fans. - Over the course of the four-year franchise history, a total of 1,855,470 people have come year round to events like concerts, festivals, the J.J. Watt Charity Classic, weddings, job fairs, Holiday Lights, high school and college baseball tournaments and more. - All of the suites are sold out in 2016. - All signs on the Community Wall are sold out in 2016. Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti, a former Major League player, has been around professional baseball since 1979 and is the only manager the club has had. His praise of the facility and the organization is not one to be taken lightly. “I consider Constellation Field as the nicest ballpark in the league,” he said. “There is a lot of consideration that goes into that. Our playing surface is probably as good as any Major League surface.

“It’s not the biggest stadium in the league. I like the dimensions and the amenities of the stadium; it’s just really, really fan-friendly. I get a lot of phone calls from guys when they come here and see it they want to be here. Sugar Land is a wonderful community. If you’re not going to be in the big leagues, this is as good as any Minor League place in the country,” Gaetti said. He said the fans in the stands can really connect with what is happening on the field. “The seating allows the fans to be close enough to the field that you can get a good feel and look. There’s a lot of neat things here on the concourse,” Gaetti said. “Other ballparks seat more people and they draw pretty good but they don’t draw any more than us. Some clubhouses are better than others but ours is as good as it gets as far as size and comfort. “I’ve been to every Triple-A Minor League ballpark and every Major League ballpark and I don’t have a problem being in this league,” he said. Constellation Field cost $37 million to build and is owned by the City of Sugar Land. It was approved by voters in 2008 and opened for the 2012 season. Sugar Land

officials contacted Opening Day Partners to build the facility and they in turn had co-ownership of the team. In 2014, Houstonarea residents Bob and Marcie Zlotnik became sole owners. The stadium naming rights were purchased by StarTex Power in 2010. A year later, while the facility was under construction, StarTex merged with Constellation Energy and the stadium was renamed. The stadium can seat 7,500 with room to expand to 10,000 for concerts and other community events. Its Texas-shaped scoreboard is one of the largest in Minor League baseball and rises 100 feet above the playing field. It was constructed by TS Sports. The field dimensions at the ballpark are 325 feet to the left field fair pole, 405 feet to center field wall, and 348 feet to the right field fair pole. “It’s got its little quirks,” Gaetti said. “There’s a steady breeze blowing in from right almost every night so it affects lefthanded hitters, but the lights are pretty good. The backdrop for hitters has been a challenge at times until it gets dark. It’s a fair ballpark. It’s really fair.”


Nowinopen

SUGAR LAND

--Not just about shipping--

(832) 532-2080 3695 Hwy 6 South • Sugar Land, TX

At your service.

Rated by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 500 franchises in the country, Safe Ship is right in your neighborhood! In our commitment to provide top-notch customer service, we continue to offer a vast array of services to Sugar Land, Stafford, and Missouri City. Conveniently located in the Williams Trace Shopping Center, Safe Ship is not just about being a pack & ship store.

achieve. believe. lead. Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

PK-12 Apply Now • Business cards • Brochures for Fall 2016 • Banners

• Vinyl Signs Business FormsLand, TX 77478 281-263-9143 | 1250 Seventh•Street | Sugar   @FBEagles  |

/FortBendChristian | www.fortbendchristian.org/Admissions (See back page for more details)

• Vehicle magnets • Free online design tools

Make your first choice • Flyerswith Video Transfer Service a Grand Slam (ask your Safe Ship representative)

We make boxes --

any size! WE SHIP

COPY SOURCE 1

Providing Digital Document & Data Solutions Vehicle magnets COPYING ••IMAGING • COLOR PRINTS SIGN & BANNERS • EXHIBIT BOARDS OVERSIZE PRINTS

713.223.5145 | 6703 Chimney Rock Rd. Bellaire, Texas 77401

www.cs1ltd.com

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Your ood rh !

e bo neig t Of fic s Po

Truly a one-stop shop. • Copy, fax, & scan services • Ground, overnight, domestic, • Packing services & supplies & international shipping. • Stamps, Priority Mail, First Class, • Custom box making • Notary services Parcel Post, Media Mail, etc. • Video Transfer Service • Shipments to APOs, FPOs • Truck freight hub • Mailbox rental • Document Destruction • Textbooks buyback

Attention:

STUDENTS! Get CASH for your used TEXTBOOKS! (very competitive prices)

...and consider these great shipping options. Discounts for

power sellers

Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

7


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

8

Deacon Jones plays key role with the Skeeters

D

eacon Jones’ official title on the Sugar Land Skeeters website is “Special Assistant.” In reality, the 82-year-old former Chicago White Sox infielder is a very special assistant to the Skeeters. So special that the franchise may not have existed, if not for his helping hand. Sugar Land voters approved a baseball stadium in 2008, but this was not “Field of Dreams” where a team would magically arrive just because a ballpark was there. Jones met with Sugar Land officials and introduced them to Peter Kirk, president of Opening Day Partners (ODP), which owned several teams in the Atlantic League. Jones knew Kirk from the late 1980s when he was coaching with the Baltimore Orioles, and Kirk owned some of the Orioles’ affiliates. The Maryland businessman was looking to expand outside of the Northeast. Last season, Houston entrepreneurs Bob and Marcie Zlotnik, who owned a third of the franchise since it started in 2012, bought the entire franchise from Kirk, and ODP. Jones foresees a bright future for the team under their ownership. “I predicted that if this went well, a Texan would end up owning the franchise,” Jones said. “I’ve known Bob and Marcie for a while, and they’re going to do well with the franchise. Their motto for the franchise is ‘Customer Efficiency.’” Jones, who’s lived in Sugar Land since 1981, has been an integral part of the Skeeters franchise since 2012. He’s looking forward to the Skeeters’ fifth season starting on Thursday night. “Opening Day is an awesome day,” Jones said. “It’s a new season, and everyone is starting from scratch. Fans can come out here and just relax.” He visits with fans, coaches, community groups and players and makes sure everyone is having a good time. Jones does all of that with a smile on his face, but the biggest smile probably comes from his charity, Deacon’s Dugout, which “promotes healthy activities for every kid.” Jones started the charity because of his association with Jackie Robinson. Jones was a 13-year-old in his hometown of White Plains, N.Y. — just north of New York City—when Robinson, 37 miles to the north, broke baseball’s color barrier at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, for the Brooklyn Dodgers. “As a young kid, I wanted to be like Jackie Robinson,” Jones said. “He changed the

Sugar Land resident Deacon Jones, a special assistant for the Skeeters, helped bring the team to Sugar Land three years ago. (File Photo)

social consciousness of this country.” Five years later, Jones came face-to-face with the legendary Robinson. Jones recently graduated high school and was working out with multiple MLB teams, including the Dodgers. He took infield practice with Robinson and teammates Duke Snider and Pee Wee Reese. Jones had an opportunity to take about $4,000 to sign with an MLB team (an equivalent of $35,000 in 2015). “I was in awe,” Jones said. He was on the fence about his decision. Jones’ parents wanted him to go to college, but he wasn’t sure. When Robinson, who played baseball and football at UCLA, encouraged the young baseball phenom to attend college, he decided he was going. Jones accepted a scholarship to Ithaca College in upstate New York where he played for three seasons and earned a degree in physiotherapy, before signing with the Chicago White Sox. In the mid 1950s, Jones was on the fast track to a successful career with the White Sox, when he suffered a shoulder injury in spring training of 1956. “I spent eight years in the minor leagues before I debuted in the majors in 1962,” Jones said. “That’s a lot of at-bats, plus winter baseball.”


Living out the gospel and love of Jesus every day.

Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit Book your appointment today

Good Luck Skeeters! Wishing You a Winning Season in 2016!

832-999-4800

281-403-4994

636 Highway 6 • Suite 600 • Sugar Land, TX 77478

2223 FM 1092 Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 www.hbctx.org • heritagebcmc@gmail.com

www. p a n t h a i - m a s s a g e . c o m

2016

IMMUNIZATION • SERVICES TITERS • DRUG TESTING 3727 Greenbriar Dr. #403 Stafford, Texas 77477 www.houstonvaccines.com

281-313-7468

GO SKEETERS! School for Little Children Established 1969

“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.”

431 Eldridge Road Sugar Land, Texas 7748 281/242-KIDS (5437) www.schoolforlittlechildren.com

MAY SEASON SCHEDULE

SUN 12:00

YRK

1

8 SOM 12:00 15 YRK 2:05 22 BRI 1:00 29 LAN 2:05

MON 5:35

NB

2

9 @ CAM 0:00 16 @ CAM 0:00 23 @ CAM 6:00 30 LAN 0:00

TUE

3

5:35

WED THUR

5:35

BRI - BRIDGEPORT LAN - LANCASTER

Call about our

10% Specials

and Referral Fees

Around Town and Around the World

James Cox, DVM

www.sugarcreekanimalclinic.com

5

Local & Long Distance Moves Business Moves Residential Moves Moving Supplies Delivered to your Door

Sales@SugarLandMover.com

281.988.8677

6 SOM 5:30 13 YRK 7:05 20 BRI 6:00 27 LAN 7:30 29 YRK 7:05

NB NB NB 7:05 10 7:05 11 7:05 12 BRI BRI BRI 11:05 17 6:05 18 7:05 19 8:05 LI LI LI 6:05 24 6:05 25 10:05 26 SOM SOM SOM 7:05 31 7:05 27 7:30 28 NB LAN YRK

LI - LONG ISLAND SOM - SOMERSET NB - NEW BRITAIN SMD - SOUTHERN

USDOT 2828161

281-242-9070

9:35

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAMS | HOME • AWAY

GO, GO... SKEETERS!

14015 Southwest Freeway, Bldg. 2 Sugar Land, Texas 77478

4

FRI

SAT

6:05

7

SOM 5:30 14 YRK 6:05 21 BRI 6:00 28 LAN 7:30 30 YRK

FIREWORKS

YRK - YORK REVOLUTION

All Game Are Subject To Change

Honored to be your choice for life insurance. LISA N SIMS, AGENT

11647 S Highway 6 Sugar Land, TX 77498 Toll Free: 281-201-2448 lisa@agentlisasims.com

Monday - Friday 9 - 6 Saturday 10 - 2 After hours by appointment Se habla Español

Good Luck Skeeters!

JEANNE GREGORY REALTOR®, CRS, GRI, ABR

SOUTHWEST

Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

713-854-0923 HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT SEASON

SCHOFIELD COMPANY Established 1980

CALL

281-494-5070

Mike & Betty

Schofield 4418 Bluebonnet Dr. Suite 402 Stafford, Texas 77477

9920 Hwy 90 A, #D-120 Sugar Land, Texas 77478

281.242.8585 www.VASOS-BBQ.com www.VASOSCATERING.com

GO SKEETERS!!!

Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

Heritage Baptist Church

Pan Thai Massage

9


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

10

The Jay Team leading the Skeeters front office By JOE SOUTHERN jsouthern@ fortbendstar.com

W

hile fans enjoy watching new players in Sugar Land Skeeters uniforms this season, what they may not be aware of are some major changes in the front office line-up. The Jay Team is preparing for its first season in Sugar Land. Jay Miller has taken over as team president and Jay Lucas is the vice president of marketing and public relations. Both men come to the Skeeters with Major League backgrounds, though neither has played and inning of professional baseball.

JAY MILLER

M

iller was hired in December and comes to the Skeeters as the former president of the Round Rock Express and a former executive with the

Texas Rangers. “We’re extremely excited that Jay has joined our team.” Skeeters owner Bob Zlotnik said at the time. “He brings a wealth of experience and baseball knowledge to our organization. Jay’s focus on customer service and enhancing the overall experience for patrons and sponsors is unparalleled in the industry.” Miller’s enthusiasm and expertise are already being felt and the season hasn’t even started yet. “Jay has actually come and he has turned the entire attitude and atmosphere of our organization upside down, just night and day better,” said Manager Gary Gaetti. Skeeters infielder Brooks Conrad played in Round Rock for four years while Miller was there. “For the Skeeters to get a guy like that to come up here, that’s a big, big deal,” he said. Miller said it took just one look at Constellation Field and a meeting with the staff to convince him Sugar Land is the place he wants to be. “I’m setting my roots in Sugar Land, Texas. This is going to be fun,” he said. Miller is one of those people with an infectious smile and an outgoing personality. He said he loves being around people. Because of that, fans will most likely find him mingling in the stands during games. He’s no ivory tower executive. “If you’re a regular at the game, I’m going to get to know you,” he said. That is what endeared him to people in Round Rock.

“That’s where I really started becoming passionate about sports,” he said. In the 1970s, his family moved from New York to Michigan, Tennessee and eventually to California. He attended four different high schools and credits playing sports in keeping him grounded. He went to Chico State to study communications and play ball – basketball. He was a high school and junior college All-American. While studying journalism at Chico State he was hired after graduation to do some public relations work with a summer pro basketball league in Los Angeles featuring the Lakers. It was “Showtime” in the early ’80s with Magic and Kareem and it started his communications career in sports. Jay Miller (left), has taken over as team president He worked part-time for Lakers but also and Jay Lucas (right), is the vice president of had an internship with the Angels in 1982. marketing and public relations. He finally got a full-time job in sports as college sports information director at UC“In Round Rock I bet I knew a thousand Miller was awarded Baseball America Santa Barbara. That led to the Dodgers names. I pride myself in knowing people’s Executive of the Year after breaking the where he served as the director of publicity names,” he said. Texas League attendance record for the for nine years. He left the team in 1996 to He said it’s important for fans to feel fourth consecutive season. Last season in spend more time with his family. He was like they are a part of the Skeeters family, Round Rock, Miller led the Express to the hired by the Penske family in 1996 to help because they are. sixth highest attendance total in all of minor oversee their speedways. That entered Lucas “When a fan comes through the gate and league baseball, averaging over 8,500 people into the world of NASCAR. Things changed you call them by name, there’s a connect,” he per game. after the Penskes sold the company to ISC said. Miller has long been credited for his focus and he found the job with the Angels. After Connecting with fans has been a hallmark on the fans and employee morale. That is two seasons there, he pursued an opening of Miller’s 35-year career in baseball. reflected in his goals for the Skeeters. with the Astros. Miller, 57, a native of Aurora, Ill., had “I want to lead the league in attendance “My mom and dad retired at Lake Conroe two separate stints with the Round Rock and I want to win a championship – kind of and my sister was in The Woodlands,” he Express, beginning as inaugural general in that order,” he said. said. “I had always enjoyed Texas and the manager, team president and COO of Ryan He said it’s important to him to make Houston area when I traveled with the Sanders Baseball. Between stints in Round sure his staff and especially his players are Dodgers so thought this could be a great Rock, Miller served four years with the Texas treated well. That is what he wants for his move.” Rangers as executive vice president focused son, Derek Miller, who is playing Double-A Lucas, 58, stayed with the Astros as the on customer experience. He returned to ball in the Boston Red Socks organization. vice president of communications for nearly Triple-A Round Rock last year and is now 10 years until he “got caught up in the change with the Skeeters. JAY LUCAS of ownership” in 2012. He graduated from Wheaton (Ill.) College To fill the void, he took a temporary job as in 1981 and earned a master’s in sports f the Sugar Land Skeeters were an assistant tour manager for rockers Brian administration from Western Illinois ever in need of a good luck charm, Wilson and Jeff Beck. That was followed University. He made his debut in professional they have it in Jay Lucas. The public by a brief stint with the Greater Houston baseball as the assistant general manager of relations guru has three World Series Partnership and then a job back in California the Eugene (Ore.) Emeralds in 1982. rings. When the Los Angeles Dodgers as an assistant athletic director at California He was employed by the Texas Rangers hired him in 1988, they won the Series. “I Baptist University. With his family still in from 1983 to 1995, including a stint at was in the Dodgers dugout entrance getting the Houston area, he jumped at a chance to general manager of their Class-A Charlotte ready for the post-game press conference return when the position with the Skeeters Rangers team of the Florida State League. when Kirk Gibson hit his home run,” he said. came open. He also served as GM of the New Orleans He was hired by the Anaheim Angels in “I’m getting back into baseball and it Zephyrs from 1996-1998. He was hired 2002 – the year they won it all. He came to means a lot,” he said. “I missed the game.” by Nolan Ryan and his son Reid as vice the Houston Astros in 2004 and the next year When asked if it were a letdown to go from president and general manager of their new they got to the World Series but lost to the the Major Leagues to independent baseball, Double-A franchise in Round Rock. That Chicago White Sox. “But still a ring!” he said. he was quick to answer. franchise was moved to Corpus Christi and Good luck seems to always follow “I’m back in baseball and around baseball the Ryans acquired a Triple-A team from Lucas. He was born in Ohio and grew up a fans, so there’s no letdown at all,” he said Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and relocated it Cincinnati Reds fan. His father was director with a big grin. “To work with Jay (Miller), to Round Rock. of personnel for General Motors, so the family the Zlotnik family and in Sugar Land is a Throughout his career, Miller has moved a lot. The first stop was New York, blessing.” received a variety of awards and his teams where in 1969 the Mets, Jets and Knicks won And given his track record, the Skeeters set numerous attendance records. In 2005, their respective crowns. and their fans won’t be let down either.

I


Insurance Agency

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 8:00 A.M. & 10:30 A.M. NURSERY CARE AVAILABLE SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 10:15 A.M.

GOOD LUCK SKEETERS!

www.SiennaChurch.org

281.778.2046 4747 SIENNA PARKWAY • MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459 X-Ray services at your home or facility.

Focusing on providing high quality X-Ray service and customer satisfaction!

281-240-1166 • www.michaelmckayagency.com

12603 Southwest Freeway • Suite 240 • Stafford, Texas 77477

New Vision

Family Eye Care David S. Schaub, O.D. Therapeutic Optometrist

Phone: 281-903-7011 Fax: 832-500-4619 Please call for appointment!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 281-565-6399

On site mobile x-ray provider for University of Houston Athletic Department.

H O U S T O N M O B I L E X R AY. C O M

A Fort Bend Resident for 46 Years Dulles High School Class of ‘78

3368-B Highway 6 South Sugar Land, Texas 77478

139

$

www.newvisionfamilyeyecare.com

• Contact Eye Exam • Exam • Fitting • Follow up • 6 pairs of clear disposable contacts • Some restrictions apply Call for details

TAURUS MECHANICAL INC. A/C & HEATING SPECIALIST RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • DESIGN • Air Conditioning & Design • Heating

832.731.5256 LICENSE # TACLB18035E

www.HoustonHeatandCooling.com

Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

Michael D. McKay

11


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

12

Skeeters sign players for 2016 season

C

oming into Spring Training, the Sugar Land Skeeters have signed several players, some of them returning, some of them new and many of them with some Major League experience. The following is a brief look at the new signees: DENNY ALMONTE, 27, returns to the Skeeters for his third season, having joined the team in August of 2014 and a full season in Sugar Land in 2015. Last season for the Skeeters, Almonte hit .205 with 39 runs, 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 122 games. He has seven seasons of professional baseball experience, with a career .239 batting average, 100 stolen bases, 90 homers and 376 RBI in 708 games. The switch-hitter was drafted in the second round of the 2007 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners out of Florida Christian School.

JEFF DOMINGUEZ, 29, made his first appearance with the Skeeters in 2013 before returning mid-season in 2015. Drafted by the Mariners in the 2004 draft, Dominguez climbed to the Triple-A level with Seattle in 2005. Last season, Dominguez played in 51 games for the Skeeters batting .288 with 28 RBI and 21 stolen bases. Former Major Leaguer, World Series champion and recipient of four Gold Glove Awards, Manager Gary Gaetti returns at the helm for the Skeeters for the 5th straight season. Pitching Coach Jeff Scott returns for his 4th season with the Skeeters.

SEAN GALLAGHER, 30, returns to the Skeeters for his fourth season. He was the opening day pitcher last season and finished the 2015 campaign with a 6-9 record in 27 games and a 3.51 ERA. In his three seasons for the Skeeters (20132015) he has appeared in 44 games, 43 as a starter and is 11-13 with a 3.78 ERA. JEREMY BARFIELD, 27, played in His 27 starts and 159 innings pitched 17 games with the Skeeters in 2015 before are top marks in a single season and his signing with the Colorado Rockies Double- 128 strikeouts are second highest. On the A affiliate. The power-hitting outfielder Skeeters all-time list his 43 career starts hit .250 with four home runs, 10 RBI and 249.2 are second best and his 171 and 11 runs scored in his time with the strikeouts are third best. Skeeters helping them go 14-3 during his The Boston native was drafted by the 17 game stretch. Chicago Cubs in the 12th round of the The Houston native was drafted by 2004 amateur draft. In his four seasons the New York Mets in the ninth-round of from 2007-2010 at the Major League level the 2006 Draft out of nearby Klein High (Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s, San Diego School and again in the eighth-round of Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates) he compiled a the 2008 Draft out of San Jacinto College. 10-10 overall record in 91 games, 23 as a The eight-year veteran advanced as high starter. He currently lives in Austin. as Triple-A with the Rockies last season making 42 appearances with the Isotopes TYSON GILLIES, 27, a left-handed with a .267 average and 15 RBI. batter, comes to Sugar Land with nine seasons of professional baseball BROOKS CONRAD, 36, signs with experience. Gillies spent time in the the Skeeters for a second time. The farm systems of the Seattle Mariners, infielder signed with the Skeeters for the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego 2015 season but was picked up by the Padres, reaching as high as Triple A New York Mets and placed on the Las Leigh Valley IronPigs in the Philadelphia Vegas 51s (Triple-A) prior to the start of system. the Skeeters season. Last season with the He spent last season with Double A San 51s, he batted .194 over 83 games with six Antonio Missions, hitting .259 with 15 home runs and 40 RBI. runs, two homers and 19 RBI in 61 games. Conrad has 14 seasons of professional The North Vancouver, British Columbia, baseball experience, six of which were native was drafted in the 25th round of spent in the Majors (Athletics, Braves, the 2006 draft by the Seattle Mariners Brewers, Royals and Padres). In his bigout of Iowa Western Community College. league career, Conrad owns a .200 batting average with 19 homers and 73 RBI. RICK HAGUE, 27, from Spring, Texas Conrad was signed by the Houston Astros attended Rice University and was drafted in the eighth round of the 2001 amateur by the Washington Nationals in the 3rd draft out of Arizona State University. round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.

JEREMY BARFIELD

#15 | BROOKS CONRAD

Barfield was hitting .350 with Camden earlier this year before journeying to Mexico to play for the Tigres de Quintana Roo. An eight-year veteran out of nearby Klein High School and San Jacinto College, Barfield boasts a .261 career average with 73 home runs and 387 RBI. The outfielder was drafted by the Mets in the ninth-round of the 2006 Draft out of high school and again selected in the eighth-round of the 2008 Draft out of San Jacinto. He advanced as high as Triple-A with the Athletics in 2013.

Conrad joins Sugar Land after spending six seasons at the Major League level with the Athletics, Braves, Brewers, Royals and Padres… in his big-league career, the infielder has a .200 average, while clubbing 19 homers and driving in 73 runs… a 14-year veteran of professional baseball, Conrad owns a .265 average in the minors with 186 home runs and 772 RBI… a California native, drafted in the eighth-round by the Houston Astros in the 2001 draft out of Arizona State University.

Throughout his minor league career, Hague has played made his way through A ball where he’s played with the A Suns (Washington), A Nationals (Washington), AA Senators (Washington) and AAA Chiefs (Washington). In six seasons, Hague has a career .252 batting average with 431 hits in nearly 1,900 plate appearances.

the Skeeters, Johnston went 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA, 17 K and 4 BB in 28.2 innings pitched. The righty has 10 seasons of professional baseball experience, advancing as high as AAA in the Rockies system in 2010 and 2011. He has a career 115 saves, with a career high of 31 saves while at AA Tulsa in the Texas League in 2009. Johnston was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 26th round of the 2003 amateur draft out of Jefferson College and in the ninth round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Colorado Rockies out of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

ANDREW JOHNSTON, 31, joins the Skeeters for his third season. The righthander first came to Sugar Land mid-way through the 2014 season after spending time with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League. Before being released by Camden, Johnston went 0-0 with a 7.66 ERA, 13 K and 8 BB over 24.1 innings in 19 games. Once he was picked up by

H SEE PLAYERS, PG 18


ANDREW HALEY Risk Management Advisor

281-643-0996

4501 Cartwright Road, Ste 306 Missouri City, TX 77459

Home • Auto • Business • Life • Toys “Fastest Growing Agency in Texas.”

GO SKEETERS! BARBARA LEE

JUNE SEASON SCHEDULE

Skeeters, Have a GREAT Season!

SUN 12:00

YRK

281-804-5990 BarbaraLeeCochran@gmail.com

www.BarbaraLeeCochran.com

We Sell, Service and Install water softeners and reverse osmosis systems.

281-416-9353 rswaterservice.com

RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ INSURANCE

2016

REALTOR®, ABR, ASP, CHMS

R&S Water Service

gooseheadinsurance.com/andrew-haley-insurance

12:35

LI

1

5:35

5

0:00

12 YRK 12:35 19 NB 6:05 26 SOM 6:05

MON

NB

2

6 @ CAM 0:00 13 @ CAM 7:05 20 SMD 6:05 27 SMD

TUE

5:35

NB

WED THUR

3

7:05

7

7:05

7:05

SMD 6:00 14 LAN 11:05 21 SMD 6:05 28 SMD

NB

1

8 SMD 6:00 15 LAN 7:05 22 SMD 6:05 29 SMD

7:05

NB

LI - LONG ISLAND SOM - SOMERSET NB - NEW BRITAIN SMD - SOUTHERN

CENTER STAGE GALLERY

5:35

LI

• AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS

SAT

FRI

3

5:35

LI

4

281. 240 . 8701

9 7:05 10 6:05 11 SMD YRK YRK 6:00 16 5:35 17 5:35 18 NB LAN NB 7:05 23 7:05 24 6:05 25 SOM SOM SOM 6:05 30 7:30 29 7:30 30 SMD YRK YRK 7:05

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAMS | HOME • AWAY BRI - BRIDGEPORT LAN - LANCASTER

2

An Independent Agency Working For You – NOT The Insurance Company.

9920 Highway 90-A Suite D130 Sugar Land, Texas 77478

832-866-4037

FIREWORKS

YRK - YORK REVOLUTION

Every

Book Your Private Event Today!!

Birthday Parties | Receptions | Art Shows | Fashion Shows | Business Lounge | Book Signings and more.

www.anonymouseats.com

All Game Are Subject To Change

8

minutes, a child in Texas is abused Become a voice for abused and neglected children. For an application or more information go to www.cafb.org or call 281-344-5100

www.Center-Stage-Events.com Download the app today!!

GO SKEETERS!!

281-299-4814

SAVE $50 OFF ANY NEW EVENT BOOKING. EXP. 12/31/2016

3527 Texas 6, Suite 250 • Sugar Land, Texas 77478

V

O

L

U

N

T

E

E

R

Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

13


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

14

High five!

Gaetti gears Skeeters for more success in fifth season By JOE SOUTHERN jsouthern @ fortbendstar.com

GO SKEETERS! 3804 Bissonnet St., Houston TX 77005

phone: 713-661-0091 • fax: 713-661-7557

www.lonestarglass.com

HP Jewelry & LOAN 403 HIGHWAY 6 SUGAR LAND, TX 77478

New and Pre-Owned Jewelry at Affordable Prices • We BUY Gold and Jewelry Come in for a free estimate • Get a Fast Cash Loan for your jewelry Watch Batteries $10 & up

GO SKEETERS!!!

281-903-7364

www.pawnbuysell.com

A

s the Sugar Land Skeeters prepare to enter their fifth season, manager Gary Gaetti feels he may finally have the team to win the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball title. “I’m excited, I mean it’s still got to come together,” he said. “I feel I’ve got all my positions covered. We’ve got some versatility – guys that can play different positions. I feel like I’ve got a team a little more suited for our ballpark.” Gaetti has been with the Skeeters from the start and has taken the team to the playoffs two of the previous four years. “On paper, I look strong. But like I’ve said, it’s all got to come together. The guys have got to play together and do what they’re capable of doing. If they do that, I think we’ll do well,” he said. The downside to success in independent league baseball is that Major League teams take notice. That is a mixed blessing for Gaetti and the Skeeters. “A lot of that depends on how many guys get taken off of your team, which happens every year,” he said. “A guy gets off to a really good start and then there’s a major league team that has a need – like last year I lost my shortstop and two of my better outfielders like pretty much in the same week. It’s hard to gather it up again and get the momentum. Seem like it takes a week and a half. We won 10 games in a row and we lost those three players and then we lost seven games in a row. Later on in the season we made a little run and I lost six pitchers in one week, so that’s really hard. “But that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing, you know. That’s why this league was founded and it’s nice to see these guys get another chance to play. We never hold anybody back. We like for them to get out and get another chance,” he said. This time of year can be really stressful for Gaetti. At the time he is signing players, spring training for the Majors is ending and good players flood the market late in signing season. “You have a fine line between already having a team in place and then you feel like you miss out on guys you didn’t sign

GARY GAETTI

because you’re partial to the guys you’ve already got signed,” Gaetti said. “You don’t want to come this late and not have your roster filled out but you know some guys are going to be let go from spring training and you’re just going to miss out on them.” His philosophy has always been to bring on the best players he can. “I like the team that I’ve got right now,” he said. “I’ve got a fair amount of returnees but some of the bigger names would be Andy LaRoche. I Just signed a shortstop named Ricky Hague – local guy from Spring who played at Rice. He played at Washington for a few years and got released out of spring training. Josh Prince, I just traded for him. He’s an infielder-outfielder kind of guy who was with the Brewers. Jeremy Barfield, Jesse’s son. He played a few weeks for us last year.

H SEE HIGH FIVE, PG 16


JULY SEASON SCHEDULE

SUN 4:05

LI 12:35

LI

A complete stand alone guide to Summer Activities for your family! School kids have 55 Summer weekdays that need to be filled with activity! If your business caters to the needs of children during the Summer Break, you need to be part of this concise listing of “things to do all summer long”! FULL COLOR OR BLACK & WHITE! PUBLISHES: APRIL 27, 2016 • DEADLINE: APRIL 20, 2016 CALL YOUR STAR MARKETING CONSULTANT TODAY TO BE PART OF THESE FEATURE SECTIONS! 281.690.4200 • WWW.FORTBENDSTAR.COM

31

5:35

3

TBD

10 YRK 12:12 17 BRI 6:05 24 YRK 6:05

MON

NB

TUE

2

5:35

4

7:05

NB

WED THUR

3

7:05

5

7:05

NB

1

7:05

6

7:05

NB

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAMS | HOME • AWAY BRI - BRIDGEPORT LAN - LANCASTER

LI - LONG ISLAND SOM - SOMERSET NB - NEW BRITAIN SMD - SOUTHERN

5:35

7

7:05

LI

1

5:35

8

6:05

LI

2 9

FIREWORKS

YRK - YORK REVOLUTION

832.595.0525

www.grandmasonapts.com

99

2

NB NB YRK YRK YRK 0:00 11 6:00 12 6:00 13 6:00 14 6:12 15 5:12 16 LAN A L L - SLAN TA R LAN B RE ALAN K BRI BRI 6:12 6:05 18 6:05 19 10:05 21 7:05 22 6:05 23 6:06 20 BRI SOM SOM SOM YRK YRK 6:00 25 6:05 26 6:00 27 6:00 28 5:35 29 5:35 30 LI LAN LAN LAN LI LI NB

9900 S. Mason Rd. Richmond, TX 77406

$

SAT

FRI

to Apply and 1 Month FREE on a 12+ Month Lease Term*

Grand Mason will offer luxury one, two or three bedroom apartment homes with a variety of floor plans to meet every need. Desirable amenities, tasteful decors and heavily landscaped common areas will enhance living enjoyment. Grand Mason is gently tucked into Waterside Estates, right off the Grand Parkway and S Mason Road. The neighborhood is host to many great Fort Bend Independent School District schools and just minutes away from shopping, dining and entertainment. Grand Mason is sure to have something for you!

All Game Are Subject To Change

Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

2016

15


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

16 H HIGH FIVE, FROM PG 14 “My player coaches are Travis Scott and Jeffrey Dominguez. I got another former Major Leaguer, Brooks Conrad, and Delwyn Young. I feel like we’ve got the best left-handed pitcher in the league, Roy Merritt, he’s a local guy. Sean Gallagher, he pitched a little bit in the big leagues. Got some Atlantic League regulars … It’s all good,” he said. “I’ve got a couple guys making a comeback. I’ve got a former major leaguer with the Tigers, Robbie Weinhardt, and Fernando Nieve. That’s pretty much where we’re at.” Also on the roster heading into the 10-day spring training season are two players with interesting side stories. Tyson Gillies is deaf and Johan Limonta is a Cuban defector. “I don’t know him,” Gaetti said of Gillies. “He’s a new guy. Some of his teammates know him and that’s where I got his name. He’s a Canadian. He’s been recommended as a really, really good player and I’m excited to meet him and see what he’s got. “I have been on a team before with a deaf player and we actually had a pitcher here my first year that was a deaf player. They learn how to communicate and that’s not really even an issue. It’s a neat side story. From what I understand this kid’s a really good player,” Gaetti said. When Gaetti picked up Limonta last year, he didn’t know where he came from. “I was on a bus going to a game last year and he had just been released from another team in this league, York, I think it was. I called him and said, ‘hey, we’re going to Long Island tonight. We’re going to the airport. If I gave you the number would you call the bus driver who’s picking us up and go meet him and ride with him to New York?’ He did it. … He rode over with bus driver and signed a contract and played with us for the rest of the year. “I didn’t know his story until later on. I can’t convey what the story was other than it’s a legitimate life-and-

832.687.6203

lessons@geneluna.com

death serious situation that he was in to actually get to the United States. … He’s a neat guy, a really good player, just a neat guy to be around. I’m glad I got him,” he said. Not only do the Skeeters have new players, they’ll have a new opponent this season. “The owner of the Camden Riversharks moved the team to New Britain, Connecticut. They’re now the New Britain Bees,” Gaetti said. No matter who the opponent is, Gaetti will have his team ready to play. “I’ve got right-handed power,” he said. “Left-handers struggle here (at Constellation Field) because of the wind, but it’s a good pitching park so I don’t worry about the pitching too much. We’ve always had good pitching the last few years.” Proof that Gaetti can get players and his team performing at their best can be seen in the number of players who have been called up to the big leagues. “We’ve got a couple of perfect examples of why this league is successful in Scott Kazmir and Jason Lane. There have been numerous guys go on and stick in Triple-A. Those guys made it back to the big leagues,” Gaetti said. “It’s a definite resource for Major League Baseball. The teams that know about us utilize what we have. … A lot of times you find a guy who gets a second chance and he ends up doing really, really well.” Even though Gaetti has led the club to a 307-252 (.549 percent) record in four years, including two playoff appearances and one championship game, he said he is not likely to get called back up to the Majors. “I’m doing exactly what I want to do. And I love doing it,” he said. “I love my community and being able to be home and do this kind of job and the people I work with, my work place. It would have to be a really good Major League offer to make me want to relocate or do something different than this. “It’s something I would want to do at that level, manage, and yet to get with an organization and get acclimated there and get to know the people I’d have to go back and coach and it would be hard for someone to take a chance and say ‘manage a Major League team.’ I would consider it, but there is a lot that goes on. As far as the other coaching jobs in the Major Leagues, it would have to be a really special place and offer to make me want to stop doing this.” Sugar Land is his home now. “I like getting out in the community and promoting the game, promoting the team,” he said. “I love a lot of the fans and the people and supporters that I’ve met over the years. I feel like we build on it every year and it just gets a little bit better every year. It’s just fun.”

Roy Merritt is warming up has he got ready to throw the baseball.


Marlena Berger

713.906.9787

Barbara Marlin

713.398.0170

linda.wise@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Go Skeeters!

832.483.1905

barbara.marlin@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Best Of Luck Skeeters!

Good Luck Skeeters!

Go Skeeters!

Jim Verges

Terry Yu

713.898.3938

281.222.5548

montgomb@garygreene.com SKEETERS

jim.verges@garygreene.com SKEETERS

2323 Town Center • Sugar Land www.garygreene.com

281.905.1010

kathy.lollis@garygreene.com SKEETERS Go Skeeters Bring Home The Trophy

832.818.4764

SUN 4:05

LI

The Linda Bell Team linda.bell@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Good Luck Skeeters!

Kristi Holcomb 281.221.4980

kristi.holcomb@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Have A Grand Slam Year!

The Arroyos Team 832.282.9115

aarroyos@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Go Skeeters!

Alicia Jammer 281.636.5112

6:05

MON

31

5:35

7

TBD

NB

TUE

1

6:12

8

6:12

NB

2 9

SOM NB BRI 12:35 14 7:05 15 7:05 16 NB LAN LAN 6:05 21 6:12 22 5:03 23 LI BRI YRK 1:05 28 7:05 29 7:05 30 SMD NB NB

WED THUR

10:12

3

6:12

NB NB 6:12 10 6:12 11 BRI BRI 7:05 17 7:05 18 LAN LAN 5:30 24 5:30 25 YRK YRK 7:05 31 6:00 28 NB LI

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAMS | HOME • AWAY BRI - BRIDGEPORT LAN - LANCASTER

4

LI - LONG ISLAND SOM - SOMERSET NB - NEW BRITAIN SMD - SOUTHERN

Brad Hammond 713.825.5633

FRI

SAT

6 5 SOM SOM 5:35 12 5:35 13 NB NB 7:05 19 6:05 20 LI LI 6:05 26 5:35 27 SMD SMD 5:35 29 5:35 30 LI LI 6:05

7:05

FIREWORKS

YRK - YORK REVOLUTION

832.490.6445

terry.yu@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Rooting For The Home Team!

281.455.6774

AUGUST SEASON SCHEDULE

letullehomes@aol.com SKEETERS

nanovak@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Julie McErlane

2016

Ann LeTulle

281.684.9112

Have A Great Season!

281.980.5050

Kathy Lollis

Go Skeeters!

281.684.0207

marlena@marlenaberger.com SKEETERS

Barbara Montgomery YOU’RE THE BEST!

Arlene Novak

All Game Are Subject To Change

Pam Kelley 281.686.2832

Have A Grand Slam Year!

John Thiem 832.525.7550

john@johnthiemproperties.com SKEETERS

Good Luck Skeeters!

Debbie Marcell 281.782.2102

debbiemarcell@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Much Success This Season!

Sara Nguyen 832.439.7600

sara@saralynnhomes.com SKEETERS

Rooting For The Home Team!

Lane Pearson 713.857.4416

lpearson@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Go Skeeters!

Chandra White 281.881.1121

alicia.jammer@garygreene.com SKEETERS

brad.hammond@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Best Of Luck Skeeters!

Go Skeeters!

Best Of Luck Skeeters!

You’re The Best!

Val Howell

Moira Holden

Stephanie Castillo

Michelle Posey

281.908.4228

val.howell@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Here’s To Another Great Season

281.460.9402

mholden@garygreene.com SKEETERS

Have A Grand Slam Year!

quick@garygreene.com SKEETERS

julie.mcerlane@garygreene.com SKEETERS

281.748.2286

chandra.white@garygreene.com SKEETERS

713.504.0066

stephanie.castillo@garygreene.com SKEETERS

michelle@michelleposey.com SKEETERS

Much Success This Season!

Best Of Luck Skeeters!

17 Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

Linda Wise


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

18

Jeremy Barfield eyes path to Majors through Sugar Land By JOE SOUTHERN jsouthern @ fortbendstar.com

H

e may come with a Major League pedigree, but Jeremy Barfield is determined to make it to the Majors on his own and not as the son of a baseball star. The youngest son of Jesse Barfield (Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees) is a homegrown talent. He comes from Spring and played for Klein High School and San Jacinto College. He drafted by Oakland in 2008. His brother Josh Barfield played Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians. Jeremy Barfield, 27, spent the first seven years of his career in the Oakland A’s organization followed by a wild ride last season. “Last year was a crazy one,” he said. He began the year in the Colorado Rockies organization, went to the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League, then went to a Mexican league, back to Camden and then to the Sugar Land Skeeters for the final two weeks of the season. When the Skeeters season ended, the Rockies picked him back up for the rest of their season. He is now back home, preparing for 2016 with the Skeeters and waiting for the chance to make his Major League dream come true. “This is the most fun I’ve ever had playing baseball,” he said. “This is the greatest group of guys you could ever ask for.” The power-hitting outfielder hit .250 with four home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored in his time with the Skeeters last year, helping them go 14-3 during his 17 games. With the Rockies Triple-A team last season, he made 42 appearances with a .267 average and 15 RBI. “I’m still working on getting my first Major League hit,” he said. He said being the son and brother of Major League players is a nice legacy but he’d rather place his own stamp on the sport. “You’ve got to be the best version of yourself as often as possible,” he said. Although he still dreams of the big

leagues, he is content where he is so long as he can continue to play the game and improve his skills. “I’m happy with whatever the end result is as long as I’m consistent,” he said. Skeeters fans will be able to enjoy watching him rove around the outfield and making big hits at the plate. Perhaps someday fans will be able to look back at his career and remember when he was with the Skeeters. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished but I’m not satisfied yet,” he said. campaign. It marked the eighth set of brothers to play as teammates for the Bucs and the first since Eddie and Johnny O’Brien in 1958. ANDY LAROCHE, 32, appeared in In 2009 he put together his most 26 games last season for Wichita after productive career as the starting third being acquired by the Wingnuts on Aug. baseman, hitting .258 with 12 home runs 11, 2015. He batted .269 with six home and 64 RBI. In his final two seasons in runs and 23 RBI. He was invited to spring the Majors, he played in the American training to start the 2015 campaign by league for the first time with the Oakland the Chicago White Sox where he played A’s and Toronto Blue Jays (2011, 2013). He with his older brother Adam. spent all but one game with the Bisons in The native of Fort Scott, Kansas, played 2013 as the primary first baseman and for a majority of the last two seasons batted .271, highest batting average since (2013-14) with Buffalo in the Toronto 2008 (.297). Blue Jays farm system, appearing in In 2009 he spend his first full season 164 games hitting .262 with 17 home in the Majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates runs and 80 RBI. His last major league and made 142 starts, the most starts by game played was on June 9, 2013 for the a Pirates third baseman since Aramis Blue Jays vs the Texas Rangers. In all, Ramirez in 2001 (155). He ranked third he played 10 seasons in minor league in fielding percentage among N.L. third baseball and had a career .281 batting baseman behind San Diego’s Kevin average with 128 home runs and 481 RBI. Kouzmanoff (.990) and Los Angeles’ Casey The right-handed hitter was drafted Blake (.973). His third home run of the by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 39th season came in the same game as his round of the 2003 amateur draft. He brother Adam on June 17 at Minnesota, made his major league debut on May 6, marking the first time since Sept. 9, 1938, 2007, at the age of 23 and went 1-for-4 vs that two brothers homered in the same the Atlanta Braves. He spent a total of six game for the Pirates (Paul and Lloyd seasons (2007-2011, 2013) in the majors Waner). and had a career .226 batting average LaRoche went to high school at Fort with 22 home runs and 113 RBI for the Scott and attended Grayson County Dodgers, Pirates, Blue Jays and the Community College and was going to Oakland A’s. attend Rice University before signing with Baseball America named LaRoche the Dodgers. His father Dave appeared one of the top 100 prospects each year in 647 games over 14 seasons (1970-83) from 2005-2008. During the 2008 season in the Majors. He captured a gold medal he was part of a three-team trade that while playing for Team USA in the IBAF sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates and World Cup in Taiwan following the 2007 included Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers season. and Jason Bay to the Red Sox. The trade to the Dodgers allowed Andy to JOHAN LIMONTA, 32, comes play alongside his brother Adam for the back to Sugar Land after joining the remainder of the season and the 2009 Skeeters in June of the last season from

H PLAYERS, FROM PG 12

JEREMY BARFIELD


the Atlantic League’s York Revolution. Last season with the Skeeters, Limonta batted .275 with 35 runs, 3 homers and 38 RBI in 76 games. The Cuba native has eight seasons of professional baseball experience, including four in the Atlantic League (York Revolution and Sugar Land Skeeters). Limonta has a career .285 batting average with 656 runs, 110 home runs, 683 RBI and 36 stolen bases. He was drafted in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners out of Miami-Dade College. DERRICK LOOP, 32, returns to the Skeeters for a second season after being awarded the Skeeters 2015 Pitcher of the Year. The southpaw beat Sugar Land’s all-time ERA record (1.79) with a 1.28 ERA last season, led the team with 15 saves and led all Skeeters relievers with 60 strikeouts. He was also named a 2015 Atlantic League All-Star. At Constellation Field last season he was nearly unhittable with a 2-0 record with seven saves and a 0.36 ERA in 25 games. At one point last season he retired 29 straight batters over 10 appearances and during another stretch retired 29 straight batters over 10 games. In 10 seasons of professional baseball, Loop holds a career record of 50-30 with a 3.28 ERA over 713.0 innings pitched in 62 games. Prior to his time with the Skeeters, the lefty spent two seasons with the Atlantic League Barnstormers and six seasons with various minor league clubs. He was on the Lancaster Barnstormers championship team in 2014. Loop was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 23rd round of the 2006 amateur draft out of California State University Los Angeles. IAN MARSHALL, 29, joins the Skeeters after spending last season with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. The right-hander holds an overall 35-33 record with a 4.39 ERA over 136 games in five seasons of professional baseball. Marshall was drafted in the 14th round by the New York Mets in the 2005 amateur draft out of Gaithersburg High School (Md.) and by the Atlanta Braves in the 40th round of the 2010 amateur draft from the University of Richmond (Va.). ROY MERRITT, 30, a Houston native, returns to the Skeeters for the 2016 season. While Merritt began the 2015 season with the Skeeters, he was traded to Somerset late in the season and helped them win the Atlantic League title. The lefty was also named the Playoff MVP,

H SEE PLAYERS, PG 20

2016 SENIOR EXP

COMING THIS FALL - OCTOBER 12, 2016

STAFFORD CENTRE

T

he Star is hosting a day-long event geared toward seniors in our community, and you’re invited.

The Star’s 2016 Senior Expo is designed to be a service to the numerous seniors who live in our area. We’re asking businesses all across the community to take part in this day-long event that will provide information about issues that are important to you. There will be speakers attending to help with health care concerns, including the impact of the new Affordable Care Act, and what it means to Medicare. Professional finance planners who can help you take that dream trip or manage your fixed income better. Attorneys who will talk to you about any legal concerns you have. But this isn’t going to be all serious business, either. We’ll have snacks in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. There will be games and activities going on throughout the day and prize give-aways from local businesses.

Stay tuned to the Star newspaper for more details to come.

What to expect at the 2016 Senior Expo: • FREE Admission • FREE Food & Drinks • Gifts and drawings • Games and activities • Educational information on health, finances and legal concerns • A chance to meet experts who will offer free advice on a number of senior issues • An opportunity to mingle with friends

TO ADVERTISE, CALL

281-690-4200

Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

19


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

20 H PLAYERS, FROM PG 19 Jerry Sullivan, throws the baseball during warm up.

with a 3-0 record, 0.41 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. Merritt has nine seasons of professional baseball experience, five of which were spent in the New York Mets farm system. He holds a career 47-46 record with a 3.45 ERA over 920.1 innings pitched in 417 games. The left-hander was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 42nd round of the 2003 amateur draft from Nimitz High School and by the New York Mets in the 29th round of the 2007 amateur draft from the Southern University and A&M College (La). FERNANDO NIEVE, 33, joins the Skeeters for a second time after a brief stint at the end of last season. Nieve spent most of the 2015 season in the Mexican League with Campeche. With Campeche, he went 1-2 with 10 saves, 4.18 ERA and 25 K over 23.2 innings pitched in 22 games. Nieve then pitched five games with the Skeeters, earning a 3.86 ERA with six strikeouts. The right-hander has 14 seasons of professional baseball experience, including two seasons with the Houston Astros and two seasons with the New York Mets. He was first signed by Houston as an International Free Agent in 1999. JOSH PRINCE, 28, a Louisiana native attended both Tulane University and The University of Texas at Austin. After a breakout junior season at Tulane, Prince was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 3rd round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft. Prince has spent seven seasons in the minors where he posted a career batting average of .247 with 569 hits in over 2,300 plate appearances. Prince made his Major League debut with the Brewers and recorded his first career hit on April 7, 2013. TRAVIS SCOTT, 30, returns to the Skeeters for his fourth-straight season and brings 10 seasons of professional baseball playing experience to his new position as a player coach. Last year, Scott primarily spent time as catcher and at first base, broke the all-time home run record with the Skeeters, passing Josh Pressley’s mark of 28. In Scott’s three seasons with the Skeeters, he owns a .252 average with 33 home runs, 65 doubles and 161 RBI. In 2015, Scott was named the Skeeters Community Man of Year and the Atlantic League All-Star MVP after his two RBI double helped give the Freedom Division the win. Scott was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2005 and spent four seasons (2006-

2010) in their system making a California League All-Star Game appearance in 2009 with the High Desert Mavericks. CHRIS TREIBT, 29, appeared in three games for the Skeeters in 2015 striking out three and walking two over three innings of work. Treibt has spent his entire professional career in the Independent League and has appeared in 64 games and posted a 4-3 record with a 3.70 ERA, two saves and has recorded 69 strikeouts in 90 innings of work. His best season was in 2014 with the Brownsville Charros posting a 2-1 record with a 2.58 ERA in 23 games. The Oklahoma native attended and played baseball at both Rogers State University and Northeastern State University. CHRIS WALLACE, 27, joins the Skeeters for a second season and his sixth season in professional baseball. Wallace was named the 2015 Skeeters MVP, maintaining a .257 batting average in 129 games and leading the team with 17 HR and 83 RBI. The Houston-area native was drafted in 2010 by the Houston Astros out of the University of Houston. He spent five seasons in the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians farm systems, advancing as high as Triple-A with both organizations. Prior to his time with the Skeeters, Wallace held a .270 batting average with 39 HR and 185 RBI over 315 minor league games. ROBBIE WEINHARDT, 30, made his MLB debut in 2010 with the Detroit Tigers after being drafted in the 10th round in 2008. The Pearland native was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in 2007 out of Oklahoma State University in the 38th round. He made a total of 30 appearances for the Tigers in 2010 and 2011, earning a 2-2 overall record. He also spent time in the Tigers minor league system with the AA Seawolves (2011,2012,2013) and AAA Mud Hens (2011,2013). The right-hander owns a career 12-22 record with 19 saves and a 2.84 ERA over six seasons of professional ball. DELWYN YOUNG, 33, begins his third season with the Skeeters and his fifth season in the Atlantic League. Last year for the Skeeters he batted .285 in 118 games with 10 HR and 45 RBI and recorded his 1,500th hit of his professional career. In 2014 he was named the Skeeters team MVP, setting the Skeeters single season RBI record (88) and games played (135). He also finished second in a single season for homeruns (20), hits (153) and third in batting average (.289). In his two seasons with the Skeeters, he has a .286 batting average with 30 HR and 133 RBI.


levels of A ball with the A Nationals (Washington), AA Clippers (Cleveland) and AAA Chiefs (Washington) In his minor league career, the right-hander has a career record of 20-22 with an ERA of 3.74 and has accumulated 339 strikeouts in 385 innings of work.

--------- HHH -------Former Major Leaguer, World Series champion and recipient of four Gold Glove Awards, Manager Gary Gaetti returns at the helm for the Skeeters for the fifth straight season. Pitching Coach Jeff Scott returns for his fourth season with the Skeeters.

ZECH ZINICOLA, 31, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 43rd round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. Instead of pursuing his professional career, Zinicola decided to play baseball at Arizona State University where he would later be drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 6th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. Zinicola has pitched at various

2016 SEPTEMBER

SEASON SCHEDULE

SUN 4:05

LI 6:05

31 4

LAN 1:05 11 SMD 6:05 18 SMD 1:05 25 SMD

MON 5:35

1

TUE

6:12

2

WED THUR

10:12

3

7:05

7:05

2

6:05

3

LAN 5:05 5 5:35 6 5:35 7 6:12 8 6:05 9 5:35 10 SOM SOM SOM BRI SMD SMD 7:05 12 7:05 13 7:05 14 7:05 15 7:05 16 6:05 17 LI LI LI SMD SMD SMD 6:12 19 5:03 20 5:30 21 5:30 22 6:05 23 5:35 24 BRI DYRK SMD SMD I V I SYRK I O N SYRK ER I ES 7:05 26 7:05 27 7:05 28 6:00 29 5:35 30 5:35 30 NB NB I H PLI S ERLI C H A MNBP I O NS I ES LI NB

NB

NB

ATLANTIC LEAGUE TEAMS | HOME • AWAY BRI - BRIDGEPORT LAN - LANCASTER

Curtis Daniels, Texas Oncology Patient

1

SAT

FRI

LI - LONG ISLAND SOM - SOMERSET NB - NEW BRITAIN SMD - SOUTHERN

NB

LAN

FIREWORKS

YRK - YORK REVOLUTION

All Game Are Subject To Change

FIGHT CANCER with leading-edge technology in my community. Texas Oncology offers leading-edge radiation therapy that is quicker, safer and more precise than ever before. We have an arsenal of technologies ready to use for almost every type of cancer. You can get the treatment that’s right for you, right in your neighborhood. TEXAS ONCOLOGY–SUGAR LAND 1350 First Colony Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479 • 281-277-5200

1-888-864-4226 • www.TexasOncology.com

21 Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

The versatile infielder/outfielder spent five seasons in the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-2008) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2009-2010) and had a career average of .258 in 344 games with 18 HR and 81 RBI. In 2010 with the Pirates he totaled 16 pinch hits, third best in MLB. The California native made his major league debut on Sept. 7, 2006, vs the New York Mets. Young was drafted twice by the Atlanta Braves in 2000 (31st round) and 2001 (29th round), but did not sign and remained in college. He was later drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th round of the 2002 amateur draft and signed on June 12, 2002. Young spent a total of 10 seasons in minor league baseball totaling 847 games with 117 HR and 534 RBI and a career .294 batting average. Young attended Santa Barbara City College under coach Teddy Warrecker where he still holds team records for hits, runs, home runs and RBI.


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

22

Brooks Conrad brings Major League glory to the Skeeters By JOE SOUTHERN jsouthern@ fortbendstar.com

T

he smile on Brooks Conrad’s face says it all. The face of the utility infielder for the Sugar Land Skeeters lights up as he recalls his greatest moment in baseball. “It’s that dream you have as a kid in your back yard when you’re playing the game by yourself,” he said. Only this dream was real. On May 20, 2010, Conrad came to the plate for the Atlanta Braves, down 9-6 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th against the Cincinnati Reds. Reds closer Francisco Cordero delivered the fateful pitch. “I hit a walk-off grand slam,” Conrad said. The grand slam – the first of two he hit that year – capped an eight-run comeback for the Braves. “I’ll always have that to tell my kids,” he said. Conrad has been a journeyman player in the major and minor leagues and at age 36 he’s happy to still be playing ball.

BROOKS CONRAD

“This is a great facility to come to and play,” he said. “I have the opportunity to keep playing the game that I love.” This is the second time Conrad has signed with the Skeeters and he has yet to play a single game for the team. Just prior to last year’s opener, he was picked up by the New York Mets and assigned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Conrad was born in Spring Valley, Calif., and played college ball for Arizona State. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2001 and spent six years with the organization. He became a free agent after the 2007 season and was picked up by the Oakland A’s. He made his Major League debut on July 21, 2008, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He signed with the Braves the next year and was with the organization through the 2011 season. He began the 2012 season with the Milwaukee Brewers and was claimed off waivers midseason by the Rays. The next year found him in Japan playing for the Hanshin Tigers. That was followed by a stint back in the Minors for the San Diego Padres in 2014. He then signed with the Skeeters and Mets last year and is now back with the Skeeters.

In his big league career, Conrad owns a .200 batting average with 19 homers and 73 RBI. “I’m excited for this season,” he said. He said he was banged up last season, recovering from shoulder surgery and suffering a broken finger. “I feel healthy this year,” he said. Although Conrad has traditionally played second base, he is a utility player who can cover first to third with no problem. “I can move around wherever (manager) Gary (Gaetti) needs me,” he said. Conrad said he enjoys playing for Gaetti. “He’s definitely a player’s manager,” he said. “He expects you to come out here and respect the game and respect your teammates … and to play hard.” Naturally, the expectation is for each player to do their best. “As long as you’re coming out and helping the team win, that’s what he expects from you,” he said. And who knows, Conrad may not get another call-up to the Majors but there is still that childlike moment where he may hit a game-winning grand slam just one more time or finally win that elusive championship ring.

Payroll Insurance HR Services Your LOCAL provider with over 25 years experience

832-222-9916 Call now for a FREE consultaEon! www.SolidBusinessSoluEons.com


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

23


Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 Season Preview H Apr il 20, 2016 H Fort Bend Star

24

Check out my Youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=bL2H7-Ivx-o 13010 Murphy Road Stafford, Texas 77477 281.494.6686

THE STATE BANK of TEXAS STAFFORD The independent and Texas owned bank

3330 Antoine Houston, Texas 77092 713.681. 2265


2016 Baseball Schedule - Sugar Land SkeetersSkeeters2016schedule