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Table Of Contents 8 Catching up with Scott Deal 13 Getting the Call-up 14 Team Rosters 17 Your invitation 18 Score Cards 21 Season Highlights 24 History lesson 26 Staff question 30 A’s affiliate update 31 Stadium Map
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Catching up with Scott Deal By Kirstie Haruta
s the Stockton Ports continue to play strongly in the second half of the season, we caught up with right-handed pitcher Scott Deal for his thoughts on how the team is doing. Deal, who is 3-1 so far this season, has been enjoying his time playing in Stockton and is hopeful that his team will continue to progress in the second half.
travelling in this league is great and just a lot of fun.” When the Ports are not competing on the field, Deal and his teammates get involved with the community. Through camps and other events, the players get to know the fans who cheer them on all season, and the fans get to meet their favorite players.
“We have a great group of guys here,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun, we all get along great. We’re playing really well right now and hopefully we can keep it up throughout the rest of the year and into the playoffs.”
“I really enjoy doing the community service,” said Deal. “It’s just a lot of fun helping out with camps, and whatever opportunities we have to help out with the community.”
A native of Tacoma, Washington, Deal has certainly been enjoying the great baseball weather that comes with playing in the California League.
Deal has been involved with camps and clinics for kids, held at Banner Island Ballpark. Kids get to work on their baseball skills with the players themselves, which is a lot of fun for everyone involved.
“You can’t beat the weather in California,” he said. “You know you’re not ever going to get a rain-out, and it’s going to be a beautiful sunny day everyday. The
“We do a lot of kids’ camps where kids will come out, and we’ll put on a clinic and help them out with different baseball skills,” he said. “They enjoy being out
here learning different things, and also hanging out with the guys, it’s a lot of fun doing that.” Another of Deal’s favorite events is the Root Beer Float Day, happening this week. He is looking forward to being among the players serving delicious root beer floats to fans on Sunday, July 10.
the United States.” For the rest of the season, Deal hopes that he and the Ports can continue to play well, make playoffs, and grab a championship title. He greatly appreciates the continued support of the fans. Make sure to say hello to him on Root Beer Float Day!
These community events have helped players, especially those from farther out of the area, to get acquainted with this city and the people, and to make the most of the travelling that comes with professional baseball. “It’s always fun to meet different people from the local area and the city you’re playing in, and just kind of get a different perspective on different areas in the United States,” Deal said. “We used to be in Kane County, and that was my first time out in Chicago, so I got to know people out there. And now we’re in California and I’m getting to know people here. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know various people throughout
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Getting the Call-up
n the minors it’s inevitable that players will come and go, but for a player there is nothing more exciting then to get the news that you are getting called up. Two of the Stockton Ports current pitchers (and one who had the pleasure of being called up the day this article went to press) came to Stockton later in the season, from the Single-A Burlington Bees. Jacob Brown, Chris Mederos, and A.J. Griffin were all initially pitching with Burlington in the Midwest League to start the 2011 season, but were more than happy to make the move when they were called up to Stockton.
“It’s still just throwing strikes, nothing changes really,” said Brown. “You’ve just got to find the zone and make good pitches. You just progress everyday and get better, and you can’t wait for your start day.”
“I was pretty happy,” said Mederos, who left Burlington with a 2-1 record, “I just wanted to get back up here with the guys I played with last year. So it was pretty exciting when I was told I was going to be The undeniable camaraderie within the going up to play with these guys.” team has made it an easy transition for these three pitchers. Everyone works All three pitchers agree that the biggest well together and they are all looking to change from the Midwest League to the finish the season strong. California League is what the hitters are doing. “We’re a really close-knit team,” said Mederos. “It’s been exciting.” “The ball flies a lot better here,” said Mederos. “There are a lot better hitters. “We play well together on the field,” It’s not really a pitcher-friendly league.” said Brown. “Hopefully we can get to playoffs and get a ring out of it.” “They hit more mistakes,” said Brown, who came to Stockton with a 4-0 record with the Bees. “If you make a mistake and “It’s been going well,” added Griffin. leave the ball up, they’ll make you pay for “We’re just trying to keep this little streak going. It’s a long season, so we it. But if you throw strikes, good things just try to keep it fresh everyday and will happen.” have fun.” But all in all, Mederos, Brown, and Griffin *AJ Griffin was called up to the Douare just looking to get their work in and ble-A Midland RockHounds on June 30, get some wins with the Stockton Ports. 2011 after making six starts for the Ports, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.12 ERA and “It’s the same game,” said Griffin, who, 36 strikeouts. like Brown, left the Bees with a 4-0 record.
As of 6/30/11
# YRS PITCHERS (13) B/T HT 34 3 Benacka, Michael R/R 6-1 27 1 Brown Jacob R/L 6-2 17 4 Carignan, Andrew R/R 5-10 15 6 Deal, Scott R/R 6-3 29 2 Gilliam, Robert R/R 6-1 46 6 Guzman, Jose R/R 5-11 16 2 Hoehn, Connor R/R 6-1 21 2 Huttenlocker, AJ L/L 6-4 44 3 Landsford, Josh R/R 6-2 11 2 Maderos, Chris R/R 6-3 26 3 Simmons, James R/R 6-3 20 2 Smith, Murphy R/R 6-3 39 2 Straily, Daniel R/R 6-2 # YRS CATCHERS (2) B/T HT 9 1 Lipkin, Ryan R/R 6-1 4 Paramore, Petey R/R 6-2 # YRS INFIELDERS (5) B/T HT 18 2 Aliotti, Anthony L/L 6-1 12 3 Coleman, Dustin R/R 6-2 7 5 Gil, Leonardo R/R 6-1 3 2 Gilmartin, Michael S/R 5-11 10 3 Christian, Jason L/R 6-3 # YRS OUTFIELDERS (5) B/T HT 14 1 Choice, Michael R/R 6-0 2 2 Crumbliss, Connor L/R 5-8 23 3 Dixon, Rashun R/R 6-2 22 3 LeVier, Mitchell L/L 5-11 5 2 Richard, Myrio R/R 6-2 # POS COACHING STAFF 50 MGR Garrison, Webster 31 P-C Lefferts, Craig 24 H-C McArn, Brian A-T Brooks, Nate CLB Vic Zapien
WT DOB HOMETOWN ACQUIRED 221 8/2/1982 Chicago,IL FA/2008 220 12/28/1986 Forest Hill, MD 26th/2010 205 7/23/1986 New London, CT 5th/2007 198 12/11/1986 Tacoma, WA 5th/2005 216 11/29/1987 Manassas, VA 8th/2009 220 11/5/1987 San Cristobal, DR NDFA/2005 210 7/5/1989 Rockville, MD 46th/2009 248 8/5/1986 Buckley, WA 44th/2009 215 7/31/1984 Queen Creek,AZ FA/2010 175 5/17/1987 Valdosta,GA 25th/2009 220 9/29/1986 Yorba Linda, CA 1st/2007 210 8/25/1987 Clifton Park, NY 13th/2009 221 12/1/1988 Springfield, OR 24th/2009 WT DOB HOMETOWN ACQUIRED 200 10/8/1987 Vacaville,CA 24th/2010 195 10/30/1986 Allen, TX 3rd/2010 WT DOB HOMETOWN ACQUIRED 214 2/16/1987 Boise, ID 15th/2009 211 4/20/1987 Sioux Falls, SD 28th/2008 200 8/18/1987 Baquisimeto, VEN NDFA/2006 188 7/14/1987 Moorpark, CA 27th/2009 170 6/16/1987 Cincinnati, OH 5th/2008 WT DOB HOMETOWN ACQUIRED 215 11/10/1989 Fort Worth, TX 1st/2010 170 4/19/1987 Arkansas City, KS 30th/2009 234 8/27/1990 Jackson, MS 10th/2008 196 1/12/1988 Whittier, CA 9th/2008 187 8/27/1988 Lake Charles, LA 9th/2009
HOMETOWN Marrero, LA Anthem, AZ Elk Grove, CA Pickneyville, IL Stockton, CA
# PITCHERS 35 Bettis, Chad 10 Cabrera, Edwar 27 DeRatt, Alan 41 Frazier, Parker 20 Gomez, Leuris 47 Harris, Will 23 Houston, Daniel 36 Kuo, Sheng-An 19 Marbry, Michael 32 Perkins, Daniel 13 Rose, Chad 25 Woods, Coty 21 Yacko, Kurt
HT 6’1” 6’0” 6’5” 6’5” 6’0” 6’4” 6’3” 6’2” 6’3” 6’4” 6’2” 6’2” 5’11”
WT 193 160 225 175 170 225 205 190 185 200 200 190 180
B/T R/R L/L R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R
# COACHING STAFF: 18 Jerry Weinstein Manager 26 Kevin Riggs Coach 43 Darryl Scott Pitching Coach
# CATCHERS 3 Gonzalez, Jose 5 Tarleton, Dallas # INFIELDERS 12 Arenado, Nolan 40 Clark, Jared 7 Ka’aihue, Kala 6 Martinez, Carlos 11 Nina, Angelys 46 Roling, Kiel 2 Rutledge, Josh 9 Sanders, Joe
HT 6’1” 5’11”
WT 165 200
HT 6’1” 6’4” 6’2” 5’11” 5’11” 6’3” 6’1” 6’0”
WT 205 215 230 175 165 240 190 195
# OUTFIELDERS HT 24 Cleary, Delta 6’3” 22 Matthes, Kent 6’2” 29 Mesa, Eliezer 6’3” 44 Robinson, Scott 6’0” 8 Sandoval, Orlando 6’0”
WT 175 215 155 185 185
B/T R/R L/R B/T R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R
B/T S/R R/R R/R R/R R/R
Season Highlights Joined the Ports on 5/22 Went 3-for-3 vs BAK on 6/2 with a Home run & 3 RBI
From 5/1 until 5/12 raised his average 46 points (had 15 hits in 41 at-bats during that time Hit 3 home runs in two games on 5/25-5/26 vs VIS
Shutout the Modesto Nuts over 5 innings on 4/16 Struck out 8 Lake Elsinore Storm over 6 innings on 5/7
Went 3-for-4 vs VIS on 5/25. In the month of June mashed 3 home runs and 8 RBI
Struck out a season high 12 on 6/13 vs HD, allowing just 1 ER over 7IP
Started off the second half of the season with 11 hits in 27 at-bats (.407 AVG) with 2 HR & 8 RBI
Had back-to-back quality starts on 6/9 vs BAK and 6/14 vs HD
Had a 7-game hitting streak 6/146/26 during that time had 10 hits in 26 at-bats (.385 AVG) with 2 RBI
Did not allow and earned run the entire month of April Finished the first half of the season with a 2.38ERA, 17K & allowed just 26 hits in 34 innings pitched
Went 3-for-4 with a solo home run on 6/29 vs BAK Started the second half of the season 9/25 (.360 AVG) with a home run and 4 RBI
Season Highlights As of 6/29, has a 1.46 earned run average on the road allowing just 4 earned runs in 24.2 innings pitched
Went 4-for-5 vs RC on 6/19 with a HR and 5 RBI. Started off the second half of the season with a .556 AVG with 3 doubles in 9 at-bats
As of 6/7, has not allow an earned run on the road all season Posted a 2.45 ERA in April with 14 Kâ€™s in 11 innings pitched
Went 4-for-4 vs LE on 4/27 with 2RBI Hit .293 AVG with 13 RBI in April Collected 6 RBI in 3 games 5/5-5/7
Was awarded Cal League pitcher of the week in April (4/18-4/24) after tossing two dominating outings Posted a 0.96 ERA with 27 Kâ€™s and 21 hits in April
Hit .295 AVG with 10 RBI & 7 SB in May Went 3-for-4 vs BAK on 5/19 Has consistently ranked in the top of the league in Walks all season
In the Month of May, posted a 1.64ERS through 16IP allowed just 13 hits, walked only 2 batters and struck out 20.
Started the second half of the season with 9 hits in 24 at-bats (.375 AVG) with 1 HR & 4 RBI. Had a 9-game hitting streak from 6/17-6/29 raising
Didn’t allow an earned run over 17 innings stretch 4/20-5/16 (9 outings) Had not allowed an earned run from 6/2 until 6/29
Had 15 hits in 29 at-bats during the hitting streak .517 AVG with 6 RBI & 5 doubles 4/18-4/26 Went 3-3 on 6/18 vs. Rancho Cucamonga
Joined the Ports on 6/3. Did not allow an earned run through his first 10IP as a Port.
Posted a 0.93 ERA and 5 saves with the Bees Struck out the side on 6/28 vs BAK
Joined the Ports on 4/23 and hit .375 AVG over the final 6 games in the month Had a 9 game hitting streak 5/3-5/14 Had 12 hits in 33 at-bats during the hitting streak .363 AVG with 6 runs scored & 7 RBI
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History Lesson “We were a family affair,” Hittle recalled. “The whole team got together. We had barbecues and a lot of fun.”
ike the red yarn that holds the rawhide strips together on a baseball, the lore and tradition of the National Pasttime knits the sport firmly into the fabric of American Culture and the consciousness of American small towns. 2011 marks 70 years of baseball in Stockton, and while they may not have always been called the Ports, and there may have been years where war stopped the play of baseball for a short time, the Boys of Banner Island have created their own unique history and traditions in Minor League Baseball, Californian, and Stockton’s history. In 1941, the California League was founded, then a Class C league. Back then, the team was called the Stockton Fliers, and they were owned by Earl Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels. However, only one season of baseball was played as baseball ceased with the start of America’s participation in World War II. When the war ended in 1946, baseball returned to the city of Stockton, and the inaugural Stockton Ports team took to Oak Park Field, later renamed Billy Hebert Field. The 1946 team featured several future big leaguers, including Lloyd Hittle and Eddie Samcoff. Baseball was a little different back then, Hittle remembers.
Perhaps it was the family atmosphere that allowed the team to gel together so well, as they won the California League Championship, finishing first (78-52) before beating Bakersfield in five games and then sweeping Modesto for the teams first, but certainly not last, California League championship. One of the most memorable moments for the Ports came in 1947, when the team went on a 26-game winning streak, which still stands as the league record and at the time was the second longest win streak in baseball history. “The club played as a team,” Hittle, who was a part of the pitching staff in 1947, said of the streak. “That is why we won twenty-six ball games in a row. We celebrated too much that night and the next day we didn’t make it to twentyseven.” The Ports made many great memories at Billy Hebert Field, the ballpark that the team once called home. The ballpark was home to the Ports for over sixty years. Every player has a favorite memory from the ballpark over that period of time. For Pumpsie Green, who played with the Ports in 1955 remembers one home run which stood out above the rest. “I hit this one home run,” Pumpsie recalled. “I broke a light out of the left field post with the home run.” Then there are the newer memories,
which remain etched in the minds of the next generation of Ports fans. One such memory came back in 2009. It was a warm day in June as the Ports faced off against the High Desert Mavericks. The game turned into a marathon; a 7 hour, 34 minute game. The game was called at midnight due to California League rule and resumed and completed on June 5.The Ports eventually lost the game, 7-6 in 21 innings, but the game is well remembered by the team and fans that were in attendance. As the Ports continue to play baseball this year, and for many, many years to come, fans and players can expect to make more incredible memories over the next 70 years.
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A’s affiliate update As the Ports swing into the first full week of July, it’s time catch up with all the other A’s affiliates to see how they have been doing so far in the 2011 season. As of 6/30, the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats lead the Pacific Coast League with a 50-29 record. In addition to the River Cats big hitting stats among A’s affiliates, they currently have the second best pitching staff in all of the Pacific Coast League posting a collective ERA of 4.10. Outfielder Jai Miller’s 15 home runs sit behind Stockton’s own Michael Choice’s 17 in the home runs ranking within the organization. Adrian Cardenas (.313 AVG 3HR 27 RBI) and Michael Taylor (.285 AVG 8 HR 25 RBI) continue to hit well with the River Cats. Pitcher Vinnie Chulk has been sensational all season with a 2.70 ERA, 3 saves, 30 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched as he continues to make a case to be added to the A’s bullpen. In the Texas League, the Midland Rockhounds have started off their second half 3-3. Jermaine Mitchell continues to perform well as he ranks second in the league in batting average (.342), first in hits (101), and first in on-base percentage (.443). After capturing the Midwest League first-half crown in the Western Division, the Single-A Burlington Bees of Burlington, Iowa have started out of the gate in the second half with a 2-3 mark. The 2010 second-round draft pick for the Athletics, Yordy Cabrera has 31 RBI, 34 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 54 games with the Bees. Josh Whitaker has also been a threat as he leads the team with 20 doubles and a .303 batting average.The Bees pitching staff has been stellar all season, Blake Hassebrock has been the ace of the team and currently leads all A’s farmhands with his 1.69 ERA and opponents are hitting only .224 against him.
The short-season Vermont Lake Monsters got their season under way in mid June and have came out of the gates with a 7-4 mark, first place in the Stedler Division in the New York-Penn League. Through eight games, Xavier Macklin has a .387 average and Chad Lewis has .308 average. Pitcher Seth Frankoff has three starts under his belt and has pitched well for the Lake Monsters; 2 wins, 17.1 innings pitched, 15 strikeouts and a 2.08 ERA. One player to keep an eye this summer from the Lake Monsters is OF Jordan Tripp. A seventh round draft pick from 2010, whom has a modest .275 average with 2 home runs and 3 stolen bases in just 11 games this year.