All-Star Staffs Announced

The on-field personnel for the Triple-A All-Star Game was announced today, by the respective league offices. We’re hosting the game at Cheney Stadium on Wednesday, July 12.

Pacific Coast League:

  • Manager: Tony DeFrancesco, Fresno
  • Pitching Coach: Rick Rodriguez, Nashville
  • Hitting Coach: Jack Voigt, Las Vegas
  • Trainers: Tom Newberg and Ben Clawson, Tacoma

International League:

  • Manager: Al Pedrique, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
  • Pitching Coach: Jeff Fassero, Louisville
  • Hitting Coach: Jared Sandberg, Durham
  • Trainer: Larry Bennese, Rochester

We’ve got the winningest manager in modern PCL history leading the team, with a nod to the Sacramento dynasty of the 2000s by pairing DeFrancesco with Rich Rodriguez. That duo won six division titles and three PCL championships together while with Sacramento.

The IL staff has local connections. Pedrique, a former infielder, played for the Tacoma Tigers for the entire 1990 season. Fassero is a former Mariners pitcher (1997-1999). Sandberg is from Olympia and is a 1996 graduate of Capital High School.

And congratulations to the Tacoma athletic trainers, who will work the game. It’s Newberg’s second PCL All-Star nod.

Yesterday my guest on the radio pregame show was El Paso broadcaster Tim Hagerty, who doubles as a historian of wacky occurrences in minor league baseball.

After we recorded the interview, he told me about his most recent published story: a piece for the Hardball Times about a fly ball that never landed in a Double-A game in 1978.

Batter hits a fly ball, and it didn’t land. It just disappeared.

The players in the game never forgot it – including two Hall of Famers. The umpires met up and decided to call it a double. The ball was never found.

Read this bizarre tale right here.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers lost a tumultuous game in El Paso, scoring three runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie it 6-6, only to lose on Carlos Asuaje‘s two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Roster Moves: Yesterday the Mariners called up Chase De Jong, and optioned Casey Lawrence to Tacoma (Lawrence will report Saturday). The Rainiers activated Gordon Beckham (hamstring) from the disabled list, and will be easing him back to full strength.

Today: Tacoma (35-29) at El Paso (32-34), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tied, 5-5.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Andrew Moore (3-0, 2.79) at RHP Zach Lee (1-1, 6.05).

Hot Rainiers: D.J. Peterson is 15-for-29 over his last eight games, with three homers, and he has reached base safely in 19 of his last 21 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in 13 straight games… Leonys Martin has a four-game hitting streak.

Look Out For: Former Rainiers outfielder Jabari Blash has homered in four straight games for El Paso, driving in ten runs… Rafael Ortega has an 11-game hitting streak, and he belted a leadoff homer in the first inning Tuesday… Nick Buss has a seven-game hitting streak.

Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: El Paso outfielder Jabari Blash and pitchers Logan Bawcom, Carter Capps, and Zach Lee are all former Rainiers… El Paso pitcher Adam Cimber graduated from Puyallup High School in 2009, and attended UW for three years before transferring to the University of San Francisco for his senior year.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Triple-A All-Star Game: We’re hosting it at Cheney Stadium on July 12, and fan balloting is live now – go here and vote for who you want to see.

Links:

PCL Game Reports:

  • Reno scored four early runs and won in Salt Lake City, 5-3. The Aces have built a five-game lead over Tacoma in the Pac-North.
  • Fresh off a team meeting, Albuquerque took down Fresno, 7-3. In the story we learn that Fresno star Derek Fisher was dining at the Albuquerque Waffle House when he received news of his promotion. I think everyone in the PCL has eaten at that Waffle House. In fact, I wish I could go there right now.
  • Justin Ruggiano‘s three-run homer helped Sacramento win in Las Vegas, 5-4.
  • Oklahoma City’s Wilmer Font continues to pile up the strikeouts. The PCL leader had seven more K’s in a 10-3 win over Omaha on Wednesday.
  • Memphis – the “homer happy Redbirds” – hit six home runs in a 10-4 win over Colorado Springs at Autozone Park.
  • New Orleans scored five runs in the fifth inning and that was all the Baby Cakes needed to beat Round Rock, 5-3.
  • Nashville had homers from Matt Olson and Mark Canha in a 6-1 win over Iowa.
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