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Are Your Students Wild About Reading?

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By Camille Moultrie

How do you get your students Wild About Reading? Parker can show you how reading and fun can go hand in hand.

Parker danced and celebrated with the students and faculty at the Easterby Elementary assemblPhoto Jan 18, 8 36 26 AMy recently for their outstanding reading achievements! The students won two laptops for their school’s library through the Grizzlies Community Fund’s Wild About Reading program. Easterby won the laptops by having the highest attendance of all Wild About Reading schools at their assigned game during the 2012 Grizzlies season.

Easterby students partied the morning away with Parker and even got to see their teachers boogie on stage as well!

The Wild About Reading Program is a fantastic way to get students thrilled about reading and the chance to cheer on our very own Fresno Grizzlies! Each student enrolled in the program is challenged to read 10 books over five weeks. If a student reaches the goal, then he or she receives two free tickets to a Grizzlies game.

Over 90,000 Central San Joaquin Valley students are enrolled in the Wild About Reading program in 2013. Also, as part of the program, each student receives a free Farm Grown magazine, which features the short story “Parker Goes To The Farm.”

We are still accepting schools, however, for 2013. If you are interested, please call the Community Fund at (559) 320-2547.

            
"After the assembly there was an explosion of excitement that not just challenged the kids to read above and beyond what they were normally doing but got them more excited to read different books," Easterby Elementary Library Tech Kelly Mitchinson said.

“After the assembly there was an explosion of excitement that not just challenged the kids to read above and beyond what they were normally doing but got them more excited to read different books,” Easterby Elementary Library Tech Kelly Mitchinson said.

Hot Stove With A World Series, Farm Grown Twist

Did you hear? Ryan Vogelsong and Doug Fister will be the guest speakers at the 52nd Anniversary Hot Stove Gala. The event is on Thursday, February 7th at the Fresno Convention Center in Downtown Fresno.

The Hot Stove dinner, which benefits the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund, will be filled with plenty of conversations about the World Series and playing baseball in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

So why did we choose Vogelsong and Fister – and they graciously accept – to be speakers? Let’s break that down:

  • Vogelsong was the Grizzlies’ Opening Day starting pitcher in each of the last two seasons. Both starts had different reasons, though. In 2011, the right-hander was giving what seemed to be one final shot at being a Major League pitcher. He impressed the Giants over two starts with the Grizzlies and was the player selected to replace Barry Zito in the starting rotation. In 2012, Vogelsong started the year with Fresno on Major League Rehab assignment.
  • Vogelsong is one of the 17 of the 25 Giants on the World Series roster who have worn both a Grizzlies and Giants uniform. Vogelsong, being that he was drafted by the Giants and groomed in the organization with a stop in Fresno, is one of the Farm Grown stars on the Giants.
  • Vogelsong first pitched with the Grizzlies in 2001 (that’s the Beiden Field era). While 1
    Ryan Vogelsong

    Ryan Vogelsong has pitched for the Grizzlies in 2001, 2011 and 2012 (Don Davis/dadphoto.com)

    7 of the 25 players from the Giants’ World Series roster at one time played for the Grizzlies, Vogelsong is the only one who can claim he wore the purple and black jerseys (for what it’s worth). Vogelsong made 10 starts for Fresno in 2001.

  • Vogelsong’s story is one all fans would want to hear. The former Giants draft pick also pitched in his home state with the Pittsburgh Pirates before going on a journey to Japan for three seasons with two different teams. Once he returned from Japan in 2010, he spent allof the first season in Triple-A wondering if he would ever get the opportunity again to pitch in the big leagues. Since then, Vogelsong has been named a National League All-Star, honored with the Willie Mac award winner and won a World Series. Not bad considering his path.
  • Fister faced the Giants in game two of the 2012 World Series. Fister allowed only one run over six-plus innings, striking out three and walking one. He suffered the loss as the Giants beat the Tigers 2-0.
  • Fister was first drafted by the Giants in the 49th round of the 2003 Draft, but he elected not to sign.
  • Fister is from Merced, California and went to high school at Golden Valley High in Merced, which is about 50 minutes from Downtown Fresno.
  • Fister attended Merced Junior College and Fresno State. He pitched for the Bulldogs from 2005-06, and he earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior in 2006.
  • In his Fresno State athletics bio, he listed his biggest athletic thrill (before he was a pro) was pitching at “SBC Park,” or now known as AT&T Park, home of the Giants.
  • While he has never pitched in Chukchansi Park in his pro career, Fister has faced the Grizzlies twice. He faced the Grizzlies at Cheney Stadium in 2009 when he was pitching for the Tacoma Rainiers.

Offseason League Update – Dec. 12, 2012

Here is a look at how some Grizzlies from the 2012 season are performing in their respective offseason leagues:

Yusmeiro Petit – Bravos de Margarita (Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional)
1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 4 starts

After going winless through his first three starts, Petit picked up his first win of the winter season on December 5th against Leones del Caracas. Petit may have walked four batters in the winning decision, but he was beyond effective, as he did not allow a run over eight innings. The right-hander did not pitch more than seven innings in all of the 2012 regular season. Also of note (but probably lacks any meaning), in Petit’s last 12 starts, which date back to July 29th with the Grizzlies, he has recorded a decision in 11 of the games. In his first 21 starts in 2012, he only had six decisions.

Jean Machi – Navegantes de Magallanes (Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional)
0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 10 games

Machi’s sole appearance last week came on December 4th. His final pitching line looks good (2/3 innings pitched, no runs, one hit), but the devil is in the details. Machi entered the eighth inning with runners on first and third base and one out. He forced a groundout to the first batter he faced, but it allowed one run to score. The next batter singled to score another run, making the score 3-0 (which eventually turned out to be the final score). Since none of the runners were charged to Machi, the 2/3 scoreless innings did lower Machi’s ERA slightly from 7.71 to 7.20.

Francisco Peguero – Gigantes del Cibao (Liga de Beisbol Dominicano)
.197/.234/.295 with 6 RBI in 16 games

Over three games last week, Peguero went hitless in 10 plate appearances (nine at-bats) with five strikeouts. Peguero has struck out at least once in seven consecutive games (13 total strikeouts) and is batting .083 (2-for-24) over the same stretch. Peguero has continued to play center field in each of his 16 games with Cibao. With the Grizzlies in 2012, Peguero played in 27 games as a center fielder (77 games a right fielder).

Jackson Williams – Escognido (Liga de Beisbol Dominicano)
.275/.310/.400 with 5 RBI in 12 games

Full disclosure: Williams slipped through the cracks in our previous Winter League updates. Williams, a catcher for the Grizzlies in each of the last three seasons, is playing for Leones del Escogido. He made his first appearance with Escogido on November 17th. After batting .179 through his first seven games, Williams is hitting .500 (6-for-12) with four runs scored and two RBIs in his last five contests.

Manny Moves On

Photo from Don Davis/dadphoto.com

This slipped by last week (#ThanksgivingProblems), but former Grizzlies player Emmanuel Burriss was signed by the Cincinnati Reds to a minor league contract (via Matt Eddy from Baseball America).

Burriss, who elected free agency earlier in the month after the San Francisco Giants outrighted him to Triple-A, suited up for the Grizzlies for parts of five seasons from 2008-2012.

The switch-hitter made his Major League debut in his third professional season in 2008. He started that year in Fresno, playing in 14 games.

His 2009 and 2010 seasons featured left foot injuries, with the 2009 campaign ending in July after he fractured a left toe rounding second base at Chukchansi Park.

By the time the 2012 season ended, the 33rd overall pick from the 2006 Draft had played in 172 games with the Grizzlies in his career. He batted .281/.343/.357 over the 172 contests with 29 doubles, seven triples, three home runs, 48 RBI and 48 stolen bases (62 attempts).

Speed was Burriss’ signature attribute while with the Giants organization. The 48 steals with Fresno place Burriss tied with Calvin Murray for fifth-most in franchise history. On April 8, 2011 against Las Vegas, he became the first player in Grizzlies history to steal four bases in a game.

Photo from Don Davis/dadphoto.com

He also placed his name in the Fresno history books once again last season after recording the walk-off sacrifice fly in the organization’s 1,000th all-time victory.

Burriss, who will be 28 years old by 2013 Opening Day, gets a fresh start with a new organization for the 2013 season. The Grizzlies organization wishes Emmanuel the best of luck in the new chapter of his career.

I Hate The Off-Season 4 – Episode 1

The season premiere of “I Hate The Off-Season 4″ has been released. Parker and the Grizzlies front office are once again joined by the unwelcome guest, The Offseason, and in the first episode, they show their disdain for him…or it. Not sure what to call it.

A Valuable Pair Called Up To San Francisco

Machi made 53 appearances with the Grizzlies in 2012 (Don Davis/dadphoto.com)

The Fresno Grizzlies’ 2012 Opening Day roster featured nine players (including MLB Rehabber Ryan Vogelsong) that are currently on the San Francisco Giants’ active roster pushing for a National League West Division title.

Two pitchers, Jean Machi and Yusmeiro Petit, are certainly two of the most deserving Grizzlies hurlers that graduated to the Major League level in September.

The Venezuelan natives were not on the Giants’ 40-man roster all season, so their promotions are not the easiest. San Francisco had to make room by either designating a player for assignment or transferring another player to the 60-Day disabled list. A 40-man roster spot is valuable to all Major League clubs, and they only provide the roster security to the most deserving.

Machi and Petit were some of the closer friends on the Grizzlies roster. Obviously, the shared native country helped create the bond, but their personalities aligned for a season-long friendship. To see them both reach the Majors at the same time was a rewarding experience for all.

Petit got off to somewhat a slow start, posting a 5.35 ERA and only one win in his first seven starts to the season. Of his 33 runs allowed in the first seven starts, 21 were earned.

The Grizzlies, though, went 5-2 in Petit’s seven starts. Run support was not an issue in the first quarter of his season.

Petit began to author a different story for his season, however, beginning with his start against the Omaha Storm Chasers on May 15th at Chukchansi Park. He scattered seven hits and allowed two runs in six innings against Omaha, setting the table for a run of eight-straight quality starts.

Over his last 21 starts, Petit had 128 strikeouts and 25 walks while posting a 2.95 ERA. His 153 punchouts for the entire season (fourth-most in the PCL) are third-most in a single season for a Grizzlies pitcher in franchise history.

Petit finished the 2012 season leading the Grizzlies in strikeouts (153), starts (28) and innings pitched (166.2) (photo from Don Davis/dadphoto.com)

Petit, 27, did not get his call-up from the Giants until September 8th, five days after the Grizzlies’ season ended. Petit has had plenty of Major League experience in his career, appearing in 71 games (36 starts) over four seasons with Florida (2006) and Arizona (2007-09).

Machi was a steady rock in the Grizzlies bullpen for the entire season. He was tied with Heath Hembree for the team-lead in saves with 15. Machi was 15-for-16 when entering in the ninth inning during a save opportunity.

Machi also set the Grizzlies’ season-high for most consecutive scoreless appearances with nine straight shutout outings from June 9-28.

Machi had already drawn the attention of the parent club’s decision makers early this year when he was a non-roster invitee to big league Spring Training – the first time in his career he attended a Major League camp. It is a nice vote of confidence heading into a new season when you spend the first few weeks of Spring Training at the Major League training complex.

The 30-year-old Machi made his Major League debut on September 3rd against Arizona, throwing 95 mph gas and completing a perfect ninth inning of an eventual extra-inning (and emotional) win for the Giants.

San Francisco has 18 active pitchers for their stretch run to the playoffs. Machi and Petit will provide specific roles out of the Giants bullpen, with their appearances limited compared to the amount of time they pitched while with the Grizzlies. Machi and Petit, though, probably don’t mind the smaller roles as the opportunity to help the Giants make the playoffs is too good to pass up.

Walk-Up Songs – Updated

Here is an updated list of Grizzlies players’ walk-up music for the 2012 season:

Player – Song, Artist
Brock Bond – One Day, Matisyahu
Emmanuel Burriss - One in a Million, Sanchez
Justin Christian – San Francisco Anthem, San Quinn
Juan Ciriaco – Voy Delante, Redimi2
Charlie Culberson – Ignition, TobyMac
Chris Dominguez – Hold On (Sub Focus Remix), Rusko
Conor Gillaspie – Rebirthing, Skillet
Eric Hacker – Bad to the Bone, George Thorogood
Roger Kieschnick – Writer’s Block, Royce Da 5’9”
George Kontos – Till I Collapse (Instrumental), Eminem
Andrew Kown – Anthem for the Underdogs, 12 Stones
Tyler LaTorre – Larger Than Life, Backstreet Boys
Todd Linden – Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
Mitch Lively – It’s Raining Men, The Weather Girls
Ryan Lollis – Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
Shane Loux – He Got Game, Public Enemy
Jean Machi – Bandoleros, Don Omar Tego Calderon
Nick Noonan – Can’t Stop, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Francisco Peguero – Aqui No Hay Miedo, El Batallon
Brett Pill – Religion, Godsmack
Wilmin Rodriguez – My Destiny, Yomo
Skyler Stromsmoe – Born Again, Newsboys
Ydwin Villegas – Go Getta, Young Jeezy
Eli Whiteside – The Ocean, Led Zeppelin
Jackson Williams – Coming Undone, Korn
Matt Yourkin – Don’t Tread on Me, Metallica

May 24, 2012 – 3 Things To Watch For

Fresno Grizzlies (31-15) at Albuquerque Isotopes (27-20)
5:35 PM PDT at Isotopes Park
Radio: 105.5 FM “The Truth”

Eric Hacker is going for his eighth win this season and 24th in his Grizzlies career. He is currently tied with Matt Palmer for third on the Grizzlies’ all-time career wins list with 23. In 2010, Hacker set the Grizzlies franchise record for wins in a season with 16. The right-hander has recorded a decision in each of his eight starts with Fresno this season (7-1).

Hacker and Albuquerque starting pitcher Will Savage are tied for the PCL’s lead in wins with seven each. Savage started the 2012 season pitching out of the Albuquerque bullpen, making five appearances as a reliever and posting a 3-0 record from the ‘pen. Hacker, meanwhile, made one start for the San Francisco Giants on April 27th.

The Grizzlies recorded 18 hits in last night’s win, which fell one base knock short of matching their season-high (19 on April 21st at Tacoma). Fresno had a combined 13 hits in the first two games of the series, but the Grizzlies pace the PCL with 492 hits (Albuquerque is fifth with 472). They are batting .319 (263-for-824) in 22 road games.

May 23, 2012 – 3 Things To Watch For

Fresno Grizzlies (30-15) at Albuquerque Isotopes (27-19)
5:35 PM PDT at Isotopes Park
Radio: 105.5 FM “The Truth”

Roger Kieschnick has reached base in each of the 21 road games this season. His 21-game on-base streak on the road is the longest in the PCL in 2012. He walked twice last night to extend the streak, and he has posted a .412 on-base percentage in the 21 games.

The Grizzlies have lost five consecutive games to the Isotopes dating back to last season. Fresno has also lost back-to-back road games for the first time since August 3-4, 2011 at Iowa. The last time Fresno lost three straight road games was from July 17-20, 2011 at Sacramento and Reno.

After recording the winning decision in his last outing, Fresno starting pitcher Brian Burres is looking for his first back-to-back winning decisions since April 29th and May 6th in 2010 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The left-hander has a 80-75 record over 353 games in his professional career (Major and Minor Leagues).

May 22, 2012 – 3 Things To Watch For

Fresno Grizzlies (30-14) at Albuquerque Isotopes (26-19)
5:35 PM PDT at Isotopes Park
Radio: 105.5 FM “The Truth”

Justin Christian may have went hitless last night, ending his hitting streak at 14 games, but the centerfielder walked in his final at-bat of the game, thus extending his consecutive on-base streak to 15 games. If Christian reaches base safely in tonight’s game, he will tie Roger Kieschnick (April 16-May 2) for the longest consecutive game on-base streak by a Grizzlies hitter this season at 16 games.

Grizzlies manager Bob Mariano is going for his 200th career win tonight. After posting a 30-14 record this season, Mariano currently holds a 199-183 career record (.521 winning percentage). Mariano entered the season with a 169-169 record over three seasons.

The Grizzlies have the best road record in the PCL with a 15-5 mark (.750), leading the second-place Sacramento River Cats (14-7, .667). Including last night’s loss, three of the Grizzlies five losses on the road this season have occurred in a walk-off fashion. The other two walk-off losses for Fresno were on April 23 at Tacoma and May 6 at Colorado Springs.

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