OPENING WEEKEND TICKETS
Secure 2014 Opening Week tickets for your favorite Aceball fan! Single-game tickets for the Opening Series of 2014 will go on sale Cyber Monday, December 2, at 12:01 a.m. Use the links below to get yours once they go on sale!
|Thu, April 3||6:35 p.m.||El Paso Chihuahuas||Opening Night, Magnet Schedules (9,000 fans)||Tickets|
|Fri, April 4||6:35 p.m.||El Paso Chihuahuas||Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday||Tickets|
|Sat, April 5||6:35 p.m.||El Paso Chihuahuas||Wearable Blankets presented by Harrah’s (2,000 fans)||Tickets|
|Sun, April 6||1:05 p.m.||El Paso Chihuahuas||Family Funday||Tickets|
Paul Caputo of “Bloggers To Be Named Later” made his first visit to Aces Ballpark earlier this month. His recap can be found here.
Ben Hill of MiLB.com interviewed Aces Communications Manager Shannon Siders about travel in the PCL.
Minor League Baseball’s 160 teams are divided into 14 leagues, 13 of which use buses as the primary mode of road trip transportation. And then there’s the Pacific Coast League, which, more often than not, flies the friendly skies.
When the Pacific Coast League was founded at the turn of the century, its moniker was an accurate one as the teams included therein operated at points along the West Coast. But the circuit has expanded throughout the years — particularly after the dismantling of the Triple-A American Association following the 1997 campaign — and it now includes teams scattered throughout 12 states and three time zones.
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Yesterday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) kicked off their awards season with the naming of the 2013 MLB Rookies of the Year. A pair of Florida rookies took home the awards for their respective leagues this season.
Wil Myers (Tampa Bay), who earned the ROY title for the American League, played against the Aces in 4 regular season games and 4 playoff games in 2012 as a member the Omaha Storm Chasers. Overall, he went 4×31 (.129) with a double, 3 RBI, 2 walks and 13 strikeouts in those games. Reno was one of few teams able to successfully limit Myers’ production that season, as he went on to win the Minor League Player of the Year award.
The National League’s recipient, Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, made the jump from Double-A in 2012 straight to the majors in 2013. Although the Aces play the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate for a four-game set every season, Reno did not see any action against Fernandez.
Later today, the Manager of the Year awards will be announced, followed by the Cy Young awards Wednesday. The BBWAA awards are capped off by the announcement of the league MVPs on Thursday. D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is up against Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and St Louis’s Yadier Molina for the top award in the NL.
D-backs Minor League Free Agents:
RHP: Nate Adcock (AAA), Shawn Camp (AAA), Matt Wright (AAA)
LHP: Steve Garrison (AA)
C: Mike Brenly (AAA), Ed Easley (AAA), Rossmel Perez (AA)
INF: Jake Fox (AAA), Taylor Harbin (AAA)
OF: Sawyer Carroll (AA), Dustin Martin (AA), Juan Rivera (AAA), Brad Snyder (AAA)
Last week, Baseball America released its list of Minor League Free Agents, including 13 players who ended the season with the D-backs organization. Nine of those players spent time with the Aces during 2013.
Draft picks from the 2007 draft who are not on 40-man rosters qualified for minor league free agency for the first time this year. Minor League free agents may re-sign with their previous organization, or seek employment with another team.
The full list of Minor League free agents can be found by clicking here.
Take your swings on the field at Aces Ballpark for a good cause! On Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. until at least 4 p.m., the Reno Aces are offering the chance to step up to home plate and swing for the fences off our ATEC pitching machine!
For a minimum suggested donation of $1 per pitch, or $20 for 25 pitches, you’ll be able to take batting practice on the field, with proceeds going to the SMS Compassion Fund. All proceeds will benefit those affected by the Sparks Middle School tragedy. Baseball bats and batting helmets will be provided, although fans are also welcome to bring their own equipment. Fans are also welcome to bring their fielding gloves to field hits, or practice catching pop-ups in the outfield off ATEC’s Power Hummer training machine. My Favorite Muffin will provide hot drinks and snacks for all hitters.
This special event is a collaboration of the Reno Aces, the Reno Aces Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, ATEC, and My Favorite Muffin. 100% of the donations collected at the event will go to the fund.
Donations can also be made by visiting the nevadafund.org website, or by calling (775) 333-5499.
The Salt River Rafters, which includes top D-backs prospects, have evened their record at 12-12 through the first 24 games of the season. Along with D-backs prospects, the Rafters are also comprised of prospects from the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays organizations.
Salt River currently leads all six AFL teams in team batting average (.272) and doubles (48), and rank second in runs (139).
Seven D-backs prospects have appeared for the Rafters, and below is an update on their AFL stats.
- INF Nick Ahmed, the D-backs No. 13 prospect,has gone 11×50 (.220) with a double, a homer, 4 RBI and 10 walks, with 12 runs scored.
- INF Mike Freeman owns a .308 average (12×39), with 3 doubles, 8 RBI and 4 runs.
- INF Jake Lamb is batting .293 (17×58) across 15 games, with 3 doubles, a home run, 7 RBI and 11 runs. His 21 strikeouts are tied for third-most among all AFL players.
- RHP Jake Barrett has gone 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA (5 ER in 5.2 IP) across 6 games for Salt River. He has surrendered 2 home runs, allowed six walks and struck out 5.
- LHP Andrew Chafin appeared in just 2 games, giving up 2 ER in 2.1 IP, before he was replaced by LHP Henry Garcia last month. Garcia is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (3 ER in 4.0 IP) in 4 games for the Rafters.
- RHP Bo Schultz, who spent part of last season with the Aces, is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA (5 ER in 23.1 IP) across 5 starts for the Rafters. His 22 strikeouts and 23.1 IP are tops among all AFL pitchers.
- RHP Matt Stites is 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA (4 ER in 8.1 IP) and 1 save. He has not allowed a run, earned or otherwise, since his second appearance for Salt River, on Oct. 11. His 6 games finished are tied for third-most among all AFL pitchers.
All stats through Wednesday, Nov. 6.
On Monday, Phil Nevin was named the second manager in Reno Aces franchise history. The 2014 campaign will mark Nevin’s first season in the Diamondbacks organization, and sixth overall season as a manager in professional baseball.
After he officially retired from playing baseball in 2007, Nevin joined the Padres’ pre-game radio show, and also served as an ESPN analyst for college baseball regionals and the College World Series.
In 2008, Nevin decided he wanted to return to baseball as a manager. He was named skipper of the Orange County Flyers of independent baseball for the 2009 season, and led the club to a 37-39 record.
Following a meeting at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings that offseason, Nevin was hired as manager for the Double-A Erie Sea Wolves in the Detroit chain. In his first stint as manager of an affiliated professional baseball club, he guided the Sea Wolves to a 66-76 record. Nevin was promoted to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens after just one season with Erie. He spent the next three seasons with Toledo, leading the Mud Hens to an overall 188-244 record from 2011–13. Overall, Nevin is 291-359 (.448) in his managerial career.
He was taken as the number one overall pick by the Houston Astros in the 1992 draft out of Cal State-Fullerton. In 1992, he led the Titans to the finals of the College World Series, and was named the Most Outstanding Player. He went 10×19 with two home runs and 11 RBI, but his team ultimately fell to the Pepperdine Waves. He was also awarded the Golden Spikes Award (given to the best amateur player in the nation each year), and was named the College Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
In the summer of 1992, Nevin served as the starting third baseman for Team USA for the Olympics in Barcelona. The squad finished fourth out of a field of eight teams that year.
Nevin went on to spend 12 seasons at the major league level with Houston (1995), Detroit (1995-97), Anaheim Angels (1998), San Diego Padres (1999-2005), Texas Rangers (2005-06), Chicago Cubs (2006) and Minnesota Twins (2006).
While with the Padres in 2001, Nevin earned a National League All-Star bid, and finished the season ranked 7th among all NL batters in home runs (41) and RBI (126). He recorded 100+ hits in five different seasons (1999–2002, 2004), and saw time at five different defensive positions throughout his MLB career.
The Reno Aces hosted the first-ever Trick or Suite event at Aces Ballpark Wednesday night, welcoming 2,530 fans.
Fans donated 1,127 pounds of canned and boxed foods at the gates, which was all donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The food, which was valued at $1,904.63 according to the Food Bank, will be used to feed the needy in the Northern Nevada community.
In addition, over $600 was raised to be donated to the winning suites in the decorating contest. New2U Computers/Disability Resources Inc. took home first place, and half of the night’s proceeds will be donated to their organization. Disability Resources Inc. Sun Valley Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League and Optim (benefiting the Reno Aces Foundation) placed second and third, respectively, and will each get a share of the remaining proceeds.
“The Aces would like to thank all of the nonprofits and businesses who helped make Trick or Suite a success, as well as everyone who attended,” said Eric Edelstein, Aces Chief Operating Officer. “We were blown away with the response in our first year of this event, and look forward to making it an annual tradition.”
Other participating organizations included JNS Sports, Inc., Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, UPS (benefitting the United Way) and United Federal Credit Union (benefiting Sparks Middle School).
The Aces will continue their charitable efforts during the offseason, with the Swings for Sparks event on Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fans are invited to come to Aces Ballpark to take swings on the field off a pitching machine for a suggested minimum donation of $1 per pitch or 25 pitches for $20. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the SMS Compassion Fund, organized by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, to aid those affected by the Sparks Middle School shooting. The special event is a collaboration of the Reno Aces, the Reno Aces Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, ATEC and My Favorite Muffin and Bagel Cafe, and more information can be found online at www.RenoAces.com/sms.
The Aces will announce the club’s new manager in a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4. Members of the media and the community are invited to the ballpark that day for an unveiling of the new manager, who will be in attendance. Fans can come to the ballpark at 6:30 that night for a meet and greet to be held in Bugsy’s at the Freight House District. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at that time.
Former manager Brett Butler, who led the team through the first five seasons of the club’s existence, recently accepted a coaching position with the Miami Marlins, opening the head spot in Reno.