Six from ’10 SeaWolves sign with Detroit

   February 7, 2011 2:30 pm    Comments Off

The Detroit Tigers signed eight players to 2011 contracts Monday. They included six who appeared in an Erie SeaWolves uniform at some point last season. Right-handed pitchers Lester Oliveros, Jose Ortega and Bryan Villarreal; left-handers Duane Below and Charles Furbush; and infielder Audy Ciriaco each agreed to terms. Also signing with Detroit was first baseman/outfielder…


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Fantasy beat: It’s time to get ready for 2011

   February 5, 2011 9:29 pm    Comments Off

Yep, it’s Super Bowl time. You know what that means? Fantasy baseball is right around the corner. Some leagues already are getting ready for the season, so now’s the time to get ready to dominate. Here are some must-reads as you prepare for the season: Depth crucial in plotting draft strategy. Talented Mr. Roto releases…


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Indians interested in Bonderman

   February 4, 2011 12:36 pm    Comments Off

The Cleveland Indians are working to land free-agent right-handed starter Jeremy Bonderman, according to multiple sources. Bonderman, who has pitched for the Detroit Tigers since his major league debut in 2003, went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA in 30 games last season after suffering injury-plagued seasons in 2008-09. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski…


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St. Pierre story showcased on MLB site

   February 1, 2011 10:01 pm    Comments Off

Erie was one of seven different cities where catcher Max St. Pierre plied his trade over a 14-year minor league career. And the Quebec native doesn’t regret the number of teams or seasons it took to finally break into Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 4. writer Ashley Marshall interviewed St….


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Strieby still wrestling with wrist issue

   January 30, 2011 6:59 pm    Comments Off columnist Jason Beck interviewed former Erie SeaWolves first baseman-outfielder Ryan Strieby during last week’s TigerFest in Detroit. Strieby discussed at length the wrist injury that began to plague him in 2009, his lone season with Erie. The injury limited him to 86 games with the SeaWolves, although he still hit .303 with 19 home…


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Fantasy beat: Beware of these pitchers in 2011

   January 29, 2011 6:08 pm    Comments Off

– Before I delve into the moves of interest from last week, I want to point out an interesting article in Sports Illustrated. Tom Verducci has put out his list of pitchers to watch. And, by watch, I mean to avoid. The Verducci Effect lists pitchers who have had a significant workload increase from one…


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Baysox new manager remains in Maryland

   January 29, 2011 2:34 pm    Comments Off

The Eastern League’s latest managerial transaction took place Friday, when the Baltimore Orioles promoted Gary Kendall to the Bowie Baysox’s Double-A dugout. Kendall, 47, makes a short trip down Interstate 95 in Maryland after managing the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds since 2008. He takes over for Brad Komminsk, who led Bowie its last four seasons. Komminsk…


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Fans can feast on food offers at Uht

   January 28, 2011 1:13 pm    Comments Off

The Erie SeaWolves announced the dates and benefits of their All-You-Can-Eat Wolf Pack Plan for this season’s Eastern League games at Jerry Uht Park. Each plan available will cost $49 per person. All games in each plan are Friday and Saturday contests. For more information or to sign up, call the SeaWolves at 814 456-1300….


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Indians squash Sizemore trade rumors

   January 28, 2011 12:39 pm    Comments Off

Grady Sizemore is not on the trading block, for now. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti confirmed that statement and shot down an offseason rumor about the Indians center fielder during a Town Hall meeting in downtown Cleveland on Thursday. “I normally don’t get into individual rumors,” Antonetti said. “This one time, I will comment on…


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Brewers offer invite to ’07 Erie infielder

   January 27, 2011 10:00 pm    Comments Off

Infielder Erick Almonte, who appeared in 50 games for the 2007 Erie SeaWolves, will be a non-roster invitee when the Milwaukee Brewers begin spring training next month. Almonte, who turns 33 on Feb. 1, signed with the Brewers in 2009 and played the last two seasons with their Triple-A team in Nashville, Tenn. He also…


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