September 02, 2003

SOUTHERN LEAGUE ANNOUNCES YEAR-END AWARD WINNERS

MARIETTA, GA – The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce the winners of the 2003 Southern League year-end awards as voted upon by League General Managers. League Field Managers voted for the Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant award and Radio Broadcasters also voted for Radio Broadcaster of the Year award. The winners are as follows:

JIMMY BRAGAN Executive of the Year

Peter Bragan, Jr. – Jacksonville Suns
Jacksonville’ Suns Vice President and General Manager, Peter Bragan, Jr., was named the 2003 Southern League Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year. Bragan has worked hard to make the 2003 season one of the most successful ever in the Jacksonville Suns’ illustrious history. Bragan saw a long-time dream come to fruition in 2003 when the Suns opened the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, their multi-million dollar state-of-the-art stadium. One of the top parks in the country, the Baseball Grounds helped the Suns set their all-time attendance record as 359,979 fans came through the turnstiles at a league-leading 5,454 per opening. Bragan and the Suns also hosted a very successful Southern League All-Star game in 2003 giving the sellout crowd and visiting guests a magnificent show.

Bragan has been with the Suns for 18-years, the longest tenure of any Southern League General Manager. Together with his father, Jacksonville Suns’ President, Peter Bragan, Bragan’s fun and exciting ideas help the Jacksonville Suns continually rank as a top franchise in Minor League Baseball.

Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Patrick Kinas – Carolina Mudcats
Patrick Kinas was named the 2003 Southern League Radio Broadcaster of the Year. Kinas is an 11-year veteran of Minor League Baseball and is currently in his fifth season as the Director of Broadcasting for the Carolina Mudcats. Kinas began his baseball career in 1993 with the Midwest League’s Clinton LumberKings. Before joining the Mudcats in 1999 he spent two seasons with the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League. Kinas is also the voice of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack women’s basketball program in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Patrick Kinas received his MA in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University in 1994, two years after completing his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Communications at Millikin University.

Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant
Ken Dunlap – Birmingham Barons
Ken Dunlap was honored for his superior service by being named the Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant in the Southern League in 2003. This is Dunlap’s 10th season working for the Barons in Birmingham and the fourth time he has been honored with the award. His staff includes Lance Shirley, Russ Moore and Scott Barnes. Originally from Pensacola, FL, Dunlap graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in Physical Education. Dunlap earned his MS in Recreation Administration from the University of Mississippi. Dunlap has been at the University of Alabama as the Intramural Director since 1988. Dunlap also owns and operates a television sports production company.

Sportswriter of the Year

Jim Davis – The Mountain Press

Jim Davis of The Mountain Press was named the 2003 Southern League co-Sportswriter of the Year for his exceptional coverage of the Tennessee Smokies and the Southern League. Davis has been with The Mountain Press for 20 years after starting in the beginning as the sports editor of the three-day-a-week paper. Davis has covered the Tennessee Smokies since their move to Smokies Park in Sevier County in 2000. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Davis is the former President of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA). Jim Davis is a 3-time TSWA Division II Writer of the Year.

David Paschall – Chattanooga Times Free Press

David Paschall of The Chattanooga Times Free Press was named the 2003 Southern League co-Sportswriter of the Year for his outstanding coverage of the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Southern League. Paschall has been at the Times Free Press since 1990 (formerly the Chattanooga News Free Press and Chattanooga Free Press) and has been the Lookouts’ primary writer for the last two years. Most of Paschall’s 14 years with the newspaper has been spent covering Southeastern Conference football with an emphasis the past four years on the University of Georgia. A graduate of Auburn University, Paschall became the youngest member to serve on the Board of Directors of the Football Writers Association of America in 1992. He has had stories picked up by the New York Times and Sports Illustrated.

The Southern League also announced its nominations for the three major post-season awards to be selected by Minor League Baseball and to be awarded at the 2003 Baseball Winter Meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana:

Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy:

Bill Shanahan, Vice President/General Manager of the Mobile BayBears

John H. Johnson President’s Trophy:

Peter Bragan, Jr., Vice President/General Manager of the Jacksonville Suns

Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year:

Kirstin Rayborn, Director of Marketing and Sales, Mobile BayBears

August 25, 2003

Baseball Rosters

Remember that rosters expand on the first of September so a lot of the demotions that you may see are likely to be very temporary. Most players will be back by 9/1. This is also the last week for waiver deals like those that sent Sterling Hitchcock to St. Louis and Garrett Stephenson.

Our two start pitching picks for the week:

Roger Clemens (CHA, @BOS)
Aaron Harang (MIL, STL)
Rich Harden (BAL, TB)
Livan Hernandez (PHI, @FLA)
Randy Johnson (SD, SF)
Estaban Loaiza (@NYA, @DET)
Gil Meche (@BOS, BAL)
Jamie Moyer (TB, BAL) - great match-ups.
Vincente Padilla (@MON, @NYN)
Andy Pettitte (BAL, @BOS)
Mark Prior (@STL, MIL)
Brad Radke (@ANA, @TEX)
Mark Redman (@PIT, MON)
Shane Reynolds (NYN, @PIT)
Jason Schmidt (@COL, @ARI) - both hitters’ parks but he is just so good.
Garrett Stephenson (CHN, @CIN)
Tim Wakefield (SEA, NYA)
Randy Wolf (@Mon, @NYN)


Ratchet them up!

Jose Contreras (SP-RP, Yankees): Has officially stolen the fifth spot in the rotation from Jeff Weaver. If he pitches like he did on Sunday he should get a nice surge in stats the last five weeks.

Todd Zeile (3B-1B, Expos): Should get to play almost everyday - not bad for a guy who spent most of his time warming the bench in the Bronx and was just released outright.

Keith Ginter (2B, Brewers): Should take over the everyday second base role since Eric Young got shipped to SF.

Curtis Leskanic (RP, Royals): As we suspected he would, Curtis is now stealing saves in KC and he should become their go-to guy since Mike MacDougal has been having lousy outings since the All-Star break.

Josh Towers (SP, Blue Jays): While not a overwhelming pitcher Josh proved he could be very successful a few years ago in Baltimore – that was before he broke his hand punching a wall. He seems to have that magic back and is very capable of overmatching most 3-4-5 starters.

Matt Morris (SP, Cardinals): Was very effective in his return to the rotation this weekend. The Cardinals (and many fantasy owners) really need him to produce.

Rich Aurilia (SS, Giants): Is back from the DL and looking good.

Tony Womack (SS, Cubs): Was traded from Arizona to Chicago where he will probably get a chance to play more. Not sure what he has left to offer though.

Rick Helling (SP, Marlins): Rick who has not been a dominant pitcher the last few seasons will in fact get another chance to shine. The Marlins might be a better team for him than an offensively (and defensively) challenged Baltimore team was. He might be a decent pickup with the right match-ups in deeper leagues.

David Riske (RP, Indians): Seems to have locked up the closing job in Cleveland for what few saves remain.

Matt Lawton (OF, Indians): Came off the DL. If he can stay healthy he is a decent pickup who is better than a lot of players on the waiver wire these days.

Felix Rodriguez (RP, Giants): Was activated from the DL - he’s only useful for holds.

Randall Simon (1B, Cubs): was traded to the Cubs from the Pirates. The heat of a pennant race might heat him up, but I wouldn’t bet on it. He should get RBI chances though.

Mark Bellhorn (1B-2B-3B): was called up from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and looks like he will take over at 3rd base.

Mike DeJean (RP, Cardinals): was acquired from the Brewers and could steal a save or two but is likely to get some holds.

Ratchet them down!

Barry Bonds (OF, Giants): Will miss some time due to the death of his father Bobby. We all mourn the loss and wish Barry the best - some of us will always remember Bobby fondly. What effect this will have on Barry the rest of the season is up in the air.

Rick Reed (SP, Twins): Will likely miss the rest of the season with a bulging disk in the back.

Eric Young (2B, Giants): Was traded to the contending SF Giants but will only be a player until the team is healthy again. Then he will end up warming the bench. He might get some steals and rack up some runs though.

Danys Baez (RP, Indians): Is no longer the closer.

Jeff Weaver (SP-RP, Yankees): Is no longer in the rotation. He has no value as a long reliever.

Mark Mulder (SP, Athletics): Has a break in his femur and will almost certainly miss 4 weeks minimum. Its unlikely he’ll throw another pitch before the playoffs - if Oakland can get there without him.

David Bell (3B, Phillies): His season is more than likely over due to a bulging disk in his back. Though considering how he has played this season there was no reason to consider him as a fantasy option anyway.

Jesse Foppert (SP, Giants): Was placed on the 15 day DL with elbow tendonitis. As long as the division is not in jeopardy they will probably be overly cautious in rushing him back.

Troy Glaus (3B, Angels): Is now officially gone for the season with a partially torn rotator cuff. Surgery is not required.

James Baldwin (SP, Free Agent): Chose to become a free agent rather than accept assignment.

Shawn Chacon (SP, Rockies): Is done for the season.

Runelvys Hernandez (SP, Royals): Was demoted to the minors and may need to show he is capable of bouncing back before seeing the big show again.

J.T. Snow (1B, Giants): Was placed on the 15 day DL.

Adam Dunn (OF, Reds): was placed on the 15 day DL.

J.D. Drew (OF, Cardinals): Went on the 15 day DL - again.

August 22, 2003

BC Powder Southern League Hitter and Pitcher of the Week Awards

(August 15 - August 21)

JON KNOTT – MOBILE BAYBEARS

Mobile BayBears’ outfielder/first baseman Jon Knott was named the BC Powder Southern League Hitter of the Week. Knott hit .412 (7 for 17), drove in six runs and scored five times. The Southern League All-Star blasted three home runs, walked three times, and was hit by pitches three times. For the week, the 25-year-old had a .941 slugging percentage and a .542 on-base percentage. The San Diego Padres signed Knott out of Mississippi State University as a nondrafted free agent in 2001. He resides in Nokomis, FL.


AB
R
H
RBI
2B
3B
HR
SB
AVG

Knott
17
5
7
6
0
0
3
0
.412




BC Powder Pitcher of the Week

JASON FRASOR – JACKSONVILLE SUNS

Jacksonville Suns’ closer Jason Frasor was honored as the BC Powder Southern League Pitcher of the Week after three overpowering performances. On August 15, the righthander closed out the victory against West Tenn by striking out two hitters in one inning of work while surrendering one hit and two walks, but no runs. The 26-year-old allowed no hits or runs, and only one walk in his next appearance against Tennessee on August 18. He recorded four of the five outs via strikeout in picking up the save. Frasor followed that performance on August 20, when he pitched a perfect final inning while striking out the Greenville side to garner his third save of the week. For the week, Frasor pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on one hit, while striking out nine, and walking three. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Frasor in a trade with the Detroit Tigers in 2002. The Tigers originally drafted Frasor in the 33rd round of the 1999 draft out of Southern Illinois University. He resides in Oak Forest, IL.


W-L
IP
SO
BB
HITS
ERA
SV

Frasor
0-0
3.2
9
3
1
0.00
3