Monday, April 14, 2008

'Kevin in the Ticket Office' Says Goodbye

Just wanted to let all of our readers and commentors know that this will be my last post as 'Kevin in the Ticket Office'.

As most of you know, this blog has been my baby. I created it, I designed it, and I've written and edited it.

New folks in the Ticket Office and hopefully throughout the Threshers offices will take over the blog, and hopefully provide a fresh point of view and some great content. I hope so, because I'll be reading it as well!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A Night as the Stats Stringer

Have you ever wondered how the statistics and play-by-play were compiled at a Clearwater Threshers game?

I got to experience it first-hand again last night as the stats stringer for MiLB. In the Florida State League, the stats stringer communicates by phone with an operator up north who enters the information into the MiLB software. This is the information that you see on the Internet when you visit our Official Site or the Minor League Baseball web site.

The stats stringer arrives in the press box around 15-20 minutes before the game and sits between the scoreboard operator and the official scorer. The first order of business is to call and give information about the starting lineups and current weather conditions. The stats stringer is supposed to keep score and detailed notes to give as much information as possible to the operator. It is important to note that while the stats stringer does keep score, the official scorer makes all the scoring decisions. Calls are made at every half-inning to provide frequent updates. Attention to detail, especially the current batter and pitcher are very important.

It was definitely a nice change of pace for me, as it usually takes me about 10-20 games to catch nine innings of baseball.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Alumni Update

Stars from April 7

Reading (AA) beat Bowie 6-3 in 10 innings.

Carlos Carrasco gave up just one run on three hits and struck out seven in five innings.

Patrick Overholt (1-0) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Brad Harman, Lou Marson, and Greg Golson all had two hits in the game.

Other Notes
Andrew Carpenter starts for Reading tonight.

Jason Donald reportedly left Monday's game with an injury.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Zagurski to Miss Season

Former Threshers pitcher Michael Zagurski will miss the 2008 season after undergoing 'Tommy John' surgery yesterday.

Mike had a 1.10 ERA and five saves in twelve appearances for the Threshers in 2007. He also saw action in Reading, Ottawa, and Philadelphia.

Alumni Update

Stars from Opening Day (4/3)

Big Night for Reading (AA) as they beat the Altoona Curve 8-3.

Andrew Carpenter (1-0) gave up two runs in five innings.

Jeremy Slayden had three hits, including a triple, and knocked in one RBI.

Jason Donald had two hits, including one double, and knocked in two RBIs.

Lou Marson had two hits and knocked in one RBI.