Big change to the lineup today as Logan Watkins starts in Center for the first time as a pro. He has seven outfield games in his career, all in left, 5 in AZL in 2008 and two in Boise last season. And welcome back to Nelson Perez who hit .251 with 11 homers and 65 RBI in 120 games for the Chiefs last season.
Jones & Guzman with night off against a left-handed starter in John Lamb, Burlington’s opening day starter.
And in case you missed it on yesterday’s pregame show, here is my interview with Trey McNutt:McNuttInterview5_14.mp3
Cloudy in Burlington but not supposed to rain. Three roster moves today and one new player in the lineup already.
Cerda 2B (1st time this season)
Thomas 3B (Chiefs debut)
Searle SP (1st Chiefs start, 3rd appearance)
I’m hoping to get Trey McNutt on the pregame show for an interview if there is enough time after batting practice.
Here are Game Notes:May14GameNotes.pdf
Here we are at Community Field in Burlington. Left later today cause the overnight rains canceled batting practice. The Bees were rained out last night in Cedar Rapids so their rotation was switched at last minute and we face RHP Matt Mitchell tonight, he was scheduled to throw last night.
Some Nelson, Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection blaring over the speakers right now. Even I can’t make this stuff up. Is it 1990? Ha.
First game without Jose Valdez who was promoted today to Daytona. No replacement sent so we have 24 guys tonight.
Lots of rain on the way. Hopefully not until late tonight though. We’ll see. Team is on the field right now (3:30) stretching and throwing after early work.
Monday lineup vs. Clinton
Day off for Lee and Jones with a lefty on the hill for KC. Chiefs did beat Justin Marks on April 22 6-4. More info on that in Game Notes:
So here it is my 1,000th Chiefs broadcast. The stat geek that I am I pulled together these numbers you may find interesting.
Chiefs record: 509-482 regular season…2-6 playoffs. 511-488 overall (8 games missed. 4 in 2006 for my Grandma’s 90th birthday and 4 in 2008 for my best friends wedding in Oklahoma. the Chiefs were 4-4 in those games and the stats from those games are not included)
Home run calls: Chiefs 619, opponents 621.
3 HR games: 2, one by Ryan Harvey for us. One by Nelson Cruz (KC) against us.
No-Hitters called: 5, 3 for Chiefs, 2 (both by Burlington) against us.
Triple Plays: 3, all for the Chiefs. One in Peoria, Great Lakes and Lansing
Cycles: 1, against us by Michael Hernandez in West Michigan
Chiefs to make the Majors: 29, Evans, Barton, Ryan, Mather, Patterson, Fuld, Montanez, Hoffpauir, Gorecki, McCoy, Pagnozzi, Donaldson
Cavazos, Thompson, McClellan, Worrell, Parisi, Dove, Lambert, Doyne, Gallagher, Samardzija, Blevins, Motte, Veal, Hawksworth, Atkins, Berg, Russell
MLB Rehabs: 17 Girardi, Garciaparra, Wood, Guzman, Mateo, Hill, Hart, Prior, Miller, Lieber, Eyre, Ramirez, Blanco, Johnson, Zambrano, Lilly, Williamson
Sampling of non-player pre-game or on-air guests: Ryne Sandberg, Jody Davis, Nomar Garciaparra, Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Ozzie Smith, Fergie Jenkins, Jon McDonough, Jim Hendry, Oneri Fleita, Ron Santo, Steve Stone, Gary Hughes, Bruce Weber, Ron Zook, Senator Dick Durbin, Secretary of State Jesse White, Jim Les, Dave Snell, Robbie Gould and Mark Anderson….and so many countless others.
I picked out some of my favorite calls and they will air on the pregame show tonight. I’ll post the file either post game or tomorrow.
Tonight is my 1,000th Chiefs radio broadcast. Wow. It all started April 3, 2003 with a come from behind 11-10 win over Burlington at O’Brien Field. There’s a ton of people to thank cause in no way shape or form is this a one man show. So let me get to the thank yous and then there are some cool (at least to me) stats I’ve put together.
First and foremost thank you to all the Chiefs co-workers I’ve had over the last seven years, past and present from Rocky Vonachen and Ralph Converse all the way down. Lots of sales people and events/entertainment managers who have made my job easy. And about a hundred or so interns, box office employees, ticket takers, ushers and catering staff who are always working hard around the stadium as well.And to the always supportive Peoria Chiefs Booster Club. Then there are the players, coaches, managers, other broadcasters, roving coaches and athletic trainers who provide key information and interviews. Local media members have been great to work with as well from the three TV stations to the PJ Star and our countless area radio stations, thank you. And finally to the producers I’ve had at WOAM and now ESPN Radio (and I will name these guys and gals behind the scene cause they are crucial and hard working). There was Adam, Sue, Chuck, Richard and Alicia at WOAM with Bob Kelly and Joyce Powell. John Arrowwood has worked on our broadcasts at both stations and at ESPN Nick Siefken is my go-to-guy under Doc Watson. Thank You.
And of course a huge thank you to my parents, brother, family and friends and our great Chiefs fans for their constant support. Couldn’t have done it without any of you. I appreciate every listener we have, Chiefs fans, Cubs fans, Cardinals fans, whatever fans. Parents of players, family members of players, general baseball fans. Everyone. Thanks for listening to the first 1,000 and here’s to the next 1,000! Stats coming in next post.
I was slacking the last few days. My apologies as we finished up the homestand.
Here is the lineup from Elfstrom Stadium where it is chilly and cloudy but rain should stay away. Chiefs 3-0 vs. Kane County this season but all three were close. 8-7 (11 inn), 4-2 and 6-4.
1. Lee SS
2. Watkins DH (1st time this season)
3. Rohan 3B
4. Bour 1B
5. Fitzgerald LF
6. Mota C
7. Jones RF
8. Matheus 2B
9. Guzman CF
SP Jonathan Nagel RHP – 35/40 pitches followed by RHP Ryan Searle
Off days for Jose Valdez and Matt Cerda.
Chiefs will face three top-15 Prospects for Cedar Rapids the next three days: #5 Garrett Richards on Tuesday, #6 Fabio Martinez on Wednesday at #12 Patrick Corbin on Thursday.
Today’s game notes:
and here are yesterdays:
Lot of fun at the ballpark last night with the Nick Struck 5 inning no-hitter but a ton of work as well getting the tarp on the field in the wind. Check out the staff working hard to corral the tarp and get it on the field.