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    1929 Draft and outlook for 1930

    The team certainly has a challenging year ahead.

    The draft yielded a promising young third baseman, Frank Adrian.

    The pitching rotation is going through significant changes in the years ahead, with Bernard Mark retiring after an unlucky 13 years with the club. John Wood will take his spot in the rotation.

    David Woods was added to the starting rotation after several strong outings in long relief, replacing Doug Keys.

    The team is trying to close a deal involving Edwin Williams that would bring Karl Adrian and another young pitcher to the team, opening up a spot at first base for Brent Cole. If that falls through, Cole will move to RF.

    The team is looking to add a SS, 2B, SP and a Closer and to move the players listed here.

    Right now the starting rotation for 1930 looks promising in some areas but weak in many. New to the roster/position marked with an *
    C: Anthony Kincaid*
    1B: Brent Cole
    2B: John Beadles*
    SS: Rick Travers
    3B: Ron McCurry
    LF: Nick Hardwick
    CF: George Griffin*
    RF: James Weaver
    DH: Doug Johnson

    SP1: David Woods*
    SP2: John Wood*
    SP3: Chris Frye
    SP4: George Morgan
    SP5: Don Sheldon
    LR: Bill Shinn*
    MR1: Tom Bloom*
    MR2: Jeff Brittingham
    SU1: Bob Newell
    SU2: Doug Keys
    CL: Richard Aiken*
    Last edited by FLankkks; August 1, 2011 at 07:05 PM.

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    Re: Phoenix Firebirds Team Page

    8/9/1929: Traded 28 y.o. 1B Edwin Williams to the Portland Beavers for 22 y.o. P George Earls (P) and Portlands second pick in 1930.

    Williams was stuck in a situation with 3 first basemen all of similar talent. Without sitting a bat out or platooning, two of them had to move.

    In return for Williams, the team picks up Earls who may be able to anchor the weak bullpen in a few years time.

    EDIT: Second round pick ended up being: RF Chris Steinberg
    Last edited by FLankkks; August 29, 2011 at 02:28 AM.
    "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
    -Tom Cheek's call on Joe Carter's walk-off, championship-clinching homerun, WS Game 6, Oct 23, 1993.

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    Re: Phoenix Firebirds Team Page

    8/19/1929: The Firebirds acquired P Richard Aiken from the Eugene Emeralds in exchange for pitching prospects Rob Reynoso and Ernie Vaughn.

    Aiken has spent the entire 1929 season in the minors and has been very unsuccessful throughout his career. His one winning season was spent as a reliever for the Seattle Rainiers.

    Aiken will probably move to the bullpen and replace Ken Crook who's been the worst pitcher on Phoenix this season.
    "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
    -Tom Cheek's call on Joe Carter's walk-off, championship-clinching homerun, WS Game 6, Oct 23, 1993.

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    Re: Phoenix Firebirds Team Page

    The Firebirds finished the 1929 season with a record of 66-94, tied for second last overall. In hopes of a better 1930 season, some changes are already being made.

    30 year old Jason Bauer was released following a poor 1929 season where he hit only .204 and stole 29 bases while being caught 7 times. This is quite a decline from his 1928 season when he hit .235 with 45 stolen bases and almost 80 runs scored. We were hoping his numbers would improve, but it seems Bauer's best years are behind him. At 1.2 million a season, we can't justify inviting him to spring training.

    Long-time Firebird, Jon Stone saw further decline in his effectiveness last year, posting an ERA of over 6.5 in 9 starts and several bullpen appearances. This is the second straight season he's posted an ERA over 6 combined with over 100 IP. At 33 years old, Stone isn't feeling terribly enthusiastic about his career and is probably happy to take his glove and enjoy his retirement.

    Brady Jenson was drafted in the second round of 1916 by the Firebirds but only once saw more than 50 IP in a season. With his opponents career slugging % at nearly 500, it's hard to find a place for him in any game that the team wants to win.

    The Firebirds will be looking around for players to fill these holes.

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    Re: Phoenix Firebirds Team Page

    Firebirds are 5-7 to start the season. Not a great start, but some highlights include:

    John Wood notched his first win as a starter after switching to the role late last year, pitching a complete game and allowing 3 runs.

    David Woods who was also introduced into the rotation late last year, is off to a good start with only 5 runs allowed in 3 starts.

    Our offense has struggled, but Marcus Cole is off to a great start hitting .421 with at least a hit in all but one game this season.

    In the upcoming draft, we're looking to add to our middle infield and to our bullpen. At 36, our SS Travers won't last too much longer and third baseman John Beadles doesn't play second base very well. Our bullpen meanwhile has combined for an awesome 24 runs in 19 innings and only one of them is under 28.

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    Re: Phoenix Firebirds Team Page

    The Firebirds added some depth to their middle infield, picking up rangey SS James Steinberg from the Hollywood Stars in exchange for 21 year old outfield prospect Lindsey Kidder.

    Steinberg will be filling in for the aging Rick Travers this year and will likely be playing a lot more next year as Travers and Marcus Cole start to decline.

    This puts a little less pressure on picking up a SS in the upcoming draft since Steinberg can fill the role for at least 3-4 years.
    "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
    -Tom Cheek's call on Joe Carter's walk-off, championship-clinching homerun, WS Game 6, Oct 23, 1993.

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    Re: Phoenix Firebirds Team Page

    THis Monday, Phoenix selects 4th overall in the draft and are looking to add a starting pitcher or a 2B to the teams low minors. The team currently has Steinberg platooning with REg Vernon at 2B. Next year Steinberg will play SS full time.

    The past few weeks the Firebirds have been playing sub 500 and are 4th in the division at 29-35 a whopping 18 games behind the Tigers, who look pretty impressive this season, and 7 games behind second place San Diego.

    Some highlights: John Beadles has finally come alive after a soft start, hitting 8 HR and 16 RBI in the past 10 games bringing him up to a team leading 20HR, 50RBI for the season. Nick Hardwick has also woken up and leads the team hitting .346. McCurry is also having a great year in his first full-time season, hitting .310 with 12HR and 29RBI. Starter David Woods has been impressive, with a 2.81 ERA and 1.19 WHIP but a record of only 5-5.

    Some lowlights: George Griffin and Brent Cole who the team hopes will be their next generation hitters, are both having rough seasons. Griffin is hitting under .220 with only 7 HR and Brent Cole is hitting .255 with 6 HR. Aside from Woods, the pitching staff has performed very poorly.
    "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
    -Tom Cheek's call on Joe Carter's walk-off, championship-clinching homerun, WS Game 6, Oct 23, 1993.

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    Re: Phoenix Firebirds Team Page

    Phoenix added the following players in the draft:
    Age Pos
    18 C Mike Butler - Will hopefully become a perennial All-Star catcher
    19 2B Julian Koons - Big power and might be able to play 2B well enough.
    19 RF Chris Steinberg - Another big power hitter, his defense might land him at DH
    17 P Alton Brown - The scouts say this guy will be good enough to make the active roster. We'll see.

    Following the draft, the Firebirds released veteran pitchers Jeffrey Brittingham and Bob Newell, calling up Chris Pappas and Don Sheldon from AAA.

    The team also release a utility outfielder and called up Doug Johnson.
    "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
    -Tom Cheek's call on Joe Carter's walk-off, championship-clinching homerun, WS Game 6, Oct 23, 1993.

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    Almost as rare as a no-hitter

    Almost as rare as a no-hitter

    With Barlett on the mound and Cameron behind the plate, James Weaver stole second base in the 3rd inning of this game against the Denver Bears.

    Weaver is great at picking his moments and has never been caught in a base stealing attempt.
    Last edited by FLankkks; August 25, 2011 at 07:40 PM.
    "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
    -Tom Cheek's call on Joe Carter's walk-off, championship-clinching homerun, WS Game 6, Oct 23, 1993.

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    Re: Phoenix Firebirds Team Page

    James Steinberg has been a great addition to the team. Since joining the club at SS, the Firebirds are 21-16 and in third place in the South Division with a 47-49 record; just 3 games behind second place San Diego.

    DAvid Woods continues to pitch well with a 2.61 ERA and 1.2 WHIP. Some more run support from the sleeping bats of James Weaver and Brent Cole might land them a playoff spot for the first time since 1920, when the Firebirds won the World Series. Rick Travers and Marcus Cole are the only players still on the team from that year and although Cole is having a great year, Travers is warming the bench after hitting .256 with just 6 HRs in the first half of the season.
    "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
    -Tom Cheek's call on Joe Carter's walk-off, championship-clinching homerun, WS Game 6, Oct 23, 1993.

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