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We’re going to carry over a feature from the blog last season and start incorporating it into this season. Before every game, home and away, we’ll post a pre-game preview of sorts. It’ll have the lineup for both teams, an interesting game note or two and Marty and myself’s “Player to Watch” prediction. Being a highly competitive person, I can’t just let it be a simple preview. We’re gong to turn it into a little competition…a friendly competition. After each game, a panel of neutral parties will select the “Pacific Star Star of the Game.” If the player we selected pre-game earns the nightly honor, we get a point. At the end of the season, we’ll tally up the points and the winner will get a big ‘ol bag of bragging rights. I’ll start writing my acceptance speech now…
One of the big questions going into the World Baseball Classic was a classic itself: “would he or wouldn’t he?” The he in question is baseball’s top prospect Jurickson Profar.
The Rangers infield prospect and Curacao native was invited to play on the roster of his national team, the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With Rangers current shortstop Elvis Andrus committed to playing for Venezuela, it opened up a window of opportunity in the Rangers spring training camp for Profar to get some exposure in the middle infield and make a strong case for making the big league club’s Opening Day roster. If he left for the WBC, that window closed a little and so, it seemed, would his chances of making the Rangers 25-man roster with limited playing time. Profar decided against playing in the Classic and stayed in Rangers camp instead.
The Netherlands team caught fire and advanced to the semi-finals in San Francisco. Andrus’ Venezuela squad didn’t fare as well and was eliminated in the first round, sending the Rangers everyday SS back to camp and back in the lineup. Profar was offered an opportunity to join the Netherland’s squad Wednesday, replacing the injured Yurendell de Caster, an opportunity he jumped at. He’ll mainly see time at 2B since that roster already has the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons at SS. The timing on this couldn’t have been better for Profar. Not only does he get to play on a world-wide stage with “his friends,” but he’ll get expanded playing time in the Classic, time that he would most likely miss in Rangers camp with Andrus’ return.
The Rangers are still undecided on where Profar will end up to start the 2013 season, but I’m pulling to see him in an Express uniform on Opening Day. I have no doubt though that he’ll get another second chance this year, this time with the big league club.
Ortiz Keeps Rolling
One of the good surprises this spring has been Joe Ortiz. Ortiz, who ended the season with us here in Round Rock, has allowed just three hits in 7.0 innings. He’s held batters to a measly .143 average and only allowed one walk to six strikeouts. I got to see him pitch in a “B” game against the Royals during our recent trip out to Arizona and the kid has some good stuff. In that game, he threw a perfect inning, throwing six of his eight pitches for strikes. Today, he threw another scoreless inning against the Giants. In 2012, Ortiz was 1-1 with a 1.97 ERA (7er/32.0ip) in 24 games with the Express. The way he’s throwing, it’ll be hard to place him in Round Rock in April…
The Rangers have officially started spring training games, opening with a series against the Kansas City Royals over the weekend. As we inch closer to Opening Day (38 days), we continue to take a look behind-the-scenes at what it takes to get ready for that glorious day here at Dell Diamond.
This week we headed over to the Railyard Team Store to talk to Debbie Goodman and what she does to get ready for the season.
What are you working on now?
We’re in the middle of sign ups for our Spring Break Baseball Camp and just finished a push for Junior Sluggers. I’m processing all of those registration forms and making sure everything is in line with that. I just finished ordering the merchandise to start the season. Now I’m tying up any loose ends and waiting on the merchandise to be delivered so I can organize it all.
Do you have to order the on-field merchandise too?
I order the players’ on-field hats. Two of our great stadium operations guys, Brandon and Corey, just took them down to the clubhouse.
When do you start ordering merchandise for the next season?
The on-field hats were ordered back in August. Some of the apparel companies need orders placed as early as September. Usually, I’ll place most of my orders after the Baseball Winter Meetings. I’ll take a look at all of the vendors there, see what options they’re offering and get ideas for what I want to do in the store.
What’s one of your bigger projects of the off-season?
I run our Junior Sluggers program and baseball camp registrations which can be time-consuming. We decide what to include in the Junior Sluggers package and camps and take orders for them all off-season. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but there’s a lot of organizing and decisions to make about the program.
What’s your most important job of the off-season?
Ordering the merchandise, definitely. We have such a great variety of fans and I really try to please them all. I want to make sure we have something for everyone in the team store.
When do the merchandise orders or boxes start arriving?
They arrive in the beginning of February, but I still have to process and receive them before I can put out new merchandise. The bulk of the orders stop coming in around mid-March, but in reality, they never stop coming in. We make one major order before the season, but I continue to replenish as necessary during the season.
How many boxes would you say you get those 2 months?
Well, I just took 57 boxes down to the clubhouse — and that was just player hats! I’d say we receive thousands of boxes of merchandise. Over the last three weeks, we’ve gotten over 400 boxes. Now not every box is huge, some are smaller for accessories, etc., but it adds up to a lot of boxes!
What’s something the average fan might be surprised to hear you do in your job?
I’m in charge of updating the online retail store. I take photos of the merchandise, resize them and post them online. A lot of people think there’s a big warehouse somewhere that houses all of the merchandise they order online. The reality is it all comes from right here at Dell Diamond.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love the customer service side of it, working with people. To be honest, just to be in baseball is a dream for me. I played growing up; I met my husband playing on a co-ed softball team. If you told me a few years ago that I would be working in baseball for a living, I wouldn’t have believed you. It really is a great job and I’m so thankful for it.
Debbie does a great job keeping the Railyard Team Store up-to-date with great merchandise. Next time you’re at Dell Diamond or at RoundRockExpress.com, make sure to check it out! A special thanks to her for taking some time out of getting ready for the season to talk to us!
Happy baseball thoughts,
I think Annie said it best when she sang, “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow.” Ok, maybe she had a different meaning behind it, but for me, tomorrow is officially the start of baseball season with pitchers and catchers reporting to Surprise, AZ and therefore, I love tomorrow!
To celebrate the eve of this glorious day, we’re going to start our “Pre-Season Preparations” series today. We’re starting this eight-week tour in the stadium operations department with David Powers, the Express’ Senior Director of Stadium Operations.
When did you start planning for the 2013 season?
We usually start planning for the next season half-way through the current season, but with a huge project like the new HD video board, we actually started making preparations back in March of 2012.
In preparing for the upcoming season, what is one of the first things you look at?
We start with quotes on different projects, looking at what needs repairs or updates.
What was the biggest project on your list this off-season?
The new LED scoreboard and video board was definitely the biggest size-wise and most noticeable. Having to take down the entire scoreboard to completely replace it with a main board, two side panels, the auxiliary board and the outfield ribbon boards was a big project in itself. Installing the premium seating (behind home plate and the 4 Topps down the first base line) and the safety railings down the isles are more time consuming than anything. There’s just a lot involved.
How did you go about deciding to install the premium seating this off-season?
The whole stadium is on a 2-7 year facility plan where we look at upgrading or replacing things as needed in that cycle. To make the final decisions, I meet with the department heads, management and the ownership group to find out what projects take precedence over others. We make that final decision by committee. We have to take everything into consideration, look at the implications of the project and breakdown what’s involved. It’s a process and it takes time, but it guarantees our facility is always state-of-the-art.
What do you do on a daily basis to prepare for Opening Day?
We do a lot of preventative maintenance, including a lot of cleaning and refreshing the paint in different areas. Every year, the suites get reworked. We touch up the paint in there, wax the floors and just make sure they’re up to the highest standards. We also update the United Heritage Center every offseason. It might be a new coat of paint or new shades on the windows, but it always gets something new. We basically go from room-to-room and see what needs to be done to get the stadium ready for Opening Day.
When do you start realizing Opening Day is just around the corner?
Typically 30-40 days out, it hits me. This year it hit me early because we’re hosting so many high school games out here. I want to make sure everything is ready to go by the time those start. I started the hiring process for all of the day-of-game staff already which means we’re getting close.
What is one pre-season project that people might consider smaller, but really is a complicated one?
Managing the game-day staff is really overlooked as a project. You have to make sure everyone is on the same page, from day-of-game staff to the front office. We instituted a program called “Express University” last year as a way to get everyone together and make sure we all are on the same page before Opening Day.
What is one thing you do in your job that would surprise the average fan?
I think just the number of things I have to deal with…everything from scraping off gum stuck on the concrete to making sure every single part of the facility is in working order on any given day. It’s a daily grind more than anything. My job is very much a behind-the-scenes job, until something goes wrong. I have to deal with a lot of things in different areas of the stadium that the average fan would never see, but it impacts the fan experience so it’s really important.
What is your favorite part about your job?
For me, having a background in construction, it’s the fact that this whole stadium is my office. I’ve really gotten to know the facility through the years. I know all of the nooks and crannies throughout the entire stadium; I know when something is wrong or out of place. I also truly enjoy working with the staff here. The entire operation is a team effort and I’m glad to have not only great people in the stadium operations department, but throughout the entire front office. It’s easy to do my job when you have the support and backing of management and the ownership group in all of our projects and the ultimate vision of the facility.
I know there’s still so much work the great people in stadium operations have to do before April 4, so I appreciate David taking the time out to give us a little glimpse into what goes on in his world to prepare for the season.
We’ll be back next Monday with week 2 of “Pre-Season Preparations” when we’ll check in with some of the party areas at Dell Diamond!
Until then, happy baseball thoughts!
P.S. – If you have any questions about some of our pre-season preparations or just want to know more about what it takes to get ready for Opening Day, send them my way! We might even do a mailbag just before we open the gates on April 4! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 September 2012 | Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Records: Express (69-75), RedHawks (78-65)
-RHP Johan Yan activated prior to game and tosses two shutout innings
- 2012 season finale
- Oklahoma City wins series 3-1
- Express suffer first series loss since July 20-23 (Omaha)
- Oklahoma City wins season series 10-6
2 September 2012 | Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Records: Express (69-74), RedHawks (77-65)
- Oklahoma City leads series 2-1
- Oklahoma City leads season series 9-6
- Series finale Monday at 11:05 a.m. CDT – season’s final game
- Monday’s scheduled starters: RR – LHP Chad Bell (5-4, 4.36 ERA); OKC – LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-4, 4.03 ERA)
1 September 2012 | Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Records: Express (69-73), RedHawks (76-65)
- Julio Borbon game-winning, two-run single keys Express five-run ninth inning
- Series tied 1-1
- Oklahoma City leads season series 8-6
- Game 3 of series Sunday at 6:05 p.m. CDT
- Sunday’s scheduled starters: RR – RHP Greg Reynolds (11-8, 4.98 ERA); OKC – RHP Jose Cisnero (3-1, 3.28 ERA)
ROUND ROCK won 10 of last 13 games, 16 of 22 … improved to PCL-best 26-12 since July 26 … fourth victory in 65 games when trailing after eight innings.
JULIO BORBON (1-for-4) established franchise single-season hits record (158) with ninth-inning single … record previously held by Mark Saccomanno (2008) … eight-game hitting streak (10-for-36) … hit safely in 17 of 18 games (28-for-77) … reached safely in 18 straight games.
LUIS HERNANDEZ (1-for-4) hit safely in 20 of 22 games with Express (40-for-96) … 6-for-14 since accepting assignment designation (three games).
JOEY BUTLER (1-for-5) hit safely in 18 of 19 games (26-for-75).
BRAD NELSON (0-for-4) slumped to 1-for-18 over last five games.
RYAN SPILBORGHS (2-for-4) hit safely in 15 of last 19 games (24-for-69).
YANGERVIS SOLARTE (3-for-4) seven-game hitting streak (12-for-27) … multiple hits in nine of last 20 games.
ROUND ROCK, Texas – Five Round Rock Express members will join the Texas Rangers when Major League active rosters expand Saturday, the Rangers announced Friday night. Left-handed pitcher Martin Perez, right-handed pitchers Tanner Scheppers and Yoshinori Tateyama, outfielder Leonys Martin and infielder/outfielder Brandon Snyder will be recalled by the Rangers, who also announced they will purchase the contract of Frisco (AA) infielder Jurickson Profar. Additionally, Texas placed left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross on the 15-day disabled list due to a left forearm strain.
Perez was 7-6 with a 4.25 ERA in 22 starts and one relief outing for the Express; he tossed two complete games and recorded 69 strikeouts. Scheppers logged 11 saves with a 1-2 record and a 3.48 ERA in 27 relief appearances; he tallied 31 strikeouts against four walks over 31.0 innings. Tateyama was 4-0 with six saves and a 1.13 ERA in 32 relief outings with 45 strikeouts against seven walks in 39.2 innings.
Martin played 55 games with the Express and hit .359 with 12 homers, 42 RBI, 18 doubles, two triples, 48 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Snyder, who spent the vast majority of the season with the Rangers, hit .253 with two homers, nine RBI, seven doubles and 12 runs scored in 23 games with the Express.
All five players appeared on the Rangers active roster earlier this season.
Round Rock concludes its season this weekend at Oklahoma City. The RedHawks won Friday night’s series opener 11-5. The series continues Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CDT, Sunday at 6:05 p.m. and Monday at 11:05 p.m.
So, to recap:
- RHP Tyler Tufts had his contract purchased from Frisco (AA) and placed on the major league 15-day disabled list for surgery to repair a perforated bowel.
- LHP Robbie Ross placed on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with a left forearm strain.
- OF Leonys Martin (#27) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- LHP Martin Perez (#33) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- INF Jurickson Profar (#2) will have his contract purchased from Frisco (AA).
- RHP Tanner Scheppers (#52) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- INF/OF Brandon Snyder (#21) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (#22) will be recalled from Round Rock (AAA).
- LHP Miguel De Los Santos will be designated for assignment.
30 August 2012 | The Dell Diamond | Round Rock, Texas
Records: Express (68-72), Zephyrs (73-67)
- Brandon Snyder game-winning, three-run homer in eighth inning
- Round Rock sweeps series 4-0
- Round Rock wins season series 11-5
- Express begin four-game series Friday at Oklahoma City – 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch
- Friday’s scheduled starters: RR – LHP Zach Jackson (7-12, 4.53 ERA); OKC – LHP Rudy Owens (1-3, 4.76 ERA)
ROUND ROCK swept first series this season … won nine of last 11 games, 15 of last 20 … improved to league-best 25-11 since July 26 … won 11 of last 16 vs. New Orleans at The Dell Diamond … at least one homer in 10 of last 12 games, 16 of last 20 … 16 homers over last 10 games.
JULIO BORBON (2-for-5) six-game hitting streak (8-for-26) … one hit shy of Mark Saccomanno’s 2008 franchise record (157) … hit safely in 15 of last 16 games (26-for-67) … reached safely in 16 straight games … multiple hits in eight of last 15 games.
LUIS HERNANDEZ (3-for-5) hit safely in 18 of last 20 with Express … multiple hits in 12 of those games.
LEONYS MARTIN (1-for-3) six-game hitting streak (9-for-25) … intentionally walked twice … hit safely in 28 of last 30 games with Express … snapped streak of six straight games with at least one run scored.
BRAD NELSON (0-for-5) hitless in last 10 at bats.
JOEY BUTLER (2-for-4) clubbed 20th home run … hit safely in 16 of last 17 games (23-for-66).
YANGERVIS SOLARTE (1-for-4) six-game hitting streak (9-for-23) … hit 11th home run.
MIKE BIANUCCI (1-for-4) hit safely in six of last seven games with Express.
BRANDON SNYDER (2-for-4) clubbed second homer with Express.
ROBINZON DIAZ (0-for-3, walk) reached safely in five of six games with Express.
Round Rock, Texas - Infielder Luis Hernandez (#9) has accepted an assignment to the minor leagues and will be active for tonight’s game against New Orleans, the Express announced today. Right-hander Justin Grimm was transferred to Double-A Frisco to make room on the active roster.
Hernandez was hitting .265 in 124 games for the E-Train before having his contract purchased by the Rangers Aug. 24 as IF Michael Young was on MLB’s new paternity list. Hernandez’s appeared in two games and went 0-for-2. His stay was short as he was designated for assignment Aug. 27 upon Young’s return. The 28-year-old could have refused an assignment to Round Rock and become a free agent but opted to return to the organization for the final five games.
Grimm exits Round Rock with a 2-3 record and a 4.59 ERA in nine games (eight starts). He made his major league debut this season after he jumped straight from Frisco to Arlington.