Monday, January 31, 2011

Fan alert: win 2 Opening Day tickets!!

Volcanoes Nation: here are some of my favorite words: free and Opening Day!

How would you like to receive two free tickets for the Volcanoes 2011 Home Opener? Here is your big chance; Simply send a text message to 91904 with the word Volcanoes and you will automatically be entered.

The Volcanoes are fully committed to use social media to add a new dimension of excitement to this year's promotions. Good luck and thank you for your continued support of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Volcanoes Nation: During tough economic stretches, employee morale can be low and also company activity funds can be reduced or eliminated. Why not spend less and give your team a boost by planning some company outings for the 2011 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes?

Minor league baseball is great because it speaks to many audiences: baseball purists get the "old school" feel in a stadium that offers some modern experience also. Those who like to get out and be with colleagues can enjoy very competitive professional baseball but also talk over snacks, walk the parameter of the great ballpark and snap some pictures for the company Facebook page. For those who don't know much about baseball, there are great shops to visit before and after, and an energized in-game experience - so it's fun all around.

The stadium itself seats 4,252 fans comfortably, with room for more. The stadium has 11 concession stands, a sports bar, kids playground, a bandstand, 13 luxury box suites, home run porch, and is home to the famous Jerry's Lava Dog.

You, as the Corporate Planner, can expect first-rate service from the Volcanoes Front Office - we appreciate your time is valuable, your budgets have limits and you need a plan that will go smoothly and give you the ROI for your investment. Call one of our account executives today 503 390-2225 or order through our secure site and see what company outings with the Volcanoes will be a home run for your budget and your team.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Business alert: network, have fun, meet Vida Blue

Volcanoes Nation - this is an amazing opportunity! The tradition continues this year as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes invite you to attend their 4th Annual Winter Sports Banquet. Across the Nation, baseball clubs gather during the winter months to discuss the upcoming year. Fans, General Managers, Owners and staff have the opportunity to get together and celebrate past successes and look ahead at the possibilities of the coming season. Featured Speaker is Legendary Pitcher - Vida Blue of the San Francisco Giants.

This year's banquet is being held at the beautiful Keizer Civic Center at 930 Chemawa Rd NE in Keizer. Table and Special Guest Option - for just $200 A special guest will join your party of 7 at your table. Includes priority up front seating. Tables of eight are available for $200 For Table Purchases - Please stop by the Volcanoes Ticket Office or call them at 503-390-2225 to make arrangements.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fan alert: this week order Season Tickets

Volcanoes Nation, the 2011 countdown has officially begun - order your Season Tickets this week and join the greatest professional baseball team in Oregon.

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes already have announced its 2011 season schedule, as one of the most successful Northwest League franchises in history begins another run at yet another championship.

In addition to having historic on-field success in the Northwest League, the Volcanoes are also one of the most interactive, and social media friendly Minor League clubs. There truly is no downtime with the Volcanoes, making now the perfect time to order season tickets, plan a group outing or to become a corporate sponsor.

We have dedicated account executives ready right now to answer any and all of your questions. Call the Volcanoes at 503-390-2225 or email Jerry Howard.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fan alert: Giants post new exclusive Champion videos

Volcanoes Watching really likes the new Championship videos that the San Francisco Giants are posting on their official website.

Reminder that now we are in the home stretch to the start of Spring Training. San Francisco ’s spring schedule will begin Friday, February 25 at home versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Of the 33 games on the Giants spring training schedule (including split squad games), 17 will be played at its Arizona home of Scottsdale Stadium. The home portion of the schedule is highlighted by five straight home games from Thursday, March 17 to Monday, March 21, which includes a split squad contest Sunday, March 20. The reigning World Champions will face their former foe from last year's Fall Classic, the Texas Rangers, Monday, March 7 at Scottsdale Stadium.
            The Giants, who have trained in Scottsdale since 1982, will embark on their 28th Spring Training at Scottsdale Stadium. Over 155,000 fans witnessed the beginning of the Giants remarkable World Series run at Scottsdale Stadium last year.
            San Francisco will play host to each of the Cactus League clubs at least once, including three home games against the Dodgers (February 26, March 12, 18) and two home games each against the Diamondbacks (Feb. 25, March 2) and Brewers (March 4, 14).
            The Cactus League portion of the spring schedule will conclude Sunday, March 27.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fan alert: Tim Lincecum featured by NBC

Volcanoes Watching has learned that NBC Bay area has featured an interesting video story: "a day in the life of Tim Lincecum".

Tim gives the audience a true candid look into his life and what's most impressive is how humble, focused and calm his is.

Tim shows that for all Volcanoes fans, why he is a true role model and an amazing ambassador of the game. And with pitchers and catchers just around the corner, time for another great journey.
Speaking of great journeys, the Volcanoes have one of the best, most user-friendly on-line ticket pages in the game: click here and officially kick off your 2011 sports season!

Volcanoes baseball - champions start here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Business alert: Giants brand means wonders for Volcanoes

Volcanoes Watching notes to those in the business community who are thinking about becoming corporate sponsors -- your team could never be more perfect than now.

Want your brand tied to a Champion? The Volcanoes have five Northwest League rings and then there was the Giants and that magical run in 2010.

Think the story is stale? Check out the latest write-up from the Associated Press.

We have skilled, dedicated, experience account executives ready right now to talk with you and explain all the options available so you find the best fit for your business needs.

Volcanoes baseball - champions start here! Businesses win with us.

Monday, January 24, 2011

What are Volcanoes?

Who are Volcanoes? We are where World Champions start their journey; Volcanoes are Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts; Volcanoes own stores in the area; drive kids to late night sports game; Volcanoes work extra shifts to save for their kids' college education. Volcanoes are in school and play local sports. Volcanoes go to prom; Volcanoes retire and watch every home game; We are all Volcanoes.

Volcanoes baseball - champions start here. Order you season tickets today: http://www.volcanoesbaseball.com/

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fan alert: ESPN featured Willie Mays World Series story

Volcanoes Watching was glad to see major media outlets like ESPN feature Willie Mays bringing the 2010 World Series trophy to his old stomping grounds in New York.

Click here to see video of Mr. Mays sharing his wonderful experience and perspective with area New York young people at P.S. 46 – Arthur Tappan School – in Upper Manhattan, bringing the Giants’ 2010 World Series trophy back to the team’s roots in the neighborhood of the old Polo Grounds.

(Photo from Video provided by the Giants Media Office)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fan alert: Willie Mays shared Giants World Series moment

Volcanoes Watching got this great announcement that the Giants first shared with Jerry Walker; consider this story another great example of how you are a part of "the family":

Earlier today, Hall of Famer Willie Mays was on hand at P.S. 46 – Arthur Tappan School – in Upper Manhattan, to bring the Giants’ 2010 World Series trophy back to the team’s roots in the neighborhood of the old Polo Grounds.

Volcanoes baseball: champions start here!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fan alert: exclusive interview with Shane Kaufman


Five questions with Shane Kaufman

Volcanoes Watching recently met up with Shane Kaufman who has five years of professional baseball experience with the Giants organization, two with the Volcanoes. Shane has 18 games at Double-A and is well-regarded as a good team mate and a tough competitor.

1. Shane, last year you started 12 games and pitched 64 innings, all personal bests in your professional career - what positives did you learn about yourself in 2010?

This was my first year being a starter, the previous years I've always been a reliever. One thing I have always loved about being a starter is having a set schedule of when you are going to pitch. You have almost a full week to prepare yourself mentally and physically to be at your peak when its your night to pitch. As for myself, to be able to go out there and compete for 5-6 innings was a big plus for me, especially coming off a shoulder injury. Shoulder injuries are tough to overcome, a lot of tedious work and rehab are involved, and is very time consuming. For me to be healthy again and be able to go 5,6,7 innings was very important to me.

2. It is a subtle but important stat: you only allowed 1 home run in 64 innings last year - how important is it to keep the ball in the ball park?

VERY important; it's called damage control. Keeping the ball in the park stems from keeping the ball down. I can't stress enough how important it is to keep the ball down, and that is what I worked on all year during spring training and rehab, was keeping the ball around the knees. you limit the extra base hits, and in turn, get a lot of ground balls, double plays, etc. The one homerun I gave up was to a lefty, and the ball was up around his waist. At ANY level of Minor League ball, your going to get hit hard when the ball is above the belt.

3. As a five-year veteran of the Giants organization, what was it like for you watching the Giants win the World Series last season?

It was great, I was so happy for those guys. Bumgarner was my roommate in Double-A; he was the guy who showed me the ropes up there so I got to know him pretty well and he's such a great guy. I was really happy to see him pitch the way he did against Texas.

4. Along with your skills, you have all this experience - what is your philosophy of mentoring younger players new to the professional level of the game?

Just play, Be yourself, don't try to be someone your not; play your game, your game is what got you here in the first place. Build off of that. Respect your coaches; give them everything you got to get a win, and they will respect you and you will be rewarded, trust me. Sometimes it's tough going to the field everyday and doing the same thing over and over, but this is what you want to do, so you just have to grind and tough it out.

5. Outside of baseball, what are your interests and hobbies?

Well, I love to snowboard but I'm not allowed to do that anymore, so I guess it's not one of my hobbies anymore. I'm interested in graduating with my Bachelor's degree. Getting my degree is very important to me. This off-season, I went back to school and finished another semester. Now I only need three more classes to graduate.


- Photo from MILB.com; interview by Justin Lacche, Volcanoes Director of Business Development: j.lacche@volcanoesbaseball.com (c) 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fan alert: exclusive interview with Brock Bond

Five questions with Brock Bond

Volcanoes fans, we recently met up with Brock Bond who is coming off an impressive season at AAA Fresno, batting .285 in 487 plate appearances and a .397 OBP.

1. Brock - another strong year for you; what did you learn about yourself after 117 games in AAA?

One more year of experience is always good.  I think that is the key in becoming a better baseball player, gaining experience.  I've always heard that Double-A was the toughest level as far as pitching goes, but I felt that Triple-A has been the toughest for me.  I think because you are facing experience more so than just talent.  Guys that are back and forth from The Majors makes it tough day in and day out because we are constantly facing new arms.  I learned a lot last year... I had some ups and downs but i think it has made me stronger for this up coming season.

2. As you study Giants World Series video - how energized are you about being one step away from The Show?

Well I'm always energized about making the big leagues no matter what team I would be on, but it is exciting playing with a lot of those guys that were playing in those final games.  I was happy for them and the Giants organization. The Giants has always been nice to me throughout the four years I have been playing for them.  It will be fun coming into this Spring Training being a part of the best organization in baseball. 

3. Since 2007 through last season you have risen from rookie ball to Triple-A; how do you keep such a strong career batting average (.311) facing new pitching every season?

It's been tough for sure, but I give a lot of credit to the coaches that have helped me through it.  It is a constant battle day in and day out trying to find your swing and even when you figure your swing out for the day, that does not guarantee success either.  Steve Decker has been my manager every year coming up and he has given me opportunities where I think other coaches may not because I was a 24th round draft pick.  He is a very good hitting coach!

4. As a professional, how much of being a good hitter is actually knowing when not to swing?

Well, as a hitter we are taught to be ready to hit every pitch in every situation and then at the last moment say 'no' if the pitch is not in the zone we are looking for.  I usually hit at the top of the order and my job is to get on base and being a free swinger would not be a good approach for me.  Of course I want to hit home runs and doubles and stuff like that because that is fun, but that is not my role, I try to work the pitcher, foul off pitches, and just be a tough out so that the guys behind me can see what he has. Hitting a single, getting hit by a pitch or drawing a walk is what I am focused on, then letting the big guys drive me in. 

5. What are your personal baseball goals for 2011?

To keep getting better and to put myself in a position to get called up if they need me.


 - Photo from MILB.com; interview by Justin Lacche, Volcanoes Director of Business Development: j.lacche@volcanoesbaseball.com (c) 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fan alert: enter at a chance to throw out ceremonial first pitch

Volcanoes Watching has just learned about a simple awesome promotion - one of many to come this exciting upcoming season.

Join our new VIP text Club and you will be entered to WIN 2 Tickets to Opening Day and a ceremonial first pitch!
Just text “volcanoes” to “91904” to join.

Not a bad deal - sent a text message and enter to win 2 Opening Day tickets and the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fan alert: Volcanoes accepting resumes

Great feedback so far! Volcanoes Watching is excited to announce that the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are now accepting resumes for 2011 internship and summer employment opportunities.

Do you have what it takes to be part of a championship organization? Email Justin Lacche, Director of Business Development at j.lacche@volcanoesbaseball.com with your resume and / or LinkedIn link.

The Volcanoes offer a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with one of the most successful Minor League franchises in the United States.

Volcanoes baseball -- champions start here! 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fan alert: Volcanoes Watching honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day

Volcanoes Watching honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's contribution to making this country a better place.

Throughout its first 15 seasons, the entire Volcanoes organization has been made up of men and women from different backgrounds, heritages, perspectives and experiences.

We all are unified by a true sense of community and as part of the Volcanoes family, we all share our love of the game.

Tonight, as we reflect, we embrace what makes us all one community.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fan alert - make your voice heard

Volcanoes Watching reminds you that we value and, indeed, thrive on fan feedback and participation. One of the truest principles of Volcanoes baseball is the sense of community.

To submit an original article about your Volcanoes fan experience, please contact Justin Lacche; j.lacche@volcanoesbaseball.com

Also remember if you want to connect with friends and family through the Volcanoes Facebook - we are growing literally by the hour.

Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Fan alert: Volcanoes World Series alumni to be part of Showtime series

Volcanoes Watching has learned that Showtime plans to run a 10-month project following the Giants in 2011.

That means seven Volcanoes alumni from the World Series are scheduled to be covered.

World Series rings are planned to be unveiled at a special Giants ceremony later this spring. The seven Volcanoes World Champions are
Tim Lincecum (’06), Buster Posey (’08 and 2010 NL Rookie of the Year), Jonathan Sanchez (’04), Travis Ishikawa (’02-’03), Pablo Sandoval (’05), Nate Schierholtz (’03) and Sergio
Romo (’05).

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fan alert: GIANTS ANNOUNCE 22 NON-ROSTER INVITEES TO 2011 SPRING TRAINING

Volcanoes Watching thanks Jerry Walker for getting this exciting news from the Giants about Spring Training invites:

 SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The San Francisco Giants have extended non-roster invitations for Major League Spring Training to the following 22 players, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today: right-handed pitchers Casey Daigle, Waldis Joaquin, Shane Loux, Guillermo Mota, Felix Romero, Jason Stoffel and Ryan Vogelsong; left-handed pitchers Wilmin Rodriguez, Ryan Verdugo and Matt Yourkin; catchers Tommy Joseph, Hector Sanchez, Chris Stewart and Jackson Williams; infielders Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Charles Culberson, Brad Eldred and Nick Noonan; and outfielders Gary Brown, Terry Evans and Juan Perez.

            Daigle, 29, will begin his 12th professional season, his first in the Giants' organization. The Lake Charles , LA native owns a 3-4 record with a 7.16 ERA in 33 big league contests while pitching for Arizona (2004, 2006) and Houston (2010). He appeared in 13 games for the Astros in 2010, allowing 13 runs in 10.1 innings.

            Joaquin, 24, has appeared in the big leagues with San Francisco in each of the last two seasons (2009-10), posting a 5.87 ERA in 14 relief appearances. A native of La Vega, Dominican Republic , he made 4 relief outings with the Giants last season, allowing 6 runs in 4.2 innings. He also pitched for the clubs Arizona Rookie League squad and for triple-A Fresno, combining to go 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA (20er, 40.2ip) in 27 minor league contests (9 starts). Joaquin was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox on November 22, however, rejected the waiver claim and signed a minor league contract with the Giants in December.

            Loux, 31, has appeared in parts of four Major League seasons with Detroit (2002-03) and Los Angeles-AL (2008-09), going 3-7 with a 6.14 ERA in 39 games (13 starts). He spent the 2010 campaign with triple-A Round Rock in the Astros’ organization, forging a 6-12 record with a  5.25 ERA (63er, 108.0ip) in 20 games (19 starts).

            Mota, a veteran of 12 big league seasons, owns a 37-42 record with 9 saves and a 3.92 ERA (329er, 755.2ip) in 665 Major League contests.  The 37-year-old proved to be valuable out of the bullpen during San Francisco’s run to winning the World Series last season, as he had a 1-3 record with 1 save and a 4.33 ERA (26er, 54.0ip) in 56 relief appearances. Mota has seen big league action with the Expos (1999-2001), Dodgers (2002-04, 2009), Marlins (2004-05), Indians (2006), Mets (2006-07), Brewers (2008) and Giants (2010). 

            Rodriguez, will make his debut at big league camp in 2011. The 25-year-old, who was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, split time between Class A Augusta and double-A Richmond last season, going 4-4 with a 3.67 ERA (22er, 54.0ip) in 37 games (one start). Overall, he has forged a 17-14 record with a 4.07 ERA (145er, 320.2ip) in 182 games (17 starts) in seven minor league seasons.

            Romero, 30, will open his 13th professional season, his third full year with the Giants organization in 2011. He split last season between double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno, going 5-3 with a 3.62 ERA (44er, 109.1ip) in 33 games (14 starts). The Dominican native has struck out 831 batters in 811.0 innings over his minor league career. He will be in Giants’ big league camp for the second straight season.

            Stoffel, 22, will make his first appearance at big league camp for the Giants in 2011. The Agoura Hills, CA native spent all of last season with Class A Advanced San Jose, logging a 2-4 record with a 4.80 ERA (27er, 50.2ip) and going 25-for-29 in save opportunities. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound right-handed pitcher was San Francisco ’s 4th round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Verdugo, 23, will make his debut at big league camp after posting an impressive 2010 campaign by combining for an 8-1 record with a 1.87 ERA (13er, 62.2ip) in 44 games (one start) with Class A Augusta and Class A Advanced San Jose. Following the season he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League and went 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA (6er, 22.0ip) in 7 starts. Drafted by the Giants in the 9th round in 2008, Verdugo has fashioned a 13-1 record with a 1.75 ERA (22er, 113.0ip) in just 76 games over three minor league seasons.
           
Vogelsong, 33, returns to San Francisco , as he was originally the Giants’ fifth round selection in the 1998 draft. He was traded by the Giants along with outfielder Armando Rios to Pittsburgh in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jason Schmidt and outfielder John Vander Wal in 2001. In six big league seasons the North Carolina native has gone 10-22 with a 5.86 ERA (205er, 315.0ip) in 120 games (33 starts). He last appeared at the big league level in 2006 with Pittsburgh . Last season he split the campaign between triple-A Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia) and triple-A Salt Lake (Los Angeles-AL), going 3-8 with a 4.81 ERA (51er, 95.1ip) in 33 games (14 starts).  
           
            Yourkin, 29, will be in big league camp for first time in his career. The Napa, CA native spent the entire 2010 season with triple-A Fresno, going 7-8 with a 4.24 ERA (64er, 136.0ip) in 29 games (24 starts).

            Joseph will be the youngest player in camp at just 19 years of age. In his first professional season last year, the Scottsdale, AZ native batted .236 (103-for-436) with 22 doubles, 16 home runs and 68 RBI for Class A Augusta and was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Joseph was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Horizon High School .

            Sanchez, 22, returns for his second consecutive Spring Training with the Giants as a non-roster invitee. Last year he batted .274 (85-for-310) with 5 HRs and 31 RBI in 89 games for Class A Augusta. Sanchez was signed by San Francisco in 2007 and has compiled a .300 batting avg. (226-for-753) with 52 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs and 134 RBI in 221 minor league games.

            Stewart, 28, has seen brief time at the Major League level, hitting .188 (9-for-48) for the White Sox (2006), Rangers (2007) and Yankees (2008). He spent the entire 2010 campaign with the triple-A Portland Beavers ( San Diego ), batting .248 (66-for-266) with 7 home runs and 39 RBI in 85 contests. He had his contract purchased by the Padres last season when rosters expanded on Sept. 1 and appeared in two big league games.

            Williams, will be in his fourth-straight big league camp with San Francisco . The 24-year-old native of Tulsa , OK batted .204 (65-for-318) with 5 home runs and 31 RBI for double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno last season.

            Belt, 22, had a spectacular professional debut last year, compiling one of the best seasons of any minor league player in 2010, batting .352 (173-for-492) with 43 doubles, 23 home runs and 112 RBI in 136 games between Class A Advanced San Jose, double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno. He was selected to the California League All-Star team after hitting .383 (103-for-269) for San Jose . Following his first professional year, he helped Scottsdale win the Arizona League championship by hitting .372 (32-for-86) with one home run and 16 RBI in 22 games. Named a Minor League All-Star by Baseball America, Belt played one year at San Jacinto Junior College , transferred to the University of Texas and then was selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2009 draft.

Crawford, 24, will be in big league camp for the second time. He was sidelined for nearly eight weeks during last season after breaking his right hand and batted .236 (73-for-309) with 7 home runs and 23 RBI in limited time with double-A Richmond and Class A Advanced San Jose. He was named to the Eastern League All-Star team, but did not play. The Giants’ fourth round selection in the 2008 draft is a career .266 hitter (219-for-822) with 17 home runs and 74 RBI in 222 minor league contests.  

            Culberson, 21, will be making his debut in big league camp. San Francisco ’s sandwich pick (51st selection overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft hit a professional best .290 (146-for-503) with 16 home runs and 71 RBI last season while playing for Class A Advanced San Jose. Following the season he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League and was named a Rising Star after hitting .366 (34-for-93) in 21 games.

            Eldred will enter his first season with San Francisco . The 30-year-old infielder has seen brief time at the Major League level with Pittsburgh (2005, 2007) and Colorado (2010), batting .204 (53-for-260) with 15 home runs and 33 RBI. He split last season between triple-A Colorado Springs and at the big league level with Colorado . He appeared in just 11 games with the Rockies , batting .250 (6-for-24). Eldred was drafted by the Pirates out of Florida International University in the sixth round of the 2002 draft.

            Noonan, 21, spent all of last season with double-A Richmond and batted .237 (88-for-372) with 3 home runs and 26 RBI in 101 contests. The Poway , CA native owns a .268 clip (411-for-1,536) and 198 RBI over four professional seasons within the Giants’ organization. He will be in his second-straight big league camp.

Brown a 22-year-old outfielder, was the Giants first selection (24th overall) of the 2010 First Year Player Draft. The outfielder played in just 12 games for the Arizona League Giants and short-season Salem-Keizer after signing his professional contract. Drafted by San Francisco out of Cal State Fullerton, Brown was named an All-American by Baseball America (2nd team), Rivals.com (1st team), Collegiate Baseball (1st team), the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (1st team) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (1st team). Named the 2010 Big West Conference Player of the Year, the speedy outfielder set the single-season school record in batting average by hitting .438 and became the first Titan to steal more than 30 bases in a season in 1994 (32 steals). His .438 batting average ranked eighth in the nation.

            Evans will be making his first appearance with the Giants as a non-roster invitee. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound outfielder will be entering his 10th professional season and has produced a .274 average (984-for-3585) in 958 minor league games. The Dublin , GA native was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 47th round of the 2001 First Year Player Draft. He also played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s organization from 2006-2010.

            Perez, a Bronx, NY native, put together a solid 2010 season for Class A advanced San Jose in just his second year of professional baseball. A California League All-Star, Perez batted .298 (164-for-551) with 37 doubles, 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 131 games last season.  The 24-year-old outfielder was the Giants’ 13th selection in the 2008 First Year Player Draft.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fan alert: Volcanoes round out 2011 staff

Volcanoes Watching is proud to announce  Jerry Cram will return as the Volcanoes pitching coach and Keizer native Ricky Ward will return as a Volcanoes Coach.

Both will be on the staff of Volcanoes skipper Tom Trebelhorn, who has agreed to come back and lead the club for a fourth season.
Now is the perfect time to purchase Season Tickets for the 2011 season - want to join Volcanoes Nation? Click here https://www.volcanoestickets.com/

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fan alert: Tom Trebelhorn returns for fourth season

Volcanoes Watching is thrilled to announce that Volcanoes skipper Tom Trebelhorn has agreed to come back and lead the club for a fourth season.

Coach Trebelhorn has 1,040 career Minor and Major League victories as a manager, including seven years in The Show, six of which with some very exciting Milwaukee Brewer teams of the late 1980s.

Coach Trebelhorn has great dedication to the Volcanoes and we look forward to another great season on Northwest League action.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fan alert: Volcanoes salute Ducks

Volcanoes Watching salutes the Ducks for putting up a great fight last night against Auburn.

No matter where your Pac-10 or conference support is with - the Ducks brought great excitement to all the Pacific Northwest.

And now the region can come together as the spring approaches to get into 2011 baseball again.

We'll all show the other parts of the country where true baseball lives!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fan alert: exclusive interview with Mario Rodriguez

Volcanoes Watching recently met up with Mario Rodriguez, who at the age of 22 already has 5 years of professional pitching experience in the Giants organization and has an impressive career record of 16-8 with a 3.78 ERA, averaging 8.1 strikeouts per 9 innings.
1. Mario, last season you struck out an impressive 42 batters in 43.2 innings and you only walked 16 batters. What did you learn about yourself as a professional last season?
Well, first I want to thank you for the opportunity you have given me for this interview. Last season was filled with many challenges -- new things I had to learn and put into the game. But this is the game: every day you have learn something new, you have to make adjustments. You'll always be by your side, coaches trying to teach you how to do things, but you as a player you who have to prove to yourself you are really learning. This year I learned many new things, learning to have more confidence in me and my pitching. I learned to use my pitches better against left-handed hitters, but baseball is a school where every day you have something new to learn until the day you retire.


2. Most people in any job when they are 21 or 22 years old are just starting -- you have five years professional experience; do you feel confident that 2011 will be another strong season for you?
You are right, just over 22 years, I have completed 5 seasons as a professional player. I can say that this offseason is where I'm working harder. This 2011 season is an important year for my career, and logically to have a good result I have to give the best of me starting from this training. In these 5 seasons that have passed, I learned that each season brings something new and something different. I do not know what waits in the 2011 season, but one thing I know clearly: your mental and physical preparation in most cases are what defines a good or bad season. With God's help, this year I should reach Spring Training with a positive mind and be prepared in the best shape to give the best of me and have the best results.

3. What was it like as a member of the Giants organization to watch the team win the World Series last season?
That was something incredible; I am more than proud to be part of the organization of the San Francisco Giants. Being World Champions for many people was a bit of luck or maybe something that they never thought would happen, but I did not think so. The Giants organization always has been known for being a winning organization, and we as players being part of the organization, we became winners too. The World Championship was something that we looked at as the goal, was the goal to be pursued each year, and I can add that this will not be the last championship to be won: this is just the start of something big that will last for a long long time.
4. What are your personal baseball goals for 2011?
My personal goal for this new year is to go beyond my five previous seasons. I want to show myself that I have the potential to provide much more than that so far; it will not be easy, but in life good things are not so easy to get.

5. Outside of baseball - what are your interests and hobbies?
Outside of baseball, I like to be with my family, spending time with them; I like listening to music, sharing time with friends, go to the river, beach, etc.

 - Photos provided by Mario Rodriguez; interview by Justin Lacche, Volcanoes Director of Business Development: j.lacche@volcanoesbaseball.com (c) 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fan alert: Posey on ESPN The Magazine cover

Volcanoes Watching is proud to announce that Buster Posey is on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

Posey is featured as one of the top rising stars of the future, which, all-in-all is a fair assessment considering the rookie was a key anchor of a World Series champion.

Ever the professional: modest and poised - Posey gives credit to coaches and team mates and already is squarely focused on 2011.

See the next Volcanoes star catching prospect later this year and purchase your Season Tickets through the Volcanoes central site: http://www.volcanoesbaseball.com/

Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fan alert: exclusive interview with Stephen Harrold

Volcanoes Watching exclusive: 5 questions with Stephen Harrold
Volcanoes fans - we recently sat down with Stephen Harrold who is getting ready for the 2011 season. Stephen had a very strong year last season with the Volcanoes going 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 7 saves; 22.2 innings over 18 games and a strikeout to walk ratio of 5.60!

1. Stephen, what did you learn about yourself as a professional after the 2010 season?
 After the 2010 season I learned that you can't be intimated by the talent of the players around you or against you. The trick is you force yourself to rise to the higher level of play and just do your job. The only thing I can control is myself and that is all I focus on.

2. Your 5.60 SO/BB ratio shows you aren’t afraid to challenge hitters -- how have you pitched with such good control and effectiveness?
 Ever since I started pitching I've always been taught to throw strikes and hitters will get themselves out; my pitching coach in college taught me how to pitch in the bottom half of the zone and pitch with effectiveness. In college I learned how to attack the zone and keep hitters guessing. In my eyes my walk total was too high, because there is nothing I hate more than giving a hitter a free pass to first base, I would prefer to have a 0 in the walk column.

3. As you study the video from the Giants 2010 World Series win - do you feel energized as you continue to rise in the Giants organization?
 Yes, I most certainly do, but even before they won the World Series my drive to climb the ladder to the big league club was very strong, but I guess now you can say that it has been brought to another level. Everyday I just strive to be as good as I can be, and I feel like I have a long way to go.

4. As a professional, baseball is your job -- but how important is it to stay loose and keep it fun?
  It is very important to make sure I stay loose and have fun. I try not to look at it as a job, I just see myself playing the game I've been playing since I was 4 years old. It's really hard to play well if you look at it as a job, and if I ever catch myself not having fun I have to stop and regroup.

5. Outside of baseball - what are your hobbies and interests?
 I don't really do much besides baseball, but I do enjoy spending time with friends and family. Also I have to stay active, I get bored very easily so if I'm sitting around I have to get up and do something to pass the time. I don't like wasting whole days sitting around, there's always something to be done.

- Photos provided by Stephen Harrold; interview by Justin Lacche, Volcanoes Director of Business Development: j.lacche@volcanoesbaseball.com (c) 2011