Sunday, September 30, 2012

Volcanoes History: 2010: Volcanoes heading to the World Series

Volcanoes Nation - as your Volcanoes alumni with the 2012 National League West Champion, San Francisco Giants finish the regular season and prepare for the playoffs, here is one of the original Volcanoes Watching articles published just before the 2010 World Series. What will the 2012 Volcanoes accomplish with the Giants? We'll find out shortly.

October 26, 2010:

The 2010 National League Champion, San Francisco Giants have seven Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alumni who are looking to bring a World Series victory to the Bay area. Standing in their way are the American League Champion, Texas Rangers.

Tim Lincecum: the Rangers are going to look to Cliff Lee to go 8-9 innings in game 1, hold the Giants to a run and start the 2010 World Series with statement. Enter Giants ace Tim Lincecum who knows a little something about delivering under pressure and shutting down the opposition.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner will need to frustrate Rangers batters throughout the series and try to shift the pressure as quickly as possible on the AL champs.

Tim Lincecum 2010 NLCS: 3 G, 1-1 W/L, 3.14 ERA, 14.1 IP, 16 SO, 4 BB

Jonathan Sanchez: needs to be an innings machine to work down the Rangers batters and keep Giants bullpen arms fresh. Sanchez has the stuff to go deep into games; the key will be starting strong (obviously); and if he gets into trouble, to trust Buster Posey to call the right pitches.

Sanchez has all the makings of being a real game changer in the 2010 World Series. The key will be for him to remain in command and to get the always-coveted first strike.

Jonathan Sanchez 2010 NLCS:2 G, 0-1 W/L, 4.50 ERA, 8.0 IP, 8 SO, 5 BB


Buster Posey: has such a critical role, and the young player has been more Johnny Bench than rookie as this 2010 season has progressed. Buster has three essential duties: 1. keep the Giants pitchers in their respective grooves, relaxed, and when needed, guide them through tough innings when the Rangers get hot; 2. the Rangers will test Posey on the base paths - he needs to be aggressive and squash base stealing attempts; 3. Posey himself needs to bat a little better than he did in the NLCS. This is a new series and a fresh start for the star catcher.

Buster Posey 2010 NLCS:6 G, 23 AB, 5 H, .217 BA, 3 RBI, 2 2B

Sergio Romo: needs to do just what he did in the NLCS; come in, shut down the opposition and keep the game in control. Sergio made three appearances in the 2010 NLCS, did not yield a run in 2.1 innings, and had a 3:1 SO: BB ratio. The Rangers are a streaky hitting team so players like Romo are essential to stopping any potential momentum the AL Champs will look to create.

Sergio Romo 2010 NLCS:3 G, 0-0 W/L, 0.00 ERA, 2.1 IP, 3 SO, 1 BB



Pablo Sandoval: can be the one-swing game changer, much like David Ortiz was for the Boston Red Sox in post seasons of the past. The key for Sandoval will be patience at the plate. In the moment, in the World Series, it will be tempting just to swing away. Sandoval needs to make Rangers pitchers throw him strikes and try to force the count beyond one or two pitches. Make no mistake, Sandoval has the potential to be World Series MVP.

Pablo Sandoval 2010 NLCS:3 G, 8 AB, 2 H, .250 BA, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B


Travis Ishikawa: will be asked to be a situational game-changer, and he has the tools to deliver on that expectation. The key for Ishikawa will be putting the ball in play and advancing the runners through smart hitting or forcing the walk.

Travis Ishikawa 2010 NLCS: 5 G, 4 AB, 1 H, .250 BA


Nate Schierholtz: has the makings of delivering a great World Series moment. When asked to play this Fall Classic, he has the ability to get the clutch hit and / or make the big defensive stop. Schierholtz had only 1 error in 127 total chances during the regular season.


Nate Schierholtz 2010 NLCS:4 G, 3 AB, 0 H, .000 BA, 1 R

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Volcanoes Watching International 9/29/2012

Volcanoes Nation - this is a service to our great international fans who too are important parts of Volcanoes Nation:

Observar Volcanes en español

Una larga lista de Salem-Keizer Volcanes intensificado a lo largo de la temporada 2012 para ayudar a los Gigantes de San Francisco ganar el Oeste de la Liga Nacional de 2012 Championship - la segunda en tres años, y el octavo desde la creación de la División Oeste. Los Gigantes de volver a los playoffs MLB 2012 que comienzan en dos semanas.

Los Gigantes están en la Serie Divisional de la Liga Nacional, que será la "Final Four" de la Liga Nacional. Su fecha de inicio de serie o bien será el sábado 06 de octubre o el domingo, 7 de octubre y rival aún por determinar.

Los Gigantes todavía tienen razones para jugar bien con respecto a la siembra de playoffs que podría entrar en juego en las rondas posteriores de los playoffs de la Liga Nacional (la Liga Nacional tendrá ventaja de campo en la Serie Mundial de 2012, en virtud del resultado del juego All-star).

Esta temprana clinch también le da tiempo al equipo para tomar decisiones estratégicas de cuándo descansar jugadores o programar su tiempo para alinearse con las segundas fases siguientes.

Volcanes Observación se le aportan vistas previas de postemporada exclusivos de sus ex alumnos Volcanes en acción - que estad atentos y comprobar con frecuencia.

Volcans Regarder en français

Une longue liste de Salem-Keizer Volcans intensifié tout au long de la saison 2012 pour aider les Giants de San Francisco gagner le 2012 National League Championship Ouest - le deuxième en trois ans, et le huitième depuis la création de l'Occident NL. Les Giants revenir en 2012 MLB Playoffs qui commencent dans deux semaines.

Les Giants sont à la Série nationale de Division de ligue qui sera le «Final Four» de la Ligue nationale. Leur date de début la série sera soit samedi Octobre 6 ou le dimanche, Octobre 7, et l'adversaire est encore à déterminer.

Les Giants ont encore des raisons de bien jouer en ce qui concerne l'ensemencement éliminatoires qui pourraient entrer en jeu dans les tours plus tard des séries éliminatoires de la Ligue nationale (la BN aura l'avantage du terrain dans la série du Monde 2012 en vertu du résultat All-Star Game).

Ce début de décrocher donne également l'équipe le temps de prendre des décisions stratégiques de quand se reposer joueurs ou planifier leur temps pour s'aligner sur les prochaines séries éliminatoires.

Volcans Watching sera en vous apportant aperçus exclusifs éliminatoires de vos anciens volcans en action - restez à l'écoute et revenez souvent.


Вулканы Смотря на русском языке

Длинный список Сейлем-Кейзер вулканы активизировались протяжении сезона 2012, чтобы помочь San Francisco Giants победу в 2012 году Национальной лиги Чемпионата Запада - второй в три года, и восьмой с момента создания NL Запад.Гиганты вернуться к 2012 MLB плей-офф, которые начинаются в две недели.

Гиганты в отделе Национальной лиги серии, которая будет "Финал четырех" Национальной лиги. Их серия дата начала будет либо субботу 6 октября или в воскресенье, 7 октября и противник по-прежнему еще не определена.

Гиганты все еще есть причины, чтобы хорошо играть по отношению к плей-офф посева, которые могут вступить в игру в более поздних раундах плей-офф Национальной Лиги (NL будет иметь преимущество домашнего поля в 2012 World Series в силу All-Star Game результат).

Эта ранняя клинч также дает команде время, чтобы принимать стратегические решения о том, когда, чтобы отдохнуть игрокам или планировать свое время, чтобы согласовать с предстоящим плей-офф.

Вулканы Смотря будет приносить Вам эксклюзивное превью плей-офф вашей Вулканы выпускников в действии - следите за обновлениями и заходите почаще.


日本語で鑑賞火山

3年間で2番目、およびNL西の開始以来第八 - セーラム - カイザー火山の長いリストがサンフランシスコ·ジャイアンツ2012年ナショナルリーグ西地区選手権に勝つために2012年シーズンを通してステップアップ。ジャイアンツは2週に開始2012年のMLBのプレーオフに戻ります。

ジャイアンツはナショナルリーグの"ファイナルフォー"となりますナショナルリーグディビジョンシリーズである。それらのシリーズの開始日のいずれか土曜日10月6日または10月7日(日曜日)になり、相手はまだ決定されてまだです。

ジャイアンツはまだナショナルリーグのプレーオフ(NLはオールスターゲームの結果のおかげで、2012年ワールドシリーズのホームフィールドアドバンテージを持つことになります)の後のラウンドで遊びに来ることができましたプレーオフのシードに関してよくプレーする理由がある。

クリンチこの初期のも今後のプレーオフに合わせて自分の時間を選手を休ませるか、またはスケジュールする際の戦略的意思決定を行うためのチームの時間を与えます。

鑑賞火山はあなたのアクションであなたの火山の卒業生の排他的なプレーオフプレビューを持ち込む予定 - ご期待と頻繁に戻って確認してください。


한국어로 감상 화산

3 년 만에 두 번째, 그리고 NL 서부의 처음부터 여덟째 - 세일럼 - Keizer의 화산 목록은 샌프란시스코 자이언츠2012 년 내셔널 리그 서부 우승하기 위해 2012 시즌에 걸쳐 강화.거인은 두 주에 시작 2012 MLB 플레이 오프로 돌아갑니다.

자이언츠내셔널 리그의 '마지막 4 "입니다 내셔널 리그 시리즈에 있습니다. 그들의 시리즈 시작 날짜가 토요일 10월 6일 또는 10월 7일 (일요일)되며 상대결정되지 않은 남아 있습니다.

거인은 여전히 ​​내셔널 리그 플레이 오프 (NL모든 게임 결과의 미덕에 의해 2012 년 월드 시리즈에서 필드 이점을해야합니다)의 후반 라운드에서 플레이올 수 플레이 오프 시딩에 대해 잘 작동하는 이유가 있습니다.

클린치초기에는 다가오는 플레이 오프에 부합하기 위해 자신의 시간을 플레이어가 휴식을 취하거나 예약 의 전략적 의사 결정을 할 수있는 시간을 제공합니다.

감상 화산 당신에게 행동화산 학생독점적 인 플레이 오프 미리보기를 지적합니다 - 계속 지켜봐 주시기 바랍니다 종종 다시 확인하시기 바랍니다.


在中国看火山

一个长长的清单塞勒姆科泽尔火山加强了整个2012赛季,帮助旧金山巨人队赢得2012年的全国联盟西部锦标赛 - 在三年内第二和第八自成立以来,国联西区。巨人回归到2012年的美国职棒大联盟季后赛开始在两个星期。


巨人在国联分区系列赛,这将是最终四强的全国联赛。他们的系列的开始日期将是10月6日(星期六),10月7日(星期日),对手仍是尚未确定。

巨人仍然有理由发挥出色,季后赛直播,其中可以发挥作用,在后几轮的全国联赛季后赛(NL将在2012年世界大赛的主场优势,凭借的全明星赛结果)。

这种早期的成交也给球队作出的战略决策,什么时候该休息的球员安排他们的时间,以配合即将到来的季后赛。

火山观看您带来独家火山校友在行动季后赛的预演 - 敬请关注,并经常回来检查。

Vulkanen Kijken in het Nederlands

Een lange lijst van Salem-Keizer Volcanoes opgevoerd gedurende het seizoen 2012 te helpen de San Francisco Giants winnen van de 2012 National League West Championship - de tweede in drie jaar, en het achtste sinds het begin van de NL West. De Giants terug naar de 2012 MLB play-offs die starten in twee week.

De Giants zijn in de National League Division Series, die zal de "Final Four" van de Nationale Liga. Hun serie startdatum zal ofwel zaterdag 06 oktober of zondag, 7 oktober en tegenstander is nog steeds nog worden bepaald.

De Giants hebben nog steeds reden om goed te spelen met betrekking tot de playoff zaaien waardoor een rol spelen in de latere rondes van de Nationale Liga playoffs (de NL zal thuisvoordeel in de 2012 World Series hebben op grond van de All-Star Game resultaat).

Dit clinch vroege geeft ook het team tijd om strategische beslissingen van toen aan spelers rusten of het plannen van hun tijd aan te passen aan de komende play-offs te maken.

Vulkanen Kijken zal brengen u exclusieve playoff previews van uw Vulkanen alumni in actie - stay tuned en vaak kom later.


Vulcani Guardare in italiano

Un lungo elenco di Salem-Keizer Vulcani intensificato per tutta la stagione 2012 per aiutare i San Francisco Giants vincere la 2012 National League Championship Ovest - la seconda in tre anni, e l'ottavo dall'inizio della dell'Occidente NL. I Giganti tornare del 2012 playoff MLB che si aprono in due settimane.

I Giganti sono nella Serie Nazionale Division League, che sarà la "Final Four" della Lega Nazionale. La loro data di inizio serie o sarà Sabato ottobre 6 o Domenica, 7 ottobre e l'avversario è ancora ancora da determinare.

I Giants hanno ancora ragione di giocare bene per quanto riguarda la semina playoff che potrebbero entrare in gioco nei round successivi dei playoff Lega nazionale (BN avrà campo vantaggio di casa nel 2012 World Series in virtù della All-Star risultato del gioco).

Questo primo clinch dà anche il tempo di squadra per prendere decisioni strategiche di quando a riposo i giocatori o programmare il loro tempo per allinearsi con i playoff in arrivo.

Vulcani Guardare vi sarà portare anteprime esclusive playoff dei vostri alunni dei Vulcani in azione - rimanete sintonizzati e controllare spesso.

 Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Crater-side chats #1: September 2012

As September comes to a close, Volcanoes Watching caught up with Crater the famous official mascot of your Salem-Keizer Volcanoes; in this exclusive interview, Crater talks about his off-season training, Volcanoes alumni headed to the playoffs and a possible run at Dancing with the Minor League Stars...if such a show ever comes into being.

Volcanoes Watching: Crater, thanks for making time to talk with us.

Crater: You're welcome, and I don't want to start the interview splitting hairs, but I don't talk -- but I get your point. It's great having a chance to reach out to our great fans.

Volcanoes Watching: Agreed, so how is it that you are responding to this interview anyway?

Crater: I got the new app "Wild Silent Minor League Baseball Mascot Wanting to Give Interviews."

Volcanoes Watching: Far out.

Crater: Respect.

Volcanoes Watching: So first off, what was your take on the 2012 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes season?

Crater: Every year is great and has its own identity. I really think that the team we saw in the second half, if they have that same performance the first half would have found a way to make the playoffs. I understand you can say that about many Northwest League teams; I think the better way to express it is I really admired how our players made every game count -- it's a tribute to this franchise and the continued talent players the Giants assign to Salem-Keizer.

Volcanoes Watching: The story isn't over yet; we have Volcanoes alums heading back to the MLB playoffs and other top prospects going to the Arizona Fall League.

Crater: It's amazing, humbling and exciting and this is another flavor of Minor League Baseball that is great for all the fans to see players start in Salem-Keizer and then on to other great achievements. It's like we are the premiere freshman class and then seeing some students go on to be class president of their senior year.

Volcanoes Watching: Are you actually eating a Lava Dog while giving this interview?

Crater: I told you, this app is amazing.

Volcanoes Watching: so, fair to say you are going to be watching plenty of baseball the next few weeks?

Crater: you know it! I'll also be around the community too. My job is a lot like running for president except I don't have to run negative ads.

Volcanoes Watching: Well there was that one ad you ran saying that mascots in the Carolina League can't dance as well as you.

Crater: Um...I can not fully recall...the details of that...oh, go to commercial.

Volcanoes Watching: Fair enough Crater: any last comments in this article to Volcanoes fans?

Crater: You all are the best; I wish we played Volcanoes home games 365 days a year; June 2013 can't come fast enough. Go Volcanoes!

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Volcanoes alums Brown, Panik lead group of Arizona Fall League Volcanoes

Volcanoes Nation, you can't beat October baseball and next week we will see Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alumni with the Giants back in the MLB playoffs; concurrently October 9 will also be the start of the Arizona Fall League for Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11, NWL MVP '11), Gary Brown (Volcanoes '10, CAL Rookie of the Year '11), and three other top Volcanoes alums all who will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

The Arizona Fall League is the place to be for top prospects being fast-tracked for The Show in the next 1-3 years. Joining big Joe and Chris are Volcanoes alums: Chris Gloor (Volcanoes '07, '11); Dan Runzler (Volcanoes '07, '08);  Chris Dominguez (Volcanoes '09).

In news from the 2012 National League West Champion San Francisco Giants, Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '08) pitched six sharp innings tonight against the Padres. The Giants at time of publication are looking for their 92nd win of the season.

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Volcanoes History: Moving Home Plate: The Miracle on I-5

Volcanoes Nation, I often get asked what it is like to be in Minor League Baseball - I know some aspects after seven years, but what better way to learn than from the actual Owners, Presidents and GM's; for those who want a true inside look, I highly recommend stopping by the Volcanoes Store and checking out "Moving Home Plate: The Miracle on I-5" by Bill Tucker and Jerry Walker which is an amazingly candid and detailed account about the start of your Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

Tonight I quote from page 134: "The speaker was Jerry Walker, himself. Jerry rose to speak to the assembled crowd. There was a deep emotion in his words as he told of his desire to come here with the team to establish a community effort. He told of how he expected to move here to raise his family, grow roots and establish himself as a community member. Sure he was bringing a business with him but some businesses produce more revenues for their owners. Some have exemplary byproducts which improve the quality of life in their fields and baseball was one of them. He was overwhelmed by the spontaneous outpouring of support he had just heard at the meeting and hoped it would set the stage for the Council to get behind the project and give it the life it needed. Tears began to well up in his eyes near the end. He wiped them away, unashamed of the moment and concluded his remarks to the receptive crowd. It was a significant moment. Those speeches would be long remembered."

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Posey gets 100th RBI of the season

It's becoming a night of milestones for the 2012 National League West Champion San Francisco Giants as Volcanoes catcher Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10) hit his 100th RBI of the season. At the time of publication, the Giants are on pace for their 90th victory of the season.

Buster is making a real push for NL MVP this season; as of tonight the Volcanoes alum is third in MLB in batting, but ironically enough only one point behind Andrew McCutchen as Melky Cabrera renounced his claim to the batting title. Buster is now only one of 13 players with 100 RBI - and leads all catchers.

Buster Posey is Volcanoes Nation!

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012 Volcanoes/Giants Playoff Preview: Sergio Romo

Volcanoes Nation, one of the great story lines of the 2012 National League West Champion San Francisco Giants is Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10).

Sergio has 12 saves in '12
Sergio was a handful of key players who stepped up when Brian Wilson was lost for the 2012 season -- what did the Volcanoes alum do? As of tonight, Sergio has a 4-2 record with a 1.89 ERA with 59 strike outs in 52 innings; opponents are only batting .189 against him.Sergio ranks third on the Giants pitching staff with 66 appearances this season to-date and second with 12 saves.

This type of consistency is nothing new for the Volcanoes alum who has a MLB career record 20-9 and a 2.73 ERA with 15 saves; added to his Minor League career which was 24-8 with a 2.31 ERA.

Sergio Romo is Volcanoes Nation!

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 Volcanoes/Giants Playoff Preview: Ryan Vogelsong reaches the Promised Land

Just for some context about what Ryan Vogelsong's (Volcanoes '98) world was like during Spring Training 2011, here was the Volcanoes Watching top stories about him:

May 25, 2011: Volcanoes alum Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound tomorrow against Florida in another start in a magical season so far.

Earlier in the year, Ryan won his first start as a Giant in 10 years. Now he sits at 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA with 5 starts and 29 strike outs - and only 10 walks - in 32.3 innings

The 33-year-old has gone from fighting for a roster spot, to possible NL Comeback Player of the Year to one of the statistically top pitchers so far in the league.
Fast forward to the Giants clinching the 2012 National League West title and Vogelsong is projected to make the playoff roster, which when official will mean that after making his debut with your Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 15 seasons ago, Ryan will representing Volcanoes Nations on the Giants in the 2012 MLB playoffs.

Like any pitcher in The Show, Ryan has seen his peaks and valleys but the numbers still speak for themselves, since making the Giants in 2011, The Volcanoes alum is 26-16 with a 3.15 ERA and 286 strike outs.

Ryan Vogelsong is Volcanoes Nation!

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

2012 Volcanoes/Giants Preview: why Lincecum's next start is important

Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, World Champion '10) returns to the mound Tuesday as the 2012 National League West Champion, San Francisco Giants look for their 90th win of the season. While teams like Washington, Cincinnati and San Francisco are vying for final playoff seeding, this game has more importance for Tim's momentum then the Giant's playoff plan.

Here's why:

The math says that either Washington or Cincinnati gets the top NL seed, which plays the one-game NL Wild Card Champion - which if the playoffs start tonight would be either the Atlanta Braves or the St. Louis Cardinals.
Don't call it a comeback!
Ironic enough, but Atlanta or the Cardinals may actually have more momentum than if the Giants were to open their National League Division Series against either the first-time Nats or the RedS club that the Giants actually match up very well against.

Thus in summary, the Giants may already truly be in the best possible position they can be going into the postseason. Now, that doesn't mean there is any value in turning off the jets. Two factors come into play: momentum and a possible trip to the National League Championship Series, where reseeding comes into play and where it wouldn't make sense to throw away the final series of the 2012 regular season.

Which brings us back to Tim Lincecum. We all know the early pitching woes which who knows how much was tied to the two-year mega contract signed before the season that was the best attempt at a truce between both sides. Tim is 10-14 with a 4.91 ERA and had 147 strike outs. All of which would qualify for the "yikes" department.

But what is more than silver lining are the following trends: Tim's early season issues actually meant he pitched less innings, thus has something more the tank going into October. That alone wouldn't mean much if Tim still wasn't pitching well - but the numbers say he is, in fact, getting back to his old self.

In Tim's last 10 starts he has a 6-3 record with a 3.02 ERA and 54 strike outs in 59.2 innings. Thus, this story could be one of the great same-season turnarounds we have seen in a decade...if October has a storybook ending.

Which makes Tuesday's Giants / Arizona game one of significance for multiple reasons.

Stay tuned all year for the latest news on your Volcanoes alumni and upcoming Volcanoes events; Volcanoes baseball -- where Giants dreams begin.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

We're back! Volcanoes alumni help Giants to 2012 National League West title

A long list of Salem-Keizer Volcanoes stepped up throughout the 2012 season to help the San Francisco Giants win the 2012 National League West Championship - the second in three years, and eighth since the inception of the NL West. The Giants return to the 2012 MLB playoffs which start in two week.

The Giants are in the National League Division Series which will be the "Final Four" of the National League. Their series start date will either be Saturday October 6 or Sunday, October 7 and opponent is still yet to be determined.

Sergio Romo clinched the '12 NL West title
The Giants still have reason to play well with respect to playoff seeding which could come into play in later rounds of the National League playoffs (the NL will have home field advantage in the 2012 World Series by virtue of the All-star game result).

This early clinch also gives the team time to make strategic decisions of when to rest players or schedule their time to align with the upcoming playoffs.

Volcanoes Watching will be bringing you exclusive playoff previews of your Volcanoes alumni in action - stay tuned and check back often.

As for the heroes in tonight's division clinching victory:

Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rooke of the Year '10, World Champion '10) drove in his 97th RBI of the season; Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) had a hit; and Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) got the last two outs to clinch the division.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Volcanoes History: 1997

Here's a look your Salem-Keizer Volcanoes history for the 1997 season, the first year the franchise was here. Shane Turner was skipper of a team that went 40-36 that had future Major Leaguers: Guillermo Rodriguez Carlos Valderrama Ryan Jensen Kevin Joseph Scott Linebrink and Joe Nathan.

Your Volcanoes played in a very competitive division that season, with South Division champions the Portland Rockies, 44-32; Southern Oregon Timberjacks, 41-35; the Volcanoes 40-36; with Eugene finishing 31-45.

The '97 Volcanoes was very much a pitching dominant club finishing second in the Northwest League with a 5.37 runs per game allowed (the good stat); the challenge was the '97 Volcanoes was fifth of eighth in runs scored per game (5.71).

Interesting from a stats perspective as a common baseball predictor for final record is runs2/runs2+runs allowed2, in the case predicting a finish of, yes, 40-36. Moneyball does have its valid points.

Team batting champion that season was Travis Young, .334; the Volcanoes first home run king was Zach Wells, 10; Volcanoes wins champ was Mike Riley with 9; and Jesse Travis was great with 16 saves.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Panda's homeruns, Posey long ball gets Giants magic number to three

Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) had one of the great games of his career, homering from both sides of the plate; Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, NL Rookie of the Year '10, World Champion '10) continued his NL MVP push as the San Francisco Giants (87-63) completed the Colorado home sweep with a 9-2 win tonight.

Coupled with another loss by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Giants magic number is now three to win their second NL West title in three years. The G-men have 12 games left in the regular season and any combination of three wins or thee Dodgers losses closes the deal.

Reports from San Francisco say that the mood amongst the fans was electric, the club house is both loose and completely focused and the calm of a team preparing for the long journey of September and into October is beginning to take shape.

Tomorrow is an important start for Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) who takes the mound against a second-half-strong San Diego Padres team. Ryan is look to try and land on a possible National League Division Series roster spot and this is an important second to last or last chance this regular season.

Volcanoes stat of the night: Buster's 23rd home run now more than doubles his career total (45), tonight Pablo Sandoval drove in his 300th career RBI.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Volcanoes alumni help Giants to lower magic number to six

Volcanoes alumni again stepped up big tonight; the San Francisco Giants at time of publication reduced their magic number to the coveted NL West Title to six games, and could see that lower to five if the G-men close the deal again Colorado in late innings.
Panda Power!
Remember that even with two Wild Cards now in each league, it is still in a team's interest to win the division as the Wild Card game is winner take all.

Of course, beggars can't be choosers when it comes to making the playoffs. Just ask plenty of good teams that will be watching the playoffs on television this October.

At time of publication, Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) had three hits with three RBI; Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, World Champion '10) had two hits and a RBI as the Giants took a 7-1 lead over the Rockies going into the eighth inning. Still, we all respect that any professional team can win - so we are calling the official magic number at six pending final result of this contest.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Volcanoes alumni magic number eight to make MLB playoffs

Going into San Francisco's game tonight hosting Colorado, the Giants magic number to win the NL West is eight games. That means any eight Giants wins or eight Dodgers losses between now and October 3 and your Volcanoes alumni in The Show are going to the playoffs.

We've all seen enough baseball to be smart about this run and to show the respect due to other teams and know anything can happen; the Giants have earned the respect of playing consistent winning baseball all season; they have delivered the performance inning in and inning out that marks a sold playoff teams.

The 2012 MLB playoffs will have special baseball historical significance much like the 1995 playoffs which was the first year of any Wild Card competition; without which, Ken Griffey Jr. and the Tampa Bay Mariners would have had five more exciting years together in South Florida.

This season the two Wild Card winners will play a one-game winner-take-all game and then the playoffs resume with each league's three Division Champions and survivor Wild Card.

This format makes it completely in the Giants' interest to keep the pedal on the gas to get the NL West Title and essentially clinch the second round of the MLB playoffs (Wild Card being round one).

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Working to clinch - a true look at character

It's a good problem for any baseball fan to have -- having the team they root for in First Place by some games going into the second half of September. This is when all the idiosyncrasies come out - where fans have an abacas, their lucky hat, multiple new magic number algorithms from MLB.com and some antacid.

Now in the final stretch of the 2012 regular season we see so many storylines that tie the San Francisco Giants together - and for us locally: our Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. It's easy to look at these men as something super human - it's all the more impressive to see the pressures the Minor League players handle. Inspiring to tell the truth.

And for all the odds that it takes just to become a professional player -- the millions of youngsters who play little league become a few hundred who get drafted each year -- now take that pool of Volcanoes players; the 2012 roster had 39 different players at some point throughout the year -- it would be a fantastic win to even see seven Volcanoes from this class get some playing time with the San Francisco Giants down the road.

For that, as this Giants team loaded with Volcanoes makes its push to claim a National League playoff spot, one can start to dream what perhaps October will bring. Our Volcanoes alumni have earned that much already - our respect and well-wishes.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Giants NL West lead remains 7.5 games with 16 to play

The San Francisco Giants (83-63) go into their home series with Colorado with a 7.5 game lead over the L.A. Dodgers with 16 games to play. Since both teams play each other the last regular season series of the year, October 1-3, the Giants want to go into that series with at least a 3.5 game lead. If they do, it means the G-men are NL West Champions no matter what the series produces.

But first thing's first. Your Volcanoes alumni with the Giants play the next 10 games at home: Rockies (4); Padres (3); Diamondbacks (3); the six on the road - Padres (3); Dodgers (3). The Giants have their destiny in their hands so it's on them to close the deal.

Volcanoes stat of the day: Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06, World Champion '10) is tied with Matt Cain for the team lead in strikeouts: 177. Tim has reached his number in 29.2 less innings, but Matt has a Perfect Game -- so it sort of evens out.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Giants win 83rd game - another step closer to 2012 MLB Playoffs

It was a great scene for any Volcanoes fan tonight: bottom of the ninth, Arizona batting; Giants pitcher Sergio Romo (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) delivers to Ryan Wheeler who hits it sharply to Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) who makes a great stop, spins around and throws to Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, World Champion '10) playing first who stretches out to beat Wheeler. Ball game. Giants 3, Arizona 2. The Giants remain 7.5 games up in the NL West with 17 games to play.
Sergio Romo 

That single play took less than four seconds but was such a great example and reminder of one of the great joys of being a Salem-Keizer Volcanoes fan: getting to see alumni in The Show in front of a TV audience of hundreds-of-thousands helping their team to another critical win.

What's also very promising is seeing the players keep that steady calm after each win: this team has the mark of a club that isn't going to burn itself out but rather show the experience of 2010 and see how far the run can go in 2012. After all, no playoff spots has been clinched yet.

Volcanoes stat of the night: Volcanoes alumni this season have hit 43 home runs for the San Francisco Giants: Buster, 22; Pablo Sandoval 8; Nate Schierholtz, 5 (before the trade); Brandon Crawford, 4; Brett Pill, 4.

Giants look for the sweep tomorrow at Arizona.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Giants clinch 82 wins - Volcanoes fan begin to think October

The San Francisco Giants won their 82nd game of 2012 tonight, clinching a winning record, and the first of multiple milestones for another potentially very special season. Why should anyone care about 82 wins? Ask teams like the Pirates who are trying to end a 20-year drought of sub .500 ball.

Volcanoes fans are diverse; we have many supporters who are also primary Giants fans; we also have many segments of Volcanoes Nations who support other MLB teams and look at the Giants as their prime Number Two. We welcome all into the Volcanoes family.

For the Volcanoes Front Office, what is exciting about this latest Giants run is the thrill of going for another title for you the fans. Your Volcanoes have five Northwest League Championships -- all five championship banners wave proudly down the left field line in Volcanoes Stadium.

The sixth banner, a separate but equally exciting experience is the 2010 Giants World Championship banner outside Volcanoes Stadium and the chance everyone had in 2011 to see and get a picture taken with the World Series trophy.

The two common bonds are ahead of us: bringing the sense of history and excitement to Volcanoes fans and also a new chance seeing our Volcanoes alumni climb the Mount Everest of this sport.

It's not uncommon now for Giants radio and TV commentators to talk about Salem-Keizer; as is true for MLB.com. Players recall fondly their experience here as Volcanoes.

You're a part of this; your support has helped give Volcanoes players a great pro career start and yes you rightfully can feel and be a part of another Giants thrilling September...and perhaps October!

Regards
Justin Lacche
 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Election 2012: will Volcanoes alum Buster Posey be NL MVP

Perhaps the best testiment to Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, World Champion '10) is he doesn't want any part of NL MVP discussion; the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alum is completely focused on helping the San Francisco Giants get back to the 2012 MLB Playoffs...and beyond.

But how can fans not see the almost Shakespearean story that is Buster Posey's story to-date? From a top prospect who had 31 at-bats for the Volcanoes in 2008 to the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and helping the Giants to win their first World Series since moving to San Francisco.

And like all Shakespearean works there was the great challenge; a season-ending injury early in the 2011 season that ultimately the entire team couldn't recover from. The Giants finished in second place behind the Diamondbacks but had to watch the playoffs on television like the rest of us.

Which makes 2012 all the more special; and it wasn't that many months ago when folks all across baseball were blogging aloud that perhaps Buster would permanently have to play first base. The Giants had a slow April record-wise but the team won most of its series, and Buster showed both the stamina needed and the patience required to get back to 100 percent.

On June 13, 2012, Buster caught Matt Cain's perfect game, only the 22nd perfect game in MLB history and it seemed to energize the club; then in August, Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension and the L.A. Dodgers seemed to have an extra billion dollars in payroll that they couldn't spend fast enough.

Who was the calming force amongst the players? Buster Posey. Now the Giants have a seven game lead with 19 games to play -- they own their destiny it's in the grasp and that is what any MLB team can only ask for heading into mid-September.

At time of publication, Buster is batting .333 (156-for-469) with 21 home runs and 89 RBI. Will he be the NL MVP? Ask Buster Posey and World Series MVP would sound much better. And what a great Shakespearean-style ending to a season that would be.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Volcanoes alumni help Giants get key win

Multiple Salem-Keizer Volcanoes stepped up big tonight as the Giants topped Colorado 8-3; with the Dodgers losing, the Giants (81-62) have a seven game lead in the NL West with 19 regular season games to play. San Francisco is looking for its second Division Title in three years.

Tim Lincecum, Volcanoes '06, World Champion '10, (9-14, 5.09 ERA) got the win after going six innings, yielding three runs and striking out eight. Tim has gone 5-3 in his last 10 starts, a much needed improvement.

Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, World Champion '10) had two hits to improve his season average to .333.

Big night for Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) who had two hits (double) and two RBI.

The 2010 World Champions have tomorrow off before heading to Arizona.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11

Volcanoes Nation - we love playing baseball, watching baseball, talking baseball. This game is the great unifier -- brings all types of folks together in a safe and fun environment with a common purpose: having fun. Some of the our best and most loyal fans are those in the military, public service and/or jobs who in some way change lives and saves lives.

September 11 is a time we reflect on those brave, kind men and women who didn't get to see September 12, 2001. It's also a chance for us to look around and say thank you to our neighbors, whether they serve in the Armed Force, or the local Police, Fire Department, Safety -- and also the countless other folks who set their own lives, goals and dreams aside to help improve the lives of others.

It's good to have different options; have healthy debates; get involved in organizations -- what baseball and honoring those who allow us to live in a free country to enjoy sports reminds us is this: we remember and honor those who keep this community and country free. They deserve that from all of us.

With sincere gratitude,

Justin Lacche

Monday, September 10, 2012

Prospect Alert: Rookie League Giants finish 32-24

Baseball, in some respects, is a game of perspective. For Salem-Keizer Volcanoes players the road to The Show may seem far away; for players in rookie ball, like the Arizona League Giants, making it to Salem-Keizer next season would be reason to celebrate.

The Arizona League Giants had a fine 2012 season, finishing the year 32-24. The team has multiple prospects trying to climb the mountain to the Majors:

Jonathan Jones, 1B, lead the team with six home runs and 29 RBI; Jonathan also batted .282.

Travious Relaford won the team batting title with a .331 average (Alberto Robles batted .380 in limited action but still a player to watch too).

Randy Ortiz stole 30 bases in 37 attempts; Tyler Hollick swiped 21 bases in 23 attempts.

Jose Reyes was 6-3, with a 4.53 ERA in 47.2 innings; Matthew Lujan went 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 37.0 innings. Andrew Leenhouts lead the team with 60 strike outs; Eduardo Encinosa had four saves to top the team.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Volcanoes alumni Posey makes NL MVP case

Volcanoes alumni Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08, World Champion '10) is making his case for NL MVP, going 2-for-4 with a RBI as the San Francisco Giants beat the LA Dodgers 4-0; the Giants have a 5.5 game lead in the NL West with 19 games to play in the regular season. Make no mistake though, this race is far from over.

Through 127 games, Buster has 20 home runs, is batting .327 (149-for-456) with 87 RBI. Buster's fielding percentage so far is .989 and he has 67 assists with only 10 errors.

Hats off too for Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '05, World Champion '10) who had a hit and scored a run in the win tonight.

The Giants now hit the road for a six-game set: at Colorado Sept. 10-12; at Arizona Sept. 14-16. And down the road a potential mega finish to the 2012 regular season as the Giants travel to the Dodgers for the last three games before the post season.

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