You might remember us tweeting last season about the fan who had Bryce Harper sign his grandfather’s Mickey Mantle autographed baseball in Harrisburg last season. If you need a refresher, watch the video below which chronicles the event.
Our friend Jason Bristol @JasonBristol from CBS21 in Harrisburg took the story a step further, tracking down the fan Brian McGinn and his brother Ben to talk about the decision to have Harper sign the Mantle ball, and the mostly negative reaction people have had when his video of the experience went viral. Also in the story Harper himself offers his thoughts on signing the Mantle ball. It’s an entertaining watch.
Natural disasters can take their toll on anyone and anything. Last September the Harrisburg Senators saw their entire stadium under feet of water after severe flooding in Central Pennsylvania. Through the hard work of Tim Foreman and his stadium operations staff, the 2012 Senators arrived to find a pristine Metro Bank Park for opening day. Check out the transformation via the video story below.
It’s that time of year when Minor League Baseball marketing folks put on the hard sell for 2012 ticket packages ahead of opening day. The Harrisburg Senators are in it to win it at the box office just as much as on the field. This year the team put together a highlight video to the Weezer song Memories. It’s an enjoyable watch.
Once the minor league baseball season ends, Washington Nationals farmhand Adam Fox jumps into his second passion, Deer Hunting, as part of a video series for MidwestWhiteTail.com. Fox, who was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers out of the University of Ohio in 2003, batted a combined .210 between the Double-A Harrisburg Senators and Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs this season. Our friend Jason Bristol, a must follow on twitter @JasonBristol brings us this piece on Fox’s hunting exploits.
Our friend Tug Haines is in the tail end of his year long Minor League Baseball road trip that just topped the 23,000 mile mark. Last Friday he caught a double header between the Harrisburg Senators and New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester and witnessed two rare events. A No Hitter from Shairon Martis in Game 1 and a skunk in the outfield in Game 2. Be sure to give Tug a follow on twitter @TugHaines and check out his awesome blog chronicling his minor league baseball road trip at CasualFan.org it’s awesome.
The Bryce Harper show rolled into Notheast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester New Hampshire this past weekend as the Harrisburg Senators took on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The visit prompted the usual Bryce Harper was here story in the local newspaper which seems to be status quo on every Harrisburg road trip since the Washington Nationals prospect joined the club. What’s interesting about this one is Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose chimes in with his thoughts on Harper and how he is viewed by other players in the Eastern League and suggests that many might be jealous of the attention Harper receives. Check out Gose’s quote in the story link below.
The Eastern League had a No Hitter on Friday night as former Washington Nationals pitcher Shairon Martis did not allow a hit and faced the minimum for the Harrisburg Senators in a 3-0 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in game one of a double header. Martis struck out nine and allowed a 3rd inning walk to Callix Crabbe who was subsequently retired on a double play. He improved to 8-5 with a 2.81ERA in 22 starts at Harrisburg this season. Martis has walked 38 while recording 143 strikeouts and opposing hitters are batting .240 against him. The native of Curacao has a career 6-6 record in the majors with appearances with the Nationals in 2008 and 2009.
50 Home Runs and 50 Stolen Bases in a major league season. It’s never been done before. Harrisburg Senators manager Tony Beasley believes Bryce Harper could eventually be the first to reach that elusive milestone. In a fantastic read by CBSSports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel, a must follow on twitter @GreggDoyelCBS, Doyel visits Akron, Ohio and sees what daily life is like for the Washington Nationals prospect, talks to Beasley in depth about Harper’s future, and recaps the ups and downs of Harper’s 2011 season.
Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper injured what appeared to be his hamstring in the 8th inning of the Harrisburg Senators game against the Akron Aeros. Harper who had walked, was injured going from first to third on an Archie Gilbert double. The video below shows Harper being helped off the field and unable to put much if any weight on the leg.
This folks is why Washington Nationals Double-A outfielder Bryce Harper is the best prospect in baseball. The 18 year old blasted a Ryan Pope 3-2 pitch to dead center field that went 480 feet, according to MILB.com, to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a 3-2 walk off win over the Trenton Thunder on Friday night. It was Harper’s third Home Run in Double-A and his first at home in Harrisburg. See the Home Run from multiple angles.