Staten Island Yankees Announce 2012 Coaching Staff

The Staten Island Yankees announced their 2012 coaching staff on Thursday, naming Justin Pope as the manager for the upcoming season.

Pope made his coaching debut in 2010, serving as pitching coach for the Staten Island Yankees, where he guided a staff that issued the fewest walks in the New York-Penn League (204).

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to manage in such a beautiful ballpark in front of the great fans of Staten Island,” Pope said. “I’m very happy to be back and I look forward to putting a team of very good players on the field.”

Carlos Chantres, who hasn’t been seen in a Staten Island Yankees uniform since 2006, returns to the Island as pitching coach in 2012. In the summer of ’06, Chantres’ staff led the Baby Bombers to a league best 45 wins, and the fourth New York-Penn League Championship in team history.

Ty Hawkins returns for his seventh consecutive season as the hitting coach in Staten Island. Hawkins has led the Staten Island Yankees to the second best batting average in the NYPL in four of the last five seasons, and a NYPL-most 52HR in 2009. He guided the 2006 Staten Island offense to a league-best .267 average and 365R en route to the club’s second consecutive New York-Penn League Championship.

Also joining the staff will be coach Danilo Valiente, who returns for his second consecutive season with the Baby Bombers. Last season, he helped lead Staten Island to their sixth NYPL Championship.

Stellar Pitching Leads Yanks over ‘Clones in Round One

STATEN ISLAND, NY – In front of a crowd of just under 2,000 people on a humid night at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George the Staten Island Yankees defeated their rival Brooklyn Cyclones to advance to the NY-Penn League Championship Finals.

 

After the first game of the series was postponed twice due to inclement weather the Baby Bombers beat the Baby Bums 2-0 at MCU Park in Coney Island then were blown out by an offense outburst by the Cyclones the next day, 12-5 in Staten Island and finally another pitching gem lead the Yankees to the championship series once again.

 

William Oliver got the start for Staten Island, the workhorse of the 2011 rotation impressed when he recorded a career high of 10 strikes outs over 6 innings walking 3 and allowing just 2 hits.  He was followed by Phillip Wetherell who allowed 2 hits over 2 innings and earned the win before Brandon Pinder pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.

 

Offensively it was a light day as the Yankees only managed four hits, two of them belonging to Tyler Austin who also had the only run of the game.  The only RBI belonged to first baseman Reymond Nunez.

 

Now with the semi-finals over the Staten Island Yankees will be traveling up to Auburn, NY for the first game of the Championship series on Monday before returning to Staten Island Tuesday night to end out the series and the season.  The Baby Bombers are going for their sixth NY-Penn League Championship in their twelve year history.

 

 

Staten Island Yankees Being Sold for Second Time in Five Years

For the second time in their time here on Staten Island, the Staten Island Yankees look like they will be on the market.  This time it is the New York Yankees who want out.  For the past week the Baby Bombers have been on market to potential buyers, but as of right now no deal has been agreed upon.  At present time the team is owned by the New York Yankees and Mandalay Sports Entertainment.

 

The Staten Island Yankees success with the All-You-Can-Eat Pinstripe Plan has not translated into success at the bank as financial reasons were noted as the reason for the sale.  While the team does have the third largest attendance in the league, the average attendance has been dropping the past few of seasons.  There was a rumor earlier on in the year that an ownership group from New Jersey wanted to purchase the team but it is not known if they are ones who are in talks with to buy the team.  No further details have been revealed about the potential sale.

 

Update: Some more information has come to light, another group is looking to purchase the team.  They have no experience running a team but wants to keep the team a Yankees affiliate and in Staten Island.

 

Update #2: The team will be sold to a New York City hedge-fund manager not currently involved in professional baseball for approximately $8.3 Million.  It is not known if Mandalay will be retained.  Look for an announcement of the sale soon.

SI Yanks Tie Franchise Record 13th Straight Win

In front of a crowd of over 6,000 people on a cool, foggy and wet night at MCU Park in Coney Island the Staten Island Yankees continued their hot streak as they tied a franchise record 13th consecutive win thanks to the one-two punch of Mason Williams and Cito Culver who were both 3-for-4 on the night.

Bryan Mitchell started the game for the Baby Bombers, throwing four innings allowing two runs early on in the first inning.  The Cyclones managed to get three hits and worked three walks off of him but also struck out three times.  He was followed by Matt Tracy who impressed the crowd once more tossing three innings of one-hit ball and striking out three.  Tracy still has yet to allow a run this year.

 
After being down 2-0 in the first inning the Staten Island Yankees plated one-run in the third, fifth and ninth innings to edge out a victory with two of those RBIs belonging to 2010 first-round draft pick Cito Culver and the last one belonging to Mason Williams.  Reymond Nunez had two hits for Staten Island and Bobby Rinard had one while scoring two of the runs.
 

Staten Island plated their first run in the top of the third after Bobby Rinard doubled and then scored on a line drive single to right by Mason Williams.  The Yankees went on to tie the game up at two in the top of the fifth.  Mason Williams and Cito Culver lined back-to-back doubles to left field with one out.  They went on to threaten in the inning after a pitching change with the bases loaded but a force out at third ended the inning.
 

In the top of the ninth the Baby Bombers would take the lead for good.  Bobby Rinard started it off reaching first on a fielding error by the shortstop before going first-to-third on a bunt to the third baseman by Mason Williams.  Next up was shortstop Cito Culver who hit a pop up single to third base that brought in Rinard.  Culver was out at second trying to stretch it into a double.

 
Zach Arneson earned the win for Staten Island, his first of the season after pitching a perfect eighth inning.  Branden Pinder earned the save, his league leading fifth after throwing 8 pitches, all strikes, in the ninth striking out two of the Cyclone batters.

 
Tomorrow night the two teams will meet up again for the third game of the series and conclude the series on Tuesday, both of those games will be at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George.

 

Williams Continues Hot Start as SI Yanks Fall to ‘Clones

While the majority of the attention was on the rehabbing Phil Hughes, it was the young centerfielder Mason Williams who shined once more. Williams who has been one of the best hitters so far in this early season went 3 for 5 for the Staten Island Yankees. The younger prospect’s average is currently at .385 for the year and has been at home in the leadoff spot in the lineup.

The Baby Bombers were the first to score, plating two runs in the top of the third. Casey Stevenson started it off with a leadoff walk then went to second on a one-out single by Shane Brown and scored on a ground ball single to right field by Mason Williams. Williams then went to second on the throw just barely making it. Cito Culver then sharply grounded out to second to bring in Brown and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Phil Hughes went four and a third innings for Staten Island, being lifted after 61 pitches and a monster homerun by Cyclone batter Nelfi Zapata. The pitch that was sent into the scoreboard was a changeup that stayed over the plate.

Wilton Rodriguez replaced Phil Hughes and was the losing pitcher. Rodriguez went two and two third innings allowing four runs on five hits and two walks.

Staten Island plated their third run in the top of the seventh inning. With one-out Mason Williams singled to left and then stole second and went to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Cito Culver then grounded out to bring in Mason Williams and give the Yankees their third run.

Mat t Tracy was the final pitcher for the Yankees throwing an inning and striking out two.

Tomorrow night the Yankees will travel to Hudson Valley to open a series with the Hudson Valley Renegades. They will return home on Tuesday.

Gamel Saves Game with Superman-Like Catch

As the Brooklyn Cyclones were just starting to put together a two-out rally against Yankees right-hander Branden Pinder, Cyclones right-fielder Javier Rodriguez sent a fly ball into right field that looked like it would fall in for a base hit but Staten Island right-fielder Ben Gamel had ideas of his own. Gamel flew thru the air and made an incredible diving catch to end the game and give the Staten Island Yankees their first win of the 2011 season.

Right-handed pitcher William Oliver, a 35th Round pick from last year’s draft, made the start for the Baby Bombers. Oliver struck out eight Cyclone batters but also allowed four hits and two walks in his four innings of work. He was relieved by Dustin Hobbs who earned the win throwing two innings allowing a run on a walk and two hits.

Staten Island was the first to put runs on the board in the contest. In the top of the fifth inning Ben Gamel started it off with a fly ball double to right and ten moved to third when Reymond Nunez singled to center. After a walk to Casey Stevenson loaded the bases, Shane Brown flew out to short-right field before Jhorge Liccien sent a sacrifice fly to deep right-field to bring in Gamel. Robert Rinard then lined a single to center to bring in Nunez, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

The Yankees went to add an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning after Angelo Gumbs drew a one-out walk, stole second and moved to third on a ground out before scoring on a line drive single to center by Reymond Nunez. But in the bottom of the inning the Cyclones plated their first run after Richard Lucas singled and then scored on a Travis Taijeron double.

Phillip Wetherell came into the game to make his professional debut in the seventh inning. Wetherel allowed a hit and struck out two on 25 pitches, 14 for strikes. He was followed by Zach Arneson who also made his professional debut and struck out one in his inning on 11 pitches, 8 for strikes.

Brandon Pinder then came into the game for the ninth inning. After two quick outs Daniel Muno doubled to right then went to third on a wild pitch. He then came home on a single to center by Brandon Brown. Next up at the plate was Javier Rodriguez who was not an easy out for the Yankee pitcher. After seeing many pictures he sent the ball flying into right field where Ben Gamel made his incredible catch.


Tomorrow night these two teams will meet up again with New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes making his rehab start for the Staten Island Yankees. That game will start at 5:00.

Gotham Baseball LIVE: Live From Port St. Lucie

Newsday’s Dave Lennon, who covers the New York Mets, joins the show live from Port St. Lucie to discuss the latest from camp. Cecilia Tan, the Editor of the 2011 Yankees Annual stops by to talk Bombers baseball.

Lisa Swan (Subway Squawkers) will also join the show to talk Yankees, and your calls as well.

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2010 Top Five Staten Island Yankees Prospects

Before the Staten Island Yankees came north this past June many Yankee fans were excited as it was expected that 2009 first and second round draft picks Slade Heathcott and J.R. Murphy were expected to join the team.  However the Yankees decided that the duo will skip the New York-Penn League and join the roster of the Charleston RiverDogs.

Even without the two top draft picks from last year the Baby Bombers have seen some very exciting prospects step onto the field at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

Ranking at number one on the top five prospects on the team is none other than the young, talented catcher Gary Sanchez who just recently joined the Staten Island Yankees after spending the majority of the season with the Gulf Coast Yankees.  Sanchez who has three hits in four games with Staten Island has demonstrated a good arm behind the plate and good speed for a guy of his size.  With the Gulf Coast Yankees he batted .353 with 42 hits over 119 at bats, six of those hits were homeruns while eleven were doubles.  Sanchez posses one of the purest bats to ever put on a Staten Island Yankees uniform and has drawn comparisons to fellow Yankees prospect Jesus Montero.

Coming in at number two on the top prospects with the 2010 Staten Island Yankees is non-other than centerfielder Eduardo Sosa.  The young Venezuelan outfielder has earned tremendous reviews from his teammates on the aggressive defense he plays in the field, Sosa posses above average speed and a good bat that has earned him praise from the Yankee coaching staff on his hit ability.

The number three prospect to put on a Staten Island Yankees jersey this season is non-other than 2010 first-round draft pick Cito Culver who was just recently promoted to Staten Island.  Culver has impressed the Staten Island coaches with the constant contact he has made with the bat though he has only one hit.  The biggest impression he has made though has been with his defense.  He is a plus defender in the field and advanced for his age

The fourth highest prospect on the list is Baby Bombers reliever Tommy Kahnle who was a fifth round draft pick for the Yankees this past June.  Kahnle routinely sits at 95-96 MPH with his fastball out of the bullpen and has touched 97 this season.  His only downfall would be the face that he has some minor control issues but that has not hurt him so far this season.

Rounding things out at number five is another recent addition to the Staten Island Yankees in the person of Rob Segedin.  Segedin was the third round draft pick in the 2010 draft and made his debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees while the Baby Bombers hosted the NY-Penn League All-Star Game.  Segedin’s defense is what has earned him a spot on this list as he has impressed fans and coaches alike with how he mans the hot corner, a position that has had problems for Staten Island this season.

Just below the top five prospects are Kelvin De Leon, Mikey O’Brien, Dan Burawa, Chase Whitley and Preston Claiborne who have all contributed greatly to the Staten Island Yankees this season.

In logan’s Left Arm We Trust

With the July 31st trade deadline came many surprising (and some fairly obvious) moves. Only one uniform change had yours truly dancing in the streets, and it was that of the former Yankee Chan Ho Park. In his brief tenure with the Bombers,  Park did nothing but give up hits and homeruns.  Brian Cashman’s signing of Park in the offseason always seemed odd to me given his unimpressive numbers from past seasons.

Another move that induced some head scratching was that of  Boone Logan, who was sent to the Bronx with Javier Vasquez in the 2009 offseason.  The Yankees wanted another hand throwing lefty to complement Damaso Marte in their bullpen and hoped to find it in Logan. In April, Logan batted around to the tune of a 3.86 ERA and in May his ERA rose to 5.40. The Yankees knew that these weren’t exactly big league numbers, so they sent him back to the minors to work things out.

The trip to Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre paid off as Logan pitched to a 2.35 ERA in June and, since the All Star break, has been lights out with an ERA of 1.04.  To date, this pitching performance is the best of his five year career including time spent with the White Sox and Braves.

Logan’s performances are even more important now that Damaso Marte’s barking shoulder has landed him on the disabled list once again.  Marte was an unsung hero of the 2009 postseason, getting the job done every single time Joe Girardi called on him. Marte’s delivery when it really mattered has won him a spot in the hearts of all true blue Yankee fans, if not the box score Yankee fans.  Post season play aside, his regular season numbers leave a lot to be desired.

The Bronx is gearing up for the inevitable hard nose fight between the Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees in August and September.  With the Yankees and Rays neck and neck, every single at bat and pitch is going to matter and, unless you’re a fool, you can’t count the Red Sox out no matter how many injuries they tally up. I may have been among those who doubted his ability, but I truly believe that Boone Logan is the Yankees best chance to record an out during the home stretch of this regular season.

Jay Ferraro is the Executive Producer of Baseball Digest LIVE and Gotham Baseball LIVE.  He is also the Fantasy Editor for Gotham Gridiron and Baseballdigest.com as well as a columnist for Baseball Digest Magazine and Assignment Editor for Gothambaseball.com. You can reach him at Jay_Ferraro@Juno.com , follow him on Twitter , add him on Facebook and check out his Official Website.

SI Yanks Cut Down Willamsport to Tie Series

In front of over 5,000 people at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George the Staten Island Yankees go back to winning when they defeated the visiting Williamsport Crosscutters, 6-5.

The Yankees fell behind early when the Crosscutters plated a single run in the top of the first inning.  However Staten Island took their first lead of the night when they plated two runs of their own in their half of the first.  Shane Brown started it off with a line drive single to right before moving to second on another single by Kyle Roller.  Brown scored and Roller would move over to third when Staten Island right-fielder Kelvin De Leon doubled on a fly ball to right field.  Mike Ferraro then grounded out to the shortstop to bring home Roller and give the Yankees the 2-1 lead.

Williamsport tied the game up in the top of the third, but the tie would not last long as the Baby Bombers came back again in their half of the inning.  Eduardo Sosa reached first on a fielding error then stole second but was caught stealing at third base when he collided with the Crosscutter third baseman.  Shane Brown then walked and went to second on a Kyle Roller single.  After a strike out by Kelvin De Leon Mike Ferraro would single up the left field line for his second RBI of the night when Brown came across the plate.

In the bottom of the fourth the Yankees plated another run Jose Mojica started it off with an infield single to third base and went to second when Luis Parache singled.  Yankees catcher Jeff Farnham was next up and he laid down a bunt in an attempt to sacrifice the runners over but the pitcher was able to field the ball and throw out Mojica at third for a force out.  With runners at first and second Eduardo Sosa struck out swinging for the second out before Shane Brown doubled to right to bring home Mojica.  That gave Staten Island a 4-2 lead.

The Baby Bombers cemented their lead in bottom of the fifth when they plated their last two runs of the game.  Mike Ferraro singled with one-out before Jose Mojica had a two-out RBI double to centerfield.  Luis Parache was up next and he reached on a fielding error by the shortstop that allowed Mojica to come all the way home to score.

Williamsport added one more run to their line score in the top of the sixth but were unable to get anything going against the Staten Island relievers.

Starting the game and getting the win for the Staten Island Yankees was the left-hander Nik Turley.  Turley had a quality start going six innings allowing three runs on six hits and a walk.  He struck out five out of the 24 batters he faced.  He was followed by right-handers Nathan Forer, Tommy Kahnle and Chase Whitley who each threw a shutout inning a piece.  Whitley earned his eleventh save of the season when he pitched the ninth.

Monday night will be the rubber game of the series with left-hander Kramer Sneed taking the mound for Staten Island.

Notes: Catcher Francisco Arcia is officially out for the year with a broken finger after taking two fouls off of it last week.  He left the team after the game to go back to his home.  It is not known who will replace him on the roster yet.