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Three More Games

This 25th season of Keys baseball is coming to an end, but we made sure to make it as action packed as possible.  Let’s take a quick look at the happenings at The Grove for the final weekend of 2013.

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Your favorite alien, tonight at Harry Grove Stadium.

Before we get into the games, make sure you come out to the final Flying Dog Left Field Movie series showing of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. That is tonight, August 30th, at 8PM with gates opening at 7PM. Even if you have seen the movie before, you probably haven’t inside the friendly confines of your neighborhood baseball stadium. Tickets are cheap and still available ($7 for adults and $5 for youth). You can purchase tickets at the gate. May I also mention, there is FREE Fun Zone for kids, you can have catch in the outfield from 7-8pm and we will also have a special happy hour featuring beer exclusively from Flying Dog Brewery. Great event for the family, so come on out tonight.

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Starting tomorrow, the 31st, the Keys welcome in the Carolina League powerhouse in the Potomac Nationals. Going into tonight, the P-Nats lead the league with a record of 82-53, winners of the first and second half. They will play Lynchburg in round one of the playoffs. Enough of that yip-yap…let’s get to the good stuff.

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Meet Joe Jacoby and get your hog nose! Gates open at 5PM.

The big event tomorrow night is the appearance of Redskin Hall-of-Famer, Joe Jacoby. Joe will be here from 6-8PM signing programs, footballs or perhaps even your hog nose. That is right, the first 600 fans through the gates will receive the hog nose pictured above. For more information on Joe’s appearance, check out our earlier blog post hereIf you aren’t a Skins fan, make sure to sport your favorite team’s football jersey as part of Salute to the Gridiron Night.

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Tuscarora HS Marching Band played on-field August 9th. Oakdale HS Marching band takes the stage on Satuday Night.

In addition to Jacoby, make sure to also get here early for a performance on-field by the Oakdale High School Marching Band. They will be performing from 5:25-5:35 in right field. There is also a fundraising event going on with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, so all funds from our wheel of fun (located on the 1B concourse) and 50/50 raffle with benefit their cause. It also wouldnt be a weekend night game here at The Grove without a Fireworks spectacular (presented by Verizon Wireless), so make sure to stay in your seats after the final out. Kids, per usual, will run the bases as well.

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Sunday marks the 2nd Annual Guns vs. Hoses game at Harry Grove Stadium. Game begins at 3:30PM.

Sunday, we have some early pre-game activities as we host the 2nd annual Guns vs. Hoses softball game. The Frederick County Fire Dept. and Police Dept. will go head to head at 3:30PM. Last year, the Hoses (Fire Dept), came out on top so make sure to come see if the Guns can even the series on Sunday. Tickets will benefit the local police & fire departments and are just $10. For more info on that, head on to their website by clicking hereThe $10 ticket includes admission to the Charity Softball Game and the Keys game against the Nationals that evening. Regular gates open at 5PM for the 6PM contest. Sunday, as always, is Sunday Funday, presented by the Fun Bus. For the final time this season, fans can have catch in the outfield from 5-5:30 and get autographs from two Keys players on the concourse. Pre-game there will be a special Police K-9 demo along with a Police Athletic League Parade. All proceeds from our wheel and 50/50 will benefit the P.A.L. at Sunday’s game, so make sure to show your support. Sunday marks the final fireworks game of the season as well.

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Thank you fans for another successful season!

Monday marks the final game of the 2013 season and a game where we salute to you, the fans. Each fan upon entry will receive a raffle ticket that will be good to win a plethora of available prizes including signed memorabilia from former Keys players and Orioles tickets! The Labor Day matinee will begin at 2PM with gates opening at 1PM. If the Fan Appreciation raffle isn’t enough for you, we will also have another raffle for game-worn 25th season hats. The hats will have the Frederick Eagle insignia on it. Make sure to enter to win a hat at Guest Services when you enter the gates.

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Keys players will wear hats with this throwback logo on Monday afternoon.

If you’re wondering what is going to be done with the throwback jerseys the Keys have worn on Thursdays this season, we will be conducting a post-season online auction for those hot ticket items. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Monday is also our final Open Club Day of the year. Anyone with a ticket can check out the Mattress Warehouse Club upstairs for FREE. Enjoy baseball from a great view and purchase food from a phenomenal sports pub menu. Check out that menu hereKids 12 & Under also eat free, courtesy of Key 103. Every kid will receive a voucher upon entry for a free hot dogs, chips and soft drink.

We hope to see everyone here for the final weekend of baseball here in Frederick for 2013. You can buy tickets online 24/7, via the phone at 301-815-9939 or at our box office as well.

Key Notes

*Michael Ohlman & Tim Berry join other O’s prospects this fall in the Arizona Fall League.  Check out that story here.

*Ohlman was honored as the Carolina League’s top catcher as he was the lone backstop selected as a member of the Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team. He leads the league in slugging and is tops in other categories during his best professional season thus far. You can check out the press release for that here.

*The Keys look to get back on track against Salem tonight in their final road game of 2013. Zach Clark takes the hill against the Red Sox Brian Johnson. Clark, the Keys knuckleballer, enters the night with a 9.60 ERA but has improved lately, allowing no earned runs over his last two starts, which covered 11 innings. In case you missed it, Zach was featured in a NY Times article not so long ago. Check that out here.

*Keys pitching coach Kennie Steenstra and pitcher Tim Berry are the latest additions to the twitterverse. Make sure to follow Kennie (@21stra) and Tim (@xTimBerry) on Twitter if you have an account.

*Former Key, Xavier Avery, was traded to Seattle today in exchange for outfielder Mike Morse. Avery hit .280 and swiped 28 bags in 2010 as a member of the Keys. He is the second prospect to be dealt to the Mariners this season. Ty Kelly was traded for Eric Thames back in June.

Shake your Keys.

 

Keys Monday Mailbox – May 13th

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Fans were here early for the Manny Machado bobbleheads on May 11th.

Welcome to the first Keys Monday Mailbox. On Mondays throughout the season, we will be fielding fan questions about the team, front office and other various topics. Let’s get to it.

On game days, what time do players arrive at the stadium and do any have game day rituals they follow? – Lari Lee

Players normally arrive around 1pm for 7pm games, so approximately 5-6 hours before first pitch. Upon arrival, some players work on their hitting in the batting cage while others can be seen doing their various workout activities around the stadium. A few players are seen doing what is known as a  tour de stadewhich is when you run up and down all of the steps in the stadium. For you Lost fans out there, Jack Shepherd did this in the show during some of his flashbacks. Players and coaches head out for BP and infield practice around 4pm, with the visiting team following them at 5pm. After that, if the players need treatment from the training staff, they get that – if they don’t need that, the guys have a snack, break out a deck of cards and get ready for the game.

As for game day rituals, Keys pitcher Tyler Wilson is the one that comes to mind. Before each game, he has a peanut butter sandwich, sends the same text message to his mom and he also jumps over the foul line when he goes on and off of the field. Whether you consider it a ritual or not may be up to you, but many players change their walk-out songs a few times a year, if not more. Since joining the Keys last season, Wilson has stuck to the song “My Life Be Like (Ooh-Aah)” by the Grits. Take a listen if you’d like. We may have to research some more of these, because I am sure there are some good ones.

What show does pitcher Zach Fowler like more, Seinfeld or 7th Heaven? – Former Keys pitcher Matt Bischoff, who was promoted to Double-A Bowie in April

When asked this question, Fowler answered Seinfeld, hands down. Then he was asked by fellow reliever Jesse Beal if he liked Dawson’s Creek better than Seinfeld, to which Fowler responded “that show’s terrible”.

What do you think is the better show, fans? Give us your answer below.

When does the grounds crew show up on game days? – Tyler Jones

Our head groundskeeper and groundskeeping assistant report to the stadium with everyone else on gamedays at 9 or 10am. When it comes to the game day crew, which consists of two more members, they report an hour and a half before the game begins. After clocking in, they remove the nets and cage from the field from batting practice, drag and water the field, get the mounds in shape for the game and chalk the foul lines.

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The intense winds from Friday’s storm caused the tarp to have a life of it’s own.

If the game happens to have a rain delay, then the entire front office staff becomes the groundscrew and helps out with the tarp. This past Friday, the wind got the best of the tarp for a few minutes, resulting in what we like to call the “tarp monster”. See above picture.

How does a person become Keyote? Is it tryouts or do you draw straws in the office to see who’s it? – Shawn Lantz

Kids, you may want to shut your eyes for this one. As you can probably tell, Keyote is worn by many different people. We have two game-day employees that perform as Keyote just for game days and occasional community appearances. When it comes to off-season appearances and the bulk of the in-season appearance, Keyote is usually a member of our Marketing & Business Internship program or a member of our marketing team. As for tryouts, being Keyote is just like interviewing for a regular job. We look for a person that preferably has some mascot experience along with an enthusiastic attitude brought to the table.

The closest thing done to what you say is “drawing the short straw” is during off-season appearances. Sometimes a game of rock, paper, scissors is played to see who dons the suit that specific day and then it is decided on a rotational basis afterwards.

Being Keyote involves a lot on game days, including jumping out of our Keys van and running down the foul line to the home plate area. Keyote has an entrance video that is played pretty much every game during pre-game ceremonies. Thanks to Hi-Lo Auto Sales for the sweet ride!

Want to submit a question for the next Keys Monday Mailbox? Send your question to bapter@frederickkeys.com

*Notes for tonight’s 7 p.m. game at Harry Grove Stadium – Keys vs. Blue Rocks

KEYS STARTER: RHP Zach Davies (2-2, 4.86)

  • Picked up a win in last start despite allowing 5 runs in 5.2 innings.
  • Has pitched very well with runners on base (.204 against) and runners in scoring position (.206 against).
  • Orioles scrapped his slider last year to develop his curveball. Best off-speed pitch is his change-up.
  • Rated by Baseball America as Orioles No. 20 prospect entering 2013; was drafted by Baltimore in 26th round of 2011 draft.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR DAVIES:

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BLUE ROCKS STARTER: LHP Sam Selman (1-2, 5.61)

  • Lost his second game of the season in last start, walking five and allowing three runs in 4.2 innings against Potomac. Leads the Carolina League in walks allowed (23 in 25.2 innings pitched).
  • Went 5-4 with 2.09 ERA, striking out 89 batters in rookie-level Idaho Falls after being drafted last summer.
  • His fastball sits in the mid-90s and peaks around 98 mph and his best off-speed pitch is his slider.
  • Control problems plagued him early in his career at Vanderbilt, but a strong finish to his junior season led to Kansas City selecting him in the second round of the 2012 draft. Teammate of Keys infielder Jason Esposito.

KEYNOTES:

FREE-PASS POTENTIAL: Odds are there will be several walks issued this evening. Wilmington starter Sam Selman has walked 23 batters in 25.2 innings this season, the most in the Carolina League. The Keys have walked 163 times this season, 34 more times than second-place Winston-Salem, and catcher Zane Chavez’s 24 walks, 14 of which have come in May, is second in the league.

WELCOME AND WELCOME BACK: The Keys middle of the order saw a significant change Sunday afternoon. First baseman Christian Walker batted third and went 3-for-4 in his debut after being promoted from Class-A Delmarva Sunday morning and Nicky Delmonico returned from the disabled list to his fifth-spot in the batting order and celebrated his first game back with a solo homer. Sandwiched between them in the cleanup spot was catcher Zane Chavez, who’s hitting .324 in his last 10 games and is third in the league in on-base percentage (.432).

HARDWOOD CONNECTION: Two of the top scorers in Oklahoma High School history will be in baseball uniforms at Harry Grove Stadium tonight. Blue Rocks outfielder Lane Adam is No. 5 in the sooner state’s history and Keys manager Ryan Minor is 12th.

*And the starting lineup:

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Keyote Is Out and About This Weekend

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Keyote will be appearing at seven different events this weekend

Just because the Keys are out of town doesn’t mean that Keyote’s job stops. Starting tomorrow at 7:30am, Keyote will embark on seven appearances out of the forty scheduled for the month of May. If you want to see Keyote this weekend, there are plenty of opportunities for photo-ops, autographs and other shenanigans. Check out what he has going on below.

Saturday May 4th

7:30am-9:30am – Keyote will be at Power Plant Live in Downtown Baltimore for the Fiesta 5kThe run supports ALS Research and has raised almost $377,000 thus far this year. Keyote will be joined by the mascot from UMBC in the event’s fun zone. Come out and enjoy inflatables and a great family atmosphere that also supports a fantastic cause!

11:30am-12:30pm - After his stop in Downtown Baltimore, Keyote will head to Green Valley Elementary School in Monrovia, MD for their annual school carnival. Keyote has been a regular at this event and it has been quite a good turnout. With the temperature predicted to be in the 70′s, it should be another great day! The event lasts from 10am-3pm and includes a bake sale and silent auction.

2:30pm-3:30pm - Following a quick stop for some food, Keyote will head back to the friendly confines of Harry Grove Stadium. In the stadium parking lot, the Re-modelers Association is having an event. Keyote will be mingling with the people for an hour before heading to his last event of the day.

4:00pm-6:00pm - The last stop for Saturday is the Frederick Running Festival at the Frederick Fairgrounds. The Keys will have a booth at the event in building #13 from 10am-4pm.  Keyote will arrive right in time for the Kids Fun Run. Here is the schedule of events for the Running Festival…

RACE DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, May 4th 

10am-6pm      Health and Fitness Expo, Frederick Fairgrounds
5pm                 Kids Fun Run (three heats)
6pm                 The Gazette Twilight 5k
7pm                 Awards ceremony for Overall Winners of The Gazette Twilight  5K

Sunday, May 5th

10:00am-12:00pm - Eldersburg, MD will be the first Sunday stop for Keyote. Where, you ask? Hoppers Kidszone. For just $7, kids can enjoy a variety of inflatables, including bounce houses, obstacle courses and more! Open bounce time begins at 9am and ends at noon.

1:30pm-2:30pm - The LOUYAA Baseball Hit-A-Thon is the next stop on Sunday’s agenda for Keyote. Held at Kemptown Elementary, Keyote will spend his hour there taking pictures and of course interfering with the hit-a-thon, per usual.

3:15pm-4:15pm - The final stop for the weekend is at the Camp Shoresh BBQ Banquet. The event runs from 2pm-5pm and will include challenge courses, pony rides, sports, archery, hay rides, professional athlete appearances and much more!

Can’t see Keyote this weekend and want him at your event? Contact Brandon Apter at bapter@frederickkeys.com or 301-815-9919 to find out if Keyote can come to your event!

The Keys return home next Friday, May 10th at 7PM for a three-game series against the Blue Rocks. Friday night Fireworks are presented by the Heartfields of Frederick. Saturday at 6PM (gates open at 5PM), the first 1,000 fans will receieve a Manny Machado bobblehead courtesy of Bayrunner Shuttle. They also sponsor Saturday’s fireworks show. Sunday is Mother’s Day at the ballpark at 2pm. For tickets, call 877-8-GO-KEYS or visit Frederickkeys.com

 

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Family Fitness Weekend Highlights Homestand

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With 17 games in the books, the Keys are in Myrtle Beach for three more games before returning home for their first seven-game homestand of the season. The team is currently tied with Wilmington for first place at 9-8 with top-prospect Nicky Delmonico on the disabled list due to a concussion from getting elbowed while sliding into second base. Before looking at the upcoming promotional days for the team, let’s check in quickly on some stats.

Now, let’s move on to the weekend ahead here at Harry Grove Stadium, officially known as Family Fitness Weekend. Although the weekend is based around a program we run through schools, all fans are invited to participate in some fun events planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This entire weekend is made possible by Amanda Addington ReMax Results, Frederick County Public Schools and 99.9 WFRE. The basic gist of the Keys Family Fitness Challenge is this – from April 7-13, kids were to do 60 minutes of physical activity and have their parents sign off on their form. They give that completed form to their gym teachers and receive a free ticket to any of the three games this upcoming weekend. Time to look at what exactly we have going on this weekend.

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The first 500 youth 12 & under will receive this 25th season T-Shirt upon entry courtest of Amanda Addington ReMax Results

Friday, April 26th at 7PM; Gates open at 6PM - Friday night begins the Family Fitness activities with a great night that will end with Fireworks, thanks to Amanda Addington ReMax Results. The first 500 youth, also courtesy of Addington, will receive a Keys t-shirt upon entry into the stadium. Gates will open at 6PM, so make sure to get those tickets so your kid can get their t-shirt! 99.9 WFRE helped kids through their week of fitness with tips and reminders, so their DJs will be our special guest on-field emcees for the night. Those kids who participated in the program at their schools can participate in a pre-game, on-field parade that will step-off at 6:30. In addition to all this, the Fun Bus will be in the Fun Zone for kids.

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The first 500 fans that participate in the 1K Family Fun Run will receive a Keys Water Bottle, courtesy of Amanda Addington ReMax Results

Saturday, April 27th at 2PM; Gates open at 1PM - For those students who decide to come to Saturday’s game, we will have a pre-game, on-field parade beginning at 1:30. All parades begin at the right field foul pole gate. For this game, we will have a fun family event for all following Kids Run the Bases presented by Complete Chiropractic. After kids are finished with their base-running, we will be holding a 1K Family Fun Run. The course will start and end at the stadium. With the track being just about a half mile, families will have the opportunity to enjoy a fun fitness activity after enjoying a day of Keys baseball. The first 500 fans to complete the Fun Run will receive a Keys Water Bottle, courtesy of Amanda Addington ReMax Results.

Following the Keys 2PM game on Sunday, Fitness First will hold a post-game Zumba workout in right field!

Sunday, April 28th at 2PM; Gates open at 1PM - Family Fitness weekend concludes on Sunday at 2PM (parade at 1:30PM). Per usual, it is Sunday Fun Day presented by Fun Bus! From 1-1:30, fans can have catch on the outfield grass and two Keys players will be signing autographs on the first base concourse. The Fun Bus will also be in the Fun Zone, so make sure to check them out. The highlight of Sunday is what will be going on post-game. Fitness First Westview location will be holding a fun Zumba session in right field after Kids Run the Bases. Never done Zumba before? That’s okay, join Keyote, Keys staff members and players in a fun workout session that is for fans of all ages and all workout levels.

The Keys welcome the Pelicans to town for four games (April 29th-May 2nd) following Family Fitness Weekend. Kids Eat Free presented by Key 103 & Open Club Night on Monday, it’s a Guaranteed Win Night on Tuesday, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Night presented by Maryland School for the Deaf & Burger Madness on Wednesday and the series concludes with an 11AM Senior Day game on Thursday presented by MMI. Keys players and coaches will wear Throwback jerseys from 1989 on May 2nd and there are special concession deals as well.

Key notes - The Keys (9-8) find themselves in 7th in the Carolina League in batting average, with a .225 line. The team they are playing now, Myrtle Beach, is in 8th with .220. Delmonico currently leads the Keys with a .325 average. Frederick’s next opponent, the Mudcats, currently hold an average of .270 on the season. Patience at the plate has been noticeable as the team leads the league in walks with 69. They’ve hit 13 total home runs on the year, which is tied for 2nd. When it comes to pitching, the Keys post a team ERA of 3.90. They have only two saves on the season, despite their 9-8 record and are tied for 3rd place in the CL with 146 strikeouts. Starting pitcher Tim Berry leads the team with a 3.18 ERA and 21 strikeouts.

Keys Top 10 Promo Countdown

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#1 – Keys 25th Season Celebration - On Friday, June 28th at 7PM, we will celebrate 25 seasons of Keys Baseball. While not all of the festivities are finalized, we do have a very exciting night planned. The night will have pre-game ceremonies honoring long-time season ticket holders and players from the past 25 years. Former Keys coaches and players will be in attendance with the possibility of a big name. Thanks to Keeney & Basford Funeral Home, not only will there be post-game Fireworks, but the first 1,000 fans will receive a 25th Season Commemorative Card Set, with one player from each of the last 25 seasons. If you want to enjoy this special night in style, check out our Gone Fish’n menu that is on tap in the Mattress Warehouse Club.

 

#2 -Team Ghostrider – Cowboy Monkey Rodeo - Making a return to the promotional schedule is the popular traveling act, cowboy monkey rodeo! On Saturday, August 17th at 6pm, Team Ghostrider will kick off the beginning of a seven-game homestand for the Keys. If you missed the show from last year, we have a highlight video that can be found here. In addition to the main event, Precision Heating & Cooling will be sponsoring the post-game Fireworks show and a Rubber Ducky giveaway for the first 1,000 fans through the gates. For more information on Tim Lepard and the history of Team Ghostrider, check out his website here.

#3 – The Man on Fire - This is a Frederick first. On March 30th, when single-game tickets go on sale, make sure to mark down Saturday, May 25th (6PM) as a must-see. Ted Batchelor, the man well-known for setting the Guinness World Record of longest full body burn without oxygen, will be at The Grove. In 2004, He was on fire for an astonishing 2:38 seconds. This broke Denmark’s great stuntman Stig Gunther’s Record of 2:06. Local act, Soolah Hoops will lead into Batchelor’s post-game frenzy with a fiery hula hooping show. If that isn’t enough “fire” power for you, we will also be shooting off Fireworks after the game. To get single-game tickets for this game, come out to our Keys Fanfest event on March 30th from 11-2. The free event is for all ages! Click here for more details on that.

#4 – Bobblehead Giveaways - 2012 saw the Keys season go by without any bobbleheads, so this year, we wanted to change that! Up first is 2011 Carolina League Championship Series MVP and current O’s third baseman, Manny Machado. Thanks to Bayrunner Shuttle, the first 1,000 fans on May 11th at 6PM, will receive bobbleheads. Bayrunner will also be the sponsor of the post-game Fireworks show. Last season on Superhero Night, Dylan Bundy made his first start as a Key. So this season, on July 13th at 6PM, the first 1,000 fans will get a Bundy bobble, thanks to Frederick Radiology. They will also sponsor the post-game Fireworks. Per usual on Superhero Night, we will have a courtyard meal deal where fans can get autographs from their favorite heroes! If you cannot make it to one of the bobblehead nights, check out our Ticket Plans! Each ticket plan comes with your choice of a Bundy or Machado bobblehead. For more info on that, contact our groups department at 301-815-9900.

#5 – Fredneck Night featuring Sgt. Slaughter - Last year, Hacksaw Jim Duggan was the WWE star to come to Frederick and this year it will be Sgt. Slaughter on June 21st at 7pm. On our annual Fredneck Night, Sarge will be on the concourse signing autographs and taking pictures, like most guests. The cool part about what will go down throughout the game is a Fredneck Boot Camp, run by Mr. Slaugher. In-game promotions run by Sarge, including a fan favorite – toilet seat horseshoes. Following the game, thanks to Yellowcab of Frederick, Fireworks will light up the skies of Frederick. Also, it will be the Gone Fish’n menu in the Mattress Warehouse Club. Click here to see what that entails.

#6 – NHL Day - A year after Rod Langway made his way to Frederick, Caps great Peter Bondra will be at the Keys game on April 6th beginning at 2pm. Bondra spent 14 seasons with the Caps over his 17 seasons in the league, where he tallied 503 goals, 30 playoff goals and 389 assists. Bondra will be joined by the Caps mascot, Slapshot. In addition to NHL festivities, it is also Montgomery and Howard County Keys for Reading Weekend. Keys 2013-14 Calendars will be distributed to fans, courtesy of H.N. Funkhouser along with Keys Magnetic Schedules, courtesy of Kaplan University. You can get tickets for Opening Weekend today with our Opening Weekend Package. Click here for more information on that. Earlier in the day, Harry Grove Stadium will play host to Walk MS

#7 – Disney Night - On June 29th at 6pm, we are bringing Disney Night to a whole new level. Thanks to Cruise Holidays of Frederick, one lucky fan will be going home with a trip for two to Disney World! It is a three-night trip that includes park tickets and a choice of hotel on the Disney property. Cruise Holidays of Frederick will also be sponsoring the post-game Fireworks show after the contest between the Keys and the Winston-Salem Dash. From 3-4:30, Challenger Little League will be on the field for their annual outing and Face Painting by Vicki will be in attendance for kids. Disney Night will also include a courtyard meal deal to meet-and-greet with Disney characters such as Prince Ali, Snow White and more!

#8 – Pajama Night - Get your stylish PJs ready, because on Sunday, June 23rd at 6pm, the Keys are having Pajama Night at The Grove! Whether you have footie pajamas, Winnie the Pooh pajamas or plain pajamas, this night is the one to wear them to the game! To go along with the PJ theme, we will also be offering Breakfast for Dinner in the Mattress Warehouse Club and the Courtyard. Also, because it is Sunday, it is Sunday Funday presented by FunBus! That means that you can play catch on the field from 5-5:30 and get autographs from two select Keys players on the first base concourse. But wait, there is more! It is also a Meet the Team day! From 5-5:30 on the warning track behind home plate, you can get autographs from the entire Keys team, players and coaches. If that doesn’t get you to the game, then maybe this will…Fireworks will light up the skies of Frederick following the game. So come out to the ballpark in your PJs, meet the team, play catch on the field, eat some breakfast for dinner and enjoy yourself some Frederick Keys Baseball!

#9 – Clue Night - On Wednesday, July 17th at 7pm, we will be paying tribute to a great 1985 movie and a well-known board game. When you walk through the gates of Harry Grove Stadium, in-between inning events will follow a mystery theme with stadium characters Keyote, Frank Key, Hot Dog man and more!  Bring along your magnifying glasses and follow along throughout the night to as we uncover an unsolved mystery to on July 17th. Want to enjoy Clue Night with some great food and club seats? For just $31, Burger Madness Wednesday in the Mattress Warehouse Club offers burgers, hot dogs and a plethora of toppings to choose from to make your stay at the game a memorable one. To view the Burger Madness menu, click here.

#10 – The Dogs Days of Summer - Because Bark in the Park is such a fan favorite, we would like to introduce to you the Dog Days of Summer presented by Crossroads Animal Referral & EmergencyInstead of having just one day where dogs will be allowed into “The Grove”, we will have two! On Thursday June 6th and Thursday August 22nd, fans will have the opportunity to bring their pooches to the park. Activities, per usual, include a pre-game doggie fashion show, frisbee dogs in-between innings and plenty of booths on the concourse that want to fit your pet needs! Both nights are also Thirsty Thursday in the Mattress Warehouse Club. So, if you do not have a dog, enjoy a great menu that includes beer for just $35! Click here for the Thirsty Thursday information.

Five for Friday – Schoop on Fire; O’s Reassign Players

Schoop was 3-for-6, including a three-run homer in the Dutch’s upset win over Cuba

1. Jonathan Schoop leads the Netherlands in a WBC upset

The most notable among Orioles prospects in the World Baseball Classic this year is infielder Jonathan Schoop. In last night’s 6-2 upset win over Cuba, Schoop brought the Netherlands to the brink of a semifinals berth after their impressive run in the 2009 Classic. Mixing in some great play at second base, Schoop’s three-run homer sparked the Dutch to victory.

Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop had a three-run home run in the sixth and finished a triple away from hitting for the cycle to help bring his nation to the brink of a berth in the semifinals with a 6-2 win over Cuba in the first game of the second round on Friday at Tokyo Dome.

“It’s a great moment for our country,” Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens said. “We have the momentum on our side right now. The guys are playing great. They’re scoring first to keep the pressure off the pitching, they play great defense.”

Find the entire recap, including video of the game, here.

2. Wright, Rodriguez and de San Miguel reassigned

MASN Sports Oriole’s columnist Roch Kubatko reported that some cuts were made by the O’s yesterday and some former/future Keys were among those removed from big league camp.

Mike Wright, who went 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in eight games in Frederick this season, was reassigned to minor league camp after three appearances with the O’s in spring training. Through those three games, Wright compiled a 5.14 ERA over seven innings of work. After an injury plagued year in Double-A (5-3, 4.91), Wright will likely see time with the Baysox again to start the season.  O’s manager Buck Showalter was impressed at what he saw from the young farm-hand.

“Very similar stuff (to Rodriguez), except we just want to get him back on track,” Showalter said. “He was a good-looking pitcher last year when he left here. Still have some high hopes for him. We had some periods where he got out of whack last year. Good to see him finish on a high note today.”

Eduardo Rodriguez (19), a potential Key for 2013 and a top pitching prospect behind Bundy and Gausman, saw some time for the O’s in an intrasquad game and the exhibition game again Spain, where he pitched a scoreless inning. It seems likely he will don a Keys uniform this season, after appearing in a game late last season in Frederick. He went 5-7 with a 3.70 ERA for the Low-A Shorebirds in 2012. Buck shed some light on the 19-year old prospect after his short time with the big club.

“Just being around the atmosphere here, and a little bit of the professionalism and kind of what’s got to go on, that was really what I wanted him to get more than anything else. That was a common denominator I was getting back from our people below. That’s something he needed. He needed to really see routine, things like that.”

Catcher Allan de San Miguel was also reassigned. He saw time in the Austrailian League with the Perth Heat and with the Australian World Baseball Classic team, before they were knocked out by Schoop’s Netherlands team. He did not register a hit in four at-bats in the WBC but did hit .294 with five homers and 30 RBI for the Perth Heat, who fell just short of their second title in as many years. San Miguel spent 2012 with the Keys and Baysox, where he hit .239 combined.

For the entire article on the O’s spring training cuts, including more quotes on prospects from Showalter, click here.

3. 22 days until KeysFest

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On March 30th from 11am-2pm, the Keys will be holding a fan-focused event that is free to the public. The biggest aspect of this event is the release of single game tickets to the public. One different part of the event this year is the addition of the 4th Annual Tots2Tweens Egg Hunt. The Keys and Tots 2 Tweens have partnered this year to make KeysFest extra special. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive goody bags and kids will get their chance to take pictures with the “Bunny” along with Keys mascots Keyote and Frank Key. Vendors will be all over the concourse and there will be food sampling, custom baseball cards and more!

For the complete press release on KeysFest, click here.

Think you are talented enough to sing the National Anthem at a game? Pre-register today and audition at KeysFest! The form can be found here and can be mailed, e-mailed or faxed.

4. Teeing off with the Newsletter

This week’s edition of the Keys newsletter, including the first information on the annual charity golf tournament can be found here. Never heard of the Keys Care Charity Golf Tournament? Check out last year’s video feature below.

The 2010 highlight video can be found here.

5. Link it up!

Miss any of our Top 10 Promo Countdown? Check it out here and stay tuned for the #1 Promotion today at 4pm.

The fifth part of our possible 2013 Keys players is out – read it here.

In Britt Ghiroli’s latest Orioles post, Manny Machado talks about his high spring workload.

In case you missed it, there was some Orioles magic in yesterday’s game against the Blue Jays. See Ryan Flaherty’s walk-off bomb over the fence in right field by clicking here.

Is your kid a member of the Jr. Keys Club? If so, we are holding a Kickoff Picnic! For complete details, click here.

Our weekly Former Frederick Friday contest takes place this afternoon, so head over to our Facebook page for that.

Only 28 days until Opening Day at ‘The Grove’!

Have a good weekend and Shake Your Keys!

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Dalton Maine

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Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013.  We are currently in our 13th week of the contest. The latest former key to be selected was right handed pitcher, Dalton Maine.

It took a while on Facebook for Maine to be guessed, which isn’t surprising, considering this bushy-browed right hander only saw time in Frederick for 19 games out of his total 93 in his minor league career. His baseball career began in the independent league, with the Mason City Bats in 1994. His 1-6 record and 4.93 ERA wasn’t anything superior, but none the less, the Orioles picked him up as an undrafted free agent in ’95 and he didn’t disappoint in his first season in the system.

After a one game stint with this Bluefield O’s, the University of Richmond alumni found himself with the GCL Orioles. In 18 games, he showed that he may have been worth the pickup after all. In 18 games, he was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA. That was enough for him to skip low ‘A’ and head to Frederick to finish out his 1995 season. He didn’t do too badly with the Keys either, pitching 22 innings, compiling a 3.68 ERA and 1-1 record.

In 1996, he found himself in the California League with the Orioles minor league team at the time, the High Desert Mavericks. After posting a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings, he was moved to the Bakersfield Blaze, a Co-Op team at the time. He pitched 47.1 innings with Bakersfield before being moved to Bowie, where he posted a 5.06 ERA in 21+ innings to finish off the ’96 campaign.

His minor league career ended after just 11 games in ’97 between the GCL Orioles and the Baysox.

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Allen Plaster

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Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013.  We are currently in our sixth week of the contest. The latest former key to be selected was right handed Pitcher Allen Plaster.

Allen was born on August 13, 1970 in Kernersville, North Carolina.  Plaster attended the University of North Carolina- Charlotte until he was drafted in the 20th round by the Orioles in the 1991 draft. He started his career within the Orioles farm system with Bluefield where he pitched in 10 games and accrued a 2.44 ERA. He was then promoted to Frederick where he appeared in only 4 games and had a 11.0 ERA. Allen spent all of 1992 with the Frederick Keys and had a much better pitching performance. He ended the year with a 2.87 ERA in 150.1 innings pitched and a 9-12 win – loss record.

After a solid year in Frederick, Plaster spent 1993 and 1994 in Modesto, California. 1994 seemed to be Allen’s best performing year. He was able to obtain a 1.93 ERA in 51.1 innings pitched. Ultimately, Plaster ended his career after the 1996 season in Double A with the Bowie Baysox where he had a less than stellar year.

His career numbers as a member of the minor league system for seven seasons was a 24-22 record with a 3.39 ERA in 151 games and 428.0 innings pitched.

Make sure to “Like” Us on Facebook to have your chance at the next Former Frederick Friday, which will take place on December 21st!

Former Frederick Friday Players

November 2nd: Ron Kitchen

November 9th: Scott Conner

November 16th: Mark Gibbs

November 30th: Chris Lemp

December 7th: Feliciano Mercedes

 

December 14th: Allen Plaster

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Feliciano Mercedes

 

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Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. The fifth week into the contest wasn’t too much of a stumper, as it took just two guesses on Facebook for someone to get the right guy. Infielder Feliciano Mercedes, who also pitched in his MiLB career, was the former Key  selected from archives last week, so let’s find out some more about him…

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1973, Mercedes, 39, was signed in 1991 as an undrafted free agent by the Orioles. The switch-hitting infielder began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, where he managed an average of just .227 om 185 at-bats. In ’92, he spent time with the Bluefield Orioles (Rookie League), where he hit much better at .272 and stole 14 bases while seeing time at shortstop and third base. After 43 games with Bluefield, Feliciano saw himself finishing the season with the Class ‘A’ Kane County Cougars. In the remaining 53 games of 1992, he hit .241 with 10 RBI.

Although his numbers to that point were nothing to brag about, Mercedes spent all of 1993 within the friendly confines of Harry Grove Stadium. As a member of the Keys, he primarily played shortstop. Over 123 games, he hit 17 doubles, stole 17 bases, knocked in 35 runs and hit .227. He found himself starting the ’94 season back with the GCL Orioles, where he hit .300 through three games before returning to Frederick for 43 games. He hit just .237 and knocked in 19 runs in his second stint with the Keys.

1995 marked the final year of Mercedes’  career in baseball. He spent time with the Advanced ‘A’ High Desert Mavericks to begin the year before getting promoted to Bowie. He hit just .150 in Double-A. His career numbers as a member of the O’s minor league system for five seasons was .232 average, 111 RBI, .312 OBP, .299 SLG. Mercedes was speedy, as he swiped 63 bases throughout those five seasons.

Make sure to “Like” Us on Facebook to have your chance at the next Former Frederick Friday, which will take place on December 7th!

Former Frederick Friday Players

November 2nd: Ron Kitchen

November 9th: Scott Conner

November 16th: Mark Gibbs

November 30th: Chris Lemp

December 7th: Feliciano Mercedes

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Chris Lemp

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Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. The fourth week into the contest wasn’t too much of a stumper, as it took just one guess on Facebook for someone to get the right guy. Pitcher Chris Lemp was the former Key  selected from archives last week, so let’s find out some more about him…

Selected in the 9th round of the 1991 draft by the O’s, Lemp was taken out of Sacramento City College. Currently 41 years old, Lemp saw time during three seasons as a Key. After going 2-4 in his first two season in the Orioles system between Bluefield and Kane County, Chris started the ’93 season as a Key and would stay there for that season and the next. In ’93, he posted a 4-1 record but his ERA was nothing too impressive at 3.56. 1994 showed improvement in that area, as Lemp lowered his line to 2.71 over 52 games. Chris tallied 21 saves for the Keys in 1994, eight in ’93 and 19 in 1995 before getting promoted to Bowie in the later part of ’95. Lemp is the Keys all-time leader in saves with 48. The next player closest to that is Francisco Hernandez with 38 from 1995-98.

Double-A didn’t go too well for Lemp during the 18 games he appeared in during the end of the 1995 season. He was 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA and four saves. He did see limited time in Triple-A Rochester, where he posted an 11.25 ERA over three games. Lemp split time between the Independent League Goldeyes in Winnipeg and Double-A Bowie in ’96, but his ERA was above four with both squads.

Make sure to “Like” Us on Facebook to have your chance at the next Former Frederick Friday, which will take place on December 7th!

Former Frederick Friday Players

November 2nd: Ron Kitchen

November 9th: Scott Conner

November 16th: Mark Gibbs

 

November 30th: Chris Lemp

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