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Keyote gets a birthday card


Keyote had a great time celebrating his birthday Sunday afternoon with a whole cast of his mascot buddies.

Today, he received a belated Happy Birthday from Chloe in New Market. He took a break from reviewing Keys stats at his desk to open it:

Thanks, Chloe!

Howard to the hill as Keys try to bounce back

Before we get to tonight, let’s quickly recap last night, which wasn’t pretty for the Keys in Salem.

A seven-run Salem fourth turned a 4-3 lead into a 10-3 deficit and led to an eventual 13-9 loss. The last time the Keys led was on Jason Esposito’s two-run jack in the top of the fourth. Let’s take a listen:

*More on last night in the game story on


As for tonight’s game, Trent Howard takes the mound 13 days since he last pitched. He held Carolina scoreless and allowed just one hit and no walks over five innings against Carolina on July 12, a game the Keys won 1-0. As a starter, Howard is 0-0 with a 3.25 ERA in seven starts. As a reliever, Howard is 3-0 with a save, a 0.62 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 29 innings.

With Julio Rodriguez being placed on the DL on Tuesday, Howard could claim a rotation spot, especially if he continues pitching so well. More on everything Keys vs. Red Sox in tonight’s game notes:

*In other Keys news, the Orioles announced that they’ve signed Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez and will assign him to Frederick.

More on that from The Sun and MASN:

*Keys catcher Michael Ohlman wants fans to help him choose his walk-up song when the Keys return home Monday. Vote in this blog post. The choices:

You can vote here, too:

*While you’re in the voting mood, vote for Keyote in MiLB’s Mascot Mania. Vote on by clicking here and via twitter by tweeting/retweeting any tweet with #mascotmania and @FrederickKeys in it. For example:

*Those two were winners of our #VoteKeyote giveaways today. Here’s what they won:

*Keep your eyes peeled to twitter for more #VoteKeyote giveaways tomorrow.

*And our Former Key Highlight of the Day: Look at ’04-05 Key Jim Johnson shut the door on the Yankees in game two of the ALDS.

Shake your Keys.

Time to wake up the bats in Winston-Salem

Before we get started talking current Keys, let’s take a moment to watch former Key Nick Markakis’ incredible home-run robbing catch. Because I just figured out how to embed videos here, Markakis’ grab becomes the first in a new segment: Former Keys Highlight of the Day.

No homer for you, Adrian Beltre.

Moving on to the current Frederick squad, the Keys lost 3-2 last night, only able to muster five hits. One of them was Allan de San Miguel’s RBI double, which sounded like this:

*The Keys’ catcher was also featured in this week’s edition of Five Questions in the Frederick News-Post. Read it here

Read more on last night’s loss on

*In today’s Keys notebook in the FNP, Greg Swatek takes a look at Matt Hobgood’s 4.1 inning, one-run debut on Saturday.


Tonight’s Keys starter Brady Wager surely hopes his teammates break out of their recent offensive funk.

*Frederick’s offense has been lacking for all but one game in the last five.

The Keys have had five or fewer hits in four of their last five games and have scored two or fewer runs in those four. On Friday, Frederick had 14 hits, 13 of them singles, and scored nine runs, an anomaly during their recent offensive woes. Since being no-hit by Salem on Wednesday, Frederick has had just four extra-base hits and is batting .176 (6-for-34) with runners in scoring position.

Here’s to hoping their bats reawaken tonight, with the Keys just 1.5 games behind Wilmington for a second-half playoff berth.

Brady Wager starts for the Keys against Chris Beck, who, incredibly, is yet to register a no-decision through 17 starts. He’s 9-8, leading the league in wins and has the second-most losses. More on Wager, Beck and tonight’s game in the game notes:

*O’s legend Boog Powell was Frederick’s guest Saturday on Salute to the Orioles Night at The Grove. Tim Murray sat down and talked with the man best known for hitting homers, going sleeveless and making some excellent barbeque:

Have you voted for Keyote yet in MiLB’s #mascotmania? If not, do it right now. If yes, vote again! Either click on the link above, tweet your vote by including #mascotmania @FrederickKeys and @MiLB, or retweet an existing tweet like the one below. If you vote on twitter, the Keys will retweet you, too! You can vote on up to 25 times a day on Twitter.

Vote Keyote and shake your keys.


Keyote needs your vote!

One of hundreds of reasons to vote for Keyote: The ladies love him.

One of hundreds of reasons to vote for Keyote: The ladies love him.

Is Keyote the best mascot in the minor leagues?

The answer is, of course, yes. I know it. You know. Your mom and dad know it, too.

Now, it’s time to spread that knowledge nationwide.

Keyote and all the other minor league mascots are competing to be named number one mascot in the minors. MiLB’s Mascot Mania started July 18 with the League Round that lasts until Aug. 1. Winners of their league will square off the following week to determine Minor League Baseball’s best.

The contest is decided by you, the fans. In order to make Keyote the top dog in the minors, he needs your vote! Voting is easy. There are two ways to cast your ballot for Keyote:

  1. Go here, click on Carolina League and vote for Keyote. While you’re at it, vote for the rest of the Orioles’ minor league mascots:Int’l League -Norfolk Tides -RipTide

    Eastern League – Bowie Baysox – Louie

    South Atlantic League – Delmarva Shorebirds – Sherman the Shorebird

    NY-Penn League – Aberdeen IronBirds – Ferrous

  2. Vote via twitter by tweeting or retweeting something like this:

Or this:

Or this:

You just need @FrederickKeys and #mascotmania somewhere in your 140 characters. Heck, you could just retweet the tweets above.

And remember, you can votes as many times as you’d like. Let’s put Keyote where he belongs, atop the minor league mascot food chain.

Shake your Keys.

Who Killed Frank Key?!

the cast

That’s right folks, there has been a murder at Harry Grove Stadium.  Our very own Frank Key has been killed and it is up to you to find out whodunit.

Let’s take a look at the suspects in a little more detail…

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter.

Detective Apter needs YOUR help.  Be sure to chime into the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WhoKilledFrankKey.

*In other news, the Keys have a game tonight against the Salem Red Sox at 7pm, gates open at 6pm.  This is the first of a four game series at home against the Red Sox. The Keys will then go on the road for seven games so be sure to catch them this weekend.


Tucker Nathans has been nothing but hot lately. In his last seven games, he is batting .440 (11-25) with two doubles. He was called up from Class-A Delmarva on July 7.

*Keys outfielder and tonight’s leadoff hitter, Johnny Ruettiger got some love from MiLB. Check out the story below.

Brady Wager to start tonight for the Keys. Since his first two starts that we rather rough, Wager is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings pitched, allowing 20 hits, 11 runs, seven earned, and nine walks.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*If you missed yesterday’s edition of Unlocking They Keys, then you probably missed Ryan Minor’s interview. But don’t fret, you can check it out right here.

*There have been a lot of transactions being made in Frederick and the entire Baltimore Orioles system.  Righty, Matt Hobgood has been promoted from Delmarva along with infielder Michael Mosby.  Also, Zach Petersime and Delvi Cid have been released.

O’s Minor League spring training schedule starts today

Orioles minor league players start their spring training games this afternoon at 1 p.m. against Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Our man in Florida sent us a picture of the schedule, Sundays, however, did not make the photo.

So until we get a new one, here’s the minor league schedule, Monday-Saturday:


*Believe it or not, the Keys’ opening day is just 23 days away. And Keyote is getting restless.

*For those of you who like numbers, equations, advanced statistics and things of that nature, it’s worth taking a look at this article on Minor League park factors and run environments written by Ashley Marshall. Essentially, the article takes a look at how conducive each Minor League park and league is to offense.

Based on Marshall’s findings, Harry Grove Stadium is the most neutral ballpark in the fairly low-scoring Carolina League. Since 2008, the Carolina League has averaged 4.5 runs per game, which ranks 15th among 21 leagues. Using the equation listed in the story — ((Runs scored at home + runs allowed at home)/(Home games)) / ((Runs scored on the road + runs allowed on the road)/(Road games)) — Harry Grove Stadium’s park factor based on runs scored is 1.002. A neutral park factor is 1.000, representing “an equal number of runs/homers/hits at home as on the road,” according to the story. Factors over 1.000 favor hitters and factors under 1.000 favor pitchers.

While the Grove is neutral when it comes to runs scored, its home run factor is the highest in the Carolina League at 1.689. Winston-Salem is second at 1.189. While the Grove is favorable to dingers, its overall hit rate is just .967. Read the full article here.

*The Orioles held an intrasquad game at spring training yesterday and filled out the lineups with some minor leaguers. Here’s Roch Kubatko’s notes from the game.

*In case you missed it, we released our 2013 promotional schedule yesterday. A taste: Cowboy Monkeys, Peter Bondra, Tim Kurkjian bobblehead, Man on Fire, 50-cent hot dog night. View the schedule on the Keys’ website.

*KeysFest is March 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Single game tickets go on sale at Keys Fest, which is just 17 days from now. All the info on the fan event, which will host the Tots2Tweens egg hunt and national anthem auditions, is here.

Shake your Keys.

Harlem Shake your Keys (updated with spring training info)

At long last, here it is:
Keyote, Frank Key and the Frederick Keys front office do the Harlem Shake.

Meanwhile, down in spring training:
— Like I menitoned in yesterday’s post about the Orioles’ intrasquad games, Eduardo Rodriguez, who’s in part one of our countdown of potential 2013 Frederick Keys, is slated to pitch during today’s intrasquad game.

*I’ll update on  Rodriguez’s outing as information becomes available.

-MASN’s Roch Kubatko’s notes from the intrasquad game list Rodriguez’s outing as striking out Manny Machado, walking Nate McLouth and hitting Steve Pearce.

-2012 Key Kevin Gausman retired all four batters he faced, showing good velocity, Kubatko writes in his intrasquad game story.

Harlem Shake your Keys.

Promo Preview: Royalty, Star Wars & Mustaches Invade Harry Grove

It is a time that you should be happy to live in Frederick, Keys fans. This upcoming homestand not only has the usual family, friendly atmosphere that we offer, but also brings a WWE Hall of Famer to the Grove, a Star Wars celebration for Keyote’s birthday and a tribute to one of the greatest pieces of facial hair, the mustache. The Keys return home on Thursday for a seven game homestand with match-ups against the Southern Division leading, Winston-Salem Dash, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Keys lost two out of three to the Dash this past weekend but have had a lot of success against the Rocks.

When the Keys return on Thursday, it will be 80’s Night at Harry Grove Stadium. Player headshots on the videoboard will be themed for the 1980s along with music throughout the game. Staff will be dressed up in 80’s clothing whether it is crazy neon stuff or something else. I was born in 1987 so I didn’t get to experience too much of the 80’s but the music is good and so are the cartoons…the Super Mario Bros. Super Show being one of my favorites…


Friday night at 7pm is Salute to the Blue Collar Worker and more importantly an appearance by WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler. The King is not only well-known for his wrestling and announcing, but also coming to minor league parks to spend time with fans to take pictures and sign autographs. This past weekend, Lawler was in Atlanta for a wrestling convention and wrestling journalist, Bill Apter (my dad), talked to Jerry about his upcoming visit to the Keys game. Should be a fun time, so bring your wrestling memorabilia, disposable/real cameras and babies to get signed as the King makes his way to Frederick! Ok, you don’t have to get your baby signed.

Fast forwarding to Sunday at 2PM, the Keys will celebrate Keyote’s birthday in a way that has never been done before. Keyote will have the force with him come Sunday afternoon as his birthday is set to be a Star Wars theme. Members from the Defenders of the Force and the Rebel Legion will be in attendance and will feature over 10 Star Wars characters and performances on the field in between innings. The guy in charge of the Defenders of the Force, Chris Harper, gives an explanation of what his group does…

The Defenders of the Force is an organization comprised of individuals with a passion for giving back to the community and a love of the Star Wars Universe as created by Lucasfilm Ltd.  The members of the Defenders of the Force have banded together to recreate the lightsaber battles seen in the films and television series and to create their own stories, characters, and lightsaber battles based in the Star Wars Universe. These lightsaber battles are performed at events with the sole purpose of assisting charitable organizations and supporting the community.

Fans can get into the game early, 12:30PM to be exact, for just $13! That $13 includes a general admission ticket along with a hot dog, chips and a drink for a pre-game picnic with all of the Star Wars characters and Keyote’s mascot friends.

The last day I choose to highlight is Wednesday, August 17th. Here with the Keys this month, it is Mustache August. Game time is at 7PM and it is Tribute to the Mustache Night. What better?! Not only will fans that have mustaches receive a ticket discount (no goatees allowed!) BUT the first 500 fans that may be too young or too cool for a real mustache will receive a stick-on mustache as they enter the gates. There is nothing better than a Wednesday night of hot Carolina League action while taking the time to tribute the mustache. We will be having Name that Mustache Trivia along with other exciting events taking place. Not to mention, some Keys staff members have decided to grow mustaches of their own…

Anyways, I hope to see you all out at the Grove sometime in the next seven games. Make sure to stop by the box office or give us a buzz at 877.8.GO.KEYS to get tickets for any of these games OR for our playoff games on September 7th & 8th…..PLAYOFFS?! YES! PLAYOFFS!

That being said, Shake Your Keys!

-Brandon Apter

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