Some News and Notes on a Rainy Friday

On a cold and chilly day in Syracuse, the RailRiders and Chiefs were forced to postpone today’s ballgame and instead will play a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The first game will begin at 2:00 p.m. with right-hander Chase Whitley taking the hill for the local nine, while Taylor Hill goes for the Chiefs. The second game will begin approximately 30-minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both contests will be seven-inning affairs (LINK).

If you didn’t catch it, the Times-Tribune produced a special preview in advance of this season’s campaign. Here are a couple of notes and links from some of the hard work the Tribune’s staff put in on media day at PNC Field.

Russ Canzler, one day removed from his two-hit afternoon on Opening Day against the Chiefs, officially became the first hometown product to wear the SWB pinstripes. Canzler, who won IL MVP honors in 2011 with the Durham Bulls and has a handful of appearances at the big league level, sat down with Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune to discuss how the first basemen has grown as a player since his professional debut (LINK).

Not to give Donnie too much credit, but Mr. Collins had another fine write-up on yesterday’s starting catcher, John Ryan Murphy. In his story, Murphy speaks about being the final catcher to receive a delivery from Mariano Rivera in Yankee Stadium and discuss how special of a moment that was for him. Murphy also speaks about the current position battle with Austin Romine and himself, as well as how he is working on developing his leadership abilities (LINK).

With both Murphy and Romine on the squad, one of the most important qualities of skipper Dave Miley that will be tested this season is his ability to manage relationships. For more on how Miley plans to approach this season from a relationship-managing standpoint, click HERE.

It’s not just a just a new year for the RailRiders baseball team; it’s also a new one for the club’s front office. Here’s a solid Q&A with SWB’s fearless leader, Rob Crain (LINK).

If you haven’t gotten a chance to digest this year’s Opening Day roster just yet, no worries, the Times-Tribune has you covered. Checkout their player profiles HERE.

This week the RailRiders officially unveiled a welcome addition to PNC Field as Lackawanna County and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders front office staff unveiled the mural design created by Evan Hughes. Hughes was the top vote-getting of the mural design contest held earlier this year by the club. To checkout Evan’s work, click HERE.

It’s worth noting that Miley, who is slated to be inducted into the International League’s Hall of Fame on June 7, is nearing another milestone as a member of SWB’s field staff. With just eight more victories, Miley will pass Marc Bombard on SWB’s all-time list for managerial victories. The Times-Leader’s Paul Sokoloski spoke with Miley about the upcoming achievement and what it means to him (LINK).

Sokoloski also sat down with RailRiders third baseman Scott Sizemore. Sizemore continues to work his way back to a major league promotion and, after a 3-for-3 afternoon yesterday, hopes to have put his injury plagued career in his rearview mirror (LINK).

And finally, here’s some highlights courtesy of WBRE of yesterday’s Opening Day victory (LINK).

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