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There’s a Buzz Around Camp and Spring is Finally Here

If you didn’t know, Thursday was the official start of spring. Now, what does that mean to the average baseball fan? Well, if you are a frequent visitor on twitter and other social media outlets, it means you’ve probably been seeing a lot of these:


Here at PNC Field, we’d like to think the season started today, but since we are still a little less than two weeks away it means our pals up north have a little more time to fix their snowy situation as the Chiefs are trying everything thing possible to get NBT Bank Stadium ready for our Opening Day tilt on April 3.  We hope by then all the snow is gone, but it wouldn’t be  April baseball without having to worry about the elements.

It’s worth noting that come Saturday, March 22, the RailRiders’ front office will be hosting their first Family Fest, presented by WVIA, in the Mohegan Club level at PNC Field from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Curious George will be on hand for a 30-minute meet-and-greets at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Family Fest

The fun goes beyond monkey business too. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of PNC Field, which claimed national Ballpark of the Year honors this off-season from Ballpark Digest. Festivities include the opportunity to tour the home and visiting clubhouses as well as the dugouts and the pristine field, weather permitting. The team store, SWB Station, will be open and concessions will be available. Memberships for the Quills Kids Club presented by Hildebrandt Learning Centers will be available for purchase and available seats will be marked for the multiple ticket packages the RailRiders offer. This offers fans the chance to pick their seats for multiple games at great rates – the packages start at only $35.


With that said, let’s move on to some more baseball-specific content. It seems the competition for the Yankees’ fifth starter position could be coming to a close as multiple journalist covering the team seem to believe that prospect, Michael Pineda, should be in line for the honor, and the spot could be his to lose.

Originally thought to be beginning the season in Triple-A, as noted by Donnie Collins. Pineda pitched his previous spring outing against a pseudo Red Sox lineup and was impressive in his 60-pitch limit. Pineda’s appearance wasn’t the only buzz of the day as a swarm of bees took over left field. It you haven’t seen the footage of the incident quite yet, it’s worth taking  a look at.

Pineda winning the fifth starting spot could have a drastic impact on how the RailRiders’ rotation and bullpen iron out. Originally thought to at least be starting the year with both Pineda and Dellin Betances, it appears both of them have worked their way on to the Yankees’ 25-man roster, as per @MLBDepthCharts.

It appears the Yankees are ready to trim the competition for the fifth starters spot down as Daniel Barbarisi of the New York Times notes, Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren have both been told they will no longer start games and instead are being regulated to bullpen duty the rest of spring. Barbarisi notes that Warren could potentially end up in the big league bullpen, while Nuno could be ticketed to make starts for the RailRiders.

Speaking of Mr. Collins, if you don’t frequent his blog daily, you really should. With the season just two weeks away, Collins began his countdown of the top 15 Yankees prospects. It’s a great read and Donnie includes a lot of valuable information about Nik Turley who was optioned to RailRiders camp earlier this spring and today takes a look at third base prospect, Robin Segedin.

On Tuesday, we provided a quick snippet on whether Scott Sizemore could potentially begin the year in Triple-A instead of breaking camp with the big league club. It turns out, Chad Jennings, provided a little more fuel to fire Thursday when he included his opinion on Sizemore during his Thursday notes:

Joe Girardi has been hesitant on whether Sizemore has enough time to play in games and actually break camp with the team. At this point, it seems — just my opinion — that it might make more sense to send him to Triple-A to get back in a game routine for a month or so before deciding whether he’s ready to play a big league role.”

That does it for today’s blog and, just as a general reminder: Think Spring.

Spring Fling

The greatest time of the year is upon us. A time of promise and hope.  A time of sentimentality and tranquility. A time, to play ball.

With spring training kicking into high gear, let’s get you caught up with some of the latest and greatest. Do you want to know how the former/possibly future RailRiders have fared in Grapefruit League play? Just click HERE to check up on Russ Canzler, Gary Sanchez and the gang. HERE is the team’s spring training schedule which continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. with a home clash against the Orioles – the first night game of the spring on YES, something the talented Ken Singleton is very excited about.

Who will actually play for the RailRiders? Nobody covers it the the Times-Tribune‘s Donnie Collins (@RailRidersTT). HERE is his blog which has fantastic breakdowns of each position. PIP is in agreement – there are a number of battles that have far more combatants than slots available.

Donnie’s predecessor covers the big club these days, and does a darn good job of it. He still sprinkles in a number of notes that affect us right here in NEPA as well. Who does Chad Jennings (@LoHudYankees) think might be this year’s Ronnier Mustelier? HERE is that breakdown, some encouraging news about the highly-touted Mason Williams and more in his dynamite LoHud blog.

Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospect list only included a pair of Yanks, one of which carries a significant asterisk as a “prospect” in Masahiro Tanaka. But the publication’s superb minor league guru, J.J. Cooper, compiled a follow-up “Top 100 Also-Rans” list of those that made the top 150 lists of BA editors, but did not crack the composite top 100. HERE is the list that features a number of potential Pinstripers in outfielders Aaron Judge, Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams; third baseman Eric Jagielo; second bagger Gosuke Katoh; first baseman Greg Bird; southpaw Ian Clarkin; backstop John Ryan Murphy; and right-hander Luis Severino.

Remember, 2014 will be guaranteed to be significant in the game’s history for one big reason – expanded replay. HERE is a video of the legendary former Yankees skipper, now MLB executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre on the implementation of the elevated replay system. And ICYMI, HERE is the breakdown of the first challenge from yesterday’s Blue Jays/Twins game.

How is Michael Pineda looking? Read the latest from‘s Bryan Hoch HERE and HERE from the New York Times‘ David Waldstein.

Also on the pitching front, some very encouraging news on both Jose Campos and Manny Banuelos from Andrew Marchand of HERE.

The RailRiders have a fantastic series of promotions lined up for the 2014 season. The full list is available HERE. But we must give a tip of the cap to our friends in Toledo. The Mud Hens have made national news with their special jersey night scheduled for May 30. HERE is the link to some Sports Illustrated love, and before you click, a hint – “I ain’t afraid of no…”.

Just 30 days until the RailRiders begin the 2014 season at Syracuse. And a week after that, the April 10 home opener against those same Chiefs (Washington Nationals) at PNC Field. Be on the lookout in the coming days for a substantial guarantee about that very ballgame from your friendly neighborhood RailRiders’ president/GM.

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