Portland Sea Dogs with a connection in Rochester

The great thing about the two cities, Portland and Rochester, is their passion for both minor league baseball and hockey.  I love towns that have both a hockey and baseball team.  Back in 2001, I was very fortunate to work in Syracuse, so I got the prospective of both types of fans.  Plus, hockey is a favorite sport of mine, and I love going to games in the off-season.

Last week, I contacted Aaron Bates, and he told me that he was still searching for a place to play.  Yesterday, Bates joined the Rochester Red Wings, and has two former Sea Dogs as teammates: Jeff Bailey and Ray Chang.

Aaron Bates hit .284, 22 HR and 120 RBI in 203 games with Portland

All three guys are true professionals, and I couldn’t be any more happy for all three of them.  I’m sure when they play Pawtucket, many Sea Dogs’ fans will make the trip to McCoy Stadium to see them play.

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Tough game for the Sea Dogs on Monday night, losing 1-0 on Moises Sierra’s walk-off, run-scoring single in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Portland is 2-11 on the road, and have the worst record in the Eastern League at 10-18.  Let’s keep positive thoughts, I’m seeing some great players in the first 28 games.  Stolmy Pimentel, who took a no-decision last night, hurled six scoreless innings.  Pimentel’s stuff, especially his change-up, was the best it’s been all season.  It’s very nice to see guys new to Double-A develop and make strides.  That’s why statistics can be misleading in Double-A.  We see guys struggle early, and sometimes it’s so hard to get that average or ERA at a respectful number.  Back in 2007, Jed Lowrie hit .138 in April, but still finished at .297 with Portland – that was truly amazing.

Quick hits:  New Hampshire has new colors: red, white and blue…Former Sea Dogs’ Media Assistant Maggie McCoy hung out in the booth last night…Tomorrow is a morning game in New Hampshire, maybe the first we’ve ever played there…Portland’s last 1-0 loss on the road happened last August in Altoona.

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