Muckdogs Open Tonight on the Road
Written by Dan Fischer on June 15, 2018
Today’s Game- The Muckdogs kick off the 2018 season in Auburn. Batavia squares off against the Doubledays for a three game set before kicking off the home portion of the season at Dwyer Stadium for a six game homestand against West Virginia and Williamsport.
This year’s team- The Muckdogs Opening Day rosterconsists of 14 returning players from last year’s roster. Four players have made it up to full season-A (Boyd, Cespedes, Martin, and Torres). The roster currently consists of 14 pitchers, four catchers, six infielders, and six outfielders.
Same Skipper- Calling the shots this season will be second year manager Mike Jacobs. Jacobs spent seven years in the bigs with Mets, Marlins, Royals, and the Diamondbacks. He clubbed 100 HR’s in his MLB career, 32 of which came in 2008 with the Florida Marlins. He also tacked on 93 RBI’s that yaer. His first year as a manager in Batavia saw the team go 30-45.
All time numbers- Batavia will play their 76th season in 2018 as the only surviving member of the original PONY league (now the NYPL) and will kick off this year with an all time record of 3,197 wins and 3,532 losses (.475).
Some Superlatives- This year’s players come in all shapes and sizes. The tallest being Sean Reynolds who towers at 6’7”. The shortest five check in at 5’11”. The youngest Muckdog is Dakota Bennett who is currently 18, and the oldest on the roster is Logan Boyd who is 24.
Familiar Foes- The Muckdogs and Doubledays will square off 14 more times this season, more than they will see any other opponent this season.
Marlins Update- In a marathon game last night, the Marlins dropped a 16-inning contest to the San Fransisco Giants. Lewis Brinson hit a sac fly to force extras, bit a two run single from Pablo Sabdoval in the top of the 16th would be enough for the win. Miami starter Dan Straily recorded a season-high seven strikeouts in the loss.