July 3, 2022

NATS/SUNS: Four Hagerstown Suns in SAL All-Star Game

Matt Skole Leads List of Four Suns Voted as 2012 All-Stars
Suns Manager Brian Daubach elected to serve as a coach for a second consecutive season

Hagerstown, MD – The Hagerstown Suns, in conjunction with the South Atlantic League, today announce that Suns infielder Matt Skole, catcher Adrian Nieto, outfielder Caleb Ramsey, pitcher Aaron Barrett and Manager Brian Daubach have been elected to represent Hagerstown on the Northern Division team at the 53rd Annual SAL All-Star Game to be played on June 19, 2012, at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, in Charleston, South Carolina, home of the Charleston RiverDogs.

Skole leads the list of Suns All-Stars having been among league leaders in several offensive categories throughout the season. He is currently batting .294 and ranks second in the league with 12 home runs, while checking in at third in the standings with 53 RBIs. Skole is atop the SAL in walks with 51 in 55 games played, while maintaining the league’s second highest slugging percentage at .441. A true run producer, the Woodstock, GA native has five sacrifice flies this season, first in the SAL.

Skole joined the Suns after an impressive 2011 campaign with Short Season-A Auburn where he led the New York-Penn League in RBIs (48) and doubles (23) while finishing second in extra-base hits (29) and third in total hits (79). He was selected in the fifth-round (157th overall) of the 2011 draft by the Nationals.

Ramsey, an 11th-round pick (337th overall) by the Nationals in 2011, will patrol the outfield as an All-Star. Ramsey has been a .300 hitter for Hagerstown throughout the season (currently .299 BA) while committing just one error in 45 games played. Ramsey is second on the club in hits with 55, including four doubles, four triples, five home runs and 32 RBIs. Ramsey’s consistency at the plate has brought him a seven-game hitting streak, 11 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games.

Nieto, a fifth-round pick of the Nationals in 2008, will represent the Northern Division as one of the league’s top offensive catchers. The Cuban-born backstop is currently batting .261 and coming off a season best seven-game hitting streak. Nieto, a switch-hitting catcher, has smacked eight doubles to go along with four home runs and 25 RBIs and is batting .340 versus left-handed pitching.

Barrett has emerged as one the SAL’s top relievers, especially in late game scenarios. Barrett is 3-1 with a 3.05 ERA and leads the Suns with six saves on the season. The Evansville, IN native has held opposing hitters to a .203 batting average while striking out 33 and walking just eight over 20.2 innings pitched. His swing-and-miss stuff has the right-hander fanning nearly 45% of hitters with an official at-bat against him. Barrett was selected in the ninth-round of the 2010 draft by the Nationals.

Daubach has been selected to serve as a coach for the Northern Division squad after managing the team in 2011. Under his guidance, the Suns are currently at their high-water mark, ten games above five hundred (33-23) and in second place in the division. Hagerstown is one of the SAL’s premier offensive clubs, ranking fourth in team batting average (.271), while checking in at second in home runs (54), runs scored (349) and RBIs (332). Patience at the plate has contributed to the Suns’ success in the first half, as they lead the SAL in walks with 265. Hagerstown’s first half highlights include a six-game winning streak from 5/12-5/18 and a 24-2 drubbing of the Rome Braves on 4/25, which stands as the greatest offensive output by a SAL team this season.

Both all-star teams will be represented by 26 players, selected by the votes of the team’s managers and coaching staffs, local media and front office executives. Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park will be hosting its fourth SAL All-Star game. The last time the All-Star Game was held in Charleston was in 2004, when the Southern Division defeated the Northern Division 4-2.. The annual SAL All-Star Game dates to 1960, when the All-Stars defeated the Salisbury club, 6-2, in Newton, NC.

“Once again, the amount of talent that will be showcased in this game will be incredible,” said Krupa. “The expectations of the fans are high, and I believe they will have a fun time during this exciting event. Executive Vice President & General Manager Dave Echols and his staff in Charleston have been working for more than a year to live up to the tradition and host one of the most anticipated events on our baseball calendar.”

A variety of events have been scheduled in Charleston along with the SAL All-Star Game. On Monday, June 18th, batting practice and the preliminary rounds of the Home Run Derby will be held on the deck of the USS Yorktown. On Tuesday, June 19th, there will be an All-Star Luncheon at the Marriott Charleston where the 2012 SAL Hall of Fame members will be inducted. Carolyn McKee, Bill Murray and Joseph P. Riley, Jr. will be honored as members of the class of 2012. New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman will be the featured speaker at the All-Star Luncheon. Beginning at 2:30pm at the stadium, the All-Fan Fest will be an opportunity for fans to get autographs from and pictures with the SAL All-Stars. The final round of the Home Run Derby begins at 5:15pm and the first pitch of the 2012 All-Star Game is scheduled at 7:30pm. More information can be found on the website of the Charleston RiverDogs at www.riverdogs.com.

NATS: Vote Washington Nationals for All-Stars

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on July 10, 2012.

Fans can cast their votes up to 25 times at MLB.com until Thursday, June 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET to make Nationals like Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth All-Star starters. Don’t forget to Write-In Roger Bernadina. Unfortunately, Michael Morse was been on the DL so far this season and will not likely end up as an all-star for 2012.

Bears’ Kane Perfect Choice for All-Star Captain

When the American Hockey League’s All-Star roster was announced, the Hershey Bears were well-represented, and for good reason. Keith Aucoin and Chris Bourque had been all but locked in for the game as the first and second leading scorers in the league, respectively.

But in December, there was one unexpected player named to the roster that brought the Bears’ All-Star representation to three players: captain Boyd Kane. Not only is he participating in the event for the first time, Kane was also extended the extra honor of being named captain of the Eastern Conference team for the All-Star Classic on January 29-30 in Atlantic City.

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WIZARDS: Vote Wall, McGee, Blatche and Young for All-Star Game

VOTE HERE or text a player’s last name to 69622 (MY NBA), only one vote per day will be counted. Deadline for voting is Jan. 31.

Fans Can Vote For Wall, McGee, Blatche and Young on NBA.com, via Wireless, Through Expanded SMS Voting, and the New “Sprint NBA Mobile” Application

ORLANDO, Jan. 4, 2012- Washington Wizards players John Wall, JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Nick Young are among the highlights on the 2012 NBA All-Star Ballott, which was unveiled today during a special event in Orlando, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2012. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint will begin today at 12:15 PM ET. The 61st NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at the Amway Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. There are several ways fans can cast their votes for Wall, McGee, Blatche and Young, including: at Verizon Center; in 16 languages on NBA.com and through mobile phones by texting “Wall”, “McGee”, “Blatche” or “Young” to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”) or by visiting m.NBA.com on any wireless carrier. Sprint customers can also access the ballot and vote through the new “Sprint NBA Mobile” application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint also includes expanded SMS voting. Fans can now vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player’s last name. Fans can vote for “Wall”, “McGee”, “Blatche”, or “Young” via SMS at any time by texting from their mobile phones. Message and data rates may apply. Previously, fans could cast one SMS vote for one player per day.

Fans can vote directly on NBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create an NBA.com All-Access account, which enables them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.

Wireless and SMS balloting, as well as voting on NBA.com, will conclude on Jan. 31. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Feb. 2, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 p.m. ET featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the Chicago Bulls at the New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference.

The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Bill Simmons (Grantland), Sekou Smith (NBA.com), Doug Smith (Toronto Star/PBWA), and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).

Season tickets, partial plans and group tickets are currently available by calling the Wizards sales office at 202-661-5050 or by visiting www.washingtonwizards.com. For individual game tickets, please call Ticketmaster at 202-397-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.


Allen, Ray, Boston
Augustin, DJ, Charlotte
Calderon, Jose, Toronto
Collison, Darren, Indiana
DeRozan, DeMar, Toronto
George, Paul, Indiana
Hamilton, Richard, Chicago
Holiday, Jrue, Philadelphia
Irving, Kyrie, Cleveland
Jackson, Stephen, Milwaukee
Jennings, Brandon, Milwaukee
Johnson, Joe, Atlanta
Morrow, Anthony, New Jersey
Nelson, Jameer, Orlando
Richardson, Jason, Orlando
Rondo, Rajon, Boston
Rose, Derrick, Chicago
Stuckey, Rodney, Detroit
Teague, Jeff, Atlanta
Wade, Dwyane, Miami
Wall, John, Washington
Walker, Kemba, Charlotte
Williams, Deron, New Jersey
Young, Nick, Washington

Anthony, Carmelo, New York
Bargnani, Andrea, Toronto
Bass, Brandon, Boston
Blatche, Andray, Washington
Boozer, Carlos, Chicago
Bosh, Chris, Miami
Brand, Elton, Philadelphia
Deng, Luol, Chicago
Garnett, Kevin, Boston
Granger, Danny, Indiana
Hansbrough, Tyler, Indiana
Humphries, Kris, New Jersey
Iguodala, Andre, Philadelphia
James, LeBron, Miami
Jamison, Antawn, Cleveland
Jerebko, Jonas, Detroit
Maggette, Corey, Charlotte
Pierce, Paul, Boston
Prince, Tayshaun, Detroit
Smith, Josh, Atlanta
Stoudemire, Amar’e, New York
Turkoglu, Hedo, Orlando
West, David, Indiana
Young, Thaddeus, Philadelphia

Anthony, Joel, Miami
Bogut, Andrew, Milwaukee
Chandler, Tyson, New York
Diaw, Boris, Charlotte
Hawes, Spencer, Philadelphia
Hibbert, Roy, Indiana
Horford, Al, Atlanta
Howard, Dwight, Orlando
McGee, JaVale, Washington
Monroe, Greg, Detroit
Noah, Joakim, Chicago
Varejao, Anderson, Cleveland


Afflalo, Arron, Denver
Billups, Chauncey, L.A. Clippers
Bryant, Kobe, LA Lakers
Conley, Mike, Memphis
Curry, Stephen, Golden State
Ellis, Monta, Golden State
Evans, Tyreke, Sacramento
Felton, Raymond, Portland
Ginobili, Manu, San Antonio
Gordon, Eric, New Orleans
Harris, Devin, Utah
Kidd, Jason, Dallas
Lawson, Ty, Denver
Lowry, Kyle, Houston
Martin, Kevin, Houston
Matthews, Wesley, Portland
Miller, Andre, Denver
Nash, Steve, Phoenix
Parker, Tony, San Antonio
Paul, Chris, L.A. Clippers
Rubio, Ricky, Minnesota
Terry, Jason, Dallas
Thornton, Marcus, Sacramento
Westbrook, Russell, Oklahoma City

Aldridge, LaMarcus, Portland
Batum, Nicolas, Portland
Beasley, Michael, Minnesota
Duncan, Tim, San Antonio
Durant, Kevin, Oklahoma City
Favors, Derrick, Utah
Gallinari, Danilo, Denver
Gasol, Pau, LA Lakers
Gay, Rudy, Memphis
Griffin, Blake, LA Clippers
Harden, James, Oklahoma City
Hill, Grant, Phoenix
Ibaka, Serge, Oklahoma City
Landry, Carl, New Orleans
Lee, David, Golden State
Love, Kevin, Minnesota
Marion, Shawn, Dallas
Millsap, Paul, Utah
Nowitzki, Dirk, Dallas
Odom, Lamar, Dallas
Randolph, Zach, Memphis
Scola, Luis, Houston
Wallace, Gerald, Portland
World Peace, Metta, L.A. Lakers

Bynum, Andrew, LA Lakers
Camby, Marcus, Portland
Cousins, DeMarcus, Sacramento
Dalembert, Samuel, Houston
Gasol, Marc, Memphis
Gortat, Marcin, Phoenix
Jefferson, Al, Utah
Jordan, DeAndre, L.A. Clippers
Kaman, Chris, New Orleans
Nene, Denver
Okafor, Emeka, New Orleans
Perkins, Kendrick, Oklahoma City

Ovechkin and Wideman to represent Capitals as NHL All-Stars


The NHL and the Washington Capitals announced today that LW Alex Ovechkin and D Dennis Wideman will represent the Caps at the 2012 NHL All-Star Celebration, to be held Jan. 26-29 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont.

Ovechkin is having a down year by his standards, with 17 goals and 16 assists for the season, playing to a minus-8, but his popularity is essential to a game that will be missing star power, notably Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, still out with concussion symptoms.  This will be Ovechkin’s fifth consecutive All-Star game, tying the club record held by Peter Bondra.

Wideman, 28, will be making his first appearance at an NHL All-Star Game. The Kitchener, Ontario, native currently ranks fifth in the league among defensemen in points (29), tied for fourth in goals (8), tied for fifth in assists (21) and leads the Capitals in average ice time (24:08).

Center Nicklas Backstrom was passed over by the selection committee.  The Swedish pivot is 15th in the NHL in scoring and leads the Caps with 13 goals and 29 assists for 42 points.   Backstrom’s 29 helpers is eighth in the entire league. 

Alex Ovechkin during warmups at Verizon Center (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)


Dennis Wideman selected for first All-Star game. (Stock Photo by Cheryl Nichols)



Do the Caps Have More Than One All-Star? Probably Not

The 59th NHL All-Star Game is a few weeks away, to be held Jan. 29, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.  Earlier this month the NHL finalized its online All-Star voting, where fans were able to vote for six automatic entries into the game.  The league has abandoned its East v. West format for a fantasy draft, so the six players voted in by fans aren’t “starters,” per se, but they are in the game.

If you’re a Washington Capitals (or Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, or San Jose Sharks) fan, you should be very unhappy with the denizens of Canada’s capital right now.

Of the six automatic spots in the All-Star game, four went to members of the Ottawa Senators – forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, and Jason Spezza, plus defenseman Erik Karlsson – and the other two went to their Northeast Division rivals: defenseman Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs and goalie Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins. [Read more…]

CAPS: Vote for NHL All-Stars

It is time to cast your vote for the 2012 NHL All-Stars for the All-Star Game scheduled for Sunday, Jan.29, 2012 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Pick up to three forwards, two defenseman and one goalie and vote up to thirty times. Complete list of players on the 2012 ballot.

Washington Capitals on the ballot:

Alex Ovechkin
Alexander Semin
Nicklas Backstrom
Mike Green
Tomas Vokoun


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