September 15, 2019

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Announce Starting Rotation for Playoffs

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The Potomac Nationals announce their starting pitching rotation for the upcoming best-of-three 2013 Carolina League Northern Division Playoff Round against the Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta Braves) to be hosted at Pfitzner Stadium beginning with Game One on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:05pm:

*Game One (9/4): LHP Sammy Solis (2-1, 3.43)

*Game Two (9/5): RHP Blake Schwartz (11-4, 2.65)

*Game Three (9/6) [if necessary]: LHP Matt Purke (5-3, 4.43)

The winner of the Carolina League’s Northern Division Series receives a berth to the best-of-five 2013 Mills Cup Championship Series to face the pennant winner of the Southern Division. Per Carolina League rules on odd years, Potomac will host the first two games of the Championship Series on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th should they qualify by winning the Division Series.

NATS/P-NATS: Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Game

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PFITZNER STADIUM PRESS CONFERENCE TO KICKOFF
GUNS VS. HOSES 2nd ANNUAL CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME
Prince William County’s Finest Will Clash with the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Department

Woodbridge, VA—The 2nd Annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Softball Game at Pfitzner Stadium is set for Sunday, August 11th in which Prince William County Police officers will engage in a standoff with the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department with local bragging rights on the line.

For the second consecutive summer, men and women of the PWC Police Department and a selected area fire department will square off to benefit a charity chosen by the respective softball squads.

This year, the Guns vs. Hoses showdown will take place at 5:00pm before the Potomac Nationals contest vs. the Carolina Mudcats (Cleveland Indians) at 6:05pm on 8/11 at The Pfitz.

Gates to Pfitzner Stadium will open to the public at 5:00pm to watch the softball classic.

A press conference promoting the event will take place at Pfitzner Stadium on the diamond at 1:00pm on Wednesday, July 24th featuring media sessions with department heads from PWC Police and Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Photo opportunities for the media will be available with representatives from both departments, as well as K-9s and dalmatians.

“Our hometown heroes do so much in our communities, and without the full recognition they deserve. The Potomac Nationals will celebrate all they have done to serve us with an annual day of fun and softball that honors both the police and fire departments along with all of their families,” said Potomac Nationals Vice President/General Manager, Josh Olerud.

For each ticket to the P-Nats game sold by the PWC Police Department and the Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Department, the Potomac Nationals will donate $4 to the chosen charities for each softball team.

Representatives from the police and fire departments will have emergency vehicles displayed at the ballpark and activities for P-Nats fans to enjoy and participate in prior to the Potomac Nationals game.

All members of the PWC Police Department and the Yorkshire Fire Department will be recognized on the field before the game and in the middle of the 7th inning, a special rendition of God Bless America will honor the men and women who have lost their lives protecting their community.

Potomac Nationals Players Earn Carolina League Weekly Awards

Potomac Nationals LogoP-NATS SS JASON MARTINSON WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE CAROLINA LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD & RHP TAYLOR HILL EARNS CL PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORS Potomac’s Jason Martinson and Taylor Hill Sweep Carolina League Weekly Awards

Woodbridge, VA—After a tremendous start to the 2013 campaign, Potomac Nationals shortstop Jason Martinson (5th Rd.,2010), a product of Texas State University, from Dallas, TX, has earned his second consecutive Carolina League’s Player of the Week Award for his production from April 15th through April 21st, the league announced today.

Martinson, the #14 prospect in the Washington Nationals Minor League system per Baseball America, entered the 4/15 week with a .303 (10-for-33) batting average, a .429 on base percentage, a .788 slugging percentage through nine games, with four home runs and 11 runs batted in.

Martinson continued his prowess at the plate into the next week by turning in a 10-for-28 performance with the bat, good for a .357 batting average in the week, while achieving an on-base percentage mark of .419, and a slugging percentage clip of .500.

The 24-year-old also cranked one double and one four-bagger, while collecting four RBIs, four runs scored, and three walks during his latest weekly tear.

The 6’1″, 190 pound Nationals prospect enters tonight’s contest with the Carolina Mudcats (Cleveland Indians) in Zebulon, NC tied for the Carolina League lead with 15 RBIs, a .635 slugging percentage, and 40 total bases. The offensive assassin is also tied for the circuit lead in home runs (5) and is 10th in the CL in batting (.317).

Sealing the sweep for Potomac in the league’s weekly awards, RHP Taylor Hill, after an absolute gem spun against the Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles) in Game One of the doubleheader last Saturday on April 20th, was announced today as the winner of the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week Award.

Hill, the 24-year-old whom Baseball America says has the “Best Control” in the Washington Nationals farm system, was selected in the 6th round in 2011 out of Vanderbilt University.

Hill, a native of Old Hickory, TN, is (3-0) on the season after a terrific pair of starts on April 15th at Salem and on April 20th vs. Frederick as he went (2-0) over the course of the week with victories over the Red Sox and Keys. He combined to pitch to a 0.69 earned run average over 13.0 innings in the two outings in which he surrendered just five total base hits, one earned run, zero home run balls, no hit batters, and one walk, while striking out eleven batters.

The only pitcher on the P-Nats staff with three victories, Hill dominated the Keys in his third start of the season tossing a one-hitter over seven shutout innings, and earning the complete game win.

The Nationals have now garnered three of the four Carolina League weekly awards in 2013.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Home Opener, April 5

Potomac Nationals Opening Day 2013 at Pfitzner Stadium is Friday, April 5th as the P-Nats host the defending Carolina League Champion, Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta Braves) at 7:05pm. Gates to The Pfitz will open at 6:00pm.

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New P-Nats skipper, Brian Daubach, to lead 13 returning players and 15 newcomers

Woodbridge, VA—Enter the 2013 Potomac Nationals Opening Day Roster. With first pitch of the 36th campaign in Potomac franchise history less than one week away, the P-Nats have unveiled their official roster to begin the 2013 Carolina League season.

First-year Nationals field manager, Brian Daubach, a former World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox, in his third year within the Washington Nationals Minor League system after the last two seasons leading the Class-A Hagerstown Suns, is tasked with mentoring 13 returning players and 15 fresh faces on the Potomac roster. Daubach led Hagerstown to winning records in each of his two seasons at the helm and took the Suns to a South Atlantic League playoff appearance for the first time since 2005.

Former Major League veteran, Chris Michalak, will oversee a 13-man pitching stable that includes potential starters: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Robbie Ray, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Taylor Hill, and LHP Kylin Turnbull.

Cole (4th Rd., 2010) was signed for a MLB Draft fourth round record, $2 million bonus out of Oviedo High School in Florida, and showed flashed of brilliance (staff-best 108 strikeouts in 89.0 innings) with Class-A Hagerstown in 2011 before being packaged with C Derek Norris, RHP Brad Peacock, and LHP Tommy Milone in a trade to the Oakland Athletics that netted the Washington Nationals 2012 20-game winner, LHP Gio Gonzalez. Then, in the swap that shipped LF Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners this off-season, the Nationals re-acquired Cole in a three-team deal with the Oakland which instantly put Cole back on Washington’s prospect radar for 2013 (Baseball America and MLB.com Prospect #4). When in sync, Cole dominates his opposition with a steady diet of mid to upper 90’s fastballs and a budding slider that he continues to refine.

Ray (12th Rd., 2010), an exciting southpaw slinger, who owned a 3.13 earned run average over 20 starts with Class-A Hagerstown in 2011, looks to rebound from an arduous 2012 ledger. Ray, MLB.com’s #10 Washington Nationals prospect, who was signed away by Washington from a commitment to play college baseball at Arkansas, fanned 95 batters in 89.0 innings pitched just two seasons ago, and looks to build on his three-pitch arsenal and crafty potential.

Jordan (9th Rd., 2009) had a successful comeback season in 2012 following Tommy John surgery. Jordan was terrific for Hagerstown in 2011 with a 9-4 record and petite 2.48 ERA before his injury sidelined his track. The powerful right-hander went 3-4 with a 4.05 ERA in 9 starts last year to build his strength back and feel comfortable using his entire repertoire in preparation for the 2013 season. Jordan enters this year’s P-Nats slate as the 17th ranked Washington Nationals prospect by MLB.com.

Hill (6th Rd., 2011) found success in 2012 over both Class-A affiliates pitching to an 11-7 record and walking only 34 batters in 139.1 innings pitched. Hill pitched to contact but many of those balls were bounced on the ground and found the gloves per his 1.18 groundball-to-flyball ratio. Hill was promoted to Potomac in late August after going 10-6 over 24 appearances and 20 starts with the Suns. Hill saw action in three starts over 15.0 innings and finished the season 1-1 in the Carolina League. A true strike-thrower, Hill was honored by Baseball America with the Best Control designation with regards to all Nationals farm arms.

Turnbull (4th Rd., 2011) brings with him plenty of hype. MLB.com’s 17th ranked Washington Nationals prospect signed late in 2012 and began his full-season MiLB career in Hagerstown after a four-outing stint with the Gulf Coast League Nationals. A projectable southpaw that throws flames, Turnbull covets consistency in 2013 after registering a 4-5 record and 5.16 ERA in 18 appearances, 17 of those starts, a season ago. The ceiling is high for Turnbull if he can exhibit control and command with his secondary pitches, a developing slider and emerging splitter combination that could prove deadly for Carolina League opposition if he can get them over for strikes. Turnbull has a big frame and will look to maximize his very live arm that pumps heaters as high up as the mid-90s.

Potomac’s lone returning right-handed bullpen arm is Robert Gilliam, a former Oakland farmhand exchanged in the Gio Gonzalez trade, who will begin his 2013 season inactive following 36.0 innings logged with the P-Nats in which he garnered 30 strikeouts.

Nationals returning left-handed pitchers in the bullpen feature Paul Applebee, who will begin the season inactive after earning a 2-1 record in 13 appearances in 2012, Matt Grace, winner of a team-high nine games last season for Potomac, and Josh Smoker, a 2007 compensation 1st round draft pick who will also start the season inactive after just two trips to the bump for the P-Nats in 2012.

Promoted to Class-A Advanced Potomac in 2013, RHP Colin Bates, will join the P-Nats ‘pen after tossing lights out in Hagerstown where he went 8-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 29 relief outings.

LHP Ben Hawkins was terrific pitching out of the Suns bullpen as he racked up 57 strikeouts in 58.1 innings pitched while maintaining a 3-3 record and a 3.55 ERA in 30 trips to the mound.

RHP Greg Holt was a model of consistency in Hagerstown with a 5-2 record while holding opposing batters to a stingy .233 batting average.

LHP Christian Meza was arguably the most dominant force out of the Hagerstown bullpen in 2012. Meza was tied for the ‘pen lead with 8 wins and sported an anemic 2.97 ERA in 33 relief appearances and three spot starts. Meza held opposing sticks to a tiny .208 batting clip while collecting 94 strikeouts in 88.0 innings pitched with just 37 walks. Meza only received a losing decision once in 2012.

RHP Richie Mirowski was a stud relief asset for Hagerstown going undefeated in 16 bullpen trips to the mound. Mirowski overwhelmed Sally League swatters to the tune of 28 K’s in 27.0 innings and finished the ’12 campaign with a 2.00 ERA.

RHP Tyler Herron joins the Washington Nationals after a 2012 tenure spent with the independent Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the American Association following an arm injury in 2011. Herron, a former 1st round MLB draft pick selected 46th overall in 2005 by the St. Louis Cardinals, last pitched in affiliated baseball in 2009 with the Double-A Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates) where he fanned 18 batters in 26.0 innings but held a 4.50 ERA in eight appearances and four stars. Herron, a former Baseball America Top-10 St. Louis Cardinals prospect, will look to regain the prominence that enticed the Cards to offer him a $675,000 signing bonus.

RHP Derek Self makes the springboard jump from the Short-season-A Auburn Doubledays to Potomac as a strong closer candidate after shutting down opposing New York Penn League hitters to a .260 batting average against to complement a whopping 14 saves in 15 save opportunities, which was tied for the most saves in the circuit. Self boasted a 3.27 ERA and a 3.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

P-Nats hitting coach, Mark Harris, back for his second season overall with the P-Nats, who led the Hagerstown hackers in 2012, will mentor a potent starting lineup this season with Potomac.

The human backstops for the P-Nats in 2013 feature former Baseball America top-25 prospect, C Adrian Nieto, who competed for Team Spain in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The Cuban-born switch-hitter bashed to a .257 batting clip with six home runs and 39 runs batted in over the course of 70 games for Hagerstown in 2012; results that yielded his best professional season. Nieto caught over 30 percent of would-be base stealers in the Sally League last season (20 caught stealing in 66 base swipe attempts) and returns to the Class-A Advanced level after a two-game stint with the P-Nats in 2011.

Also in competition for time behind the dish, C Cole Leonida joins the Nationals after displaying his pop on the South Atlantic League circuit. Platooning with Nieto in Hagerstown last year, Leonida ripped seven doubles, a pair of triples, and four long balls while producing 24 RBIs in 56 contests. Leonida cut down 24 runners in 86 stolen base attempts good for a punch-out percentage of 28%.

The Potomac infield is set for vast power potential and terrific defense. A converted outfielder-to-infielder, 1B Kevin Keyes returns to the Pfitzner Stadium diamond after cranking a team-high 21 homers while driving in a club-best 78 runs. Keyes’ imposing .459 slugging percentage and .749 OPS make him a premier power threat in 2013. Keyes will look to round up his .223 batting average while still squaring up balls that find the gaps as he belted 27 doubles last year.

2B Adrian Sanchez will return to man the right side of Daubach’s infield where he earned a .972 fielding percentage and committed only 10 errors in 76 games at second base. Sanchez owned a solid .269 batting average in 2012 over 101 games and his 101 hits ranked 2nd on the team. Finding real estate often, the durable speedster wreaked havoc on the basepaths stealing 25 bags in 41 tries for the 2nd most swipes in the Potomac clubhouse.

SS/3B Jason Martinson had a career season in 2012 splitting his time between Hagerstown and Potomac. Martinson, MLB.com’s Nationals #20 prospect, hit .245 between the two Nationals affiliates with 123 base hits, 104 runs scored, 22 four-baggers, 106 RBIs, and Martinson stole 30 bases. Martinson’s 2012 .770 OPS swells his bam-box potential at The Pfitz and he projects to be a hallmark in the middle of Daubach’s lineup card.

SS/3B Blake Kelso brings his diverse skill set back to Potomac where he stole the most bases on the squad (27) and collected 107 total bases. Kelso was tied for 2nd on the club with 51 runs scored, and defensively owned a .976 fielding percentage in 100 games committing only 8 errors in 338 total chances while turning 32 double plays at second base, shortstop, and third base.

Infielder Cutter Dykstra, son of former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies great, Lenny Dykstra, and MiLB.com 2012 Organizational All-Star, ripped at a .291 pace last season in 110 games in Hagerstown, while connecting for 28 doubles, seven home runs, and 64 RBIs. Supplementing the fleet feet of the P-Nats roster, Dykstra took 32 bags in 35 attempts last season, good for 2nd most on the club.

Potomac Nationals veteran utility man, Francisco Soriano returns to The Pfitz to begin his fourth consecutive campaign with the P-Nats. Soriano, a fan favorite, served the Nationals well in 2012 with a consistent .270 batting average over 87 games with 44 runs scored, 11 doubles, six triples, 40 walks, and 12 stolen bases. Soriano made appearances at first base, second base, third base, shortstop, center field, and right field, and collectively, had a .961 fielding percentage (11 errors in 74 games).

Potomac is poised for a terrific outfield template with a unique combination of speed, power, on-base consistency, and rangy defense.

Outfielder Michael Taylor, MLB.com’s #5 ranked Nationals prospect, who some have said is a future center fielder contender for the Washington Nationals, returns to Woodbridge following a well-rounded 2012. Taylor, the club’s everyday center fielder, led the team with 33 doubles, while drawing 40 walks (tied for the team lead), and 19 stolen bases. Baseball America has tabbed Taylor as the Nationals farmhand with the “Best Tools” in the categories of Best Defensive Outfielder and Best Outfield Arm. It is Taylor’s unique blend of speed, quickness, range factor, power, and a keen hitters’ eye that makes him a key piece of the Potomac Nationals’ arsenal.

LF Caleb Ramsey, who was a Sally League All-Star in 2012, served as the best all-around hitter with respect to contact and pop for the Hagerstown Suns in 2012. Ramsey batted .294 in 127 games, stomped on home plate 78 times and led the team with 136 hits. Ramsey’s southpaw stick got red hot with runners in scoring position and two outs as he logged a .314 batting average in that situation. Ramsey’s 66 RBIs were 4th best on the club, and he was also 2nd in the league with 10 triples.

CF Billy Burns had a breakout season in 2012 in the SAL posting a .322 batting clip, 3rd best in the league, in 113 games, while running circles around the basepaths with 38 stolen bases. Burns was on base all the time finishing with a .432 OBP, 2nd best in the SAL landscape. Baseball America has dubbed Burns as the Fastest Baserunner in Washington’s organization.

RF Randolph Oduber competed in the ’13 WBC as Team Netherlands embarked on an underdog run deep into the tournament. Oduber was injured for a portion of the ’12 campaign with Potomac but salvaged his season with a respectable .252 batting average in 80 games along with 13 doubles, four triples, five home runs, and 27 RBIs. Oduber also grooved station-to-station for 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts.

P-NATS 2013 OPENING DAY ROSTER

ACTIVE 25-MAN ROSTER

(Listed alphabetically by position)

Pitchers (13)
Colin Bates
A.J. Cole
Matt Grace
Ben Hawkins
Tyler Herron
Taylor Hill
Gregory Holt
Taylor Jordan
Christian Meza
Richard Mirowski
Robbie Ray
Derek Self
Kylin Turnbull

Catchers (2)
Cole Leonida
Adrian Nieto

Infielders (6)
Cutter Dykstra
Blake Kelso
Kevin Keyes
Jason Martinson
Adrian Sanchez
Francisco Soriano

Outfielders (4)
Billy Burns
Randolph Oduber
Caleb Ramsey
Michael Taylor

INACTIVE ROSTER (3)

-Paul Applebee
-Robert Gilliam
-Josh Smoker

Potomac Nationals Opening Day 2013 at Pfitzner Stadium is Friday, April 5th as the P-Nats host the defending Carolina League Champion, Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta Braves) at 7:05pm. Gates to The Pfitz will open at 6:00pm.

For all three games of Opening Weekend from April 5th through Sunday, April 7th, the first 1,000 fans in attendance for each contest will receive a P-Nats 2013 Magnet Schedule presented by: Quinn’s Goldsmith. In addition, the best fireworks show in Northern Virginia will be on display following Saturday night’s 6:35pm game. Then, on Family Day at The Pfitz Sunday afternoon, a 1:05pm first pitch will usher in Kids Eat Free sponsored by: Little Caesars Team Dumfries & Haymarket as kids 12 and under will receive a free slice of pizza courtesy of Little Caesars. Kids Run the Bases will take place after the ballgame.

NATS/SUNS: Hagerstown Sun 2013 Promotional Schedule

Hagerstown Suns LogoSuns Single Game Tickets Now On Sale

HAGERSTOWN M.D. – The Hagerstown Suns begin the 2013 season in less than a month, and individual game tickets are now on sale. All the fun at Municipal Stadium begins Thursday April 11 with the home opener against the Delmarva Shorebirds. Opening night will be the first of many exciting events and promotions to take place at the ballpark this season.

Returning in 2013 is the weekly “Thirsty Thursday” promotion. Every Thursday home game fans 21 and over will be able to purchase Coors Light, Miller Light and Yuengling for just $1.00 each. The fun continues each Friday home game with the new “Flat Screen Friday” promotion. During Friday home games this season one 32” flat screen television will be given to one lucky fan thanks to Spicher’s Appliances, Electronics, and Security.

Another new weekly promotion in 2013 will be “Red-Out Sunday” presented by Volvo. The purpose of the “Red-Out Sunday” promotion is to bring awareness to and show support for the anti-bullying movement. As part of the promotion the Suns players and coaches will be wearing red jerseys during the game, and fans in attendance are requested to wear red to show their support as well.

Also new for 2013 is the opening of the recently constructed “Kid’s Fun Zone”, which will be located near the main entrance. The “Kid’s Fun Zone” will have classic arcade games, a bounce house, and speed pitch. The post-game fireworks schedule has also been expanded from 12 to 14 shows for the 2013 season. The first fireworks show will take place following the game on Friday, May 10 against Delmarva.

The 2013 season is loaded with some fantastic giveaways as well, beginning on opening night with a magnet schedule giveaway presented by Hagerstown Magazine. On Saturday, April 13 Benny’s Pub home of Antietam Brewery will be giving out a 22oz. beer stein to the first 1,000 fans 21 and over that can be brought back to Municipal Stadium and Benny’s all season long for discounted beer specials.

Other giveaways this season include a Bryce Harper thermal lunch tote presented by Pepsi, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans on Wednesday June 5, a pink Stephen Strasburg blanket presented by Lehigh Phoenix & Associated Radiologists, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans on Saturday June 15 as part of “Pink Weekend” , a Steve Lombardozzi garden gnome will be the featured giveaway August 7th and a Bryce Harper bobble head, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans on Sunday August 18, plus many more!

For more information on all of the promotions and giveaways throughout the 2013 season and to reserve your seats at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, or go to www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Hagerstown Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball, LLC.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Facebook Promotion

Hey Washington Nationals fans – This is an easy and guaranteed way to get free tickets to see Nats prospects in Woodbridge. See press release below for Facebook promotion details.

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P-NATS SINGLE GAME TICKET FACEBOOK STATUS PROMOTION

Facebook fans of the Potomac Nationals who change their page statuses hyping the sale of P-Nats individual game tickets will win free 2013 P-Nats tickets and one lucky fan will win a game used jersey

Woodbridge, VA—With Opening Day 2013 less than one month away, and in anticipation of P-Nats individual game tickets going on sale on Saturday, March 9th at 11:00am EST, the Potomac Nationals are running a single game ticket Facebook status promotion that is a guaranteed win for P-Nats Nation.

All Nationals fans who change their Facebook statuses starting Thursday, March 7th at 12:00pm EST or earlier to: “Potomac Nationals Single Game Tickets Go on Sale Saturday, March 9th at 11:00am!”, and keep this line as their Facebook status through March 9th at 12:00pm EST, will receive two (2) free general admission ticket vouchers for the P-Nats’ 2013 season.

In addition, one lucky Facebook fan will be chosen at random to receive a courtesy game used Potomac Nationals jersey as a keepsake for their participation in this Facebook promotion leading up to the sale of 2013 Potomac Nationals individual game tickets.

A win-win for P-Nats fans everywhere, this Facebook promotion is sure to be a big hit with the Nationals’ social media following.

“We are hoping fans are as excited as we are that baseball is back in action and you can buy your single game P-Nats seats this Saturday. We think this game used jersey giveaway will generate a good amount of Facebook fan status posts. Maybe we will giveaway more than one jersey if participation from our Facebook fans is through the roof!” says Potomac Nationals Vice President/General Manager, Josh Olerud.

Opening Day 2013 for the Potomac Nationals is Friday, April 5th at Pfitzner Stadium vs. the defending Carolina League Champion, Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta Braves) with first pitch at 7:05pm.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Host Annual Open House

Potomac Nationals LogoNot able to get to Florida spring training? Itching for some baseball? Want to take batting practice yourself? Do you sing?

The Potomac Nationals (“P-Nats”) are the single-A affiliate for the Washington Nationals and play just thirty minutes from DC. The P-Nats are hosting a FREE open house this Saturday, March p from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Fans can take batting practice on the field! Auditions for the National Anthem will also take place during open house. In addition, there will be free food, face painting and a bounce house. Great place to take your family on Saturday. Enjoy!

Official Press Release:

POTOMAC NATIONALS 2013 OPEN HOUSE
AT PFITZNER STADIUM ON SATURDAY, MARCH 9th

Individual Nationals game tickets to go on sale, take batting practice on the field at The Pfitz, and try out to sing the National Anthem at a P-Nats game in 2013

Woodbridge, VA—The Potomac Nationals will host their 2013 Open House at Pfitzner Stadium on Saturday, March 9th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. This annual free kick-off event is open to the public and officially ushers in the 2013 P-Nats campaign. This season’s P-Nats Open House will include a bevy of fun activities for the entire family.

Individual game tickets for the P-Nats 2013 season will go on sale at 11:00am at the Pfitzner Stadium ticket office and Nationals fans will have the opportunity to personally select their seats and view their vantage points to the field.

P-Nats 2013 season tickets and mini plans may also be purchased on site during the open house gathering.

For all ’13 P-Nats ticket information, contact Director of Ticket Operations, Zach Prehn at 703-590-2311 ext. 227 or email Zach at zprehn@potomacnationals.com

In addition, group sales representatives will be available to discuss coordinating birthday parties, group outings, and picnic parties with P-Nats Baseball in 2013.

P-Nats fans will be able to take batting practice on the field inside of the same batting cage used by Potomac Nationals players.

The newly unveiled, revamped Uncle Slam will be on hand to interact with fans and pose for photographs, and the Pfitzner Stadium Kids Zone will be set up with inflatables for children to play with.

The always-popular P-Nats prize wheel will be spinning with plenty of chances to win free merchandise and tickets.

The National Mall Team Store will be stocked with brand-new merchandise rolled out for the 2013 slate. Fans may preview and purchase these items during the open house.

Also, food and drink will be available throughout the event courtesy of the Potomac Nationals.

Finally, during this special three-hour event members of the public will be able to audition for the opportunity to sing the National Anthem during a Potomac Nationals game in 2013.

For more information on performing the “Star Spangled Banner” at Pfitzner Stadium, contact P-Nats Group Sales Director, Andrew Stinson at 703-590-2311 ext. 210 or email Andrew at astinson@potomacnationals.com

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals 2013 Season Job Fair (Rescheduled)

Updated: P-Nats Job Fair postponed until Wednesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 14th, due to inclement weather.

Potomac Press Release Banner logoPOTOMAC NATIONALS 2013 SEASONAL JOB FAIR
AT PFITZNER STADIUM TO BE HELD MARCH 6th and 7th
P-Nats are looking for part-time gameday employees that are energetic,
reliable, and outgoing to be the newest members of our team

Woodbridge, VA—The Potomac Nationals Baseball Club, the premier family friendly entertainment destination in Northern Virginia, is looking for spirited, dependable, and outgoing team members for the 2013 season.

Pfitzner Stadium, home of P-Nats Baseball, will be the host site for the 2013 Potomac Nationals Seasonal Job Fair taking place on Wednesday, March 6th and Thursday, March 7th between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00pm.

At the job fair, P-Nats front office officials will be looking for candidates to become part-time gameday employees during the Potomac Nationals Baseball season that runs from Friday, April 5th through Monday, August 26th with the possibility of additional playoff contests in the month of September as well as special events at Pfitzner Stadium throughout the season.

The P-Nats offer seasonal positions that are perfect for school employees, students, retired persons, and others who love baseball and are looking for a fun and flexible part-time opportunity in an upbeat, exciting sporting atmosphere.

2013 Seasonal Positions Include:

*CONCESSIONS
-Concessions Stand Manager
-Waiters/Waitresses
-Picnic Area Cooks/Servers
-Food Cooks/Preps
-Food Vendors
-Cashiers

*TICKETS
-Ticket Takers
-Box Office Ticket Sales
*STADIUM OPERATIONS
-Ushers
-Souvenir Stand Vendors
-Parking Attendants
-Grounds Crew
-Retail/Souvenir Merchandise Sales
-Kids Zone Attendants
-Receptionists

On-site interviews will be conducted at the job fair by department heads on a first come, first served basis, and no advance appointments can be made.

Job applications will be available on site, or job seekers may download an application in advance at www.potomacnationals.com to bring with you to the job fair. For online access to a P-Nats job application: once on the Potomac Nationals’ official website, under the top menu tab, “PFITZNER STADIUM,” click “Employment,” and then select the red “click here” link under the heading “Gameday Employment” to print a PDF file of the job application.

Applications for part-time employment will not be accepted prior to the job fair.

For further information on seasonal opportunities with P-Nats Baseball, contact Stadium Operations Director, Aaron Johnson at 703-590-2311 ext. 259 or send an email to ajohnson@potomacnationals.com.

If you cannot attend the job fair but are interested in applying for a part-time position with the Potomac Nationals, you may pick up an application at the Nationals’ front office Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and return it on or after March 6th. If you choose to print out the online version of the application, you may scan and email the application to ajohnson@potomacnationals.com, fax the application to 703-590-5716, or bring the application to the Nationals’ front office on or after March 6th.

To schedule an interview after the job fair, contact Aaron Johnson. (see above contact information)

Note: The Potomac Nationals are an equal opportunity employer.

NATS/P-NATS: Revamped Uncle Slam to be Unveiled

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REVAMPED UNCLE SLAM TO BE UNVEILED AT WEGMANS
The new, revitalized P-Nats Official Mascot, Uncle Slam, will be revealed to the public on Saturday, February 16th at Wegmans in Woodbridge, VA

Woodbridge, VA—Following rehabilitation from injuries sustained during the Potomac Nationals’ front office fire in late June of 2012, the brand new, revamped Uncle Slam is set to be unveiled to the public on Saturday, February 16th at Wegmans in Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, VA.

The Potomac Nationals’ official mascot was famously placed on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to July 4th, 2012, and missed the remainder of the ’12 campaign with undisclosed wounds.

Since the incident, Uncle Slam has been recovering and nursing himself back to full health while rehabilitating at the Official Gym of the Potomac Nationals, Gold’s Gym Lake Ridge.

“We are extremely pleased with Uncle Slam’s off season dedication in getting to better than full strength. Slam modeled his off season regimen after NFL MVP, Adrian Peterson. Slam has been waiting all off-season to reunite with our fans and looks forward to his best season to date!” says P-Nats Vice President and General Manager, Josh Olerud.

Uncle Slam is now better than ever, and fans will get the opportunity to meet and greet the P-Nats most viral member at Wegmans. This unveiling will run from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and Uncle Slam, himself, is expected to be introduced at 12:30pm.

“Slam” will interact with Nationals fans, sign autographs, and show off his new look.

Uncle Slam’s inflatable bounce house will be set up outside Wegmans for children to play in, and a coloring station will be set up to the backdrop of balloons.

P-Nats staff members will be on hand to distribute 2013 pocket schedules, season ticket and mini plan information, as well as Uncle Slam’s Kids Club sign-up forms. When kids participate in Slam’s MVP Kids Club package, they receive a courtesy Uncle Slam Piggy Bank presented by: TD Bank.

P-Nats fans can show their Wegmans card at the information table to receive a special code to be used for an upcoming discount offer inside the online National Mall Team Store, the official merchandise hub for the Potomac Nationals.

Arguably the most popular P-Nats hallmark, Uncle Slam is the face of the Nationals’ community endeavors and can often be found throughout Northern Virginia neighborhoods working on the Uncle Slam’s Reading Program, making youth baseball appearances, and even delivering Valentine’s Day flowers.

Uncle Slam, the Director of Fun for the Potomac Nationals, will enter his 9th season serving as official team mascot in 2013. As the central cheerleader for P-Nats Baseball since 2005, Uncle Slam has been a part of the P-Nats’ franchise tradition as long as the last two United States Presidential terms.

The bluest member of the P-Nats staff, only in hair tone and converse to his persistent P-Nattitude, Uncle Slam is a fixture of the Pfitzner Stadium experience, using a gregarious demeanor to complement his iconic outfit, which represents the hallmark of American patriotism amidst the landscape of our national pastime.

UNCLE SLAM PROFILE

BORN: 4th of July (he thinks the fireworks are always for him!)
HOMETOWN: Woodbridge, VA
HEIGHT: Really Tall
WEIGHT: Healthy
BATS: Switch
THROWS: Right
WARDROBE: Red, white, and blue top hat/pants, blue and white hair/goatee, P-Nats jersey, and red sneakers
WALK-OUT MUSIC: “Slam (Let the Boys be Boys)” by Onyx
JOB DESCRIPTION: To make you a P-Nats fan for life!
FAVORITE FOOD: Funnel Cakes
FAVORITE COLOR(S): Red, White, and Blue
HOBBIES: Dancing, signing autographs, hanging with superstars, and cheering the P-Nats on to victory!
TAGLINE: “Uncle Slam Wants You…to Join the Party!”

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 81-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 16 consecutive years. In 2013, Wegmans ranked #5 on the list.

The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. P-Nats 2013 season tickets and mini plans are on sale now. Renew your season tickets at Pfitzner Stadium for only $50 per seat. Sponsorship opportunities for the ‘13 season are now available. Plan your corporate outing now in preparation for next season as the P-Nats offer discounted group rates and all-inclusive picnic options. Visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the ticket office at 703-590-2311 for more!

NATS/SUNS: Hagerstown Suns Holding Auditions for National Anthem Singers

Hagerstown Suns Logo

The Hagerstown Suns will hold auditions for National Anthem singers on Saturday February 23, 2013. This spectacular event will be held at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, MD within the Food Court area. The Sing for the Suns National Anthem Auditions will be an opportunity for anyone in the community to show off their amazing talent for the chance to be featured during a Hagerstown Suns home game during the 2013 season.

The Registration process for the event will kick off at 8:30 a.m., with prior registration available at the Hagerstown Suns business office. Auditions will follow promptly starting at 9 a.m. with an emcee welcoming all the auditions. The event will operate until 1 p.m. in the afternoon or until the last contestant has had the opportunity to sing for the Suns. Each contestant will be viewed and evaluated by 3 qualified and musically enriched personalities as well as one soon to be named celebrity panelist.

Our judging panel will award the premier performing contestants with the chance to sing at 5 exciting and highly anticipated promotional events during the Suns 2013 season. Other contestants will have the possibility of being featured during the other 65 home games of the Suns season. Last year over 90 contestants took a shot, singing their way into the spotlight at Municipal Stadium the Suns anticipate a similar turnout this year.

“The sing for the Suns event is a fun way to get the community ready for the Suns season, said Suns General Manager Bill Farley. He went onto say, “We have a ton of great promotions planned for 2013 and we thank the Valley Mall for hosting the event.” The Hagerstown Suns have developed 12 reasons for Suns fans to be excited this season as they will feature a newly constructed kid’s fun zone, hold Red Out Sundays, an anti-bullying promotion to raise awareness, host the Cowboy Monkeys August 16th, and increase the number of firework shows this season.

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