February 28, 2015

Potomac Nationals 2015 Seasonal Job Fair

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POTOMAC NATIONALS 2015 SEASONAL JOB FAIR AT PFITZNER STADIUM SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 4th & 5th
Over 100 P-Nats Gameday Positions Available for 2015 Season

Woodbridge, VA—The 2015 Potomac Nationals Seasonal Job Fair will be hosted at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium on Wednesday, March 4th and Thursday, March 5th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm each evening. The Potomac Nationals Baseball Club, the premier family friendly entertainment destination in Northern Virginia, is looking for dependable, customer-service minded, and outgoing gameday team members for the 2015 season which begins on Thursday, April 9th and runs through at least Monday, September, 7th with potential playoff contests to be scheduled for the second week of September.

At the seasonal job fair, P-Nats front office officials will be searching for dedicated candidates to become part-time gameday employees during the Potomac Nationals baseball season that will also work 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 professional sporting atmosphere.

2015 Potomac Nationals Seasonal Positions Available:

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

*STADIUM OPERATIONS
-Ushers
-Souvenir Stand Vendors
-Parking Attendants
-Grounds Crew
-Retail/Souvenir Merchandise Sales
-Kids Zone Attendants
-Receptionists

*TICKETS
-Ticket Takers
-Box Office Ticket Sales

Most weeknight P-Nats games begin at 7:05pm while Saturday night games start at 6:35pm. Sunday games in the first half of the 2015 season will be ignited with a first pitch time of 1:05pm while second-half Sunday affairs will start at 6:05pm. There will also be a 10:35am start time for the Wednesday, April 15th game and a pair of P-Nats matchups that are scheduled for 12:05pm (Thursday, July 9th and Thursday, August 13th).

All departments will require gameday employees to be on site at Pfitzner Stadium well in advance of the game start time.

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 view and 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, Arthur Bouvier at 703-590-2311 ext. 217 or send an email to abouvier@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 to Arthur Bouvier on or after March 4th.

If you choose to print out the online version of the application, you may scan and email the application to abouvier@potomacnationals.com, fax the application to 703-590-5716, or bring the application to the Potomac Nationals’ front office on or after March 4th.

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

Note: The Potomac Nationals are an equal opportunity employer.

Hagerstown Suns Announce 2015 Promotional Schedule

The Hagerstown Suns have been a minor league affiliate for several different teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets and Washington Nationals, over the last thirty-five years so the anniversary promotional schedule will feature a variety of giveaways.

The first bobblehead will be handed out on Saturday, June 13, and will feature former Suns pitcher Mike Mussina. See press release below for the full promotional schedule.

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Suns Announce 2015 promotional schedule

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Hagerstown Suns announced today their promotional schedule for the 2015 season, which is the team’s 35th anniversary season. Many of the events highlighting the promotional schedule are part of a season-long anniversary celebration, and will bring some important parts of Suns history back to life, including the highlighting of some former Suns players who have made their mark in Hagerstown over the years.

Fittingly, the promotional schedule kicks off on the night of the home opener on Thursday, April 16. Dane Anthony, who threw the first pitch in Hagerstown Suns history back in 1981, will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Also that night there will be a ceremony in the beer garden as Antietam Brewery will be unveiling a special 35th anniversary brew and tap, which will be sold throughout the season. 2015 Magnet Schedules will be handed out to fans on opening night and throughout opening weekend, and on Friday and Saturday April 17 & 18, the first 500 fans will receive a Suns specialty beer mug that they will be able to use throughout the season to receive discounts on beer.

Also, on Saturday, April 18, the Suns players will debut their special 35th anniversary throwback jerseys sponsored by the Hagerstown Suns Fan Club, as well as throwback hats that were both designed to combine several looks of the past. These will be worn each Saturday home game, and live auctions will be held for both later in the season (hats – July 11, jerseys – August 29).

Another alternate jersey the Suns will wear this season will be a camouflage jersey. This jersey will be worn for most Friday home games, as well as some of the military appreciation games. On Friday, August 21, the jersey will be auctioned off following the game with all proceeds going to “Folds of Honor”, which is an organization that provides annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty.

In total there will be three bobbleheads given away during the 2015 season. The first bobblehead will be handed out on Saturday, June 13, and will feature former Suns pitcher Mike Mussina. A little more than a month later, on Saturday, July 25, a Dane Anthony bobblehead will be handed out to the first 1,000 fans. The final bobblehead giveaway of the year will take place on Saturday, August 22, and is presented by the Hagerstown – Washington County CVB. That bobblehead will be revealed at a later date.

Bobbleheads aren’t the only items that fans will get to take home from a game at Municipal Stadium this season. Other giveaway items include a poster with various program covers from previous seasons (May 2), a special 35th anniversary logo hat (May 30), a pink mini-bat key chain as part of pink weekend (June 12), a poster with various baseball cards of Suns players from previous years (June 20), and a Suns logo baseball (August 8).

Many of the Suns traditional weekly promotions will be back this season as well, including “Thirsty Thursday”, “Eats for Seats Tuesday”, and “Sunday Funday”. In addition, there will be new weekly promotions on Monday and Wednesday. Every Monday home game in 2015 will be a “Mega Monday”, when fans will have the opportunity to purchase four GA tickets loaded with $5.00 each to be used in the stadium for a total of $40.00 (a $16.00 savings). Or, fans on Mondays can purchase a single loaded GA ticket for a discounted price. The majority of Wednesday home games this season will be “Guaranteed WinsDay”, which means if the Suns don’t win on that particular Wednesday all fans in attendance will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game.

As is custom at Municipal Stadium, there will be a bunch of Fireworks shows throughout the season as well. The first Fireworks show will take place following the game on Friday, May 15. In total there will be nine Fireworks shows throughout the season, and all of them will be on Friday nights.

Once again this year there will be happy hour pricing on 16-ounce cans of select domestic beers prior to every home game. The happy hour pricing will begin as soon as the gates open and will last until the first pitch is thrown. There are four games this season (May 29, June 12, July 3, and August 7) when there will be an extended happy hour, meaning the gates will open earlier than normal (4:30pm) and there will be live entertainment prior to the start of the game.

New in 2015 will be theme nights to go along with each “Thirsty Thursday” game. The themes this season include college night (April 30), country night (May 14), ladies night (May 28 and August 20), golf night (July 9), 80’s night (July 23), and 90’s night (August 6). For some of the theme nights, fans who dress up in that night’s theme will receive a discounted GA ticket. Details on all of the specific theme nights can be found on the promotions page of the Suns website.

Another new promotion in 2015 will be the “Weekday Matinee”. The Suns will have four weekday games (May 4, June 3, August 5, September 2) begin at 1:05pm. Fans can get tickets to these matinee games for just $5.00 (GA ticket) or $7.00 (Reserved ticket). Once inside the stadium, fans can grab a hot dog for $2.00 and/or a domestic draft beer for $3.00, making these games the perfect lunch break entertainment (and no one will tell your boss if you decide to stay for the whole game).

Additional special events taking place this season will include two Education Days (April 22 and May 20), four Antietam Cable Date Nights (April 28, May 17, June 30, and August 18), a college fair (May 1), four Nora Roberts Reading Challenge games (May 2, May 3, May 16, and May 17), five military appreciation games (May 16, May 29 – 31, July 3), Craft Brew night (July 2), Kids night (July 22), two movie nights (July 12 and August 28), Christmas in July (July 25), Camp Day (July 28), First Responders night (August 7), and Teacher and School Staff Appreciation night (June 12).

Lastly, the Suns organization will be hosting an inaugural Beer Tasting Festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 27 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. There is no game that day as the Suns will be away on the road. Tickets are already on sale.

For more information on all of the promotions and giveaways throughout the 2015 season and to reserve your seats at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, or go to www.hagerstownsuns.com.

Washington Nationals Spring Training: Pitchers and catchers report

For baseball fans all around the country, it’s time for those four words that — despite how much snow they might be under — signal spring is just around the corner.

Pitcher and catchers report.

For the Washington Nationals, reporting day for the players that will make up the battery is Thursday. With all the excitement of the offseason signing of Max Scherzer, Nats fans will finally see him in a uniform, albeit in snips and clips, throwing bullpen sessions and glad-handing with the privileged media members enjoying the warmer weather from Viera, Florida while most of us are still digging out from under snow.

There’s plenty of excitement to go around, though. Scherzer is just one of many aces the Nats have in the starting rotation. It’s been the common theme around baseball hot stove this winter: the Nats rotation is the best in baseball, and could be historically great. At the onset, they’ll have to banish 15-game winner Tanner Roark to long relief.

It’s a glut of riches.

Still, it guarantees nothing. Baseball is a notoriously funny game, and just when you think you have it figured out, it changes the rules on you again.

I usually take a more measured approach to my analysis. I like to have stats and figures to back up my opinions and viewpoints. It’s easier to defend a position armed with the proper ammunition.

But reporting day, and opening day mere weeks behind it now, is more for the romantic side of baseball fandom. These days mark significant milestones to the long winter fans must endure without their pastime. If that’s not a time for waxing poetic, I’m not sure what it.

So for now, I won’t bog you down in numbers or analysis. I won’t issue my standard caveats about regression, small sample sizes or hidden injuries. I will not purvey gloom and doom on one of the simple pleasures of being a baseball fan. There’s plenty of time for that during the long, hot summer.

For today is reporting day. And spring is right around the corner.

Washington Nationals laundry list short for spring training

As the Washington Nationals expect pitchers and catchers to report next week, this season — as opposed to years in the past — the Nats have relatively little to figure out with regards to the big league roster.

The team is celebrating its 10th anniversary in D.C. (in its 11th season), and there have been multiple years in the past where they’ve held open tryouts for the starting rotation and batting order, let alone bullpen and bench help.

Shoot, they signed 2008 opening day starter Odalis Perez on Feb. 23 that season, after pitchers reported in Viera.

Things have come a long way. [Read more…]

District Sports Daily Feb. 4: Caps shut out Kings, Mystics re-sign two

CAPITALS: The Caps shut out defending Stanley Cup champ Los Angeles Kings, though the Kings looked a shell of their once-dominant selves. (DSP Gamer, 3 Stars)

Jay Beagle didn’t skate with the top line Tuesday night, but he has frequently this season. Good or bad (rhetorical question alert)? (DSP take)

MYSTICS: The Mystics make some offseason noise, exercising options on Tayler Hill and Emma Meeseman. (DSP)

NATIONALS: The Nats announced their Spring Training broadcast and radio schedule. Personally, I think the radio guys should work all spring long — sorry Dave & Charlie. (DSP)

WIZARDS: Bradley Beal echos what everyone else is saying about the Wizards right now: they’re soft on defense. (WaPo)

REDSKINS: Now that Super Bowl is past, key offseason dates for the Redskins and the rest of the league. (WaPo)

UNITED: DCU tied Swedish second division club Jonkopings 0-0 in Bradenton, Florida in a training camp match. (DCUnited.com)

Washington Nationals announce 2015 Spring Training broadcast schedule

From the press release:

Washington Nationals ANNOUNCE 2015 SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE 

Washington Nationals broadcast partners Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and 106.7 The Fan will broadcast a total of 14 Nationals Spring Training matchups throughout the weeks leading up to the start of the 2015 regular season. The Nationals 2015 Grapefruit League schedule features seven games televised by MASN and a combined 10 games airing on 106.7 The Fan and partner station CBS Sports Radio 1580 AM. 106.7 The Fan will also offer regular reports from Florida throughout Nationals Spring Training.

NATIONALS 2015 SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE*

Date Opponent Time Location Broadcast
3/7 STL 1:05 p.m. VIERA, FL MASN / 1580AM
3/8 @ NYY 1:05 p.m. Tampa, FL 106.7 The Fan
3/9 ATL 1:05 p.m. VIERA, FL MASN
3/10 @ MIA 1:05 p.m. Jupiter, FL 1580AM
3/11 DET 1:05 p.m. VIERA, FL MASN
3/16 HOU 1:05 p.m. VIERA, FL MASN
3/19 DET 1:05 p.m. VIERA, FL 1580 AM
3/21 MIA 1:05 p.m. VIERA, FL 1580AM
3/22 @ DET 1:05 p.m. Lakeland, FL 1580AM
3/23 NYY 1:05 p.m. VIERA, FL MASN / 1580AM
3/25 @STL 1:05 p.m. Jupiter, FL 1580AM
3/26 NYM 5:05 p.m. VIERA, FL MASN
3/27 STL 1:05 p.m. VIERA, FL 1580AM
4/4 NYY 1:05 p.m. WASHINGTON, DC MASN/  106.7 The Fan

District Sports Daily Feb. 3: Wiz dropped by Hornets; Akey in DC; Ovi 1st Star

WIZARDS: The Wizards are slumping hard, and Monday night they lost to a struggling and injured Charlotte Hornets team. All-Star break, hurry! (DSP Gamer)

CAPITALS: Alex Ovechkin was named First Star for the month of January by the league. He had 12 goals, tops in the league for the time period. (NHL.com)

NATIONALS: West Palm Beach okays concept for shared spring training stadium for Nats and Houston Astros. I’ll believe it when I see it. (PalmBeachPost)

REDSKINS: Rob Akey, former head coach at the University of Idaho, was hired as Defensive Line coach, the same position he filled for the Minnesota Vikings last season. (WaPo)

District Sports Daily, Feb. 2: Caps lose again, Nats Insider anniversary

CAPITALS: The Caps can’t win the second of back-to-back games, ever. Alex Ovechkin scores twice, Karl Alzner got one (and some stitches), but Justin Peters can’t bail ‘em out and the Caps lost to St. Louis Blues 4-3. (DSP Gamer, 3 Stars).

WIZARDS: The Wizards are only sending one player to the All-Star festivities, but that’s probably a good thing right now. (Bullets Forever)

NATIONALS: Nats Insider, Mark Zuckerman’s blog, turned five years old. If you remember the circumstances behind how that happened, or why it’s a big deal, or contributed money to the cause, then give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate five great years with the guy that’s been there since the beginning. (Nats Insider)

REDSKINS: From Friday, but still worth a click if you missed, the always entertaining John Riggins joined Chick Hernandez on CSNWashington’s Sports Talk Live on the 32nd anniversary of, as Chick said, “using Don McNeil as a hood ornament.” (CSNWashington)

District Sports Daily Feb. 1: Caps and Wiz both fall in OT, Giolito makes another list

CAPITALS: Braden Holtby was excellent again but the Caps ping iron three times in the second and lose to Montreal 1-0 in overtime. (DSP Gamer, 3 Stars, RMNB)

WIZARDS: Wiz force overtime with strong fourth quarter — and John Wall finished with 28 points, 12 assists and eight boards playing through migraines — but get dumped by Toronto in overtime. (DSP Gamer)

NATIONALS: More accolades for Lucas Giolito, as he’s named No. 6 overall minor league prospect by MLB.com. (Federal Baseball)

 

District Sports Daily Jan. 30: Werth gets jail, Redskins hire Grimm (not that one)

NATIONALS: Jayson Werth drops appeal of circuit court conviction for reckless driving, pleas out to five days in jail. (WaPo)

Nats have No. 9 system and six players land on ESPN.com’s Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects, led by Lucas Giolito at No. 8 overall, and first pitcher on the list. (Federal Baseball)

CAPITALS: Caps have a lot of decisions coming about regarding free agents, both restricted and unrestricted. Who should stay and who should go? (DSP Take, RMNB)

REDSKINS: Redskins hire Russ Grimm’s son Chad as Defensive Quality Control coach. Yeah. (WaPo)

WIZARDS: Otto Porter had a nice night in the Wiz los to Phoenix Wednesday. Should he be getting more playing time? (Truth About It)

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