April 2009

Ryan Honored By PCL

It’s been a rough start for the Zephyrs at home, but outfielder Michael
Ryan has been one of the team’s bright spots, and he was honored as the
Pacific Coast League’s Hitter of the Week today.

Ryan is fifth in the league batting race with a .394 average and is
tied for the league lead with eight doubles. He batted .476 last week
with 10 hits in 21 at-bats, and six of those hits went for extra bases
(four doubles, two home runs).

Chris Aguila was the last Zephyr to win the award, last May 26th through June 1st.

The Z’s make their seventh attempt at a home win tonight against
Albuquerque at 7:00 p.m. After getting stifled by Major League veterans
Jeff Weaver and Eric Milton the last two games, they face a younger
Isotopes hurler in Charlie Haeger tonight. It’s Air Show Night at
Zephyr Field, with a pregame performance from the Navy Band of New
Orleans and a flyover!

Badenhop to the Bigs!

The Z’s have dropped 5 in a row and now tonights scheduled starting
pitcher gets called up.  RH Burke Badenhop gets the call and will join
the Marlins in Pittsburgh.  He will replace the injured Andrew Miller. 
He has a strained right oblique and has been placed on the 15 day DL.

Badenhop is 0-1 with a
6.75 ERA in two starts with the Z’s, the Marlins will have him pitch out of the bullpen
Tuesday and could get the start Sunday against the Phillies.

The Z’s open a series in Round Rock tonight and lefty John Koronka will get the start.  The Z’s have also added #15 Levale Speigner from Class AA Jacksonville.  He appeared in seven games last season with the Nationals.  

A Bumpy Beginning

Well, that wasn’t the best way to start the home schedule….

A 9-0 loss on Opening Night at Zephyr Field did not dampen the spirits
of the crowd, however, as we saw “the wave” get going in the eighth
inning, and a fantastic fireworks display to round out the night.

There’s lots more going on the rest of Opening Weekend, with a hat
giveaway tonight from People’s Health, to Bark In The Park tomorrow
with a playground ball giveaway from Coca-Cola. And things can only get
better from here for the boys on the field!

We’ll see you at the Shrine tonight at 6:00!

Tucker to DL

Z’s opening day starter Ryan Tucker exited the game early last night in Memphis after allowing 7 runs in 1.2 innings of work.  The 23 year-old right hander was placed on the disabled list today.   He has inflammation in his right knee.  He will be replaced on the roster by veteran Michael Wood. 

Wood made his major league debut on August 21, 2003, with the Oakland Athletics. The Kansas City Royals acquired Wood on June 24, 2004, from the Athletics as part of the three-team trade that sent Carlos BeltrŠn to the Houston Astros.
Kansas City immediately promoted him from Triple-A and put him in their
starting rotation, where he compiled a 3-8 record with a 5.94 ERA in 17

He has pitched parts of five seasons in the Majors with Oakland, Kansas City and Texas. 

Fashion Update


The home opener is less than a week away and I hope everyone
is getting excited. The Z’s have split
their first two games in Nashville.  Here is a sneak preview of the new
uniforms. The Z’s replaced the blue
alternate jerseys with New Orleans
across the chest with the NOLA look. The
uniforms have gone over well with the players; in fact, a few said we will
likely wear these every game. The Z’s
starting pitcher typically selects what jersey the team wears. The Z’s still have the home whites, road
grays and the sleeveless greens.

The team has also debuted its new BP jerseys, getting rid of
the gray t-shirt in favor of the dark blue dri fit with “Zephyrs” across the
chest. And finally from the uniform
front, the Z’s have brought back the Z cap. As simple as that, the “Z” lid was a traditional look until 2003, when
the cap was replaced by Boux biting the “Z.” A welcome return. 

Photo by: Mike Strasinger


Opening Day

Hey fans: Its opening day!  Tim Grubbs blogging from a spruced
up Greer Stadium in Nashville, where the Z’s and Sounds meet to start
the season. It’s the third time in the last four seasons the Z’s and
Sounds meet to start the season. 

The weather is good, a little chilly but not nearly as bad as two years ago, when it was 38 degrees at first pitch.

the first time since 2003, the traditional “Z” is back on the cap and
the Zephyrs are wearing their new uniforms: navy blue with “NOLA”
across the chest. VERY NICE! 

Here it is…. the lineup:

LF John Raynor
SS Manny Mayorson
3b Chris Coghlan
1b Gaby Sanchez
RF Michael Ryan
CF Jai Miller
C Brett Hayes
2b Dave Matranga
P Ryan Tucker

Tucker will start and make 70 pitches or so. I hope you can tune in to listen. Enjoy the game.

Starting Lineup at Jacksonville

Greetings from Jacksonville, Florida! The Zephyrs and Jacksonville Suns
meet in an exhibition game tonight, a matchup of the Double-A and
Triple-A affiliates of the Marlins. The game is being played at the
Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, just a stone’s throw away from the
home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Gator Bowl, and the “world’s
largest cocktail party,” Georgia vs. Florida. I don’t think that will
be the case here tonight, but it is Thirsty Thursday. 

Here is the Zephyrs’ lineup for tonight’s game:

LF John Raynor
CF Alejandro De Aza
3B Chris Coghlan
1B Gaby Sanchez
DH Michael Ryan
RF Jai Miller
C Brett Hayes 
SS Manny Mayorson
2B Dave Matranga

P Dallas Trahern

are three former Z’s returning to this year’s team: Nate Field, Dave
Matranga, and Willie Collazo. The Z’s roster will be finalized this
weekend when the Marlins make their final roster moves. Enjoy the game
– it’s available on zephyrsbaseball.com or listen to 690 AM in New Orleans.