As announced at least night’s Evening With The Zephyrs reception, Chris Aguila has re-signed with the Marlins, meaning the veteran outfielder will likely get a chance to break the Zephyrs’ career home run record in 2012. In a little more than two seasons in New Orleans, Aguila has smashed 53 home runs, three shy of the career mark held by J.R. Phillips. Aguila would have had a chance to eclipse Phillips last season, if not for a shoulder injury that cost him most of the final two weeks.
Another successful Evening With The Zephyrs has come and gone, as the night was highlighted by the induction of Brad Lidge into the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. Lidge told many stories of his time in New Orleans, from his legendary clubhouse ping pong exploits, to honoring his late Zephyrs teammate, Jeriome Robertson.
23 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training!
The Marlins have announced a group of 22 players who have received invitations to Major League spring training, which opens February 22 in Jupiter, Fla.
Members of the 2011 Zephyrs receiving invites include pitchers Elih Villanueva and Corey Madden, and catcher Clint Sammons.
If you’ve tuned in to 106.1 FM WMTI, the Zephyrs’ flagship radio station, over the last few days, you’ve noticed a change. Gone is “True Oldies,” in is “The Ticket,” a new all-sports format. The Zephyrs now share the same flagship station as the New Orleans Hornets, with popular sports talk hosts such as Dan Patrick, Jim Rome, and other Fox Sports Radio personalities. Coming this spring, Tim Grubbs and Ron Swoboda will once again be on the call as the Zephyrs take the field for their 20th season in New Orleans, and even if you don’t have a ticket to the game, you can catch the action on “The Ticket,” 106.1 FM!
2012 has arrived, and before you know it, pitchers and catchers will be reporting to spring training. We’re starting to get a clearer picture of the players who will be heading to Marlins camp; yesterday, it was announced Metairie native Chad Gaudin signed a minor-league deal with Miami, so he could be joining fellow hometown hurler Beau Jones on the Zephyrs’ pitching staff.
Miami also re-signed infielder Mike Cervenak, who had a solid 2011 campaign with the Z’s, batting .298 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI in 123 games.
The Marlins designated right-hander Elih Villanueva for assignment today, making room for Greg Dobbs on the 40-man roster. Villanueva was projected to return to New Orleans to begin the 2012 season, but would now have to clear waivers first.
The annual Evening With The Zephyrs cocktail reception is fast approaching – just three weeks from tonight! As is becoming tradition, the first member of the year’s class for the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducted, and this year it will be former Zephyrs pitcher Brad Lidge. Also in attendance will be Marlins VP of Player Development (and former Zephyrs manager) Marty Scott, new Zephyrs manager Ron Hassey, as well as other special guests. Tickets are available now for $35 each or four for $120 by calling the Zephyrs at (504) 734-5155.