Archive for October 2010

Andrew Graham will manage CT Tigers in 2011

October 28, 2010 is reporting that former minor league catcher Andrew Graham will replace Howard Bushong as the Connecticut Tigers manager in 2011.

Howard Bushong will not return in 2011

This will be the 28-year-old Graham’s first professional managerial assignment.  He spent last season as the Tigers’ minor league catching coordinator, while also serving as the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Tigers.

Graham spent five seasons in the minor leagues as a player, all with the Tigers organization.  He reached Triple A in 2007, appearing in 36 games with the Toledo Mud Hens.

The Sydney, Australia native played for Australia in both the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Graham’s coaching staff includes Jorge Cordova and Scott Dwyer, who will return as Connecticut’s pitching and hitting coaches respectively.  Athletic trainer T.J. Saunders will move up to the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2011.  His replacement has not been announced.


2011 Schedule Released

October 27, 2010

The New York-Penn League released its schedule for the 2011 season Wednesday.

The Connecticut Tigers will open their season on the road with a three-game series against the Lowell Spinners June 17-19.  The Tigers’ home opener is scheduled for June 20 against the defending champion Tri-City Valleycats.

Stedler Division rivals Tri-City, Lowell and Vermont will all make multiple trips to Dodd Stadium in 2011.  Other teams who will play the Tigers at Dodd include the Brooklyn Cyclones, Williamsport Crosscutters, Batavia Muckdogs, Jamestown Jammers, Staten Island Yankees, Aberdeen IronBirds and Hudson Valley Renegades.

The Auburn Doubledays, Mahoning Valley Scrappers and State College Spikes will not play the Tigers at Dodd Stadium during the 2011 regular season.

The 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star game is scheduled for August 16 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

Here is a link to the full 2011 New York-Penn League schedule.

Four former CT Tigers released

October 14, 2010’s Mark Anderson is reporting that the Tigers have released former Connecticut Tigers Tyson Kendrick, Chris Sedon, Chao-Ting Tang and Londell Taylor.

Season in review: Julio Rodriguez

October 1, 2010

Julio Rodriguez led the Connecticut Tigers with a .270 batting average in 2010, but his most important contributions to the team may have come on defense.

Julio Rodriguez

As Connecticut’s starting catcher, Rodriguez gunned down 31.3 percent (20 out of 64) of would-be basestealers and allowed only five passed balls.  He displayed a strong arm and quick feet behind the plate and was not afraid to throw behind baserunners in an attempt to pick them off first or second base.  He also showed good ability as a receiver.

Offensively, Rodriguez occasionally flashed good power to the gaps, but he was primarily a singles hitter during his time with Connecticut, finishing the season with a .270/.317/.360 slash line.

Like many catchers, Rodriguez’s well below-average speed is his weakest tool.