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Seawolves Bank On The Wolves Day

Before Wednesday game against the San Diego Smurf Dogs Surf Dawgs, Erie Seawolves and NPC Bank hosted 1st annual Bank On The Wolves Day. Fans and players gathered a hour before the game to sign autographs, take pictures and do meet and greets. Kids from around the city of Erie came to run the bases and participate in a homerun derby with Seawolves mascot C. Wolf. Starting pitchers Garrett Gooden,Jose Camacho and closer Matt LaChappa gave fans demonstrations on how to pitch and signed baseballs to kids as part of “Strike Out Hunger” campaign. Infielders Teruhiko Nakagawa, Juan Morales and outfielder Muddy Waters work with another group of kids on hitting in a new campaign to “Crush Drugs”. Both campaigns are apart of a new strategy that the city of Erie,Erie Seawolve...

Dawgs Acquire Scooter Gennett

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Surf Dawgs made a big splash last night, acquiring All-Star second baseman, Scooter Gennett from Altoona. As expected, Dawgs shipped their staff ace, Ruben Alaniz–who was acquired last season from the Chris Sale trade–along with Alaniz, the Dawgs also shipped former top prospect, second baseman Eddie Rosario. In his short stint in San Diego, Alaniz posted a nice 2.40 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 2.75 FIP in 11 starts. While Rosario slashed .267/.315/.390 along with 42 doubles last season with San Diego. On the other side of the coin, Gennett had a monster year last season, as he slashed for .339/.416/.498 (.913 OPS), 45 doubles and 7.7 WAR. “It’s definitely tough pill to swallow, but we needed offense, plain and simple.” Imasa said. W...

Dawgs Prospects Who Could Make An Impact in 2019

SP Kyle Krick – Krick, 25, was acquired from Vallejo in a blockbuster trade for Chris Sale. Krick posted a 4.03 ERA and 44 strikeouts as a Dawg in 7 starts. There is nothing groundbreaking about his numbers this season, but look for Krick to be in the top of the rotation come opening day in 2019. SP Kohl Stewart – Stewart was somewhat of a surprised last season. Many people was not sure how his game will translate in CBL after putting up some decent numbers in Triple-A. However, he put up a respectable numbers this season. He posted a 3.96 ERA and 52 strikeouts, in 14 starts. Expect Stewart to be in the middle of the pack next season. C Chase Vallot –  Vallot, 22, was a big disappointment last season as he batted  a mild .232/.311/.410. He finished second in the team with...

Dawgs Ship Sale For Alaniz and Crick

SAN DIEGO — Dawgs snuck in a trade before the trade deadline concluded, and it was a big one. Multiple sources had confirmed that Dawgs’ top pitcher, Chris Sale was off the market few weeks ago. However, two minutes prior to the trade deadline, Dawgs pulled the trigger and shipped their Ace to the defending champs, Vallejo Admirals for Ruben Alaniz and Kyle Crick. When the media asked questioned GM Imasa on why he decided to trade Sale last minute: “Well, Chris (Sale) was on the block for some time, but we did not get the deal that we wanted. As for Chris (Sale), obviously he wasn’t happy about it as he likes this team and city so much. I did explain to Chris (Sale) though, why we decided to do that and he understood it. No bad blood between us, I can tell you guys ...

Sharks Finish 8th Place in Winter Ball

The Kahului Sharks finished this year’s Winter League in disappointing fashion (20-30). The club finished 10 games below .500 which was good for 8th place (out of 10 teams) and almost dead last in all batting and pitching categories. The club dug their own grave by winning only 9 out of 28 games in December and then played some decent .500 baseball in January. However, team scouts saw some promise in some of the players participated in this year’s Winter Ball. Who Played Well?   P Beau Swan – The 2017 second round pick by the Surf Dawgs and a former NAIA Golden Arm winner definitely shined in Winter Ball this year by posting a 2.62 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 2.66 FIP in 10 outings. Prior to playing in Winter Ball, Swan started two games after he was promoted during the seas...

Player Spotlight: Bob Crockett

The Surf Dawgs are once again quiet in this year’s free agency signing relief pitchers Joe Patterson and Nick Vincent. The team also signed infielder Bob Crockett. These signings are not surprising, in fact, it is expected based on team’s history. However, Surf Dawgs are still manage to find gems in these deals somehow. Last year’s free agency, Dawgs’ only focus was to acquire a relief pitcher. Right from the beginning, Dawgs’ focused on pitcher Bobby Parnell. This acquisition last year was questioned by fans last season as there were plenty of big names available during that time. When the season began, Parnell proved everybody wrong . He sported a 2.63 ERA and .242 BABIP in 72 relief appearances. This season’s under-the-radar deal might be infielder Bo...

San Diego Unveil New Logo and Uniform

SAN DIEGO, CA — After a disappointing 2017 season, the Surf Dawgs are unveiling a new logo and uniform for the 2018 season. The team hopes to revive the fan base after losing their two most-liked players in Eric Hosmer and Jose Reyes. In case you missed it, Hosmer–was one of the pioneers of the franchise–was shipped to Richardson City for young slugger, O’Koyea Dickson. Reyes on the other hand, declared free agency few days ago. “I feel like we need a fresh start. By fresh start, I meant re-tool. Not a full re-build. We still have good players in this team that I believe can take us to the post-season next year and hopefully to the Premier Cup. I would like to thank Eric (Hosmer) for his time here in San Diego, he will be missed for sure.” GM Imasa said....

Dawgs Call Up Chase Vallot

SAN DIEGO–Surf Dawgs called up top prospect Chase Vallot from Triple-A San Antonio after the team decided to trade starting catcher Jeff Burns to division rival Minneapolis Millers few minutes ago. The 20-year-old catcher is tearing up in the minors since the inaugural season. Most notable, was Vallot’s 2016 season in Single-A Fort Wayne where he put up some ridiculous numbers. He batted .357/.425/.801 with 38 home runs and 92 runs batted in. In case you are interested, that’s an OPS of 1.226. Following the 2016 season, Vallot skipped Double-A and went straight to AAA where he batted .282/.338/.508 with 22 home runs and 62 runs batted in. Great numbers for a 20-year-old catcher in Triple-A, so why did the team delay his call up? “Simple. We had two catchers in our C...

Surf Dawgs Welcome Former Emerald

Long time ago, before the Surf Dawgs moved to San Diego, they were known as the Eugene Emeralds. Team owner John Moores decided to move his franchise from Eugene to San Diego after one year. Moores, a San Diegan, did not feel like flying to Eugene to watch a home game. So as any billionaire would do, he brought the team back home. In 2014, Eugene Emeralds traded for an infielder named Ian Kinsler. Kinsler was acquired from Bowling Green in exchanged for P Tyler Megill and OF Dayan Viciedo. Megill is still part of Bowling Green’s organization while Viciedo have moved on and now plays for Boston. Kinsler hit pretty well in his first year in Eugene hitting .265/.322/.515 with 6 HR and 19 ribbies in 36 games. Kinsler did not last in Eugene, however. At the end of the 2014 season, Kinsler...

Dawgs Fire Bud Black

San Diego Surf Dawgs fired long-time skipper Bud Black after four years. Team brass decided enough is enough after the team recorded 24 wins in 52 games. Some people thought the move was pre-mature, but the Dawgs GM thought otherwise. “First off, I would like to thank Bud for managing this team in 4 seasons and for bringing a winning attitude to the ball club. He’s a very talented manager, but in this business, sometimes you just have to move on.” When asked if the GM read Bud Black’s comment on being let go Imasa said, “No, I did read or hear what he said after his press conference. If he was upset, then I can totally understand that. The team did not perform well under his wings, to me that’s good enough reason to be upset.” In case you missed Bu...

2016 Season Review

What a season it was! After the league agreed to a new 120-game season, up from 82, even that proved to be one game too short. Trey and his Austin Bats were on the wrong end of the play-in game, losing in nail-biting, heart-racing, stomach-punch fashion to Syracuse. It also had to hurt watching Montreal clinch the East division title with a 60-60 record, three games worse than Austin. The Orange will play Frisco, while the other playoff series’ can be seen here. Let’s take a look back at the regular season. Inside the Numbers 17-16 Frisco’s record after trading several top prospects for starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmerman. (49-38 prior to trade) 77 Number of wins Calgary had, best in the CBL. Traverse City was the only other team to eclip...

Surf Dawgs Made Flurry of Moves at the Deadline

SAN DIEGO — 2016 CBL trade deadline was a blur for General Manager Tim Imasa. The Dawgs made three big trades that made some Dawgs faithful uneasy. First, Dawgs shipped Cuban phenom Alfredo Franco, Jose Berrios, 2016 Arizona League Pitcher of the Year Mike Wheeler, Zack Henderson to Charlotte in exchange for staff ace Chris Sale, Devin Mesoraco and Gerardo Parra. This move raised some eyebrows. Prior to the trade, the Dawgs were 3rd in starter ERA and 3rd in bullpen ERA in Frontier League. Many thought the Dawgs pitching staff this year was great already. However, once Charlotte’s GM Ace Coonan placed Chris Sale on the trade block, it made Alfredo Franco expendable. “You can’t have too many pitching in this league.” GM Imasa said. “Injuries happen, cold ...

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