Archive for June, 2012

Media Day:

After months of planning Opening Night is tomorrow and our players have finally arrived!

The Scrappers roster is comprised of professional baseball players who have either signed a contract as a free agent or who were drafted in the annual Amateur Player Draft.  Some of our players were drafted directly from high school and others come with college experience under their belt.  Click below to see an interview with the Indian’s first round draft pick, Tyler Naquin.

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After the players arrive they get fitted for uniforms, meet their host families, take their headshots, and then finally meet the media.  Before meeting the media however, the players were lucky enough to get interviewed by us.    We spent a few minutes with each guy getting information for their player profiles which you can see in the 2nd inning of every game this year.  For those of you who can’t wait until Opening Night we can give you a few tidbits from our interviews:

-Aaron Siliga prides himself on being a professional shower singer

-Mark Bradley wants to have dinner with the Dos XX Man.

-Evan Frazar lives by the motto “YOLO” (You Only Live Once)

-Captain Crunch is the most popular breakfast cereal of your 2012 Scrappers.

Hunter Jones showing off his athleticism by doing a backflip!

Although intimidating at first, getting the opportunity to interview the team has been the most interesting preseason preparation we have done so far.  Several of the players helped us think of questions to ask their teammates, and things to have them do on camera.  We saw Hunter Jones do a backflip (he offered to backflip off the wall, but we said no figuring Coach Kubiak wouldn’t appreciate it if he got hurt doing it), Evan Frazar serenaded us with the Backstreet Boys, we heard an amazing rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” (Which hopefully you all will get to hear very shortly), several good Elvis impressions, and not to mention the dance moves.  It’s easy for people to see these guys as baseball players, but they are also 20-year-old guys who like to have fun.  One thing we know for sure about the team this year, is that there is a bunch of fun personalities, which should make for a great year!  We’re always looking for question suggestions, so let us know if there is something you would like to know about the Scrappers!

After the fun, laugh filled hour of interviewing with us the players were prepared to face the media.  We introduced all of the players as they ran out of the dugout and onto the field.  They made time to speak with whoever needed them.  Shockingly no one wanted to interview either of us.

2011 3rd round draft pick Jake Cisco getting interviewed on media day

Hey Scrappers fans, as your on field hosts this season we also be writing the Scrappers Scoop; Through The Eyes of an Intern.

I guess I’ll start out by telling you a little bit about myself. My name is Kevin Sympson and I just finished up my fourth year at Ohio University. There I am studying Sports Administration and Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. After this next fall semester I will be done with school and moving on to the working world and can’t wait! This is my second year working with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Last year I was lucky enough to work with Mark Libs in the sales department and Heather Sahli in the marketing department. If you were at our games last year you may remember doughy donut during the Dunkin’ Race. Yes, that was me. Because I had so much fun and loved all the people who I worked with last year I wanted to comeback for another year, and luckily the Scrappers organization wanted me back as well. This year I am working as a full time marketing and promotions intern. On top of day-to-day work I will also be hosting the on field events (along with Annie). I had such a fun time last year I am looking forward to all the exciting things that we have planned for this year.

My name is Annie Stoltenberg, and I could not be more excited to be one of your on-field hosts this season. I grew up in Burlington Vermont, home of the Vermont Lakemonsters. I later moved to Needham Mass, and now attend Texas A&M University as a senior Sport Management major. I’ve been blessed to spend the last three years working for the Texas A&M Baseball team as well as the Vermont Lake Monsters, Connecticut Tigers, and Tri-City ValleyCats. When I’m not at a baseball game, I like to go rollerblading, bake, go on road trips and cheer on Aggie Athletics. This will be my first time to live Ohio and I’m looking forward to seeing as much of the Mahoning Valley as possible!

Check our blog for an insider’s look of our adventures on and off the field with the Scrappers this summer!