If you follow baseball or have turned on Sports Center during the past few months you have probably heard the phrase “Hot Stove” mentioned once or twice. But what exactly is a Hot Stove, and how does it have anything to do with baseball?
The phrase “Hot Stove” is a term used to describe the cold winter months between the World Series and the start of Spring Training. The term is derived from the image of fans huddled around a hot stove, talking about baseball and speculating plans their teams have cooked up for the next season. The Hot Stove season is a time for trades, player contract extensions, new team hires, and massive re-strategizing.
The term Hot Stove has also been embraced as a way to describe events hosted by teams in the off-season. This year, the Scrappers are very excited to host their first Hot Stove Banquet on January 30, 2014.
So What Can You Expect at the Scrappers Hot Stove Banquet?
The Hot Stove Banquet will be a unique way to experience baseball in the off-season and get a look at future Cleveland Indians.
This year, ten to twelve Top Prospects from throughout the Indians organization will be making the short trip to Niles for a meet and greet, question and answer session, and autograph session with fans in attendance at the banquet. The names of the prospects attending will be released on this blog and at www.mvscrappers.com in early January. It is likely that several of these players have played in the Mahoning Valley, and the banquet is a time for fans to see them a little more polished and refined as they prepare to play for Cleveland in the near future. It’s also a time for fans to get to know the personalities of these prospects away from the diamond and see them as people as well as players.
Emceeing the event will be former Cleveland Indian Jason Stanford. Stanford was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a Free Agent out of University of North Carolina- Charlotte in 1999. He had his Major League debut for the Indians in 2003 against the Minnesota Twins and also played a short two game stint as a Scrapper in 2005. He spent nine years pitching in professional baseball with the Indians, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs. Stanford is currently the Pitching Coach for the Youngstown State Penguins baseball team as well as the co-host of Indians On-Deck, Indians Minor League Magazine and Tribe Report on SportsTime Ohio
In addition, a member of the Cleveland Indians Player Development staff will speak briefly at the event.
The Hot Stove Banquet is presented by the M.V.P.B.A. Scrappers Backers and Sports Radio 1240 and will be from 6-8 PM on January 30, 2014 at Cimenero’s Banquet Center in Niles. The event includes the above-mentioned activities as well as a dinner and silent auction benefiting the M.V.P.B.A. Scrappers Backers. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children (age 12 and under) and may be purchased at the Holiday Store located next to Auntie Anne’s at the Eastwood Mall, the Scrappers Box Office or by calling (330) 505-0000.