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8/26/14

Tellez Promoted to Blue Jays Single-A Lansing

Rowdy Tellez (Elk Grove High) has been promoted from Rookie League to Single-A by the Toronto Blue Jays. Reporting last week to the Lansing Lugnuts, Tellez picked up where he left off in the Appalachian League and is now hitting .412 in 17 at bats with one home run.

In 53 games with Bluefield this season, Tellez overcame a slow start to end up hitting .293 with four home runs and 36 RBI.

Tellez was a a 30th Round Draft selection in 2013, after leading the Elk Grove Thundering Herd--along with fellow draftee Dom Nunez (Colorado, 6th Round, 2013) to the Sac-Joaquin Section Title. This is Rowdy's second year in professional baseball.


'Cats Play The Hits--All Two Dozen--In 20-1 Win Over Nashville   

NASHVILLE--The River Cats (76-61) tied a franchise record with 24 hits on Monday evening at Greer Stadium in a lopsided 20-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds (74-62) as every Sacramento starter collected at least two base hits.  

The win reduces Sacramento’s magic number to seven with seven games left to play in the regular season.   

The River Cats return home to Raley Field for their final regular season homestand of the season on Thursday, Aug. 28, when they will host their I-80 rivals, the Reno Aces in a five-game set that concludes on Monday, Sept. 1.   

(Courtesy of River Cats Media Relations)   


8/25/14

Sac State Baseball Program To Receive Field Upgrade, New Lights and Extends Christiansen Through 2019 

by Editor Rick Cabral

Sacramento State’s head baseball coach Reggie Christiansen is all smiles these days. 

The University’s Athletic Department received $3.5 million to improve the athletic facilities, with $850,000 earmarked for two substantial projects the baseball program has eagerly awaited. 

John Smith Field this fall will undergo a complete regrade process that includes taking the surface down several inches, reskinning it, installing new irrigation, and laying burmuda sod over the entire field. At an estimated cost of $200,000 the baseball field re-grade also eliminates the dropoff in the outfield and improves player safety, according to Sac State media relations.

Christiansen says this project will begin in mid-October and should be completed a month later. 

In addition, the new funding also pays for the installation of stadium lights, something Christiansen has lobbied for since he got here. The new lights permit the team to schedule night games, which means student athletes will miss less class time during mid-week games. 

More importantly, stadium lights puts the Hornets baseball program in step with nearly every other Division I program in the country, and will enable Sac State to host post-season tournaments.  

Although the timeline is still in flux, Christiansen is hopeful lights will be installed before end of 2015 season. “I’m actually hoping we can play with them against Grand Canyon, which is our very last (home series) weekend,” he said. 

Asked if he thought the Hornets recent playoff run may have persuaded the University to award the funding, especially for the lights, the head coach said, “These were things that were being discussed prior to that (playoffs). If anything, it certainly pushed them to the front of the agenda sooner.” 

A  two-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) coach of the year, Christiansen led the Hornets to their first outright regular season WAC title and their first WAC Tournament championship last season. The squad played in the D-I NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history and eliminated perennial national power Arizona State in the tournament held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

Success on the field has certainly helped in recruiting, as demonstrated by the 16 new local players that will matriculate to Sac State this fall. “We’ve shown improvement each year, but an announcement like this really puts it over the top,”  Christiansen allowed. 

“I was very grateful that (University) President Gonzalez has shown the ability to help our baseball program continue to grow.” 

In 2014, the Hornets won 40 games for the first time since 1991. 

Over the last three seasons Christiansen's program has received one All-American Honor (Rhys Hoskins), four Freshman All-American Honors, three WAC Freshmen of the Year, and two WAC Player of the Year honors. The squad has also won 30 or more games in three-straight seasons, the longest such streak since a string of nine straight 30-win seasons from 1985-1993.  

Among 24 Division-I baseball teams in California, the Hornets have recorded the eighth-most wins over the last three seasons, winning 105 total games from 2012-2014.  

For all his great work (and that of his assistant coaches, specifically McClatchy grad and former major leaguer Steve Holm who has served as assistant head coach the past two years), the University’s Athletic Department also rewarded Christiansen with a new five-year contract that will take him through the 2019 season and includes a small pay raise, he said today.

(Sac State Media Relations also contributed to this report)


SHANE PETERSON NAMED TO ALL-PCL TEAM    

(River Cats Media Relations)

Sacramento River Cats outfielder Shane Peterson has been named to the 2014 All-PCL Team by the Pacific Coast League office. 

Peterson, who is currently hitting .313 with a .383 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage, leads the league in several regards including hits (160), at-bats (512), games played (129), RBI (86), and doubles (38). He is also second with 98 runs scored and 241 total bases, ranks fourth with 54 extra-base hits, and his .313 batting average is eighth-best.  

Peterson started for the PCL in the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game in July, going 1-for-2. This is the first All-PCL honor of Peterson’s career.   

2014 is Peterson’s fourth different season with Sacramento. In his 340 games with the club, Peterson has accrued 36 home runs and 34 steals to go along with a .295 batting average and a .383 on-base percentage spanning 1,489 plate appearances. While Peterson’s offensive prowess is evident, he’s also had a spectacular year with his glove, having made the SportsCenter Top-10 plays two different times this season for diving catches in the outfield.    

Originally drafted in the second round of the 2008 first-year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Peterson was acquired by the A’s with Brett Wallace and Clayton Mortenson in 2009 for Matt Holliday.    

 

 

 

 



 

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For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Derrek Lee, Manny Parra and many more.

Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch, Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.

Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and now Cincinnati Reds)
Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies)
Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets)
Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays)
Johnny McNamara (6 teams)

Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more about that tour at ThePitchBook.com).

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* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.

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