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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #125: November 15, 2016, 11:47:17 AM »
http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/a-minor-review-of-2016-washington-nationals/

High on Robles & Soto.  High on Dunning, too, but notes that, probably b/c he was in the bullpen at Florida, his curve is not developed yet.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #126: December 14, 2016, 01:55:26 PM »
http://www.insidenova.com/headlines/potomac-nationals-prince-william-county-near-stadium-agreement/article_b10f39ec-c228-11e6-a8d6-ebfca9222c75.html

When you read the article it still has a ways to go and would be dependent on the county board of supervisors approving. But at least some progress.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #127: December 14, 2016, 04:07:25 PM »
http://www.insidenova.com/headlines/potomac-nationals-prince-william-county-near-stadium-agreement/article_b10f39ec-c228-11e6-a8d6-ebfca9222c75.html

When you read the article it still has a ways to go and would be dependent on the county board of supervisors approving. But at least some progress.

God please let them get something worked out because going to the Pfitz in July is like shoving your head inside one of those foil sleeves that come on a Hot Pocket and then sticking yourself in a microwave.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #130: December 17, 2016, 01:44:44 PM »
Jason Martinson moved on to Texas as a minor league free agent.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #131: December 28, 2016, 12:11:14 PM »
P-Nats 2017 promotional schedule released:  http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20161223&content_id=212191032&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t436&sid=t436

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-Bryce Harper Gobblehead (Half-Man/Half-Turkey) [Saturday, May 13th]
-Pedro Severino "From The Pfitz to The Show" Bobblehead (sponsored by: Dave Stinson's GEICO Office) [Saturday, June 10th]
-Ode to Tommy John Surgery Elbow Statue [Saturday, July 8th]
-(TBA) Mighty Ducks-Themed Celebrity Bobblehead [Saturday, July 22nd]
-Stephen Strasburg Flamethrower Bobblehead [Saturday, July 29th]
-Anthony Rendon "Real Electric Hair" Figurine [Saturday, August 19th]
-(TBA) Potomac Nationals 2017 Fans' Choice Bobblehead (sponsored by: Loyal Hygiene Solutions) [Saturday, August 26th]

Each bobblehead/figurine/statue giveaway will be handed out to the first 1,250 fans through the gates at Pfitzner Stadium per giveaway night.

All 2017 P-Nats' season ticket holders including mini-plan holders will receive an exclusive STH-Only 1988 Prince William Yankees Bernie Williams "Carolina League Batting Champion" Throwback Bobblehead.

The Mighty Ducks 25th Anniversary Night on Saturday, 7/22 will thoroughly pay tribute to the family film staple while featuring the aforementioned to-be-announced celebrity on hand for a meet-and-greet/autograph appearance while a themed bobblehead giveaway of the celeb will take place in addition to a special Mighty Ducks-inspired on-field, autographed theme jersey auction for P-Nats fans. "Mighty Ducks Night" will be chock full of Mighty Ducks-themed promotions, activities, contests, trivia, and more! It's also a Scout Night in which scout troops, packs, and dens will take part in post-game fireworks and then sleep on the diamond under the stars and watch The Mighty Ducks movie on the outfield jumbo-tron video board at The Pfitz.

The Nationals will present the following four commemorative Potomac Baseball 40th Anniversary throwback replica jersey giveaways on newly-branded Kids Day Sundays which will be day games (TBA game times) at Pfitzner Stadium to the first 1,000 fans through the gates at The Pfitz:
-1982 Carolina League Champion Alexandria Dukes Replica Throwback Jersey (Sunday, May 14th)
-1989 Carolina League Champion Prince William Cannons Replica Throwback Jersey (Sunday, June 11th)
-1999-2004 Potomac Cannons Replica Throwback Jersey (Sunday, July 30th)
-Inaugural 2005 Potomac Nationals Replica Throwback Jersey (Sunday, August 20th)

Each replica throwback jersey given away will include a commemorative Potomac Baseball 40th anniversary logo. The logo's design will be announced to the public in the New Year.

Other P-Nats' premium giveaway items prepped for the 2017 season include:
-P-Nats 2017 Magnet Schedule (first 1,000 fans per night for three nights) [P-Nats Opening Day: Thursday, April 13th, Friday, April 14th, & Saturday, April 15th)
-P-Nats First-Half 2017 Team Photo (first 1,000 fans) [Sunday, April 16th)
-P-Nats Second-Half 2017 Team Photo (first 1,000 fans) [P-Nats Fan Appreciation Day: Sunday, August 27th)
-Erick Fedde Emoji T-Shirt (first 1,000 fans) [Saturday, May 6th]
-Potomac Baseball 40th Anniversary Logo to-be-determined giveaway (first 1,000 fans) [Saturday, June 24th]
-P-Nats Logo Baseball (first 1,000 children aged 12 and under) [Sunday, June 25th]
-P-Nats Kids Batting Gloves (TBA giveaway count for children aged 12 and under) [Sunday Date TBA]
-P-Nats Kids Back-to-School TBD giveaway (Date & giveaway count TBA)
-Victor Robles #1 Washington Nationals Prospect-themed TBD giveaway (Date & giveaway count TBA)
-P-Nats Rally Thundersticks (TBA count per giveaway date for three games) [Friday, August 25th, Saturday, August 26th, & P-Nats Fan Appreciation Day: Sunday, August 27th]
-P-Nats 2018 Magnet Schedule (first 1,000 fans per giveaway date for three games) [Friday, August 25th, Saturday, August 26th, & P-Nats Fan Appreciation Day: Sunday, August 27th]

Additional giveaway promotions will be announced as they are finalized and scheduled for the 2017 campaign.

How the Grinch Stole Halfway to Christmas Night (Ode to the 60th Anniversary of the Grinch) will cast a Whoville-esque winter wonderland on The Pfitz while infusing the Grinch's proclivities (that would make Dr. Seuss proud). Cheermeisters will be abound inside the Home of the Potomac Nationals throughout the event. Grinch-themed promos, activities, trivia, contests, and more is already in the works. Rumor has it that the Grinch, himself could be making an appearance. P-Nats fans will have the opportunity to participate in a super-sized "Secret Grinch" gift exchange to create such a fun holiday atmosphere that even the Grinch couldn't help but smile. Scout Night kids will be watching Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) on the outfield jumbo-tron after the game. More on "Grinch Night" will be announced in the coming months.

Pfitzgiving with the announced Bryce Harper Gobblehead giveaway on Saturday, 5/13 will transform The Pfitz atmosphere into a fall-themed setting while a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served in the Picnic Area at The Pfitz to fans who take part in the festivities. A full schedule of events for the "Early Thanksgiving at The Pfitz" event will be announced leading up to the game date.

Star Wars Day on Sunday, May 14th will be a nod to the 40 years that have passed since Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope hit theaters, and more significantly, a day for children who are afflicted with life-threatening illnesses, thanks to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, to receive VIP treatment at Pfitzner Stadium as a guest of the Potomac Nationals. The P-Nats will host a pre-game Meet the Team event plus catered lunch for the kids while one child will perform a "Home Run for Life" on the field during the game. Star Wars characters will be on hand while the P-Nats will wear a special Star Wars-branded jersey on the field to be auctioned off to P-Nats fans to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. May the Force Be With the Bidders…After the P-Nats won the first-annual MiLB-sponsored Jersey Joust competition in 2015 for their Lando Calrissian Star Wars theme jerseys, these special P-Nats/Star Wars uniform tops have become a collector's item and will surely go fast! More on Star Wars Day at The Pfitz will be announced soon.

A League of Their Own 25th Anniversary Night on Friday, June 23rd will pay respect to the motion picture which immortalized the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League with a vivid, ceremonious atmosphere planned. All of this theme night's underpinnings will be made public soon.

As a complement to the P-Nats' 40th anniversary throwback replica jersey giveaways, Potomac's eight total commemorative on-field, game-used, autographed theme jersey auctions in 2017 will include four Potomac Baseball 40th Anniversary theme jersey auctions which will pay tribute to the season long effort by the P-Nats to "flash back" while reflecting and celebrating the franchise's seasons past.

The Red, White, & Blue will wear throwback jerseys on four select newly instituted "Flashback Fridays" to be auctioned to P-Nats fans of the 1982 Carolina League Champion Alexandria Dukes on Friday, June 9th, and the 1989 Carolina League Champion Prince William Cannons on Friday, July 21st. The P-Nats will throw back to the 1999-2004 Potomac Cannons with a theme jersey on Friday July 28th, and cap off the P-Nats' 40th anniversary season with a theme jersey look back at the original P-Nats, the inaugural 2005 Potomac Nationals on Friday, August 18th.

Other theme jerseys auctions cemented for the 2017 season include an Autism Awareness Day theme jersey on Sunday, June 11th with the auction proceeds to benefit Autism Speaks and season long Military Appreciation camouflage-style jerseys will be worn by P-Nats on-field staff on eight out of ten Sundays and also on Military Appreciation Night and the Fourth of July to benefit official military appreciation partners of Reality Realty.

All of these game-used, on-field jerseys will be autographed by P-Nats players and coaches, respectively and put to silent auction during these games with the proceeds scheduled to benefit select non-profit organizations. Winners of the jerseys will come on the field post-game to take photos with the players who wore and signed the on-field jerseys.

A four-pack of Scout Nights overall in 2017 will allow Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to engage in a pre-game parade on the field and option to present the colors at field level, enjoy a prime P-Nats game, receive a special scout patch, catch post-game fireworks, and camp out on the field at The Pfitz while watching a movie on the jumbo-tron video board. Scout Night Dates are: Saturday, June 24th, Saturday, July 8th, Saturday, July 22nd, and Saturday, August 19th.

The 2017 season will mark the homecoming of the fan-favorite Fourth of July hallmark loaded ticket program, Food, Fireworks, & Fun in which P-Nats fans can celebrate our country's birthday by purchasing an all-inclusive ticket with a seat to the Independence Day P-Nats game plus entrance into a buffet-style, All-You-Can-Eat Patriotic Picnic in the Picnic Area at The Pfitz. The best July 4th fireworks in NoVA take place post-game!

Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, June 3rd will again pay homage to the military-rich community in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. with a sprawling night of honoring past and current United States military members and their families. The P-Nats will give away a commemorative Military Appreciation Night T-Shirt to the first 1,000 fans modeled after the special camo theme jerseys the Nationals will wear for 10 select home games during the season.

Special theme days and nights are scattered throughout Potomac's 70-game home campaign including:
-Re-Opening Day (Friday, April 14th)
-Prince William County Public Schools Middle School Day (Wednesday, April 19th) [TBA morning start time]
-Cinco de Mayo Celebration & Latin Heritage Night (Friday, May 5th)
-Mother's Day Brunch (Sunday, May 14th)
-Superhero Day (Sunday, June 25th)
-Bark in the Park Night (Friday, August 18th)
-P-Nats Fan Appreciation Day (Sunday, August 27th)

The following themed evenings are tentatively scheduled and more will be announced soon on these events:
-Community Ticket Nights (Dates TBA)
-Craft Beer Tastings (Dates TBA)
-Early Father's Day Picnic (Date TBA)
-George Mason Patriots Pride Night (Date TBA)
-Halfway to Saint Patty's Day Event (Date TBA)
-Health & Wellness Night (Date TBA)
-HomeAid Northern Virginia Night at the Ballpark (Date TBA)
-Jimmy Buffett Night (Date TBA)
-Ladies Nights/Dating App Nights (Dates TBA)
-Local High School Fundraising Nights (Dates TBA)
-Ode to George Costanza Night (Date TBA)
-Public Safety Night (Date TBA)
-Two (2) Recycling Pays Nights (Dates TBA)
-Salute to Jorts Night (Date TBA)
-The Doors 50th Anniversary of Debut Album Night (Date TBA)
-Virginia Tech Hokies Pride Night (Date TBA)
-Wayne's World 25th Anniversary Night (Date TBA)

The Potomac Nationals will again be hosting a series of Youth Baseball Camps in which young players will receive direct instruction from the professional players themselves as members of the 2017 P-Nats will be tutoring youth players during these exclusive sessions. P-Nats Youth Baseball Camp dates, pricing, and benefits will be announced at a later date.

P-Nats' Day Care/Summer Camp Day Games with a special afternoon start time (game time TBA) have expanded to three dates this season as The Pfitz will usher in day care kids and summer campers on Monday, July 10th, Wednesday, August 2nd, and Thursday, August 10th.

P-Nats fans can take advantage of two team autograph signings, as all the members of The Red, White, & Blue will be on hand to sign pre-game autographs on both Sunday, April 16th, and Sunday, August 27th (P-Nats Fan Appreciation Day).

The P-Nats have locked in four Uncle Slam's Reading Program dates (three Sunday day games and one Friday night game) including: Sunday, May 7th (Harry Potter Day), Sunday, May 14th (Star Wars Day), Friday, June 9th (Magic School Bus Night), and Sunday, June 25th (Superhero Day/Captain Underpants Day).

The 2017 regular season home campaign wraps up with Fan Appreciation Weekend over the final homestand in August. On Friday, August 25th, the first 1,000 fans will receive a 2018 P-Nats Magnet Schedule and a to-be-announced number of fans will receive P-Nats Rally Thundersticks. On Saturday, August 26th, '18 Magnet Schedules and Rally Thundersticks will also be given away, while the 2017 P-Nats Fans' Choice Bobblehead will be available to the first 1,250 fans through the gates. The 2017 season concludes on Sunday, August 27th with P-Nats Fan Appreciation Day and the second pre-game team autograph signing of the season. The second-half team photo will be given away to the first 1,000 fans into The Pfitz in addition to more Rally Thundersticks, and this will be P-Nats fans' final chance to get a magnet schedule for the 2018 season.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #132: December 28, 2016, 01:46:00 PM »
P-Nats 2017 promotional schedule released:  http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20161223&content_id=212191032&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t436&sid=t436

Been to the Pfitz once...left after 3 innings...the place is such a disgusting dump...

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #133: December 28, 2016, 02:07:46 PM »
The Gobblehead somehow reminds of  the Mog in Spaceballs.  Half-man, half-dog, he was his own best friend.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #134: December 28, 2016, 02:13:49 PM »
Been to the Pfitz once...left after 3 innings...the place is such a disgusting dump...
That's how I like my stadiums. And bars. Keep the elite and the hipsters away.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #135: December 28, 2016, 02:27:45 PM »
Thanks--I see they play in Bowie April 21-24 and then in Richmond in early June.



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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #137: December 28, 2016, 02:40:34 PM »
Been to the Pfitz once...left after 3 innings...the place is such a disgusting dump...

It's a terrible place to see a game.  The bleachers and seats are uncomfortable.  The 1st base side is in the sun.  The scoreboard is too small.  The food is limited.  But there is beer, easy access to get autographs, and it's cheap.  Thus, it's perfect. :)

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #138: December 28, 2016, 02:57:15 PM »
It's a terrible place to see a game.  The bleachers and seats are uncomfortable.  The 1st base side is in the sun.  The scoreboard is too small.  The food is limited.  But there is beer, easy access to get autographs, and it's cheap.  Thus, it's perfect. :)

Every base side is in the sun. I think there's about a two-foot patch of shade up next to the announcer's box (shed).

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #139: December 28, 2016, 03:03:19 PM »
It's a terrible place to see a game.  The bleachers and seats are uncomfortable.  The 1st base side is in the sun.  The scoreboard is too small.  The food is limited.  But there is beer, easy access to get autographs, and it's cheap.  Thus, it's perfect. :)

their weekly fireworks show is worth it, kids run the bases is always run well, the stadium is small enough that kids can easily find their way around. It's single A, it doesn't need to be played in a great park

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #140: December 28, 2016, 05:17:45 PM »
It's single A, it doesn't need to be played in a great park.

It does deserve to be played in something other than a poorly maintained landfill...

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #141: December 28, 2016, 05:22:13 PM »
It does deserve to be played in something other than a poorly maintained landfill...

Seriously. The drainage was so bad that the team was skipping sending guys to rehab there. That's... not good. I know that was the reno the last couple of offseasons, but it sounds like the stadium as a whole is just a craphole.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #142: December 28, 2016, 05:23:37 PM »
Hagerstown isn't anything special, but I thought the park was perfectly fine for what it is. Waldorf has a very nice indy stadium. I'd keep pushing the MLB to allow that move, since Petey isn't going to.

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« Reply #143: December 28, 2016, 05:33:37 PM »
Seriously. The drainage was so bad that the team was skipping sending guys to rehab there. That's... not good. I know that was the reno the last couple of offseasons, but it sounds like the stadium as a whole is just a craphole.

craphole would be an upgrade...

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« Reply #144: December 28, 2016, 06:11:02 PM »
Hagerstown isn't anything special, but I thought the park was perfectly fine for what it is. Waldorf has a very nice indy stadium. I'd keep pushing the MLB to allow that move, since Petey isn't going to.

Hagerstown is way way way better than Woodbridge. There's more concessions (so shorter lines), several places to get a bit of shade, a bit of a breeze, and while the bathrooms are old and industrial, they're not the suffocation box that the PNats bathrooms are.

I really want to like the Pfitz but I just can't. It's awful and I find myself taking fewer and fewer trips there.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #145: December 28, 2016, 06:37:15 PM »
Been to the Pfitz once...left after 3 innings...the place is such a disgusting dump...

The seats can be a bit hard, but they have beer for that condition.

Never sit in right field when the sun is hot, however.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #146: December 28, 2016, 06:41:59 PM »
Never sit in right field when the sun is hot, however.

When is the sun not hot?  It's pretty constant at +/- 5,777 degrees...  :whistle:

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #147: December 28, 2016, 08:47:36 PM »
I've never been to the Pfitz, so I have nothing to compare Hagerstown to. But I liked my visits to see the Suns well enough.

Hagerstown is way way way better than Woodbridge. There's more concessions (so shorter lines), several places to get a bit of shade, a bit of a breeze, and while the bathrooms are old and industrial, they're not the suffocation box that the PNats bathrooms are.

I really want to like the Pfitz but I just can't. It's awful and I find myself taking fewer and fewer trips there.

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #148: December 28, 2016, 08:48:58 PM »
I've never been to the Pfitz...

Save yourself the disappointment...

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Re: Following the Minor League Teams (2016)
« Reply #149: December 28, 2016, 09:14:15 PM »
Hagerstown is a nice drive from the Land of Sublime Living®, Gaithersburg, Maryland. The thought of driving to Woodbridge makes me shudder given that I'm not in Fashionable Henrico County.


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