11/12/19

Mike Friere - Who Was Gregg Jefferies?

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In case any of you didn't notice, we are in a bit of a "dead zone" for baseball news that will not change until we get to the Winter Meetings next month, followed by the annual "free agent frenzy". As a result, most of the Mets' centric articles that you will read tend to focus on what the team should do to get better in 2020.  I enjoy reading them as much as the next person and I also have my own opinions.

However, I also like to take a look back in Mets' history from time to time, so I am resurrecting my "Who Was" series. In short, the listed series focuses on a Mets player from the past and it includes some statistics in order to provide a frame of reference.  In most cases, the actual numbers will likely vary greatly from what most of us remember or think we remember.

In today's edition, I would like to turn the spotlight on none other then Gregg Scott Jefferies.  Mentioning his name usually elicits groans from Mets' fans that remember his tenure with the team.  He was a bit of an odd fellow as evidenced by his "swimming pool training", his black baseball bats that he cleaned with rubbing alcohol after each plate appearance, or his quirky personality which was detailed in Sports Illustrated.  

If you played word association with most fans, Gregg's name would be countered with the term "bust", which is probably not a fair assessment.

Gregg with three "G's" was selected by the Mets with the 20th pick overall pick in the first round of the 1985 MLB draft out of Junipero Serra HS in San Mateo, CA.  He was a stud prospect coming out of high school and he was quickly anointed the future at second base for the club.

He started his minor league career with Columbia in 1985 as a 17 year old.  He proceeded to pass through teams in Kingsport, Lynchburg and Jackson over the next two seasons while posting an absurd statistical line that included a .953 OPS, along with 40 HR's, 253 RBI's and 111 SB's over approximately 1400 at bats.  For his efforts he was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year for BOTH 1986 and 1987.

Can you imagine the hype he would have accompanying his progress if that happened today?

He had a cup of coffee (6 at bats) with the 1987 Mets, before returning to the minor leagues (AAA) for most of the 1988 season (this was mostly due to the parent club being stacked with talent).  Despite the team being in a pennant race, Gregg was promoted late in the season and produced 6 HR, 17 RBI and 5 SB's in just over 100 at bats, further enhancing his hype and reputation.  So, a star is born, right?

Well......the Mets moved on from Wally Backman after the 1988 season to make room for Gregg, so he had a full time position.  But, he was rather ordinary which was damning in it's own right after his minor league career and overall expectations.  He also had a few "run ins" with teammates which didn't help matters, either.  

He ended up playing three seasons (1989-1991) with the Mets, producing a .748 OPS along with 42 HR, 205 RBI and 63 SB's in just over 1700 AB's.  Those numbers aren't really as bad as most of us recall, or at least what I thought I knew.

So, in one of many head scratching Mets' moves, the team shipped the 24 year old Jefferies (along with Kevin McReynolds and Keith Miller) to the Kansas City Royals for Bret Saberhagen and Bill Pecota, which ended Gregg's time with the Mets.

Gregg went on to play nine more seasons in MLB for the following franchises;  Kansas City, St Louis, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Detroit, so you could say he was a bit of a journeyman.  However, he also made two All Star teams (1993 and 1994) and produced several decent statistical seasons along the way.

Over the course of his career, he had 6072 plate appearances which is approximately 10 years worth of statistical data if we use 600 plate appearances as an average season.  In Gregg's case, he averaged 12.6 HR's, 66.3 RBI's and 19.6 SB's for his career with an OPS of .765 which is a pretty decent season for an infielder.  He also produced 19.6 WAR for his career, which works out to 1.96 WAR per year, or another example of his underrated ability.

Is he a Hall of Fame level player?  Of course not.  Does his career line up with the hype that was created during his minor league success?  Not really.  But, did he have a really nice career and justify his draft position?  I think so.

It is a shame that most of his success occurred elsewhere and not with the team that drafted and developed his game.  But, that has less to do with Gregg and more to do with the Mets who impatiently dealt him away as a 24 year old with almost a decade of solid performance ahead of him.

I was a bit surprised when I did the research for this article and it turns out that I unfairly judged his career as a result.

What about you?



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11/11/19

John From Albany - Winter Ball Update 11/11/19

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Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter league played Sunday with Harol Gonzalez making his fifth start this winter. 

Harol pitched 3.1 innings giving up 8 hits, 2 runs earned with two strikeouts in a game Gigantes del Cibao lost 6-4 to Aguilas Cibaenas.  Harol’s most amazing stat on Sunday?  22 pitches, 22 strikes. 

Harol continues to try to build up innings after throwing just 137.2 innings last year for Syracuse and Binghamton.  He is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this December and with the Mets possibly losing Zack Wheeler as a Free Agent, they could use the starting pitching depth.

Overall this winter, Harol Gonzalez is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 5 starts, 14.2 innings.  He has allowed 23 hits, 9 runs, 8 earned, with 5 walks and 12 K’s.

One of Mack’s picks to keep an eye in the Dominican League is Adonis Uceta.  Signed in February 2013, Adonis also is Rule 5 Draft eligible this December. 

Adonis last year for Binghamton recorded 7 out of 9 save opportunities, going 5-3 with a 1.44 ERA.  Like a number of the Binghamton pitchers, he struggled when he was called up to Syracuse giving up 5 hits and 5 runs in 1.1 innings pitched. 

This winter he has done very well.  In 8 games he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 6.1 innings with 2 unearned runs, 6 K’s, 6 walks and 2 hits for a 1.26 WHIP. 

Since the last update, St. Lucie’s Carlos Hernandez has not appeared in a game.  As of Monday, he is 0-1 in two games with an 18.00 ERA. 

Now a Minor League free agent, 2019 Syracuse IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara is hitting .270 in 20 games, 17 hits in 63 at-bats with 6 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 stolen bases. 

Still no signs of Edwin Diaz or Jeurys Familia. 

However, in the game Harol Gonzalez pitched Sunday, another recent free agent Met popped up, Juan Lagares.  Juan laid down a sacrifice bunt in the first and was taken out of the game.  Before that he had played two games going 5 for 10. 

Also in the Dominican League, ex-Met T.J. Rivera is hitting .206 in 17 games, 13 hits in 63 at bats with 2 doubles.

The Venezuelan league started last week.  Looking through the rosters I did not see any current Mets.  The thought is that perhaps Andres Gimenez would pop up at some point. 

Wuilmer Becerra, however,is playing.  Obtained as part of the RA Dickey trade with Toronto, Wuilmer did not play in 2019.  So far this winter he is hitting .292 in 6 games with 7 hits in 24 at-bats, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs.  Here’s hoping he has a good season and can get another chance with a team next year. 

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METS ANNOUNCE 2019 METSGIVING INITIATIVES

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METS ANNOUNCE 2019 METSGIVING INITIATIVES

FLUSHING, N.Y., November 11, 2019 – The New York Mets announced today the return of their MetsGiving initiative, which encompasses a series of programs in November and December that focuses on helping the community during the holiday season. The events, including food and coat drives, a turkey giveaway, and a holiday party for kids will feature Mets players, front-office staff, corporate partners and fans all working together to give back and help those underserved in the community.

Wednesday, November 13 – Mets Food Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
The Mets and Hain Celestial are partnering to host a Food Drive to benefit The Mary Brennan INN, a hunger-relief organization based on Long Island. Fans are encouraged to bring canned and packaged goods (no glass containers) and enjoy a special appearance by Mr. Met. Fans donating at least 10 non-perishable items will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in 2020. For more information, visit mets.com/fooddrive.

Thursday, November 21 – Sixth Annual Turkey Giveaway
Mets players and employees will distribute more than 2,000 turkeys to families in need across all five boroughs. The Mets will work with the New York Common Pantry to hand out turkeys in Manhattan, Agape Food Rescue in Brooklyn, Hope Line in the Bronx, and The Child Center of NY in Queens.

The Mets will continue the tradition of providing complete Thanksgiving meals to 25 families in those neighborhoods closest to Citi Field including Corona and East Elmhurst. Mets players and employees will donate the food and personally deliver the packages to the families’ homes in conjunction with NYPD Community Affairs. Each family will also receive ticket vouchers redeemable to select games during the 2020 season. Players assisting with the deliveries will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, December 4 – Kids Holiday Party
Foxwoods Club at Citi Field 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
More than 100 students from local elementary schools will come to Citi Field to play games, enjoy lunch and perform holiday songs at the annual Kids Holiday party. The children will receive a special visit from Santa and his elves who will be delivering gifts. Mets players participating in the event will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, December 11 – Coat Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Mets are teaming up with New York Cares for the 14th Annual Mets "Warm-Up" Holiday Coat Drive. Mets personnel and New York Cares volunteers will collect donations to keep those in need warm during the cold winter months in New York. Fans donating new or gently used coats will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to select Mets home games in 2020. Further details can be found at mets.com/coatdrive.
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Draft News – Top HS LHH Outfielders in 2020 Draft

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1.    Zac Veen                                    Spring Creek HS (FL)

PG - - Zac Veen is a 2020 OF/1B with a 6-4 190 lb. frame from Port Orange, FL who attends Spruce Creek. Tall and extremely projectable athletic build. Loose and fluid athlete, clean through the ball in the outfield with soft hands, shows good arm strength with a smooth arm stroke that projects more strength in the future. Left handed hitter, hits from a spread and open stance, has quick hands and a very loose swing, nice extension out front and a fluid path to the ball with lift out front, fast hips fire on time, has present power and lots of potential for more. Type of tools and body that a scout can dream on.


2.    Pete Crow-Armstrong              Harvard-Westlake (CA) 

          PG - Pete Crow-Armstrong is a 2020 OF/LHP with a 6-1 175 lb. frame from Sherman Oaks, CA who attends Harvard-Westlake. Lean athletic build, unlikely to ever bulk up but plenty of room to get stronger. 6.51 runner, has easy gliding actions in the outfield, fields the ball cleanly with a quick release, makes very accurate throws due to advanced fundamentals and athleticism, plenty of raw arm strength, chance to be an elite level centerfielder. Left handed hitter, hits from a slightly open stance, loose and easy swing with low effort bat speed, middle to opposite field approach but has the ability to turn on balls and drive them with plus pop that he has shown in games. Very projectable in all areas and plays the game easy and is able to slow it down. Probably the most polished all around player in the 2020 class


3.    Robert Hassell                           Independence HS (TN)

PG - Robert Hassell III is a 2020 OF/LHP/1B with a 6-2 190 lb. frame from Franklin, TN who attends Independence. Lean high waisted athletic build, lots of physical projection and room to get stronger. 6.54 runner, moves well in the outfield with light feet and good overall athleticism and bounce, can use his lower half more throwing. Left handed hitter, wide slightly open stance, has fast hands he uncoils well to start his swing, uphill swing plane with good extension out front, projects power, ball jumps when squared, loose and easy swing. Also pitched, quick compact delivery with a clean and fast arm stroke, high 3/4's with some whip out front, some spinal tilt to get his arm through. Fastball topped out at 90 mph, shows a tight slider that bites hard and that he has feel for, flashed a change up. High level athlete with plenty of projection left, could end up as a two-way player if he goes to school.


4.    Jace Bohrofen                           Oklahoma City HS (OK)

PG - Jace Bohrofen is a 2020 OF with a 6-2 195 lb. frame from Oklahoma City, OK who attends Westmoore. Tall athletic build with good present strength and plenty of physical projection remaining. 6.59 runner, very easy and athletic actions in the outfield defensively, glides to the ball with sound footwork and good balance, makes strong accurate throws with carry to them, has the potential to be an elite level defensive outfielder. Left handed hitter, compact swing with loose and easy extension out front, short shift into contact with a simple trigger, low effort tension free swing with present bat speed, creates some whip to the barrel and can show pull power although he is more of a gap to gap hitter at present.


5.    Slade Wilkes                             Columbia Academy (MS)

Slade Wilks is a 2020 OF/3B with a 6-2 215 lb. frame from Columbia, MS who attends Columbia Academy. Extra big and strong athletic build, pretty mature physically. Left handed hitter, hits from an open stance with a deep hand load, swings hard and swings with intent and hits the ball out front, has lift in his swing, can hit the ball as hard and loud as any player in the 2020 class, top of the scale power potential. 6.62 runner, very good straight ahead runner, left field or first base tools on defense. Bat is his tool and it's a good one, has always performed at PG events against upper level pitching.

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Reese Kaplan -- Forgotten Setup Guys Part 6 of 6

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I intentionally saved the best for last.  For any of you too young (or whose memory isn’t what it once was), allow me to give you a Turk Wendell refresher course.  He arrived to the Mets as part of the ill-fated trade that also brought Mel Rojas and Brian McRae.  Wendell was supposed to be the throw-in, yet he became the most important and longest tenured part of that deal.  (For what it’s worth, the players the Mets sent to the Cubs didn’t last too long or do very much in baseball after that trade – Lance Johnson, Mark Clark and Manny Alexander).

Wendell once said that all he cared about in life was his family, baseball and hunting.  As a testament to the latter, he wore a necklace festooned with the teeth of animals he’d killed hunting and fishing. 


He was a one-man show when it came to personal quirks on the field.  For example, he insisted that the umpires roll the ball to him rather than throw it.  If they didn’t comply, he would let it go by or let it bounce off his chest, then pick it up.  When he entered or exited the diamond, he would make an exaggerated leap over the foul lines.  He chewed exactly four pieces of black licorice before each inning he pitched (and lest you think he was putting his choppers in jeopardy, he would also brush his teeth between innings).  Before each inning began he turned to wave to the centerfielder and would wait for his return wave before beginning to toe the rubber to pitch.  Whenever his catcher stood up, he would squat down on the mound.    On his uniform he wore the number 99 in tribute to Charlie Sheen’s “Wild Man” Vaughn character from the movie “Major League”.  He was so obsessed with the number 9 that his contract was written for $9,999,999.99 instead of $10 million.  He would draw crosses in the dirt on the mound. 

While his former manager in Chicago, one recently fired-from-the-Mets Jim Riggleman, was totally intolerant of Wendell’s behavior, he was embraced by the fans for his individuality and adding color to what sometimes in a bland, vanilla experience where everyone is supposed to dress and act the same way.  Wendell was one of the first players to call out the steroid abusers of his era, singling out Barry Bonds and confirming that when he was in Chicago that Sammy Sosa was indeed using PEDs.  He said of Mark McGwire that he made a choice to cheat and when he later admitted it that he should give back the millions of dollars he earned under false pretenses.

Of course, all of the antics would be for naught if he was pitching like, say, Mel Rojas.  Wendell had a four-pitch arsenal that he used effectively during the parts of five seasons as a New York Met where he compiled a 22-14 record with 10 saves and a 3.34 ERA.  He paired with lefty Dennis Cook to be an effective setup duo for closer John Franco.  He had said he wanted to play his final year in baseball for free, but the Player’s Association wouldn’t let him do that.

In retirement Wendell did what he loved.  He bought a ranch which had game birds, elk, deer, pigs, turkeys and six ponds stocked with trout.  He worked the ranch and served as a game guide for people looking to hunt.  He recently sold that Colorado spread and is now looking to set up a similar environment in Iowa. 

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11/10/19

Mack – Top 25 2020 Mets Prospects - #11-15

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A man named John Sickles use to have a great series of top 30 prospects for all the major league teams. For some reason, the feature was discontinued.


John would rate the players with the A through F system, using A as a can’t miss prospect, B a probable, C a possible, and F… well, you can figure out what F meant.

The last top Mets prospect list he had led with a sub-headline of “ if you love C+ prospects than you are going to love the Mets.

Nothing much has changed. We have a couple of A/A- guys, a handful of B+/B/B- players and the rest are C+.

Was John right? Well, he did not have Jeff McNeil’s name come up until he ended the series with players in one paragraph entitled ‘honorable mention’.

Here’s my current list of my top 25. I will post this in five separate posts.

Here’s this week’s #11-15:

PC - Ed Delany
15.    OF Wagner Lagrange – Wagner started late in organized ball, playing at the DSL level as a 19/yr. old. He has always hit well, with a 5/yr. pro BA of .297, but he has always played at a level far below his age. A good arm and nice range in right, but do we need another outfielder with no power? I probably have him ranked high but I see nothing wrong with another potential leadoff hitter that can run as well as get on base.

PC - Ernest Dove
14.    SP David Peterson – At one point I had this guy as our top prospect. I danced in my living room when they called out his name on draft day. This past season, he had another so-so season (24 Bing starts, 4.19, 1.34). He also frustrates with his blow ups. Take his last 6 starts this past season. 24-IP. 4-ER. But, in between is a 2.3 inning stint where he gave up 7 earned runs. He will pitch Syracuse next year as a 25 year old and it’s time for him to prove to all of us that he was worth a 1st round pick in 2017.

PC - John Canary
13.    OF Jake Mangum – Mangum hit his stride in August, hitting .286 in 77-AB for Brooklyn. He played 2019 as a 23/yr. old so there is some urgency here. A spray hitting, Mangum’s biggest asset is his speed and earns him accolated at the scouts and evaluators in this game. His defense is average, but his speed lets him catch up to balls that would fall if others were to play center. I’m sure the Mets will work with him defensively as his pitch selection improves at the plate.



12.    OF Alexander Ramirez -  The Mets signed the 16-year old Ramirez in the off-season and paid him a record $2.1mil bonus. He’s billed as a true power/speed centerfield threat. We will get out first look at Ramirez when the DSL teams take the field next year.


11.    3B Mark Vientos – Vientos got past his slow start last season and ended strong, hitting .272 for July-August in Columbia. His 12-HRs and 62-RBIs give a hint at what’s to come of this teenager. The only question is whether or not he can improve his defense enough to hold on to third.

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Tom Brennan - LOVE THAT METS OFFENSE

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Despite a lack of the Mets' major hitters - no Cespedes, no Lowrie, lots of missed time for Nimmo, a chunk of missed time from Jeff McNeil, and a frequently injured, mostly sub-par Cano - the Mets' offense rocked.

Yes, there was, 
lest we forget, 
a whole lot to love 
in the Mets' offense.

58 Mets' seasons in, and how did 2019 measure up?  

Here's 8 stats for you.

1) 7th best in runs (799) - just 8 more runs and they would have been 4th best.

2) 1st in HRs (242) by 18 HRs over the 2nd best Mets team, and 50 more HRs than in 3 seasons - 1979, 1980 and 1981 - combined.

3) 13th best in doubles (280).  If so many balls were not clearing fences, 2019 might have been # 1 in doubles.

4) Pete Alonso's 53 rookie HRs were 30% higher than the Mets' previous single season HR record. To put that in perspective, 30% higher than the Mets' 86 wins would have resulted in 112 wins.

5) 14th best team OBP (.328).  Seven points higher would have had them at 7th best.

6) 2nd highest K's (1,384) - whiffs and HRs go hand in hand.  The 1974 team fanned just 735 times, but hit just 96 HRs.  Personally, I'll accept the 2019 version, hands down.

7) Slugging % of .442 was barely 2nd best all time (2006: .445).  Much better than 1968's Mets' low of .315.

8) Launch angle led to many blasts and just 129 DPs, compared to 171 DPs in Darryl Strawberry's rookie year of 1983.

OK, 2019 was great - but - in 2020, we expect more!  

Especially if Cespedes, Lowrie, and Nimmo don't miss lots of time, and if Cano and McNeil stay healthier.

A league-leading offense would be nice.
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11/9/19

Fireflies Announce 2020 Game Times

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         Contact: Brooke Buckley
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Friday, November 8, 2019                                  

Fireflies Announce 2020 Game Times and Promotional Highlights

Fireflies 2020 Home Schedule Features 5 Giveaways and 20 Fireworks Shows


COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Columbia Fireflies today announced game times, fireworks nights and highlights of the initial promotional calendar for the 2020 season. Opening Night at Segra Park will be on Thursday, April 9th at 7:05pm against the Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants). Opening Night will be a Budweiser Thirsty ThursdayTM and will conclude with post-game fireworks. 


The Fireflies kick off their fifth season with a seven-game homestand featuring three consecutive fireworks shows beginning with Opening Night. In total, there are 20 firework shows and five giveaways scheduled for the 2020 season. Every Saturday night game will end with fireworks, as well as the first Friday home game of each month. The Fireflies have two additional Thursday fireworks shows on June 11th and September 3rd. The remaining Friday home games throughout each month will feature a giveaway. The Fireflies will also host their annual Independence Day Celebration presented by Encompass Health on Saturday, July 4th which will again feature a spectacular double fireworks show post-game.

“We are thrilled to release the first wave of 2020 promotional highlights,” said Fireflies team president, John Katz. “Our first four seasons in Columbia have been fantastic and we are excited to take our fan experience to the next level in 2020. Our fifth season is going to be the best yet, and more fantastic events will be announced as we get closer to the season.”

Game times for 2020 Fireflies home games at Segra Park will stay the same as last season with all Saturday games being played at 6:05pm. Weekday games (Monday-Friday) will begin at 7:05pm, with the exception of the following dates:

Tuesday, April 14th                                                                          11:05am
Wednesday, April 15th                                                                    11:05am
Wednesday, May 20th                                                                    11:05am
Wednesday, June 3rd                                                                     11:05am
Tuesday, June 30th                                                                        12:05pm

Sunday home games will begin at 2:05pm for the first half of the season (April 9-June 21) and will switch to a 5:05pm start time after the All-Star Break (June 25-September 4).

The four games with an 11:05am start time are scheduled to reward members of the Fireflies Reading Program, but all are welcome to attend. The Fireflies are delighted to continue working with Prisma Health Children’s Hospital to make the reading program possible for children in schools throughout the Midlands. Enrollment for the 2020 Reading Program is open now.

Daily Promotions for the 2020 season will remain unchanged from 2019, although there may be some enhancements announced in the Spring. On Monday nights Kids Eat Free, as each child in attendance aged 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and a drink. Tuesday games are $2 Tuesdays, featuring $2 hot dogs, popcorn and fountain sodas. There will be six Wag-Along Wednesdays in 2020 where fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark (Wednesday night games only; signed waiver required). Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays™ are back and feature half-priced domestic and craft draft beer and fountain sodas. Once again, all twelve Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays™ will feature $1 Bud Light drafts all night at the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar. Friday nights will feature a either a great giveaway item or a post-game firework show. Saturday games will host either a clever theme night or feature a national entertainment act such as the ZOOperstars! or Daniel Davis, a contemporary violinist. Sundays will again be Splash Sundays, featuring the Fireflies’ firetruck which gives kids of all ages the opportunity to cool off in the Splash Zone every half inning.

Theme Nights in 2020 are set to be bigger and better than ever before. Star Wars Night returns on Saturday, May 23rd. Fans of all ages are encouraged to come to the ballpark in costume and Star Wars apparel as the Fireflies take on the Asheville Tourists. The second annual Princess Knight will be held on Saturday, June 27th, featuring appearances by some of your favorite fairy-tale princesses. New to the Fireflies promotional schedule is A Night Under the Big Top on July 18th. This carnival-themed extravaganza includes a post-game performance by The Human Cannonball, David “The Bullet” Smith, who will shoot himself out of a cannon from the outfield to home plate. This will be David’s first time in Columbia. Fan favorite Grateful Dead Night will make its third annual appearance in 2020 on Thursday, September 3rd.

The National Entertainment and Theme Night schedule includes:

BirdZerk!                                                                                                  Saturday, April 11th
Star Wars Night                                                                                  Saturday, May 23rd
Daniel Davis                                                                                      Saturday, June 13th
Princess Knight                                                                                  Saturday, June 27th
Independence Day Celebration pres. by Encompass Health featuring ZOOperstars! Saturday, July 4th
A Night Under the Big Top featuring The Human Cannon Ball                       Saturday, July 18th
ZOOperstars!                                                                                    Saturday, August 1st
Grateful Dead Night                                                                            Thursday, September 3rd

The full 2020 promotional calendar, including additional theme nights, will be released closer to the start of the 2020 season.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are on sale now. To purchase, visit the Fireflies Box Office at Segra Park, visit FirefliesTickets.com or call 803-726-4487. Plans start as low as $70. 

Individual Tickets for the 2020 season will go on sale in February, with select dates going on sale during the holiday season.
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Mack - FWIW

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Mack – FWIW



1.    I’m having a tough time accepting Carlos Beltran as my manager. I’m a ‘experience first’ guy and I had problems with that last guy that was never more than a pitching coach. Beltran hasn’t coached a thing in professional baseball and my only hope is that his (sic) choice of a bench coach, to guide him, is someone that has been in the position before.


2.    And please… don’t bring back the dirty laundry. If Edgardo Alfonzo isn’t good enough to manager in Brooklyn than Terry Collins shouldn’t ever step foot in the dugout again. What is he going to teach Beltran? When to pull a pitcher to early? When to pitch a reliever three straight days? Come on, now.


3.    Lastly on Beltran. I keep reading what a strong leader he is in the clubhouse. Well, he must have gone to summer school after he left the Mets and took a course of ‘People Skills 101’, because the Carlos Beltran I knew in the 2007-08 years (when I was allowed in the clubhouse) was a silent, almost sullen person when he was around his locker. In my opinion, Beltran and ‘Strong Leader’ don’t deserve to be in the same sentence.


4.    I think we can all agree that we need a new defensive minded centerfielder (even though we just released one that was pretty good at catching a ball out there. We writers here have discussed this topic on our private text feed and I keep getting push back when I bring up the name of Jackie Bradley Jr. First the down side… he will be a free agent in 2021, he will play next season at 30, and he only hit .225 last season. The good news… he hit 21 home runs, had 56 walks and plays Gold Glove center. All I’m looking for is one year from this guy until my organization can develop someone like Quinn Brodey or a converted infielder (remember… Juan Lagares originally was a shortstop) like Andres Gimenez.


5.    Lastly, some of you readers (and writers too!) may be noticing that anonymous comments on the site are disappearing after they are posted. I’m the guy that is removing them. There is a setting I can make a change on the site, but every time I click on it to eliminate the ability of writers to leave ‘anon’ posts, I get an email from readers that play by the rules and use their name or a handle, that they too can’t get on the site. The site is old, I don’t have the ability to get under the hood on the site, and the only guy that could flew the coop. So, I will continue to do this, regardless of how well your writing is. Put your name or a handle on it. I’m not asking you to cure cancer here.

(but, what do I know…)

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