Archive for September, 2007

Thank you

September 7, 2007

In this, my final post on Bees Blog, I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have made my four years with the Bees so enjoyable.

Thank you to our fans.
We wouldn’t have professional baseball here in our community if it weren’t for your support. Thanks especially to our regulars, our die-hards — you crazy Bees fans who are at the park come rain or shine, heat or cold. Thank you for loyally cheering on your team. It’s beem great to get to build friendships with so many of you. I hope we can stay in touch. Drop me a line at And, speaking of fans, I want to thank all of our fans who have posted comments on this blog and given me feedback.

Thank you to the people I’ve worked with here.
Thanks to the top-notch people who have been part of our front office these last four years: Chuck, Randy, Ray, T.J., Renae, Dave, and Trish. I’ve learned a lot from you guys, and I appreciate your help in getting through those long home stands and crazy game days.
Thanks to our interns. You’ve taught me a lot about leadership, and I’m proud of the contributions you’e made in your time here. Kudos to the 2007 intern class — the best intern team in the history of Bees baseball.
Thanks to our game-day helpers, who are a big part of the friendly, personable game-day experience we try to provide for our fans.
Thank you to all of the other volunteers who have donated their time and resources to making the renovated Community Field a great place for our fans, and for player development.

Thank you to our sponsors.
Thanks to those area businesses who keep their names in the community by supporting Bees baseball. It has been a pleasure building relationships with a great group of sponsors who feel good about advertising here at the ball park.

Thank you to my supportive family.
An enormous thank you to my wonderful wife, who has faithfully supported me through the craziness of 100-hour work weeks and long hours spent away from home. Thank you, Alaina, for always being there for me. I can’t wait for this next chapter in our life together.

About This Blog
We introduced Bees Blog in April as a way to connect with our fans. A blog seemed like the perfect way to share our story and our fan experience with the rest of the world, and to open the lines of communication with any one who had anything to share about the Bees.
As the team’s marketing, promotions, and sales guy, I have enjoyed the conversations that this site has opened. This site has not taken the course that I envisioned at the outset, but it has been fun along the way, and I thank you for spending some time on Bees Blog.


Post-season honors and leaders

September 7, 2007

Chris Hayes was voted the Bees’ 2007 Player of the Month by our fans. The popular submariner, Northwestern grad, and soon-to-be husband finished with a 3.10 ERA and 11 saves. In a close campaign, Hayes edged fellow reliever Aaron Hartsock, who was 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA.

With the season behind us, here’s a rundown of the other players who received post-season accolades for their contributions to the Bees’ 61-77 season that was capped by a 7-5 win at Clinton on Monday:

Michael Thompson was named the DH on the Midwest League’s post-season all-star team. His 19 home runs were the fourth-highest total in the league, while his 54 RBI topped the team’s charts (eight more than Brady Everett’s 46 RBI).

The Kansas City Royals named Joe Dickerson and Mario Santiago the Bees’ Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Dickerson hit a team-best .289, tied for the ninth-best average in the league. The outfielder enjoyed a 17-game hitting streak and a franchise record of reaching base safely in 35 straight games, spanning late June to early August. The right-handed Santiago finished with a 3.74 ERA and a deceptive 5-10 record.

The Bees’ 2007 stat leaders:

Games: Kurt Mertins, 125
At Bats: Mertins, 445
Runs: Mertins, 70
Hits: Dickerson, 121
Doubles: Everett, 30
Triples:Mertins, 5
Home Runs: Thompson, 19
Runs Batted In: Thompson, 54
Total Bases: Brady Everett, 166
Bases-on-Balls: Mertins, 50
Stolen Bases: Derrick Robinson, 34 (tied for third in the league)
On-Base Percentage: Dickerson, .354
Slugging Percentage: Everet, .432
Average: Dickerson, .289

Wins (Tie): Hartsock and Harold Mozingo, 7 each
ERA: Santiago, 3.74
Games Pitched (Tie): Hayes and Hartsock, 42 each
Games Started: Everett Teaford, 21
Saves: Hayes, 11
Innings Pitched: Teaford, 134.2
Strikeouts: Josh Cribb, 94
Note: The Bees pitching staff pitched 12 shutouts, tied with Peoria for most in the league. However, due to the team’s piggyback system, only one Bee threw a complete-game shutout: Mozingo in a seven-inning game that was part of a double header.

Final stats for the 2007 season are here.