Tag:Tony Sanchez
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:46 pm

Doumit out a month with broken ankle

Ryan Doumit

By C. Trent Rosecrans

You know, it's not going to cause outrage like another play at the plate, but Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit is out at least a month with a fractured left ankle, the Pirates announced on Twitter.

Doumit was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with what was then termed a sprained ankle, but it's apparently more than that.

Doumit was hurt on a play at the plate in the second inning of Sunday's loss to the Cubs. He didn't get run over like Buster Posey, but he showed that even if a player slides, it can still be dangerous. Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena slid while trying to score on a sacrifice fly. Doumit was blocking the plate with his left leg and Pena's hard slide hurt Doumit's ankle. The difference between Doumit's injury and Posey's is the lack of ligament damage in Doumit's ankle.

Doumit was hitting .269/.333/.441 with four home runs this season. The team called up catcher Dusty Brown on Monday to help replace Doumit.

The Pirates' biggest loss isn't as much on the field as it is having Doumit as a trade chip. Any team that trades for Doumit will have to see that he's healthy before pulling the trigger on a trade. Luckily, if he's only out a month, he'll have nearly a month to prove himself before the trade deadline.

The Pirates are looking to trade him because he's in the final year of a three-year contract that pays $5.1 million this season with a club option for the next two seasons at a total of $15.5 million, which the team may not be able to afford -- or may simply not desire to pay. Pittsburgh also has a $6.75 million option on Chris Snyder, and the team's top prospect is catcher Tony Sanchez, who is currently at Double-A and hitting .271/.378/.368.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:25 pm

Pirates prospect told to get off Twitter?

Tony Sanchez

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Pirates were none too happy about tweets critical of umpires made by prospect Tony Sanchez. As a result, Sanchez has shut down his Twitter account (@TSanchez26).

Sanchez, who will turn 23 this week, told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Twitter is done."

At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, he wrote: "see ya twitter. thanks to the fans for their support and continued support. Pittsburgh is the only goal and twitter is standing in my way."

Biertempfel has asked general manager Neal Huntington for an official response, but has yet to hear back from him.

However, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror, Pirates farm director Kyle Stark said the team did not order Sanchez -- or any other Pirate minor leaguer -- to stop using Twitter.

"We have not banned Twitter for any of our players," Stark texted Giger.

On May 9, Sanchez tweeted: "Sometimes the umpires just decide to blow a game. Never seen a winning teams (sic) crow go silent as the game winning (sic) run crosses the plate."

Sanchez later apologized on Twitter, writing, "Should have kept my feelings about last nights (sic) outcome to myself. I work hard to have a great relationship with umpires to let one call jeopardize that relationship. I apologize and will not let it happen again"

Monday night Sanchez tweeted about a woman wearing an exposed thong and allowing her child to throw fireworks at a gas station -- "Only in Altoona," he wrote, along with a picture showing the woman's superman thong exposed while bending over.

Just a few days before his incident about the umpires, Sanchez talked to the Altoona Mirror about using Twitter and said, "Things can get out there quick, and I learned my lesson early in the Twitter game. I haven't made a mistake since then, so I'm learning."

He said the previous incident happened when he sent a tweet about having a party and Stark admonished him. It seems likely that Stark could be correct in saying he has not banned Sanchez from Twitter, but it's likely he's strongly encouraged the catcher to 

Sanchez was the team's first-round pick out of Boston College in 2009 and is ranked as the organization's No. 2 prospect and the No. 46 overall prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Sanchez is hitting .274/.384/.349 with one home run and 14 RBI in 31 games for Double-A Altoona.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 3:19 pm

Seriously, there's live baseball on tonight

Dustin Ackley
Don't tell the guys over at the college football blog I told you this, but you really don't have to watch college football today. There's actual live baseball on TV. Good baseball, even.

The Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game is on MLB Network at 9 p.m. Eastern. The Arizona Fall League is where organizations send their best prospects, and Rising Stars is essentially the AFL all-star game, so there are some serious players on the rosters. In 2010, 28 of the 50 players on last year's Rising Stars rosters played in the majors, including Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey (sorry, World Champion Buster Posey), Mike Leake and Starlin Castro.

There are 19 former first-round picks on the rosters this year, including 2009 overall No. 2 Dustin Ackley (pictured) of the Mariners and former Top 5 picks Eric Hosmer (Royals), Josh Vitters (Cubs) and Tony Sanchez (Pirates).

The scheduled starting pitchers are the Royals' Mike Montgomery and the Yankees' Manny Banuelos. If you want to check out whether any of your team's prospects are playing, complete rosters can be found here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 5:54 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:04 pm

This week in free stuff: Aug. 2-9

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Monday, Aug. 2
Ike Davis bobblehead Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Ike Davis bobblehead -- or bobblesomething. The Cyclones are celebrating Davis' three heads-over-heels caches over the dugout railing with an upside-down bobblehead, although I'm not sure what exactly bobbles.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- duffel bag. The practical giveaways are the best -- who can't use another duffel bag?

Tuesday, Aug. 3
Ryan Howard gnome Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) Whitey Herzog bobblehead. If you missed the big league team giving away Whitey bobbleheads last week, here's another chance.
Reading Phillies (Eastern League) -- Ryan Howard garden gnome. It kind of looks more like a wizard version of Ryan Howard, but, you know, either way my wife would love this, not because she likes Ryan Howard but because she has a really weird things with gnomes. When she saw our local nine had a gnome giveaway this year, she circled that date on the calendar.

Wednesday, Aug. 4
Chicago Cubs -- beer koozie. What else could you want or need at Wrigley Field?
Los Angeles Dodgers -- beach towel
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Hanley Ramirez bobblehead. I always appreciate when minor league clubs honor players who played for them, even if they're no longer in the organization. Kudos Sea Dogs.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- Daniel Moskos & Tony Sanchez double bobblehead

Thursday, Aug. 5
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Brian Schneider bobblehead
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- beach towel
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Irish Heritage Jersey
State College Spikes (New York-Penn league) -- kids Roberto Clemente Kids activity book. It's good to educate the kids.

Friday, Aug. 6
Baltimore Orioles -- Nick Markakis mini bobblehead
Detroit Tigers -- island-themed Tigers floppy hat. It's like a combo Magnum costume -- in floppy hat form. The pattern of a Hawaiian shirt and the Detroit Tigers' D
Pittsburgh Pirates --  Andrew McCutchen bobblehead
Buffalo Bisons (International League) -- toothbrush. This may be one of the lamer giveaways, I've got to admit.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- David Robertson bobblehead
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) Buster Olney bobblehead. When sportswriters get their own bobblehead, you may have run out of ideas. Olney grew up in the state.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- recycled tote bag

Saturday, Aug. 7
Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians -- Kenny Lofton "The Catch" bobblehead. This one is great, I love bobbleheads from specific events, hence my Endy Chavez bobblehead. This one is from Lofton's catch over the wall of a sure homer by Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff on Aug. 4, 1996.
Florida Marlins -- samba whistle. Better than a vuvuzela.
Arizona Diamondbacks -- Luis Gonzalez bobblehead. In an added bonus, 50 fans will get an autographed, bronze version.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League) -- Goose Gossage figurine.
Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast League) -- souvenir desk batting helmets
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Texas League) -- lunchbox
Stockton Ports (California League) -- Grant Desme bobblehead
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- reusable grocery bag
South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League) -- reusable grocery bag
Princeton Rays (Appalachian League) -- Wade Davis bobblehead
Billings Mustakens (Pioneer League) -- Jason LaRue bobblehead. See what Jason LaRue looked like before his awesome mustache (hint: less awesome).

Sunday, August 8
Milwaukee Brewers -- Italian sausage racing sausage bobblehead. I've gotten the bratwurst and a previous italian sausage bobblehead off of eBay, and I can tell you it's great. Although my wife said she didn't think it looked like a sausage.
Chicago Cubs -- light switch cover. Really, a nice, simple giveaway. It's got pinstripes and if you're a Cubs fan and have a man room or something, it's pretty cool.
Pittsburgh Pirates -- batting helmet. The classics never die.
Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League) -- Stephen Strasburg bobblehead. How'd he get his own bobblehead? Oh yeah. He's good.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- MCU Park model.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:56 pm

More bad luck for Pirates

Pirates fans must be starting to wonder whether their team is cursed. They just endured a 6-20 June (including 2-13 in interleague play), they've lost two second basemen in outfield collisions in the past week, and now another of their catching prospects has been hit in the face by a pitch.

Eric Fryer, a catcher with Class A Bradenton, will need surgery to repair the orbital bone near his eye after being hit by a pitch Thursday night. On June 22, the Pirates' best catching prospect, Tony Sanchez, was hit in the face with a pitch after taking a pitch to the head earlier in the month.

When it rains it pours.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 6:21 pm

Duke, top prospect Sanchez head to DL

Zach Duke The Pittsburgh Pirates will be without one of their starting pitchers for the rest of the month while a top prospect's season is in jeopardy.

Zach Duke will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor pronator muscle, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . The move will be retroactive to June 17, making him eligible to come off on July 1. He is certain to miss at least two starts, so will likely come off a little later than the 1st.

The Bucs need a replacement starter for Saturday, but GM Neal Huntington said no decision has been made yet. The candidates include Dana Eveland and Charlie Morton, both currently in the bullpen for Pittsburgh and Triple-A hurlers Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen and Brian Burres.

Meanwhile, catcher Tony Sanchez, the No. 4 selection in the 2009 amateur draft, wil undergo jaw surgery that may knock him out for the rest of the year. He was hit by a pitch on the left side of his jaw on Tuesday, fracturing his jaw in two places. He will need his jaw wired shut, which will impact his nutritional intake. The team is unsure when he can return, but it will at the very least be an extended period of time that Sanchez is out.

-- Evan Brunell

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