Congratulations to John Mora, Player of the Month for June!

The Binghamton Baseball Booster Club, in its closest voting in the history of its Player of the Month Award, selected center fielder John Mora as the Player of the Month for June. Mora hit .313 for the month, while also hitting three home runs and knocking in nine runs. He edged out Tim Tebow, who hit .301 for the month of June, with one home run and eleven RBIs. Mora’s excellent outfield defense swung the close vote in his favor. Shelagh Goodrich, the Treasurer of the Binghamton Baseball Booster Club, presented John with his award in between games of the doubleheader against Portland on July 17th.

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John Mora is all smiles as he receives his award. Shelagh’s grandson helped her present the award. 

 

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Binghamton Boosters Offering $7.00 Tickets for 7/16 and 7/21 Rumble Pony Games!

On July 16th and July 21st the Binghamton Baseball Booster Club will sponsor two more theme nights, where we provide discounted tickets for all fans and cheer on the Rumble Ponies! We have purchased a number of tickets in Section 105 so that we can all sit together and root on our Ponies. We are selling the tickets for $7; we also have custom “Let’s Rumble!” T-Shirts available for $10.  We will also “bundle” a package that includes a ticket to that game, a T-shirt and a 2018 Membership for $20!  So for anyone who may have been contemplating joining our Booster Club, now would be a great time!

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The cheering section for the boosters was out in force on June 25th. 

Tim Szczesny will be taking orders for your tickets and your T-shirts, along with new memberships.  Please let Tim know at “tszczes1@binghamton.edu” the number of tickets and number of T-Shirts (along with sizes) you need. Tickets will be left at WILL CALL.

This event coincides with our next Membership Meeting! Thank you….and LET’S RUMBLE!

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General Manager John “JB” Bayne (glasses on top of head) has served as a “body guard” of sorts for Tim Tebow throughout the year.  Tebow has drawn a crowd wherever he has gone this year, but there’s no doubt that Binghamton loves its Rumble Ponies!

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Binghamton Baseball Boosters Bring Out the Signs in Support of the Ponies

The Rumble Ponies beat the Trenton Thunder last night (June 25th), 10-1, behind the seven-inning shutout pitching of Scott Copeland and home-run hitting of Levi Michael and John Mora. It was the first NYSEG Stadium win since June 3rd. Maybe the boosters should have a rooting section and bring signs more often!

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Booster Club member john Bernhardt holds tells the story as Scott Copeland caught a Thunder playing looking at a third strike!

One of the more popular cheers of the night was one fan calling out “I say RUMBLE” and having Section 105 respond with “RUMBLE”!

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With the assorted props, “I SAY RUMBLE, YOU SAY PONIES” was a common chant of the Boosters. John, did you realize this was the first win at home since June 3rd? “No Place Like Home” has not been very kind to the Ponies!

Joining the boosters only costs $10.00 and allows you to attend monthly meetings where a Rumble Pony player is always a guest, as well as enjoy complimentary pizza and light refreshments. For more information about the Binghamton Baseball Booster Club, just send an e-mail to bbboosters17@gmail.com.

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This was a popular sign after Tebow hit a bases-clearing double off the left-center  field wall in the third inning. 

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The BBBC T-Shirts are becoming a fashion stastement at NYSEG Stadium. At $10.00, the shirts are one of the best bargains in town!

 

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Booster Club Meeting on 6/25 at 4:30 at NYSEG Stadium

by Kevin Healy 
Our next Membership Meeting is scheduled for Monday June 25th at
4:30 at the Party Deck at Rumbletown. Two items stand out: Please wear your blue Binghamton Baseball Booster Club T-shirts and plan on joining us in Section 105 after the meeting.
Tickets in Section 105 are $7 and can be purchased at our meeting.  (If you have a season ticket, save your Season Ticket so it can be redeemed.)
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What a Bargain! The front and back of our “Let’s Rumble!” T-shirts. We’ll have a cheering section for the Ponies the night of the 25th!

Second:  We have quite a treat in store for all members at 4:30.  Prior to a Rumble Ponies player speaking to us, we have Gary Kaschak – who grew in the Binghamton area – talk about his most recent book, My Name was Mickey Mantle.  Mr. Kaschak has written four books and his most recent engages the reader on a journey from the sandlots in Binghamton to the grounds of the Baseball
Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
His book has beem described as a coming-of-age story highlighting the naivety of youth and the realization that our bigger-than-life heroes may not heroes at all.
Mr Kaschak will have an inventory of his book with him for sale after he speaks to our group!
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Binghamton Boosters Know How To Pick Their Players of the Month

For the month of April the Binghamton Baseball Boosters selected first baseman Peter Alonso as the Player of the Month for the Rumble Ponies; in May the boosters selected infielder Jeff McNeil as the Player of the Month. On June 14th, both Alonso and McNeil were called up to the Triple-A farm club of the Mets, the Las Vegas 51s. This continues the pattern of the boosters knowing how to judge talent, as previous winners of the Player of the Month Award during the past two years have included many players who have gone on to the big leagues, including Chris Flexen, Tomas Nido, Corey Oswalt, and Dominic Smith.

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McNeil, a 12th-round pick of the Mets in the 2013 amateur draft from California State University, saw limited playing time due to injuries in 2016 and 2017.

Alonso and McNeil were the backbone of the offense for the Rumble Ponies through their stay in the Parlor City. Alonso hit 15 home runs and knocked in 52 runs while hitting .314 for the Ponies. The 26-year-old McNeil hit for a higher average than Alonso (.327), while also supplying power, as he hit 14 homers and knocked in 43 runs. McNeil has an uncanny ability to stay back on the ball, “trusting his hands” with every swing he takes, which helps account for his outstanding walk to strikeout ratio. The lefty hitting McNeil walked 22 times while only striking out 23 times in 214 at-bats. McNeil was helped with Alonso hitting behind him, as he saw a large number of fastballs, as pitchers respected Alonso’s power. This was the first year McNeil hit for power, as entering 2018 McNeil had only nine homers in over 1200 at-bats.

Alonso, 23-years-old, has always hit for power and drawn a large number of walks since he was drafted on the second round out of the University of Florida in  2016; he drew 43 walks with the Ponies in 220 at-bats.  One of the challenges Alonso will face as he progresses up the ladder is to stay back on breaking pitches; though he has good power to the opposite field, Alonso at times can become “pull happy” and reach for the outside pitch.  At times, Alonso tended to chase pitches out of the strike zone, accounting for a fair number of  his 50 strikeouts.

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Alonso lunges for an outside breaking pitch to stay alive in this at-bat.

Will McNeil continue to hit for power? Will Alonso stay back on breaking pitches? Those are two of the key questions Sandy Alderson and his front office staff hope to be able to answer in the affirmative as McNeil and Alonso play at Vegas.

As for the boosters, they hope to name another player who can climb the minor league ladder when they select their Player of the Month for June.

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Sems Like Old Times for Bill Pulsipher

Bill Pulsipher, former major league pitcher and a former star for the Binghamton Mets, returned to the area this weekend to watch his son, Liam, pitch and play center field for Center Moriches High School. Center Moriches (Long Island) captured the Class B New York State Title by defeating Seton Catholic, 10-7, in the championship game on Saturday, June 8th, at NYSEG Stadium.

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Pulsipher, holding the cell phone, hugs another ballplayer’s parent in celebration after Center Moriches rallied with a 7-run sixth inning to beat Seton Catholic. 

Pulsipher starred for Binghamton in 1994, going 14-9 and posting a 3.28 E.R.A in 201 innings. He pitched a no hitter in the 1994 playoffs, as Binghamton rolled to an Eastern League Championship. Pulsipher was a heralded rookie for the New York Mets in 1995, and was picked by many to become a star for the Mets; he was part of the trio of pitchers dubbed as “Generation K,” with Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson rounding out the threesome. After having Tommy John surgery after the 1995 season, however, Pulsipher never regained his dominance on the mound.

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Pulsipher appears to have on his old “game face,” as he wonders why someone’s smart phone is focused on him.

After the game Pulsipher posed with his family for a picture on the NYSEG Stadium mound. He now has his son’s exploits to add to his NYSEG  memories.

Note: Pulsipher’s major league record was 13-19 in parts of 6 major league seasons; he donned the uniforms of the Mets, Brewers, Cardinals, Red Sox, and White Sox.

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The Class B New York State Champions pose for a team photo.

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“Picnic with the Ponies” Set for June 3rd!

The Binghamton Baseball Boosters will hold its annual picnic with the Rumble Ponies after the Ponies take on New Hampshire on Sunday, June 3rd. Food choices will include chicken spiedies, hamburgers and hot dogs, with salads and dessert. Soft drinks and beer will also be served. Tickets are $20.00 for non-members of the booster club and $15.00 for members. Tickets can be purchased at the “door”; the picnic will be held in the left-field picnic area immediately after the 2:05 game. To reserve your seat at the picnic, send an e-mail to bbboosters17@gmail.com  by June 1st. Hope to see your there!

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Kelly Sechrist proudly displays his raffle prize from last year’s picnic. Kelly is now pitching at Vegas. 

 

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