Monday, February 6, 2017

Spawning Season Part Two: The Retirements

The Goldeyes have lost two of their 2016 American Association championship team to retirement: catcher Carlton Tanabe was the first to hang it up as a pro-ball player (in the fall), followed up by OF Adam Heisler, who announced his retirement Jan. 16, 2017.

As a strong baserunner and hitter who worked the top of the rotation, Heisler will be missed. A base-stealer of renown, Adam also graces the background image of this blog, sliding against the now-defunct Joplin Blasters.

Tanabe worked the slight majority of games behind the plate for The Fish in 2016, helping to fill the hole left by the departure of Luis Alen.

In the clubhouse,  you couldn't meet two nicer guys, they'll be missed by fans and people behind the scenes. Best of luck in the future lads!

Carlton Tanabe belts in the game winning RBI, July 30, 2016.

Retro variant Adam Heisler, August 2016 at Shaw Park.

Spawning season, Part One: Three way deal

The snow is still on the ground in the Northern Battery, but the Winnipeg Goldeyes are already well into spawning season.

Today saw a three-way deal that hauls in 1B David Bergin from the St. Paul Saints. The Goldeyes send LHP Ethan Carnes to the Gary Railcats, while the Saints get the reversionary rights to Jose Sermo. Bergin has done a lot of damage to The Fish over the years, so they'll be glad to have him in the fold for 2017.

David Bergin during the 2016 Playoffs.

Jose Sermo played with Gary and in the Boston Red Sox system for 2016.

LHP Ethan Carnes works the mound.