Roster Finalized; Anticipation Builds Towards Opener
TRAVERSE CITY, MI— The Traverse City Beach Bums are pleased to announce the final roster for the 2011 season. Spring training is winding down and expectations are high as the Beach Bums kick off their campaign this upcoming Friday, May 20th when they will travel to Rockford, IL to take on the RiverHawks. file photo of JT Hall by John L. Russell
Fans will see some familiar faces in the outfield with Matt Brown, JT Hall, and Jason Codiroli all returning. Although new to the Beach Bums roster, Zack Pace will add a veteran presence in an already well seasoned defense.
On the infield and behind the dish fans can expect to see all new faces with two exceptions, Chase Burch and James Guererro who returns to the roster after struggling with injuries for most of the 2009 season. Catchers Brandon Pearl and John Parham will take on the challenge of learning a new pitching staff and share the catching duties. The Beach Bums infield will be deep with versatile players who are able to play multiple positions. Look for Jose Vargas at the hot corner and new additions like Evan Sharpley, Hawkins Gebbers and Jose Sanchez.
The pitching staff returns Scott Mueller as well as relievers Scott Dunn and Bryan Banes. The Beach Bums are excited about the new arms available in both the bullpen and those who will embrace a starting role. They also added two lefties in Justin Anderson and Andy Paulun that will play key functions and add flexibility, allowing Manager Gregg Langbehn to navigate many different situations.
The Beach Bums start their season on the road against the Rockford RiverHawks. All 96 Beach Bums games, home and away can be heard on Sunny Country 101.9 FM or at www.wldrradio.com. Friday’s pregame show will begin at 7:45 PM (ET) in anticipation of a 8:05 PM first pitch.
Traverse City’s home opener is Friday May 27th when the Beach Bums will square off against the Rockford RiverHawks in their first trip to Wuerfel Park in 2011. Opening Night is FANtastic Fireworks Friday WIN THE FRIDGE Night where the first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free magnet schedule and after the game, one lucky fan will win a high efficiency refrigerator, courtesy of Cherryland Electric and the Traverse City Beach Bums, to put their magnet schedule on. For more information, call 943-0100 or visit www.tcbeachbums.com.
**Three of the returning Beach Bums were All-Stars during the 2010 campaign: Chase Burch, JT Hall and Scott Mueller.
**Chase Burch made the Frontier League Post-Season All-Star Team as well.