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Staten Island ‘Direwolves’ to play Hudson Valley ‘Lannisters’ on Aug. 8

You have no idea how much I want to go see the Staten Island Yankees Direwolves play the Hudson Valley Renegades Lannisters on August 8.

In one of the best minor league promotions of the year, the Staten Island Yankees will hold “Meet George R.R. Martin Night,” giving fans a chance to meet the A Game of Thrones author who will be signing autographs for about an hour. The S.I. Yankees will be playing as the “Direwolves” that night, wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off for charity. Their opponent, the Hudson Valley Renegades, will be playing as the Lannisters and will also be wearing special jerseys.

The first 2,500 fans will receive a Staten Island Direwolves cap, and fans will be able to see a real wolf from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. There will undoubtedly be a bunch of other fun activities going on throughout the night too.

Osborn to manage Staten Island Yankees

Patrick Osborn (file photo from the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game)

Patrick Osborn, seen here representing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game at Commerce Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, will manage the Staten Island Yankees in 2015. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former Southern Maryland Blue Crabs star Patrick Osborn will manage the Staten Island Yankees this season, Robert Pimpsner of Pinstriped Prospects reported yesterday.

Osborn, 33, who holds several franchise records for the Atlantic League team as a player, managed the Blue Crabs to two consecutive playoff appearances before leaving to manage the New York Yankees’ Gulf Coast League affiliate last season.

Former major league pitcher Butch Henry, 46,  will serve as Staten Island’s pitching coach in 2015. He had a 33-33 record with a 3.83 ERA, playing for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners from 1992-1999. He is an original Colorado Rockie and was the last pitcher in major league baseball to hit an inside-the-park home run.

Ty Hawkins, 47, will return for his tenth season as the Staten Island Yankees’ hitting coach, while former New York Yankees top prospect Eric Duncan, 30, will round out the team’s coaching staff.

I enjoy the ferry ride to Staten Island’s Richmond County Bank Ballpark, so I try to make the trip at least once each summer. If I get out there this year, I will have to remember to wear my Blue Crabs cap.

Yankee fans, what do you think of Staten Island’s 2015 coaching staff?

Final record

I saw 35 36 regular season and one playoff baseball games this year, something that’s probably only of interest to me. I’d like to thank my friends Greg, Vinny, Kristi, Fred, Bart and everyone else that made it possible for me to see so much baseball this year.

Of the home teams I saw more than once, the Somerset Patriots are the only one that had a winning record in the games I attended. (I was surprised at how well the Mets did when I went back to check my scorecards – I remembered the losses better than the wins, I think.)

New York Mets (7-7)

  • Citi Field, seen from the last row of Section 527 on Opening Day 2014 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

    Citi Field, seen from the last row of Section 527 on Opening Day 2014 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

    March 31 at Citi Field: Washington Nationals 9, New York Mets 7

  • April 5 at Citi Field: New York Mets 6, Cincinnati Reds 3
  • April 19 at Citi Field: Atlanta Braves 7, New York Mets 5
  • May 13 at Yankee Stadium: New York Mets 12, New York Yankees 7
  • May 14 at Citi Field: New York Yankees 4, New York Mets 0
  • May 25 at Citi Field: Arizona Diamondbacks 2, New York Mets 1; New York Mets 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
  • June 13 at Citi Field: New York Mets 6, San Diego Padres 2
  • June 14 at Citi Field: San Diego Padres 5, New York Mets 0
  • July 11 at Citi Field: New York Mets 7, Miami Marlins 1
  • Aug. 10 at Citizens Bank Park: Philadelphia Phillies 7, New York Mets 6
  • Aug. 11 at Citizens Bank Park: New York Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3
  • Sept. 15 at Citi Field: Miami Marlins 6, New York Mets 5
  • Sept. 28 at Citi Field: New York Mets 8, Houston Astros 3

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