The aftermath

Usually, we kick off the blog entry for the day with some sort of tie-in for the day, but we came across a serious piece of news for today’s entry, so out of respect for that, we just get to the info.

– Former Osprey pitcher Tony Barnette (2006) is hoping to get his second season with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows underway soon. However, with Japan still reeling from the devistating earthquake and tsunami that hit earlier this month, the process to return to normalcy has been a long one. Barnette talks about the questions and shares his thoughts in his latest blog entry on Davis Sports Deli.

– Scott Hairston, who played for Missoula in 2001, entered New York Mets camp as a non-roster invitee, and without a contract. He’s leaving camp in a week or so, at the very least, under contract and on the 40-man roster. Hairston has hit .425 in Grapefruit League play, with nine runs scored, two home runs and seven RBIs.

– Former Osprey catcher John Hester (2006) has been outrighted to Triple-A Reno by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hester spent a good portion of the 2010 season between Reno and the D-backs, and served as Miguel Montero’s backup for much of the season.

– Here’s more on former Osprey outfielder Gerardo Parra’s impressive spring. It’s always been a prevailing thought that Parra, who has hit at every level he has played, would eventually hit at the Major League level as well.

Made us think of Parra’s first Major League at-bat, which was a home run, and this is as close as we could get to getting video of it. Doesn’t do the pitch location justice – which Reds’ pitcher Johnny Cueto had headed into the dirt of the left-handed batter’s box.

– Miguel Montero’s also beginning to feel it at the plate. The influence in having veteran Henry Blanco as a backup should help Montero (2002-03 Osprey) as he continues to grow into the role of being the D-backs No. 1 backstop.

One other quick item … we’re getting feedback in a few mediums right now on the blog, however, we want to encourage everyone to comment in here as well. Let us know you’re enjoying Bird Droppings, or what we need to do differently. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Also, Season Ticket Holders – don’t forget, the deadline to pay off your season tickets in full and receive a free popcorn and pop for each ticket purchased is March 31! If you have any questions, please contact the Missoula Osprey office at (406) 543-3300.

3 Comments

I really enjoy the new blog “Bird Droppings”. It is great to get a few inside items of news about former Osprey and also how they might be doing this spring, etc. The title/name of the blog Bird Droppings is clever, but not sure I am a fan of the title….too much a farm boy I guess….Keep up the good work. Look forward to the updates each day as they come in. Gets us thinking about baseball season and gets us focused on better days of spring and summer to come.

I Enjoy bird droppings quite a bit. The one thing I would hope could be a small part is news on the minor leaguers in spring training. There just doesn’t seem to be any news as to how the young developing players are doing.

Thanks

If it were only that easy to get information. If you have read all of these entries, you will notice that we refer to Facebook a lot when it comes to recent players here. That – a player’s profile page on there – is usually the only said source on those players. Outside of spoken rumors, the only fact-based stuff will come when the rosters are announced. There will be some inside info, however, on tomorrow’s post pertaining to placements.

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