Friday, May 27, 2011

Meet the Bobcats coming

Fans will have a chance to "Meet the Bobcats" Saturday at a downtown Marion restaurant.

Manager Kyle Medley and players for the Marion Bobcats will be at Main Street Italian Grill beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, giving fans a chance to meet the team a week before action on the field begins. Many of the players will be arriving in Marion early Saturday.

The Bobcats begin their season on the road next Friday at Fulton and will open at home against the same a week later on June 9.

The best seats in the house

Jim and Merle Myers visit last year with Mitch McClay.

On July 23, 2010—the Bobcats’ final regular season home game of their third campaign—a pair of super fans were honored with recognition and their very own permanently-reserved seats. And this year, you’ll probably see Jim and Merle Myers in their special seats in the home grandstand, two prime viewing spots earned through loyal support of the team and city it represents.

The Myerses dedication to the team has been immeasurable over its first four years. The husband and wife hosted 10 baseball players in their home from 2008-10. After closing their bed and breakfast in 2009, they returned to Marion for another summer of Bobcats baseball.  After driving one of his own vans to transport players to away games during the Bobcats’ inaugural season, Jim donated both of his vans to the team for permanent use.  And Merle has even been known to bake cookies or fried pies for the opposing team.

Holding hands while walking to the stadium and sitting in the same seats, Jim and Merle have yet to miss a home game. If you happen to see them in Seats 17 and 18 along the first base side, stop by and visit.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Field of Dreams program for youth

The Marion Bobcats are in the business of building tomorrow’s baseball players.

Once again, in order to build and keep the interest of baseball in the hearts of our youngsters, we are enacting the “Field of Dreams” youth program. At the beginning of certain games, we invite youth teams to join our players as they are announced and take their field positions. Youngsters accompany the Bobcat player they share positions with and their names are announced as they take the field beside their adult counterparts for the playing of the national anthem.

If your youth team is interested in participating, e-mail or call 270.965.2750. We’ll host your team, provide free admission to uniformed players and coaches and provide a memory for a youngster that will last a lifetime.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bobcat action accessible live, from anywhere

This year, in the Bobcats' fourth season, fans will be able to follow live action from anywhere through the Internet or their mobile device. GameChanger, a free Internet-based application designed specifically for baseball, allows the Bobcat faithful to keep up with the team pitch by pitch during the entire 2011 season.

Fans of GameChanger teams have full access to the team home page, which includes the roster, schedule and a snapshot of the last game and next game. In addition, the team home page displays real-time scores and inning progress for games being scored live by the GameChanger scorekeeper. As soon as the scorekeeper enters a play, perhaps a double to left field or a groundout to second, every detail of the play is instantly beamed to the GameStream and viewed by fans as a live box score, or play-by-play update online.

Once you become a fan of a team, that team's home page will become your default landing page on the Web site, and live games appear in a dynamic GameStream scoreboard strip across the top of team pages. Fans on the move can keep up with the live GameStream via the mobile Web. The GameChanger mobile Web site lets fans follow live streaming play-by-play and box scores right from their phone.

And GameChanger not only instantly calculates standard box scores and season totals, but as soon as a team administrator in the press box finalizes a game, GameChanger instantly generates spray charts and player game logs.

Player logs include more than 50 full-season metrics broken down by individual games and totaled by game type. Links to pertinent box scores are also provided. Spray charts display a digital representation of all balls put in play by an individual hitter over the entire season. Spray charts can be filtered for hits, outs, fly balls, line drives and ground balls.

Find game logs and spray charts by clicking on the name of any player on the GameChanger site, from box scores to season stats to team rosters. Fans must upgrade to Premium Access to view player logs and spray charts.

Fans can sign up for GameChanger by following this link or by clicking in the upper right corner of the GameChanger Scoreboard on the Bobcats' home page.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bobcats to play in Snappy Tomato Classic

The Bobcats will face the Lexington Hustlers in the first-ever Snappy Tomato College Baseball Classic held in Elizabethtown next month.

Marion will face the Hustlers, the newest member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, for the first time ever. The game is scheduled for June 13 at 6 p.m., and is to be played at John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown. An interleague game, the outcome will not affect the Bobcats' standings in the Ohio Valley League.
The Bobcats open the 2011 season June 3 at the Fulton Railroaders. Opening Night at Gordon Blue Guess Field will be June 9, also against Fulton.
For more on the Snappy Tomato Classic, visit the Lexington Sports Examiner.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Promotional schedule offers new twists

Nightly promotions at Guess Field will take on a different twist in 2011. From dollar hot dogs to winning a shirt worn by the players during the game, each home contest will offer some type of treat to loyal fans. Following is the promotional schedule with dates and an explanation of the individual promotion:

$1 Hot Dog Night. The great baseball tradition will be just a dollar all night long.

Kids run the bases after the game.

Shirt Off Your Back Night
...will take place during every Thursday home game. Bobcat players will wear the sponsor’s shirts on the corresponding Thursday night. At the end of the night, the players will personally give their shirts to 26 special fans.
June 9 Stout Law Office
June 23 Farmers Bank & Trust Co.
June 30 Trice Hughes
July 7 Johnson’s Furniture & Appliances
July 21 TBA

Strike Out Guy of the Night
...will take place at every home game. A player from the opposing team will be chosen by Bobcats staff and his name will be announced to the fans. If/when this player is struck out by a Bobcat pitcher, everyone in the stands will receive a prize. Fans will receive a prize for only one of the chosen player’s strikeouts regardless of the number of times he strikes out.
June 9 Marion Fire Department: TBA
June 10 Just-a-Bug’r: Coupon for free drink
June 11 Fredonia Valley Bank: Keychain light
June 14 Edward Jones: Golf tees
June 15 KFC: Free drink with sandwich
June 18 Main Street Italian Grill: Free half-order of bread sticks
June 26 Airgas/Atmos Energy: First 70 fans will receive a coozy or shopping bags/pencils
June 29 Marion Café: Free drink with meal
June 30 Marion SmallMart: TBA
July 2 Bowtanical's: 10% off purchase
July 6 Main Street Italian Grill: Free half-order of bread sticks
July 8 Crittenden Health Systems: TBA
July 9 Terry L. Ford Insurance: TBA
July 12 Dairy Queen: Free piece of cake
July 13 Fifth Third Bank: TBA