Thursday, April 29, 2010

Coach Auction in OC Register

Check out Jan Norman's write-up on the OC Flyers Coach for a Day auction from the OC Register's online small business blog.

The auction is still going on for a couple more days. Leave a comment, and let us know what you think. A half-dozen folks are following the auction, and we'll see if the bidding heats up as the clock ticks down.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Coach for a Day Auction

The Flyers are trailing, 2-1, in a tight game in the eighth inning. The speedy leadoff man takes his lead off first base. He's already been caught stealing once tonight. With two outs, and our batter behind in the count, are we sending the runner to second to get into scoring position? Well, Coach, you make the call.

The Orange County Flyers are auctioning off a chance for one lucky fan to serve as "Coach for a Day" during the 2010 season. The winning bidder will receive a personalized Flyers home uniform and warm up jacket, spend the entire day with the team - from pre-game warm ups and batting practice, all the way through the post-game meal in the clubhouse.

You'll be alongside Flyers manager and former Major Leaguer Paul Abbott, guiding the Flyerswhile experiencing the camaraderie and excitement of life in the dugout. As Coach for the Day, you will be working with players who have tasted Major League success as well as the games brightest rising stars.

The auction will be hosted through eBay with a minimum starting bid of only $2,500.00. Please refer to the attached advertisement for a complete list of everything the winning bidder will receive as Coach for a Day.

Monday, April 26, 2010

MLB veteran Ginter joins Flyers

Paul Abbott and the Flyers are hard at work building a strong team for 2010. Today the Flyers have announced six-year MLB veteran Keith Ginter will join the squad, bringing plenty of experience and veteran leadership to the infield. Here's the official release from the team:

Former Texas League MVP spent six seasons in Major Leagues

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 26, 2010) – The Orange County Flyers have agreed to terms with Fullerton native Keith Ginter, a six-year MLB veteran, to shore up the team’s infield in 2010. Ginter, who turns 34 the week before training camp, played primarily second- and third-base in his big-league career.

After graduating from Fullerton High School, Ginter was named a Big 12 Conference All-Star in 1997 and 1998 while playing for Texas Tech. The Houston Astros selected him in the 10th round of the 1998 draft (302 overall). In 2000, Ginter earned Texas League (AA) MVP Honors with Astros’ affiliate Round Rock Express before making his Major League debut for Houston Sept. 20, 2000.

The Astros traded Ginter to Milwaukee for Mark Loretta in late 2002, where he became a regular member of the Brewers lineup, playing both second- and third-base through 2004. In 2003, he played a career-high 127 games in the big leagues, batting .257 with 14 homeruns and 44 RBI. He improved the following year, batting .262 with 19 homeruns and 60 RBI in 113 games. The Brewers traded Ginter to Oakland prior to the 2005 season, where he played 51 games for the A’s. He has spent the last four seasons playing at the Triple-A level for Oakland, Cleveland, Boston and the Chicago White Sox.

In six MLB seasons, Ginter played in 325 games, batting .243 with 38 homeruns, 140 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .329. He has amassed 1,012 hits in 11 minor league seasons, batting .275 with 121 homeruns and 544 RBI in that time.