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Midwest League announces 2018 All-Star Game Field Staffs




South Bend, IN –- Richard A. Nussbaum II, President of the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc., is pleased to announce the 2018 All-Star Game Rosters. The All-Stars were nominated and selected by the Field Managers of the Midwest League.


The Lansing Lugnuts, are hosting the 54th MWL All-Star Classic on June 19, 2018 at Cooley Law School Stadium, Lansing, Michigan.


The Field Staffs for the All-Star Classic will be:


Western Division – Quad Cities River Bandits

§  Mickey Storey, Manager

§  Graham Johnson, Pitching Coach

§  Dillon Lawson, Hitting Coach

§  Rafael Pena, Development Coach

§  Elliot Diehl, Athletic Trainer

§  Mike Hoffman, Strength & Conditioning Coach


Eastern Division – Lansing Lugnuts

§  Cesar Martin, Manager

§  Antonio Caceres, Pitching Coach

§  Matt Young, Hitting Coach

§  Dave Pano, Position Coach

§  Caleb Daniel, Athletic Trainer

§  Aaron Spano, Strength & Conditioning Coach




Dayton Dragons have five players selected for 2018 Midwest League All-Star Game



Stuart Fairchild

Hendrik Clementina

Cory Thompson

John Ghyzel












Montrell Marshall

The Midwest League today announced the rosters for the East Division and West Division all-star teams for the 2018 MWL All-Star Game at Lansing on June 19.  Five Dayton Dragons players were selected.  They are:

Catcher Hendrik Clementina (selected to start the game as the designated hitter)

Outfielder Stuart Fairchild

First baseman Montrell Marshall

Pitcher John Ghyzel

Pitcher Cory Thompson

Dragons All-Time Midwest League All-Star Game Participants

Over the first 18 years of the Dragons history, from 2000-2017, 86 Dragons players were selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game.  The list includes current Dragons manager Luis Bolivar as well as six players who later played in the Major League All-Star Game (Adam Dunn, Edwin EncarnacionJay BruceJohnny CuetoTravis Wood, and Justin Turner).  Here is the complete list of Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League All-Star Game:

2000: Jose Acevedo (RHP); Jim Manias (LHP); Casey Bookout (INF); Adam Dunn (OF); Austin Kearns (OF); Ray Olmedo (SS); Fernando Rios (OF); Randy Stegall (INF); Travis Thompson (RHP); Eric Welsh (1B); Braxton Whitehead (C).

2001: Randy Ruiz (1B); Wandel Campana (2B); Samone Peters (DH); Dustin Mosely (RHP).

2002: Bryan Prince (C); Edwin Encarnacion (3B); Noochie Varner (OF); Andy Boutwell (RHP); Daylon Childress (RHP); Nate Cotton (RHP); Brad Salmon (RHP).

2003: Todd Coffey (RHP); Juan Frias (LHP); Ryan Hanigan (C); Kevin Howard (2B); Domonique Lewis (OF); Mark Schramek (3B); Eddy Valdez (RHP).

2004: Luis Bolivar (INF); Chris Dickerson (OF); Calvin Medlock (RHP).

2005: Tonys Gutierrez (1B); Brad Morenko (RHP); Blake Hendley (RHP).

2006: Jay Bruce (OF); Johnny Cueto (RHP); Eric Eymann (INF); Mike Griffin (2B/OF); Blake Hendley (RHP); Craig Tatum (C); Travis Wood (LHP).

2007: Juan Francisco (3B); Rafael Gonzalez (RHP); Marcos Mateo (RHP); Drew Stubbs (OF); Justin Turner (2B); Pedro Viola (LHP); Chris Valaika (SS); Sean Watson (RHP).

2008: Jeff Jeffords (RHP); Joseph Krebs (LHP); Luis Montano (RHP); Denis Phipps (OF); Brandon Waring (3B).

2009: Kevin Coddington (C); Matt Fairel (LHP).

2010: Henry Rodriguez (2B).

2011: Daniel Corcino (RHP); Dominic D’Anna (1B); Josh Smith (RHP).

2012: Ryan Wright (2B).

2013: Alejandro Chacin (RHP); Drew Cisco (RHP); Ben Klimesh (RHP); Sean Lucas (LHP); Sal Romano (RHP); Robert Stephenson (RHP): Zach Vincej (SS); Jesse Winker (OF).

2014: Carlton Daal (SS); Ismael Guillon (LHP); Sal Romano (RHP); Nick Travieso (RHP).

2015: Tejay Antone (RHP); Brian Hunter (RHP); Tyler Mahle (RHP).

2016: Ariel Hernandez (RHP); Tanner Rainey (RHP).

2017: Michael Beltre (OF); Aaron Fossas (RHP); T.J. Friedl (OF); Scott Moss (LHP): Wennington Romero (LHP); Tony Santillan (RHP); Tyler Stephenson (C).


Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen named MLS Player of the Month for May



Steffen named MLS Player of the Month presented by EA Sports for the month of May after registering five consecutive shutouts


COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that goalkeeper Zack Steffen was voted MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ by members of the media for the month of May. It is the first MLS Player of the Month honor for Steffen in his MLS and Crew SC career.


During the month of May, Steffen did not allow a single goal, recording five consecutive shutouts as part of his ongoing 495-minute shutout streak. In May, Steffen registered 17 total saves against Seattle Sounders FC, the Philadelphia Union, the Chicago Fire, the New England Revolution, and Sporting Kansas City combined en route to earning five clean sheets. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steffen’s current 495-minute scoreless streak – which began in the second half of the April 28th match against San Jose – is the longest regular-season shutout record in club history as well as the 10th-longest regular-season shutout streak in MLS history.

Zack Steffen Crew SC 2017 photo By Jay eyem - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


Steffen is currently on international duty with the United States Men’s National Team. Now in his third season with Crew SC, he has made 13 regular-season appearances (all starts), while making 29 saves and registering seven shutouts in 2018. Additionally, Steffen currently leads MLS in regular-season shutouts in 2018, with seven clean sheets. Since joining the Black & Gold, Steffen has made 47 regular-season appearances (all starts), making 127 saves and recording 16 shutouts.


This is the 15th time in MLS history that a Crew SC player has been named Player of the Month. Steffen is the first Crew SC player to earn the honor since Justin Meram won the award in October 2016.

Following a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match at MAPFRE Stadium tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, the Black & Gold return to regular-season action when they host the New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium in a nationally televised match on Saturday, June 9 (5:00 p.m. ET / ESPN, CD102.5 FM, English and Spanish audio broadcasts available on

MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.


Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz


Lamar Hunt U.S. Open, Fourth Round action tonight at Mapfre Stadium as Crew SC hosts Chicago Fire, 7:00 pm



Black & Gold host the Fire tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET as Crew SC enters the annual tournament with a midweek contest


COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC hosts the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium today, Wednesday, June 6, in a 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Match. The match will be live streamed on Crew SC’s official website,, with Neil Sika (play-by-play) and Dwight Burgess (analyst) on the call. Tonight’s match will be the ninth all-time U.S. Open Cup meeting between Crew SC and Chicago, as well as the third encounter between the two clubs across all competitions in 2018.

Crew SC is fresh off of a 3-3 draw against Toronto FC on Saturday, bringing the Trillium Cup to Columbus for the first time since 2015. The Black & Gold trailed by three goals but came back in the second half with two goals — one each from Gyasi Zardes and Alex Crognale — and a penalty kick goal from Federico Higuain to earn the draw. The club’s Open Cup appearance on Wednesday will be the second of four matches in 12 days for Crew SC.

In 2016, Crew SC traveled to Chicago for the two clubs’ last tournament meeting. Crew SC was eliminated from Open Cup play by Chicago in the Round of 16. In the 2018 regular season, Columbus currently sits at third in the Eastern conference with Chicago five spots behind in eighth.

The winner of Wednesday’s match will advance to the Round of 16. The winner of the 2018 Open Cup will receive an automatic bid to the CONCACAF Campions League and a large winner’s purse.

Dating back to 1913, the oldest cup competition in U.S. Soccer brings amateur and professional clubs from each tier of U.S. Soccer’s divisional pyramid together in competition. Crew SC holds a 23-17-2 record in the tournament. The Black & Gold were crowned U.S. Open Cup champions on October 24, 2002, when they topped the LA Galaxy 1-0 at MAPFRE Stadium.

Next up, Crew SC faces the New York Red Bulls in a regular-season match on Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m. ET at MAPFRE Stadium.


2018: Crew SC’s U.S. Open Cup History



Dayton Dragons at Lake County Captains, Game Preview, Wednesday, June 6, 2018








Dragons GameDay

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Game # 57

Classic Park l Eastlake, Ohio l 7:00 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE


Dayton Dragons (29-27) at Lake County Captains (23-35)

RH Adrian Rodriguez (3-1, 4.91) vs. RH Gregori Vasquez (1-2, 3.57)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Lake County Captains (affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) in the second game of a three-game series.  Season Series to Date:  Dayton 7, Lake County 2.

Standings:  The Dragons are in third place, seven games behind both Bowling Green and Lansing with 12 games to play in the first half season.

Last Game:  Tuesday: Lake County 10, Dayton 9. Lake County scored five runs over the last two innings including three in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a 9-5 deficit and win the first game of the series. The Captains took advantage of six walks over the last 1.2 innings of the game, with four of the six players who walked eventually scoring. Todd Isaacs delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

2018 Team Notes

  • The Dragons need three home victories to tie the franchise record for most home wins in a half (25). They have four home games remaining, all against Bowling Green.
  • The Dragons are 22-10 at home; 7-17 on the road. Their team ERA at home is 4.24 compared to 6.76 on the road. They are scoring more runs per game on the road (5.2) than at home (4.4). They have allowed 26 unearned runs on the road compared to 12 at home.
  • The Dragons team ERA in their 29 wins is 3.39 (260 IP, 98 ER). The ERA in the 27 losses is 7.50 (225.2 IP, 188 ER).

2018 Individual Notes

  • Hendrik ClementinaStuart FairchildMontrell MarshallJohn Ghyzel , and Cory Thompson have been selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game at Lansing on June 19. Clementina will start the game at the designated hitter position.
  • Hendrik Clementina is hitting .336 on the year with a .648 slugging percentage. He is tied for third in the MWL in home runs with nine and eighth in RBI with 34 despite not having enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting lead (he is three short of the minimum). With his current averages, he would lead the league in slugging percentage and OPS, and rank third in batting average if he qualified. Clementina was named the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Hitter of the Month for May after batting .329 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in the month.
  • Stuart Fairchild is batting .321 over his last 23 games to raise his average from .277 to .296. He has three home runs in his last 11 games.
  • Jose Garcia is batting .321 over his last 18 games, raising his average from .150 to .200.
  • John Ghyzel ranks first in the MWL lead in saves with 11.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and

Thursday, June 7 (7:00 p.m.): Dayton LH Packy Naughton (3-5, 4.83) at Lake County LH Francisco Perez (3-3, 3.93)



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