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Chris Stratton of the Augusta GreenJackets

Chris Stratton

Pitcher Chris Stratton (22) of the Augusta GreenJackets warms up before a game against the Greenville Drive on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Stratton was a first-round pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He is also the No. 3 prospect for the Giants. Augusta won, 6-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Skeels gets another promotion; Machemer stays put

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June 5, 2008: Andy Skeels of the Augusta GreenJackets, Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, in a game against the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
Following up on some coaching news . . .
The San Francisco Giants have announced they are promoting Andy Skeels to manager of the 2010 Double-A Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels. 
I photographed Skeels when he was with low-Class A Augusta in 2008. He was promoted to high-Class A San Jose last year. Skeels’ Augusta and San Jose clubs finished a combined 178-102. The Flying Squirrels, an Eastern League team, moved to Richmond from Connecticut, where they were called the Defenders. They’ll play in the old Richmond Braves ballpark, The Diamond.
The Giants also announced that manager Dave Machemer will come back as manager of the Augusta GreenJackets next year.
I photographed Machemer last year in the dugout next to the team’s temporary mascot, a good-luck token that they kept with them after a winning streak.
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The Augusta Greenjackets have a stuffed mascot monkey named Norm. He was picked up by outfielder Dom Duggan as a good luck charm after the team lost 11 of 13 to begin the season. The team went on to win the next six of eight, and though they fell on another rough patch, the monkey stays, largely at Duggan’s request. He’s become a pseudo-celebrity, having been featured in the Augusta Chronicle and on local television station WJBF, our ABC affiliate, says Eric Little, the GreenJackets’ media relations staffer. He is shown here with manager Dave Machemer (21).

Giants pitching prospect makes his big league debut

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       June 5, 2008: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner (5) of the Augusta GreenJackets, 
       Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, prior to a game against the 
       Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo 
       by: Tom Priddy.
Madison Bumgarner, a lefty who’s been on the radar screens of every Minor League photographer for a couple of years, made his Major League debut last night. Oh, yeah, the scouts were keeping track of him, too.
I had one shot at him last year in Greenville when he was the starter for Augusta, and I got quite a bit of mileage out of those photos, from Web site use and print to at least one baseball card that I know of.
He’s been the No. 1 pitching prospect for the San Francisco Giants, and he didn’t disappoint last night as he became a last-minute sub for Tim Lincecum.
“Making a surprise start for Tim Lincecum, who was scratched with back spasms, Madison Bumgarner displayed his heralded potential while surrendering two runs in 5 1/3 innings,” wrote Chris Haft of MLB.com. 
“Bumgarner left with a one-run lead and a chance for a victorious Major League debut,” he wrote. But San Francisco’s usually reliable bullpen softened in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres that dented the Giants’ postseason hopes.”

What’s a monkey doing in the dugout?

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Hardly a thing ever makes it into a Minor League dugout that doesn’t have a team logo or affiliate logo. Jackets, hats, towels . . . everything is official.
So what’s a stuffed monkey doing hanging on the netting of the Augusta GreenJackets dugout? I did a double take when I saw it the other night.
So I asked the GreenJackets’ media rep, Eric Little, what’s the story?
The stuffed mascot monkey is named Norm. “He was picked up by outfielder Dom Duggan as a good luck charm after the team lost 11 of 13 to begin the season,” Little said. 
“The team went on to win the next six of eight, and though they fell on another rough patch, the monkey stays, largely at Duggan’s request. He’s become a pseudo-celebrity, having been featured in the Augusta Chronicle and on local television station WJBF, our ABC affiliate.”
Norm is shown here with manager Dave Machemer (21). Norm is the one on the left. Photo by Tom Priddy/MiLB.com

Madison Bumgarner working his way up

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Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants organization is No. 6 on the top prospects list at MinorLeagueBaseball.com. He’s also theGiants’ No. 1 prospect, according to the latest off-season charts. I had the good fortune to be at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C., last summer and got this image of him warming up in the bullpen before the June 5 game.