Results tagged ‘ Charleston RiverDogs ’

A little chest bump to start the ballgame

Infielder Dante Bichette Jr. (19) of the Charleston RiverDogs, rear, chest bumps catcher Nick McCoy (12) in the dugout just before a game against the Greenville Drive on May 31, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Charleston won, 13-2. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

RiverDogs’ Ben Gamel slides into third

Ben Gamel (3) of the Charleston RiverDogs slides headfirst into third base in a game against the Greenville Drive on June 24, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. The bases were painted blue for colon cancer awareness day. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Sanchez’ name tattoo makes identification easy

Gary Sanchez of of the Charleston RiverDogs, a New York Yankees affiliate, in a game against the Greenville Drive on May 31, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Charleston won, 13-2. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

If only every player had his name tattooed on his arm like Gary Sanchez, we photographers would have no problems getting the identifications right.

Expect to see Sanchez in this jersey one day

Catcher Gary Sanchez (35) of the Charleston RiverDogs, a New York Yankees affiliate, prior to a game against the Greenville Drive on June 21, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Charleston won, 2-1. Sanchez is the Yankees’ No. 4 prospect, according to Baseball America. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

No. 12 Yankees prospect Cito Culver

Infielder Cito Culver (2) of the Charleston RiverDogs, a New York Yankees affiliate, in a game against the Greenville Drive on June 3, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Charleston won, 5-3. Culver is the Yankees’ No. 12 prospect, according to Baseball America and was a first-round draft pick in 2010. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Gary Sanchez homers for Charleston RiverDogs

Catcher Gary Sanchez (35) of the Charleston RiverDogs hits a home run in the fifth inning of a game against the Greenville Drive on May 31, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Charleston won, 13-2. Sanchez is the Yankees’ No. 4 prospect, according to Baseball America. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Luke Murton is SAL offensive player of the week

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Infielder Luke Murton (34) of the Charleston RiverDogs hits balls off a tee during batting practice prior to a game against the Greenville Drive on May 27, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
Last week when I quietly walked over to the batting net where Luke Murton was hitting balls off a tee before a game, I was hoping I could fade into the background and not be noticed.
I almost never ask players to pose for a photo, so sometimes when I catch them by surprise they change what they’re doing and turn away. Murton, was intent, however, and never looked up.
I was just editing these photos when I found out that yesterday he was named the South Atlantic League offensive player of the week, leading the league in doubles and hitting a cool .500 for the week.
Here’s what Josh Jackson of MLB has to say about him: “Yankees ’09 draftee Luke Murton leads the league in doubles after rocketing five two-baggers this week, two of which came in Monday’s 3-for-3 performance. He hit safely in each of the six games he played in, totaling three hits to open a weekend series in Kannapolis on Saturday. In Sunday’s doubleheader, he continued to punish the Intimidators, going 3-for-7 with a homer, a double and two runs scored over the course of the day.”
Murton, Luke 4765(Priddy)575px.jpgInfielder Luke Murton (34) of the Charleston RiverDogs, Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, in a game against the Greenville Drive on May 27, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com

Charleston RiverDogs to keep manager Tyson

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August 2, 2008: Torre Tyson of the Charleston River Dogs, Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, 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 New York Yankees have announced that manager Torre Tyson would return for a fourth season with Class A Sally League Charleston RiverDogs.
The Yanks also announced that pitching coach Jeff Ware and hitting coach Greg Colbrunn are returning and that former big leaguer Carlos Mendoza will serve as first base coach. 

Switch-pitcher Venditte is promoted

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       May 30, 2009: Pitcher Pat Venditte (27), professional baseball’s only 
       ambidextrous pitcher, of the Charleston RiverDogs, Class A affiliate of 
       the New York Yankees, before a game against the Greenville Drive at 
       Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/
       Four Seam Images
Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte of the Charletson RiverDogs has been promoted to the Yankees’ advanced Class A team in Tampa.
That means I have an opportunity to run another photo of him, this time in a New York uniform.

Pat Venditte, the game’s only switch-pitcher

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I spent quite a bit of time recently doing some on-field stalking of pro baseball’s only switch-pitcher, Pat Venditte of the Charleston RiverDogs, the guy who pitches with both hands.
I rarely bother players and never ask anyone to pose, and this was no exception. But I thought it best to introduce myself and explain why I was hanging around him for a couple of days, taking scores of photos.
I had a specific assignment from a card company, and wanted to take every opportunity to get just the right shots. And Pat was very gracious and understanding as I focused on him during his daily warmups.
His routine is pretty simple — he throws right-handed during the stretching and batting practice, and then a half-hour before game time he throws first right-handed again, then left-handed. He’s the closer for Charleston, so that keeps him ready.
Much has been written about Venditte being the only ambidextrous professional ballplayer, and how he comes into a game with the potential of throwing with either hand, depending on who’s at bat. As I write this he leads the league in saves and has been named to the All-Star team.
I like what MiLB.com did with my photos — and I can’t do it any better — so I’m just reproducing that gallery page right here.
Here’s a few good stories about him: