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No. 1: Connor Spencer’s New York-Penn League Batting Title
When you think of the lineage of Staten Island Yankee players who have made their impact in Major League Baseball, there’s more than enough batters who come to mind. Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera are names that pop up, but none were able to accomplish what one Baby Bomber did in 2014.
Connor Spencer was the New York Yankees eighth round selection in the 2014 First Year Player Draft. The California native joined Staten Island after Opening Day, following his appearance in the College World Series with UC-Irvine. Spencer made an immediate impact on the team, playing both outfield and first base on his way to being named a New York-Penn League All-Star. The former Anteater standout led the New York-Penn League in batting with a .364 average, becoming the first Staten Island Yankee to ever lay claim to the league’s batting title. Spencer also led the Baby Bombers in hits (72) and on-base percentage (.389).
Media’s Choice: “I spoke to Connor Spencer in the clubhouse prior to the season finale. What a down-to-earth young man! He was definitely the 2014 MVP with his glossy batting average, but I’ll remember him as a tremendous team guy with an amazing work ethic. He has a sense of humor, too, which will serve him well in the seasons ahead.” – Jim Waggoner, Staten Island Advance
As another eventful year in St. George comes to end, we have a lot to reflect on. From celebrity appearances to breakout performances on the field, the Staten Island Yankees’ 15th season on the Island was eventful to say the least. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down the ten best moments of 2014 to get you caught up to speed for a promising 2015. We also paired up with long-time Staten Island Yankees beat writers Jim Waggoner and Robert Pimpsner, who give their takes on a few of the biggest events from the last 365 days. Enjoy!
No. 10: Where’s Wags?!?
When it comes to the Staten Island Yankees, veteran Staten Island Advance sportswriter Jim Waggoner has seen it all. From the championships to the wackiness off the field, you’d be hard-pressed to find a person who has seen more of the Baby Bombers over the last 15 years than Waggoner. But 2014 brought a new level of experience for Wags as he gained first-hand knowledge in various areas of the operations that go into producing a success baseball game.
Just like the Staten Island Yankees staff, Waggoner spent more time during games working behind the scenes than watching baseball, something he hasn’t been accustomed to doing during his tenure at the Staten Island Advance. Just like any reputable reporter, Wags dove in head-first to paint an accurate picture to his readers about what it’s really like to work for a minor league team. His ballpark escapades involved being a member of the grounds crew (read: pulling tarp), bullpen duty, ushering fans to their seats, scouting prospects, serving fans in the concession stands, and a rare look at what it’s like to be Scooter the Holy Cow. Missed the series? Catch up here:
Media’s Choice: “I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun during my long Staten Island Advance career than writing a first-person series of behind-the-scenes articles from the St. George ballpark. I was an usher, a scout, even a mascot … but the night I was allowed to don the pinstripes and sit among the young ballplayers in the bullpen is impossible to top. A half-year later, I’m still running into people who bring up the series and telling me how much they enjoyed it.” – Jim Waggoner, Staten Island Advance
Blogger’s Choice: “Wags had youthful energy this year, best I have seen him in a long time. So when he started doing the series on jobs around the ballpark I knew I had to be there for the day he did the grounds crew. It was perfect, it had rained earlier in the day so they had to pull the tarp. I got to the ballpark early, saw them getting ready and called him to tell him to get to the park before they do it.” – Robert Pimpsner, Pinstriped Prospects