Sacramento River Cats
The Sacramento River Cats are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. They are located in West Sacramento and play their home games at Raley Field which opened in 2000. Sacramento was represented in the PCL by the Solons, a charter member of the league, founded in 1903. Three different versions of the Solons played in California's capital city in 1903, 1905, from 1909 to 1914, from 1918 to 1960, from 1974 to 1976; as of 2018, Sacramento is the only charter city. The team has won four PCL championships. Most the River Cats won back-to-back in 2007 and 2008, they went on to win the Triple-A National Championship Game in both seasons. Sacramento won the PCL crown in 2003 and 2004. In 2016, Forbes listed the team as the most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $49 million. Following the 1999 season, the Pacific Coast League's Vancouver Canadians were purchased by a group led by Art Savage, moved south to West Sacramento, renamed the River Cats for the 2000 season.
Savage was the majority owner of the team until his death at age 58 in November 2009. His widow, Susan Savage, became majority owner upon her husband's death. In 2016, Mike Piazza became the first and only former River Cats player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, after earning an 83% vote by the committee. After arriving at Raley Field, the River Cats led minor leagues in attendance during each of its first eight seasons. In 2015, the team drew 672,354 fans in 72 home games. In 2015, they drew the second highest attendance per game in the minors with an average of 9,338 fans per game. In 2017, the team drew 562,237 fans in 70 home games, placing them third in overall attendance for the Pacific Coast League for the season. In 2018, the River Cats drew their lowest attendance since arriving at Raley Field with 538,785 fans attending 70 home games. While this was the team's lowest attendance since arriving in West Sacramento, it was strong enough to place them fifth in attendance for the Pacific Coast League for the 2018 season.
The River Cats have won eleven division titles, including back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001, three years in a row from 2003 to 2005, six consecutive titles from 2007 to 2012. They won back-to-back league championships in 2003 and 2004 and again in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, they went on to defeat the Richmond Braves in that year's Bricktown Showdown by a score of 7–1; the River Cats repeated in 2008, defeating the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 4–1. See: Category:Sacramento River Cats players This list does not include MLB players who were in Sacramento on a rehabilitation assignment while on the disabled list. Official website Baseball Reference – Sacramento teams
In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1; the pitcher is considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, the closer. Traditionally, the pitcher bats. Starting in 1973 with the American League and spreading to further leagues throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the hitting duties of the pitcher have been given over to the position of designated hitter, a cause of some controversy; the National League in Major League Baseball and the Japanese Central League are among the remaining leagues that have not adopted the designated hitter position.
In most cases, the objective of the pitcher is to deliver the pitch to the catcher without allowing the batter to hit the ball with the bat. A successful pitch is delivered in such a way that the batter either allows the pitch to pass through the strike zone, swings the bat at the ball and misses it, or hits the ball poorly. If the batter elects not to swing at the pitch, it is called a strike if any part of the ball passes through the strike zone and a ball when no part of the ball passes through the strike zone. A check swing is when the batter begins to swing, but stops the swing short. If the batter checks the swing and the pitch is out of the strike zone, it is called a ball. There are the windup and the set position or stretch. Either position may be used at any time; each position has certain procedures. A balk can be called on a pitcher from either position. A power pitcher is one. Power pitchers record a high percentage of strikeouts. A control pitcher thus records few walks. Nearly all action during a game is centered on the pitcher for the defensive team.
A pitcher's particular style, time taken between pitches, skill influence the dynamics of the game and can determine the victor. Starting with the pivot foot on the pitcher's rubber at the center of the pitcher's mound, 60 feet 6 inches from home plate, the pitcher throws the baseball to the catcher, positioned behind home plate and catches the ball. Meanwhile, a batter stands in the batter's box at one side of the plate, attempts to bat the ball safely into fair play; the type and sequence of pitches chosen depend upon the particular situation in a game. Because pitchers and catchers must coordinate each pitch, a system of hand signals is used by the catcher to communicate choices to the pitcher, who either vetoes or accepts by shaking his head or nodding; the relationship between pitcher and catcher is so important that some teams select the starting catcher for a particular game based on the starting pitcher. Together, the pitcher and catcher are known as the battery. Although the object and mechanics of pitching remain the same, pitchers may be classified according to their roles and effectiveness.
The starting pitcher begins the game, he may be followed by various relief pitchers, such as the long reliever, the left-handed specialist, the middle reliever, the setup man, and/or the closer. In Major League Baseball, every team uses Baseball Rubbing Mud to rub game balls in before their pitchers use them in games. A skilled pitcher throws a variety of different pitches to prevent the batter from hitting the ball well; the most basic pitch is a fastball. Some pitchers are able to throw a fastball at a speed over 100 miles per ex. Aroldis Chapman. Other common types of pitches are the curveball, changeup, sinker, forkball, split-fingered fastball and knuckleball; these are intended to have unusual movement or to deceive the batter as to the rotation or velocity of the ball, making it more difficult to hit. Few pitchers throw all of these pitches, but most use a subset or blend of the basic types; some pitchers release pitches from different arm angles, making it harder for the batter to pick up the flight of the ball.
A pitcher, throwing well on a particular day is said to have brought his "good stuff." There are a number of distinct throwing styles used by pitchers. The most common style is a three-quarters delivery in which the pitcher's arm snaps downward with the release of the ball; some pitchers use a sidearm delivery. Some pitchers use a submarine style in which the pitcher's body tilts downward on delivery, creating an exaggerated sidearm motion in which the pitcher's knuckles come close to the mound. Effective pitching is vitally important in baseball. In baseball statistics, for each game, one pitcher will be credited with winning the game, one pitcher will be charged with losing it; this is not the starting pitchers for each team, however, as a reliever can get a win and the starter would get a no-decision. Pitching is physically demanding if the pitcher is throwing with maximum effort. A full game involves 120–170 pitches thrown by each team, most pitchers begin to tire before they re
Mark Ellis (baseball)
Mark William Ellis is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He played the majority of his Major League Baseball career for the Oakland Athletics, appeared for the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis posted a career.991 fielding percentage, the fifth-best all-time for a second baseman in MLB history at the time of his retirement. Ellis was born in South Dakota. Ellis graduated from Stevens High School in Rapid City in 1995. In Ellis' graduating class was WNBA star Becky Hammon, they were voted by their peers as male and female "Class Athletes" of the'95 graduating class along with multi-sport athlete John Samuelsen. Ellis is one of three players to have made it to the Major Leagues who played for the Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball program; as a 16-year-old, Ellis was the starting shortstop for the 1993 Rapid City Post 22 varsity "Hardhat" baseball team that touted a 70–5 record and won the national title in Roseburg, Oregon. In the back-to-back years, Ellis earned South Dakota American Legion Player of the Year honors.
In 2012, American Legion Baseball named Ellis the program's Graduate of the Year. He went on to play for the University of Florida Gators baseball program and was the MVP of the Gainesville regional at the 1998 College World Series. Although he has played his Major League career at second base, he was the starting third baseman at Florida, where that position was nicknamed "Ellis Island" due to Ellis' tremendous range and all-around fielding prowess. Ellis was a ninth-round selection by the Kansas City Royals in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft, he played in the Royals' farm system in 1999 and 2000, where he was a Short-Season A All-Star in 1999 and a Carolina League All-Star in 2000. On January 1, 2001, he was acquired by the Oakland Athletics along with outfielder Johnny Damon and pitcher Cory Lidle in a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Royals for outfielder Ben Grieve, shortstop Ángel Berroa, catcher A. J. Hinch. In 2001, with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, he hit.273 in 132 games with 10 home runs.
Ellis made his Major League debut on April 9, 2002 for the Athletics against the Texas Rangers, pinch-running in the eighth inning for Jeremy Giambi. He ground out to short in the 10th inning, he recorded his first base hit, in his first Major League start, on April 18 against the Anaheim Angels, a single to left field off of Ramón Ortiz. His first home run was hit on June 2002 off of San Francisco Giants pitcher Jay Witasick. For the 2002 season, his batting was.272 in 98 games. Ellis hit.248 the following season, but missed the entire 2004 season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder resulting from a collision with shortstop Bobby Crosby in a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs. In 2005, he returned to the Athletics and led the team in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging average as the team's regular second baseman. In 2006, Ellis broke Bret Boone's single-season American League record for a second baseman with a.99685 fielding percentage, although the Gold Glove Award went to the Royals' Mark Grudzielanek, who finished with a fielding percentage of.994, inferior to that of Ellis'.
Note, the Gold Glove Award is not issued to the best fielding percentage at a position. Ellis missed most of the A's 2006 post-season due to a hand injury suffered during Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins. On June 4, 2007, Ellis became only the sixth player in Oakland Athletics history to hit for the cycle. On July 23, 2007, he had his first career multi-home run game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On August 5, 2007, he tied the A's team record for consecutive error-less games by a second baseman at 70 games. Ellis missed the last two months of the 2008 season due to cartilage damage in his shoulder, he underwent successful surgery that fixed a torn labrum from a previous injury. In October 2008, the Athletics signed Ellis to an $11 million contract through 2010, with an option of extending the deal an additional season. On June 30, 2011, Ellis was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Bruce Billings and a player to be named later. On September 30, the Athletics announced that they received 22-year-old outfielder Eliezer Mesa to complete the deal.
On November 15, 2011, Ellis signed a two-year, $8.75 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After a strong start, Ellis's leg was injured on May 20, 2012 by a hard slide from Tyler Greene of the St. Louis Cardinals while Ellis was attempting to turn a double play. Saying that he was okay, Ellis did not go to the hospital until the following day when he experienced extreme discomfort and swelling in his lower leg. After performing a fasciotomy to allow room within his leg for the swollen muscle tissue, his doctor said that Ellis might have lost his leg if the surgery had been performed only six or seven hours than it was. Doctors said Ellis' injury was a rare one for athletes, but more common for victims of car accidents. Ellis was expected to be out for six weeks and did not rejoin the Dodgers till July 4. Overall, he appeared in 110 games for the Dodgers in 2012, hitting.258 with 7 home runs and 31 RBI. In 2013, Ellis remained healthy and played in 126 games, he hit.270 with 6 home runs and 48 RBI, helping the Dodgers win the National League West Division's championship and a first-round playoff series over the Atlanta Braves before the team was eliminated in the National League Championship Series.
Ellis signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on December 16, 2013, he was placed on the disabled li
The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West Division; the team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome. Since July 1999, the Mariners' home ballpark has been T-Mobile Park, located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle; the "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M's, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992, they adopted their current team colors – Navy blue, northwest green, silver – prior to the 1993 season, after having been royal blue and gold since the team's inception. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose; the organization did not field a winning team until 1991, any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martínez drove home Ken Griffey Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, served as a powerful impetus to preserve baseball in Seattle, has since become an iconic moment in team history.
The Mariners won 116 games in 2001, which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season. Through the end of the 2018 season, the franchise has finished with a losing record in 28 of 42 seasons; the Mariners are one of seven Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series championship, one of two never to have played in a World Series. With the National Football League's Buffalo Bills ending their 17-year playoff drought on December 31, 2017, the Mariners now hold the longest playoff drought in all of the four major North American professional sports, having not qualified for the playoffs since 2001; the Mariners were created as a result of a lawsuit. In 1970, in the aftermath of the Seattle Pilots' purchase and relocation to Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Brewers by Bud Selig, the city of Seattle, King County, the state of Washington sued the American League for breach of contract.
Confident that Major League Baseball would return to Seattle within a few years, King County built the multi-purpose Kingdome, which would become home to the National Football League's expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976. The name "Mariners" was chosen by club officials in August 1976 from over 600 names submitted by 15,000 entrants in a name-the-team contest; the Mariners played their first game on April 6, 1977, to a sold-out crowd of 57,762 at the Kingdome, losing 7–0 to the California Angels. The first home run in team history was hit on April 1977, by designated hitter Juan Bernhardt; that year, star pitcher Diego Seguí, in his last major league season, became the only player to play for both the Pilots and the Mariners. The Mariners finished with a 64 -- 98 record. In 1979, Seattle hosted the 50th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. After the 1981 season, the Mariners were sold to California businessman George Argyros, who in turn sold the team to Jeff Smulyan in 1989, to Nintendo of America in 1992.
During the 1992–93 offseason, the Mariners hired manager Lou Piniella, who had led the Cincinnati Reds to victory in the 1990 World Series. Mariner fans embraced Piniella, he would helm the team from 1993 through 2002, winning two American League Manager of the Year Awards along the way; the 2001 Mariners club finished with a record of 116-46, leading all of Major League Baseball in winning percentage for the duration of the season and winning the American League West division championship. In doing so, the team broke the 1998 Yankees American League single-season record of 114 wins and matched the all-time MLB single-season record for wins set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs. At the end of the season, Ichiro Suzuki won the AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year, one of three outfield Gold Glove Awards, becoming the first player since the 1975 Boston Red Sox's Fred Lynn to win all three in the same season. On October 22, 2008 the Mariners announced the hiring of Jack Zduriencik scouting director of the Milwaukee Brewers, as their general manager.
Weeks on November 18, the team named Oakland Athletics bench coach Don Wakamatsu as its new field manager. Wakamatsu and Zduriencik hired an new coaching staff for 2009, which included former World Series MVP John Wetteland as bullpen coach; the off-season saw a litany of roster moves, headlined by a 12-player, 3-team trade that included sending All-Star closer J. J. Putz to the New York Mets and brought 5 players—including prospect Mike Carp and outfielder Endy Chávez from New York and outfielder Franklin Gutiérrez from the Cleveland Indians—to Seattle. Many of the moves, like the free agent signing of Mike Sweeney, were made in part with the hope of squelching the clubhouse infighting that plagued the Mariners in 2008, it saw the return of Seattle favorite Griffey Jr. The 2009–10 offseason was highlighted by the trade for 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from the Philadelphia Phillies, the signing of third baseman Chone Figgins and the contract extension of star pitcher "King" Félix Hernández.
Griffey Jr. announced his retirement on June 2010, after 22 MLB seasons. The Mariners fired field manager Don Wakamatsu along with bench coach Ty Van Burkleo, pitching coach Rick Adair and performance coach Steve Hecht on August 9, 2010. Daren Brow
First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner to score a run for that player's team. A first baseman is the player on the team playing defense who fields the area nearest first base, is responsible for the majority of plays made at that base. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the first baseman is assigned the number 3. Called first sacker or cornerman, the first baseman is ideally a tall player who throws left-handed and possesses good flexibility and quick reflexes. Flexibility is needed because the first baseman receives throws from the other infielders, the catcher and the pitcher after they have fielded ground balls. In order for the runner to be called out, the first baseman must be able to stretch towards the throw and catch it before the runner reaches first base. First base is referred to as "the other hot corner"—the "hot corner" being third base—and therefore, like the third baseman, he must have quick reflexes to field the hardest hit balls down the foul line by left-handed pull hitters and right-handed hitters hitting to the opposite field.
They are power hitters who have a substantial number of home runs and extra base hits while maintaining a.270 plus batting average. Good defensive first basemen, according to baseball writer and historian Bill James, are capable of playing off first base so that they can field ground balls hit to the fair side of first base; the first baseman relies upon the pitcher to cover first base to receive the ball to complete the out. Indications of a good defensive first baseman include a large number of assists and a low number of throwing errors by other infielders; the nature of play at first base requires first basemen to stay close to the bag to hold runners or to reach the bag before the batter. First basemen are not expected to have the range required of a third baseman, second baseman or an outfielder; as a result, first base is not perceived to be as physically demanding as other positions. However, it can be a hard position to play. Though many play at first base their entire career, it is common for veteran players to be moved to first base to extend their careers or to accommodate other acquired players.
Facing a possible trade or a considerable reduction in playing time, a player will opt to move to first base instead. Catchers and corner outfielders are moved to first base due to deteriorating health or if their fielding abilities at their original position are detrimental to the team. Unlike the pitcher and catcher, who must start every play in a designated area the first baseman and the other fielders can vary their positioning in response to what they anticipate will be the actions of the batter and runner once play begins; when first base is not occupied by a baserunner, the first baseman stands behind first base and off the foul line. The distance he plays from the base and foul line is dependent on the current hitter and any runners on base; the exact position may depend on the first baseman's experience and fielding ability. For a known right-handed pull hitter, the first baseman might position himself further towards the second baseman's normal fielding position. For a known left-handed pull hitter, the first baseman will position himself closer to the foul line to stop a ball hit down the line.
To protect against a bunt on the first base side of the infield, the first baseman will position himself in front of the base and move towards the hitter as the pitch is thrown. As soon as the pitcher commits to throwing towards home plate, the first baseman will charge towards the hitter to field the bunt. During these plays, it is the responsibility of the second baseman to cover first base. With a base runner present at first base, the first baseman stands with his right foot touching the base to prepare for a pickoff attempt. Once the pitcher commits to throwing towards home plate, the first baseman comes off the bag in front of the runner and gets in a fielding position. If the bases are loaded, or if the runner on first base is not a base stealing threat, the first baseman will position himself behind the runner and appropriate for the current batter; when waiting for a throw from another player, the first baseman stands with his off-glove foot touching the base stretches toward the throw.
This stretch decreases the amount of time it takes the throw to get to first and encourages the umpire to call close plays in favor of the fielding team. Veteran first basemen are known to pull off the bag early on close plays to convince the umpire that the ball reached his glove before the runner reached first base; the first baseman has the responsibility of cutting off throws from any of the three outfield positions on their way to home plate. Though situational, the first baseman only receives throws from the center or right fielder; the first baseman is at the end of a double play, though he can be at the beginning and end of a double play. Unusual double plays involving the first baseman include the 3–6–3, 3–4–3, 3–2–3, or a 3–6–1 double play. In a 3–6–3 or 3–4–3 double play, the first baseman fields the ball, throws to second, where the shortstop or second baseman catches the ball to make the first out and throws back to the first baseman who reaches first base in time to tag first base before the batter reaches first base.
For a 3–2–3 double play, the bases must be loaded for the force-out at home plate or the catcher must tag the runner coming from
Kurtis Kiyoshi Suzuki, is an American professional baseball catcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. He played for the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves. Prior to playing professionally, Suzuki attended Cal State Fullerton and won the Johnny Bench Award and Brooks Wallace Award. Suzuki was born to Warren and Kathleen Suzuki in Wailuku and attended Henry Perrine Baldwin High School from which he graduated in 2001. Suzuki was mentored as a youth by Hawaiian MLB scout Walter Isamu Komatsubara, he managed a.328 batting average as a senior at Baldwin. Suzuki attended California State University, where he played college baseball for the Cal State Fullerton Titans baseball team. Cal State Fullerton appeared in the 2003 College World Series and captured the 2004 College World Series championship, thanks to Suzuki's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Titans a 3-2 win over the Texas Longhorns; that same year, he won the Johnny Bench Award as the country's top collegiate catcher.
He was selected All-American by two publications, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He was the recipient of the first Brooks Wallace Award; the Athletics drafted Suzuki in the second round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft and assigned him to the Single-A Vancouver Canadians, where he batted.297 and committed just one error in 46 games. His first full season of professional baseball came in 2005, with another Single-A team, the Stockton Ports. Playing in 114 games, Suzuki put up a.277 average, 12 home runs, 65 RBIs and a.440 slugging percentage. Moving up to the Double-A Midland RockHounds in 2006, Suzuki batted.285 with a.392 OBP. He began the 2007 season with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. Suzuki joined the major league club on June 9, 2007 after used catcher Adam Melhuse was traded to the Texas Rangers and made his debut three days as a pinch hitter in a game against the Houston Astros, he served as backup to veteran Jason Kendall until Kendall was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 16, making Suzuki the Athletics everyday catcher.
On July 17, 2007, pitcher Shane Komine got into a game in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers with Suzuki doing the catching. This marked the first time in major league baseball history that there was a battery where both players were from Hawaii. On September 10, 2007, Suzuki hit his first career grand slam in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners. For the 2008 season, Suzuki was the starting catcher. In the first 20 regular season games, Suzuki started 18, he ended the season with a.279 batting average in 148 games. During the 2009 season, Suzuki had a career high 15 home runs, 88 RBIs, batted.274 in 147 games. Suzuki led the A's in RBIs, became only the second catcher in the franchise's history to do so, he led the team in hits and total bases and was second in home runs and runs scored behind teammate Jack Cust. On July 23, 2010, Suzuki signed a four-year extension with the Oakland Athletics, estimated to be worth $16.25 million. At the end of the 2010 season, Suzuki ended with a. 242 average with 71 RBI's.
The following season, he hit.237 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI. On August 3, 2012, Suzuki was traded to the Washington Nationals for minor league catcher David Freitas. During the 2013 season, Suzuki platooned with Wilson Ramos. On May 12, 2013, Suzuki was ejected for the first time in his MLB career by umpire John Tumpane for arguing a strike three call. On August 22, 2013, Suzuki was traded back to the Oakland Athletics for minor leaguer Dakota Bacus. Suzuki signed with the Minnesota Twins on December 23, 2013. Suzuki was named to the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, finishing up the game with his Twins battery-mate, Glen Perkins, he agreed to a two-year contract extension with the team on July 31, 2014. In his first season with Minnesota, he hit; the following season he hit.240 with 5 home runs and 50 RBI's. In 2016, he had his season shortened due to injury. On January 30, 2017, Suzuki signed a one-year contract for $1.5 million with the Atlanta Braves. He set a career high in home runs that season, hitting 19 in 276 at-bats while platooning with Tyler Flowers.
On September 23, 2017, Suzuki and the Braves agreed to a one-year extension worth $3.5 million. On November 20, 2018, the Washington Nationals announced that they had signed Suzuki to a two-year contract worth $10 million. Suzuki is a fourth generation Japanese American, he was graduated from Baldwin High School. Suzuki married his wife Renee Marie Suzuki in January 2007, they met at Fullerton. They have three children, daughter Malia Grace Suzuki, born on April 28, 2011, sons Kai Noah and Elijah, born on November 4, 2013 and July 12, 2016. Suzuki took a brief paternity leave after his daughter's birth in 2011. In 2012, Suzuki and his wife Renee founded the Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation, a charitable non-profit dedicated to supporting the scientific research of chronic illnesses and kidney diseases, he and his wife have helped out a former Titan catcher Jon Wilhite, injured in the car crash that killed Nick Adenhart. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Kurt Suzuki on Twitter BaseballAmerica.com: 2006 Player Statistics: Kurt Suzuki
Huntington Beach, California
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. The city is named after American businessman Henry E. Huntington; the population was 189,992 during the 2010 census, making it the most populous beach city in Orange County and the seventh most populous city in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its estimated 2014 population was 200,809, it is bordered by Bolsa Chica Basin State Marine Conservation Area on the west, the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, by Seal Beach on the northwest, by Westminster on the north, by Fountain Valley on the northeast, by Costa Mesa on the east, by Newport Beach on the southeast. Huntington Beach is known for its long 9.5-mile stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing, beach culture. The ocean waves are enhanced by a natural effect caused by the edge-diffraction of open ocean swells around Santa Catalina Island. Swells generated predominantly from the North Pacific in winter and from a combination of Southern Hemisphere storms and hurricanes in the summer focus on Huntington Beach, creating consistent surf all year long, hence the nickname "Surf City".
The area was occupied by the Tongva people. European settlement can be traced to a Spanish soldier, Manuel Nieto, who in 1784 received a Spanish land grant of 300,000 acres, Rancho Los Nietos, as a reward for his military service and to encourage settlement in Alta California. Nieto's western area was reduced in 1790 because of a dispute with the Mission San Gabriel, but he retained thousands of acres stretching from the hills north of Whittier and Brea, south to the Pacific Ocean, from today's Los Angeles River on the west, to the Santa Ana River on the east; the main thoroughfare of Huntington Beach, Beach Boulevard, was a cattle route for the main industry of the Rancho. Since its time as a parcel of the enormous Spanish land grant, Huntington Beach has undergone many incarnations. One time it was known as Shell Beach, the town of Smeltzer, Gospel Swamp for the revival meetings that were held in the marshland where the community college Golden West College can be found, it became known as Fairview and Pacific City, as it developed into a tourist destination.
In order to secure access to the Pacific Electric Red Car lines that used to criss-cross Los Angeles and ended in Long Beach, Pacific City ceded enormous power to railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington, thus became a city whose name has been written into corporate sponsorship, like much of the history of Southern California, boosterism; the Huntington Beach pier was built in 1904 and was a 1,000-foot-long timber structure. Huntington Beach was incorporated on February 17, 1909, during the tenure of its first mayor, Ed Manning, its original developer was Huntington Beach Company, a real-estate development firm owned by Henry Huntington. The Huntington Beach Company is still a major land-owner in the city, still owns most of the local mineral rights; the company is now wholly owned by the Chevron Corporation. At one time, an encyclopedia company gave away free parcels of land in the Huntington Beach area; the lucky buyers got more than they had bargained for when oil was discovered in the area, enormous development of the oil reserves followed.
Though many of the old reserves are depleted, the price of land for housing has pushed many of the rigs off the landscape, oil pumps can still be found to dot the city. Huntington Beach was agricultural in its early years with crops such as lima beans, peppers and sugar beets. Holly Sugar was a major employer with a large processing plant in the city, converted into an oil refinery; the city's first high school, Huntington Beach High School, located on Main Street, was built in 1906. The school's team, the Oilers, is named after the city's original natural resource. Meadowlark Airport, a small general-aviation airport, existed in Huntington Beach from the 1940s until 1989. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.9 square miles. 26.7 sq mi of it is land and 5.1 sq mi of it is water. The entire city of Huntington Beach lies in area codes 657 and 714, except for small parts of Huntington Harbour, in the 562 area code. Huntington Beach has a borderline semi-arid/Mediterranean climate changing for the second to the west and south due to its low precipitation.
Although areas such as Huntington Central Park and northern Bolsa Chica fall into the first climate type, thus being the boundary of the cool summer Mediterranean climate on the west coast of North America, except for elevated portions in the southern end of the state. The climate is sunny and cool, although evenings can be excessively damp. In the morning and evening, there are strong breezes that can reach 15 mph. Ocean water temperatures average 55 °F to 65 °F. In the summer, temperatures exceed 85 °F. In the winter, temperatures fall below 40 °F on clear nights. There are about 14 inches of rain all in mid-winter. Frost occurs only on the coldest winter nights; the area is annually affected by a marine layer caused by the cool air of the Pacific Ocean meeting the warm air over the land. This results in foggy conditions in May and June. Construction of any kind on the beach is prohibited without a vote of the people, allowing Huntington Beach to retain its natural connection to