On the Comeback Trail

Hey there everyone, long time no talk, I hope you all are doing great.  It has been a hectic couple of weeks in Bakersfield for the Blaze.  Going into the first of June we were 3.5 games back in the Cal League North Division, and now on the 10th of June we are 2.5 games up of the San Jose Giants with 8 games to play in the first half. I apologize the gap between posts, but it is time to get back at it.

A lot has happened since I blogged last. The Pacers lost their series to the Heat, a lot of baseball games have been played, and of course the MLB draft took place. In 2009 I went through the same feeling that all of the guys drafted had and it is something that I will, and I’m sure all the other guys, will never forget.

For me it was something that I had dreamed and worked toward since I could remember… such a humbling experience. I wish all of the new draftees the best of luck, especially all my good friends that have been fortunate enough to be put in a situation to further their baseball careers at the professional level.

As I touched on a little earlier, the Bakersfield Blaze are right in the middle of a heated playoff race in the California League North Division with the San Jose Giants. I have been fortunate enough to play with a great core group of guys throughout my professional career, from Billings to Dayton and then from Dayton to Bakersfield where we have always been in the thick of things when it comes to the playoffs, and this year is no different.

Last but not least, for the Pacers and Miami Heat series, it was definitely tough for me to see the Heat walk in and beat the Pacers in Indianapolis (note: I’m originally from Indiana).  The Heat are such a talented team, and as a basketball fan in general you can’t help but enjoy watching LeBron James play the game. He truly is the best player in the NBA in my opinion, and definitely someone the Thunder are going to have trouble with in the Finals.

Photo credit (US Presswire)

But it was a great season for the Pacers and as you can see from the photo, the fans were awesome in their support of the team!

Thank you all for reading and again I apologize for the gap in posts, but for day to day updates you can always follow me on twitter @Tucker_Barnhart.  Remember to go out and take the best out of everything you do. Be easy everyone.

Another day!

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As we speak I’m getting ready for my fiance(Katie) to arrive here in Reno.  She actually found a job out here so she’ll be able to live out here with me.  What a lot of people don’t know or understand about professional sports is the sacrifice that athletes make for their family.  I shouldn’t say we even make the sacrifice because really our family is getting the bad end of the deal. Long hours with changing of time zones.  Let’s just say that our cell phones are being put to good use.  Being thousands of miles away from your family and friends I definitely wish that I could say that i’m always in a good mood after games.  It takes patience from both sides to say the least. 

Like I talked about in my last post about going to Nashville and Memphis.  It was great to be able to see my parents.  I haven’t seen my mom since before spring training!   It was nice to be able to go out to dinner with them and just enjoy their company.  I’m not sure when i’ll see them again, hopefully soon.

 

 I’ve been in triple A for about a month and a week now and I have to say that I’m really enjoying myself.  I absolutely love the big cities that we gone to thus far.  Seems like there’s always something going on or something to do.  I’ve ate some amazing food!  Especially in Memphis and Nashville.  Holy Barbecue!  As you can tell I love to eat.Image

Again follow me on twitter @AdamSpankyEaton.  If you have any questions feel free to ask!

First Games Back

Hi folks,

Well, I can’t explain how good it feels to finally be back out on the field and starting up my 2012 season. For those of you who don’t know, I broke my hamate bone back in spring training. I rehabbed for several weeks until the doctor finally cleared me to work out.

Finally, on Thursday, May 10 I flew up to Appleton, Wisconsin and made it in time to make the lineup that night.

It was a really long day of traveling but still the rush of being in a game again took over and wiped away all the fatigue/ jet lag. I didn’t get a hit that first night, but it was great to be back with my teammates and get back to playing.

This last week we went on the road and played the Kane County Cougars, the Kansas City affiliate. They had a pretty good turnout of fans at that ballpark, and my bat got going there as well. I hit my first home run of the season in the last game of the series.

Two of the days were field trip days for local schools so I definitely got my fair share of the Spongebob song. Once we finished up that four-game series we hit the road and got back to  Appleton for a nice seven-game home stand.

It’s been a very exciting past week with being in the line up every day and getting the opportunity to go out and play the game of baseball daily.

I can’t explain how blessed I feel especially since the game was taken away from me for a few weeks.

Well that’s it for now from Appleton. I’ll try and get another blog out before we hit the road for the two week long road trip!

In the meantime, see you on Twitter at @N_Ram3314! Tweet at me and I’ll tweet back!

Best Time of Year

Hey there everybody, it’s Tucker Barnhart again. I hope you are all doing great and enjoyed reading my first entry. I’m hoping to bring more to the table in this second post, so all of you can get to know me a little better off the field.

The game of baseball can be very rigorous at times and for me it’s my golf game that gets me away from everything, and provides a sense of relief from the stresses that I go through. On the 30th of last month my Bakersfield Blaze teammate Chris Berset enoyed our first off day with a nice round of golf in Bakersfield, aka “the Bake” To say that I’m a good golfer may be a bit of a stretch, but on this day I played out of my mind, shooting a 2 over 74. It was one of those days where I could not miss, even the bad shots that I hit ended up with a good result. I thoroughly enjoy getting out on the course and if I had my druthers I’d be out there everyday.

When it comes to relaxing off the field and getting away from the game, I also love to take in an Indiana Pacers game. During the off-season I like to go to as many games as possible, but during the season I have to rely on the NBA League Pass on my computer to get the job done. Now saying I’m just a fan of the Pacers might be an understatement… I LOVE the Pacers. I’m battling it out with some guys on the team now taking a couple friendly wagers for a free dinner with the likely series between the Heat and Pacers coming up in the next week or so (please wish me luck).

Here’s a picture of a Pacers-Jazz game I attended in February and I was sitting courtside!
I have to say that this is my favorite time of the year with the PGA Tour heating up and the NBA Playoffs going on, oh and not to mention getting to play baseball on a daily basis. As a team we are playing really well right now, and I truly believe that we are only going to get better. It is a pleasure to be around the group of guys that all buy into a team concept, and in the end that will help us win games.
I hope you all have enjoyed reading, and getting to know me a little off the field. In the meantime you guys can follow me on Twitter @Tucker_Barnhart. Until next time, be easy and GO PACERS!

The move

Hey everyone, just checking in.  We (Reno Aces AZ AAA) just finished up an 8 game home stand, and lets just say that runs were not at a premium.  I feel bad for the PCL pitchers because the ball absolutely flies out here!! To say the least I’m not complaining.

We’ve got a great team here in Reno.  I’ve only been here for three weeks and I’ve really enjoyed the characters that are on this team.  With so many games to be played you lean  on those guys heavily for comic relief.  They know how this game can weigh on an individual as it can on a team.  I feel that it’s a must to have those type guys to keep a team running at its best.

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Looking ahead to this week we head east to Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee for four games a piece.  I can’t wait to get out there.  I’m from Springfield, Ohio so for me, it’s the closest that I’ll get to home. Both locations are only a short drive for friends and family to come down.  I can’t wait to see them all!  It’s been 3 months since I last saw them!  Don’t get me wrong, getting drafted by Arizona was awesome, but most of the farm teams that I’ve played for have been out West.  It will be nice to be close to home and see the family.

I appreciate you reading my blog.  If you want to follow me on a day to day basis.  Follow me @AdamSpankyEaton.  Yeah… I know Spanky?  What is that? That’s for another day’s blog.  If you have any questions feel free to ask!

On the road back..

Hey there everyone!

Well so far its been a very exciting week for me. I’ve been cleared from the doctor to start participating in everything in a normal work out and the hand is feeling great! I’ve taken a few batting practices out on the field and can’t say that I have lost any of my “pop” haha!

But on the other hand not taking any ground balls for 5 weeks will definitely catch up to you. Let’s just say I was a little rusty the first couple days, but it’s like riding a bike, eventually it all comes back.

Today will be the first day in about five and a half weeks that I will be in a game and face some live pitching. I’m excited, can’t even describe my feelings right now. Everyone that I have talked to about my injury says, “wow you’re already healthy from it, that flew by!”

Well maybe it flew by to them but to me, it couldn’t have gone any slower. I’m hoping to get in a couple games here in Arizona and then be shipped out to an affiliate.

Meanwhile since I’ve had a good amount of downtime, Ive had plenty of opportunity to catch up on some ps3 games and have created countless numbers of cleats on NikeID.com. That could possibly be one of the best ways to pass time. I’m waiting to break these out in Wisconsin!

Well that’s it from me here in Arizona, everyone take care.

See you on Twitter at @N_Ram3314!

Say hello to the Reds’ Tucker Barnhart

Whats up everybody? My name is Tucker Barnhart and I’m currently enjoying the great California sun in Bakersfield, California, home of the Cincinnati Reds High-A affiliate Bakersfield Blaze. It’s a pleasure to be here and I hope you all enjoy.

I graduated high school in 2009 in Brownsburg, Indiana, and was drafted by the Reds in 10th round that summer. I was signed to play college baseball at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, but chose to become a part of the Reds organization instead. I have nothing but good things to say about the decision that I made, and continue to thank everyone that has helped me get to the point I am today.

In 2009, I played just a total of 10 games in the Gulf Coast League after I signed at the end of July. When the 2010 season began, I was assigned to the Pioneer League affiliate Billings Mustangs. In 2011, I played a full season in Dayton, Ohio with the Reds Low-A affiliate Dayton Dragons. Coming into the season we were all introduced to the “sell out streak” that the Dragons had compiled. In their sights was the number 815, the all time consecutive sell out record that we were on pace to break in July. It was definitely an experience I will never forget, and a pleasure to be a part of.

After the season last year, I was informed that I had been awarded the Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove for my performance behind the plate during that season. For a guy that has always taken pride in his defense, it was an honor that was second to none. It was a very humbling experience, and something I would have not been able to achieve without the help of a countless number of people: my family, coaches, and most importantly our pitching staff of last year in Dayton.

This season has started off on the right foot, being invited to my first big league camp, and selected to play in a Futures game in Cincinnati on April 2nd, before the Reds home opener.  It was a pleasure to be around guys like Ryan Hanigan, Corky Miller, and Devin Mesoraco, to learn how they go about their business on a daily basis. Being able to watch them work every day has helped me become a better player and will definitely help me develop as I climb up the ladder in the Reds organization.

I really thank you guys for reading this, and I hope to keep you entertained. For now you can follow me on twitter @Tucker_Barnhart, where I hope to keep you informed on what’s going on with myself and the Bakersfield Blaze.

Say hello to the Diamondbacks’ Adam Eaton

Hi everybody. My name is Adam Eaton and I’m in Triple-A with the Arizona Diamondbacks. I was just promoted up to Reno about a week ago.

I went to Miami of Ohio and was a 19th round Draft pick in 2010. It was a tough decision to sign, but I’m happy with my decision now.

I started out in rookie ball in Missoula, Montana. In 2011, I began in Visalia in the California League and went to Double-a midway through the season. Won the Southern League championship in Mobile. I was then invited to the Arizona fall league, which is a very prestigious league. I was very excited to be invited to that. I ended up being named to the all-prospect team which was a very prestigious award for me.

I was invited to the Rookie Career Development Program in Washington, D.C., in January, where I met many important and knowledgeable

Saw considerable time in big league camp this spring.

people within Major League Baseball.  It was an opportunity of a lifetime to listen to them to get a better understanding of things like the media and finances, and how to act like a Major Leaguer when you get there for the first time.

I was invited to Major League camp this spring, which was another great opportunity for me to continue to develop as a player. I learned an incredible amount through that process. I got to play alongside all the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a great benefit to me.

After I got sent down from big league camp, I was sent back to Mobile, where I played for about a week and a half, then I got moved up because of injuries at the big league level. Every time you get moved up, it’s an experience in terms of packing up all of your stuff and figuring out a way to get you and your stuff across the country.

This move to Reno has been relatively stress free. Getting set up here, everyone has welcomed me with open arms. I’m looking forward to staying here as long as I’m allowed to. I look forward to a great 2012 season and keeping you all updated on what I’m doing and what I hope to accomplish.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @AdamSpankyEaton.

An introduction from the Brewers’ Nick Ramirez

Hello,

Hitting with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Courtsey of Rinaldi Photos)

My name is Nick Ramirez and I currently play for the Milwaukee Brewers.  I was selected in the fourth round in 2011, pick 131. I attended Cal State Fullerton from 2009-2011. I grew up in Anaheim, CA and attended Katella High School.

I’m currently working my way back onto the field and rehabilitating from a hammate bone injury. It’s probably one of the more common injuries that happen to players in baseball.

Luckily it was nothing too serious so I’ll be back in no time! This will be a blog about my journey through the entire season and what I experience on the way.

Hope you all enjoy it and keep coming back to read what I write. More posts to come!

Meanwhile, you can follow me on Twitter at @N_Ram3314

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