Northampton Press

Monday, October 21, 2019

Valley’s young guns starting to stand out

Friday, October 18, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In their season opener, the Phantoms had a bunch of near-misses when it came to shots. The team’s chemistry looked a little off as a number of new faces, many of them young, inexperienced pro players, tried to fit together into a cohesive unit.

They quickly put the opening 3-0 shutout to Providence aside and came out firing against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The result was a 4-1 win, which they followed up with an overtime loss to another rival, the Hershey Bears.

Boys fall to Emmaus

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

First year coach Ryan Brazuk would have loved to have his team knock off perennial power Emmaus in the season opener, but short of that, he wanted his team to play a game that they could be proud of at the end of the game.

Northampton lost to Emmaus 4-0, but Brazuk was encouraged by his team’s effort and left the field feeling proud of how his team played against one of the better teams in the Lehigh Valley.

Time nearing for Phils to expand roster

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Major League teams can expand their rosters to as many as 40 players on Sunday when the calendar flips to September. It’s the last season that teams can go that high.

Starting next season, the roster can expand to just 30 players and there will be a 26-man roster for the regular season instead of the current 25-man roster.

So with the minor league season nearing an end and the rosters expanding, who will be continuing their season in Philadelphia and who starts their offseason?

Lehigh Valley picks up another catcher

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have made a series of questionable moves this summer, with one of them coming last week when they signed catcher Nick Hundley.

While Hundley isn’t known for his offense, he’s been a strong defensive catcher and has thrown out just over the major league average of 26 percent of would-be base stealers over 12 seasons in the majors.

It never hurts to have a quality defensive catcher, but the Phillies already had three catchers on their Triple-A roster at Lehigh Valley.

Checking out where some former Pigs have landed

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Are you going through ‘Pig withdrawal yet?

The IronPigs haven’t played a home game since July 7 and they won’t be back home for another week yet, leaving Coca-Cola Park empty for 15 straight days. The current 11-game road trip saw the ‘Pigs fly from Rochester to Gwinnett Sunday night to start a four-game series against the Stripers.

With the gang out of town, it’s a good time to take a look at some former IronPigs who have also flown out of town, only on a more permanent basis.