JETHAWKS NOTEBOOK: WITH CHANGES, JETHAWKS TO BE 'DIFFERENT' BUT GOOD.Byline: Gideon Rubin Staff Writer
BAKERSFIELD - The first-half champion JetHawks started the new half Monday with a clean slate Noun 1. clean slate - an opportunity to start over without prejudice
fresh start, tabula rasa
chance, opportunity - a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance" and what's essentially a new team.
The JetHawks made a staggering 12 roster moves Sunday, the last day of the first half, which saw the team lose a big portion of their high-profile talent.
The most significant casualty of the moves was power. The JetHawks lost their vaunted vaunt
v. vaunt·ed, vaunt·ing, vaunts
To speak boastfully of; brag about.
To speak boastfully; brag. See Synonyms at boast1.
1. ``Three Amigos'' - outfielders Conor Jackson Conor Sims Jackson (nicknamed Co-Jack or Action) was born May 7, 1982 in Austin, Texas. He is a first baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He bats right handed and throws right handed. He is 6'2" and roughly 225 pounds. , Carlos Quentin Carlos Quentin (born August 28, 1982 in Bellflower, California, is an outfielder who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. School years
Quentin attended Saint Pius X Elementary School (Chula Vista, California), and later, University of San Diego High School (San Diego, and third baseman third baseman
The infielder stationed near third base.
Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
third sacker Jamie D'Antona - who combined for 39 homers and 162 RBI RBI
runs batted in
Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in .
Second baseman second baseman
The infielder who is positioned near and to the first-base side of second base.
Noun 1. second baseman - (baseball) the person who plays second base
second sacker Neb Brown, who seemed to be in the mix in just about every rally, will also be missed.
They also lost left-handed pitcher Clint Goocher (9-2, 3.67 ERA), arguably the California League's best pitcher over the past two months, and closer Jason Bulger Jason Patrick Bulger (born December 6, 1978 in Lawrenceville, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Bulger played collegiate baseball at Valdosta (GA) State University. , whose 98 mph fastball and a curveball that's above average by major league standards have him on the fast track to being a major league closer, possibly within a year.
But the parent club didn't leave Lancaster barren, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. JetHawks manager Wally Backman
``We're going to be different, but we're still going to be good,'' Backman said.
The JetHawks get six players from the Double-A El Paso (Texas) club, including infielders Dan Uggla and Steve Garrabrants, outfielders Jay Garthwaite and Doc Brooks, and pitchers Sergio Lizarraga and Sam Smith.
``It's definitely a face-lift,'' Backman said. ``Everybody is going to have to come in and fit it. I'm sure there are going to be guys who are (angry) about coming down but I'll sit those guys and talk to them right out of the chute.''
The JetHawks' additions all struggled at El Paso, which finished the first half last in the Texas League's Western Division.
``They've all got something to prove, and so in that sense they're going to play hard and they're going to go out there to win,'' Backman said.
Some of the new JetHawks are familiar faces. Uggla spent part of 2002 in Lancaster and was a California League all-star last season, batting .290 with 23 homers and 90 RBI. Garthwaite batted .297 with 22 homers and 87 RBI at Lancaster last season.
Brooks, who started the season in Lancaster, was batting .391 (25 for 64) with five homers and 17 RBI before being promoted three weeks ago.
Garrabrants, a speedster speed·ster
1. One who drives very fast.
2. A fast car. out of Arizona State who last season stole 30 bases at short-season Yakima (Wash.), comes to Lancaster after starting his first full year in pro ball in Double-A.
Smith and Lizarraga, who will move into the starting rotation, were unable to duplicate outstanding seasons at Single-A South Bend (Ind.) last season at El Paso.
--Schultz is coming: Pitcher Mike Schultz is expected to join the team this week, Diamondbacks farm director Tommy Jones said. Schultz has had two shoulder surgeries in the past three years and suffered another labrum labrum /la·brum/ (la´brum) pl. la´bra [L.] an edge, rim, or lip.
n. pl. la·bra
A lip-shaped anatomical edge, rim, or structure.
pl. tear in spring training that didn't require surgery. He's pitching at Triple-A Tucson (Ariz.) and is expected to join the team when pitcher Brian Bruney comes off the disabled list.
--Off days: JetHawks pitching coach Dan Carlson will miss this week's three-game series in Visalia and rejoin the team Thursday in accordance with the Diamondbacks' policy of giving coaches three off days per season. Hitting coach Eric Fox will miss next week's three-game series at Lake Elsinore, which starts July 1, just after the all-star break.
--Fatigue factor: After this weekend's Bakersfield series, just about anybody associated with the team could use a vacation. The JetHawks played consecutive 13-inning games Friday and Saturday. The extra-inning games, combined with a brutal travel schedule, meant they played 26 innings and logged about 12 hours on the team bus within a 36-hour period.
``It's been exhausting,'' Backman said.
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GOING, GOING, GONE
(1 -- ran in AV edition only) JACKSON
(2 -- ran in AV edition only) QUENTIN
(3 -- ran in AV edition only) D'ANTONA
(4 -- ran in AV edition only) BROWN
(5 -- ran in AV edition only) BULGER
(6 -- ran in AV edition only) GOOCHER
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(7 -- ran in AV edition only) UGGLA
(8 -- ran in AV edition only) GARTHWAITE
(9 -- ran in AV edition only) BROOKS