February 2009

Is Myron Coming?

Typically, the questions most fielded here at Isotopes Park (other than the classic “Are you still playing?” query that is usually posed when there is a cloud in the sky and it happens to be raining in some distant corner of New Mexico) pertain to the club’s promotions schedule, as every season fans eagerly anticipate each giveaway or entertainment act.  

This year, the ‘Topes once again are providing a slew of great promotions for fans, highlighted by eight separate fireworks extravaganzas throughout the season.  Also on the slate are giveaways like Orbit Bobbleheads, T-shirts, hats, baseballs, and mini-bats as well as entertainment acts like the Famous Chicken (fresh off his gig with Peyton Manning in those commercials), Birdzerk, Zooperstars, and, of course, the irrepressible Myron Noodleman.   

Click here for a complete list of Isotopes promotions throughout the year, or click here for a PDF of the entire schedule you can download, print, and slap on the ‘fridge.  This will come in handy when individual tickets go on sale on March 14 at 10:00 AM, but more on that later.  This year’s promotions stand up as some of the best we’ve done and fans are sure to be excited about what’s in store at Isotopes Park this season.

In on-the-field news, Spring Training games are in full swing (pardon the pun) in Arizona and Thursday was a big day for former (and possibly future) ‘Topes slugger Valentino Pascucci.  The “Italian Bazooka” belted a solo homer while going 2-for-2 in the Dodgers’ 16-7 pasting of the rival San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.  Another potential Isotope, infielder Chin-Lung Hu, added a three-run shot in what became a six run ninth inning for Los Angeles.  

Pascucci is honing his swing for the World Baseball Classic, in which he will be participating as a member of Team Italy.  He will leave Dodgers camp on Sunday to join his teammates, who face a tough draw against Team Venezuela in their first game on March 7 at the Rogers Center in Toronto.   

After a contest this Friday against Seattle in Peoria and a game Saturday against the Colorado Rockies in Tucson, the long-awaited opener of Camelback Ranch in Glendale will take place on Sunday, March 1 when the Dodgers host their complex-mates, the Chicago White Sox.   You can follow all the Spring Training action at Dodgers.com.      

  

Isotopes Park Ready To Play Ball

Although Opening Day for the Isotopes is still about a month and a half away, fans wanting to see baseball at The Lab will get a chance this Friday, February 20, as the University of New Mexico Lobos open their 2009 home season against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi.  Getting a stadium ready to open is always a challenge, and Director of Stadium Operations Bobby Atencio and his crew have worked tirelessly to make sure the park is in tip-top shape.  That also includes Jarad Alley, the Isotopes’ superb Director of Field Operations, who has gotten the field back in playing shape. That’s no small feat in February, as anyone staring at a brown lawn in these winter months can attest.  The Lobos will be the sole tenant of Isotopes Park until April, at which time both the ‘Topes and UNM will share The Lab until the college season ends on May 5. 

In Spring Training news, the Dodgers are hosting their first full-squad workout at Camelback Ranch in Glendale today and some Minor League players will report tomorrow for some early work before Minor League camp opens in earnest on March 5.  One of those players showing up early is catcher J.D. Closser, who the Dodgers signed to a Minor League contract just a couple of days ago and who could be slated to break camp in Albuquerque.  Last year, Closser split time between three Triple-A stops; Iowa (Chicago Cubs), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (New York Yankees), and Portland (San Diego) and has logged 160 career Major League games, all with the Colorado Rockies from 2004-06.              

No Sweeter Words

On this Valentine’s Day weekend, for a baseball fan there are no words in the English language sweeter than “Pitchers and Catchers report.”   Those words ring especially true today as Dodgers pitchers and catchers have arrived at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona for the official start of Spring Training.  With the recent signings of a number of free agents to Minor League deals (with an invite to Major League camp), it’s interesting to wonder if perhaps Big League veteran pitchers Eric Milton, Jeff Weaver, or Shawn Estes, might break camp in an Isotopes uniform.  Mere idle speculation, true, but that is what Spring Training is all about, right?     

While the majority of the 2009 Isotopes roster will most likely be made up of those on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster and those invited to Major League camp, all of whom report in the next few days, a significant portion will be culled from Minor League camp, which begins a little later.  Minor League pitchers and catchers will report on March 5, with position players to follow on March 11.  It is only after everyone is in camp that the ‘Topes’ roster will truly begin to take shape. 

Should be a fun spring!    

Thanks For A Great Fair!

Leading up to the Isotopes’ annual job fair we were anticipating a large turnout, but the amount of people that ended up showing up surpassed our wildest expectations.  A grand total of 1,050 people participated in the fair, the largest turnout in the seven-year history of the event.   Thanks to everyone who came out and interviewed for making it such a tremendous success.  You will hear back from the Isotopes in about a week.  

If you didn’t get a chance to come to the job fair but are still interested in working at Isotopes Park, don’t fret, there is still an opportunity to get involved.  Simply download an Isotopes Employment Application and/or Ovations Food Services application, fill it out and return it to the ‘Topes’ administrative offices located on the second floor of Isotopes Park.  

With so many people in attendance, the fair definitely caught the attention of all three local television stations, all of whom did stories on the event. 

KOAT (ABC)

KOB (NBC)

KRQE (CBS)

Oh, and by the way, pitchers and catchers report to the Dodgers’ Spring Training Complex in Glendale, Arizona in just four days!  

Fair Fare

Don’t forget that Saturday, February 7 is the annual Isotopes / Ovations Food Services Job Fair, a perfect opportunity to get a chance to hang out at the ballpark this summer and get paid to do it.  The Job Fair will be held at Isotopes Park (enter on the third base side) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For more information, call (505) 924-2255 or click here.  

We’re expecting in excess of 700 people to attend this year, so to get a jump on the process you can download a printable PDF application here.  Coming to Isotopes Park with a completed application is strongly encouraged, as it will save you time.

In other news around The Lab, the excitement from Wednesday’s press conference with Tommy Lasorda and new ‘Topes manager Tim Wallach has rippled all the way to Los Angeles.  Click here for video from the NBC affiliate in LA of a classic exchange between Tommy and Isotopes President Ken Young over the meaning of “Isotopes.”  Speaking of video, we are in the process of putting video of the entire press conference on the web site.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to figure out how to get it up there soon.  Stay tuned.      

What A Day…

Wednesday was an historic day at Isotopes Park as Tim Wallach was formally introduced as the newest manager of the Isotopes by Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, ushering in a new era of Isotopes baseball.  After a quick introduction by ‘Topes President Ken Young, Lasorda delighted the media in attendance with numerous stories before turning things over to Wallach. 

It is safe to say that Isotopes fans are going to enjoy Tim Wallach, who brings with him 17 years as a Major League player and the wealth of baseball knowledge that is commensurate with that experience.  While his focus is to prepare players for the Big Leagues, Wallach realizes that a vital part of development is learning how to win, which is great news for ‘Topes fans who are hoping Wallach can deliver a ninth Pacific Coast League pennant to the city of Albuquerque.   

Of course, while it was Wallach’s day, Lasorda stole the show as expected.  For those who have never had the pleasure of hearing Tommy speak (and given the amount of appearances he makes every year that number has to be about 10… worldwide), it really is a treat.  The energy and passion that he exudes is truly inspirational and it’s impossible not leave a Lasorda speech feeling good.  We’ve been told that this is the first of a couple visits by Tommy to Albuquerque this season and we already can’t wait for the next one.  Below is a photo of Tommy, Tim Wallach, and Isotopes President Ken Young. 

Tim WallachPresser2.jpgSpeaking of feeling good, it’s starting to feel like baseball season is approaching here at The Lab.  We have our manager in place and, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ in roughly a week, the roster should be sorted out soon.

In the meantime, don’t forget that this Saturday is the Isotopes’ annual Job Fair.  If you’re interested in working at Isotopes Park (and why wouldn’t you be?) this is your best opportunity. 

Tommy Is Coming

While announcing a new manager is always exciting, when the Dodgers are involved, they find a way to invariably ratchet up the excitement “to 11,” as our friends in Spinal Tap would say.  Case in point, we just received word that none other than Tommy Lasorda himself will be in Albuquerque on Wednesday to help us formally announce Tim Wallach as our new manager. 

Unfortunately, the event is not open to the public, but it illustrates the commitment the Dodgers are bringing to this renewed relationship with Albuquerque, a commitment that we’re confident Isotopes fans will see in myriad ways throughout the season.

When you think about it, Lasorda’s presence makes perfect symmetrical sense.  Who better to bring in this new Triple-A partnership between Los Angeles and the Isotopes than the man who managed the first Triple-A team in Albuquerque in 1972?  That season, Lasorda led the Dukes to a 92-56 record and the first of eight Pacific Coast League crowns.   Plus, Wallach himself played for Lasorda and the Dodgers from 1993-96. 

It all portends to a very special and exciting season.      

‘Topes Job Fair Scheduled for Saturday

It may be hard to believe, but of all the places in which to work, a ballpark has to rank among the best.  Luckily for those of us that can’t throw a baseball 90 miles per hour or otherwise possess any athletic aptitude, working at Isotopes Park is not reserved for those who can actually play baseball. 

Enter the annual Isotopes Job Fair, where the ‘Topes and their concessionaire, Ovations Food Service, hire seasonal employees to work any number of jobs during the season.  These positions cover every conceivable area of the ballpark and include ushers, security, concession stand workers, pro shop employees, cooks, warehouse workers, ticket takers, bat boys, press box employees and much more.  While these positions are seasonal, they are vitally important to the Isotopes operation in that many times they are on the front lines dealing directly with the ‘Topes’ great fans.  For an organization that prides itself on taking care of its fans, having friendly faces on the concourse is extremely important.   

Plus, Isotopes Park is a really great place to work.  As a game day employee, you are part of the Isotopes family, which explains why we have so many people return from year to year. 

To help save time, we have also posted the Isotopes Employment Application (click here) Fill it out and bring it with you on Saturday.  If you have any questions, please give us a call (505) 924-2255.

See you on Saturday!

'Topes Job Fair Scheduled for Saturday

It may be hard to believe, but of all the places in which to work, a ballpark has to rank among the best.  Luckily for those of us that can’t throw a baseball 90 miles per hour or otherwise possess any athletic aptitude, working at Isotopes Park is not reserved for those who can actually play baseball. 

Enter the annual Isotopes Job Fair, where the ‘Topes and their concessionaire, Ovations Food Service, hire seasonal employees to work any number of jobs during the season.  These positions cover every conceivable area of the ballpark and include ushers, security, concession stand workers, pro shop employees, cooks, warehouse workers, ticket takers, bat boys, press box employees and much more.  While these positions are seasonal, they are vitally important to the Isotopes operation in that many times they are on the front lines dealing directly with the ‘Topes’ great fans.  For an organization that prides itself on taking care of its fans, having friendly faces on the concourse is extremely important.   

Plus, Isotopes Park is a really great place to work.  As a game day employee, you are part of the Isotopes family, which explains why we have so many people return from year to year. 

To help save time, we have also posted the Isotopes Employment Application (click here) Fill it out and bring it with you on Saturday.  If you have any questions, please give us a call (505) 924-2255.

See you on Saturday!

Topes Job Fair Scheduled for Saturday

It may be hard to believe, but of all the places in which to work, a ballpark has to rank among the best.  Luckily for those of us that can’t throw a baseball 90 miles per hour or otherwise possess any athletic aptitude, working at Isotopes Park is not reserved for those who can actually play baseball. 

Enter the annual Isotopes Job Fair, where the ‘Topes and their concessionaire, Ovations Food Service, hire seasonal employees to work any number of jobs during the season.  These positions cover every conceivable area of the ballpark and include ushers, security, concession stand workers, pro shop employees, cooks, warehouse workers, ticket takers, bat boys, press box employees and much more.  While these positions are seasonal, they are vitally important to the Isotopes operation in that many times they are on the front lines dealing directly with the ‘Topes’ great fans.  For an organization that prides itself on taking care of its fans, having friendly faces on the concourse is extremely important.   

Plus, Isotopes Park is a really great place to work.  As a game day employee, you are part of the Isotopes family, which explains why we have so many people return from year to year. 

To help save time, we have also posted the Isotopes Employment Application (click here) Fill it out and bring it with you on Saturday.  If you have any questions, please give us a call (505) 924-2255.

See you on Saturday!

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