Cutters honor Adenhart
(April 11, 2009)
- Days after the tragic death of their top prospect, the Hoboken Cutters announced they will rename the homee field in honor of Nick Adenhart. The 22-year-old was killed in a car accident early Friday morning. The most promising of the five prospects drafted by Hoboken, Adenhart was their first ineligible prospect selected in the 2009 draft, No. 76 overall and the sixth pick of the sixth round. Formerly known as The Quarry at Cutters Field, Hoboken's ballpark will become The Quarry at Adenhart Field starting with Sunday's game against Arkansas.
(November 3, 2008)
- At a teary-eyed press conference early this morning, Hoboken GM Mark Hrywna announced the trade of one of the longest-tenured Cutters, Scott Kazmir.
Hoboken sent the Texas native to Philly for outfielder Adam Dunn, a 9th round pick in 2009 and a 6th round pick in 2010.
"It's tough because Scott has been with the organization so long and has had some special moments with us. Then again, this motherf**ker lost 19 games for us last year," Hrywna said.
The 24-year-old was drafted as an ineligible prospect in the 5th round way back in 2004, but didn't make his first appearance for the squad until the 2006 season. He holds several team records, including most strikeouts in a season (231) and in a game (13), as well as the team-record 19 losses last year.
(September 5, 2008)
- Miguel Cabrera's assault on the team record books continues. Only Cutters great Mike Piazza has hit more homers in a season (51 in 2002, 45 in 2001) after Cabrera belted his 39th in a Thursday night over Marietta. Previously, only Brian Giles and Piazza had hit more than 32 dingers in a season. Cabrera, who owns every offensive franchise record except stolen bases, games started and bases on balls, has hit at least 30 homers in each of the last three seasons after becoming a full-time player.
In the same game, rookie Jeremy Guthrie became the sixth Cutter to log at least 200 innings in a season, but missed out on what would have been his 15th win as David Riske blew the save but took the victory.
Cabrera tops Piazza
(July 6, 2008)
- Miguel Cabrera passed Mike Piazza to become the all-time franchise leader in home runs. Cabrera homered off Curt Schilling to lead off the 4th inning in a 9-7 loss at home against Arkansas, giving him No. 127 for his career, all in a Cutters uniform, and breaking a tie with Piazza, who has caught more games than anyone in franchise history. Only 25, Cabrera already holds most every offensive franchise record and he could surpass the career marks in games, game started and runs scored by early next year.
Cabrera getting high
(April 21, 2008)
- Miguel Cabrera broke the all-time franchise record for RBIs, passing original
Cutter Brian Giles with 374 RBIs, on a fourth-inning double off Ben Sheets that
scored Aaron Rowand in a loss at Vancouver Monday night. It's the first of what
should be several franchise marks to fall this season as the Venazuelan native
is second or third in most every offensive category for Hoboken.
Playing his first season as a full-time DH, after setting the team mark for most
starts at 3B and some time at OF, Cabrera is third in home runs, but only needs
20 this year to break Mike Piazza's team record and 21 doubles to pass Ryan
Klesko for first all-time. Already the franchise leader in strikeouts and total
bases, Cabrera expects to pass Omar Viquel shortly for the all-time lead in
hits. If he stays healthy, Cabrera has a chance to reach Vizquel's mark for most
(March 19, 2008)
- Aaron Cook, who spent most of last season in Hoboken's minor league system despite being eligible, was named to the rotation to begin the 2008 season. Selected in the 20th round of last year's draft, Cook didn't see any action with the big league club and was cut in favor of 2B Jose Valentin just before the trade deadline last year. His only other DMBL experience was four appearances, including two starts, in 2006 for the now-defunct Phoenix Dragons. At 0-2, Cook is still looking for his first-ever win in the DMBL.
Cutters GM Mark Hrywna liked what he saw from the 29-year-old sinkerballer and selected him in the 22nd round of this year's draft. The Kentucky native was among a number of starters battling for a spot in the rotation, including veteran Carlos Silva, youngster Scott Baker, rookie Matt Garza and Jarrod "The Franchise" Washburn. Staff ace Scott Kazmir and 3rd-round pick Jeremy Guthrie were held out of spring training to pose for the Cutters' 2008 calendar while longtime Cutter Jon Garland only made one start and one relief appearance. All three are expected to lead the starting rotation.
Ramirez swipes stolen base mark
(July 31, 2007)
- Rookie Hanley Ramirez set a new team mark for stolen bases Monday night, swiping his 24th bag in 2007. He surpassed the record of 23 set by Kenny Lofton in the franchise's inaugural season of 2001. The 24 SBs already places him fourth all-time among Cutters, five behind Ryan Klesko and 10 behind Roberto Alomar. He's been caught 11 times this year, which is likely also a team record and probably will keep him from Lofton's .821 success rate of 2001.
Ramirez also could break the club record for strikeouts in a season, only 15 off of the record 158 (set by Geoff Jenkins last year) with 19 games to play. It would be the third straight season a new team strkeout mark has been set.
In the same game, Scott Kazmir became the first Cutter to strike out 200 batters in a season, finishing with 7 Ks, 202 on the year.
Kazmir charges toward team record
(July 7, 2007)
- Fireballing lefthander Scott Kazmir is well on his way to obliterating the franchise record for strikeouts in a season. With 170 Ks, the Texas native already has shattered Mike Mussina's mark of 156 strikeouts, set in 2004, and likely will be the first Cutter to strike out 200 in a season. Mussina had been the only Hoboken pitcher to even reach 150 Ks in a year.
A fifth-round pick in the 2004 draft, but who didn't make his first start until last season, Kazmir also finds himself No. 7 on the Cutters' all-time strikeout list at 189, with Orlando Hernandez (223) and Jeff Weaver (243) in his sights this season.
Another team mark, though not as stellar, has been set as well. Rookie Boof Bonser (8-5) has yielded 38 home runs this season, breaking Hernandez's record of 36, set in the franchise's inaugural year, 2001.
Washburn sets team mark
(June 19, 2007)
- Jarrod Washburn, Hoboken's first-ever draft pick, is finally the franchise leader in wins, passing Joel Pineiro after notching win No. 45 over Newark on Monday night. Washburn is the franchise leader in virtually every aggregate pitching category.
The 7th overall pick of the 2001 draft (between Frank Castillo and Felix Rodriguez), Washburn won his 11th game of the year, the most since his rookie season of 15 wins. With 45 wins over parts of six seasons with Hoboken, the win total is not too impressive, but the Wisconsin native is finally getting run support. His 5.62 ERA may not be much to look at, and in fact the worst since his nightmarish 7.45 start to his sophomore season (1-13), but the Cutters have scored double digits in his starts on multiple occasions and average 6.8 runs a game, 4th in the league.
"Before anyone jokes about Jarrod's win total being our franchise record, let's take a look at who was selected before him in the draft," said GM Mark Hrywna, who reacquired Washburn from Vancouver during the 2005 season for LaTroy Hawkins. Washburn has never appeared with any team but Hoboken.
Others selected before Washburn in the '01 draft, in order: Kaz Sasaki, Barry Zito, Jeff D'Amico, Rafael Furcal, Freddy Garcia. Among those taken after Washburn were Javier Vazquez (8), Mitch Melusky (11) and Lance Berkman (13).
Cabrera moves up the charts
(May 7, 2007)
- Miguel Cabrera knocked his 89th home run as a Cutter, passing Ryan Klesko for third all-time, leaving only original Brian Giles (118) and Mike Piazza (126) ahead of him.
Thanks in no small measure to two 150-plus stirkeout seasons, Cabrera already has become the all-time leader in strikeouts in just his fourth season, passing Klesko at 405 earlier this year.
The Cutters third baseman has shot up the top 10 in many categories during 2007, passing Piazza and other original Cutters like Roberto Alomar in starts, at-bats and hits. His 15th double of the season Monday night moved him past current teammate Omar Vizquel for fifth place in Cutters history for doubles.
Las Vegas (April 19, 2007)
- Jason Isringhausen, an original Cutter taken in the 2000 expansion draft, appeared in his 400th game for the franchise Thursday night. He picked up his fourth save of the season (a 10-inning win over the Rat Pack) -- the 147th of his career, all coming with Hoboken. The total puts him 12 behind Marietta's Trevor Hoffman for 4th on the all-time list. Izzy's 447 career appearances rank him 11th in that category.
Hoboken has only known one other closer, Billy Koch, who saved 32 games in their inaugural year before falling off the face of the Earth. Isringhausen owns all major relief records on the team. Koch is second in saves, while Steve Kline and Kerry Ligtenberg are way behind Izzy in appearances, with 121 and 120, respectively. Isringhausen is one of the few brights spots in this year's Hoboken bullpen, sharing the closer duties to lighten the load on his 34-year-old arm.
Izzy's 400th appearance came in Hoboken's 1,004th game. The Cutters celebrated their 1,000th game Saturday, a 9-2 thrashing at the hands of Arkansas. Captain Omar Vizquel has appeared in more games than any other Cutter (725), making 671 starts, two out of every three Cutters games, at shortstop.
Hoboken #1 Fan!
Garland done, Ohka picked
Hoboken – Sept. 7, 2006
– There may still be a dozen games left in the season, but Jon
Garland’s year is over. The first-year Cutter lasted just two innings
Wednesday night at Marietta before exiting the game. Hoboken got the
bad news after their 4-1 loss to the Might Men: Garland will miss 15
games due to injury.
Garland was the team’s No. 1 starter after the all-star break and
finished the season with a 3.94 ERA, just the second Cutters’ starter
ever with a sub-4.00 ERA. He also finished on the cusp of 200 innings
-- he would’ve been just the fourth Cutter to reach that mark --
falling just short with 198.7 IP. Garland leads the team in wins
(14-13) and is second in CG with 5. Only two other Cutters have had
more wins in a season than Garland this year (Joel Pineiro, 21, 2002,
and Jarrod Washburn, 15, 2001).
“It’s a tough break to lose a pitcher like Garland right in the middle
of the playoff race, but other guys will just have to step it up down
the stretch,” said Manager Wally Backman, who’s rumored to be fired if
the Cutters fail to make the postseason.
Tomo Ohka, who’s made three starts for Hoboken this year, is expected
to take Garland’s last few starts.
– Jarrod Washburn, the
franchise's first-ever draft pick (seventh overall in 2001, after SP
Frank Castillo and before RP Felix Rodriguez), will be honored before
Tuesday night's game against Westwood for eclipsing several team
records this season.
Washburn returned to the team after a brief taste of free agency and a
short stint in Vancouver last year, coming over with a 15th round pick
in exchange for RP LaTroy Hawkins. He surpassed Joel Pineiro's team
marks for games started (107) and innings pitched (652.7). Though he
passed Mike Mussina for No. 2 in strikeouts, Washburn still trails
Pineiro by 25 Ks and likely won't reach him, having lost his spot in
the rotation to Jorge Sosa, who was acquired before the trading
deadline. The Wisconsin native is 6-6 this season with a 5.10 ERA in 16
starts and is still bitter about losing his turn in the rotation.
Washburn is one of a handful of original cutters who are still with the
team since its inaugural 2001 season, including SS Omar Vizquel and RP
Jason Isringhausen, who were taken in the expansion draft that season.
Also recognized during the evening's festivities will be Carlos Silva,
who shattered Mussina's team mark for complete games (5) in a season
and Pineiro career record (9), logging nine this year, bringing his
career mark to 11.