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Meet Crabs Assistant David Flores

1) What are you doing now career wise?

I am currently the infield and hitting coach at Chabot Junior College. We are currently having a great season, with a 20-6 record.

2) What is your baseball academy all about? How did you and Andrew Alvarado partner up and what's your mission with the Academy?

We partnered up for the academy to provide camps and clinics to kids in our area who cannot afford the fees for most other camps. We want to keep generating interest in baseball in our community. Our camps are normally free and provide a lot of fun and baseball education for the kids. Baseball never used to be an expensive sport to play but in todays world it can be very pricey. We’re doing our best to provide top-notch instruction for little to no money. The academy is going strong and growing every year.

3) What are some of your fondest memories from your playing days? With the Sacramento State Hornets, with the minor league team, with the Astros? Do you have any sports celebrity moments from your days in Texas?

Best time of my life was being a Hornet. I'm so grateful John Smith gave me an opportunity to play at Sac State. It’s hard to narrow down certain moments during my time in sac because the four years I was there were amazing. I would have to say traveling with the guys to different stadiums was the best part of it all. I never played on the big-league team but my favorite memory of playing pro ball was competing against all the super stars that are in the Major Leagues. I will never forget playing against the Trouts, Poseys, Bumgarners of the world. Playing pro ball was such a blessing and I enjoyed every second of it.

4) Will we be meeting your family this summer? How has the support from Mom and Dad helped you transition from player to coach?

Yes, my family and brother planned a trip to Humboldt the first week of July. They are excited to be a part of the Crabs tradition. As far as my parents go you couldn't ask for a better support cast. They knew hanging up the cleats was very difficult for me and they were there to support me all the way through it. My dad knows I’m going to make baseball a career for me, if its not playing then coaching. He loves the fact that I coach because to this today he enjoys going to ball games,

5) Matt Wilson from Pepperdine had nothing but good things to say about you, what’s your connection to him? And how did you meet Tyson Fisher?

I was fortunate enough to play with Wilson my freshmen year. After that Wilson became a grad assistant. We also roomed together my sophomore year. Wilson loves and knows the game. I learned a lot from him while he was at sac state. I actually met Tyson through Reggie Christiansen, the current Sac State baseball coach. I met Reggie through my days at Sacramento. He knows I have a passion for the game and would like to further my coaching experience. He recommended coaching for the crabs and set me up with Tyson. 

6) What MLB coach would you most like to personify?

My favorite MLB coach would have to be A's manager Bob Melvin. I love his coaching style. He lets his players play and defends them when needed. He seems to never get too excited and too down. That's exactly how I am. I try to be the same person everyday.

7) What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

My biggest hobby is mountain biking. I got into it about 3 years ago and love it. I try to ride as much as possible. The more technical the trail, the better. I'm bringing up my mountain bike to Humboldt so I hope to discover some new trails.

8) Have you ever been up to Humboldt before and what is your perception about the Lost Coast as we call it?

I have never been up to Humboldt but I've only heard good things from former Crab players. I'm just looking forward to the new environment. I have a passion for coaching and I know and heard the Crabs do an amazing job with the summer program. I am excited to be apart of it all. I am one of those guys who loves spending a lot of my time at the yard so chances are you can find me there.

9) If you could have lunch with any famous baseball player, who would it be and why?

When I was younger I would have said A-Rod but that all went out the window a couple years ago. I would want to go to dinner with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. I would love to pick his brain about the game of baseball. He also seems like a really funny guy.

10) How would you describe your style of coaching?

My style of coaching is to help the kids in any way I can. I love working with kids who love to get better. I am a real chill, laid back type of coach. That being said I think the players who play for me see and understand how much time and effort I put into the team. I think they truly respect that when it comes time to instruct or discipline them. They understand that I know how to teach the game the right way. I was blue-collar hard working player and I expect my players to be the same way.

Tyson Fisher Takes the Reins

ARCATA (Feb. 3, 2014) — The Humboldt Crabs are pleased to announce former player and assistant coach Tyson Fisher has accepted the managerial position for the Crabs 70th anniversary season. Fisher has been the head baseball coach at Fortuna High School since 2011. He was an assistant coach for the Crabs for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

“We are very pleased to find such a well qualified local individual to take on this critical job,” said Crabs Board President Vikki Rossi. “Tyson comes to the position with ample coaching experience, but more importantly has demonstrated his ability to relate to and get the best out of young ball players.” 

Fisher was a standout infielder at South Dakota State University, graduating with a Social Sciences degree in 2008. Fisher had a 19-game hitting streak for the Jackrabbits and was ranked in the top 10 in nine NCAA Division I hitting and offensive categories. His involvement in the Humboldt County includes various high school coaching assignments in both baseball and basketball.

Long-time manager Matt Nutter leaves the organization after eight successful years at the helm of the Crabs. During that time, Nutter compiled a .777 overall record with 328-94 win-loss record while also leading the team to both Far West League and tournament playoff championships the last four years.

Nutter explained that after a discussion with his family, he decided after 23 years with the Crabs organization that this was a good time to take a break. “My daughters are nearing the time when they will go off to college and I haven’t had a summer with the family in a very long time,” Nutter said.

“The Crabs want to thank Matt for all his years not only as the manager, but as a former board member. Fortunately, Matt had warned us the past two years that he might make this kind of decision and he decided that this was the opportune time, especially after his phenomenal success as our skipper,” Rossi said.

In the meantime, Fisher expressed his eagerness to complete his staff appointments and begin planning for opening day against the Fairfield Indians on Saturday, May 31. He will get his first glimpse of his team when players begin arriving the week before the 70th anniversary season begins.

In addition, long-time head coach and Crabs player recruiter Robin Guiver has chosen not to return this summer as Crabs head coach in order to spend more time with his recently-born son. Guiver will continue in his role as the Crabs player recruiter. Since the team recruitment process continues often up to the week or two prior to the season opener, Guiver will finish the recruitment process in consultation with new manager Fisher.

Guiver has been with the Crabs for 16 years, first as a star pitcher from Washington State University, then as an assistant coach, camp coordinator, head coach and player recruiter.

“It was wonderful for our program to have had someone as experienced and capable as Robin for as long as we did as the head coach. He is doing another great job recruiting for us again this year and he will be missed this summer,” Rossi said.

In the meantime, the 2014 schedule and special events schedule are confirmed and will be released on the Crabs Facebook page and website.

The 2014 schedule shows some of the former Far West League teams will be returning to Humboldt this season. The Colt 45s, Menlo Park Legends and the Walnut Creek Crawdads will all be back to the Arcata ballpark. The Crabs will also travel to play the Neptune Beach Pearl at the end of June during a weeklong road trip to the Bay Area. The 2013 NBC World Series Champions – and long-time Crabs rival – the Seattle Studs return to Arcata on Father’s Day weekend as they celebrate their 60th season.

“2014 will definitely be another exciting summer of Crabs baseball,” Rossi said. “I’m really excited for our 70th anniversary, Alumni weekend starting on July 4 and all the exciting special events we have planned for this year. ” 

Meet The Class of 2014

ARCATA (Jan. 27) — The Humboldt Crabs are pleased to announce our Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The third group to be inducted into the Crabs Hall of Fame includes an original Crab and a recent fan favorite. Here's the list:

Eldridge “Red” Hunt (1945-48) ~ Carl Del Grande (1948-51, 1954-55)
Dennis Pontoni (1959-64) ~ Augie Garrido (1959-61, 1966) ~ Rich Nye (1965)
Richard Bordi (1978) ~ Roderick Booker (1979) ~ Steve Neel (1984-85)
Gary Wilson (1989) ~ Jeff Giacomini (2007-09)

Team Honoree:

1981 Team ~ 43 Wins/10 Losses; 25-Game Win Streak

Please join us for the Induction Ceremony Saturday, July 5th before the game against the Solano Mudcats!

Jeff Giacomini

Steve Neel
From the 1986 Program

The 1981 Crabs Team

 

Crabs to co-host Arcata Chamber mixer with HSU

The Humboldt Crabs and Humboldt State University will co-host the Arcata Chamber's February mixer on Feb. 6th starting at 5:30 p.m., at 1 Harpst Street, Arcata inside the Great Hall (map link)/Community Center building (next to Shasta Hall). For more information, visit the Arcata Chamber of Commerce on 1635 Heindon Road Arcata, CA 95521 or phone 707-822-3619 or email arcata@arcatachamber.com or find them on Facebook. HSU will provide free parking from 5pm to 10pm at the G11 and G12 lots.

Don't forget to bring your business card for a chance to win all kinds of Crabs gear and door prizes! Crabs gift certificates will be available if you'd like to purchase something from the ballpark souvenir stand, a season pass or tickets for you or your family and friends before the season starts on Saturday, May 31st. We will also have print outs of the 2014 schedule.

We hope to see you all there!

Got Crabs (Gifts)

Crabs fan, this Friday's Arts! Arcata will be your first opportunity to purchase season tickets for 2014, our 70th season! Come out to the Jacoby Storehouse from 6-9 p.m. and see us.

We'll also be selling hats and other gear to help you check off just about everyone on your Christmas shopping list. And speaking of Christmas, Santa will be there for the kids, and so will Crusty and several Crabs alumni.

Arts! Arcata is Arcata Mainstreet's monthly community art event, and many local businesses participate, serving wine and beer to raise money for local nonprofits. Click here to learn more.

Passing the Torch

 

 

ARCATA — The Humboldt Crabs, which began in 1945, are the longest continuously-operated summer collegiate baseball program in the United States. Vikki Rossi of McKinleyville was elected the Crabs first female board president on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the annual board retreat. Rossi is an HSU alumna and works at Sun Valley Floral Farms as a credit and collections manager. She is also the youngest board president in the organization’s history.

Rossi was recruited in August of 2011 by her good friend Stephanie Lane who stepped down from the board to pursue her new position as the Assistant Athletic Director at HSU. Rossi and Lane — both longtime Crabs fans — are known to sit on the first base line. Rossi is perhaps most widely known for cheering on the Crabs with her wooden claves.

Rossi is not only a Crabs fan, she also grew up in a baseball-loving family in the Bay Area. As a kid, the Rossi family spent a lot of time at both S.F. Giants and Oakland Athletics games.

Rossi was reluctant to join the board of directors at first, only because she was concerned she’d miss watching the games. “I denied the opportunity for an entire year. Upon the second request, I had so much love for Crabs baseball, that there was just no way I could turn down such an enormous opportunity,” Rossi said. “In my time volunteering on the board, I have witnessed teamwork like never before,” she added.

Rossi’s main assignments for the board are to head up the Crabs Alumni and Hall of Fame committees. Rossi is in charge of a large Crabs alumni database and her main focus is to find and make contact with anyone who has ever worn a Crabs uniform. She also instituted a lifetime alumni season pass for all Crabs players. Rossi’s alumni weekend celebration will be held on the Fourth of July weekend in 2014.

“The Crabs have given me a reason to memorize baseball stats again and I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a great organization. Humboldt County is my home, but baseball in Humboldt County is where my heart is,” Rossi said.

Passion is the word most commonly used by the 13 community members who make up the 2014 Humboldt Crabs Board of Directors when describing why they serve. What other reason would a group of individuals who have no real connection to one another — other than love of baseball — voluntarily give up hundreds of hours of their time, year-round for no pay? The board of directors consider themselves to just be a group of high-ranking volunteers who ultimately work for the community of Crabs fans.

Upon seeing a board member in line at the concession stand at the Arcata ballpark, fans often ask, “Do you have to stand in line like all of us?” The answer is yes, there’s no special treatment for board members. Board members buy their Crabs sweatshirts, hot dogs and beer just like everybody else. The funds that are raised each summer at the ballpark go into a savings account that supports the following summer’s baseball season and team.

As the Crabs enter their 70th continuous season of baseball, it is a good time to review how the Crabs actually function. The team belongs to and is literally owned by the community. The board recognizes they are merely stewards of this historic organization. The board, in turn, takes its responsibility very seriously to maintain and advance the traditions and history of the program. Without the annual financial support of the community, the Crabs would literally cease to exist.

The Crabs program is reviewed annually at a full-day retreat each November. At the retreat, officers are elected and each board member is assigned and responsible for one or more major tasks. Board meetings are held twice a month and year-round. The board of directors prides itself as being a working board, i.e., each member works continuously on projects throughout the year to ensure the survival of the program.
 

Crabs Stay Alive, Top Speed in Control

There was drama of just about every kind at the Arcata Ballpark on Saturday — a walkoff win, a late rally that came up just short, and even a bench-clearing almost-brawl.

When the day was final over, Top Speed Baseball sat in in the driver's seat of the Far West Championship as the sole team left without a loss, and the Humboldt Crabs had extended their season to by at least one more game, surviving both a late push by the California Warriors, and a little pushing and shoving after tempers flared in the sixth inning.

Looking to shake off Friday's loss to the Menlo Park Legends, the Crabs burst out of the gate against the Warriors, reeling off three straight run-scoring singles in the first inning and another in the second for an early four-run lead.

The Warriors had pulled two within two runs against Crabs ace Chad Hodges, but Nick Minteer helped make sure Hodges ended the season a perfect 7-0 when he doubled one on and two out in the fifth, scoring Clay Cederquist and Trent Goodrich to restore the four-run lead.

Things got a bit heated in the sixth, when the Warriors' Michael Peterson threw two pitches to the backstop against Sergio Sanchez. Sanchez glared at Peterson after the second offering, and when Peterson's next pitch plunked Sanchez, Sanchez flung his bat toward the mound. Both benches quickly cleared, but nothing really came of the ruckus.

The Warriors chased Hodges in the eighth, and managed to score two more runs against reliever Thomas Cortese, but Cortese settled down and locked down the 6-4 win.

In the early game, the Legends held a 2-0 lead in the sixth against Top Speed, but that lead was quickly and loudly erased by Tyler Mautner, who absolutely crushed a ball on to Highway 101 with a man on. That score held until the ninth inning, when Top Speed leadoff man Bo Walter drew a two-out walk, then scampered around the bases on a double down the left-field line by Matt Owen, sliding head-first across the plate just ahead of the throw home.

The Crabs and Legends will open Sunday's action at 10 a.m., with the winner advancing to face the waiting Top Speed squad. Top Speed has a big advantage, with their opponent having to beat them twice to win the title.

Crabs Fall, Face Warriors Saturday

Costly defensive miscues and a lack of clutch hitting sent the top-seeded Humboldt Crabs into the loser's bracket on the opening day of the Far West League Championship tournament on Friday.

A first-inning throwing error by Trent Goodrich allowed the Menlo Park Legends' Dane Vande Guchte to score an unearned run for a 1-0 lead. Then, with the score tied 1-1 in the eighth, bobbled grounders by both Goodrich and Cullen Hendrickson gave the Legends another unearned run, enough for a 2-1 victory.

The Crabs outhit the Legends 8-5, but they couldn't get the big hit at the right moment against Andrew Herrera, who wasn't overpowering, but kept the Crabs' hitters off-balance all night, consistently closing the door on Crabs' threats. As a result, Drew Bradshaw's solid outing went for naught.

The Crabs will look to stay alive tonight at 7:30 against the California Warriors, who dropped the tournament opener 8-6 against Top Speed Baseball. Top Speed built an early 4-0 lead, stretched it to 8-2 in the seventh, and then survived a four-run rally in the Warriors' ninth that saw the tying run stranded at second base.

By virtue of their opening victories, the Legends and Top Speed will face off in the winner's bracket game today at 3:00. The winner will advance to the championship on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., and the loser will play the winner of tonight's Crabs-Warriors game Sunday at 10 a.m. The Crabs-Warriors loser will be eliminated.

The Brackets Are Set!

A hazy Far West League playoff picture crystallized on Saturday and Sunday, with the Crabs emerging as the regular-season champion and No. 1 seed.

But they needed some help from the team they just played, Seals Baseball. And the Seals obliged, as their 11-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Top Speed Baseball gave the the top spot by virtue of a tie-breaker, as the Crabs took three-of-four against Top Speed during the season.

The Crabs will open their FWL title defense Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against the fourth-seeded Menlo Park Legends. The Legends secured their spot by beating the Neptune Beach Pearl on Sunday.

Top Speed will face the third seed, the California Warriors, in the tournament opener at 3 p.m. Friday. For a full tournament schedule, download a PDF of the bracket.

Tickets for the FWL Tournament will only be sold at the Arcata Ball Park beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday. A day pass is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth, and gets you into all games on that day. It will be possible to purchase passes for Saturday and Sunday in advance. Please note that as this is a league event, Humboldt Crabs season passes, 10-strips, and single-game tickets are not valid for the tournament.

Lights Out — Literally and Figuratively

 

The term "lights out" is often used in baseball to describe an outing like the one Cameron Law had in the first game of a doubleheader against the Auburn Wildcats on Wednesday. But rarely does the phrase apply literally in a game, as it did at the end of a thrilling comeback win for the Humboldt Crabs in the nightcap.

After rallying from down 5-2 to tie the game in the seventh, the Crabs headed into the bottom of the ninth looking to end things, as the clock was quickly approaching 11:00. Trent Goodrich did so, driving in Sergio Sanchez with the winning run, and at the moment Sanchez crossed the plate, the Arcata Ball Park went dark — the victim of an automated shutoff system

Goodrich's two-out knock completed an impressive comeback after a pair of Auburn home runs had put the Crabs in an early hole. They climbed out of that hole in the seventh with a pair of doubles by Kyle Moses and Caleb Wood, tying the game when consecutive fly-outs by Sanchez and Cameron Olsen brought Wood around to score. Things would stay that way — thanks in part to winning pitcher Leland Tilley — until exactly 11:00, when the Crabs turned out the lights on the series.

Six hours earlier, Law had taken the mound and dominated the Wildcats. He allowed just three hits in seven innings while striking out nine.

The Crabs had taken an early lead on two straight RBI-groundouts by Olson and Clay Cederquist. They added another run in the second and two in the fourth, and let Law Cruise. When his night was over, Toby Woods and Nick Mikkelson completed the 5-0 shutout.

The regular season wraps up this weekend with a four-game Far West League series against the California Seals. The Far West League All-Star Game is Tuesday in Marysville, and the campaign wraps up with the FWL Tournament in Arcata next Friday through Sunday.

 

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