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Father's Day weekend jammed packed with prizes and fun!

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ARCATA (June 12) — The NBC World Series Champions, the Seattle Studs come to town for Father's Day weekend.

Founded in 1954 by Ben Cheney of Cheney Lumber Company in Tacoma, the Seattle Tacoma Cheney Studs are one of the most tenured amateur baseball organizations in the country. The Studs in 2013 competed in Northwest Baseball for the 59 consecutive year and won it! More than 100 former and active professional baseball players have donned the Seattle Tacoma Cheney Studs uniform. The Studs traditionally participate in tournaments in Kelowna, B.C., Kamloops, B.C.  The National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, KS and the Grand Forks International Tournament in British Columbia. In 2008 and 2010 the Seattle Tacoma Cheney Studs finished 2nd in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas, the highest finishes ever for the Studs.  The Seattle Tacoma Cheney Studs team tradition for 60 years has been a mix of current college players with ex-professional players making us an experienced baseball team that competes hard in every game and is very entertaining to watch and follow.

Friday's game will start at 7pm, gates open at 6pm. It's Pirate Night, so dress up in your favorite pirate outfit and you may win a special prize. The World Famous Crab Grass Band will be attendance. Saturday's contest starts early at 2:30pm due to two events on the Arcata Plaza with gates opening at 1:30pm. Get to the ball park early as parking in town will be very limited. In the right field picnic area fans are invited to a $1.00 oyster BBQ with the proceeds going toward the Crabs and Arcata Little League. Sunday's match starts at 12:30pm. Kids can play and draw Crabby signs out in left field. Supplies donated by Humboldt County Office of Education.

Plus, our long time supporter, Piersons will be giving away special pre-Father's Day prizes. Win a Weber gas BBQ from Piersons during our weekend Father's Day raffle ($770 value). Enter both on Saturday and Sunday and you can win a brand, new BBQ! Winning ticket drawn during Sunday's game. Need not be present to win.

Humboldt's daily Times-Standard newspaper will be giving away some tickets to the game on Sunday at the front gate with a Sunday subscription — so sign up. You can find all your Crabs game news online.

The Crab Grass Band will be at the game on Sunday and after the game, the kids can run the bases and high five all the Crabs players down the third base line.

We've updated our Code of Conduct and Alcohol Policy and we hope you read it carefully before you come to the City of Arcata's ball park.

Once you're inside the gates, make sure you check out all the artwork provided by South Bay Elementary and Arcata Elementary Schools. They were tasked to draw what they thought was good sportsmanship at Crabs games. Every child who drew a photo won a special prize.

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Not Perfect, But Not Far Off

Dillon Houser dominated the Seals on Sunday, helping the Crabs bounce back from their first loss to improve to 5-1 on the season

By Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (June 8, 2014) — The game of baseball being what it is, there’s no chance whatsoever the Crabs were going to go undefeated this season. That said, it’s always a little bit of a letdown when that first loss comes.

That loss came on Saturday, June 7, as the Humboldt came out flat against Seals Baseball, and after a game-tying ninth-inning rally, they ultimately fell 6-4 in 10 innings, ending the team’s four-game season-opening win streak.

But not wanting the taste of losing to linger in their mouths, the Crabs came storming back on Sunday, June 8, topping the Seals 10-1 in the rubber match of the series to improve to 5-1 on the young season.

“I talked to the guys last night, I kind of challenged them,” manager Tyson Fisher said after Sunday’s game. “We weren’t very good (Saturday) night. To win (Sunday) was pretty important to us. The guys were excited to get back out there.”

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Crabs scored three in a wild second inning to jump-start their offense. With the bases loaded and two outs, Matthew Sinatro came to the plate. On a two-strike count, he started to offer at a ball in the dirt, but held up. The Seals appealed, then protested when the appeal was denied.

Given new life and with the runners in motion on a full count, Sinatro chopped a ball toward the hole between first and second base and busted down the line. Three defenders converged on the ball, and Sinatro beat them all to first. Manny Ramirez, Jr., scored easily from third, and Trent Goodrich never stopped running, scoring from second. Then when the throw home got away, EJ Stanton, who had started the play on first, scampered home for a 3-1 lead.

“It was pretty weird, there was a lot of stuff going on right there,” said Fisher. “At that point we were kind of struggling a little offensively, so I was just happy to get three runs any way we could.”

The play had to be deflating for a Seals team that thought it had the third out of the inning recorded. They never recovered, managing only one hit against Crabs starter Dillon Houser.

“We were a little short on pitching today so that performance Houser did was tremendous,” said Fisher. “He was very, very efficient, pounded the zone and was able to go seven strong (innings), with not very many pitches.”

While Houser cruised, the Crabs added to their lead, scoring three times in the sixth and four in the eighth, the last two on a home run by pitcher-turned-pinch hitter Brian Bynum.

“Bynum comes to the yard every day, he always wants to hit,” said Fisher. “He takes (batting practice) every day. I talked to him, and told him ‘You’re a pitcher first, but I’ll find a way to get you some at-bats,’ and this was that spot.”

The Crabs had taken the series opener 7-2, powered by a strong pitching performance by Andrew Nelson, who improved to 2-0 on the season, and Alex Crosby, whose three-run homer in the third gave the Crabs a lead they would not relinquish.

They almost managed to pull off the comeback Saturday despite a lackluster performance. Taylor Tempel and Ramirez drove in runs in the ninth to knot things up at 4, but they couldn’t get another runner home from third. Then the first two Seals batters of the 10th walked, and both ultimately scored.

Earlier in the week, the Crabs beat the Valley Bears 5-2 in a single game on Wednesday. Crosby and Morgan McCasland doubled home runs in the first for an early lead, and Eureka’s Justin Hatch threw five innings of one-hit ball.

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McCasland, Crabs Start Things Off Right

The junior from New Mexico Highlands University hit for the cycle over the first two days of the season as the Crabs swept the Indians

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (June 1, 2014) — Morgan McCasland made sure the Tyson Fisher era of Crabs baseball got off on the right foot.

The junior from New Mexico Highlands University hit for the cycle over the first two days of the season, going 3-for-3 with a double and a triple in a 10-0 Crabs win over the visiting Fairfield Indians on Saturday night, then jolting a three-run blast to center to help lift Humboldt out of an early hole en route to an 8-6 victory on Sunday.

“I was seeing the ball really well yesterday,” said McCasland. “They were giving me pitches to hit, and it’s a good ballpark to hit, the wind’s blowing out all the time I feel like. I struck a few times (on Sunday), but I got one pitch to hit and I put it over the fence.”

Fisher foresees big things from McCasland this summer.

“I think he got the cycle in 6 ABs, he’s a special player,” said Fisher. “ He’s a pretty humble guy off the field, and competes and gives us some good at-bats. Defensively he’s pretty good, too. I think he’s going to be a fan favorite and also a team favorite. I think he’s going to be a leader on this team.

Though it’s only been a couple of days, McCasland is loving Humboldt so far.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “These fans love us and I haven’t even met any of them. It’s a good atmosphere and I’m loving it.”

The atmosphere was as “awesome” as ever on opening weekend. On Saturday night, 1,559 fans packed into the Arcata Ball Park to welcome the Crabbies back into their lives for the 70th consecutive summer. Sunday wasn’t quite as packed, but those who were there went home happy after a perfect start to the year.

It took some work to make it perfect however, as the Indians took the early lead with a rapid-fire second inning rally. With two outs, five consecutive Fairfield hitters found a way to put the ball through the left side of the infield against starter Johnny Melero for a 5-1 lead.

But under their new coach the Crabs never panicked.

“I told them, ‘Don’t stress, just put some good swings on it,” said Fisher. “We had enough time to bounce back.”

And bounce back they did, thanks in large part to McCasland’s homer in the third, which made it 5-4. They would tie the game later in the inning on an RBI double by EJ Stanton.

Two runs in the sixth on hits by Beau Bozett and Taylor Tempel put the Crabs up for good. Brian Bynum picked up the win in relief of Melero.

On Saturday, Andrew Nelson got the call on the mound for the opener, and held the Indians in check until the Crabs’ offense could get rolling. And once it got rolling, it couldn’t be stopped. It started with back-to-back doubles by McCasland and AB Blanchett for a 1-0 lead after four innings.

That opened the flood gates, as they scored in every inning the rest of the way, ending the game a few minutes early when Alex Crosby doubled home Bozett in the eighth to invoke the 10-run rule.

The Crabs will get a few days off now to soak in opening weekend before returning to the field on Wednesday, when they play the Valley Bears at 7 p.m. And if the first two games are any indication, it’s going to be a fun season.

“This seems like a good group of guys,” said McCasland. “I’m looking forward to this summer.”

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Showtime!

Kyle Moses, the Crabs' 2013 Most Valuable Player, returns to lead the squad into its 70th season

By Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (May 2014) — The Crabs are so excited to celebrate their 70th consecutive season of summer baseball that they couldn’t even wait until the calendar hit June to begin.

Yes, this year’s milestone season for the Crabbies begins on Saturday, the last day of May, against their old friends the Fairfield Indians at 7 p.m. This year’s team features a new coaching staff, four returning players, several local standouts, and a name that’s going to sound familiar to baseball fans.

Taking over at the helm this year is Fortuna native and former Crab Tyson Fisher. Helping him fill the big shoes left by outgoing manager Matt Nutter are assistants Eric Giacone, Andrew Ayers, and David Flores. Giacone, the current Eureka High coach, and Ayers, a high school star at St. Bernard’s, are also both Crabs alumni, and Flores is a one-time draft pick of the Houston Astros.

It always makes it easier on a new coaching staff if the team has a proven commodity in the lineup. And Fisher and Co. will definitely have that, as headlining the returning players is the team’s 2013 MVP, Kyle Moses.

Moses was the prototypical leadoff hitter for the team that won the Far West League title a year ago, leading the team in batting average, doubles, runs and stolen bases. But even those stats don’t show Moses’ full value to the team. He seemed to be in the middle of every big rally the Crabs had last year, and his enthusiasm in the dugout spread to everyone on the team.

Other familiar names Crabs fans will see include Trent Goodrich, who hit .313 as the team’s starting shortstop last year, and pitchers Brian Bynum and Andrew Nelson. Nelson wasn’t on the 2013 team, but was 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in 2012.

Nelson also happens to be one of a number of local players on this year’s team. A pair of College of the Redwoods standouts, Ansel Cecil and Justin Hatch — both of whom were named Golden Valley Conference players of the week this season —  will trade their crimson and yellow for Crabs red and blue this summer. Cecil led the Corsairs with a .338 average and 18 stolen bases, and Hatch’s 2.74 ERA was second best on the team.
Lefty Zach Stone from UC Davis, who in high school was the Big 5 MVP as a sophomore at Eureka High, and catcher Luis Bressoud, add to the local flavor of the 2014 team.

As for that familiar name, there is one Manny Ramirez Junior on this year’s squad. Ramirez is the son of the former MLB star by the same name, and is already familiar with the Arcata Ball Park, having come up last year as a member of the California Warriors. And if you were there for those games, you know the kid has his dad’s power — he hit a pair of balls onto the freeway during their July visit.

That’s just a glimpse of what awaits Crabs fans in 2014. To get the whole story, you’re going to have to go out and watch it unfold.

Time to Start this Party!

ARCATA – The season is mere weeks away now, which means it's just about time for the season opening dinner! This year's event is on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center, 321 Community Park Way.  Tickets for this event are presale only and it sells out quick!

• TICKETS ON SALE AT WILDBERRIES AND RAY'S FOOD STORES!

Social Hour: 6pm  (Local microbrews and wine)
Catered Dinner: 7pm
Tickets: Adults: $22, Youths: $15

Crusty Crab

The Crabs invite fans to attend the festivities celebrating their 70th consecutive season of baseball in Humboldt County, get a free program, buy 2014 Crabs gear, hear the Crab Grass Band, bid on auction items and meet the 2014 team.

Proceeds from the opening dinner, co-sponsored by the Crabs and the City of Arcata, will fund improvements at the Arcata Ball Park such as new bleachers, foul poles and new nets. The Humboldt Crabs rent the ballpark from the City of Arcata. In addition, legion baseball, little league, high school teams and other sumer baseball teams also rent the ballpark — so your generosity goes a long way to help improve the city-run ballpark.

During the evening, the Crabs will sponsor a silent auction. Crabs sponsors and local businesses generously donate gift baskets, gift certificates and other donated items to help keep Crabs baseball going in Humboldt County. We thank all our sponsors to have supported Humboldt County baseball since 1945. Click to see a full list of our 2013 sponsors here.

First pitch of the 2014 season will come the following day after the dinner on Saturday, May 31, 2014 when the Crabs take the field against the Fairfield Indians. For a 2014 schedule, click here.

If you'd like more information on how to donate a gift ceritifcate, basket or specialty item to the Crabs, please visit our Support the Crabs page to see an overview of partnership opportunities. 

If you'd like to donate a gift for either our fundraising dinner or for a special events giveaway during one of our games: Click here for downloadable form.

Season opening dinner form: auction items, gifts and donations.

Pints for Nonprofits at Mad River

Come out and have a good time for a good cause this Wednesday, May 7 at 5:30, as the Mad River Brewery hosts a Pints for Nonprofits night to benefit the Crabs!

Mad River Brewery makes the famous Steelhead Ale that we have at Crabs games. Their tasting room is at 101 Taylor Way in Blue Lake on the way out to the fish hatchery. Come join us for a pint and help support Crabs baseball.

We will also have passes, tickets, gear, hats and pocket schedules available, to get you all prepared for our upcoming 70th season. Hope to see you there!

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

The Fortuna native and former Crabs player and assistant will lead the team into its historic 70th season

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!

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