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February 23, 2005 - International League (IL1) - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees News Release


MEET THE RED BARONS TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets for the 17th annual Meet the Red Barons Dinner sponsored by Northeastern Baseball, Inc. are on sale now. The dinner will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2004 at the Convention Hall, 1073 Oak Street, Pittston, PA. The entire team will be available for autographs from 6:00-7:00 followed by dinner at 7:00. The night will feature a Red Barons’ trivia contest, a raffle of great merchandise and the introduction of the 2005 team! Seating is reserved and sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. The cost of a ticket is only $20.00 per person. Tables of 10 may be reserved for $200. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. To obtain tickets, send your name, address and phone # along with a check made payable to Northeastern Baseball, Inc. and mail it to “Meet the Red Barons Dinner”, P.O. Box 983, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703 Reservations will close April 1, 2004 provided the dinner is not sold out prior to this time.

SPRING SCHEDULE RELEASED

Fun under the sun may be the best way to describe the Red Barons 2005 spring training schedule. All 17 of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s pre-season games will be played at 1:00 p.m. in the warm Florida sun. As is usually the case, the Red Barons will play their exhibition games against players from the Yankees, Blue Jays and Devil Rays farm systems to minimize travel. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the Phillies’ Carpenter Complex on March 3 with position players following on March 6. The Red Barons play their first game on Tuesday, March 15 when they host the Syracuse SkyChiefs. The exhibition calendar concludes April 2 with another game vs. Syracuse. Camp breaks April 4.

2005 MINOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE (ALL GAMES START AT 1:00 P.M.)

March 15, Syracuse @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

March 16, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Durham

March 17, Syracuse @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

March 18, WORKOUTS AT COMPLEX

March 19, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Syracuse

March 20, Syracuse @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

March 21, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Durham

March 22, Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

March 23, Columbus @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

March 24, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Columbus

March 25, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Syracuse

March 26, Syracuse @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

March 27, WORKOUTS AT COMPLEX

March 28, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Durham

March 29, Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

March 30, Columbus @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

March 31, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Columbus

April 1, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Syracuse

April 2, Syracuse @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

April 3, WORKOUTS AT COMPLEX

April 4, RED BARONS BREAK CAMP

SUNDAY GAME TIMES CHANGED TO 2:00 P.M.

Citing fan surveys and an online poll, the Lackawanna County Stadium Authority has approved a change in game times for the upcoming season. Every Sunday home game will now start at 2:00 p.m. The surveys and online poll at www.redbarons.com found that 70% of fans preferred a start time of either 1:00 p.m or 2:00 p.m. Traditionally, Sunday games started at 2:00 p.m. in April and May then switched to 6:00 p.m. for the remainder of the season. “Our fans expressed a strong desire to have Sunday afternoon games all year and we listened,” said General Manager Jeremy Ruby. “The 6:00 p.m. starts worked well for us in the beginning but as seasons passed it became more and more clear fans wanted to have the option of attending more day games.” The only games affected by the change this year are June 5 vs. Toledo, June 26 vs. Charlotte, July 31 vs. Rochester and August 7 vs. Syracuse.

NEW RULE CHANGE AIMS TO SPEED UP PLAY

The Playing Rules Committee announced the adoption of an experimental rule for use throughout the 2005 season in all of the Minor Leagues affiliated with Major League Baseball. The experimental rule, designed to encourage an improved pace of play, requires a batter to keep one foot in the batter's box throughout an at-bat, unless certain exceptions apply, in which case the batter must remain within the dirt area surrounding home plate. An umpire will be able to award an automatic strike or strikes, without the pitcher having to deliver a pitch, if a batter intentionally leaves the batter's box and delays play. A similar rule applies in National Collegiate Athletic Association play. "Commissioner Selig remains committed to improving the pace of play in the Major Leagues," ML Exec Sandy Alderson said. "The Playing Rules Committee hopes that the adoption of this rule in the Minor Leagues will encourage players, as they progress toward the Majors, to develop and maintain habits that will improve the pace of play."

TICKET PACKAGES STILL ON SALE

Full season and Bonus Book ticket packages for the 2005 season are still available!! Join the growing number of fans who own Red Barons ticket packages. Call 570-969-BALL or visit our ONLINE store to order. As a FULL SEASON TICKET holder you receive: The same great seat for all 72 home dates, a 30% discount off regular box office prices, unused ticket redemption policy, frequent fan awards, free stat sheet, exclusive parties and much more…..All this for less than $6 per game! No matter what BONUS BOOK plan you choose, you will have great flexibility and a great value. The tickets with each plan can be redeemed in any combination at any game. For example with the 15 ticket plan, you can use all 15 tickets for one game, use one ticket for 15 games or any combination in between. It’s that simple.

15 LOWER BOX SEAT PLAN

15 undated vouchers, prime seat locations, $20 discount off regular prices, small commitment…..Only $100

10 UPPER RESERVED SEAT PLAN

10 undated vouchers, discount off regular prices, small commitment, great gift idea……Only $50

LOWER LEVEL SAMPLER PACK

4 lower level ticket vouchers - 4 hot dogs - 4 sodas……Only $35

HALF SEASON PLAN

36 undated vouchers redeemable for box seats throughout the entire season. Save $63 off regular prices…….Only $225

WEEKDAY PLAN

This new plan offers 20 undated box seat vouchers that can be used at any Monday through Thursday game all season…..Save $50!.....Only $110.

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