Blue Jays GM Headlines Fall Luncheon

October 15, 2002 - Eastern League (EL1)
New Haven Ravens News Release

Blue Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi will be the featured speaker at the New Haven Ravens' first-ever Fall Baseball Luncheon, presented by the New Haven Register, News/Talk 960 WELI, and 1300 AM "The Zone". The luncheon will be held on Friday, November 1 at 12:00 at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Temple Street by the New Haven Green. The Ravens, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Community Health Charities will have a very special announcement at the event. Sikorsky President/Community Health Charities Chairman Dean Borgman and Community Health Charities President Kevin Canavan are both expected to attend. Other notables on the guest list are New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, West Haven Mayor Richard Borer, Yale President Richard Levin, and Yale Athletic Director Tom Beckett. In addition to lunch, there will be a raffle, a question and answer session, and autograph opportunities. Tickets are available for $25 individually or $225 for a table of ten. They may be ordered on-line at or by contacting Ticket Sales Manager Shawn Campbell at (203) 782-1666 x. 11 or [email protected].

The New Haven Ravens are hosting a tailgate prior to the Yale-Penn football game on October 26. At 10:30, the Ravens will have an all-you-can-eat barbecue in the Backyard Barbecue Area. The menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, french fries, chicken wings, corn dogs, onion rings, ice cream and soft drinks. For $10, you get a game ticket and all you can eat! Visit to place your order.

The New Haven Ravens are holding their annual World Series Party at Delaney's Tap Room on Tuesday, October 22 (Game Three of the Series). The event starts at 7:30 pm and features hors d'oeuvres, raffles, and prizes! Everyone in attendance will be eligible to win a 2002 Ravens team autographed bat. There will be a cash bar. Delaney's is located at 882 Whalley Avenue (the intersection of Whalley, Fountain and Central) in New Haven. Visit to place your order.

The Eastern League announced its award winners on Monday October 7, and the Ravens' Dee Haynes was named JPMorgan Chase Rookie of the Year. Haynes, 24, led the league in RBIs with 98, was third in hits (157), fourth in homeruns (21), fourth in extra-base hits (54), fifth in batting average (.312) and fifth in slugging percentage (.510). In the voting, he wound up beating Akron catcher Victor Martinez, who won the Most Valuable Player Award. Haynes was runner up for MVP. Reading righty Ryan Madson was Pitcher of the Year. Akron's Brad Komminsk was named Manager of the Year, with the Ravens' Mark DeJohn runner up.

Please note that the West Haven City Council meeting on issues concerning the Ravens that was originally scheduled for October 7 has been re-scheduled. The meeting is now Monday, October 28 at 7:00 at West Haven City Hall. It is EXTREMELY important that we have as many Ravens fans as possible at this meeting, decked out in full Ravens gear. For further details, see the letter from General Manager Adam Schierholz on-line at

The 2003 schedule is now on-line, complete with game times. Opening Day is Sunday, April 6 at 4:05 PM vs. the New Britain Rock Cats. For the rest of the schedule, visit

With the Ravens having just signed on as a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate, throughout this offseason the RavensNest will introduce you to some of the players in the Toronto system that you may see playing in New Haven next year. In this edition of “Meet the New Jays”, we feature second baseman Dominic Rich. Rich, 23, was named the organization’s Most Valuable Player at the high Single-A level. He spent the majority of the year with Dunedin, winning the Florida State League batting title with a .345 average. He also led the league in on-base percentage (.437). He was promoted to Double-A Tennessee July 20 and went on to hit .273 for the Smokies. He was named to the FSL’s post-season All-Star team. A second-round pick out of Auburn in 2000, Rich resides in Herndon, PA. We’ll have reports throughout the offseason and spring training as the Ravens’ roster begins to take shape.

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