Playoffs Underway

September 4, 2002 - Eastern League (EL1)
New Haven Ravens News Release

The Eastern League Playoffs are underway! The Ravens are in Norwich for games one and two of the Northern Division Championship Series on Wednesday and Thursday. The series returns to historic Yale Field for game three, “Italian-American Night,” on Friday. Gates to the Backyard Barbecue open early, at 5:05, for the 7:05 start. The first 1,000 fans receive a free bag of pasta courtesy of Stop & Shop, and pasta featuring Palmieri’s sauce will be on sale in the stadium. There will be a band playing in the barbecue area before the game, the “Gall Mobile” will be given away during the game, and there will be a fireworks display after the game courtesy of the New Haven Register. The Ravens will also have a fireworks show after game four (if necessary) on Saturday (7:05 start). Game five (if necessary) would be Sunday at Norwich (1:05). For the latest on the playoffs, visit

The St. Louis Cardinals returned righty Jimmy Journell to New Haven from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, just in time for the start of the Northern Division Championship Series. Journell, 24, was with the Ravens from April 29 through June 24. Rated the #1 prospect in the Cards' farm system by Baseball America, he went 3-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 games for the Ravens. He struck out 66 and walked just 18 in 66.2 innings. Journell is now slated to start game three of the series in New Haven Friday night. Also back on the Ravens’ roster after a brief promotion to St. Louis is righty reliever Matt Duff.

The St. Louis Cardinals added another former Raven to their roster on Friday by trading for righty Jamey Wright from the Milwaukee Brewers. Wright, 27, pitched one game in 1995 and seven games in 1996 for the Ravens, making his big league debut with Colorado later that year. He was 5-2 with a 1.32 ERA in 47.2 innings for his Ravens career, notching 54 strikeouts and just 15 walks. He is 5-13 with a 5.35 ERA this season and has a career 5.18 ERA. To land Wright, the Cardinals dealt Single-A outfield prospect Chris Morris and a player to be named later. USA Today recently profiled Wright on-line at

Former New Haven Ravens centerfielder Esix Snead was called up to the New York Mets on Tuesday September 3. Snead, 26, was claimed by the Mets on waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals this past offseason after hitting .233 in 133 games with the Ravens last year. He set the team single-season and career records for steals with 64. He spent this season with Binghamton, the Mets' Double-A affiliate, and hit .252 with 66 steals.

In honor of Ravens outfielder So Taguchi, a five-time Gold Glove winner in Japan, is helping fans learn some baseball terms in Japanese. For the latest lesson in “Let’s Talk Baseball in Japanese”, visit

Which player would you pick as the “Raven of the Year?” You’ll have your chance to vote soon – keep checking for details.

Plans for the 2003 season are underway! The schedule will be available shortly after the current season ends. If you would like information on season tickets, ticket packages, group outings, and more, please e-mail [email protected] with your contact information.

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