Skyhawks Sign Former Mets Reliever Duaner Sanchez

May 4, 2010 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Sussex Skyhawks News Release

The Sussex Skyhawks are proud to announce the signing of former Major League reliever Duaner Sanchez.

Sanchez, a 30-year-old right hander from the Dominican Republic, made his Major League debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2002. Since then, he has pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and San Diego Padres.

Sanchez was part of the 2006 New York Mets, a team that finished tied for baseball's best record at 97-65. He was an integral part of the Mets' bullpen, amassing a 5-1 record with 14 saves and a 2.60 ERA in 49 games. His season was cut short due to a car accident that resulted in a separated shoulder.

Sanchez pitched four scoreless innings in the 2006 World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic, a team that made it to the semifinals before losing to eventual runner-up Cuba.

Over the course of his pro career, Sanchez has a 19-11 record with a 4.10 ERA and 214 strikeouts over 298 2/3 innings.


Limited Tickets Available for Meet the Team Event at Perona Farms

With opening day right around the corner, the Skyhawks will be hosting a Meet the Team event at Perona Farms on May 26, 2010 (6:00 PM). Skyhawks Manager Ed Ott will speak about the upcoming season and his plans for the 2010 roster. All 22 players on the opening day roster will be on hand for the event. In addition to speaking, Ott, players and coaches Hunter Vick and Richard Morris will mingle with fans and discuss the upcoming season. The event begins at 6:00, with dinner service to start at 6:45. The event is limited to 250 people; therefore, you must purchase your ticket in advance by calling Chris Haggerty (973-300-1000 x 11). Tickets are $20 each.


Host Families Needed for 2010

The Sussex Skyhawks are currently seeking help from the community for our players. We are searching host families in Sussex County who would be willing to provide a room in their home for the upcoming 2010 season. A Host family will house a player from the beginning of May through the middle of September. Host families are not responsible for meals. As a host family you will receive: - 4 Reserved Seat Season Tickets - $75 in Skyhawk Dollars for each player hosted - Invite to the Pre-Season Party If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact Ben Wittkowski at (973) 300-1000 x18 or The Skyhawks open the 2010 season at home Thursday, May 27th against our cross-state rivals, the New Jersey Jackals.

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