2006 Birmingham Barons

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The 2006 Birmingham Barons opened their 2006 campaign on April 6 with a home game against the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. The 2006 Barons competed in the South division of the Southern League along with the Jacksonville Suns, Mississippi Braves, Mobile BayBears and Montgomery Biscuits. Home games were played at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. All games were broadcast on WYDE-FM "The Source" and called by Director of Broadcasting Curt Bloom.

2006 marked the Baron's 21st season as the Chicago White Sox AA affiliate. The minor league contract was extended by 4 years to 2010 on July 20, 2006. It was the first season under new owners Don Logan and his sons Jeff and Stan.

Roster

Pitchers

  • Lance Broadway, RHP (6-6, 2.77 ERA) (promoted to Charlotte August 18)
  • Tyler Lumsden, LHP (9-2, 2.64 ERA) (traded to Royals July 23)
  • Corwin Malone, LHP (9-11, 4.43 ERA) (on DL May 30 - June 5)
  • Ray Liotta, LHP (3-8, 4.93 ERA) (sent to Winston-Salem July 12)
  • Ryan Rodriguez, LHP (4-10, 5.49 ERA) (sent to Winston-Salem July 15, returned August 17)
  • Adam Russell, RHP (3-3, 4.75 ERA) (received from Winston-Salem July 12)
  • Lucas Harell, RHP (0-1, 11.57 ERA) (received from Winston-Salem July 15)
  • Wes Whisler, LHP (2-3, 4.43 ERA) (received from Winston-Salem July 28)
  • Jack Egbert, RHP (0-1, 1.12 ERA) (received from Winston-Salem August 15)
  • Dwayne Pollok, RHP
  • Jeff Little, RHP (released April 28)
  • Fraser Dizard, LHP (inactive May 5 - June 8, DL July 12-)
  • B. J. LaMura, RHP (4-0, 2.06 ERA) (traded to Dodgers July 23)
  • Rusty Tucker, LHP (on DL June 5 - 13, released June 15)
  • Ehren Wassermann, RHP (14 saves, 1.50 ERA)
  • Brian West, RHP (on DL August 17-22)
  • Edwardo Sierra, RHP (claimed off waivers April 28)
  • Nate Cornejo, RHP (received from Charlotte May 30, promoted back June 5)
  • Arnie Muñoz, LHP (received from Charlotte June 5)
  • Tim Bittner, LHP (traded from Angels, received from Winston-Salem July 12)
  • Oneli Perez, RHP (received from Winston-Salem August 16)

Catchers

  • Gustavo Molina (promoted to Charlotte August 13, returned August 24, promoted back August 31)
  • Carlos Lee (activated from DL April 18, released April 28)
  • Wally Rosa (promoted to Charlotte April 28, returned May 28)
  • Cole Armstrong (received from Winston-Salem April 28, sent back May 28)
  • Donny Lucy (received from Winston-Salem August 13)
  • Eric Hollis (received from Kannapollis September 1)

Infielders

  • Chris Getz
  • Corey Smith (signed as free agent April 20)
  • Michael Myers
  • Rob Sasser (on DL April 15 - 28, retired June 13)
  • Micah Schnurstein
  • Robert Valido (on DL June 8 - 29, sent to Winston-Salem June 29)
  • Pedro Lopez (received from Charlotte June 15, promoted back August 31)

Outfielders

  • Cory Aldridge (signed as free agent May 18)
  • Chris Amador (sent to Winston-Salem May 18, promoted back July 3)
  • Darren Blakely (received from Charlotte May 18, released June 22)
  • Thomas Collaro
  • Ricardo Nanita (placed on DL August 24)
  • Mark Quinn (DL May 18-July 25, promoted to Charlotte August 31))
  • Stefan Gartrell (received from Bristol September 1)

Coaches and trainers

  • Chris Chron, manager
  • Andy Tomberlin, hitting coach
  • Richard Dotson, pitching coach
  • Joe Geck, athletic trainer
  • Ryan Carroll, strength and conditioning
  • Aaron Wooten, clubhouse manager
  • Ken Dunlap, visting clubhouse

Southern League All-Stars

Outfielder Ricardo Nanita, Designated Hitter Corey Smith, and Pitchers Lance Broadway, B. J. LaMura, Tyler Lumsden and Ehren Wassermann were selected on June 28 to suit up for the 2006 Southern League All-Star Game in Montgomery.

Results

The Barons finished the 2006 season with a record of 59-81 (0.421) with a 31-40 (0.437) record at home and 28-41 (0.406) on the road. In the first half they went 31-39 (0.443) (15-20 (0.429) at home, 16-19 (0.457) on the road). They finished the season by dropping 12 of 14. It was the first season in seven years that the Barons did not go to the Southern League playoffs.

April (11-14)

  • 6-10: Won 1 of 5 vs West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (3-6, 1-2 in 11, 1-0, 0-3, 2-3)
  • 11-15: Won 3 of 5 at Huntsville Stars (8-0, 8-4, 2-0, 3-4, 2-6)
  • 16-20: Won 3 of 5 vs Tennessee Smokies (0-10, 8-1, 4-3 in 10, 4-0, 1-2)
  • 21-25: Won 1 of 5 at Jacksonville Suns (3-4, 1-2, 5-6, 4-9, 7-2)
  • 26-30: Won 3 of 5 at Montgomery Biscuits (3-8, 1-0, 7-1, 9-6, 4-8)

May (12-18)

  • 2-6: Won 3 of 5 vs Jacksonville Suns (3-1, 4-5 in 10, 7-6, 6-5 in 14, 5-11)
  • 7-11: Won 2 of 5 at Tennessee Smokies (5-13. 2-0, 3-6, 5-3, 4-5)
  • 12-16: won 2 of 5 vs Mississippi Braves (0-2, 5-7 in 13, 5-2, 5-2, 2-3)
  • 17-21: won 1 of 5 vs Montgomery Biscuits (0-2, 5-10, 5-1, 2-5, 0-5)
  • 23-27: won 3 of 5 at Mississippi Braves (5-4, 5-4, 8-0, 2-8, 0-8)
  • 28-31: won 2 of 4 at Mobile BayBears (2-3 in 10, 1-2, 10-9 in 10, 0-2)

June (15-13)

  • 1: Won 1 of 1 to finish with 2 of 5 at Mobile BayBears (7-4)
  • 2-6: Won 2 of 5 vs Huntsville Stars (3-11, 3-7, 4-12, 4-2, 5-4 in 10)
  • 7-11: Won 2 of 5 at West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (5-4, 4-6, 3-1, 2-5, 6-9)
  • 13-17: Won 3 of 5 vs Carolina Mudcats (6-4, 2-1, 3-5, 3-5, 3-2)
  • 19-23: Won 3 of 5 vs Tennessee Smokies (5-2, 3-14, 2-6, 3-2*, 2-0) *2006 Rickwood Classic
  • 24-28: Won 3 of 5 at Mississippi Braves (3-6, 4-3, 0-1, 11-2, 4-2)
  • 29-30: Won 1 of 2 vs Mobile BayBears (4-5, 7-6)

July (10-15)

  • 1-3: Won 2 of 3 to finish with 3 of 5 at Mobile BayBears (6-7, 7-4, 5-3 in 10)
  • 4-8: Won 2 of 5 vs Huntsville Stars (1-13, 0-8, 2-1, 10-5, 1-8)
  • 12-16: Won 1 of 5 at Chattanooga Lookouts (1-14, 1-2, 1-0, 3-5, 6-7)
  • 18-22: Won 3 of 5 vs Mobile BayBears (7-4, 3-2, 3-8, 1-4, 4-1)
  • 24-28: Lost 4 of 4 at Huntsville Stars (avoided 5 game sweep due to rain). (2-8, 2-4, 1-8, 2-3)
  • 29-31: Won 2 of 3 vs Montgomery Biscuits (5-3, 0-3, 4-1)

August (10-18)

  • 1-2: Won 1 of 2 vs Montgomery Biscuits (4-5, 6-5)
  • 4-8: Won 2 of 5 at Tennessee Smokies (2-15, 7-9, 2-1, 5-3, 7-11)
  • 9-13: Won 2 of 5 at Carolina Mudcats (2-3, 9-2, 7-3, 3-9, 2-7)
  • 15-19: Won 2 of 5 vs Jacksonville Suns (2-3, 1-6, 0-3, 9-3, 4-1 in 11)
  • 20-24: Won 2 of 5 vs Chattanooga Lookouts (4-3, 6-5, 4-6 in 11, 0-10, 1-3)
  • 25-29: Won 1 of 5 at Montgomery Biscuits (5-3, 5-9, 4-6, 0-8, 0-2)
  • 31: Lost to Hunstville Stars (0-1)

September (1-4)

  • 1-4: Won 1 of 5 vs Huntsville Stars (5-6 in 10, 1-11, 5-1, 5-3, 0-1)

Notable games

The May 6 contest against Jacksonville ended after the 8th inning after Barons manager Chris Chron removed his team from the field after a pair of bench-clearing brawls. The forfeit was blamed on the inability of the replacement umpires to regain control of the game after Corey Smith was nearly hit by a pitch in the 6th.

The Barons recorded their first triple play since 1974 at Tennessee on August 7.

In the last game of the season vs Huntsville on Labor Day, (September 4) Michael Myers played one inning at each position, as did the Stars' Jeff Eure.

Statistics

  • Home runs: 82 (22 at home, 60 on the road)
  • Longest winning streak: 4 games
  • Longest losing streak: 7 games
  • Most runs in a game: 11 at Mississippi on June 27
  • Most runs allowed: 15 at Tennessee on August 4