The Hot Stove Reception/Baseball America Tabs Pelicans As Prospects


January 9, 2001
Contact: Bryan Dolgin

The Hot Stove Reception/Baseball America Tabs Pelicans As Prospects

MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ Hot Stove Reception is on Wednesday, January 24 from 7 to 9 PM at The Official All-Star Café located on the corner of Highway 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Former Major League pitcher Tommy John, Atlanta Braves Director of Player Development Dick Balderson, Pelicans Manager Brian Snitker, Pelicans Pitching Coach Bruce Dal Canton and former Pelicans pitcher Billy Sylvester are scheduled to be at the event.

Admission is free for season ticket holders and advertising clients. There is a $10 charge, at the door, for the general public. Once inside, there will be complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and discounted beverages from Pepsi and Budweiser. A silent auction benefiting The Youth Diamond Fund, a Pelicans primary charitable foundation, will feature sports memorabilia. All guests will have an opportunity to mingle with the above mentioned guests and hear them speak about a variety of topics such as playing in the Major Leagues, the Atlanta Braves, Pelicans baseball past, present and future, and the infamous “Tommy John Surgery” that prolongs athlete’s careers. The Pelicans’ Dir. of Media & Public Relations/Radio & TV Broadcaster Bryan Dolgin will emcee the event.

Video screens will feature game footage from the 2000 championship season as well as a listing of 2001 game promotions. The Pelicans’ ticket department will be selling season ticket packages and group outings or people can pick up ticket information. Individual game tickets will not be on sale that night rather individual game tickets will be available for purchase on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 10 AM at Coastal Federal Field.

The Hot Stove Reception is also the place for the Pelicans Frequent Flier Program participants to pick up their awards. The Pelicans Frequent Flier Program is for season ticket holders that went to most or all of the Pelicans 70 home games during the 2000 season.

For more information on the Pelicans Hot Stove Reception, please contact Bryan Dolgin at 843-918-6016 or

Baseball America released the Atlanta Braves top-15 prospect list. It features nine players that played for the Pelicans over the past two seasons. The Braves’ top prospect, 20-year-old Wilson Betemit, is projected as being the Pelicans starting shortstop in 2001. Here’s how the nine former Pelicans are ranked:

#2: Matt McClendon (’00)-starting pitcher
#3: Marcus Giles (’99)-second baseman
#4: Matt Belisle (’00)-starting pitcher
#5: Jason Marquis (’99)-starting pitcher
#6: Billy Sylvester (’00)-relief pitcher
#9: Christian Parra (’00)-starting pitcher
#10: Scott Sobkowiak (’99)-starting pitcher
#11: Horacio Ramirez (’00)-starting pitcher
#15: Tim Spooneybarger (’00)-starting/relief pitcher

(’–) = the year the player was in Myrtle Beach

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