By Bill McCaughey
For the Fort Bend Star
Matt Wright, a 16-year professional baseball player and former Sugar Land Skeeter, was honored by the team last Saturday by giving a bobblehead figurine of Wright to fans attending the doubleheader with Somerset.
“My career is now complete now that I have a bobblehead,” Wright said when asked how he felt.
Wright pitched for the Skeeters from 2012 through 2015 with a few stints in Magellanes and Reno during that same time. His best year for the Skeeters was 2013 when he was 10-1 with a 2.63 earned run average.
Wright retired after last year and now coaches in Waco at a middle school.
“It’s completely different from professional baseball,” he said.
He has a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old and the coaching allows him to spend more time with his kids.
“I don’t miss the travel and early morning bus rides, but I really miss the locker room and the camaraderie with my teammates,” he said.
BEST BALL PARK VOTING
The Somerset Patriots’ TD Bank Ballpark out-polled Constellation Field in the Ballpark Digest Best Independent League Ballpark Contest semifinals. Somerset won with 64 percent of the vote. Somerset moves on to the finals against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The Blue Crabs Regency Furniture Stadium beat Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers, by two percentage points to gain the finals.
According to Dave Marek, senior vice president of marketing for Somerset and a Texas A&M graduate, “We have a very engaged and rabid fan base. They like their Patriots.” The Patriots got out the vote by utilizing game announcements, a new smart phone app, and social media to remind fans to vote.
In the Major League Best Ballpark competition, Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, lost in the first round to the Mets’ Citi Field. The Major League final is between San Francisco’s AT&T Park and Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
CLEMENS TO GUEST MANAGE BLUEFISH
Former Major Leaguer Roger Clemens, who is a former Skeeter, will be the guest manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish on Aug. 5 when the Bluefish host the Long Island Ducks. Clemens will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and participate in a pre-game meet-and-greet with fans, which cost $75 per person. There will also be a limited edition Roger Clemens bobblehead giveaway for season ticket holders.
In 2012, Clemens came out of retirement to pitch to his son Koby who was a catcher for the Skeeters. Clemens, 50 at the time, pitched in two games with the Skeeters, striking out three batters and allowing just three hits in eight scoreless innings.
SKEETER OF THE WEEK
The Fort Bend Star Skeeter of the Week is once again Jeremy Barfield, with a batting average of .429 for the week.
The Skeeters signed and activated Ben Guez on June 20. Guez, pronounced Gez, was released by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in May. He was drafted in the 19th round in 2008 by Detroit and spent most of his career at the AAA level. Guez has a career batting average of .258. In 2012, he was the Toledo Mud Hens’ Player of the Year.
Guez is an alumni of the West University Little League program and a graduate of Lamar High School. He played college baseball at the College of William and Mary.