TRAVERSE CITY — Evansville's loss has been Traverse City's gain.
The Otters released second baseman Ryan Still in May, and he was in a Traverse City uniform by June and has been terrorizing Frontier League pitchers ever since.
"I was finishing up school and missed spring training, so I think that's why they released me," Still said.
And while he was passing classes in the spring, he's been getting free passes the rest of the season.
Still, who generally hits in the No. 2 slot, has put up a staggering .541 on-base percentage. He's hitting .322, but has drawn a monster number of walks this season — to the point where he's on pace to break Chase Burch's season record of 77 two years ago.
The addition of Still was perhaps the final piece in what has become one of the most feared lineups in the Frontier League.
"He's on base all the time," outfielder Jeff Flagg said. "That's all he does. It's pretty impressive, between his eye and the way he's been swinging it. He's been a great pickup."
Still has 66 walks with well over a month to go. He's also been hit by a pitch seven times.
"Still, good Lord, that was a huge pick-up for us," Burch said. "He gets on three or four times a game, it seems like. Anything you can do to get on, he does it."
Still had walks in 22 of his last 26 games, including nine multiple-walk games. He had a streak from June 2-8 in which he worked a free pass 18 times in six games against three different teams and has 33 multi-walk contests this year.
And Still doesn't get the intentional walks that Burch does.
"I thought I had a good eye until he came around," Burch said.
The Frontier League record for walks is 85 by Richmond's Morgan Burkhart in 1998. Still is on pace for 114.
"I just take my walks," Still said. "It's just like getting a hit."
Former Otter helps ignite TC offense
TRAVERSE CITY — Evansville's loss has been Traverse City's gain.
FINAL: Beach Bums 4, Rockford 3
A four-run seventh inning powered the Traverse City Beach Bums to a 4-3 win over Rockford at Wuerfel Park Friday night.Continued ...
Evansville sweeps Beach Bums
Ever have Otter Pops as a kid? Well, it was just about cold enough to make them Thursday at Wuerfel Park.Continued ...
Homecoming of sorts for ex-Bum Morrow
It was a good homecoming of sorts for Bryce Morrow. Wednesday’s rain-out allowed him to hang around with former college roommate Jake Sabol, who was the winning pitcher in Traverse City’s 10-0 win Tuesday.Continued ...
FINAL: Evansville 4, Beach Bums 1
Evansville completed a doubleheader sweep of the Traverse City Beach Bums by winning the nightcap 4-1 at Wuerfel Park tonight.Continued ...
FINAL: Evansville 6, Beach Bums 5
The Beach Bums' comeback bid fell just short in game one of a doubleheader today against Evansville, as the Otters won 6-5 in seven innings.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Fog cuts short Bums' win over Evansville
Not many people saw Taylor Wrenn’s two-run, two-out triple in the eighth that effectively ended Traverse City’s 10-0 Frontier League home opener win Tuesday over Evansville.Continued ...
Now it's Bums' Woodward's turn to deliver the hurt
Scott Woodward’s 2011 season was derailed by injuries and 2012 didn’t happen due to them. So far, 2013 looks like he’ll be hurting a lot of Frontier League teams.Continued ...
Beach Bums continue to take their looks at plate
The Beach Bums picked up right where they left off last regular season, drawing tons of walks. Traverse City added nine to its season total of 26. River City came in Tuesday’s games with 30 to lead the league.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
FINAL: Beach Bums 10, Evansville 0
The game didn't go the full nine innings, but the Traverse City Beach Bums still won their home opener 10-0 against the Evansville Otters Tuesday night.Continued ...
- Monday, May 20, 2013
Dunn shines, Bums win 1st game
Scott Dunn got it done Sunday. The veteran Traverse City righthander pitched seven shutout innings as the Beach Bums broke into the win column with a 6-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
Beach Bums fall in Joliet, 6-3
Catcher Grant DeBruin went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs Saturday night as the Joliet Slammers made it two straight over the Traverse City Beach Bums, 6-3.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Beach Bums lose, 5-2
Goose Kallunki drove in three runs Friday night as Joliet beat the Traverse City Beach Bums 5-2 in a Frontier League season opener.Continued ...
- Friday, May 17, 2013
FINAL: Joliet 5, Traverse City 2
The Traverse City Beach Bums lost their 2013 Frontier League season opener 5-2 to the Joliet Slammers on Friday night.Continued ...
UPDATE: Beach Bums, Slammers tied 1-1 in 4th
The Traverse City Beach Bums are tied with Joliet 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning of their 2013 Frontier League baseball season opener.Continued ...
Beach Bums open tonight against Joliet
Jacob Clem will get the start in tonight’s Traverse City Beach Bums opener at Joliet.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wuerfel Park power numbers on the rise
One season probably doesn't completely kill the opinion of Wuerfel Park. But after last season's surge in power numbers, the Beach Bums are doing their best to change the notion that their home park isn't friendly to hitters.Continued ...
Gusrang's move to outfield pays big dividends right away
Sean Gusrang was an infielder by trade. Until last season, that is.Continued ...
Bums' bullpen figures to be strong
If things go as expected, Beach Bums’ opponents may be hard-pressed to find success in the late stages of games.Continued ...
Vargas no laughing matter to Frontier League pitchers
You might not know it, but reigning Frontier League MVP Jose Vargas is a bit of a joker. The Traverse City Beach Bums slugger usually keeps a straight face in public.Continued ...
Nidiffer adds more than a bat to Bums' roster
Marcus Nidiffer is a coach on the field. He's also a pitcher's best friend. That's part of his job description as the catcher for the Traverse City Beach Bums.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Langbehn not yet ready to set Bums lineup
Starting rotation? Still working on it. Opening day pitcher? To be determined. Starting lineup? Pending.Continued ...
- Monday, May 6, 2013
Former Rippers find home with Beach Bums
Chris Kaminski witnessed a baseball franchise collapse last season. Which makes him all that more glad he's now with one that's been stable.Continued ...
- Friday, May 3, 2013
Skipper vows Bums will make it on merit
When Traverse City Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn met with his players this week he did not talk about goals.Continued ...
2013 Beach Bums training camp roster
2013 Beach Bums training camp roster:Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Beach Bums pick pair of lefties in draft
The Traverse City Beach Bums selected two left-handed pitchers in Tuesday’s Frontier League draft.Continued ...
- FINAL: Beach Bums 4, Rockford 3