The Arkansas Travelers will get ready for the 2013 season with our fans during a night of baseball talk on Thursday, January 31 during the annual Travs Hot Stove. The event will take place at the Embassy Suites of Little Rock beginning at 6:00 p.m. and features Travs manager Tim Bogar, Los Angeles Angels Assistant GM Scott Servais and former New York Yankees great Bobby Richardson as guest speakers. Ticket availability is limited so fans are invited to act now by calling (501) 664-1555 or by emailing Travs@Travs.com to purchase a Hot Stove ticket for just $20.
Each hot stove ticket includes admission to the event and a plate dinner. There will be a cash bar available. The event begins at 6:00 with a cocktail hour before dinner is served at 7:00. The featured speakers will begin the program at 7:30.
The hot stove is Travs' fans best preseason chance to meet Bogar, who joins the club as manager after spending the last three seasons on the Major League coaching staff of the Boston Red Sox. A nine-year MLB veteran, Bogar has also spent four seasons as a minor league manager in the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros organizations.
Servais returns to the hot stove for a second year in a row as the man in charge of the Los Angeles Angels Player Development and Professional Scouting Departments. A catcher during his 11-year MLB career, Servais joined the Angels in November 2011 after six years as the Texas Rangers Director of Player Development.
Richardson was a three-time World Series champion during a playing career that spanned 12 years with the New York Yankees. From 1955 through 1966 he won five Gold Glove awards as a second baseman and put together one of the all-time great postseason performances during the Yankees' 1960 World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he became, and remains, the only player voted World Series MVP from the losing team. Richardson also enjoyed a lengthy career as a college baseball coach including at the University of South Carolina where he led the Gamecocks to a second-place finish in the 1975 College World Series and posted a record of 221-92-1 from 1970 through 1976.