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All in Good Time: Kieran Mattison's Journey to Greensboro

May 10, 2021

This article can also be found in our May 4 digital gameday program, by clicking here. It took an extra 13 months, but at last Kieran Mattison is ready to settle into his role as manager of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. All in good time. That seems to be the mantra

Greensboro Grasshoppers Release 2021 Schedule

February 19, 2021

Download the Greensboro Grasshoppers 2021 Schedule (PDF) (Greensboro, NC) The Greensboro Grasshoppers are excited to release their 2021 schedule. Opening Day is set for Tuesday, May 4 at First National Bank Field against the Hickory Crawdads. The 120-game season will run through September 19. This is the first year of

Grasshoppers 2021 Coaching Staff Announced

February 19, 2021

(Greensboro, NC) The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Kieran Mattison will be the new manager for the 2021 Greensboro Grasshoppers. Pitching coach Matt Ford, hitting coach Ruben Gotay and Development Coach, Blake Butler will join Mattison. Victor Silva will be the Athletic Trainer. Kieran Mattison is in his fifth season as

Bill on Baseball: Koch Achieves 3-Homer Hat Trick

September 1, 2019

Grant Koch did something that a Hoppers' hitter hadn't accomplished in 12 years Friday night - hit three home runs in a game.The catcher, who came into the game with four home runs for the season, became the first Hoppers' batter to hit three in a game since Scott Cousins

Bill on Baseball: Hoppers Keep Big Picture in Focus

August 30, 2019

As players learn and grow through their first full season of pro baseball, so does a manager.The Hoppers lost their home finale Thursday night, 7-0 to Rome, and were officially eliminated from any chance at making the South Atlantic League playoffs. But the result of this one game didn't spoil

Bill on Baseball: Gardner, Bae, Macias Boost Hoppers

August 29, 2019

Will Gardner was very nearly perfect Wednesday night.The right-hander was called on for the save against Rome and responded by striking out the side to nail down a 6-4 Hoppers win. He threw 10 pitches, and nine of them were strikes."He almost got an "immaculate inning,"' said pitching coach Stan

Bill on Baseball: Hoppers Turn Tables with Shutout

August 28, 2019

Pitching and defense is a hard combination to beat and the Hoppers used it to their advantage Tuesday night.After dropping a 1-0 decision to Rome on Monday, they bounced back to beat the Braves 3-0. Four pitchers combined for the shutout with Steven Jennings picking up his seventh win of

Bill on Baseball: Playoff Hopes Dim for Hoppers

August 27, 2019

There are still seven games to play in the South Atlantic League season, and Hoppers manager Miguel Perez expects his team to compete hard in every one."We want to finish on a positive note," he said, after his club dropped a 1-0 game to Rome Monday night. "Whatever happens with

Bill on Baseball: Shutout Pitching Carries Hoppers

August 18, 2019

A shutout is always a source of pride for a pitching staff.The Hoppers delivered one Saturday night, blanking Augusta 7-0. It was the staff's 10th shutout of the season and fourth at home."A shutout is a shot in the arm," said pitching coach Stan Kyles. "And it makes the pitching

Bill on Baseball: Hoppers Beat Oddball Defense to Win

August 17, 2019

You want pitching? The Hoppers delivered a lot of that Friday night.Clutch hitting? They were able to provide some against the best pitcher in the South Atlantic League.Drama? Well, you had to see the bottom of the ninth inning when the Hoppers scored against a gimmick defense to beat a

Bill on Baseball: Toribio Dazzles as Hoppers Roll 8-0

August 11, 2019

It's one thing for a pitcher to have a game plan but quite another to execute it to near perfection.That's what Neo Toribio did for the Hoppers Saturday. The right-hander, only 19 years old, was absolutely dominant in six innings of work, retiring the first 16 Asheville batters he faced

Bill on Baseball: Hoppers Pitching Stymies Asheville

August 10, 2019

There's nothing quite like a low-scoring, one-run baseball game.Tension. Drama. No room for mistakes, especially late."It's fun to have those kinds of games," said Hoppers manager Miguel Perez.Even more fun when you win, which the Hoppers did by 2-1 over Asheville Friday night.It was a big turnaround from Thursday's game,

Bill on Baseball: Herman "Feeling Good" after 4 RBIs

July 28, 2019

Jack Herman likes being a little different.When he comes to the plate for the Hoppers, for instance, his walk-up music isn't a fast-paced piece to get his adrenaline pumping. Instead, it's the smooth, jazzy, old-time Big Band sound of Michael Buble singing "Feeling Good."And that certainly applied to Herman Friday

Bill on Baseball: Harrer's Simple Approach Pays Off

July 25, 2019

Keep it simple.Sometimes baseball players forget that basic rule and become their own worst enemies. Just ask Hoppers' outfielder Justin Harrer.Harrer continued his hot hitting Wednesday afternoon with a home run, a double, two RBIs and two runs scored to lift the Hoppers to a 3-2 win over Asheville."I had

Bill on Baseball: Hoppers Continue Solid Hitting in 11-1 Win

July 19, 2019

With three of their best hitters promoted to Bradenton, it was only natural to believe the Hoppers might have some trouble getting hits and scoring runs.That hasn't turned out to be the case. Even with Rodolfo Castro, Lolo Sanchez and Mason Martin gone, the lineup has continued to rake. The

Bill on Baseball: Mangieri Makes Presence Felt with Two HRs

July 16, 2019

Luke Mangieri had a one-word answer when he was asked about his first impressions of Greensboro."Hot," he said after a sweltering Tuesday night in which he helped the Hoppers beat Hagerstown 9-3.That's also an apt description of the way he's hitting. In six games since he joined the team, the

Bill on Baseball: Mottice Leads Barrage in Series Finale

July 15, 2019

Kyle Mottice is one of those hitters who just has a knack for finding the open spaces in a defense."I just try to hit the ball hard and I've been lucky enough to find some holes," he said, deflecting any praise.Well, there's a bit more to it than that, of

Bill on Baseball: Mason Martin Moves up to Bradenton

July 7, 2019

The monsoon rain that swept through First National Bank Field Sunday was a surprise, but the news after the game's cancellation was not.The Pirates promoted Mason Martin, the Hoppers' slugging first baseman, to High A Bradenton.It was inevitable after the numbers Martin, only 20 years old, put up here. In

Bill on Baseball: Sweep Makes Fireworks More Dazzling

July 7, 2019

The post-game fireworks looked a lot brighter for the Hoppers Saturday night.Some of them saw the extravaganza after the game on July 4, but it was more watching than enjoying after they lost an 11-10 game they knew they should have won.Saturday, though, they sprinted out of the tunnel to

Bill on Baseball: Hoppers Let One Slip Through Fingers

July 6, 2019

A celebratory day turned into something more akin to "no joy in Mudville" Thursday night, at least in the Hoppers' dugout.

Bill on Baseball: Macias, Martin Power Hoppers' Win

June 27, 2019

A split season is a curious thing in the minor leagues.The calendar says it's a new season in terms of wins and losses and a chance to make the playoffs by winning the second half. But for the players, it's business as usual."The numbers say it's a re-start, but we

Bill on Baseball: Hoppers Will Carry on Despite Elimination

June 13, 2019

Wednesday will bring another day and another scheduled baseball game for the Hoppers.

South Atlantic League Announces Rosters for All-Star Game

Grasshoppers to Send Six Players to All-Star Game
June 4, 2019

CLEARWATER, FL-Eric Krupa, president of the South Atlantic League, has announced the rosters for the 60th Annual SAL All-Star Game,scheduled to be played on June 18, 2019, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia, home of the West Virginia Power.For the Northern Division, the Delmarva Shorebirds placed eight players

Bill on Baseball: Ogle's New Role Clinches Hoppers' Win

June 3, 2019

Closing games is not something Braedon Ogle ever thought he would be doing, nor is it something he will necessarily be doing down the road.But as long as he's in that role, he's having fun.The hard-throwing left-hander recorded his third save Sunday afternoon as the Hoppers beat Lakewood 4-3. It