Gearing up for the 2016 season, the Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signing of three sluggers: outfielders Wilkin Ramírez, Luis Domoromo, and catcher Rossmel Perez.
Ramirez will be making his initial voyage in the Atlantic League, in this, his 13th season overall in professional baseball. The 30-year-old outfielder was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 2003 as an undrafted free agent, and went on to play the next seven seasons in the Detroit organization, and made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2009. He started the 2010 season with AA Erie, was promoted to AAA Toledo (both with the Detroit organization), and was traded in mid-season to the Atlanta Braves organization, where he finished the season with AAA Gwinnett. In 2011, he played 20 games in the majors with the Braves.
The following season, the 6-4, 230-lb. Dominican Republic native was acquired by the Minnesota organization where he spent the last four campaigns, making it back to the majors in 2013. Last season, he played with AAA Rochester of the International League, appearing in 43 games and batting .232 with three homers, 14 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Overall, he owns a .271 batting average with one homer, 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 70 MLB games, and a .260 average with 138 homers, 535 RBIs, 561 runs scored and 183 stolen bases in 1,086 career minor league games.
This will also be the first season in the Atlantic League for Domoromo, who will be in his eight season of pro ball. Last season, the 6-1, 215-lb. outfielder played with San Antonio of the Texas League (AA, San Diego) hit .262 with four home runs, 32 RBIs, 48 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 115 games. The 24-year-old made his professional debut in 2009 after being signed by the San Diego Padres as an undrafted free agent. He has spent his entire career with the Padres organization, reaching as high as the Double-A level in 2015. A Venezuelan native, Domoromo owns a career .252 batting average with 3y home runs, 270 RBIs, 303 runs scored and 41 stolen bases in 636 minor league games.
Perez joins the Bluefish for his first season in the Atlantic League and 11th season overall in pro baseball. Last year, the 5-9, 200-lb. backstop played 17 games with Norfolk (AAA, Baltimore). The 26-year-old Venezuelan made his pro debut in 2006 after signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks as an undrafted free agent. He spent eight seasons with the D-Backs organization, and has also played in the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles organizations. In 2014, hit .321 while playing with AA Pensacola and AAA Louisville.
“We’re very happy to have these guys join our lineup this season,” says first-year Bluefish Manager Luis Rodriguez. “All three are coming from good teams last season where they put up some respectable numbers, so we can’t wait to see what they can do for us.”
Spring Training Announced
The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced dates and starting times for their 2016 Spring Training schedule. The Bluefish will hold Spring Training in Bridgeport at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard and have also scheduled two special events, including a team meet-and-greet and the second annual Leadoff Luncheon.
The Bluefish Spring Training schedule will include five exhibition games, with two contests against the cross-sound rival Long Island Ducks, two against their newest Atlantic League rivals, the New Britain Bees, and one against the semi-pro Milford Hunters. Three of the games will be held at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
The first exhibition will take place at home on Friday, April 15 against the Ducks at 12:00 pm. The team will travel to Long Island on Saturday, April 16. On Sunday, April 17, the ’Fish will play a preseason home/away day/night double header against the Bees with a home game at noon. The two teams will head up to New Britain that evening. The Bluefish will conclude their Spring Training schedule with a game against the Milford Hunters at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 19, before heading to Texas to begin the 2016 regular season against the Sugar Land Skeeters on Thursday, April 21.
All preseason tickets will be sold on a general admission basis and will cost $5. The concession stands will be open, featuring G2-Sport, the new food and beverage service of The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. No food or beverage may be brought inside the ballpark.
The second annual Leadoff Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 14 at Housatonic Community College from noon-1:30 pm. This event will celebrate the upcoming of the 2016 regular season, and fans will have the opportunity to meet the team as all players and coaches will be in attendance and available to sign autographs and take photos with fans. There will also be special items raffled off at the event, including Bluefish experiences, suite nights, and autographed memorabilia. In addition, Linda McMahon, co-founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., and former Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets cost $45—$400 for a table of 10—can be purchased by clicking HERE or by calling the Bluefish ticket office at 203-210-BLUE.
In addition, the Bluefish will host a special meet-and-greet at the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford on Friday, April 15, from 6-8 p.m. Players will be available to sign autographs and take photos with fans. This event is free to attend.
“Spring is finally here and that means the official start to our 19th season of Bluefish baseball,” said Bluefish General Manager Jamie Toole. “These spring training games and the special events we have scheduled will give all our fans an inside look at what to expect this season.”
A job fair for the 2016 season will take place on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Applications will be available and interviews will take place for game-day staff and concession workers. The Bluefish will be interviewing for ushers, customer service representatives, security, ticket takers, merchandise, parking lot attendants, box office assistants, cleaning crew, and clubhouse manager. CLICK HERE to download the Bluefish game day staff application. G2-Sport will also be interviewing candidates for the following positions: concessions attendants, warehouse employees, suite attendants, bartenders, cooks, and cleaning staff. CLICK HERE to download the G2-Sport game day staff application.
All applicants must be 16 years of age or older. Those in attendance will receive first consideration for employment. The Bluefish and G2-Sport ask that anyone planning to attend the job fair please fill out the application ahead of time and bring it with you to the ballpark the day of the job fair.
For anyone with dreams of becoming a professional baseball player, here’s your chance: The Bridgeport Bluefish will hold open tryouts at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a live on field scrimmage following the tryout. Tryout success stories include pitcher David Anderson, who attended a Bluefish tryout last year and made seven starts for the ‘Fish, posting a 2.67 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched, and hurler Tim Gustafson, who attended the tryout in 2014, made the Atlantic League All-Star team that year as a member of the ‘Fish, and eventually signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles the following offseason.
There will be an administration fee of $85 to tryout, with select participants (elected by the coaches) having the great experience of being able to participate in a live game on the field at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard following the tryout.
Position players are to report to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard at 9:30 a.m. for registration, while pitchers should report at 11:00 a.m. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and wear proper baseball attire to be eligible to try out. All those present should provide their career statistics, and must supply their own wooden bats and baseball gloves. In addition, all participants will be required to sign a release form before trying out for the team. Coaches and representatives from the Bluefish will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark, including manager Luis Rodriguez and pitching coach Joe Winkelsas. A group of MLB-affiliated scouts will also be in on hand to evaluate the prospects.
The Pro-Tryout Specifications will include:
- 60 yard dash
- Pop Time (Catchers)
- Infielders/Outfielders – Defensive Drills
- Pitcher Warmup
- Position Players Hit in Cage, Pitchers light bullpen (pre-scrimmage)
Scrimmages will begin at 1:00 p.m. To reserve a tryout spot please contact Bluefish Senior Director of Baseball Operations and Public Relations Paul Herrmann at (203) 416-1715 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also CLICK HERE to download the registration form.
“This is a great opportunity for a player to come to the ballpark and show off his skills in hopes to play at this level,” said Herrmann. “We’re looking forward to hopefully finding players from the tryout to invite to spring training and join our roster.”