Altoona Curve

PNG Field’s OF seats to be covered

Seating capacity will decrease for Curve games at Peoples Natural Gas Field this season as the franchise plans to cover some of the outfield bleacher seats with advertising signs. The ballpark’s capacity has been 7,210, but that number will drop to 6,650, general manager Derek Martin ...

Orr a staple around Curve

BRADENTON, Fla. — Friday was one of the nicest days I’ve spent at Pirate City in a long time. It was a beautiful morning, the Pirates’ entire squad was on hand for the first time, and I had an enjoyable conversation with good friend David Orr. If you’re an Altoona Curve fan, you ...

Westbrook, Durant not talking about each other

NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had plenty to say at their first All-Star appearance. Just not about one another. Reunited on the Western Conference All-Star team, the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates — until Durant left for Golden State last summer — will have ...

Cora happy to move up

Joey Cora wasn’t expecting it, but he’s back in the big leagues and he couldn’t be happier. Cora, who managed the Altoona Curve to a spot in the Class AA Eastern League playoffs this past season, will be coaching third base for the Pittsburgh Pirates when the 2017 season rolls ...

New hire has ties to area

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Michael Ryan gets to come back home and manage the top minor league team in the region, which is a pretty cool situation. Ryan, an Indiana native who played parts of five seasons in the major leagues, will be the Curve’s manager in 2017. He’s ...

Colorado suspends two players before big game

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado special teams player Jaleel Awini and backup tight end Christopher Hill have been suspended for the Pac-12 championship game after being arrested following a fight outside a bar. Awini and Hill were arrested Sunday morning — hours after the Buffaloes clinched the ...

Giger: Bonifay, now MLB coach, finally gets his promotion

Josh Bonifay was never fully rewarded as a player, but one of the best players in Curve history is finally getting his just due -- as a coach. "It's very unexpected and just overwhelming," Bonifay said of his terrific opportunity. The Texas Rangers hired Bonifay earlier this week for ...

Bonifay heading to majors

Former Curve standout Josh Bonifay was named to the major league coaching staff of the Texas Rangers on Monday. He will serve as the team’s major league field coordinator. Bonifay played for the Curve from 2003-05 and is still tied with Adam Hyzdu for the franchise’s career home run ...

Ex-Curve player Davis delivers big HR

Rajai Davis hit a memorable home run to keep the Cleveland Indians’ World Series hopes alive late Wednesday night, a blast that had a little special meaning in Altoona as the longtime big league outfielder played for the Curve 11 years ago. Davis belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ...

Source: Cora leaving for Pirates

There seemed to be little doubt that Curve manager Joey Cora would return to the major leagues next season, with the only questions being where and in what role. The Pirates, not wanting to let a baseball man of Cora's caliber get away, made the move Tuesday to retain his services by ...

Beasley doing well in cancer battle

Former Curve manager and Pirates third base coach Tony Beasley was diagnosed with rectal cancer in February. He went through chemotherapy treatments and was able to spend a good bit of the season with the Texas Rangers, although as a bench coach rather than at third base. Beasley was in ...

New Curve GM hopes to attract more fans

Goal No. 1 for new Curve general manager Derek Martin is to get the franchise's attendance back up over 300,000 per season.When Martin worked in ticketing and sales for the franchise a decade ago, it had never had a season with fewer than 300,000 fans attending games. Things peaked in 2004 with ...

Fate leads Curve to new GM Martin

A young woman's crush and $51 changed the course of Derek Martin's life 10 years ago at Blair County Ballpark.It was all part of a series of dominoes that have fallen perfectly over the years for "D-Mar,'' as he's known by many, and led him to become the Altoona's Curve's new general ...

Curve eliminated despite Waddell

AKRON, Ohio - For all intents and purposes, the Curve threw a no-hitter for nine innings Sunday night - and yet still lost an elimination game to have their season come to an end."It's just a hard one to swallow," outfielder and team MVP Barrett Barnes said.Akron ended a scoreless tie with a ...

Curve’s playoff game postponed

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comAKRON, Ohio - The Curve and Akron were rained out in Game 4 of their Western Division series Saturday night at Canal Park, and in an interesting turn, one of Altoona's best players won't be in the lineup when the game is made up tonight.Shortstop Kevin ...

Miscues doom Curve

AKRON, Ohio - The Curve have been a good baserunning team all season, but they picked the worst possible time to have a brutal game on the basepaths.Here's the kind of night it was: Even on a two-run double that tied the game, Altoona had two baserunners thrown out on the play.Overall, the ...

Holmes helps Curve even series

Clay Holmes watched Akron score 12 runs on 18 hits in Wednesday's Game 1 win over the Curve, and he remained unfazed by any of it."I faced them four times this year, so I know what they have and I know my stuff," Holmes said. "End of the day, if I make pitches I know I'm better than them and we ...

Curve still spell trouble D-U-C-K-S

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comWhen eight runs isn't enough to win a playoff game, something went terribly wrong.That explains part of what happened to the Curve on Wednesday.The other part is that they were playing Akron, and well, Akron did what it always has done against Altoona by ...

McRae overcomes woes to start playoff opener

To say Alex McRae had a disastrous start to his Double-A career would be a major understatement, which makes it all the more impressive that the 23-year-old has earned the right to start the Curve's playoff opener tonight against Akron.McRae endured a nightmare debut June 10 after getting ...