Altoona Curve

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 ...

Curve go extra to qualify for EL playoffs

From Mirror reportsRICHMOND, Va. - It took until a dramatic final day of the regular season, but the Curve at last were able to clinch an Eastern League playoff berth Monday afternoon.Stetson Allie delivered a huge go-ahead RBI double, and Altoona scored two runs in the 10th inning to slip past ...

Curve need win today, and help

From Mirror reportsRICHMOND, Va. - Somehow, following a weekend in which everything went wrong, the Curve's playoff hopes have come down to the final day of the regular season.That didn't seem possible a few days ago as first-place Altoona closed in on a postseason bid. But after losing three ...

Curve lose in 9th; still waiting to clinch

RICHMOND, Va. - The Curve were minutes away from clinching a playoff berth with a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night.That's when things fell apart for closer Montana DuRapau.The usually reliable reliever endured a disastrous inning, and Richmond scored five runs for a ...

Curve still waiting to clinch

RICHMOND, Va. - The Curve had beaten Richmond 13 consecutive times entering Friday night's game, but the streak finally ended and cost Altoona some ground in the playoff standings.The Flying Squirrels scored twice in the eighth inning, with the help of four walks, to snap a tie and posted a 4-2 ...

Curve near playoff clincher

The Curve's regular-season home schedule is now finished, but they'll almost certainly be back at Peoples Natural Gas Field next week in the Eastern League playoffs.The big question left to answer is who they'll play.Altoona beat Binghamton, 7-0, Thursday night before 4,557 fans to stretch its ...

Curve closer to clinching

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comPirates catcher Chris Stewart has spent the past three weeks during his rehab assignment watching how the Curve players go about their business and learning what has made the club so successful this season."Nobody prepares more than they do," Stewart said. ...