Altoona Curve

Curve embrace keeping things fresh

Sustaining success year after year is a challenge for just about any company in any industry, and that’s certainly true in an entertainment industry such as minor league baseball. The constant concern of “been there, done that” is real, so teams have to continuously give fans fresh, new ...

Eastern League changes format for postseason

PORTLAND, Maine — Minor League baseball’s the Eastern League has announced the league will be changing its playoff format from a full-season format to a split-season format. Under the new format the first-place team from each division during both the first and second halves of the season ...

Curve changing name to Yinzers for promotion

Are yinz ready for some Curve baseball? The local minor league franchise has never shied away from thinking outside the box for unusual promotions, and team officials have come up with a doozy for the upcoming season. For seven select games, the Curve will change their name to the ...

Hanrahan, Nunnally to join Ryan’s Curve staff

Michael Ryan will return for a third season as manager of the Curve, and he will have perhaps the most impressive coaching staff in franchise history. “It’s exciting,” Ryan said of returning to Altoona. “In my opinion, it’s the best-run franchise in minor league baseball.” Ryan, ...

Former Curve players on the move Thursday

Three former Curve players were involved in the Rule 5 draft during Thursday’s winter meetings. First baseman Connor Joe, who was with the Dodgers’ organization, was selected in the major league phase of the draft by the Reds. That gives the former first-round draft pick of the Pirates a ...

Deceased player had ties to both Curve, Pirates organizations

By Fabiola Sanchez The Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday ...

Always the underdog

Editor’s note: Steve Pearce is one of the best players in Curve history. In 2007, he hit .334 with 14 homers, 72 RBIs, 27 doubles and a .986 OPS in just 81 games for Altoona. But Pearce was overshadowed on that 2007 Curve team by former first-round draft picks Andrew McCutchen and ...

Spikes’ Dambach leaving the minors

Jason Dambach started his professional baseball career as a Curve broadcaster in 1999 and has gone on to enjoy one of the most successful careers of any former Curve front office member. Dambach is now getting out of the minor league baseball business, stepping away from his roles as ...

Curve nominated for award

The Altoona Curve were nominated by the Eastern League of Professional Baseball for the Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award, the league announced on Wednesday. The Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award is presented to a club or individual employed by a club for outstanding support of and engagement ...

Curve to enrich fan experience

From Mirror reports The Altoona Curve have partnered with 12-10 Production Company and MotionRocket to enrich the fan experience at Peoples Natural Gas Field and beyond, the club announced on Monday, through expanded in-stadium production content, improved video board promotions, game ...

Bucs play all nine from Curve

Wednesday was a historic day for the Curve, as for the first time ever, the entire Pirates starting lineup for a game was made up of former Altoona players. For their game in St. Louis, which resulted in a 4-3 win, the Bucs’ starting lineup consisted of: 2B Adam Frazier, CF Starling Marte, ...

Curve knocked out of playoffs

By Matt Michelone For the Mirror Curve manager Michael Ryan believed that starting pitcher Dario Agrazal was about to bounce back from two brutal starts to end the regular season. Those performances included a five-run-on-10-hit outing against Trenton on Aug. 29, despite going seven ...

Curve rally to stave off elimination

The Curve looked dead in the water. Down 5-0 after the first inning. Facing elimination in the playoffs and a frustrating, premature ending to what has been a terrific season. Then … Something magical happened. One of the greatest moments in franchise history, and the most exciting moment ...

Curve go down 2-0 to Ducks

AKRON, Ohio — Years go by. Players change. Situations vary. But the result is always the same at the Curve’s house of horrors. They just cannot win a playoff game at Akron. The postseason losing streak at Canal Park reached 10 in a row Thursday night as the RubberDucks won, 2-1, on a ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: Manager Michael Ryan said his hitters have not done a good job with in-game adjustments at the plate this series. “You see the same guy trying to do the same thing each at-bat,” the manager said. “Make the adjustment and change something up. That’s what Akron does so well. ...

Donaldson sparks Akron

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com AKRON, Ohio — As soon as former American League MVP Josh Donaldson was added to Akron’s roster, you just knew he was going to torment the Curve somehow in their playoff series. Sure enough, Donaldson drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the third ...

As usual, Franklin gives Pitt his full attention

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Welcome to Super Bowl LV week of the James Franklin era at Penn State. That’s 55 for the Roman numeral-challenged, representing the 55th game of Franklin’s PSU tenure. “This is the Super Bowl for us,” the coach said of Saturday’s game at ...

Nemesis awaiting Curve

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Akron, 6:35 p.m., game 1 Western Division playoffs Pitchers: Curve LHP Cam Vieaux (9-5, 3.59) vs. Rubber Ducks RHP Kyle Dowdy (1-4, 6.52) Notable: The Curve went 12-10 against Akron during the regular season By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com One of ...

Curve drop finale

BOWIE, Md. — The Curve closed the regular season with a massive thud, getting clobbered by Bowie and setting a dubious franchise record. None of it figures to matter much, though, except for maybe to one player. Starter Dario Agrazal got pummeled for 10 runs on 13 hits and five home runs ...

Curve hold on to clinch division title

From Mirror reports BOWIE, Md. — The Curve won a regular-season division title for the second straight year and fourth time in franchise history Sunday, and they’ll begin their quest for a second consecutive Eastern League championship when the playoffs start in two days. Altoona ...