WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes will host a special championship edition of The Inside Pitch on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. on 93.7 FM CJNU.
The Inside Pitch airs live from 7:00-9:15 p.m. The show can also be heard worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
Tuesday’s guest panel includes Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney, catcher Mason Katz, outfielder Josh Romanski, and right-handed pitchers Mikey O’Brien and Edwin Carl. The program will conclude with a season highlights package.
On Wednesday, September 20th, the Goldeyes won the 2017 American Association championship with an 18-2 win over the Wichita Wingnuts. The victory came in a winner-take-all Game Five of the Championship Series at Shaw Park. The Goldeyes are the first American Association team to win back-to-back titles since the Fort Worth Cats in 2006 and 2007. It is the Goldeyes’ third championship in the last six years, and the fourth in team history.
Forney just completed his 12th season as Goldeyes’ manager, and his 21st overall within the organization. During his 12 years as manager, Forney has guided Winnipeg to an overall .556 winning percentage (657-524), 10 winning seasons, nine playoff appearances, and three championships (2012, 2016, 2017).
Katz hit .268 with 19 home runs and 66 RBI during the regular season, while finishing second in the league with 69 games caught. Katz homered and drove in four runs in Wednesday’s championship-clinching win. Including the playoffs, Katz was the Goldeyes’ starting catcher in 54 of the final 69 games of the year.
Romanski was the American Association’s Player of the Year after hitting .324 with 11 home runs and 81 RBI in the regular season. It was the Goldeyes’ first Player of the Year honour since Sean Hearn was voted the Northern League’s top player in 1998. Romanski hit safely in eight of the Goldeyes’ nine postseason games, while scoring nine runs and drawing seven walks.
O’Brien was 10-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 22 starts and one relief appearance during the regular season. O’Brien won 10 games for Winnipeg in 2016 and is just the fifth pitcher in franchise history to post two seasons of 10-plus victories. In Game Four of the Championship Series on Monday, O’Brien pitched six shutout relief innings with eight strikeouts in the Goldeyes’ eventual 4-3, 17-inning win. Over the last two years, O’Brien has combined for 13.0 shutout innings in postseason elimination games.
Carl earned the championship-clinching win on Wednesday night, holding the Wingnuts to two earned runs on five hits over six and two-thirds innings. The win was Carl’s fifth over the last two postseasons, surpassing Forney for the Goldeyes’ career record. Carl is 5-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his Goldeyes’ postseason career, with four of the wins coming in games in which the Goldeyes trailed in the series.
The Goldeyes open the 2018 season in May and will be celebrating their 25th year.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com