Stephen Bruno: Fan Favorite

ImageStephen Bruno has been voted in as the face of the 2013 Boise Hawks pocket schedule! A fan favorite, Bruno had an average of .361, the league’s best in 2012, with 3 HR, 37 RBI and 2 SB. He played in 67 of the 76 games and ended the season with 51 runs. An added bonus, Bruno proved that he could play at any position asked of him.

Bruno was drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur draft from the University of Virginia and was sent straight to Boise to begin his professional career June 20, 2012. While Bruno didn’t know what to expect of Boise, he enjoyed his time here and said that it reminded him a lot of Charlottesville, Virginia and that the people here were just as nice.

“Winning this contest is an absolute honor! Having this much fan support is truly amazing! I would like to thank everyone who voted! I feel extremely blessed!”

Since the 2012 season Bruno has been back and forth between his home in New Jersey and training in Arizona. He is currently in Arizona but will return home tomorrow. Bruno was recently invited back for the mini camp in two weeks just before Spring Training starts up for the Cubs!

Look for more on Bruno from Spring Training!

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Hawks Eye View: Hall of Shame?

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The world of social media and baseball blew up yesterday when there was no one voted into the Hall of Fame. This is only the second time in four decades this has happened. It was said that the steroid generation took away from both the hall and baseball itself. Record breakers such as Clemens, Bonds and Sosa didn’t come close to reaching the 75 percent needed to be inducted. What does this say for the future of the Hall of Fame; what message does this send out about steroids; what do you think?

Here are the views of a few of YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks!

“I understand why those guys didn’t get voted because it’s viewed that steroids is cheating, which it is. What I don’t understand is how Biggio didn’t get voted in. He is one of the top 2 second basemen in history, I don’t understand.”Michael Heesch

“I’m upset that no one got voted in because I feel there were some legitimate candidates, notably Craig Biggio and Jack Morris. I do not feel that heavily linked steroid users should have the distinction of first ballot hall of famers. With that being said, I do think the ones who are statistically worthy should eventually be allowed into the Hall of Fame but after some time has passed possibly.”Matt Iannazzo

“I believe that the guys on the ballot this year are well deserving to be in the Hall of Fame based on their performance and impact of the game. However, it’s really important to realize that steroids are cheating and harmful to one’s health. Ultimately steroids were a part of that era of baseball and there were many players using performance enhancing drugs. Although they were cheating, they were the best players and deserve recognition for that.”Stephen Bruno

“I think the Hall of Fame was made to honor the best players of baseball and the impact their individual efforts had on the game. Therefore, if you were a great baseball player in your era than you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. The steroid was no different from the era of greenies and amphetamines (which players in those eras got into the HOF), it’s a double standard. It sucks for the steroid era that didn’t do any performance enhancing drugs because it negatively impacts them and their perception (like guys question whether they did or didn’t and therefore don’t vote for them), guys like Craig Biggio that did everything he could possibly do to get in. There’s no way of determining past and present players of who did what. You have to put the players that deserve to be in the HOF, in the HOF, plain and simple.”Eddie Orozco

“It makes a huge statement. If you cheat, you’re not getting in no matter how good you are. I’m not sure how I feel on not letting guys in based only on suspicion. But if your under suspicion for so long then there has to be good reason for it. If they were truly clean then they wouldn’t be under heavy suspicion.”Carlos Escobar

YOUR 2012 BOISE HAWK AWARD WINNERS

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At Saturday night’s game we announced the MVP, Cy Young and Community Players of the Year. We ended up having 2 MVP’s, Daniel Vogelbach and Stephen Bruno, Cy Young, Tayler Scott, and 2 Community Players of the Year, Michael Heesch and Eddie Orozco.

Bruno and Vogelbach were fortunate enough to have their father’s here to share in the moment receiving their awards and were both happy to accept them. Bruno’s father, Steve Bruno, said that he feels very privileged for the opportunity that the Cubs have given his son.

Scott had one of the best season’s anyone could ask for and was also lucky to have his parents here to see him receive his award. He is a young player from South Africa who moved to the states, alone, when he was just 16 years old. His mother and father have been here to support him throughout most of the season. “It felt great winning it my first year with the Cubs. Couldn’t ask for a better season and I’m grateful and excited to have won the Cy Young this year.”

Elizabeth Griffin and I had the opportunity to award a Community Player of the Year award but we weren’t able to pick just one. We had 2 guys who were always willing to go on appearances, offered to do autographs and read for the KeyBank Reading Tree events. Not only were they willing to make the appearance but they did it with smiles on their face and positive attitudes. It was always apparent that they wanted to be working with the children and talking with fans! Michael Heesch and Eddie Orozco stole the hearts of many, especially one little boy, Phoenix, who I liked to call their “biggest fan” at the KeyBank Reading Tree events.

“It’s an honor to receive an award for the off the field aspect of this game because we are in a position, as players, to go out and positively influence the lives of others as well as give back to the community that is supporting us. This award shows the positive influence of my family and UCR on my life to go out and give back to the others and the community and it’s something that I really enjoy to do.” Orozco has a 7 ½ month niece at home he is anxious to get back to as well as his mother, brother, 2 sisters, a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law.

Tonight is the start of the best-of-three Northwest League East Divisional Series. We take on the Yakima Bears in hopes of winning the first series and moving forward to the final championship!