Smokies Announce Opening Day Roster

The Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies, announced their Opening Day Roster on Monday. Ryne Sandberg’s team opens the 2009 season on the road Thursday, April 9 against the Jacksonville Suns (Florida Marlins). The Smokies home opener is April 15 against the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox).

Welington Castillo, Steve Clevenger, Darwin Barney, Brandon Guyer, Richie Robnett, Jay Jackson, Jeremy Papelbon, Brian Schlitter, Alex Maestri and John Gaub are a few of the names Sandberg will begin the year managing.

2009 Tennessee Smokies Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

  • Todd Blackford
  • Hung-Wen Chen
  • Casey Coleman
  • John Gaub
  • Jay Jackson
  • Casey Lambert
  • Alex Maestri
  • Jeremy Papelbon
  • Blake Parker
  • Vince Perkins
  • Jayson Ruhlman
  • James Russell
  • Brian Schlitter

Catchers

  • Welington Castillo
  • Steve Clevenger

Infielders

  • Darwin Barney
  • Matt Camp
  • Blake Lalli
  • Jonathan Mota
  • Kyle Reynolds
  • Tony Thomas

Outfielders

  • James Adduci
  • Brandon Guyer
  • Richie Robnett
  • Ty Wright

Quote of the Day

"Baseball, just a game as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes." - Ernie Harwell
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