NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the anticipation building and the 2015 baseball season just around the corner, head coach Jeff Forehand is excited to announce Lipscomb baseball’s inaugural First Pitch Dinner set for February 7th with Major League Baseball stars Rex Brothers and Caleb Joseph as the guest speakers.
Joining the Major Leaguers as honored guests will be former Bisons and current minor leaguers, Josh Smith, Chris Nunn and Hunter Brothers.
Individual tickets are on sale now at $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. inside Allen Arena.
You can also reserve tables with each of the featured guests. All proceeds from the event will go towards improving Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium.
MLB Tables - $500
Minor League Tables - $350
Bison Coaches - $300
Bison Players - $250
Rex Brothers, the 34th overall pick in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, has spent the last four seasons in Denver after making his debut in 2011 against the San Diego Padres.
Last season he worked 56.1 innings and finished 4-6 with a 5.59 ERA and 55 punch outs.
The southpaw has proved to be one of the top relief pitchers in the MLB over that stretch going 15-11 with 20 saves and a 3.49 ERA for his career. His 269 career games rank seventh in franchise history, while his 61 career holds are third most.
Since 2012 Rex has pitched in 221 games, tied for fourth-most among Major League pitchers in that span. The Chapel Hill native set career highs in wins (8) and strikeouts (83) in 2012, while recording 19 saves in 2013.
After being selected in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, Joseph spent six years in the minors before finally getting his chance in 2014 when the Baltimore Orioles called him up to fill a vacancy behind the plate. He made his major league debut on May 7th and quickly became a club-favorite.
The 28-year old backstop saw action in 82 games, making 81 starts, and helped the O’s to their ninth AL East crown and the first since 1997. He finished the season with a .207 batting average, nine home runs and 28 RBIs. He also collected 51 hits and scored 22 runs as a rookie.
On August 9th Joseph etched his name in the Orioles record book after homering in five straight games – a club record for catchers.
Joseph proved to be a defensive stud behind the plate and showed he possessed one of the league’s most dangerous arms after gunning down 23 would-be base stealers, a total that was tied for 15th-best in the MLB.
If Joseph would have qualified, his .404 caught stealing percentage would’ve ranked fifth across the entire MLB.
The night’s festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a youth autograph session with the professional players, members of the 2015 ballclub and coaches. The First Pitch program and dinner catered by Martin’s BBQ Joint will follow at 5 p.m. and will feature a
formal introduction of the Diamond Bisons and staff as well as a speaking appearances by Rex Brothers and Joseph.
For more information regarding the event and purchasing tickets, please contact Andy Lane at 615-966-5853 or by email: Andy.Lane@Lipscomb.edu.
The Bisons open the 2015 season on Feb. 13 with a three-game set against Butler at Dugan Field.