Time marches on with the Huntsville Stars now in spring training with their parent club of
Major League Baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers and the 2010 season right around the corner.
Members of the Stars' squad including the coaching staff are currently in Maryvale, Arizona with
players getting in workouts through the Brewers' organization in which some will be seeing action
in the spring training season that gets under way Thursday in a road game at the spring training
site of the San Francisco Giants and a contest Friday at the training site of the Oakland Athletics.
The Brewers will play their first game in Maryvale on Saturday with a split squad facing Oakland
and another squad going to another site in the area to play a split squad of the Colorado Rockies.
In a month, the 26th season of minor league professional baseball will take place in "The Rocket
City" when Huntsville opens the Southern League schedule with a five-game series at Chattanooga. The
Stars and Lookouts will take to the diamond in Chattanooga on April 8 at 5:15 p.m. central time.
Huntsville comes home to Joe Davis Stadium for the first time on April 14 and faces Jacksonville in a five-game series with the first pitch for the home opener to get under way at 7:00 p.m.
Joe Davis Stadium is active a month earlier than expected. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is
having to play some of its home games at the Stars' facility this month because their new on-campus diamond is not completely ready.
According to information, bleachers and some other minor details are needed to take place and the
Chargers will spend the month of March playing at the Joe, their home site since they began collegiate baseball back in 1996.
Baseball fans who love games at "The Joe" can see the Chargers battle NCAA Division II in-state rivals the University of Montevallo and University of West Alabama on March 9, 13, 14. UAH will play two more series at "The Joe" this month when Oakland City comes to Huntsville March 27-28.
Another positive situation has taken place for the Stars in the offseason. Huntsville will be back on the radio after the 2009 games were only available on the internet.
Radio station WTKI will have the Stars' games live on the air on its Huntsville affiliate 1450 AM and the Decatur affiliate 1490 AM. Plans to broadcast the Stars on a FM signal, 92.9, will be available when the season begins next month in Jacksonville.
The deal was officially completed a month ago with Stars' General Manager Buck Rodgers very pleased that the Huntsville and Decatur area will be able to listen to the Stars in games from "The Joe" plus at other ball parks throughout the Southern League.
Chad Anderson, a native of Huntsville, has been selected to provide play-by-play coverage of each game, taking over the spot in the broadcast booth from Brett Pollock.
The Stars will remain in Arizona through the end of the month and will make their journey to Huntsville at the end of spring training with the Brewers. They will go to work with the quest of being a playoff contender in the Southern League like they did in 2009 when the Stars won the first half title in the SL's Northern Division.