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Fire Frogs’ Cumberland, Pache experience another All-Star Game

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:28 pm

By Ken Jackson
Sports Editor

Florida Fire Frogs’ catcher Brett Cumberland played in the Florida State League All-Star Game a week ago tonight at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

As one of three catchers, he was behind the plate for the fourth through sixth innings, and struck out in his only at-bat against Fort Myers Miracle righthanded flamethrower Tyler Wells.

That alone in the Northern Division’s 5-0 win over the Southern was fairly non-descript. But, the appearance was Cumberland’s third in the last calendar year.

Last year, with the Rome Braves, he and center fielder Christian Pache, who also made the Northern team this year, earned spots in the 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Cumberland was also an All-Star for the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League this past winter.


“They’re all good experiences,” Cumberland said Tuesday after the Fire Frogs (29-35) began the final series of the FSL first half with a 2-for-5 performance with a home run and a pair of runs and RBIs in a 7-0 road win Monday over the Jupiter Hammerheads.

“It’s an honor and a blessing every time you’re selected. I thank God to have the opportunity to be named the best of who you play with each time you step up a level. And it was fun to watch Pache play the whole game against the best in our league.”

Pache played the entire game last week in center field, led off and went 1-for-5.

Tampa Yankees second baseman Diego Castillo, playing in his own ballpark, doubled twice and was named All-Star MVP. Austin Listi of the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) drove in three of the North’s five runs with a pair of singles as the designated hitter. Eleven North pitchers combined to throw a four-hitter; one of them was not Chad Sobotka, who was named a North All-Star but earned a promotion to the Class AA Mississippi Braves before the game.

Cumberland started the year hot at the plate then cooled a bit but is watching his average climb slowly, now back to .232 entering Thursday.

“Baseball’s a game of ups and downs and adjustments,” he said. “I trust my routine I go through every day, and I’ve taken care of my body so everything’s good. And I love our coaches, it’s a great group that supports us.”

The Fire Frogs will be back in town to begin the season’s second half on Tuesday to begin a six-game homestand against the Dunedin Blue Jays and Daytona Tortugas (Reds). Game times are 6:31 p.m. except for Wednesday’s special 11 a.m. camp day matinee and the usual Sunday 11 a.m. Brunch Day where all ladies 21 older receive free food from 10-11 a.m. and complementary Bloody Marys and Mimosas and Beermosas fro 10 a.m.-noon. ($10 upgrade for gentlemen 21 and up).

The week also features Taco Tuesday (two soft tacos for $3, 2-for-1 Bud Light and Michelob Ultra), Free Beer Thursday (PBR from first pitch until the Blue Jays score) and Latin Night on Friday.