South Bend, IN –
The post-season All-Star team for the Midwest League was announced earlier
Wednesday and the South Bend Silver Hawks, who littered the mid-season All-Star
team with 11 players, had three players named to the post-season team. Cesar Nicolas, Matt Elliott and Carlos Gonzales were named to the team, with Gonzales
receiving extra honors as the Midwest League Most Valuable Player and Prospect
of the Year, while Mark Haley was named Manager of the Year.
currently hitting .299 with 20 home runs, second in the league and 62 RBI.
Nicolas missed a portion of the early season with a broken right hand, but since
his return he has belted 16 home runs and 50 RBI. Hawks manager Mark Haley
said, “He (Cesar) was off six weeks and worked himself hard those six weeks.
It’s a compliment to him and his work ethic.”
Matt Elliott has
been outstanding out of the Silver Hawks bullpen, having converted 31-of-33 save
chances. Elliott is currently tied with former South Bend White Sox Scott Radinsky for most saves in a season with 31. Radinsky accomplished the feat in
1989. Elliott has compiled a record of 2-4 with an ERA of 2.09. Haley
considers Elliott to be a “Steady Eddie”, and says of his reliever, “He has
stayed consistent emotionally, which has allowed him to battle through at being
the closer.” Elliott also has also struck out 65 with 20 free passes.
had a slow start to his season, hitting .241 with a homer and 12 RBI in the
first month of the season, but in May, June and July, combined to hit .342 with
13 home runs and 60 RBI. Haley said of Gonzales, “He is an all around good
athlete who is maturing as a player and an individual.” .Gonzales is currently
third in the Midwest League in outfield assists (12) and at one point in the
campaign, hit half of his home runs (7) in the month of July. Haley went on to
say about the Silver Hawks right-fielder, “He can be better than he is.”
manager Mark Haley, the Manager of the Year honor comes during the best season
the Silver Hawks have put together in recent history. The Hawks are 76-52 under
the eye under the eye of their first year skipper, have qualified for the
post-season and are working to finish with the best record in the Midwest
League. Haley appreciates the fact the other managers in the league think
enough of him to name him Manager of the Year, but he says, “This award should
be named for staff of t he year. You can’t get anything accomplished without a