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May 31, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Gone: No, I’m not referring to the N’sync song — I was also toying with the idea of the title “Goodbye to Drew” for all you Michelle Branch fans — but instead to the Camden Riversharks and their major loss, as well as one who was unable to make an impact. Shortstop Stephen Drew, who was leading the league with a .427 average, reached a five-year, $5.5 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks just hours before he would have been re-eligible for the major league baseball draft.

The team also lost pitcher Jered Weaver, who did not appear in a game for the Sharks, as he finally reached an agreement with the Anaheim Angels on a minor-league deal. Terms of his contract were not released and everything is pending on a physical. – Scott Stanchak.

Ashmore’s Take: If I were here when Bobby Hill was around, I would have hated it then. I know I hated it now. People are throwing millions of dollars at these guys, and they decide to holdout. Not that I had any interest whatsoever in talking to either of the two, but you had to go through the coaching staff to do it. Awesome.

What really makes me happy about all of this is that both MLB teams involved didn’t budge an inch on their final offers that were made well before both players signed with Camden. So, was it really worth it?

For anyone who cares, Weaver will not be in the Ashmore Update, Drew will. Why? Drew played for the Riversharks, Weaver did not.

All-Star Voting Begins: Go here to vote for your favorite players.

Surf sign Pedro Sierra to Front Office Spot: Pedro “Pete” Sierra, who coached the Road Warriors in 2003 and the Bears in 2004, has been hired by the Surf as a liason to the Latin community. It appears to be a figurehead-ish kind of position from the outside looking in, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in uniform on occasion in one of the coaches boxes. I always enjoyed talking with Sierra, he’s a very friendly guy with a lot of fun stories.

Transactions: Atlantic City released P Marty Janzen and signed P Dan Reichert. Reichert spent 1999-2003 with the Kansas City Royals. Bridgeport released P Terrence Hill and signed P Tim Cain. Camden released P Dan McKenna.


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