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June 19, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Attendance Record set to be broken: Fans, if you’d like to be a part of an Atlantic League record, then head on down to Commerce Bank Ballpark on Sunday. With back to back crowds of over 7,000 people, the Somerset Patriots are on pace to obliterate their own record of highest attendance over a three game span. If you want to be a part of history, then you want to be there. Regardless of how many seats are left, I can tell you that good seats do remain, because every seat in the place is a good one to watch the game from.

Scoreboard: In front of another impressive crowd of over 7,000 fans, the Somerset Patriots snapped their losing streak with a late inning rally and beat the Lancaster Barnstormers, 4-2. Pat Boran’s two run double was the difference for Somerset. Scott Sobkowiak got the win in what could be his last start for Somerset, he’s been getting a ton of attention from scouts. One AL scout came back specifically for him today. Oreste Marrero blasted one off the scoreboard in the loss for Lancaster after just missing one in his last at-bat.

The Surf and the Bears split their doubleheader today. In game one, the Surf won 2-1. But in game two, the Bears pulled away and won 10-3.

Breaking news, Keith Maxwell is good. He hit two home runs and had 4 RBI in game two.

Bridgeport beat Long Island, 8-3. Josh Kalinowski went five innings and picked up the win, a key victory to keep his momentum going. D.J. Boston homered for Bridgeport as well.

Nashua and Camden split their doubleheader as well. Nashua took game one, 10-1. But Camden rebounded and took game two, 4-3.

Mike, who are the scouts looking at?: It’s still pitchers. I won’t get into specifics with player names, but you can pick up a stat sheet and figure out who they are by who’s throwing well. At least two closers and one starter are being scouted. Several have had offers from Mexican League teams, as Jamie Gann did before ultimately signing with Tampa Bay, but they turned them down.

Big news for ALPlus members: A feature a lot of you ALPlus members have been asking for more of, and something we’ve been working very hard on, is audio clips. A lot of people send positive feedback about the written work, but they say they’d like to be able to hear a question or two from their favorite player. Well now, you can.

Audio clips from Brian L. Hunter, Mike Crudale, Todd Erdos, Pete Rose, Jr., Darren Bragg, Jimmy Hurst, Kevin Nicholson and Brian Tollberg are now posted, with some more to be added in the future. Let me know who you’d like to see clips from, and I’ll see what I can do.

There’s never been a better time to sign up for ALPlus, head on back to the main site for all the information.

Surf signing: The Atlantic City Surf signed C Adam Capodieci today. Capodieci was on the Road Warriors last year and has also played for the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League.

The signing was the result of the team placing C Mel Rosario, a former Baltimore Oriole, on the disabled list.

Quintana returns: Bears OF Wil Quintana has been activated from the suspended list after serving his 10 day suspension for a violation of the league’s drug and alcohol policy.

Affiliation Update Now Posted: My brand new Affiliation Update is now up, featuring stats, quotes and pictures of all your favorite former Atlantic Leaguers. Be sure to check it out.

10Q’s Posted: My interviews with Jason Dellaero and Brian L. Hunter are now posted.

100: With my interview of Camden Riversharks outfielder Brian L. Hunter on Thursday, it marked the 100th former big leaguer I’ve had the opportunity to interview in the Atlantic League. With two of those players now back in the big leagues, you just never know who’ll be next. – Mike Ashmore



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