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June 24, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Picture courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Marlins sign Super Donovan: Ducks P Donovan Osborne was signed by the Florida Marlins and assigned to their Triple-A team in Albuquerque. Osborne was a sure All-Star and probably one of the best pitchers in the league this year, that’s a colossal loss for the Ducks. Want to know why Osborne is such a valuable commodity? Look at what arm he’s using to throw that ball…

Brewers sign Corey Hart: Bluefish star Corey Hart will be wearing his sunglasses at night for Triple-A Nashville after being signed by the Brewers, who seem to be very aggressive in going after Atlantic League talent. Hart led the league in OBP and walks and was hitting .305 at the time of his signing.

Shibilo Gone Too?: The Connecticut Post’s Rich Elliott also reports that the team is set to lose P Andy Shibilo to Mexico. But, Elliott also confirms that the team has, in fact, signed P Robert Person. All the details on Person are in an earlier update, but this is a signing I’m happy about. He brings a ton of big league time to the table, let’s just wait and see if he has big league talent left. He’s set to make his first start in Lancaster.

Diaz Done: Barnstormers P Pedro Diaz, who was believed to be on the hot seat in Lancaster, is now gone. But he wasn’t released, he was put on the DL and will likely have season ending Tommy John surgery, The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reports. The paper also states that the team will bring in P Joey Dawley to replace him. Dawley pitched for the Braves in 2002 and 2003 and for the Indians in 2004.

Yesterday’s Scoreboard: Nashua beat the Surf, 15-10. Glenn Murray had himself a bit of a game, going 4-4 and driving in 5. He also hit his league leading 14th home run. Surf starter Mark Persails went four innings, allowing 15 hits and 15 runs, 13 of them being earned. Talk about taking one for the team, that’s an interesting decision to leave him in there for 15 runs.

Bridgeport beat Lancaster, 8-6. D.J. Boston and Gary Burnham homered in the win, Lance Burkhart and Jason Bryan went yard in the loss. Josh Kalinowski struck out four batters in the 2nd inning. Norm Hutchins extended his hitting streak to 15 games, one short of his 16 game streak earlier this year.

Newark beat Camden, 7-2. Carlos Castillo allowed only five hits over nine innings in his first complete game since 2001. He struck out 10 in the win.

Somerset beat Long Island, 11-4. Kevin Nicholson hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the win.

Transactions: The Atlantic City Surf have released P Barret Markey and P Dan Reichert and signed Greg Burke. I’m going to assume that this Greg Burke is the guy who played at Duke, which would make sense since his hometown is listed as Bellmawr, NJ. Anyway, he’s a 23 year old pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in 2002. This continues the Surf’s yearly tradition of releasing a pitcher with big league experience, after releasing Alan Newman last year. However, this is believed to be the first time they’ve released anyone with an enormous afro (Markey).

Interesting article: On Riversharks broadcaster Landon Sears – http://www.courierpostonline.com/news/sports/s062405f.htm. I wouldn’t have brought it up, but found two weird coincidences. For one, I too have called a game and had my dad drive me home and also “got my start” doing play by play with my wrestling action figures, not to mention Sega Genesis sports games. Check out “Behind the Lens: The Mike Ashmore Story” in my feature archives for more on that. For anyone curious, I’m not much older than he is…

There’s just not much time for driving and/or acquiring a driver’s license with school and covering games. – Mike Ashmore



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