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June 26, 2005

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Pride Projections?: According to a source, the Nashua Pride could sign INF Orlando Miller to fill a shortstop void. (Note: The team officially announced the signing a few hours after this was posted.) The team also is close to losing Joe Kilburg, who was being scouted by at least three teams, including Philadelphia.

(Miller’s rights were traded from AC to Long Island last year for Mike Caruso. Neither player reported.) – MA

Bobby Jones (Not The Golfer): The Newark Bears today signed former New York Mets left-handed pitcher Bobby M. Jones.

From a Bears Press Release; Jones, a native of nearby Rutherford, NJ, is a 14-year pro who has pitched in 99 career major league games for the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox. A 44th round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1991 draft, Jones first reached the big leagues in 1997 with the Rockies. The following season he posted a 7-8 record with a 5.22 ERA in 35 games (20 starts) for the Rockies.

After winning 14 games over three seasons with Colorado, Jones was traded to the Mets prior to the 2000 season. He remained in the Mets organization for three seasons, winning ten games at triple-A Norfolk in 2000 and pitching in 23 games total at the major league level. While with the Mets, Jones pitched alongside Bobby J. Jones, a California-born right-hander.

In addition to his major league experience, the 33 year-old left-hander has appeared in 287 career games in the minor leagues. – Scott Stanchak.

Ashmore’s Take: Think I’m not excited? I’m a huge Red Sox fan and this guy was on the Sox just last year. The man has a World Series ring. He played with the idiots. Can’t. Wait. To. Interview. Him.

Vote Kevin McElhinney. Vote Often: On the Atlantic League’s official site, you can find the All-Star ballot where you can vote for your favorite players. I was filling mine out and noticed that someone named “Kevin McElhinney” was listed under catcher for Somerset. I thought maybe they were trying to tell me something I don’t know, but alas, I couldn’t find any baseball playing Kevin McElhinney’s. So yeah, that’s interesting. Bring out your “I Like Eick” buttons to the ballpark to support Somerset’s actual catcher, Chris Eickhorst

Today’s Scoreboard: Sur le feu. Translated from French to English, it means “on fire.” And that’s exactly what Kevin Nicholson and the Somerset Patriots are, beating the Ducks 7-0. The native of Canada hit his 7th home run of the year and 3rd of the series in the win, and Brian Tollberg got his 8th win of the year. That ties Ducks counterpart Paxton Crawford for the league lead.

Camden beat Newark, 8-4, giving the Riversharks three games out of the four game series. Guy Lynam and Troy Cameron homered for Camden in the win. Tom McGee, playing right field for Newark, went 3-5 in the loss.

Bobby M. Jones, making his AL Debut, did not impress. He gave up two hits, hit two batters and allowed four earned runs over two innings. Newark outhit Camden, 15-8, but could not get any clutch hits…they left 14 on base.

Lancaster beat Bridgeport, 6-1. Ryan Minor drove in three runs, but the real story was Norm Hutchins 18 game hitting streak coming to an end. He did reach base on a walk, however.

The Surf beat Nashua, 11-5. Rayner Bautista, Jose Velazquez and Ozzie Timmons all homered in the win. Anthony Chavez improved to 4-2 in the win, going eight innings. The press release says the temperature was near 100 degrees, so much for it not getting cold in New Hampshire.

I’ll tell you what, the signing of Rayner Bautista was pretty under the Ray-dar, so to (unfortunately) speak, but this guy has been working wonders for AC. Seems like every day he’s doing something to contribute.

Yesterday’s Scoreboard: The Long Island Ducks beat the Somerset Patriots, 6-3, in front of 6,321. Patrick Lennon, Henry Rodriguez and Jason Johnson all homered in the win. Seems like Rodriguez has about 20 home runs by now, he somehow only has 4.

Nashua beat Atlantic City, 12-8. 3,338 fans at Holman Stadium, that’s great to see. Anyway, Nate Teut injured his back before the game, forcing Patriot for a day Cam Esslinger to make the emergency start. Kevin Haverbusch, Pete Shier, Shane Hopper and Darren Bragg all homered for Nashua, but Esslinger didn’t stick around for the win as it was Jason Blanton improving to 3-0.

Camden beat Newark, 9-8, in 12 innings. Both teams scored runs in the 12th, but Camden was able to hold off Newark in the bottom half, even after a Jeremy Todd solo shot. Jason Fitzgerald was 5-7 for Camden, Teuris Olivares 4-6 for Newark. Rich Barrett (3,4) hit two home runs for Camden as well.

Bridgeport and Lancaster took turns at kicking the crap out of each other in yesterday’s doubleheader, with Bridgeport taking game one, 10-5 and Lancaster dominating game two, 15-4. Michael Coleman was 5-6 in the first game for Bridgeport. Norm Hutchins hit a grand slam in the second game for Lancaster. Where was this Norm Hutchins last year? This is the Norm of 2003, certainly not the Hutchins Patriots fans and front office, for that matter, got in 2004.

Nashua makes a move: The Nashua Telegraph’s Tom King reports that the team has signed P Geoff Goetz. Now this is a name I know. Goetz is a career minor leaguer who I first saw play as a member of the Portland Sea Dogs, then affiliated with the Marlins, in 2000. I then got to see him pitch as a member of the Trenton Thunder in 2004. Hard to believe he’s only 25 and was the 6th overall pick in the 1997 draft by the Mets. You might remember him as being one of the players the Mets sent to Florida to get Mike Piazza.

He’s never advanced past Double-A, really hard to believe for someone who was as highly touted as he was, not to mention the fact that he has a career 21-20 record with a 3.37 ERA. Goetz got, get this (don’t read that out loud, by the way), a $1,700,000 bonus to sign with the Mets in 1997. That’s the third largest bonus the Mets have ever agreed to. The biggest? $2.15M to Scott Kazmir, who’s also no longer with the club.

Geotz only appeared in two games in 2002 and zero in 2003, I’m assuming he’s had some arm troubles in the past…

Shibilo Gone: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post, following up on an earlier report of his, wrote that Bluefish P Andy Shibilo has signed with a club in Mexico. Can’t really blame him with the numbers he put up, his ERA was under 1 in 15 games. This marks the seventh player the Bluefish have lost this season, four to affiliated ball and three to Mexico. Why do guys sign in Mexico? Simple, the money is often more than twice what you can make in the AL.

P Phil Rosengren was activated off the DL to take Shibilo’s roster spot.

Big Name Update: There isn’t one, really. Whoever this guy is, he was supposed to be here around now. We’ll see what happens, just didn’t want anybody to think I was full of hot air here or anything.

Northern League Promotion, Part Two: In checking the rosters of the two teams taking part in the video game promotion, only one former Atlantic Leaguer stands out. P Blake Williams, who pitched for the Patriots and Bluefish last year, is on the Schaumburg Flyers roster. If his career were a roller coaster, I’d be unbuckling my seatbelt right about now… – Mike Ashmore

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