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June 30, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Leaving The Flock: Long Island Ducks pitching coach Dave LaPoint is leaving the position he’s held for 3 1/2 years to pursue other ventures. He will remain with the team as their Director of Player Procurement.

Taking his place will be Jeff Scott, who was the pitching coach of the Pennsylvania Road Warriors last season. Scott has numerous major-league ties.

For interviews with both LaPoint and Scott, check out Mike Ashmore’s interview archives.

Entering The Pond: As first reported yesterday on ALB, the Ducks did sign lefty pitcher Carl Sadler. The team also signed left-hander Chris Smith, who resides in the Long Island area.

Smith was originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the seventh selection of the 2001 draft. He began this season with the Delmarva Shorebirds (A, Orioles) and appeared in 13 games.

Check It Out: Be sure to check out my article on what players have to say are the best and worst things about the Atlantic League. The link is on the front page of ALB.com.

Bye, Bye Borowski: With the activation of starter Kerry Wood today, the Chicago Cubs designated reliever and former Newark Bear Joe Borowski for assignment. That gives the club 10 days to either trade him, release him, or send him to the minors if he clears waivers. – Scott Stanchak.

Pride and Puffer also gone: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim formerly known as the Anaheim Angels formerly known as the California Angels designated OF Curtis Pride for assignment. Same with Borowski, this gives the club 10 days to decide what to do with him.

P Brandon Puffer’s fate was a little better, as the San Francisco Giants outrighted him to Triple-A after he got rocked for five runs in an inning and a third on Sunday.

Patriots Scoreboard: There is none, really. Somerset and Newark ended up tied at 2-2 through five complete innings. The game will be completed at a later date, but the stats do count. Therefore, Ryan Radmanovich’s rocket to right field will count.

Despite the game being official, it was a classy move on the Patriots part to offer fans tickets to another game due to the fireworks being cancelled.

AL Scoreboard: Nashua beat Bridgeport.

Lancaster beat Atlantic City, 8-7. Lance Burkhart hit two home runs and drove in five.

Camden beat Long Island, 9-8. Henry Rodriguez homered, again, for Long Island. That’s his 6th of the year and ties him for the team lead in just 14 games. Dave LaPoint took part in the exchange of lineup cards tonight, and likely stayed around long enough to see his two new pitchers in action. Carl Sadler gave up four runs, albeit only one of them earned, and picked up the loss. Chris Smith pitched a scoreless ninth.

Mathews Gone: The Bridgeport Bluefish have lost yet another player, reports Connecticut Post writer Rich Elliott, who’s certainly been busy this year. Anyway, the Houston Astros have signed P T.J. Mathews and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. I think he’s got a real good shot to get back to the big leagues with them. He pitched for them in 2002, so they know exactly what they’re getting when they signed him. The Astros bullpen has struggled mightily this year, so I think he’s got a real shot to get back there sooner than later. Check my archives for an interview with him.

Ashmore on LaPoint: I’ll miss him being around the Ducks clubhouse. I enjoyed our interview, and he’d always been very good to me and very helpful whenever I needed to get a player. A lot of people might think that’s not saying a lot, but you’d be surprised how much crap you can get when you need to pull someone aside for an interview. My particular favorite is pointing me in about 17 different directions when I want to know where one player is.

10Q Update: I talked to former White Sox and Red Sox pitcher Carlos Castillo today, look for that interview to be posted around Friday night, along with the others. – Mike Ashmore



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