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July 5, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Not as good as he once was, but he was good once: Yes, the rare country music reference from me…Scott will be proud. Anyway, country music icon Toby Keith took batting practice at Campbell’s Field before performing at the Tweeter Center today. Maybe he can make a song about the Atlantic League, who knows…

TRADE: The Lancaster Barnstormers have sent OF Norm Hutchins to the Newark Bears for 1B/OF Jeremy Todd. Not real sure I understand this one. I mean you essentially have the same player in Lancaster in Quincy Foster, but for a first year franchise to trade away one of its most popular players is puzzling.

I certainly underestimated Todd based on what he did in his brief stint in Somerset in 2004, and I know that Newark needs players big time, but I’m not really sure what this deal accomplishes for either squad.

Hutchins was recently named an Atlantic League All-Star and was hitting .314 with 5 HR, 21 RBI and 13 SB. His .314 average placed him among the top ten in the league.

Todd was hitting .290 with 7 HR and 38 RBI. Those 38 RBI made him the team leader, making trading his bat away all the more questionable.

Newark needed a center fielder and Lancaster was looking for left-handed hitting, but now Lancaster needs a center fielder (unless they shift Foster over) and Newark needs to replace Todd’s bat.

Weird trade. Trades like this don’t happen often in the Atlantic League, and I guess that’s why. Newark might not be done dealing yet, as they might be looking to move a pitcher to a South Division team.

AL Scoreboard: The Camden Riversharks beat the Atlantic City Surf, 11-10. L.J. Biernabum was 4-5 and a home run short of the cycle. Ozzie Timmons was 3-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the loss. Surf started Rob Corrado allowed 10 earned runs over five and third innings to pick up the loss.

The Somerset Patriots were shut out by the Bridgeport Bluefish, 1-0. Josh Kalinowski went six innings, but did not factor into the decision. That was only the fourth time all year he went five innings or longer. Brady Williams’ RBI groundout proved to be the difference in the game.

Long Island squashed Lancaster, 10-2. Justin Lamber went six innings to get the win for the Ducks.

Special Feature: Every so often, I’ll actually write a feature for the site. This time around, I’ve decided to take a look at what percentage of current Atlantic League players played in the big leagues. It goes on from there, but you’ll just have to check it out to see what it’s all about. Head on back to the main site for the article.

Barnstormers make 3 other moves: They signed C John Nathans, who Nashua dumped off to another independent league for no apparent reason. He played two games there, got his release, and came back to the AL. They then cut C Juan Castro and OF Raul Marcano.

Surf sign Villegas: The Atlantic City Surf have welcomed back RHP Felix Villegas. Villegas, who was recently released by the Phillies organization, was signed out of the league by the Phillies last season and pitched well, but struggled this season at Double-A Reading.

Bluefish sign Collins: After their first choice never called back, Bridgeport signed P Pat Collins. Collins was pretty iffy last year with the Road Warriors, so we’ll see how he does in Bridgeport.

Ducks sign Arthurs; Austin retires: P Shane Arthurs has been signed by the Ducks. He has previous experience in the Atlantic League with Bridgeport. He fills the void left by P Jeff Austin, who announced his retirement. He was 1-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 28 relief appearances this season.

Patriots to make a move: The Patriots are rumored to be bringing in a position player to fill the 25th roster spot as soon as tomorrow. Whether or not this is a sign that Billy Hall has a way to go, I’m not sure…

All-Star Voting: A lot of people you’d expect to have a vote in the process…didn’t. – Mike Ashmore



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