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July 6, 2005

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Bears Signing: The Newark Bears signed outfielder Michael Moore today and released Nick Steppe.

The 34 year-old Moore is a former first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers out of UCLA in 1992. He has played for six different Major League affiliated organizations, including the New York Mets, during his 13-year professional career.

Moore also has Atlantic League experience, having played for Nashua in 1998 and 1999 and Long Island in 2001.

(Bowling for Outfielders and Bear-enheit 7/5 would have been solid headline choices) – MA

The Best A Man Can Get: Somerset Patriots starting pitcher Brian Tollberg was named the league’s Pitcher of the Month for May. Tollberg finished the month with a 4-1 record, a 3.21 ERA, 19 strikeouts, and two walks in five starts for Somerset. – Scott Stanchak.

Player of the Month: Brian Tollberg was the Pitcher of the Month, but who was the AL Player of the Month for June? None other than Pride 1B Brian Becker. Good job by Nashua’s guys to bring him in, there are a lot of teams that would love to have Becker right now.

AL Scoreboard: A crowd of over 6,000 at Commerce Bank Ballpark saw the Patriots lose to the Bluefish, 8-3. Tony Rodriguez, the most unlikely source of power in the Bridgeport lineup, hit a grand slam in the top of the 9th to break the game wide open.

Michael Coleman hit what can be best described as an absolute bomb to left field in the win.

Bad news for the Patriots, as Camden held off the Surf to win 7-6 and make it a real race for the 1st half title coming into the last few days of the season. Ozzie Timmons’ (8) 3 run HR wasn’t enough and Jamie Steward picked up his 7th win of the year.

The Patriots are now 38-27, Camden is 36-29. That puts Camden just two games behind the Patriots with four games to play for Somerset and five for Camden. But that total could change for Somerset, as they would have to re-play the tie game against Newark if it matters in the standings. This will be a hot race to watch.

The Ducks beat Lancaster, 9-7. Dominick Ambrosini’s clutch hit in the 9th inning was the difference. I was beginning to think Ambrosini means “All-Star snub” in Italian, but he was named to the team today.

Nashua beat the Bears, 3-2, in 11 innings. Brian Becker went yard for the 18th time this season, and you’ve got to wonder how many more of his home runs will be in the Atlantic League. Geoff Goetz got his first AL win in relief. Norm Hutchins made his Bears debut, going 0-5 in the loss.

10Q Update: A lengthy interview with Robert Person will be posted soon, as will a piece with Stephen Larkin.

I really think the Person piece will come out well, we talked about his stints with the Mets, Blue Jays, Phillies and Red Sox in great detail. All in all, he answered almost 30 of my questions.

Patriot Games: The team ultimately did not agree to terms with the player they were in discussions with, but that certainly doesn’t mean they aren’t looking at other players. I honestly don’t know who the player was, but you’d have to think they’re looking at a backup catcher.

Also, P Justin Jensen was in the ballpark tonight, and he told me that there’s really no set timetable on his return. It’s beginning to seem more and more unlikely that he does return, although he was encouraged by recent progress and will be throwing a bullpen tomorrow.

Bluefish 2nd Half Possibilities: Along with guys like Jose Amado and Willis Otanez possibly returning, the latest issue of Mickey’s Mail hints at another possible return: Brad Cornett. Combine that with the possibility of the players they lost to Mexico and some possible new signings, and this team will be hard to beat in the 2nd half.

Ducks 2nd Half Possibilities: Mickey also hints at possible Ducks signings as well, with the possible returns of Bill Simas and Bill Pulsipher being mentioned. I think, from what I’ve heard, that the return of Simas would be far more likely than one by “Pulse,” but we’ll see. Despite having a staff stocked full of big leaguers, Long Island is constantly looking to tool with their staff, and Shane Arthurs is viewed as only a short-term replacement.

All-Star Quits: Bluefish P Richard Bell has quit the team, according to Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post. Bell, who was placed on the Inactive List on July 4th, was one of two Bluefish pitchers selected to the midsummer classic.

“I don’t know what to think,” Lind told the paper. “He let the team down.”

The Bluefish will add another pitcher to the All-Star team as a replacement.

Transactions: The Barnstormers have activated P Ross Peeples. The Surf have deactivated both P Andy Beal and P Jason Stocksill.

Also, Camden has signed C Marcos Sanchez. He hit .292 in 11 games for Nashua last year. – Mike Ashmore

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