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July 17, 2005

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Bridgeport Gets All-Star Game: The Bridgeport Bluefish will be hosting the 2006 Atlantic League All-Star Game next season; it’s their second time hosting the event. They did so also in 1999.

The game is scheduled for July 12, 2006.

(If the league sticks with the rotation, Somerset would get the game in 2007. I’m a little surprised Lancaster didn’t get the game next season, so I wonder if they’ll push Somerset back a year in ’07.) – MA

Coleman Signs With Yankees: Bluefish outfielder Michael Coleman signed with the New York Yankees today and will report to their Double-A affiliate in Trenton. This will be his second stint with the Yankees.

He was in spring training this year with the Washington Nationals. – Scott Stanchak.

(Coleman also has experience playing for the Yankees, so they certainly know what they’re getting) -MA

AL Scoreboard: Nashua beat Somerset, 4-2, essentially ensuring that Somerset’s 500th win will take place on the road. Patriots pitching coach John Montefusco was ejected early in the going for arguing a play in which a runner scored when the throw from the right fielder hit the first base umpire. It’s hard to tell whether or not he would have been out, but it certainly would have been close to enough to warrant an argument.

Camden beat Lancaster, 6-5. Dwight Maness hit a three run homer to lead the Riversharks to victory.

Newark beat Bridgeport, 6-0, behind a surprising performance from Pat Daneker. Daneker threw a complete game two-hitter in one of the finest pitching performances in the league this season. The former Road Warrior, Patriot and Rivershark did not allow a runner to get past first all night. Daneker’s Atlantic League career has been racked with inconsistency, it would be nice to see this be the springboard that propels him put together a solid second half.

Lancaster Signing: Jason Guarente of The Lancaster New Era reports (since the team chooses not to) that the Barnstormers have signed RHP Gil Perez to take the place of Hayden Gardner, who has injured his back. Perez has pitched for the Bluefish and the Ducks in the Atlantic League before, pitching for Bridgeport in 2000 and 2002 and Long Island in 2001.

In his last Atlantic League season, Perez was 3-9 with a 5.16 ERA in 25 games, 18 of them starts. The 32 year-old is a native of the Dominican Republic.

Nashua Signing: The Nashua Pride have signed P Jeremy Griffiths. Griffiths pitched in nine games for the Mets in 2003 (one of them a start against the Yankees) and one game for the Astros in 2004. He was also a 1999 3rd round draft pick and 2003 Triple-A All-Star.

According to the press release, Griffiths will join the starting rotation and make his debut on Tuesday against the Surf.

Ashmore Analysis: I think this could be a really good signing for Nashua. Griffiths’ numbers seem to take a nosedive after he was traded to the Astros, but I think a lot of that was based on him pitching in the PCL as opposed to the IL, and the inflated hitting statistics in the PCL.

In two and a half seasons pitching on the east coast in the Mets minor league system, Griffiths was 20-12 and never posted an ERA over four in any given season, including a stellar 2003 campaign that saw him go 7-6 with a 2.74 ERA in 21 games, including 19 starts.

He was then assigned to Triple-A New Orleans after being traded to the Astros in the Richard Hidalgo deal and posted a 3-6 record with a 5.85 ERA over the last half of 2004.

This season, the 26 year old righty struggled mightily at Triple-A Round Rock, going 0-1 with an ERA of almost 12 in 9 games with the club, although 8 of those 9 games were out of the bullpen. He walked 26 and struck out 8.

Let me type that again. He walked 26, compared to eight strikeouts. Wow.

That’s very unlike his career ratio, which was about 1 walk to every 2.5 strikeouts going into this year.

So pitching on the east coast again will really benefit Griffiths again, and I think that he has the potential to really be a huge factor for Nashua in the second half if he pitches up to his potential and keeps the walks down. The move gives Nashua four starters with big league experience, something very similar to what Somerset had going on during their 2003 championship season.

10Q Update: I interviewed Pride SS Orlando Miller today. I’ll have it up eventually, same goes for the Mel Rosario piece. I’m pretty much under the assumption that nobody even reads the interviews, so I’m really in no rush to post them anymore. I’m also under the assumption that nobody cares who I even talk to, considering every time I ask about who you’d like me to interview, I get zero replies. – Mike Ashmore

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