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August 30, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Bears Make Moves: The Newark Bears lost outfielder Jose Herrera to the Baltimore Orioles today, who will assign him to Double-A Bowie. They also announced that catcher Abraham Ayala was placed on the inactive list so he can participate in the World Cup. Chris Eickhorst will be converted back to his natural position of catcher from reliever to backup Tom McGee. Eickhorst told me the other day he was done catching for good — so who knows.

Patriots Shuffle Rotation: Adam Larson is out of the rotation and former major-leaguer Nick Bierbrodt is in. Pitching coach John Montefusco told me a few weeks ago that he wanted Bierbrodt in the rotation; however, just a few days ago he said he changed his mind because of all the pitches he throws in an inning. Guess that’s changed. – Scott Stanchak.

Pride Sign Sparks: The Nashua Pride have signed P Jeff Sparks, who was with the team last season. To make room for Sparks, the team has released C Eddie Wilson.

Arroyo Inactive: The Long Island Ducks lost P Luis Arroyo, who left the team to return to Puerto Rico. Also OF Armando Rios isn’t with the team during the team’s trip to Somerset.

Surf Lose Tons of Players: The team lost P Felix Villegas, P Eduardo Villacis and 1B Jose Velazquez. All three were placed on the suspended list due to their acceptance of spots on World Cup teams, as far as I know.

The team has signed P Fernando Desque and IF Julian Yan to replace them. Yan played in the Mexican League this year, no clue on Desque.

It’s rumored that one of the league’s catchers has left as well, but I don’t want to post anything until that’s confirmed.

10Q Update: I went from getting Ducks P Pedro Borbon’s autograph at a Phillies game in 1996 to sitting in the visiting dugout and interviewing him in 2005. Stuff like that reminds me why I like this job.

BP Thoughts: Another one of the fun things I like about my job is that I get to watch batting practice every day. Sure, it’s usually not a real great barometer for how a guy is going to perform on the field, but it’s still fun to watch. For example, you’d look at Rob Cafiero’s stats and think he might not be all that great, but you should see the guy during BP. I know I’ve ridden the guy pretty hard sometimes, but he’s always been nice to me…but man was he mean to the baseball yesterday. This guy was hitting bombs over both walls in left field in Somerset. I wonder what he’d do with the kind of playing time he got when he was with the Road Warriors. – Mike Ashmore



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