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October 26, 2005

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Widger a game away from getting a ring: Chris Widger spent the 2004 season as a member of the Atlantic League’s Camden Riversharks. Today, he looks to become the second player in Atlantic League history to win a World Series ring after a stint in the AL. The other? Brendan Donnelly.

Widger saw significant action in Game of the World Series, making three plate appearances. He struck out once, but also walked twice…including a critical walk in the 14th inning with the bases loaded to give the Sox an insurance run.

For my 2004 interview with Widger, click here.

On a side note, is it cool to be watching someone play in the World Series who you were just sitting in a dugout with last season? You bet.

Pride Parade appears to be over, Hobson OUT: Tom King of The Nashua Telegraph reports that Pride co-owner Frank Boulton has confirmed that he is seeking membership with the Can-Am League.

“My job with the Nashua Pride is over,” Pride Manager Butch Hobson told the paper. So, regardless of whether or not the Pride are back, Hobson isn’t. Another brilliant move by ownership there, losing your main selling point. For as big of a name as Hobson is in the Atlantic League, he’d be to the Can-Am League what Ichiro is to Japan.

I will give BKK (BK, really…) credit for an interest in keeping baseball in Nashua one way or another, but we’ll see if that pans out.

King also touches on the fact that the Bluefish are interested in Hobson’s services, with Jose Lind rumored to have been on his way out since mid-season. The Bluefish do reportedly have a backup plan, though…as Bill Madlock’s name has been rumored for that job as well.

But without a new ownership group (and for the love of God, can it please be someone new to the league) will the Bluefish survive? Most likely not. With the Bluefish in constant trouble, the Surf always rumored to be in short season plans and Nashua all but gone, it’s entirely possible that the Atlantic League could start the 2006 season with just five home teams. – Mike Ashmore

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