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March 15, 2006

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Breaking News: Atlanticleaguebaseball.com has confirmed that Jeff Scott will be the new manager of the Road Warriors this season. Scott has spent two previous seasons in the league, serving as pitching coach of the Road Warriors in 2004 and as pitching coach of both the Ducks and Patriots in 2005.

Scott is expected to handle the pitching coach duties as well. As for the remainder of the coaching staff, it’s believed that the league will be looking to give a player in the league an opportunity to get his feet wet with coaching. Whether it will be in a player/coach capacity remains unclear, but an announcement is expected prior to the start of spring training.

2007 Game Plan: As of right now, the Southern Maryland franchise is believed to be on pace to take over the Road Warriors spot in 2007. However, a source confirms that the newly announced Long Island franchise could be ready for play next season as well, although that remains to be seen. It appears that the league would be willing to expand to more than eight teams if it’s deemed to be feasible.

Ducks Roster Expands By Four: The Ducks have signed four more players today; including Rob Cafiero, Dominick Ambrosini, Jimmy Goelz and Bryan Goelz.

Cafiero has worked his way through the Road Warriors squad to become a key part of the Ducks franchise. He’s often seen making appearances on the team’s behalf at various events. A really, really nice guy. After my infamous kryptonite comment, I should be thankful he didn’t turn me into dust.

Ambrosini was an All-Star last season and looks to get back next to Justin Davies and possible Jason Johnson to make the Ducks outfield a formidable one.

Bryan Goelz also will join the Ducks outfield this year, and he’s the Ducks first player without previous experience in the organization that they’ve signed all season. He has experience in the Red Sox and Dodgers organizations.

Jimmy Goelz rounds out the group. He played in 73 games last season as an infielder for the Ducks. He’s probably best used in a utility role, but it all depends on what other players the team is able to acquire. – Mike Ashmore

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