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April 5, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
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The A.L.’s New Plan: You can read Ryan Dunleavy’s article about the new plan right here. Here is my quick take on it:

The Good: The Road Warriors will get better players…Teams that don’t sign a large number of “name” players now have a better chance…The Road Warriors will get better players…More money for teams if they can concentrate on the business end so we don’t have to deal with clubs folding anymore…The Road Warriors will get better players.

The Bad: How can someone who still focuses on building the Patriots run this? Why wouldn’t Somerset just get all the best players who contact this new “company”?…I still can’t tell if this is more business/money oriented or to help the league…It’s funny how Somerset, a Steve-Kalafer owned team, is in, yet the Newark Bears, his other team, opted to be out…I also find it interesting how the article says out of all the players already in this pool, not one team has requested the same guy. Are you kidding me? If it was stated that there was competition for players in this, fans would get the concept that it will fail. Listen to me: there will be competition…This is something that “may” only work if all teams are involved, because calling it “one-stop shopping” will then make the four teams not involved in lose out.

Here’s some feedback I’ve recieved so far:

“From a fan of the Camden Riversharks, I endorse the plan. I was getting
worried that with a change in ownership and GM duties, the talent to compete
with the best teams wouldn’t be located.”

“Curious indeed. Will it mean the end of “local heroes” unless they happen to be lucky enough to be signed? Will the rich get richer while the poor get left out?”

Let me know what you think: yourturn@atlanticleaguebaseball.com

Surf Sign Japanese Player: The Atlantic City Surf signed 23-year-old Kenta Suzumegano to a contract following the April 1 tryout. The youngster has no pro experience other than some amateur leagues in Japan playing both the infield and outfield.

Patriots Sign Former Big-Leaguer: The Patriots signed former Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels first baseman Larry Barnes. – Scott Stanchak.

Ducks Sign Lefty: The Ducks have signed LHP Mark Freed to a contract and expect him to be in their starting rotation to begin the year. Freed has advanced as high as Triple-A, and looks to solidify the Ducks starting rotation. – MA

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