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Patriots Sign Shortstop: But not the one you might think. According to The Courier-News‘ Ryan Dunleavy, the team has signed former big league infielder Felix Martinez. Well, at least they’re borrowing him for now. According to this article, Martinez had originally signed on with the Road Warriors, but with the hole at shortstop left by the visa problems of Kevin Nicholson, something needed to be done.

Martinez played for the Kansas City Royals from 1997 to 1999 and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000 and 2001. He certainly comes in with a reputation of all glove, no stick – Martinez hit just .214 with only three home runs in 641 big league at-bats. His minor league numbers are a little better, with the 31 year-old Dominican native hitting .254 in 935 minor league games. But you’d be amazed what the Atlantic League can do to people’s numbers, so obviously the Patriots front office is hoping this is the case with Martinez.

Martinez, who according to the article could easily be returned to the Road Warriors, has eight seasons of Triple-A experience with four different organizations and was the Charlotte Knights regular shosrtstop last season as a member of the White Sox organization.

I think the likely scenario is that Martinez will be returned to the Road Waerriors the day Nicholson returns, as a guy with big league time like that is going to want to have a chance to play somewhere everyday, and that’s the kind of situation the Road Warriors can provide for him. If he does stick, it’s not a bad thing, as he appears to be an above average defensive shortstop.

Exceptionally Useless Patriots Fact: Entering their ninth season, the Patriots have never had anyone named “Felix” play a game for them.

Bears Bring Two Back: The Newark Bears have signed pitchers Joe Gannon and David Shepard. Gannon threw just the second no-hitter in league history back in 2004 and Shepard was with the Bears a few years back. He signed with the Yankees organization and pitched there for a few years before returning to the league last year with the Ducks. Shep’s a nice guy and a really good pitcher, there’s no reason he should have to come back here.

Barnstormers Spring Roster:

Pitchers (15): Eric Ackerman, Joe Dooley, Denny Harriger, Steve Hassett, Rob Henkel, Matt Knox, Enemencio Pacheco, Scott Patterson, Matt Scheuing, Cam Smith, Scott Sobkowiak, Charlie Weatherby, Brian Whitaker, Mike Ziegler, Andy Zwirchitz.

Catchers (3): Lance Burkhart, Alex Derhak, Manny Santana.

Infielders (5): Jason Bowers, Travis Hake, Alex Hernandez, Jose Ortiz, Steve
Van Note.

Outfielders (4): Quincy Foster, Jutt Hileman, Reggie Taylor, Chris Van
Rossum.

Surf Update: Thanks to the Surf fan who sent this in…this is his report from Spring Training…

The A.C. Surf fell 6-4 to the Rowan College team yesterday.
Kenta Suzumegano – the fella signed during the tryouts – was rather unimpressive @ the plate. One other individual who was playing as a tryout also didn’t seem to make the cut. They shuffled positions a bit, including David Housel @ 2nd and Shortstop.

Quite a scare when the Rowan pitcher beaned star Al Benjamin, but Al seemed to shake it off and continued in the game.

The outfield will benefit from the return of Gary Johnson.

Despite wishful thinking for this league, it seems Ruben Sierra was dropped and then promptly picked back up by the Twins organization.

Looks like terms were never reached completely with Jeff Jianetti – and honestly it seems the Surf have enough power hitters, and 3rd/1st basemen that he probably isn’t needed anyway.

The Surf was also trying out stadium announcers and players as base coaches. Ozzie Timmons – in much better shape this season – seemed to thrive on helping the younger guys get motivated.

Yesterdays showing was exactly what it was intended to be. The Surf quickly were ahead 4 – 0 , then shuffled guys around and played their own drills while the college boys got to feel the thrill of competing with professionals. Until Rob Corrado was put in as relief, the Rowan team scored 6 including a 2 run blast by one of their players. Not sure how the Rowan team fared in their season, but they did seem to be well prepared and put on a good show.

Next preseason game is today @ 3pm. Nice quote that changed the course of some who lamented the team not sending them to Florida for spring training from Todd Leathers (1b). “It’s warmer here than the Can-Am league” – Mike Ashmore

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