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May 6, 2006 May 6, 2006

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Herr Speaks: I spoke with Lancaster Barnstormer manager Tom Herr yesterday at length before they took on the Somerset Patriots. He said that he really thinks this is a good club — as do I — and they have a really good shot at taking at least one of the halves.

I asked him about recruiting players to play in Lancaster this year compared to last and he said it’s been easier.

“Guys who played in this league want to come here,” the former major league All-Star said. Adding that players who haven’t played in the league before hear good things and that makes putting the club together easier.

I asked him to give me two players — offensive and pitching — that he thinks will surprise people from his club, his responce:

Justin Hileman, OF: “He’s ready to emerge as an offensive force in this league.”

Matt Knox, P: “He’s a big (6’4″, 210), very agressive, hard thrower. He was originally signed as a first baseman, but he’s young and talented and can make a great transition.”

Reggie Taylor, another one of Herr’s star players, checks his lumber prior to an at-bat.

DiFelice To Camden: The Camden Riversharks aquired the rights to Patriots pitcher Mark DiFelice, the team’s Championship series MVP last year. Mike will have more on this in a little bit. – Scott Stanchak.

DiFelice: Yeah, I spoke to Adam Gladstone of the Baseball And Sports Associates last night, and he said the teams are in the final stages of a deal that would send the rights of DiFelice to Camden. The trade, which would likely be for the ever popular player to be named later, would be made to accomodate DiFelice, who now lives in Philadelphia. With Camden being a trip across the Ben Franklin Bridge away, it makes a lot more sense for him to play there, and it looks like he could be in uniform as early as Sunday.

DiFelice Again: The trade has been finalized and was for a player to be named later.

Elvis Is In The Building: And we have our first curious Road Warriors transaction of the season. The Ducks have signed former big league SS Elvis Pena to a contract. Pena, who played for Long Island in 2003, played for the Rockies in 2000 and the Brewers in 2001.

The Road Warriors come into play because Nick Ortiz was sent there to make room for Pena. Ortiz is the league leader in hitting at .450, slugging percentage at 1.000, on-base percentage at .560 and is tied for the lead in home runs with 3 and extra-base hits with 5. He’s also second in RBI with 8.

You can’t tell me that another team shouldn’t be able to get this guy, whether it be via trade or otherwise. If the Road Warriors are supposed to be this separate entity, maybe they should be treated that way.

10Q: Not to mention the backlog of Ten Questions I have to do from last year, I did two yesterday with Hector Almonte and Reggie Taylor. Also did three today with Jason Shiell, Alex Hernandez and Jose Ortiz. – Mike Ashmore

Scott Sobkowiak warms up before facing his old team tonight.


1. Anonymous - May 7, 2006

In regards to Nick Ortiz going to the Road Warriors, I was informed by Michael Hirsch, the Ducks GM, that Nick was only on loan to the Ducks and that he was to return to the Road Warriors in the position as player/coach.

2. Anonymous - June 7, 2006

I am a Ducks fan who has taken an interest in the Road Warriors for several years now. The Road Warriors are obviously (to me) a Ducks farm team. Nick Ortiz has tipped the balance and moved the Road Warriors “closer” to contention. I predict, if he continues to hit, he will be back on the Ducks in time for the playoffs. I am keeping stats on the Road Warriors (who have no home page) at http://paroadwarriors.tripod.com

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