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May 24, 2006 May 24, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Cruz Signs: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post is reporting that the Bluefish have signed former big league SS Deivi Cruz. Cruz has played with the Tigers, Padres, Orioles, Giants and Nationals.

Cruz becomes the first player from the Washington Nationals to ever play in the Atlantic League.

Burnham Gone: A source reports that the team lost Gary Burnham to the Phillies.

Burnham has played in the Phillies organization before, spending five years with them. He advanced as high as Double-A Reading, which is where I first saw him play a few years back. The casual fan may best remember Burnham for a colossal lapse of judgment he had while playing for Clemson in the College World Series.

In a moment sure to bring a smile to current Patriots’ broadcaster Brian Bender’s face, Burnham threw what turned out to be a fair ball into the stands against the Miami Hurricanes, mistakenly thinking it was foul. A Miami runner scored on the play, and many have called it the most infamous play in CWS history.

Burnham is likely going to be assigned to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. There are no astroturf fields in the Atlantic League, but they do have it out there in Moosic, PA – so that should be an interesting adjustment for him.

(Note: The Fish added Bobby Darula to the roster to take Burnham’s place. Darula has been on the inactive list this entire season. – SS)

Surf Can Benjamin: The Atlantic City Surf have released OF Al Benjamin, who was hitting just .123 at the time of his departure. He’s been replaced by Dusty Maddox.

Somerset at 21: With the pitcher they were expecting to sign instead heading to the Orioles, Somerset remains at 21 players, easily the lowest total they’ve been at in my four years of covering the team. – Mike Ashmore

Ducks Interviews: Take a listen to Newsday’s Marshall Lubes podcast interview with the Goetz brothers. Listen Now. – Scott Stanchak



1. MelWearingsGhost - May 25, 2006

Gary Burnham leaving Bridgeport? That’s a big blow to the team. He is as serious a guy about hitting as you’ll find. Glad for him, though. He works very hard, and deserves a shot.

Losing Burnham and Buzz Hannahan will be tough on the offense. And the bullpen has been less than sterling lately. But starting pitching has been superb, for the most part.

Maybe the Fish can get Jamie Gann back. He could hit with consistancy.

2. Anonymous - May 25, 2006

not burnham say it aint so.that is a killer blow for the fish.good luck to you gary you will be missed in bpt.
b-fish fan

3. number1surffan John - May 25, 2006

losing Al is a shame, granted his offense was only better than David Housel in semi-regular players, but not far below Ozzie Timmons and just on the edge of major disappointment Steve Torrealba.

Dusty Maddox last played baseball for his junior college 2 years ago.
He went 2 for 5 last night and seemed to stay in there despite some of the RW pitchers throwing fire high and inside.

One has to wonder what other player releases would be forthcoming.

4. Jeff - May 25, 2006

Appreciate your input each day, numberonesurfan John. It helps when people that see and know the game contribute.

5. Jeff - May 25, 2006

Maybe Al catches on with those Road Warriors? If not, he could be near the end of the line.

6. Jeff - May 25, 2006

Gary Burnham went 1-5 for Reading last night (single), serving as the DH.

7. Anonymous - May 25, 2006


there isn’t much we can do about it, but i wouldn’t be surprised if he gets cut when he slows down in double-a and ends up back here.. just like jamie gann last year who started off leading a mess of statistical categories before getting picked up and left to rot for the Biscuits before being put on the “voluntarily retired” list and coming back to bpt.. where he didn’t care anymore.

– thomas, ct

8. Anonymous - May 25, 2006


I recently got hired by the New Haven County Cutters of the Can-Am league.. figures.

– thomas, ct

9. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 25, 2006

When you guys post your at your post, do so in the name section of the form as well. You just select other as your identity. It’s easier for others to figure out who they’re communicating with. You don’t need to register or give an email address. Thanks!

10. Anonymous - May 25, 2006

conn post reports bpt bluefish lose brian Boehringer to the kc royals.burnham then boehringer back to back days.thats a rough couple for us bluefish fans

b-fish fan.

11. Jeff - May 25, 2006

I am not surprised that the Fish lost Boehinger. He was pitching well, and he has loads of experience. If Jose Lima could land with the Mets, there must be a place for Boehriger, at least at Triple-A.

12. Gary Burnham - May 25, 2006

Going to Scranton won’t be much of an adjustment for me. I’ve already played three seasons in the International League.

13. Jeff - May 25, 2006

I wonder how long T.J. Matthews will be with the Fish? He’s pitched well so far ….

14. BoosterBabe - May 30, 2006

Bridgeport’s Loss is Reading’s Gain. Burnham is missed! If that’s really you, Gary–good luck to you and watch the mail after this road trip…banana bread’s on it’s way! šŸ™‚

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