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Former A.L. Pitcher Admits Steroid Use: Check out this article on CNNSI’s web site that has an interview with former Long Island Ducks and Nashua Pride pitcher Paxton Crawford, who admits in the piece that he’s taken steroids and several other players around him during his time with the Boston Red Sox did too. – Scott Stanchak.

Ashmore Note: I’ll have more on this later. Pax was one of my favorite players back when he was in Trenton, but for now…check out the site for my interview with him.

Shiell Signs: Somerset Patriots P Jason Shiell has signed with the Atlanta Braves and will be assigned to Triple-A Richmond.

Darula Signs Too: The Bluefish lost OF Bobby Darula today, as the Braves signed him as well and he was assigned to Double-A.

Lancaster Adds One: P Oscar Henriquez has been signed by Lancaster. He has big league time and has played for Houston, Detroit and Florida. He pitched for the Ducks previously in the AL.

Pats Add Stanley: According to Ryan Dunleavy of the Courier News, the Somerset Patriots have signed OF Henri Stanley. Stanley has three seasons worth of Triple-A experience, and was a Texas League All-Star in 2002.

Last season for Las Vegas, he played 36 games in left field and 53 in center field. I’d assume that Pat Boran will move to left, Larry Barnes will go back to first and that Jim Burt will go back to the bench.

Transactions: Lancaster released INF Kevin Wilson. Bridgeport activated OF Norm Hutchins and placed C Tino Sanchez on the inactive list.

AL No-Hitter Facts: Later on today or tomorrow, I’ll have some big, useless fact sheet about the three Atlantic League no-hitters…it’s intended to accompany my Democrat article. If you guys read the paper and are looking for the audio and video, check out the right side of your screen and click on the Mikkelsen no-hitter page. – Mike Ashmore

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1. Peter - June 22, 2006

I have to say Burt might have been struggling at the plate a few times, but he plays an exceptional 1st base. Saw him a few weeks ago at Somerset and he made 3 amazing plays in the game. I think they should keep him at first for his defense instead of DH.

2. number1surffan John - June 22, 2006

Last nights Lancaster @ Atlantic City game

– beautiful baseball
(Barnstormer fans may disagree). A Triple Play (greed was the cause). Meatball Heath was credited with making both the 1st and 3rd outs of that baserunning fiasco.

– and horrifying baseball.

Lancaster pitcher fastball BEANED slugger Todd Leathers so hard in the helmet that the ball bounced off and landed in the upper deck. Todd refused trainer attention and promptly ran down to take his base (forgetting his helmet @ the plate), and stayed in for part of the game, eventually being replaced.

Pray he’s okay, it was one of the most sickening sounds ever when that ball nailed him – and the scuff remaining on his helmet really showed how durable the equipment is.

3. BoosterBabe - June 22, 2006

My biggest fear for these guys is getting hit with a ball. (in fact, I sit near the dugout, it’s my biggest fear for me, too!) That thing is coming at you, even “only” 80 mph, it can kill you! Last night, one of the LI players was down after sliding to make a diving catch–I sat there with my hand in my mouth until he got up and walked it off finally. I don’t care which team it is, I don’t wanna see any of these guys get hurt.

4. Amy - June 22, 2006

I agree about these guys getting hurt. I sit behind first base at Lancaster…close enough to see and hear this stuff. Scary sometimes…and to numberonesurffan..yeah it was pretty bad last night. A triple play and 3 double plays…that’s horrendous! We seem to be running ourselves out of a good bit of innings. My take on that? Agressive is one thing but GREED is another!

5. number1surffan John - June 22, 2006

Amy – no offense intended. Truthfully it could have gone either way. And as big a supporter as I am of the Surf, they aren’t always the greatest shining examples of baserunning themselves. Last night was sloppy – player forgetting how many outs there were, delays in between bases and confusion ensued…hoping if rain holds out tonight will be a better game.

John

6. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

It is bad enough when they get hurt by accident, but when a player intentionally attacks another….. That player(attacker) should be suspended or released.

7. Amy - June 22, 2006

No offense taken John,,I know what you mean. The Barnstormers are rather agressive and it gets me a little frustrated at times when they take themselves out a a game like that!!! But like you said, it can and does go the other way really more times than not. I just wish I could be down there at those games to root them on! Would have been too but my husbands vacation is NEXT week. darn the luck! I also hope tonights game is a bit “cleaner”…makes for a more exciting race huh?

8. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

So Crawford admitted his steroid use during his time in the majors and minors….(this means the Atlantic League too). I’ve talked to some AL players that say steroid testing in the league is a joke among the players. C’mon Canseco-steroid user, Pete Rose Jr.-steroid user, Paxton Crawford-steroid user.

9. Jeff - June 22, 2006

Prove it – You are right back to what MLB is faced with – We know alot of guys are doing something, but no proof (except Crawford and Conseco, who admitted it), because the testing is bad.

10. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

Anyone hear any more about Jeremy Todd Returning to the Barnstormers?

He would be of great help to them with the short rightfield porch

Thanx for any news on this

-RLP-

11. Amy - June 22, 2006

Well first of all I brought that note of possiblity of Jeremy Todd returning to the Barnstormers to Mike on Tues after Joe Pinto mentioned it to my husband and I at tthe season ticket holder picnic. Joe mentioned at the time that they were talking to him and “it was close”. I have not seen or heard of anything YET. But maybe this weekend there will be more on that???? Don’t know for sure but he is also PROBABLY talking to other teams as well. I would love to see Jeremy back again this year…he was always one of my favorite Barnstormers! Keep your fingers crossed Barnstormers fans!

12. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

big article in lancaster’s paper about Eric Crozier… and he and Todd play the same position.
As for steroid use? Not everyone is using but there is a good number that are.

13. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

Todd can’t negotiate with other Atlantic League teams. The Barnstormers own his rights. They can either sign him, trade him or Todd can play in another league.

14. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

how come the atlantic league is not testing all i mean all the players for steroid use. it is not fair to the poor guys who play hard and do not use anything but motivation and hard work to have to compete with the users. i say test them all. and if you have not yet do it now. or do they just want the homerun and other things it brings so fans come in and owners can make the money.

15. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

seriously, i agree… the competition in baseball is hard enough without having to go against guys who are on roids. Its really sad to see so many great players be dimmed in comparison to others because the guys are using drugs to enhance their ability. I say there should be a no tolerence policy… u get caught once and you should be completely out.

16. Weston - June 22, 2006

Barnstormers signed a new pitcher today. Dave Collins said his name but I didn’t catch it. I think he also said he has been in the major leagues.

17. Amy - June 22, 2006

Barnstormers new pitcher is Oscar somebody..didn’t catch it either!!! I only heard him say he’s 6′ 6 225 and played for Houston, Florida and Detroit. Maybe he will get in the game and we can get his name! HAHA.

18. Anonymous - June 22, 2006

I believe it’s Oscar Henriquez.

19. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 22, 2006

Yeah, just got the call. It’s Henriquez.

-M-

20. Anonymous - June 23, 2006

i cant believe the fish lost darula.last night sanchez the bluefish best player leaves the team for personal reasons and today the second best player get picked up.mike how many players have the fish lost this year already?
b-fish fan

21. Anonymous - June 23, 2006

Isn’t that the name of the game — to get picked up by the majors?

22. Anonymous - June 23, 2006

the name of the game is winning i dont care if these guys get picked up by the majors.i have followed the bluefish from day one.i will bet you no team has lost more players in the atl.than the fish.the bluefish sign most of these players hoping they get picked up so than can grab a quick $5000.every year its the same m.o. with this team sign them and lose them just as fast.the bluefish use the signing of top players as a way to make income at the fans expense.
b-fish fan

23. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 23, 2006

The objective is to put the players on the field that give you the best chance to win, yes? So how can you possibly fault Bridgeport for doing that?

Also, the league DOES TEST PLAYERS. While I do not know the specifics of what they specifically test for, the league does test – I can guarantee you that.

-M-

24. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 23, 2006

Also, there is no flat fee for what Atlantic League teams are to be compensated with for a player signing. The player’s level of experience and also the level of interest from the organization has a lot to do with it.

-M-

25. Anonymous - June 23, 2006

mike dont you find it odd that it is always the bluefish that lose these massive amount of players every year? all im saying is that yes i want to see the best team,but i believe the bluefish front office goes out of its way to make sure they pick up players they believe will be picked up so they can make money on the deal.there might not be a standard fee for other team but i know someone who worked for the fish and they have a $5000 buyout clause for their players.
b-fish fan

26. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 23, 2006

I don’t think the other GM’s in the league look at the available players and go, “Man, I’d get this guy, but he’s just going to get picked up in a few weeks, so what’s the point?”

What that player does in the few days, weeks or months that he’s there may very well make or break your season, so if it were the case that’s would Bridgeport’s doing, it’s not necessarily a bad strategy to employ.

If anything, I think Bridgeport losing players to affiliated ball speaks volumes to the kind of job that their front office has been doing in trying to field a winning team. And, specifically with this season only, they’re being replaced by players of equal talent. Villacis is a good pitcher, Beech is a good pitcher, etc.

The days of Ron Fenwick and Kevin Lidle appear to be over.

-M-

27. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 23, 2006

***that’s what Bridgeport’s doing***

what, not would…

Good job, me.

28. BoosterBabe - June 23, 2006

That seems like a slam against Fenwick and Lidle. Lidle wasn’t really with us long enough and didn’t play that much for me to make a judgement on his performance (though I had met him a few times and he was a Class Act, no question about it). He was a real utility man…he could catch, he could play second…If memory serves, he even pitched once or twice. (His twin brother Corey pitches for the Phillies).I don’t ever remember having the feeling of “oh no…why are they playing ~him~?” as regards Kevin Lidle. (some other guys over the years, yes, but him, no).
As for Fenwick: he was a reliable fielder, made some key hits, worked really hard and overall was an asset to the team. In fact, he hit .268 in 30 games which is more than a lot of guys did! And not bad for a 26 year old kid, either.

I’m upset about losing Darula too. I was just getting used to having him around. Losing Tino is a major blow, I’m still reeling from that. Now Bobby Darula. I don’t get it. A month ago he was ready to retire. Now he’s playing in the Braves organization. Well, good for him. I just want to win the first half so we don’t have to worry about post-season until it gets here. Then they can relax for the second half, they won’t have to bite and scratch and claw, they just have to stay sharp and focused. What’s happened the past few years with them, I believe, is they have had to fight so hard to make it to post-season, they are just exhausted and fall apart when they get there. Maybe if they win the first half in July, they can “Cruise” the second half, play well but save some “fight” for late September. Just my humble opinion, of course.

29. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 24, 2006

You can perceive that as a slam to those guys, sure. But the point I was trying to make is that guys like them and even Stephen Larkin were not adequate replacements for the players they were losing last year. Guys like Beech and Villacis are.

Also, my favorite Tino Sanchez memory would have to be watching him hit in the cage in Somerset. The guy alternates what side of the plate he hits from between every pitch…quite a site to see.

-M-


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