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That’s How Charlie Dowd Rolls: The Bridgeport Bluefish continue to pluck players from what seems to be a secret pool of talent that nobody else has access to. INF Damian Rolls was signed by the club, according to The Connecticut Post. Rolls, a five-year big leaguer who spent all that time with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, was a first round pick of the Dodgers in 1996.

Rolls is a career .248 MLB hitter, with nine home runs and 73 RBI. He spent the last two seasons as a member of the Yankees organization, going to Spring Training with them this season, hitting .222 in nine at-bats. He was briefly a member of the White Sox organization, before they released him and he ended up in Bridgeport.

Shut Up, John Rocker: See, this is why you don’t sign a guy like John Rocker. Because every time he resurfaces and inevitably says something stupid, he’s associated with you, and it’s not a good thing.

Rocker, the former Long Island Ducks pitcher who famously said…well, you know what he said, essentially backs Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen in the article I’ve linked to. Guillen, who used a derogatory term regarding one’s sexual preference in describing a Chiacgo columnist, was ordered to take sensitivity training by Major League Baseball. Rocker was also ordered to do this, but claims he left 15 minutes into it. He also says that you should be able to use any lewd term you want because America is a free country, blah, blah, blah.

Just stop talking, John. Seriously, stop. Outside of the fact that you haven’t been relevant in a good five years, every time you open your mouth, something unfathomably stupid comes out of it. Shut up, John Rocker. – Mike Ashmore

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1. Anonymous - June 26, 2006

very surprised they kept norm hutchins and released alex fernandez.how the bluefish organization still hasnt given dowd a contract yet is mind boggling.

b-fish fan

2. Anonymous - June 26, 2006

Are the player acquisitions due to Charlie Dowd or are they due to Dave LaPoint? I seem to remember the Ducks were always able to come up with big league experienced pitchers and position players when LaPoint was there.

3. BoosterBabe - June 26, 2006

I think how it works is it’s Charlie who actually makes the contact with these guys’ agents, negotiates the deals, etc. But I’m sure having LaPoint as manager is a tremendous selling point. Working for LaPoint day-to-day makes it more attractive for these guys to sign with Bpt. He’s a Pitcher’s Manager, being a former hurler himself. From what I’ve seen, he’s a real player’s manager. And much more involved than our previous mgr was. Of course, I was more involved at times than Chico was…so that’s not saying much. But giving Credit where Credit is due, I think LaPoint is the best mgr to hit Bpt since Willie Upshaw (1998-2000). I may be wrong, but I don’t see LaPoint getting too involved in player acquisition, until the pool is narrowed down(Charlie might go to him and ask “here’s who’s available, which of these guys do you want?”) In other words, I believe it’s Dowd who works the phones to get deals going… can’t imagine, though, that LaPoint doesn’t give feedback at some point.

4. Anonymous - June 29, 2006

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