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June 30, 2006 – AL Alum BONANZA June 30, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Gonzo: I got a phone call from the Ducks bench. It told me Juan Gonzalez will be on it tonight. Hilarious!

Sharks Snag One: Camden has signed former Baltimore Oriole Alejandro Freire.

Ducks Lose One: Dominick Ambrosini was signed by the Marlins today, he’ll report to Single-A Jupiter. The guy was hitting over .500 in his last ten games and is a pretty solid player all around, I would have thought he’d warrant a Double-A slot.

Bears Activate Matos: The Newark Bears have activated P Josue Matos from the inactive list.

AL Alums in the GBL: With the somewhat shocking signing of former Newark Bears OF Jose Canseco by the San Diego Surf Dawgs, I figured I should check out what other Atlantic League alums are picking up Golden Baseball League paychecks.

According to the team’s press release, by the way, Canseco will be making the “league max” of $2,500. He will, however, enter into a marketing agreement with the league and have his own line of apparel and so on. The team also made it a point to note that Canseco will be subject to the league’s steroid testing policy, which kicks players out of the league for one positive test for steroids or other illegal drugs. The release states 9 players were tossed from the GBL last year under this policy.

Canseco will be the first AL alum to play for San Diego this season.

Chico Outlaws – Desi Wilson (.327, 1 HR, 20 RBI)
Chico Outlaws – Mike Cosgrove (2-0-0, 4.76, 6 GP)
Fullerton Flyers – Sandy DeLeon (.167, 0 HR, 2 RBI ) (Released)
Fullerton Flyers – Peanut Williams (.377*, 5 HR, 30 RBI)
Long Beach Armada – Adonis Harrison (.290, 0 HR, 9 RBI)
Long Beach Armada – Chris Wakeland (.314, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
Long Beach Armada – Alan Newman (0-0-0, 20.25 ERA, 2 GP)
Reno Silver Sox – Mike Spiegel (0-1-0, 8.20 ERA, 4 GP) (Released)
Yuma Scorpions – Jason Dewey (.273, 3 HR, 11 RBI)
Yuma Scorpions – Juan LeBron (.264, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

* Williams leads the GBL in batting average

Other AL Alums In Indy Ball:

American Association

Coastal Bend – Jack Joffrion (.250, 0 HR, 4 RBI) (was with El Paso)
Fort Worth – Carlos Adolfo (.327, 6 HR, 34 RBI)
Fort Worth – Tony Mota (.281, 3 HR, 14 RBI)
Fort Worth – Frank Mendible (0-0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3 GP) (was with Shr.)
Pensacola – Rolo Avila (.252, 0 HR, 14 RBI)
Pensacola – Larry Bethea (.287, 4 HR, 24 RBI)
Pensacola – Juan Rocha (.310, 6 HR, 28 RBI)
St. Joe – Wil Quintana (.312, 10 HR*, 35 RBI)
St. Joe – Mark Nussbeck (4-1-0, 1.50 ERA**, 7 GP)
St. Joe – Evan Thomas (3-5-0, 5.87 ERA, 10 GP)
St. Paul – Brian Becker (.300, 4 HR, 20 RBI) (Signed in Taiwan)
St. Paul – Victor Rodriguez (.284, 3 HR, 27 RBI)
St. Paul – Matt Hammons (2-1-10, 3.86 ERA, 19 GP)
Shreveport – Melvin Falu (.248, 2 HR, 18 RBI)
Shreveport – Ron Fenwick (.237, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
Shreveport – Chad Gambill (.233, 2 HR, 31 RBI)
Shreveport – Enohel Polanco (.310, 3 HR, 21 RBI)
Shreveport – Jason Torres (.269, 0 HR, 5 RBI) (released)
Shreveport – Aaron Kirkland (1-2-1, 4.06 ERA, 21 GP)
Shreveport – Dan Mozingo (0-2-0, 10.80 ERA, 6 GP) (released)
Shreveport – Josh Neitz (1-0-0, 4.85 ERA, 9 GP)
Sioux City – Alex Llanos (.376***, 3 HR, 18 RBI)
Sioux Falls – Abner Arroyo .327, 8 HR, 30 RBI)
Sioux Falls – Edgard Clemente (.230, 0 HR, 8 RBI) (released)

* Quintana is tied for the league lead in HR
** Nussbeck leads the league in ERA
*** Llanos leads the league in batting avg.

Can-Am League:

Brockton – Francisco LeBron (.177, 2 HR, 13 RBI) (was with Quebec)
Brockton – John Boker (4-1-0, 3.51 ERA, 7 GP)
Brockton – Brad Guy (1-1-0, 3.57 ERA, 7 GP)
Nashua – Elliott Ayala (.255, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
Nashua – Ricardo Cordova (.349, 1 HR, 17 RBI)(was with NJ)
Nashua – Tom Creighton (.314, 3 HR, 13 RBI)
Nashua – James Lofton (.212, 2 HR, 15 RBI)
Nashua – Glenn Murray (.277, 3 HR, 25 RBI)
Nashua – Jason Blanton (1-0-0, 4.91 ERA, 14 GP)
Nashua – David Lipson (0-2-0, 6.55 ERA, 7 GP)
Nashua – Dan Reichert (2-1-0, 2.70 ERA, 6 GP)
Nashua – Terrell Wade (1-1-0, 12.34 ERA, 3 GP) (released)
New Haven – Derrick Gibson (.241, 5 HR, 19 RBI)
New Haven – Tim Keinath (3-2-0, 3.31 ERA, 6 GP)
New Haven – Brad Whitworth (3-0-0, 4.54 ERA, 6 GP)
New Jersey – Aaron Myers (3-1-0, 2.62 ERA, 7 GP)
North Shore* – Jake Brooks (0-2-0, 16.20 ERA, 2 GP) (released)
Quebec – Blair Lang** (0-0-0, 5.50 ERA, 10 GP)
Sussex – Abraham Ayala (.242, 0 HR, 9 RBI)
Sussex – Elvis Corporan (.224, 1 HR, 17 RBI)
Sussex – Chris Zallie (3-1-0, 1.89 ERA, 7 GP)

* North Shore has a pitcher named Chris Farley. If that’s not worth noting, nothing is.
** Lang went to camp with AC in ’06

Frontier League:

Gateway – Alex Derhak (.083, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

Northern League:

Calgary – Jake Brooks (0-1-1, 10.13 ERA, 4 GP) (released)
Edmonton – Hayden Gardner* (2-0-1, 4.29 ERA, 15 GP)
Fargo-Moorhead – Joe Mathis (.331, 2 HR, 16 RBI)
Fargo-Moorhead – Brian Adams** (2-0-8, 2.70 ERA, 16 GP)
Gary – Jason Shelley (4-2-0, 5.05 ERA, 9 GP)
Joliet – Marc Sauer (0-2-0, 8.31 ERA, 3 GP) (released)
Schaumburg – Blake Williams (3-0-0, 1.13 ERA, 4 GP)
Winnipeg – Jimmy Hurst (.286, 8 HR, 35 RBI)
Winnipeg – Keith Maxwell (.289, 4 HR, 16 RBI)
Winnipeg – David Glick (0-3-0, 8.62 ERA, 4 GP)

* Gardner went to camp with Somerset in ’05
** Adams went to camp with AC in ’05

United League:

Amarillo – Carlos Figueroa (.364, 2 HR, 30 RBI)
Amarillo – Stevenson Agosto (2-3-0, 6.35 ERA, 9 GP)
Alexandria – Trey Beamon (.296, 2 HR, 20 RBI)
Alexandria – Cleatus Davidson (.240, 2 HR, 11 RBI)
Edinburg – Robinson Cancel* (.301, 6 HR, 26 RBI)
Edinburg – Eddie Lara (.331, 1 HR, 28 RBI)
Edinburg – Jose Olmeda (.300, 11 HR, 36 RBI)
Edinburg – Eddie Wilson (.345, 0 HR, 8 RBI)
Edinburg – Eric Montoya (5-1-0, 3.22 ERA, 7 GP)
Laredo – Orlando Cruz (.316, 6 HR, 23 RBI)
Laredo – Byron Batson (1-4-0, 6.57 ERA, 9 GP)
Laredo – Felix Matta (0-1-0, 7.56 ERA, 3 GP) (released)
Laredo – Darryl Roque (5-4-0, 4.50 ERA, 11 GP)
San Angelo – Tyrone Pendergrass** (.282, 2 HR, 16 RBI)

* What is Robby Cancel doing in the United League? Wow!
** Pendergrass went to camp with Somerset in ’05

AL Alums In The Mexican League: While not independent ball, this is the only foreign league where you can actually get statistics. Therefore, I’ll share the knowledge and let you know where your favorite AL Alums are playing in the Mexican League.

Aguascalientes – Alex Delgado (.277, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
Aguascalientes – Steve Torrealba (.250, 3 HR, 7 RBI)
Aguascalientes – Jake Brooks (0-1-0, 12.54 ERA, 8 GP)
Campeche – Luis Figueroa (.319, 0 HR, 8 RBI) (was with Tijuana)
Campeche – Anton French (.311, 12 HR, 44 RBI)
Laguna – Melvin Nieves (.250, 6 HR, 21 RBI)
Monclova – Jayson Bass (.350, 9 HR, 24 RBI)
Monclova – Hector Almonte (0-1-1, 2.08 ERA, 4 GP)
Monclova – Denny Harriger (1-1-0, 9.26 ERA, 3 GP)
Monclova – Josue Matos (0-0-0, 4.15 ERA, 1 GP)
Monclova – Carlos Pulido (5-5-0, 4.90 ERA, 15 GP) (was with OAX)
Monterrey – Angel Pena (.309, 7 HR, 23 RBI)
Oaxaca – Doug Devore (.242, 2 HR, 11 RBI)
Oaxaca – Chris Latham (.302, 14 HR, 57 RBI)
Oaxaca – Fernando Desque (De La Cruz) (0-0-8, 2.25 ERA, 13 GP)
Poza Rica – Jose Amado (.358, 16 HR, 61 RBI)
Poza Rica – Victor Rodriguez (.275, 0 HR, 5 RBI) (now in Amer. Assoc.)
Puebla – Donny Leon (.330, 20 HR, 72 RBI)
San Luis Potosi – Sharnol Adriana (.353, 13 HR, 63 RBI)
San Luis Potosi – Julian Yan (.238, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
Veracruz – Melvin Nieves (.270, 8 HR, 19 RBI) (was with Laguna)
Veracruz – Willis Otanez (.366, 16 HR, 65 RBI)

I did all this work myself, there’s no secret website out there that lists all this stuff for me to just cut and paste. This was me looking up and down stat sheets and going, “Oh, I know this guy!”

I make no guarantee that these lists are complete…if you can think of anyone I missed, leave a comment. I did not include players who played in other leagues previously this season before joining the AL.

First person who bitches is the first person who guarantees I never do this again, this took a good three or four hours of work.

Canseco Take: The AP picked up the Canseco story, and Canseco’s cell phone message is easily my favorite part of the whole thing.

“Hello, Jose Canseco. I have lost my cell phone. If you can, please leave a number when you call. Thank you.”

Apparently, his cell phone is located right next to his marbles, since those appear to be long gone as well.

From the “Didn’t Learn His Lesson From Dante Bichette” department, Canseco will also pitch for his team, “showcasing his knuckleball.” He clearly hasn’t learned from his own mistakes either, as his lone pitching appearance in the big leagues ended up with him tearing an elbow ligament and his season ending.

I’d have to say my favorite Canseco moment wouldn’t be the ball bouncing off his head and going over the wall for a home run, or Paxton Crawford-ing his career by detailing his steroid use in print, but it would have to be his stint on VH1’s The Surreal Life.

The reality show, which has featured such current and hip celebrities as Florence Henderson and Corey Feldman, also showcased Canseco parading around in women’s undergarments. Good for you, Jose. Good for you.

Canseco is likely best known to Atlantic League fans for Scott Patterson-ing the league, badmouthing it after his departure. You rarely see the quotes I refer to when I mention this every so often, so I dug them up for you.

When asked if he was happy he played in indy ball…

“It was unusual. I felt like I was in a nightmare. I’m not happy I did it. But you have to make the best possible out of the situation. It was a necessity at the time.”

When asked if he was glad he was out of Newark…

“I feel sorry for those guys. The conditions are very poor down there. A lot of things aren’t up to the standards you get used to in the major leagues. The food situation, the way the clothing was washed. I bought a refrigerator for the clubhouse to put food and drinks in. I bought chairs for the clubhouse. There were six or eight players sleeping in the clubhouse.”

Source: USA Today, June 27, 2001

First of all, my ears are still ringing from him tooting his own horn at the end of that last quote. Secondly, him saying things aren’t up to big league standards was literally laughable to me. You mean an Atlantic League clubhouse won’t be like a big league one? You mean the spread might not be as good? Shocking news there.

To be fair about it, Canseco was one of the best players in baseball during his run with Oakland, if not the best. For the league to get him was a huge coup, and he was just one of a handful of long-time big leaguers Newark had that year, which was also understandably the height of their popularity.

That was back in the days when the most famous groundkeeper since Willie, George Toma, was preening the field for the Bears and even had Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard introducing the players.

But this, Jose Canseco, is the league that sent you back to the big leagues. The Atlantic League is the place that gave you a shot when all 30 Major League teams turned their back on you. Without this league, Jose would have been sitting at home, possibly starting work on becoming a world-renowned author several years before it happened.

The AP article says the GBL contacted Canseco, that it wasn’t the other way around. I’m glad he didn’t come here, because I wouldn’t even waste my time talking to him.

Why bother getting “I’m so happy to be here” quotes from a guy who’s just going to turn around and say how much he hated being there a few weeks later?

Hopefully that bridge is burned. Hopefully he doesn’t come back to the Atlantic League. But hey, it is the Atlantic League, anything could happen.

– Mike Ashmore


1. Anonymous - June 30, 2006


Thanks very much for the AL Alum update. It is obiously exhaustive and is certainly verty ,uch appreciated.

Newark Bears Fan

2. Anonymous - June 30, 2006

Great Update. ANy idea where Francisco MOrales the ex- Ducks catcher is these days?

3. Anonymous - June 30, 2006

impressive. as i was scrolling down, i was actually wondering to myself how much time it took you to do that. thank you.

another, it seems you badmouth canseco, but if it wasn’t for him, what the heck would you write about? no offense, but the guy is interesting and writer’s dream. following lance burkhart or other guys is boring.

4. Anonymous - June 30, 2006

i think canseco is on the banned list in the atlantic league.

b-fish fan

5. Anonymous - June 30, 2006

I have to say that when he played for the Bears he was nice to the fans. He talked to my kids, gave them autographs, quite pleasant.

I hate to say it, he may be an asshole, but I don’t think he is a liar.

6. Anonymous - June 30, 2006

Ducks lost OF DOm Ambrosini to the MArlins today

7. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 30, 2006

Throwing Lance Burkhart under the bus…well played.

Jose Canseco was the antithesis of a writer’s dream. How many quoteless articles can you write…not a very accessible guy.


8. Amy - June 30, 2006

Mike I don’t understand your comment about Lance Burkhart…please explain!

9. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 30, 2006

“following lance burkhart or other guys is boring.”

It’s in reference to that.

Lance is a nice guy, actually has a pretty interesting story with him and his brother’s involvement in the game…


10. Amy - June 30, 2006

Oh ok. Yeah I think Lance is pretty cool when i have talked to him. Just pretty intense on the field!

11. Chaz - July 1, 2006

Mike, Thanks for the update of AL alums. I loved it.
-Chaz, Patriots Fan

12. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 1, 2006

Thanks man, glad you liked it.

Thanks for the compliments on the Lancaster stuff as well, it’s always nice to know people actually read this stuff…


13. Guitar Master - July 24, 2006

I wish I could blog as good as you, but what I can do is give you a nice Guitar Lesson!

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