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Two Injured in Ducks Win: Carlos Hernandez had to leave the game after being inadvertenly stepped on by Jim Burt on a play at second base. Hernandez was escorted off the field by the trainer, and it didn’t look real good.

While the trainer was in the clubhouse with Hernandez, Erick Almonte fouled a ball off of his leg, and he was down for a while. After being tended to by Patriots trainer Ryan McMahon, Almonte was able to stay in the game, clearly favoring the leg for the remainder of the contest.

Juan Gonzalez, who has been taking batting practice with the team while sporting a small, black knee brace, told me before the game he won’t play during the series, but looks forward to returning on Tuesday.

Patterson Comes Clean: I spoke to former Lancaster Barnstormers P Scott Patterson via telephone about his recent comments in the Trenton Times, and he says he never said the majority of what he was quoted as saying.

“I never said that, I never said the word steroids,” Patterson said. Patterson was upset that he was mis-quoted and was afraid that people in the league would be upset with him for being quoted how he was.

I’ll talk to Scott more in Trenton, and hopefully I can talk to the reporter who did the story as well and try to clear this up.

I did apologize to Scott for slamming him here, and I’ll apologize on here as well…but with what he was quoted as saying, I think you’d be hard-pressed to blame me.

Anyway, hopefully I can get the real story in a couple of days.

Ashmore Talks Gonzalez: I was fortunate enough to get about 10 minutes with Long Island Ducks superstar Juan Gonzalez. I know the reviews have been mixed, but I thought he was a super nice guy, and I think you’ll be really interested to hear what he had to say about playing in the league and about steroids. I’ll have the whole interview up tomorrow.

Boulton Talks Gonzalez: This might be old news for some of you, but in doing research for my interview (crosses fingers) with Juan Gonzalez, I found these quotes from Ducks owner Frank Boulton in the June 19th edition of The Long Island Press.

“Typically, we sell players back to the big leagues for anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. We got $10,000 for Jose Lima when he went back to the big leagues. In the case of Juan Gonzalez, he’s probably the highest profile player that still has a lot of baseball left in him and can go to the big leagues and help a team like the Yankees, let’s say. And we have capped out and worked out with his agent, and it’s under contract how much money it would be, but it’s not significantly more than what we’re talking about now.”

So, posting this accomplishes two things for me. One, it tells you that there is no league-mandated flat fee that teams have to pay to pick up a player. Secondly, it tells you that Gonzalez is going to be costing whatever team picks him up a fairly decent amount of money. My guess? $15,000 for the services of the two-time American League MVP. – Mike Ashmore



1. Anonymous - July 1, 2006

The cost of selling a player back to affiliated ball depends on how much money the indy team has invested in him — including salary, paying for travel expenses to spring training, etc.

Why would any affiliated team want Gonzalez? He can’t even stay in the lineup for a week. He’s done.

2. Anonymous - July 2, 2006

What is the ownership group that owns the Camden Riversharks? I know the group is made up of Peter Kirk, Steve Kalafer, and Frank Boulton but what is the name of the group.

3. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 2, 2006



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