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Persails Throws a No-No: Congratulations to Atlantic City Surf P Mark Persails for throwing the fourth no-hitter in Atlantic League history during game one of today’s doubleheader against Camden. He struck out eight and walked one.

It’s the first seven inning no-hitter in Atlantic League history. Persails faced 22 batters, just one over the minimum.

Persails joins Rod Henderson, Joe Gannon and teammate Lincoln Mikkelsen as the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter in the Atlantic League. There has never been a perfect game in the nine-year history of the league.

All-Star Rosters Announced:

North

1B – Mike Huggins-PRW (.308, 8 HR, 33 RBI)

1B – Bucky Jacobsen-LI (.271, 10 HR, 38 RBI)

2B – Steve Hine-BPT (.302, 3 HR, 29 RBI)

2B – Carlos Hernandez-LI (.264, 2 HR, 24 RBI)

3B – Bryant Nelson-BPT (.286, 4 HR, 17 RBI)

3B – Erick Almonte-LI (.293, 4 HR, 27 RBI)

SS – Tony Schrager-LI (.300, 5 HR, 30 RBI)

OF – Barry Wesson-BPT (.296, 6 HR, 31 RBI)

OF – Will Pennyfeather-NWK (.333, 7 HR, 41 RBI)

OF – Mel Stocker-LI (.303, 1 HR, 12 RBI)

OF – Jose Herrera-NWK (.324, 8 HR, 27 RBI)

DH – Manny Mejia-PRW (.288, 4 HR, 17 RBI)

C – Hector Kuilan-BPT (.286, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

C – Sandy Aracena-PRW (.278, 5 HR, 36 RBI)

RHP – Pat Ahearne-LI (7-0-0, 3.04 ERA)

RHP – Pat Mahomes-LI (6-4-0, 4.88 ERA)

RHP – T.J. Mathews-BPT (8-2-0, 2.93 ERA)

RHP – Luther Hackman-BPT (4-0-8, 1.98 ERA)

LHP – Melvin Pizarro-PRW (3-6-4, 2.55 ERA)

RHP – Joey Cole-NWK (2-1-11, 3.38 ERA)

RHP – Joe Gannon-NWK (4-2-0, 3.91 ERA)

RHP – Kevin Hodges-BPT (5-4-0, 2.87 ERA)

South

1B – Larry Barnes-SOM (.286, 9 HR, 39 RBI)

1B – Clyde Williams-AC (.268, 7 HR, 30 RBI)

2B – Demetrius Heath-AC (.269, 0 HR, 13 RBI) (35 SB)

2B – Jose Ortiz-LAN (.286, 1 HR, 30 RBI)

3B – Jeff Nettles-SOM (.287, 10 HR, 36 RBI)

3B – Denny Abreu-CAM (.333, 3 HR, 18 RBI)

SS – Raul Marval-AC (.293, 5 HR, 30 RBI)

OF – Ryan Radmanovich-SOM (.270, 10 HR, 28 RBI)

OF – Quincy Foster-LAN (.297, 5 HR, 29 RBI)

OF – Reggie Taylor-LAN (.290, 10 HR, 39 RBI)

OF – Pedro Swann-CAM (.288, 7 R, 29 RBI)

DH – Todd Leathers-AC (.321, 8 HR, 41 RBI)

C – Lance Burkhart-LAN (.243, 8 HR, 23 RBI)

C – Fernando Lunar-SOM (.183, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

RHP – Lincoln Mikkelsen-AC (6-1-0, 1.47 ERA)

RHP – Mark Persails-AC (4-2-0, 2.95 ERA)

RHP – Mark Difelice-CAM (6-5-0, 2.36 ERA)

RHP – Denny Harriger-LAN (7-2-0, 3.18 ERA)

RHP – Matt Knox-LAN (2-1-5, 1.82 ERA)

RHP – Mike Johnson-SOM (3-3-3, 3.52 ERA)

RHP – Ben Crockett-SOM (4-4-0, 2.32 ERA)

RHP – Jason DiAngelo-AC (1-0-3, 2.59 ERA)

It should be noted that, for some reason, each roster only has 22 players. Only eight pitchers, too.

REALLY interesting choices with Somerset’s players. Fernando Lunar (.183, 1 HR, 10 RBI) gets in but Keith Ramsey (3-2, 2.64 ERA – fourth in the league) doesn’t. No Billy Sylvester (2-0, 2.20 ERA), either.

Juan Gonzalez also conspicous by his absence — not that he should have made it, but if the fans were truly voting, this should be a no-brainer.

Pat Mahomes gets in with a 6-4 record and a 4.88 ERA. Wow.

AC: 7 players, CAM: 3 players, LAN: 6 players, SOM 6 players
BPT: 7 players, LI: 7 players, NWK: 4 players, RW: 4 players

Only 3 Riversharks made it, that’s got to be pretty embarassing. The Road Warriors, as usual, got screwed. You can’t tell me that their entire infield doesn’t belong in the All-Star Game.

Just so you know, the media DID NOT get to vote, despite what the Ducks press release says — “…were selected by Atlantic League general managers, coaching staffs, media members and fans. Each group’s collective vote counts 25 percent towards determining rosters.”

I’ll buy that the fans vote mattered, but I can tell you that the media in Somerset, which includes the league’s only full-time beat writer, did not get to vote.

Ashmore’s All-Shafted Team:

C: Brad King, LI (.295, 4 HR, 16 RBI)
1B: Alexis Hernandez, NWK (.400, 7 HR, 18 RBI)
2B: Teuris Olivares, RW (.287, 7 HR, 15 RBI)
3B: Joe Jianetti, AC (.290, 7 HR, 35 RBI)
3B: Nick Ortiz, RW (.294, 6 HR, 27 RBI)
SS: Felix Martinez, RW (.275, 2 HR, 25 RBI)
SS: Donaldo Mendez, NWK (.272, 5 HR, 22 RBI)
OF: Gary Johnson, AC (.274, 5 HR, 21 RBI)
OF: Jutt Hileman, LAN (.299, 4 HR, 32 RBI)
OF: Bernie Gonzalez, RW (.297, 3 HR, 24 RBI)
P: Keith Ramsey, SOM (3-2-0, 2.64 ERA)
P: Billy Sylvester, SOM (2-0-0, 2.20 ERA)
P: Andy High, AC (4-2-0, 3.36 ERA)
P: Greg Modica, LI (4-3-0, 3.61 ERA)
P: Scotty Layfield. BPT (1-0-0, 2.28 ERA)
P: Jason Olson, SOM (3-3-1, 2.84 ERA)
P: Saul Solveson, SOM (3-0-0, 2.76 ERA)

The Case For Keith Ramsey:

People are sure to point out his 3-2 record instead of his 2.64 ERA, so let’s look at what kind of run support the California native has received this year.

04/30 vs. AC — 3 runs
05/07 vs. LAN — 2 runs
05/14 at BPT — 2 runs
05/21 vs. AC — 0 runs
05/28 vs. RW — 6 runs
06/03 at LI — 6 runs
06/11 vs. BPT — 3 runs
06/16 at LI — 5 runs
06/21 vs. CAM — 5 runs
06/29 vs. BPT — 6 runs
07/04 vs. RW — 5 runs

That’s 43 runs over 11 starts. That’s less than four runs a game, making his ERA all the more impressive. Furthermore, take out his lone bad start of the year (06/11 vs. BPT — 5.1 IP, 7 ER) and his ERA drops to 1.94, not to mention his 44 K’s to just 14 BB’s. He’s also gone eight innings or more in five of his eleven starts.

I don’t know what else this kid needs to do to make an All-Star Team.

Alfonzo To Bluefish: I’d been hearing about this for a while and you saw it here first a few weeks back, but Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post reports that 3B Edgardo Alfonzo has signed with Bridgeport and is expected to make his debut against Lancaster. Big signing here, this guy was in the show just last month.

Bears Sign Miller: The Newark Bears have signed Atlantic League veteran INF Orlando Miller. Miller played in the World Baseball Classic this year for Panama, and has experience in the big leagues with Houston and Detroit.

Sharks Sign Torres: After placing C Randy McGarvey on the DL, Camden has signed C Jason Torres.

Radmanovich Player Of The Month: Somerset Patriots OF Ryan Radmanovich has been named the Atlantic League POTM for June.

Mikkelsen Pitcher Of The Month: Atlantic City P Lincoln Mikkelsen has been named Atlantic League POTM for June.

NBA Star To Newark: Golden State Warriors standout Troy Murphy will be in Newark on July 21st, and he’ll be living out his dream — serving as a coach for the game against the Ducks.

Burnham News: Gary Burnham was named to the Eastern League All-Star Game today, one of several alums who made the two squads.

Patterson Sent Down: The Yankees sent P Scott Patterson down to Single-A Tampa. I’ll be in Trenton tomorrow, I’m a little disappointed I won’t be able to talk to Scott in person again, I wanted to ask him about everything that had gone on over the past few weeks.

Canseco Asks For, And Receives Trade: After just one game with the GBL’s San Diego Surf Dawgs, former Newark Bears OF Jose Canseco demanded a trade. According to an AP article, Canseco asked to be traded because of child custody responsibilities that require him to be in the Los Angeles area for more time than he anticipated. Anyway, he got his wish, being shipped off to the Long Beach Armada. – Mike Ashmore

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1. number1surffan John - July 5, 2006

I agree, for the most part, with your “All-Shafted” team, however, one begins to wonder IF the “online voting” was any more effective than those crosswalk traffic buttons…..I mean, I can personally name folks who SWEAR they voted for one guy about 2,000 times (He did make the team), while others I would find it hard to believe got more than 10 votes……

One of your all-shafts from “my” team would be a fine DH, not as a fielder……whereas the other plays the field fine but has been struggling @ the plate lately

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 5, 2006

I highly, highly doubt the fan votes had much of an impact, if any. Hell, we don’t even get to vote for the teams, and we cover the league all year long.

The GM’s put the team together…you’ll notice there were no “elected starters” named, just a big block of 22 guys per division. Again, what the fan vote accomplishes is beyond me, maybe it has an impact and maybe it doesn’t.

The league has never released fan vote totals in the past, and I doubt they do this year either, although I will ask.

-Ashmore-

3. Anonymous - July 5, 2006

It’s hard to get shafted from the Atlantic League All-Star Game. Roughly 25 percent of the league gets recognized.

4. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 6, 2006

And yet, it still manages to happen to Keith Ramsey. So while it may be hard to do, they still found a way.

-M-

5. Anonymous - July 6, 2006

You could make a case for Ramsey. You can make a case for a lot of guys. When you boil down selections to two months of action for pitchers, you’re splitting hairs.

6. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 6, 2006

Not including a guy who’s fourth in the league in ERA doesn’t irk you in the least? You’ve got one guy who has an ERA of almost 5 and another guy hitting under .200 in the game, and someone with who’s been aces for Somerset all year isn’t in there? Mahomes win total probably gets him in, and I guess Lunar’s defense gets him in, but in regards to Ramsey, I’ll start bleeding if I keep scratching my head over that one.

-M-

7. Anonymous - July 6, 2006

Mahomes is on the other team and Lunar is a catcher, so their inclusion has nothing to do with Ramsey.

You have to compare Ramsey to the other South pitchers and the eight guys they picked are also deserving.

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 6, 2006

I’m obviously aware that Mahomes is on the other team and Lunar is a catcher. However, Pachot probably deserves the spot over Lunar, and Ramsey should probably get in over Johnson. A closer with three saves — albeit one who’s only been the closer for a few weeks — needs to have a better ERA to get the nod in my opinion.

If I were really to break this down and get into the run support that Ramsey doesn’t get, it would painfully obvious that there’s no way he isn’t on this team.

I think Modica should be in over Mahomes, only because of what Modica was able to do with his numbers while with the Road Warriors.

-Ashmore-

9. Sumosid - July 6, 2006

I agree the Road Warriors got screwed. When I saw them in Newark last month I was surprised that the team was pretty good. I had always thought the RWs were the “SD Joneses” (old WWW fans may get that analogy) of the league, but they can play.

Does anybody know what kind of compensation the players get for participating in the AS Game?

10. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 6, 2006

Ramsey breakdown added…

-M-

11. BoosterBabe - July 6, 2006

Something fun to note about Gary Burnham being named to the All Star team…his teammate who also made the team, Matt Padgett, played with him at Clemson.

Also, there is a video clip of Burnham on http://www.readingphillies.com getting shaving cream smeared all over his face by a teammate during a post-game interview. Kinda funny, except for the fact that it went in his eyes….that had to hurt!

12. BoosterBabe - July 6, 2006

Jason Torres playing for Camden now….I was hoping the Bluefish would pick him up, I really liked him last season, but we have Hector Kuilan, Jamie Pogue and John Nathans in a pinch, so I guess we didn’t really need him.

13. Anonymous - July 6, 2006

The frustrating thing for a guy like King is that he is beating Kuilan is ALL the major races (AVG, HR, RBI, OBP, SLG)…

14. Anonymous - July 6, 2006

im a fish fan and kuilan has no right being on the team he is a part time player.if pogue could hit at all kuilan wouldnt even be on team.that goes for nelson as well.no way should he make it over ortiz.

b-fish fan

15. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 6, 2006

Kinger (Brad, not Chris – the equally nice radio guy) deserves a lot of credit for what he’s been able to do this season.

Physically speaking, he looks a lot better than he did when he was with Somerset…I think the year off really did him some good.

With Torres, I’d think he’d eventually end up with Newark if they ever have catching issues. His dad, Victor, is a coach there, so it would seem to be a logical conclusion.

-M-

16. Anonymous - July 6, 2006

I believe the “media” members who voted were radio play-by-play men.

17. Surf Voice - July 6, 2006

Nope…I had no vote on the AS team and I agree with Mike on this one. At least put guys in there who have decent numbers and I don’t care how good your D is there’s no way you make the team with an AVG. under .200. Jianetti got shafted as he’s been the hottest hitter over the last month with Radmanovich.

18. Amy - July 6, 2006

I agree about Jianetti getting hosed on this call…and that is from a Barnstormer fan no less. I also, unfortunately don’t believe Jose Ortiz should be on the team. He hasn’t even played that much this season what with a variety of injuries. I love my Stormers but I couldn’t find it in me to vote for Jose…

19. qwackedup - July 6, 2006

One thing everyone seems to ignore is that this All-Star Game is players from four teams against players from four other teams. So basic math says that each team will have about five All Stars. Some major league teams don’t even have one player that belongs in an all-star game much less five. This game is just a showcase at the liberty of the league to provide entertainment and revenue between halves, not much else.

20. DontAsk - July 7, 2006

Eh, I don’t know if Jiannetti got shafted. He was playing POORLY for a very, very long time and only recently turned it on.

Plus, I’ve heard he’s not much of a team guy, so the people voting may have been swayed by that.


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