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Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Almonte To Return: According to a player with knowledge of the situation, the Somerset Patriots are expected to have P Hector Almonte back as soon as their series in Newark. Almonte left the team in June to join a Mexican League team, but their season is over and he’s expected back shortly.

Davis Signed And Active: The Somerset Patriots have officially signed and activated P Kane Davis.

Shiell Sent Down: The Atlanta Braves have optioned former Patriots P Jason Shiell to Triple-A Richmond.

McCormack Talks About Lineup: I spoke to Long Island Ducks manager Don McCormack about having to play with a short bench for a good part of the season, and here’s what he had to say…

“This year I’ve gotten pretty used to it because we’ve had to deal with a short one for a while. Even at the end of the first half when we were on that big streak, we were playing short. It just gets harder and harder to replace guys at this time of the year. I’m really surprised at the time which guys are going in this league, because it’s never happened this late before.”

About Juan Gonzalez…

“He’s going out there and playing every day and seeing how his knee will hold up and how his legs will hold up. He feels healthy and he feels like he can do it, so it’s just a matter of him getting back to where he can be the old Juan Gonzalez, and he’s got to go out there and force himself to fight through times where he might not feel good.”

Harris Rumored To Return: P Reggie Harris, who has pitched with the Newark Bears in the Atlantic League, has been rumored to be returning to the league after his release from the Northern League. – Mike Ashmore



1. Amy - August 5, 2006

Boosterbabe…no problem about the Simontacchi/Hackeman info. Alos i am thinking of starting a booster club for the Barnstormers and i was wondering if you could contact me…I have a few questions that I could use some help with! Thanks.
amy ditzball4@comcast.net

2. Tom - August 5, 2006

Mike, i don’t know what games Don McCormack is talking about because Juan Gonzalez is not playing every game. He has played in only 5 of the 12 home games since the second half has begun.

3. Anonymous - August 5, 2006

I guess his knee isn’t holding up because he hasn’t been able to take his anabolic steroids.

4. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 5, 2006

I suppose that 420 foot moonshot he hit last night doesn’t do anything for anyone…


5. Anonymous - August 6, 2006

Read the prior comment, dude.

6. Anonymous - August 6, 2006

Hey M!
Are you implying that just because Gonzalez hit a “moon shot” we should be impressed and lay off of him?

This is a former ML hitter who has hit 434 HRs whether aided by enhancement or not..the fact that his skills have eroded seriously is obvious. The fact that he can turn on a pitch from an Atlantic League hurler and hit it out should not be met with amazement.

You do a good job of parroting and collecting news from other organizations because Frankie likes to keep people in the dark..but you have to improve on reporting the obvious.

7. Anonymous - August 6, 2006

guys give alb.com a break.what are they suppose to do kill the ducks for having gonzalez on the team.i have been a fan of the atl since day one and one thing i have learned about this league is they would sell their mothers if it meant getting pub.juan gonzalez is just the pub they want.come out and see him hit a moon shot or come out and call him a roid head,as long as you come out.

b-fish fan

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 6, 2006

My point is, is that I believe Gonzalez when he says he’s clean.

Regardless of what he may or may not have done in his past, it takes talent to smack a ball about 420 feet like he did last night.

Whether it’s off of me, an AL pitcher or Greg Maddux, it takes a special kind of athlete to hit the ball that far.

Lately, he’s been in the lineup more than he had been, but that’s more of a necessity than it is anything else because they only have two bench guys at the moment.

I appear to be the only person who’s not had a negative experience with Juan as far as media people go, so I’m not going to crap on him for no particular reason.


9. jc daly - August 6, 2006

Is Hector Almonte related to the Erick Almonte on the Ducks?

10. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 6, 2006

Yes. Yes, he is.


11. Duck fan - August 6, 2006

The “Juan Gone” experience should be dealt with like the “John Rocker” experience–give him his walking papers. His presence with the Ducks has been worn out in the eyes of the Duck fans, staff and players. His “I don’t feel like playing today” attitude has created animosity towards him from most members of the above mentioned groups. Most of the players are fed up with his antics of playing when he wants to, taking days off when he wants to, not hustling on the base paths and not going after catchable balls in the outfield (just ask Mel Stocker how many times he has had to come over from his position in center field to make a diving catch on a ball in right field that any other right fielder would have easily gotten to). What’s even more puzzling is the fact that Juan signs autographs for the fans on the road but he doesn’t for the fans at Citibank Park, thus creating a barrier between himself and the fans. He has only made an appearance at 1 out of 5 Sunday fan autograph sessions and he does not come out before the game (when he is not in the line up) to sign for the home fans. He is taking a spot from an able bodied person who wants to play baseball, which is something that the Ducks need now with their depleated bench. If he is truly serious about playing, put him on the Road Warriors and see how long he lasts in the league. We all know the answer to that.

12. Anonymous - August 6, 2006

Gonzalez is currently under a major probe dating back to, I believe, 2001.

So, while he says he’s clean, the Canadian authorities who found a duffle bag that belonged to him full of steroids don’t agree.

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