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September 5, 2006 September 5, 2006

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To Victor Go The Spoils: The Newark Bears Victor Rodriguez was named the Atlantic League Player of the Month for August.

And yes, I have been waiting all season to use that headline.

Mikkelsen Needs New Trophy Case: For the second time this season, Atlantic City P Lincoln Mikkelsen was named the Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month.

Phone Booth: If any Atlantic League GM’s need a player for the playoff run, that might be what they should be doing. I spoke to C/INF/OF Jeremy Booth today, and he confirmed that — as expected — the Can-Am League’s Sussex Skyhawks released him from his contract and he is a free agent.

For a feature on Booth, make sure you check out Thursday’s issue of the Hunterdon County Democrat.

Camden Signs Two: The Riversharks have signed Luis Lopez and Pat O’Sullivan. No idea which one of the ten thousand Luis Lopez’ this is, since Camden’s site doesn’t have anything for me to go from…

I have been able to confirm, however, that O’Sullivan is Irish.

Scott Patterson: After a resounding 8-2 win by the Trenton Thunder on Sunday night, the clubhouse was surprisingly quiet. It turns out that former Lancaster Barnstormers closer Scott Patterson suffered a loss in his family, and has left the team. Thunder manager Bill Masse told us after the game that Patterson is a popular guy amongst his teammates, and the news hit them hard.

Patterson was scheduled to become Trenton’s closer for the playoffs, and his status in Trenton is uncertain.

Somerset’s Season Gets Better And Worse: The starting pitcher had to hit. That’s how bad it’s gotten. Somerset’s season is wasting away, and nobody seems to be willing to do anything about it. The Patriots were left with just eight healthy position players last night, meaning starter Ben Crockett was forced to hit. He went 0-for-2.

C Fernando Lunar left the team and isn’t coming back, several players are injured, and the Canadian contingent still hasn’t returned yet.

But they won, they somehow won. Their victory over the Ducks last night completed a sweep of Long Island, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

That’s how good it is. – Mike Ashmore



1. Anonymous - September 5, 2006

Another reason that Somerset had only 8 position players for Monday’s game was due to the fact that it was a make-up of a rained out game and some of the players had made plans for the holiday and decided not to show up for the game. Sparky wasn’t even at the game.

2. KenD - September 5, 2006

I can’t feel sorry for Somerset. As of right now the Bear and RW’s have identical full-season records. It is going to be a dog fight to determine the worst team in the AtL. Unfortunately the season series between them is over, but I’m sure there will be some pretty intense scoreboard watching over the next three weeks as these two teams battle it out.

3. Chuckerd58 - September 6, 2006

Despite the fact that Somerset’s pitchers had to bat in Monday,s game. It should be noted that Todd Mosher cracked a nice shot of the rightcenterfield wall for a double. Also,after looking awful in his first three at bats,Pats catcher Jim Buckley smoked one off the right field wall for the game winning double off of Ducks closer Kevin Tolar. The winning run was unearned after an error. Again,another poor baserunning and fielding night for the Ducks. However,they did get a nice pitching effort from newcomer Byron Batson. Any info. on where Batson came from? Thanks.

4. Chuckerd58 - September 6, 2006

I just checked the Ducks site,Batson is a veteran who has pitched previously in the ATL.

5. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 6, 2006

Just saw this now.

Batson was on Newark’s ’02 championship team and has also pitched for the Road Warriors and Bluefish.

He’s got some other experience in other independent leagues as well.


6. fishyfan - September 6, 2006

just listened to Barnstormers beat Bluefish in only game tonight.. and heard that Barry Wesson was picked up by someone just before series started.. anyone know anything about this?

7. BoosterBabe - September 6, 2006

That just makes no sense at all–affiliated minor league season ended yesterday. Only way someone would take him would be for post season. Only a handful of teams, obviously would need a player these next 2 weeks. And wouldn’t there be a deadline for post season pickups?

I’m not saying it didn’t happen, I’m just saying it makes no sense. And that would hurt us TREMENDOUSLY if it were true!

8. Ryan - September 6, 2006

Speaking of Bridgeport…is Matt Anderson with the team? I see he has a game under his belt but no mention of him anywhere.

9. Anonymous - September 6, 2006

Would appear Wesson may have joined the Round Rock Express for there playoffs.

10. Anonymous - September 14, 2006

Any word on why Fernando Lunar left the team for the season?

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