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Patriots Sign Lucca: In the same way that the Long Island Ducks can be counted on to sign Major League players, the Somerset Patriots can now be expected to sign familiar faces.

Lou Lucca, who had been rumored to be coming to the team for years before his eventual arrival in 2005, has agreed to a contract according to Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News and will be in uniform on Thursday.

Somerset has brought back a myriad of players who’d played for them in the past lately; Edgard Clemente, David Elder and Robert Marquez among them.

While the signings of Elder and Marquez have proved fruitful, Clemente has battled injuries ever since his arrival, this season eerily reminiscient of his 2004 campaign with the Patriots that was ultimately cut short due to a recurring back injury.

With that said however, Lucca fills a huge hole at third base, left by the season ending injury to Jeff Nettles.

Lucca had been rumored (again) to be joining the team ever since Nettles’ injury, but only now has he agreed to a contract.

Of Course: On the same day I give the Patriots a little guff for signing the same old guys, they naturally go out and sign INF Elliott Ayala and C Tommy Rojas. Rojas is a name I know, as he started this season in Trenton.

In fact, Trenton is where I am now, just another cog in the Hideki Matsui circus. – Mike Ashmore

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1. Anonymous - September 6, 2006

allow me to point out ydr.com, where there are two articles in the “baseball in york” section about the stadium. it appears to be a done deal. the money is there and the stadium calls for a Green Monster that is 6 inches higher than the monster at Fenway.

2. Anonymous - September 6, 2006

The Barnstormers are expected to add RHP James Lira on Wednesday…Lira pitched for the Coastal Bend Aviators of the American Association earlier this year…The Texas native is a former Houston Astros farmhand.

BIG STORMERFAN

3. Amy - September 6, 2006

To the person who asked about Matt Anderson being with Bridgeport…yes he is still with them…he pitched an inning or on labor Day against the Barnstormers!

4. BoosterBabe - September 6, 2006

This from the Round Rock Express website:

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2006

Former Express Outfielder Wesson Returns
Round Rock adds steady bat to playoff roster

ROUND ROCK – The Round Rock Express bolstered its lineup Tuesday, adding Barry Wesson from the independent Atlantic League Bridgeport Bluefish. Wesson will be in uniform and available for Round Rock’s Pacific Coast League American Conference Championship opener against Nashville on Wednesday.

Wesson, 29, was batting .289 (111×384) and led the Bluefish with 67 runs, 54 RBI, 10 home runs and eight triples. He also ranked in the top three with 17 stolen bases and 14 doubles and committed just two errors in 102 games.

To make room for Wesson on the 24-man roster, Derek Nicholson has been shifted back to Double-A Corpus Christi. Nicholson, 30, hit .231 (6×26) with three home runs in nine games with the Express.

Originally selected by the Houston Astros in the 14th round (389th overall) of the 1995 amateur entry draft, Wesson worked his way up to then-Double-A Round Rock in 2000, driving in 15 runs and scoring 12 more in 39 games.

Wesson hit .252 with 16 home runs, 54 runs scored and 67 RBI with the 2001 Express and moved to Triple-A for 2002 before joining Houston for 15 games. He hit .200 (4×20) with a triple for the Astros before being claimed off of waivers by the Anaheim Angels.

Re-signed as a free agent by the Astros in 2005, Wesson hit .271 with nine home runs and 43 runs scored for Round Rock. He has appeared in 1,102 professional games over 11 seasons.

-30-

5. john from long island - September 6, 2006

Wang Bobblehead Causing Commotion

NEW JERSEY (WCBS 880) — Yankees fans are going head over heels for a bobblehead doll.

The collectable Chien-Ming Wang doll, a giveaway at a Trenton Thunder game, has become a scorching hot commodity.

How hot?

One fan says he sold his Wang doll on eBay for $450 — within two hours.

A similar bobblehead, this one autographed by the pitcher, was listed on eBay Thursday for $1,000.

Fans think the hype stems from the fact that Wang is the leagues’ only Taiwanese player.

FROM newsradio880.com

A check on ebay shows a bobblehead at $440 with 4 hours to go.

6. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 6, 2006

I have one. I rule.

-M-

7. Anonymous - September 6, 2006

Even ** I ** left the Jenna Jameson bobble at a buck and a quarter.

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 6, 2006

Come to think of it, I already wrote about the Wang bobbleheads going nuts in my last Thunder article…

-M-

9. Colin - September 7, 2006

Today was the day that Allentown finally broke ground for Triple A baseball. Play starts in 2008 season with the Phillies. This area has become a baseball meca with 5 different league that you can see all within a 100 miles. Finally a team that our area can call our own since we lost the Lehigh Vally team.

10. Chuckerd58 - September 7, 2006

Speaking of Bluefish pitcher Matt Anderson,if he is the same pitcher who played in the majors with Detroit,then he has a strong resemblance to Barry Williams aka Greg Brady. This means nothing of course.

11. BoosterBabe - September 7, 2006

Funny, I met Matt Anderson a couple weeks ago and I didn’t see that resemblance at all….then again I was too busy asking him if he liked nuts or not in his brownies!

12. Sumosid - September 7, 2006

The Staten Island Yankees Wang BBH has also been a hot commodity. A few people I know have made over $1200 selling both SI & Trenton BBHs. The winning bidders are from Wang’s native Taiwan. I am condidering selling mine…

13. qwackedup - September 7, 2006

I’m waiting for bobblehead fans. Anything else is worthless. By the way, Ducks rolled out of bed today and beat Newark, 7-4 in an 11 a.m. start. Should have started at 5 a.m. so the kids could go before school.


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