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Ask Ashmore: Since next to nothing is going on right now, I figured I’d get the comments section going and have a good ol’ Ask Ashmore Q&A session.

Ask me anything…about the Atlantic League, about baseball, about myself, about anything. I don’t care.

Fire away, kids. – Mike Ashmore

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1. Anonymous - September 20, 2006

Mike,
what did you enjoy about this season? which games did you find the most exciting, which players gave the unexpected? Tell us your point of view and see what response you get. Thanks.

2. Anonymous - September 20, 2006

Mike,
What are your predictions for the playoffs?

3. Fausto Gabon - September 20, 2006

Shaken or stirred?
Boxers or briefs?
Tastes great or less filling?

Inquiring minds want to know!

4. Dinghey - September 20, 2006

How much power does F.Boulton have in league–know commissioner, stake in 3 teams but seems to have added such as game being played or not played during bad weather in ballpark not his. What is your opinion.

5. qwackedup - September 20, 2006

To best of my knowledge from being at rainy day games in professional capacity, Frank doesn’t make the call at Ducks’ games on rainouts. It’s been up to GM and umpires. There’s probably been guidelines set but like in any baseball league, no team wants to lose a gate when there are fans in the stadium. They’ll try to get the game in no matter what league you are talking about. Otherwise they spent money to open the stadium and cash flow is limited in minor leagues. Even in the majors they don’t usually call games in advance. Everyone looks for a 2-3 hour window in the weather forecast. Why do you think that there are not many regular doubleheaders these days and everyone plays day-night? It’s all about the gate, two games, separate admissions. And fans can’t complain because owners need to make money to keep a team in town. No one gets rich owning a minor-league team.

6. john from Long Island - September 20, 2006

Good to see Carlos Hernandez back in the Ducks lineup, we will need him for the playoffs. Hope to see some of you when we travel over to Bridgeport for the first game of the playoffs.

7. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 20, 2006

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous said…
Mike,
what did you enjoy about this season? which games did you find the most exciting, which players gave the unexpected? Tell us your point of view and see what response you get. Thanks.

** For me, the Mikkelsen no-hitter was the best game I saw all year. It was my first trip to Lancaster, and the atmosphere was already good…but just being able to be a part of that and cover my second no-hitter was not only a highlight of the AL season, but a highlight of my career so far as well.

As far as unexpected performances go…not to focus on one guy, but again – I thought Lincoln Mikkelsen was pretty much done after the year he had last year. Clearly, that’s not the case.

Juan Gonzalez was probably the biggest disappointment – I thought he was a lock to get picked up. He probably would have been, had he stayed healthy.

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous said…
Mike,
What are your predictions for the playoffs?

** To make a long story short, while it’s hard to pick against the Ducks, it’s hard not to root for a team like the Surf either.

Flip a coin between those two.

At 10:48 AM, Fausto Gabon said…
Shaken or stirred?
Boxers or briefs?
Tastes great or less filling?

** I don’t drink, not answering that for obvious reasons, and I still don’t drink…

Inquiring minds want to know!

At 11:18 AM, Dinghey said…
How much power does F.Boulton have in league–know commissioner, stake in 3 teams but seems to have added such as game being played or not played during bad weather in ballpark not his. What is your opinion.

** A lot, but he should. I have no issue with the guy.

-M-

8. john from Long Island - September 20, 2006

I just read yesterdays comments concerning the 6:05pm start for the Game 1 playoff between the Ducks and the Bluefish.
I note that tonights game, 9/20/06 vs. Lancaster, as well as the tentative game for the Saturday 9/30/06, are also 6:05pm starts.
Are these games scheduled for 6:05 as well to benefit the Ducks? Where does the conspiracy against the Bluefish end, and reality begin? I think some people need to leave their imaginary world and come back to the planet Earth.

9. Anonymous - September 20, 2006

The umpires have no control of a game until the game officially begins. They do not decide if it should be called off, or delayed, until it starts. Before that it is up to the home team to decide whether to play or reschedule it. If you think that it is up to the Ducks GM and not Frank Boulton to call a game, then you are sadly mistaken. NOTHING is done at Citibank Park without Frank’s permission. Even when there is a rain delay, Frank is part of the process to decide the outcome. Frank has even been known to fire an umpire after a game if that umpire is really bad.

10. Anonymous - September 20, 2006

Best at each position?

or

Best future expansion site for league?

11. Anonymous - September 20, 2006

Who have you heard that might be the first manager in York. Have you heard which managers will stay with their teams for next year.

12. Chuckerd58 - September 21, 2006

How would you rate the parks of the Atlantic League that you have visited? Also,rate the best uniforms{home and road},best Caps,best food? I know these are not earth shattering questions,but what the heck.

13. Anonymous - September 21, 2006

York Baseball has already contacted Baltimore Orioles GM Mike Flanagan and Texas Rangers GM John Hart, who worked for Kirk as a manager in Hagerstown, Md., for feedback.

“We want a really good manager,” Kirk said

14. Anonymous - September 21, 2006

Mike,
Please address drug testing in the league. A few of my friends play for Lancaster and said the testing is a joke and that a few guys have done cycles during the season, and that is why some don’t get picked-up. Please address.

15. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 21, 2006

Best at each position?

or

Best future expansion site for league?

*** I’ll take the second one, if only because it’s 12:00 AM and I just got home…

If you’re talking about rumored sites, then I think York makes the most sense. You’re creating a natural rivalry with Lancaster, and that’s only going to generate more interest in each team and the league.

The worst, I think — not that you asked — is Maryland. I’m sure they’ll do a great job there, but that’s a travel nightmare for some teams…

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous said…
Who have you heard that might be the first manager in York. Have you heard which managers will stay with their teams for next year.

*** Ryan Minor for York, that’s been rumored forever…

I’d say there’s a 50-50 chance CJ doesn’t return in Newark and maybe a slight chance Sparky doesn’t return in Somerset after the kind of season they had…but that’s purely speculation on my part and nothing else.

At 8:44 PM, Chuckerd58 said…
How would you rate the parks of the Atlantic League that you have visited? Also,rate the best uniforms{home and road},best Caps,best food? I know these are not earth shattering questions,but what the heck.

*** I’ve been to every AL park besides Bridgeport, so I can’t include them. Of the others…

Stadiums…

Lancaster
Camden
Somerset
Long Island
Newark
Atlantic City

If you’re taking the area itself into account, those ratings are drastically different.

Best uniforms? I love the red Bears jerseys, and I like their new black hats with the goldish logo. I also like the Ducks green jerseys, I like their whole color scheme actually. The Patriots alternate blue jerseys are also really nice.

I just wish teams would put the guys’ names on the back, 95% of the people in the place have no idea who the hell these guys are to begin with…I believe Nashua used to do this.

Best food? Well, not to sound snobbish, but I only deal with press bix food since there’s no sense in paying for food if we don’t have to.

That said, both Long Island and Lancaster had good press box food…I’ve heard Newark’s is good as well on certain days, but I’ve only been there twice.

As you said, not a real hard hitting question, but I actually like those the most…lets me express my opinion.

At 10:42 PM, Anonymous said…
Mike,
Please address drug testing in the league. A few of my friends play for Lancaster and said the testing is a joke and that a few guys have done cycles during the season, and that is why some don’t get picked-up. Please address.

** I’ll only discuss the first part of that question, since anonymously stating that players are using steroids is a very serious accusation and isn’t anything I want a part of.

I will quickly say, however, that I have never seen any evidence or had any first-hand knowledge of a player doing anything illegal during my four years of covering the league.

Answering the question…the league DOES test. For what, I don’t know…but they do test.

I know that three players were suspended for drug policy related issues last season, but I was not made aware of any players, if there are any, who had been nabbed this season.

-M-

16. Sumosid - September 21, 2006

Duck Fans;

Looking to check out my first Ducks game with my brother on Sat. night.
According to the website, there is not two tickets for adjacent seats available.

Would you be willing to tell me if buying two stand alone seats and hoping for a no-show is better than waiting for SRO tickets and finding unoccupied seats? I am coming from NJ via SI (to pick up my aforementioned brother) so, my main objective is getting into the park and not getting shut out.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

17. quackers - September 21, 2006

Sumosid- buy yourself 2 SRO tickets- they are always available and are a few $ cheaper- The policy is that after the 2nd inning you find one of the many helpful ushers and they’ll do their best to help you out- you’ll also see a good fireworks show

18. Anonymous - September 21, 2006

Sumosid – Definitely buy the SRO tickets. The attendance for the night will be listed as 6000+ (tickets sold) but the gate attendance will probably be around 4500-5000. There will be plenty of seats available and if you go to the first base side you’ll probably be able to have one of the ushers sit you behind the dugout.

19. Anonymous - September 21, 2006

I’ve heard of guys getting suspended for hard drugs (coke, etc) but not steroids.

20. qwackedup - September 21, 2006

Ducks at Bridgeport game 1 Tuesday is now 6:30 start.

21. Chuckerd58 - September 22, 2006

Thanks for the info Mike. I don’t blame you about getting the press box food,why pay when you don’t have to. Any idea when part 2 of the Road Warrior article will be out,i’m looking forward to it. About names on the backof uniforms,i think with the constant change in personel,it does’nt make much sense. Makes getting the program important also. LOL.

22. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 22, 2006

Some of the Road Warriors were asking me about that…I think it’ll be next week-ish.

They could attach nameplates with velcro, would be a nice touch.

-M-

23. Chuckerd58 - September 22, 2006

I was looking at some photos from 2003 season. The guy visited every park in the league and took pictures of game action and other things around the park. Some interesting pictures of Nashua wearing red jersies and red caps,Newark in purple and black jersies[I know they switched uniforms before last season]Rickey was playing for them in that game.And the Road Warriors had the same basic uniforms,except for black socks and red caps with a black brim. It was an interesting look back. I have only been following the league since 2004,so,they where pretty cool for me to see.

24. Anonymous - September 22, 2006

Stadiums…

Lancaster
Camden
Somerset
Long Island
Newark
Atlantic City

I’m surprised you’ve got Newark ranked so low. Are we talking about the same stadium?

25. Amy - September 22, 2006

His rankings sound about right to me…although I haven’t been to Newark or Long Island. Why would Newark rank any higher???? Have you been to the other ones ranked above them? Being biased as I am from Lancaster I agree with Mike on this…of course Lancaster and Camden are the newest ones on the list!

26. Chuckerd58 - September 22, 2006

I have been to Newark,Bridgeport,Somerset and Long Island. I like Newark,it’s a pretty interesting park,with the big screen in left field and the hidden bullpen’s. I also like Brideport,with the weird powerplant,arena and the ferry cruising by. I hope to make it to Camden,their park look’s very cool with the bridge and view of Philadelphia. And even though i’m a Duck fan,i find E.A.B. to be a very boring park.

27. Amy - September 22, 2006

Camdens park is cool with the view of the bridge in the outfield!!!

28. Dinghey - September 22, 2006

Definitely like Camden–fantastic at night with views of Phil/, bridges, boats. Next is Bluefish with urban setting–I95, trains giving extra whistles, Port Jefferson ferry toots as it leaves and you can see it leave.All this and power plant too.Never thought it would work but particulaly at night comes together. These parks have character.Have not seen Lancaster.

29. Anonymous - September 22, 2006

Ducks take 3 out of four in AC where they historically have a terrible record of winning at. This series was very important to prove to themselves that they can win in AC in case they both advance and meet in the finals.

30. Anonymous - September 22, 2006

We’ve been to Nashua, Long Island, Lancaster and our home stadium Bridgeport. Nashua was great for its history and the feel of the decades of ball played there,and Long Island pulsed with the enthusiasm of the crowds. Lancaster was awesome to a fan able to walk behind and above the center fielder during a game. The pitchers said the Lancaster stadium is not aligned for optimal play for them, but that wasn’t noticable to fans. The Bluefish stadium is close to home, offers a view of all sorts of transportation, and needs a bit of TLC from the shoddy construction that happened during the corrupt Ganim-as-mayor time. We hope to add the New Jersey stadiums to our trip log next year, as well as York if it is finished.

fishyfan

31. number1surffan John - September 22, 2006

Somerset – fullest and cleanest of the NJ stadiums.

Camden – cookie cutter replica of Somerset (tin roof suite sections), but with the added pleasure of the bridge in background.

AC – since next year is likely the last this is unlikely to change, the ONE drawback is the very noticeable absence of a video screen. Otherwise, NO bad seats anywhere in the house, and a few coats of paint here and there would make a world of difference.

Bridgeport – the concrete wall between the field and stands creates a trash collection for front row seats – and the cheap style “little league” bleachers in the upper decks really show how they saved money in construction – by sacrificing beauty and/or comfort.
Next year I plan to add Newark and Lancaster.

Only one I have no real desire to see is LI, but maybe if the Surf travel from Bridgeport to LI or vice versa I can make a week out of it.

32. Anonymous - September 22, 2006

What’s the reasoning behind Somersets Fernando Lunar leaving “for good” as it was put? Is that season or a career ender? He’s still listed as just inactive…

33. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 22, 2006

Stadiums…

Lancaster
Camden
Somerset
Long Island
Newark
Atlantic City

I’m surprised you’ve got Newark ranked so low. Are we talking about the same stadium?

Again, not to be snobbish, but keep in mind that I get to take in all aspects of these places, including the clubhouses and all that stuff.

The visiting clubhouse is very, very small in Newark and is also in left field.

While you have to walk down the right field line in Lancaster to get to the clubhouse, it’s very nice in there, and the stadium itself is just so above and beyond anything else the AL has right now.

-M-

34. Don't Ask - September 23, 2006

I have been to every stadium in the league except for Bridgeport and I agree with Ashmore’s rankings. The only thing about Newark I enjoy is the parking though. It’s close, but I don’t like the price.

35. Chuckerd58 - September 23, 2006

I do have to point out that the parking is free at the Ducks park,while the other parks had a small parking fee. I can understand Newark with the parking garage.


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