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Bears And Jones Part Ways: To the surprise of no one, the Newark Bears announced today that they’ve parted ways with manager Chris Jones.

Jones had reportedly been on the way out since the second month of the season, and rumors were strong that Newark had been courting another current coach or manager to replace him, a move that the door is certainly open for based on current circumstances.

One former Bear told me that the team stopped playing for Jones after he was critical of some players in front of others, and it was reflected on the field.

Another former Bear appears to be the team’s first choice for manager, but only time will tell whether he’ll accept. No word on the fate of the rest of the coaching staff. – Mike Ashmore

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1. Anonymous - October 3, 2006

regarding the other coach….I heard his significant other wants NO part of Newark.

2. Anonymous - October 3, 2006

hire bluefish bench coach terry mc griff.has been in the atl since day one.i think he has earned a shot at mgr.

b-fish fan

3. Amy - October 3, 2006

Another person worthy of a managerialposition is Lancaster 3b coach Frank Klebe!

4. Anonymous - October 3, 2006

Having played for several atlantic league teams, I can tell you that Terry Mcgriff has definitely earned a shot. Griff is a helluva guy to play for, and he would be great in that role.

5. Anonymous - October 3, 2006

I’ve Been Hearing Tommy Herr Might Leave Lancaster for a Job Managing in Affiliated Baseball.
I’ve also heard Ryan Minor will replace him.

RLPitts

6. Anonymous - October 4, 2006

Honestly, as a huge Bears fan, I’m so ashamed to see such a great ballclub play like this since their 2002 season. I don’t think we should blame Chris for this, all he did was call for accountability among this struggling team. I think what he did by calling the players wasn’t the best way of doing it but this team has underperformed and its a damn shame. In my opinion, if Newark doesn’t gets it act together, I might giveup my season tickets. It sucks seeing them loose day in and day out.

7. Waiting in St. Louis - October 4, 2006

I love Jason Guarente. The best writer in the Atlantic League.

8. Chuckerd58 - October 4, 2006

I like the idea of Ryan Minor getting a manager job in York if the Warriors are not back next year. Terry McGriff would be a great choice for Newark. Just my opinion

9. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - October 4, 2006

I still think Minor is going to be the guy in Southern Maryland in 2008 and therefore wouldn’t manage a team for just a year, but that’s just a hunch on my part…

-M-

10. Chuckerd58 - October 4, 2006

That makes sense about Minor,i guess he has ties to the Maryland area from his Oriole days.

11. BoosterBabe - October 4, 2006

Local news mentioned that a press release went out today about Charlie Dowd’s departure as GM of the Bluefish.
We all knew it was inevitable. Now it’s official.

It’s the end of an era.

I will certainly miss Charlie.

12. Chuckerd58 - October 4, 2006

It’s always sad to see someone who always does a good job get squezzed out. He should be able to hook up with some team without to much trouble.

13. Anonymous - October 4, 2006

The Newark Bears had a whip of a team this year in both halves, albeit with different faces. The first half featured Liu Rodriguez, Donaldo Mendez, Will Pennyfeather, Jose Herrera, Al Benjamin, Doug Devore, Lipso Nava, Dario Delgado, Jack Santora, Jeremy Booth, Michael Moore, and Alexis Hernandez. The second half featured Penny, Herrera, Hernandez, Nava, Santora, Rodriguez, Matt Brunson, and Vic Valencia. Both halfes had great players throughout the lineup and didnt win. Jones said more than once that he had the players this year, whereas in 2005 he didnt. If he put down his players to other players then he divided the clubhouse and that will never win. It was time for a change in Newark.

14. Anonymous - October 4, 2006

tough day for fish fans with the loss of dowd.a excellent baseball man.thanks charlie for your hard work and dedication in trying to bring a winner to bpt and s.w. conn.

b-fish fan

15. Anonymous - October 4, 2006

B-Fish Fan…

Why have your emails stopped all of a sudden?

Mark Foley

16. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - October 4, 2006

I believe Dowd’s been out for a while. We mentioned it before.

17. Anonymous - October 4, 2006

many of us have heard that the former Bear was courted, but both he and his other have vehemently stated there is nothing in Newark for them. If their current team has even less than nothing to offer, perhaps they’ll reconsider

18. Anonymous - October 4, 2006
19. NotHoldingBackToday - October 4, 2006

Enough of the recycling, already. Sure these other long-term ATL guys are nice people, but come on! NICE doesn’t get the job done. And why does Newark have to be the proving ground for guys looking to beef up their resumes? Why doesn’t Newark set a new standard, make the bold move, blaze the trail and hire someone new, fresh, already proven from OUTSIDE THE LEAGUE ALREADY! (And by outside the league I DON’T mean go fishing in the CANAM league puddle). And I’ll sacrifice NICE for PROVEN, okay! I’d like to see a proven winner (like Marv Foley was for us in 2002! Remember! When we won a few games! Hello!) brought onboard to bring the Bears back to prominence. It hurts so much to see this team tank the way it has for the past four years, when the winning was NOT the #1 priority! Come on, fans aren’t stupid. They can see through all the nonsense and lack of hustle. They want to win! Win! It doesn’t matter how much frosting you try to layer on a pile of poop … it’s till poop! You can sugar coat a losing situation all you want, but you’re stil losing if you continue to recycle the same ol’ same ol’ losing ways. And putting another ATL guy in there to give him a shot at proving himself is not going to get the Bears where they need to be … in the winner’s circle. AAARRRRGGHH! What makes things so frustrating is that the team is such a good product. Damn good! And to see it treated like a waste of everyone’s time and effort really hurts. It’s maddening to see the rest of the league treat Newark like a joke. It’s also frustrating to watch Newark being used as a stop-over spot for guys on the rehab list for something “better”. I’m tired of seeing guys tank, mail it in, give up and “die” in Newark and then the following season you see these same jamokes kicking butt somewhere else. Gee thanks! Don’t you fans just love being used? The staduim isn’t empty enough, for ya? Put a known name at the helm, someone who knows how to win, and then all the hard work the organization has done will start to finally pay off in the form of fannies in the seats again. And I remember when guys were happy to play in Newark. Proud!

When you’re this close to the NY market, you cannot think small. That small town, “get what you can for a broken promise and smile” tactic won’t work here. You have to make the sacrifice, spend the extra .49 and go bigger or forget the whole thing. Might as well be in the CanAM League. Sorry for venting, but I’m so frustrated with seeing my favorite team tank. I hate waste. And to see such a good team waste away to what it has become since 2002 really hurts. I feel so bad for the front office guys, too. Busting their butts, spoiling us fans as best as they can and have the team lose, lose, lose, lose. Too many good people’s good efforts “going to waste”. It’s not right. These folks deserve a packed stadium and a winning team. WE ALL DO!!!

Come on, BEARS! Let’s really GO and WIN again! PLEASE!!!

20. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - October 4, 2006

I’ve heard the same things you’ve all heard about the person we’re talking about.

I think what comes out of the schedule being released in mid to late October will play a large role in that person’s availability.

However, indications I got from those close to the situation were that he hasn’t even been contacted regarding the now open job…not sure he technically can right now anyway.

-M-

21. number1surffan John - October 4, 2006

-M- – you are funny when you are trying to not say a name that others seem to already know.

That is, of course, if I’m following along properly – and by logic I’d expect that “the person we’re talking about” is someone that I do know.

22. Amy - October 4, 2006

numberonesurffanjohn…..who are we talking about that Mike can’t mention his name? You can email me…..ditzball4@comcast.net I must be out of the loop on this one!


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