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October 30, 2006 October 30, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Call Ball: As promised, I called Atlantic City Surf manager Jeff Ball today. The former San Francisco Giant and I spoke for about 15 minutes, and the plan is still for him to return to the Surf in 2007.

However, and this is a big however, the Surf have granted him permission to pursue other opportunities in the Atlantic League and elsewhere if they were to arise.

With that said, at least one team has contacted him regarding an open Atlantic League managerial position. As for rumors that Ball wouldn’t want to relocate to Newark, they aren’t true. Ball has family in the area and his fiancee is also from the area, so that isn’t a concern.

I personally think Newark would be a great fit for him. Ball has consistently shown he’s one of the top skippers in the league, and I legitimately think a “turnaround” in Newark could springboard him to affiliated baseball.

However, Camden and York’s positions are also open, so I’d be surprised if they didn’t give him a look as well. – Mike Ashmore

Signed Baseball Contest: Have gotten a few e-mails about an issue with e-mail address for the contest. Just use mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com for now. I want to give these away, I swear!!!

St. Louis Named Most Dangerous City: The bad news for St. Louis was good for Camden, N.J., which in 2005 was named the most dangerous city for the second year in a row.

Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison said Sunday she was thrilled to learn that her city no longer topped the most-dangerous list.

“You made my day!” said Faison, who has served since 2000. “There’s a new hope and a new spirit.” – Mike Ashmore, Taken from the AP article



1. Amy - October 30, 2006

I always thought that jeff Ball was a good manager. It certainly would be great to keep him in the Atlantic league and it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out over the next few months.

2. KenD - October 30, 2006

I agree Newark would be the best fit for Jeff Ball. York is too far away from his family and Camden is the second most dangerous city in America.

3. Jeff - October 30, 2006

Kend: I sincerely doubt whoever manages Camden in 2007 will live in downtown Camden.

4. StormerDude - October 30, 2006

Camden Is 5th dangerous But that is still scary

A list of the most dangerous cities overall, as compiled by Morgan Quitno Press, which bases the rankings on FBI figures
1. St. Louis
2. Detroit
3. Flint, Mich.
4. Compton, Calif.
5. Camden, N.J.

5. Chuckerd58 - October 31, 2006

If i could go back to Oct. 29th about favorite Atl. moments.1]The response of the crowd after the Ducks won game 2 of their championship series with Camden. After Justin Davies game winning hit bounced over Brad Strauss head the crowd was so loud it felt like the park was shaking.2]Bringing my daughter and son to their first games this year. Mu daughter became a huge Bucky Jacobson fan,and my son,who is autistic,actually clapped and sat for the whole game which for me was an incredible experience.3] Being able to visit the parks in Bridgeport,Newarkand Somerset this past season.The people in all 3 parks where terrific,and the best seats i ever was able to get 2 rows behind the Bears dugout in Newark,and 2 rows behind home plate in Somerset.4]Becoming a fan of the Road Wariors and being able to score a Warriors cap on ebay.

6. b-fish fan - October 31, 2006

i think newark would have to blow a.c money out of the water for ball to leave.newark should grab terry mc griff.

7. SouthernALFan - October 31, 2006

It’s truly amazing that we’re all interested in the AL, but we really have no idea about any players that will be in the AL next year. It just goes to show that the managers truly are the face of the league and that teams MUST be careful who they hire. I do wish the managers, since they are the face of the league, did more to reach out to us. Wouldn’t it be cool if the AL did 30 minutes of a live online chat with Tom Herr, with Mike Ashmore moderating it? Then they could print the transcipt of the chat. This could be a league sanctioned “10-Questions”. And if Mike couldn’t do it, someone else sure could.

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - October 31, 2006

I actually do have a Q&A lined up with a player for you guys, I just need to set a time and date for him.

Would likely be you guys posting questions in the comments and him responding…

If it’s successful, I’d try to do others.


9. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - October 31, 2006

“And if Mike couldn’t do it, someone else sure could.”

If Mike can’t do it, no one can.

I like that one better.


10. SouthernALFan - October 31, 2006

I only slid that comment in at the end because I am encouraging the LEAGUE to promote their own product for a change. I figured the league would want strict controls on the session, and therefore may not want a real journalist running the Q&A.

11. Amy - October 31, 2006

Haha….are you implying Mike’s not a real journalist? (??????????)

12. SouthernALFan - November 1, 2006

Do you know how to read, Amy?
Re-read everything. Geez, if it wasn’t for Mike, most of our pathetic lives, lives that devote so much time to a sad little league, would be lost.

13. Warren Katz - November 1, 2006

I’m sure you could have gotten your point across to Amy quite nicely without that insulting first line, southernalfag. Apologize to her.

14. SouthernALFan - November 1, 2006

Oh geez. Sorry Amy. And Mr. Katz, I hope you made an innocent mistake while typing.

15. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - November 1, 2006

I have run out of things to say at this point.

Everyone posting here is an adult, you sort this out.

As for the last comment, I too will operate under the assumption that was a freudian slip of the keyboard.

“Fag” is not an acceptable word here, unless referring to a cigarette.

Unless you’re referring to a bundle of sticks, “faggot” isn’t either.

No, seriously. Don’t use them. In any context. Ever. Really.


16. BoosterBabe - November 1, 2006

One thing I feel the need to point out to SouthernALFAN: generally speaking, when one prefaces a written comment with “Haha”, one usually means that the comment is to be taken with a laugh, thereby implying humor.

You responding to Amy’s comment with “Do you know how to read” is hysterically ironic, considering her comment began with “Haha”, clearly indicating she was making a joke of you suggesting Mike wasn’t a “real” journalist. The multiple question marks at the end should have further clued you in that she was kidding.

Did someone piss in your cornflakes that morning??? I just don’t know how to rationalize all this animosity…we’re baseball fans for goodness sake. This isn’t life or death! Can’t we all just get along?

17. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - November 1, 2006

Corn Flakes + Milk > Corn Flakes + Piss

18. Amy - November 1, 2006

Thanks southernalfan for proving exactly why the HAHA and the ?????????????were needed. Thanks katz and boosterbabe for understanding a little humor. Oh yes I can read…its you that had a problem with it. Let’s talk baseball and cut out the bickering people!

19. Barnstorming - November 1, 2006


20. Amy - November 1, 2006

Now that’s what I am talking about….it looks like someone has it marked on their calendar like me!!!!

21. StormerDude - November 1, 2006

yea lets start the countdown…

22. BoosterBabe - November 1, 2006

Am trying to get a Booster Club Board meeting together in the next week or 2 to start working on 2007. We have trips to plan, pins to design, annual meetings to organize. Gonna be lots of fun!!!
We open at home against York on May something…May 5? Gotta look that one up.

And any players out there who may be reading this: I send out yummy goodie boxes at Christmas time. So email me your snail mail address and you’ll be on my list for Xmas Goodies!! 🙂 I’ve already got a few Bluefish players on my list, along with my family/friends in Texas, Florida and Chicago!!! (am very serious about this, guys!!!! Email address is in my profile)

23. Amy - November 1, 2006

Hey boosterbabe..what about me..hahahahaha.

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