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December 21, 2006 December 21, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Patriots Name Dattola Hitting Coach: In what’s sure to be a popular move with Patriots fans, Somerset has hired Kevin Dattola to be their new third base/hitting coach.

Dattola reached the Triple-A level with both Los Angeles and Oakland prior to his time with the Patriots and was a hitting coach in the Texas organization and with the New Jersey Jackals after his time with the team.

But Somerset fans will best remember him for his play during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

Dattola was a key part of the 2001 team that brought Somerset their first Atlantic League Championship.

Dattola replaces Liam Healy, who left after the 2006 season.

More Good News For Somerset: The Kansas City Royals have signed P Jason Shiell to a minor league contract. Shiell started the 2006 season with Somerset and ended up making a meteoric rise to the Atlanta Braves by the end of the season.

However, some Patriots fans may be skeptical of the move, as Kansas City also previously signed Dave Elder and essentially wasted his talents in the minors before ultimately releasing him.

Phils Re-Sign Crowell: P Jim Crowell, formerly of the Atlantic City Surf, has been re-signed by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Handy-Dandy Coaching Chart:

Bridgeport: Tommy John/?/?
Camden: Joe Ferguson/Brad Strauss/?
Lancaster: Frank Klebe/?/?
Long Island: Dave LaPoint/Don McCormack/Kevin Baez
Newark: Wayne Krenchicki/Steve Foucault/?
Road Warriors: ???
Somerset: Sparky Lyle/Brett Jodie/Kevin Dattola
York: Chris Hoiles/Tippy Martinez/Ryan Minor/Al Bumbry

So, I think nine positions are still open. The only name I can think of that I can assume would fill one of them would be Terry McGriff.

Outside of that, your guess is as good as mine. I know one team is actively pursuing their pitching coach position and may be close to something, and I also know Newark was considering a few former players for their spot. But what actually ends up happening remains to be seen. – Mike Ashmore


1. Fausto Gabon - December 21, 2006

Anybody catch the ABC Primetime piece on the Fish last night?


A classic case of the adage, “there is no such thing as bad publicity”!

2. SouthernALFan - December 21, 2006

I can see Lancaster hiring Scheuing as their pitching coach. He’s coaching some college ball locally.

3. SouthernALFan - December 21, 2006


Barnstormers general manager Joe Pinto, marketing director Jason Jesberger and corporate sales director Jeff Bertoni will bring the promotions of minor-league baseball to the PIAA’s title games.

The three are leaving the Barnstormers to join with local advertising executive Jim Weber to found Market Street Sports Group, which has been retained by the PIAA.

4. BoosterBabe - December 21, 2006

Yeah, I watched Primtime Live last night. The irony of course is that several of the people featured on the show are no longer with the team. (Notably, Charlie Dowd and Shannon Walsh). And I have to say, it tugged at my heartstrings a bit because I realized I’d probably never see either one of them again.
It did inspire me to recommit to my own weight loss journey though. Which I needed.

On another former-Bluefish staffer note, (and I can’t say I didn’t expect this) John Cunningham has joined the Connecticut Defenders as Controller. As you probably know, Cunningham was ousted in August from the Bluefish front office. (there had been speculation that it was because he tipped off the press about the situation with Charlie Dowd.) He started out at the Bluefish as an intern in 1999. In fact, he gave me and my Dad our first tour of Harbor Yard in Feb 1999, when the team held an “open house”. He had worked his way up at the Bluefish and he had done a little bit of everything over the years. He and Charlie had worked together since 1999 and it’s certainly no surprise that Dowd would offer him a job. Good for them both! I wish them a long and successful career within the Giants organization!!!!

5. Amy - December 21, 2006

Sheyl…I have my eyes peeled!!!! thanks for letting me know!

6. Amy - December 21, 2006

Not sure the Barnstormers would hire Matt Scheuing as pitching coach…he also teaches high school social studies locally. But I guess you never know!

7. SouthernALFan - December 21, 2006

Thanks Amy. I was just trying to think of someone crazy enough to join the AL that was local.

Any idea what AL managers and coaches are paid?

8. BoosterBabe - December 21, 2006

What do AL managers and coaches get paid?


(for those of you rusty on your Yiddish, go here:


Scroll about half way down the page!)

9. Amy - December 21, 2006

Yeah I am fairly sure that Matt would not be the choice unless he could work out something between his other stuff. Seems to me he would be better off working with younger guys….just my opinion on that, from talking with him. He’s probably more stable in his teaching and short term college coaching.

10. liduckfan - December 21, 2006

Does anyone know where 2006 Ducks Pitching Coach Dick Such may land?Either back in the AL or affiliated

11. AL PA fan - December 27, 2006

Shoe is a great role model for the local community in Lancaster and has had some success in coaching but he may be tided down with teaching this year…as well does anyone know if he wants to play again??? Any word???

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