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January 14, 2007 January 15, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Barnstormers Blog: Make sure you check out Jason Guarente’s blog on the Lancaster Barnstormers. The Lancaster New Era scribe has a story on the Atlantic City Surf and the rights to their players that you’re going to want to check out. – MA



1. b-fish fan - January 15, 2007

if boulton does that with former surf players.no one should buy a ticket to a single atlantic league game.i will tell every fan i know not to buy a ticket.cmon frank do you really need to make the league look so bush jeez.frank its jan 14th you are 2007 north div.champions.hows that for your fixed division championship.

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - January 15, 2007


“Mike Pfaff of the Ducks front office took a few minutes to explain the dispersal draft process to me, and also answered a few of my other questions as well.

Seeing how the ownership group that owned the Pride also owned the Barnstormers and Ducks, those teams had the right of first refusal to those players contracts. The remaining players became Atlantic League free agents. However, as Pfaff explained, the teams are only acquiring the rights and no players have actually been signed.

As to which six players the Ducks claimed off of the Nashua roster, well your guess is as good as mine, because the team is choosing not to make that information public at this time.”

There’s really no point in me making any phone calls on this, because what happened back then is exactly what’s happened now. The Ducks have acquired the Atlantic League rights to some Surf players. The only exception this time is that Jason did an excellent job by actually getting the list.

Ozzie Timmons is coaching now, so he’s unlikely to show up. I’d be shocked to see Mikkelsen in a Ducks uniform too. We’ll see how this unfolds.

I’d much rather see an actual dispersal draft myself, but that appears unlikely to ever happen.


3. Amy - January 15, 2007

Mike i just wanted to say thanks for letting us know about the Barnstormers blog…awesome to be able to read that!

4. SouthernALFan - January 15, 2007

Thanks for letting us know about Jason’s blog. His good work deserves increased readership.

As for the League’s interworkings, we all know the the rules are made-up as they go along. We all just need to live with it since it is Frank’s league. I’ve given-up worrying about the rampant steroids and other things that make this league comical. I simply enjoy the league for the entertainment of the games and because I respect the players’ love for baseball.

5. qwackedup - January 15, 2007

Here’s a proposal: let this website start the Atlantic League Hall of Fame. I would suggest that it be located at Citibank Park since the league really has no headquarters, Frank Boulton founded the league and the Ducks average the highest attendance year-in and year-out. The inductions can be held at the All-Star Game, with two plaques being made: one for the player and one for the Hall, which I would suggest be in the corridor leading to the suites. I know others would prefer the Hall be located elsewhere, but if it’s in a few other places, no one would see it. Rather than wait for the league to start one, just have people here start nominating candidates after a guideline with minimum standards is established. Set a deadline for nominations then have voting done by fans, league officials, players with more than three years experience in the league, and media who has covered the league for three or more seasons. Sound good?

6. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - January 16, 2007

As much as I like the idea, it’s really something that the league should start. The media should play a large role in the voting process, just as they do in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but I’d probably be a little uncomfortable actually setting anything up. I’d be happy to serve as a consultant to the process or cast a vote or something like that, but there are writers far more qualified than myself (Rich Elliott, Geoff Mosher, etc.) who’ve seen far more Atlantic League games than I have.

7. BoosterBabe - January 16, 2007

And while I don’t have a better idea for the location for this proposed HOF, I don’t think it should be permanently housed in LI. (Or any other stadium, for that matter). Maybe each stadium could have a set of plaques and it could be a little display in all the stadiums, so everyone can enjoy it.

I dunno–maybe it could travel. Like the All-Star Game. Whichever team hosts the All-Star game in a given season would also host the HOF. That would seem more fair to all of the fans. Having it travel would make it relevant to fans of all teams, since all teams would host it once every 7-8 years (assuming the league is here in 8 years), rather than have it only be relevant to fans of ONE team, and the handful of fans of the other teams who happen to come for a road game.

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