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February 16, 2007 February 16, 2007

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Jodie Excited About New Opportunity: I just got off the phone with new Somerset Patriots Director of Player Procurement Brett Jodie.

We touched on a wide variety of topics during our 15-minute conversation, but one thing that was obvious throughout it was that he seems genuinely excited about this new step in his career.

Jodie, who admitted it’s been a little more difficult than he expected, had some off-season discussions with Patriots GM Patrick McVerry to gauge his interest level in taking over the position.

“I’ve got a lot to learn,” Jodie said. “I’ve never done anything like this before.”

With that said, the ex-Yankee is receiving some help from McVerry while learning the job on the fly.

“Patrick’s definitely helping me,” Jodie said. “He’s been very valuable to me in this process.”

Now, the 29-year-old South Carolina native spends his days working the phones, calling agents and players and trying to create relationships. He’s also rekindling old friendships, checking on players that he’d played with and calling coaches he’d played for.

“A lot of players we’re trying to sign have made a lot of money in the past, so it can be difficult to try to sign some of these guys,” Jodie said.

He’s already contacted just about everyone from last year’s team, and a few players are expected back. The only player definitively not returning would be Larry Barnes, who indicated last year that he would be unlikely to return.

As for what you’ll see on this year’s team, Jodie is a big believer in team speed, something the Patriots have never had as a whole. Sure, Billy Hall and Norm Hutchins (in 2003, anyway) filled the role of the speedy, leadoff type outfielder Jodie is seeking, but no Patriots team in recent memory has had speed as a whole.

Jodie’s also looking for good people first and good players second, trying to create the kind of atmosphere in the clubhouse that was vital to the success of the 2003 team in their dramatic late-season run.

I’ll be interested to see what kind of team he can put together. A lot of people under the Patriots umbrella weren’t pleased with the job BASA did last season, so I think it’s safe to say that they expect a significant improvement over last year’s results.

As of “press time,” Adam Gladstone did not return a call for comment, although I still hope to hear from him.

Rivera Re-Ups: C Mike Rivera, who was with the Atlantic City Surf a few years ago, has re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rickey Resurfaces: Rickey Henderson, who gave the league a huge burst of publicity in 2003 and, to a lesser extent, in 2004, has been named a special instructor by the New York Mets.

Velazquez to Can-Am: 1B Jose Velazquez, best remembered around Atlantic League circles for being one of three players nailed thanks to the league’s drug and alcohol policy, has signed with the Nashua Pride. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com

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1. BoosterBabe - February 16, 2007

It’s not Atlantic League but it is Baseball…and it did my heart good to see a professional athlete with so much integrity.

Keith Foulke announced his retirement today. It’s kinda newsworthy, I guess….he’s only 34, and because of repeated injuries, he probably peaked on Oct 27th, 2004. (Sox fans know what I’m talking about!)

But to me, what makes this very newsworthy, is that he retired before he reported for Spring Training. Had he reported to training camp and then announced his retirement, the Cleveland Indians would have had to honor his 5 million dollar contract for 2007.

He could have taken the money and run. Stupid? Some might say so. I say he’s a class act.
I always liked him. He goes out with the same grace he exhibited on the field. Good for Keith.

2. Dave - February 17, 2007

Should be no surprise that Lancaster got the better deal from BASA. Both Basa and Lancaster are owned by Keystone Baseball.


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