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February 27, 2007 February 27, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Ball Out In AC?: According to a very reliable source, Atlantic City Surf manager Jeff Ball is out as the manager and Chris Carminucci is in. Carminucci has experience under Surf owner Mark Schuster, managing the St. Joe club in the American Association.

Someone with knowledge of the situation says that Carminucci is handling roster moves for the Surf at this time.

Hopefully I can get some more information on this story, but considering I never got called back when I was initially working on this a month ago, I wouldn’t hold your breath for any “on the record” information.

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with Ball, and he says that as of the latest talks he’s had with club officials, he’s still the manager.

Reportedly, Carminucci is serving as the team’s “Adam Gladstone,” and is putting together rosters for El Paso, St. Joe and Atlantic City — however, Carminucci is still expected to manage St. Joe

I’m still hoping to hear from Schuster to get a definitive statement regarding Ball’s future with the Surf in 2007. Jeff’s a good guy, and it’s ridiculous that these rumors keep popping up without any sort of official announcement regarding his status.

Patriots Re-Sign Jeff Nettles: After weeks of speculation, the Somerset Patriots have officially agreed to terms with perennial All-Star 3B Jeff Nettles. I hope to speak to Jeff later this week, and I’ll have more on the significance of this signing later today or tomorrow.

Surely, this is something that Patriots fans can be excited about, and also will likely open the flood gates for some Somer-signings in the very near future.

Camden Signs Five: While an official announcement is forthcoming today, word on the street is that the Camden Riversharks have agreed to terms with at least four players.

OF Dwight Maness, C Randy McGarvey, 3B Matt DeMarco and 3B/OF Brad Strauss are reportedly on their way back to Camden for the 2007, and there may be more on the way.

OF L.J. Biernbaum is also reportedly under contract for this season.

The team has now officially released the signings:

Camden, NJ- The Camden Riversharks announced today that Brad Strauss, L.J. Biernbaum, Matt Demarco, Dwight Maness and Randy McGarvey will be returning to the field in Riversharks uniforms for the 2007 season.

Strauss, who is entering his seventh season overall and second as hitting coach, will spend time between first and third base, as well as the outfield. Strauss, who was the recipient of the 2003 Atlantic League batting title, has spent time with teams in the Prairie and Frontier Leagues, Atlantic City, Long Island, and overseas in Taiwan.

Biernbaum is entering his third season with the Sharks. After missing most of 2006 with injuries, the outfielder looks to follow in the success of his 2005 season, which saw him bat .305 in 105 games with 18 home runs. Biernbaum was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 10th round of the 2002 draft and spent time in their farm system for two years.

Demarco enters his second season with Camden. The infielder split his time between third and short last season. The Gloucester Catholic graduate was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 11th round of the 1998 draft, but was then selected by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Marlins in Rule 5 Minor League Draft in 2004.

Maness is entering his seventh season with the team. A fan favorite, Maness has a career batting average of .270 in Camden. The New Castle, DE resident was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 1992 draft. After spending time with the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies systems, the outfielder played for the Somerset Patriots in 1999. During the ’99 season, he was picked up by the Seattle Mariners and spent a season and a half with New Haven (AA).

McGarvey is entering his second season with the Sharks. After being selected by the Houston Astros in 26th round of 2002 draft and playing for Tri-City (A), the catcher spent two seasons with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.

“We’re really excited about the return of these players from last season. They are great people on and off the field, and have given up a lot of time helping in the community and representing the team. We’re all looking forward to some really great play on the field this season,” said general manager Adam Lorber.

Who’s Signed Where: Here’s a chart detailing which players have signed with which teams so far this season.

Bridgeport: Bucky Jacobsen*, Pat Mahomes*
Camden: Nothing official…yet
Lancaster: Lance Burkhart, Jeremy Todd, Steve Van Note
Long Island: Pat Ahearne, Edgardo Alfonzo, Rob Cafiero, Tim Cain, Kevin Haverbusch, Randy Leek, Travis Wade
Newark: Erick Almonte, Joey Gomes, Aaron Ledbetter, Pat Peavey
Road Warriors: None
Somerset: Nothing official
York: Peter Bergeron, Vic Gutierrez, Charlie Hessletine

* – Keep in mind that neither Jacobsen or Mahomes has signed a deal with Bridgeport yet.

Cafiero Questions: Keep sending your questions for the March 3rd Q&A with Ducks 1B Rob Cafiero to the address that follows this post. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com


1. Amy - February 27, 2007

Jason Guarante has an interesting article on Barnstormer Steve Van Note posted on his blog today. I find it very surprising that Frank Klebe has him penciled in as our starting thrid baseman for 2007. I was never impressed with Van Note in any role other than utility guy. Defensivly I am not sold on him as a starter for third base. Hopefully he comes thru as a starter for us….I personally think we need more power at that position but…

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 27, 2007

Penciled is probably the key word there. As guys get axed in Spring Training, I’d assume some more players will become available to AL teams.

3. Amy - February 27, 2007

Yeah right..I was hoping someone would say that!! I am keeping my fingers crossed!! haha.

4. StormerDude - February 28, 2007

What Van Note needs to do is go back to wearinging glasses. he switched to contacts last year and he lost site of the ball..
Both in the box and on the field

5. qwackedup - February 28, 2007

Travis Wade? No mention of him on Ducks website and Ducks haven’t announced anything. Who is he?

6. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 28, 2007

Wade was dealt to Long Island in the Erick Almonte deal. He’s pitched for Newark for the past two seasons.

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