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February 28, 2007 February 28, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

AL Related News: Check out my latest blog entry for what you can and can’t expect to see for this year’s Atlantic League coverage.

Cafiero Questions: Keep sending your questions for the March 5th Q&A with Ducks 1B Rob Cafiero to the address that follows this post. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com

Note me actually using the correct date this time.



1. Sumosid - February 28, 2007

Villacis tabbed for return to Rockies

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Eduardo Villacis is back again.

Villacis was named the pitching coach for the Casper Rockies on Tuesday, a return to the organization that signed him out of Venezuela nine years ago.

Villacis spent six seasons in the Rockies farm system before being traded to the Royals, where he made his lone major-league appearance. The right-hander, who will take over for Mark Thompson, compiled a 41-20 record with a 3.31 ERA in 187 games in nine minor league seasons and pitched last season for the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League.

2. b-fish fan - March 2, 2007

mike,a buddy in a.c. who is a big surf fan.has told me atlantic league fans should be jumping up and down that the surf left the atl.the new owner is a total clown.he gutted the organization and screwed the loyal people who have been with the surf for years.the guy hires a new gm and wont let him pick the players or the manager.the new gm is nothing more than a surf ticket salesman.

3. Fausto Gabon - March 2, 2007

B-dude, you sound like the CT Post re: the Fish regime change. NEWS FLASH: First priority is to sell tickets, and advertising. Need the revenue to run the rest of it, and attendance drives concessions and merchandise sales. Look a little deeper, as described here previously, looks like the Surf mgmt is consolidating management and player personnel functions with their AA holdings, ala Keystone Baseball.

4. number1surffan John - March 2, 2007

b-fish fan – I dunno, the new GM is a guy who did the group ticket sales @ Somerset last 2 years, he was an original intern for Surf 98-99. They are on a MUCH tighter budget (if that’s possible), but hopeful that if they can shake the negatives from the community in the past they CAN rebuild. Cleaning house isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I think they LEFT one key to the past that needs to go (my personal opinion). This ONE individual definitely has a tendency for promising great things and then delivering hor$e hockey. Then again – who knows. The 20-25 fan club members who showed up last night seemed intent on supporting the club (many other members were unable to make it due to commitments @ Convention Hall).

5. Sumosid - March 2, 2007

The Fort Worth Cats have signed right-handed pitcher Scott Layfield to a contract for the 2007 season, it was announced today.
Layfield, 30, was 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA last season for Bridgeport in the Atlantic League. He appeared in 52 games, all in relief and worked 49 innings, striking out 26 and walking 23.

He was out of baseball from 2004-05 after appearing in 22 games in 2003 for Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization. That season he was 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA with two saves. In 2002, he posted a 6-4 record with a 2.35 ERA while pitching for Double-A New Haven. That year he had 24 saves, second most in the Eastern League.

He led the Carolina League in saves in 2001 with 31 for Potomac.

Layfield was originally drafted by St. Louis in the 20th round of the 1999 draft. He played college baseball at Valdosta State and was born in Americus,

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