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March 6, 2007 March 6, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Bears Bring Back Brooks: The Newark Bears will be bringing back 2005 All-Star Jake Brooks to their pitching staff. Brooks was signed by the Cleveland Indians later that year. – Scott Stanchak

The Driver Of The Bus: According to Atlantic League Executive Director Joe Klein, an announcement regarding the Road Warriors coaching staff is expected by Friday.

Barnstormers Sign Four: The Lancaster Barnstormers signed a mix of new and familiar faces today. LHP Clayton Andrews, RHP Derrick DePriest, RHP Brett Evert and RHP James Lira have all agreed to terms with the Barnstormers.

Andrews brings big league time to the barn, having appeared in eight games for the 2000 Toronto Blue Jays. He went 1-2 with a 10.02 ERA for the Jays, but has a 4.52 ERA over ten minor league seasons. He also has previous indy ball experience, spending his 2004 campaign in the Northeast League.

DePriest is a big dude. At 6’8″, 240 pounds, he uses a sidearm delivery that he switched to while in college at North Carolina. He was also a kicker, punter and placeholder on their football team. He has extensive independent baseball experience, and was most recently the closer for the Can-Am League’s Nashua Pride.

Evert, who pitched in the 2002 Futures Game, appeared in just one contest last season for Lancaster. He’s reached Triple-A in each of the past three seasons, including last year when he made a start with Pawtucket, Boston’s affiliate in the International League. The former Braves draft pick seems like a front-runner to get picked up again this season, he strikes out a lot of batters and has the kind of upper level experience that teams like.

Lira finished 2006 in Lancaster. The former Devil Rays draft choice had spent all or parts of four seasons with Coastal Bend of the American Association before joining the Barnstormers. He brings a 27-22 career record to Lancaster, as well as a 3.09 ERA.

Rocky Reputation: Former Long Island Ducks P John Rocker, who the Ducks surely regret signing since his name is now associated with them forever, will now likely be associated with steroids forever as well.

Rocker was named as one of the customers in the newest steroid scandal, and becomes the second AL alum to have been implicated.

Jose Canseco, who I actually recently spoke to for a story I’m working on, was also recently outed.

Wesson To Astros: Barry Wesson, not to be confused with 7th Heaven’s Barry Watson, has signed with the Houston Astros. Wesson spent part of last season with the Bridgeport Bluefish.

News Updates: Things might be a little slow over the next couple of days. My cat Bo, my best friend since I was seven, is off to kitty heaven on Thursday and I want to spend as much time with him as I can until then.

I won’t have the time I need to update things the way I usually do — and the Atlantic League becomes pretty insignificant compared to my little guy, so just keep that in mind over the next couple of days. Feel free to keep him in your prayers and all that good stuff. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com


1. qwackedup - March 7, 2007

Enjoy your time with him while you can. Losing a pet is never an easy thing. Cherish whatever time you have.

2. BoosterBabe - March 7, 2007

My heart goes out to you. Please spend as much time as possible with Bo the next few days. How old is he? I’m guessing 16, right?
Give him a good belly rub, scratch behind his ears and don’t forget that special spot about an inch above his tail!

My Mandy is about 15 yrs old and as I know I mentioned here when it happened, was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure last June. She’s holding her own but I certainly understand how you feel about spending as much time as possible with them. I figure she’s on Life #8–and I’m gonna enjoy every minute I have with her furry little face.

Mike–know you’re doing what’s best for him by making this decision to send him off to the Big Litter Box Above. You do not want him to suffer. Based on what you’ve expressed here….I have no doubt you gave him a terrific life.

Hugs to you and head butts too…here’s to Bo’s peaceful crossing to the Rainbow Bridge.

The Rainbow Bridge
(Author Unknown)
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

3. BoosterBabe - March 7, 2007

One more thing: I hope you’ll post a photo of Bo….
Such a tribute to a good friend wouldn’t be inappropriate given the circumstances.

I think we could handle one day off-topic if it would be a comfort to you.

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