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Ramsey Signs With Texas: I couldn’t be happier to report that former Patriots P Keith Ramsey has officially signed a contract with the Texas Rangers and is now in camp with them.

He’s likely headed to a bullpen role in Double-A, but it’s great to see him back in affiliated ball where he belongs. Best news I’ve gotten in a long time.

Re-Caf: Don’t forget, our Rob Cafiero Q&A will be March 12th at 7PM.

Who’s Signed Where: Here’s an updated version of my handy-dandy chart detailing which players have signed with AL teams:

Bridgeport: Bucky Jacobsen*, Pat Mahomes*

Camden: Caleb Balbuena, L.J. Biernbaum, Ryan Costello, Brendon Davis, Matt DeMarco, Bryan Edwards, Dwight Maness, Randy McGarvey, Ramon Nivar, Angel Pena, Brad Strauss

Lancaster: Clayton Andrews, Lance Burkhart, Derrick DePriest, Brett Evert, James Lira, Jeremy Todd, Steve Van Note

Long Island: Pat Ahearne, Edgardo Alfonzo, Rob Cafiero, Tim Cain, Kevin Haverbusch, Randy Leek, Travis Wade

Newark: Edwin Almonte, Erick Almonte**, Jake Brooks, Ramon Castro, Joey Gomes, Aaron Ledbetter, Pat Peavey

Road Warriors: None

Somerset: Travis Anderson***, Jeff Nettles

York: Rayner Bautista, Peter Bergeron, Chris Cooper, Nate Espy, Vic Gutierrez, Charlie Hessletine, Darin Kinsolving, David Maust, Luis Taveras

*Not under contract
**Expected to stick with affiliate
**Not yet official

Camden seems to be doing the best job so far, but they’ve also released the most names. Granted, a lot of those names are familiar faces but the guys that they did bring back are quality players. Maness and Strauss have been two of the more consistent players in the Atlantic League over the past few seasons, and getting Pena back is a tremendous boost.

I’m really expecting big things out of Nivar. He might not get the kind of power numbers that are going to get you out of the concession line to watch every at-bat, but the guy should be among the league leaders in average.

Newark also seems to be slowly building their team up, and they’ve added a few interesting new faces with Major League experience. In fact, they have more big leaguers under contract than the Ducks.

Bridgeport and Somerset have been the biggest disappointments so far. The Bluefish haven’t announced anything yet, and Somerset only has Jeff Nettles on their roster at the moment.

The team does have a few players they’re going to bring back, but nothing’s been announced as of yet.

As for the Bluefish, here’s hoping they don’t do one gigantic announcement with their entire roster as teams have done in the past. BASA teams have made a lot of announcements regarding player signings, you’ve got to wonder what’s taking so long with Bridgeport.

I’m probably the only person not really impressed with what York’s doing, either. Taveras hasn’t been in affiliated ball since 2003, and he only hit .237 while he was there. At 29 years old, and with little in terms of power or speed, I really don’t see how he’s the kind of player teams should be going after at this stage of the game.

The Maust signing was all right, and Espy brings some pop. Bergeron’s probably the name Revolution fans should be happiest about so far, but like Bautista, he’s been here (the AL) before.

March Patriots Notebook: For my March 8th Patriots Notebook, which ran in the Hunterdon County Democrat, head on over to MikeAshmore.com.

Also, if you want to see the long-awaited Jack Cust, Jr. feature which actually ran on the cover of the paper, you can check that out over there as well. The version that ran in the paper is pretty heavily edited, but that was probably for the best as it got rearranged a bit and came out better than it was when I sent it in.

Former Atlantic Leaguer Nick Bierbrodt and current Patriots catcher Travis Anderson are quoted in the piece.

Don’t Call Him Chris: Can’t beat a reference to Jim Rome getting his butt handed to him. Anyway, Barnstormers pitcher Brett Evert sat down with Lancaster beat writer Jason Guarente for an interview last season. I briefly spoke with Evert myself when Portland came into Trenton after he’d signed with the Red Sox last season, I remember we talked about him facing the Ducks and Juan Gonzalez. Anyway, Evert’s got a real shot to get picked up again this season, so make sure you check this out.

Waiting Game: As far as I know, the Newark Bears have yet to name their hitting coach. No clue why, I assume they’re just waiting for the right time.

The Road Warriors (see: Atlantic League) have also yet to name their entire coaching staff. I was told that this would have happened by today, but clearly that isn’t the case.

Since I’m not entirely comfortable with “because I kept calling to see who’ll be coaching the Road Warriors” as a legitimate reason for being over on my cell phone minutes this month, I’ll let this one unfold on its own.

Thank You: The past week or so has obviously been incredibly difficult, and I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to contact me regarding everything that’s happened. It meant a lot to know that people were thinking of me, and it’s nice to know I’ve been able to make some friends in my five years of doing this as well. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com



1. Sumosid - March 10, 2007

Does anybody know if Denny Haringer is coming back to Lancaster?

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 10, 2007

I believe he retired after last season.

3. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 10, 2007

Adding to the seemingly endless list of things that suck, Boston’s lead singer, Brad Delp, passed away today.

One of my favorite bands (that I’ll admit to publicly, anyway) they were tremendously underrated and had some really awesome underlooked songs. Amanda and Magdalene were two of my favorites.

Everyone looks to Hendrix’s version of the Star Spangled Banner as the gold standard, but Boston has a really sweet one as well.

I’d definitely recommend their greatest hits album. Good stuff.

And, ummm…if anyone wants to talk about baseball, that’s totally fine as well.

4. MorpheusDreamweaver - March 10, 2007

Focusing on the good news, I’m really happy for Keith Ramsey. He was one of the nicest guys on the 2006 Patriots and I’m happy for him to be getting a chance to get back into affliated ball.

5. b-fish fan - March 10, 2007

i hear the bluefish starting nine this year will be.

3-hot dog vendors released from lancaster and somerset.

2-ushers that we acquired from the ducks for concession stand worker to be named later.

2-bluefish booster club members.

the mayor of bpt.will be catching.bluefish fans hope he dosent violate the league substance abuse program.

he might #9 on this list but he is #1 in are hearts mike ashmore is the bluefish opening day pitcher.

6. BoosterBabe - March 11, 2007

Hey bfish fan–which two Booster Club members?

I still wanna know who you are….

7. BoosterBabe - March 11, 2007

Here’s something funny to put us in the mood. Our National Holiday is only 3 weeks aways! (MLB opening day). Atlantic league is 8 weeks away. But who’s counting! The Bluefish really do have to start putting a team together, we’ll be stuck with everyone no one else wanted otherwise!
Baseball and Football
by George Carlin

Baseball is different from any other sport, very different. For instance, in most sports you score points or goals; in baseball you score runs. In most sports the ball, or object, is put in play by the offensive team; in baseball the defensive team puts the ball in play, and only the defense is allowed to touch the ball. In fact, in baseball if an offensive player touches the ball intentionally, he’s out; sometimes unintentionally, he’s out.

Also: in football,basketball, soccer, volleyball, and all sports played with a ball, you score with the ball and in baseball the ball prevents you from scoring.

In most sports the team is run by a coach; in baseball the team is run by a manager. And only in baseball does the manager or coach wear the same clothing the players do. If you’d ever seen John Madden in his Oakland Raiders uniform,you’d know the reason for this custom.

Now, I’ve mentioned football. Baseball & football are the two most popular spectator sports in this country. And as such, it seems they ought to be able to tell us something about ourselves and our values.

I enjoy comparing baseball and football:

Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.
Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park.The baseball park!
Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life.
Football begins in the fall, when everything’s dying.

In football you wear a helmet.
In baseball you wear a cap.

Football is concerned with downs – what down is it?
Baseball is concerned with ups – who’s up?

In football you receive a penalty.
In baseball you make an error.

In football the specialist comes in to kick.
In baseball the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.

Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting and unnecessary roughness.
Baseball has the sacrifice.

Football is played in any kind of weather: rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog…
In baseball, if it rains, we don’t go out to play.

Baseball has the seventh inning stretch.
Football has the two minute warning.

Baseball has no time limit: we don’t know when it’s gonna end – might have extra innings.
Football is rigidly timed, and it will end even if we’ve got to go to sudden death.

In baseball, during the game, in the stands, there’s kind of a picnic feeling; emotions may run high or low, but there’s not too much unpleasantness.
In football, during the game in the stands, you can be sure that at least twenty-seven times you’re capable of taking the life of a fellow human being.

And finally, the objectives of the two games are completely different:

In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line.

In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! – I hope I’ll be safe at home!

8. qwackedup - March 12, 2007

Thanks Boosterbabe, I love that bit by George Carlin. He did it on the very first Saturday Night Live.

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