March 15, 2007 March 15, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Hake Speaks: I just had a great 20-minute conversation with new Revolution infielder Travis Hake. Hake was in his native York to announce his signing with the club at a press conference.
“I’m not a real big fan of being in front of the cameras, I don’t think I’d be a very good actor,” he joked, referring to the turnout at this afternoon’s event.
After spending the last two seasons with the Lancaster Barnstormers, Hake was selected in the Revolution’s expansion draft. He got a text message from Ryan Minor while he was hunting with Bears manager Wayne Krenchicki in Illinois, informing him of the team’s interest in his services.
It came as a bit of a surprise to Hake, who believed he’d be heading to Lancaster as Frank Klebe’s starting second baseman.
“Klebe knows my personality, and I know his, and it looked like it was going to be a good fit,” Hake said.
“I had a good time in Lancaster.”
An original Barnstormer, Hake will now have the opportunity to be a part of another franchise’s inaugural season.
“The whole newness is cool for me,” he said. “I already went through it with Lancaster, and it’s going to be hard to top that. York’s going to be huge, but I’m a little more used to it now.”
The 30-year-old former Brewers draft pick doesn’t know what York’s plans are for him in regards to playing time, but did weigh in on playing in front of a hometown crowd.
“You have to meet all new people all over again, so it’s going to be a little uncomfortable at first,” Hake said. “There are good and bad things about (playing in front of friends). If you have a bad game and you have 1,000 friends there and they’re all talking about you, that’s not so good.”
The Revolution have already inked Vic Gutierrez and Rayner Bautista, so Hake will likely be used as a utility player or spare infielder to start the season.
Pride Send Stevens To Lancaster: The Can-Am League’s Nashua Pride announced a bunch of transactions this evening, and they officially announced that P Josh Stevens has been dealt to the Barnstormers for future considerations. Stevens finished the season with Lancaster and did quite well for himself, going 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two regular season starts.
Who’s Getting Patriotic?: The Somerset Patriots have apparently signed a slugging corner infielder with prior Atlantic League experience. You’ll know more when I do…
Bears Bring Back Brunson: The Newark Bears have agreed to terms with 2B Matt Brunson. Brunson, the ninth overall pick in the 1993 draft by the Detroit Tigers, hit .286 last season after joining the Bears in July.
Return of the Road Warriors: Jeff Scott will be coming back as the Road Warriors manager in 2007. Former Pride and Bluefish slugger D.J. Boston will hang up his cleats to take a coaching position with the club.
Lachey To Perform In Somerset: Nick Lachey, who you might remember from his MTV Series with Jessica Simpson, will be performing at Bridgewater’s Commerce Bank Ballpark according to the Somerset County Park Commission Website.
Along with Newlyweds, Lachey was a member of the “boy band” 98 Degrees, and also went on to release two solo albums. I had to do a lot of research for that, because I didn’t know any of that off the top of my head. I’m also an awful liar.
Tickets go on sale on April 28th at 9AM for the July 13th performance.
Lachey will join Simpson, Tony Bennett, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stacie Orrico, Chuck Berry and others who have performed in the yearly concert at the ballpark. – Mike Ashmore, email@example.com