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March 20, 2007 March 20, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

The Atlantic City Surf Lied To You: Well aware that headline’s going to get me a lot of heat, but that’s the way it is.

All throughout the off-season, the team told anyone who would listen that Jeff Ball was their manager. And the whole time, they knew he wouldn’t be.

Ball was “promoted” today to assistant general manager, and Chris Carminucci was named the team’s new manager. But if you’ve been reading this site over the past few weeks, you’d know that.

It’s been known around baseball for WEEKS now, but the Surf kept saying there was nothing to it. All I ever wanted from team owner Mark Schuster was a return phone call telling me that Ball was the manager, then I’d consider the story a dead one. Now I know why I never got that call.

I have nothing against Carminucci, I’ve never met the guy. But I find it hard to believe that a guy who did as well as he did managing a team with a pitiful payroll and various other things working against it should be wearing a shirt and tie instead of a uniform in the dugout.

Perhaps the team thought he’d end up with the Camden or Newark gig and it would never have to come to this.

I wonder if they’ll still tell me that Jeff Ball is the manager when I call now…

Foster Released: Jason Guarente writes that former Barnstormers OF Quincy Foster has been released by the San Francisco Giants organization.

This is much of a guess as it is anything else, but I wonder if he’d consider going to either Camden or Newark. Remember, he started his AL career with the Riversharks and that Brandt, Foucault and Krenchicki were all there at that time.

If he liked it in Camden, perhaps he’d go back there. If he liked who he played for there, maybe he’ll go to Newark.

It’s also worth noting that Lancaster was the team that gave him his second chance in affiliated ball, so if he thinks that’s his best chance at a return, that might be the place for him.

Lancaster’s outfield is starting to get crowded, but you’d have to think there’d be a spot for him if he wanted to come back.

Catching Up With Clayton Andrews: I spoke to new Lancaster Barnstormers P Clayton Andrews for about fifteen minutes today for my Opening Day coverage. Sure, he wants to be the Opening Day starter this year, but how close was the former Blue Jay to getting the ball in the first Barnstormers game ever?

Check back for that story and a little sneak peek at my chat with Clayton tomorrow.

Patriots Spring Update: Here’s a look at some stats from former Patriots in big league camp…

Larry Barnes: LAD 1B- 6 games, 7 ab, 1 r, 2 h, 2, tb, 1 so, .286 avg.

Jared Sandberg: TEX 1B- 2 games, 7 ab, 1 r, 2 h, 2 tb, 1 bb, 3 k, .375 obp, .286 avg

Jason Shiell: KC P- 3 games, 1-0, 11.57 era, 2.1 IP, 4 h, 3 r, 3 er, 0 bb, 3 k

Couldn’t Hack It: Former Bridgeport P Luther Hackman was reassigned to minor league camp by Milwaukee yesterday. – Mike Ashmore

Ruben Released: With all this A.C. Surf talk going on, I figure I’d throw in that former Surf outfielder Ruben Sierra was released by the New York Mets today. – Scott Stanchak



1. b-fish fan - March 20, 2007

jeff ball would have looked good in a bluefish uniform.i think atlantic league owners should be doing flips that mark schuster and the surf are out of the league.how do you let jeff ball go?

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 20, 2007

Can’t really complain about Tommy John, though…

3. BoosterBabe - March 21, 2007

I just called a friend in the Bluefish Front office for another reason and before we got down to business I asked “Have we signed anyone yet?” and my friend laughed at me.

They had no awareness of any signings. Not even a “Yep…but you’ll have to wait for the announcement”….just a hearty chuckle.

It’s a whole month away frankly, I don’t think we’ve ever had more than one or two signings by this time in other years…I think maybe we’re growing impatient because the other teams are signing people early.

Once the Major Leagues figure out who they are keeping in their minor league systems and who they are releasing, the talent pool will open up and we should see a flood of signings. Right?

Anyone know how some of our AL alumni are doing in Spring training? I have seen that Burnham is doing well for Ottawa and he’s on their Roster, but I haven’t seen anything about Gannon. Wouldn’t mind him in a Bluefish uniform. (when he’s good he’s very good). Anyone know if the minor league Spring Training camps announce cuts this early?

4. Amy - March 21, 2007

In a move that I was personally told of by Gary Burnham when I was in Phillies spring training 2 weeks ago…Bo Hart has signed with the Barnstormers along with Clyde Williams, Mike Woods, Jason Norderum, Gustavo martinez and Manny Vazquez-Santiago. Acccording to Jason Guarante’s blog…Martinez is only 18 years old. He doesn’t have much experience so it will be interesting to see how he handles this league. We’ll see how Frank Klebe works him into the team. its good to have insider info on the Hart signing and i am anxious to see him play here! Sitting on that info for 2weeks was killing me until it was official!

5. Amy - March 21, 2007

Yeah boosterbabe..we have a whole team and Bridgeport has nada….you guys giving up this season???? Lol

6. BoosterBabe - March 22, 2007

Oh sure, Amy, rub it in….
you have a team AND you talked to GB!
Really know how to hurt a girl!!!

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