March 22, 2007 March 22, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Camden’s Closer: P Chris Fussell, the former Orioles and Royals pitcher who served as the Riversharks closer in 2006, will return to fill the role in 2007.
Camden has agreed to terms with the 30-year-old righty in a move that should become official within the next several days.
After initially joining the team in 2005, Fussell emerged as the go to guy in the ninth inning, racking up 23 saves and finishing 53 of the 56 games he appeared in. He also posted an 8-4 record with a 3.78 ERA.
Although he’ll turn 31 about two weeks into the season, I wouldn’t put it past him to get picked up by an organization if he can get off to a hot start.
Bear-erra: OF Jose Herrera will return for his third season with the Newark Bears.
Now 33 years old, the Dominican native only appeared in 69 games last season, but still managed to hit 13 home runs and 50 home runs with a .305 batting average.
Herrera has always been very complimentary of the league, as is evidenced by this 2005 interview.
“This league is good, there’s a lot of good players,” Herrera said.
“There’s a lot of good pitchers we face every night. I have to make adjustments every night, there’s a lot of good pitchers and good players. The Atlantic League is a good league.”
Shelley Signs: P Jason Shelley, who had a “blink and you missed it” stay with the Somerset Patriots in 2004, has signed with the Northern League’s Gary Southshore Railcats. – Mike Ashmore, email@example.com