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March 27, 2007 March 27, 2007

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Marsonek Gets Patriotic: The Somerset Patriots have signed former New York Yankees pitcher Sam Marsonek to a contract.

The 28-year-old right-hander appeared in one game for the 2004 Yankees, finishing out a July 11th contest at Yankee Stadium against the Devil Rays.

I saw Marsonek pitch back in 2002 for the Norwich Navigators of the Eastern League, where he was briefly a teammate of Brett Jodie. Jodie, now the man in charge of bringing players to Somerset, clearly hung onto Marsonek’s number.

Marsonek last pitched in 2005, going 3-7 with a 6.61 ERA in 49 appearances for Triple-A Columbus.

He was a starter through the 2002 season, but was moved to the bullpen in 2003. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be in Sparky Lyle’s rotation, or if he’ll come out of the pen.

Ducks Ink Five: Here’s the press release…

Long Island Ducks team officials today announced the signing of five players for the upcoming season, including three who have played for the Ducks in past years. Infielder Ray Navarrete will rejoin the club after playing for Long Island in 2006. Catcher and 2003 Duck Jamie Pogue, and infielder Pete Rose, Jr., a member of the 2005 squad, will also return to Long Island. The Ducks also signed pitchers Travis Wade and James Garcia.

Garcia comes to the Ducks after spending the first five years of his professional career in the Giants organization. He went 5-3 in 12 starts for Fresno (AAA, Giants) of the Pacific Coast League in 2006 and owns a 4.22 ERA in 177 career minor league games, 58 of them starts.

Veteran righthander Wade spent the past three seasons in the Atlantic League pitching for the Newark Bears. He led the ALPB in appearances in 2006 with 64, racking up 72 innings of work. Wade established himself as a one of the league’s top relievers in his Newark debut in 2004, compiling a 2.45 ERA in 42 games. The 10-year veteran has accumulated 22 victories and 81 saves in 414 games.

Returning to the Ducks in 2007, Rose has played in 1,662 minor league games, including 118 with Long Island in 2005. That season, Rose hit .262 with 14 home runs, 27 doubles, and 55 RBI. In 50 games last season with Bridgeport, the 18-year veteran hit .299 and drove in 33. Rose’s best season came in 1997, when a .308 average, 25 home runs, 31 doubles, and 98 RBI with Chattanooga (AA, Reds) earned him a September call-up to Cincinnati, where he appeared in 11 Major League contests.

New Jersey native Navarrete was signed by the Ducks in July of 2006 after beginning the year in the Mets system. In 44 games with Long Island, he hit .284 with 21 RBI. Navarrete served an important utility role for the Ducks, starting several games at third base, second base, and the outfield. 2007 will mark the former Seton Hall standout’s eighth in professional baseball.

Catcher Pogue also enters his eighth year at the professional level, having played his last three seasons in the Atlantic League. During his first tenure with the Ducks in 2003, Pogue batted .255 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 71 games. Last season with Bridgeport, the Guelph, Canada native hit .253 and popped six home runs in 63 games.

Lancaster Getting Stronger: It looks like Lancaster is close to bringing back another member of last year’s championship team, and it probably isn’t who you think. Stay tuned.

In other Lancaster news, Jason Guarente is reporting that Reggie Taylor is in camp with the Washington Nationals. He talked to the Atlantic League standout, make sure you check it out.

Huffing And Puffing: P Brandon Puffer, who pitched for the Patriots during the 2000 season, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers. Puffer, who won a World Series ring in 2004 with the Boston Red Sox despite never setting foot on the field, was recently released by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Kid Dynamite: The Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League announced today the signing of one of the most famous Little League players in Little League World Series history, Danny Almonte.

You might remember Almonte for his Gustavo Martinez-like increase in age, but you might also be surprised that another independent league was able to get the publicity that comes with a signing like this. I’m somewhat surprised that the Bears or the Ducks didn’t take a chance on him. – Mike Ashmore


1. b-fish fan - March 28, 2007

dear mike,is there a bluefish player signing anywhere in our near future?

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - March 28, 2007

Honestly, who knows?

I talked to Adam Gladstone a few days ago about this, and the issue definitely isn’t that there aren’t any players signed. There are guys under contract, I can tell you that for a fact.

It’s up to each individual club to announce their signings, it’s only Gladstone’s job to sign them, so this really shouldn’t be a reflection on him.

I’m kind of torn on what to think about this.

On one side, the Bluefish are missing a lot of opportunities for publicity by periodically announcing signings as other teams have been doing.

On the other side, nobody’s going to care on May 4th.

3. BoosterBabe - March 28, 2007

It’s ridiculous not to announce the signings as they go along. The appearance to the fans is that the Bluefish are asleep at the wheel, while we watch the other teams sign guys we had hoped would return next year, like PJ Rose and Jamie Pogue. It seems like all the good players are getting snatched up by other teams, while we have made no public announcement of any signings.

If we at least knew we had some guys signed to replace them, I wouldn’t feel so helpless about it.

A friend of mine heard Tommy John on WFAN radio on Sunday, just the tail end of the interview and he said they are looking for a strong hitting catcher and some left handed pitchers. I believe John mentioned Sean Fesh’s name on the Radio on Sunday. That’s according to my friend. We’ll see what happens.

I realize what is made public often bears no resemblance to what is actually going on with a business (and let’s don’t forget, baseball IS a business), but in this case, appearances are very important. How do they expect to sell tickets when it looks like there is no team??? (and all the other teams in the league, with the exception of the Road Warriors, have a team in place).

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