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Garcia Returns to AL: This has been out there for a couple days, but I was reminded of it thanks to an e-mail from one of our readers. Omar Garcia, who played in a handful of games for Nashua in 2004, has signed with the York Revolution. A 35-year-old first baseman, Garcia hit .278 in 54 at-bats for the Pride three seasons ago.
Aracena, Baez Back: C Sandy Aracena and P Benito Baez are back with the Road Warriors for 2007. Aracena is a very solid backstop who hit .239 with nine home runs and 56 RBI for the club last season.
Baez has some freaking gas, there’s no other way to put it. I’m shocked he didn’t stick with the Brewers, but I’d be more surprised if he didn’t end up with the Ducks this season, too. I can tell you for a fact that they were very interested in him last season and at one point thought he’d be pitching for them. The former Marlin brings some credibility to the Road Warriors, and has to be someone that teams are looking at during Atlantic League spring training.
SomerStuff: I was at the Patriots Fan Fest on Saturday and was rather impressed with the turnout. Several thousand fans came through the turnstiles to watch an 1880’s style baseball game and get autographs from manager Sparky Lyle and catcher Travis Anderson. Sparky gets a bad rap for being a little gruff sometimes, but he really is a nice guy. He spent an hour taking pictures with fans, talking baseball and holding the little kids who wanted their picture with him. He then spent about another hour talking baseball with me for an Opening Day feature I’m working on.
Stay tuned for some signings this week as well — there are still a few spots to fill, as Somerset only has 20 players under contract as of today.
Ramsey Off To Poor Start: Unfortunately, former Patriots P Keith Ramsey had his second straight bad outing last night for the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze. One of the best players Somerset had last year, Ramsey allowed eight runs (four earned) on six hits, including two longballs. His ERA currently stands at 15.88, and I just hope he gets a chance to bring that down and that the Texas Rangers organization continues to believe in him.
Gannon Rocked In First Start: The Winston-Salem Journal has a nice article about Joe Gannon’s first start in A-Ball for the White Sox. Things didn’t go too well…
Pride Ask Murray To Un-Retire His Number: Tom King of the Nashua Telegraph writes another excellent piece, this time on Glenn Murray’s journey to the Lancaster Barnstormers as their new hitting coach. But you also have to check out the part of the piece where Pride officials ask Murray to give his old number 34 to a “big” part of Red Sox nation.
Ferrari Driving In Bridgeport: According to the Marin Independent Journal (a big rival of the Chong Daily News, I’m told) P Anthony Ferrari is a likely candidate to be pitching for the Bridgeport Bluefish this season.
“There’s a good chance I’ll play for (Tommy John’s) team, then again there’s also possibility I’ll play (with another team) in that league,” Ferrari told the paper, also noting he hopes to attend an Atlantic League spring training session in Lakeland, Fla., on April 23.
INF Angel Espada and P Brian Boehringer were added to the Bluefish roster yesterday as well. – Mike Ashmore