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April 20, 2007 April 20, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

BREAKING NEWS: Carl Everett to the Ducks.

In an AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com exclusive, Frank Boulton confirmed that the Long Island Ducks have signed Major League All-Star OF Carl Everett to a contract.

“We’ve been talking to Carl for a while,” Boulton said.

Everett has an extensive and impressive Major League resume; he’s played for the Marlins, Mets, Astros, Red Sox, Rangers, White Sox, Expos and Mariners.

He’s a two-time All-Star and won a World Series ring in 2005 with Chicago. He’s a .271 career MLB hitter with 202 home runs and 792 RBI. The Ducks outfield is now officially ridiculous, with Everett joined by Jorge Piedra and Richard Hidalgo.

Everett, now 35, is known around baseball circles as a bit of a hothead. He was once suspended for bumping an umpire, and has a somewhat long list of interesting comments.

I’ll be very curious to see the reaction of people around the league to this signing.

“There’s several independent leagues out there, but I think the Atlantic League does the best job out of all of them.” – Brooks Robinson

Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson: I was fortunate enough to speak to new Atlantic League owner Brooks Robinson on the phone yesterday, make sure you check back on Opening Day for a feature on his involvement in the league, specifically with the York Revolution.

Ducks To Sign ML Vet: Shocking, I know. But sometime today or early next week, the Long Island Ducks are expected to announce the signing of a veteran left-handed pitcher who has been on seven MLB different teams in his career and was just in the show last season.

1:45 PM Update: John Halama is your guy. The 35-year-old Brooklyn native has pitched for the Astros, Mariners, A’s, Devil Rays, Red Sox, Nationals and Orioles. He was with Baltimore last season, going 3-1 with a 6.14 ERA in 17 games.

The Ducks still have a catcher with Triple-A experience to announce, but other than that things seem to be pretty much done as far as player signings go.

2:15 PM Update: The catcher Mike was talking about is Jared Price, who has experience in the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. He spent part of the last two seasons in Triple-A, mostly as a backup. – SS

Sierra To Return?: There’s a rumor going around Atlantic League circles that former Atlantic City Surf star Ruben Sierra may return to the league this year, and could be signed after Spring Training ends a few days into May. Stay tuned.

9:30 AM Update: I placed a call to the team Sierra is rumored to sign with (not that I’m entirely sure why I bother, considering the comments have been somewhat dead for a little bit) so hopefully I hear back from that team’s officials before the work day is over.

10:15 AM Update: I spoke to Ducks owner Frank Boulton regarding the Sierra situation, and he told me that there have been no conversations regarding Sierra, although he didn’t rule out a possible return by the slugger down the road.

Andrews Absence: Jason Guarente writes that P Clayton Andrews won’t be in Atlantic League Spring Training with Lancaster due to personal reasons. I spoke to Andrews this off-season and was really impressed by his attitude, so this is very disappointing. Hopefully, he can get everything straightened out and return to the team some time this year.

Free Bobby Brownlie: Ryan Dunleavy is reporting that the Bears are set to sign former Cubs super-prospect P Bobby Brownlie. Brownlie had several options, but joining the new edition of the Bears was apparently his prerogative.

His $2.5 million signing bonus is still the fifth highest the Cubs have ever awarded to any draft pick.

Although a Bear is technically better than a Cub, I’m sure he’d rather be in the Chicago organization than in the Atlantic League. Regardless, the Rutgers product is a great signing for Newark and will get them a lot of positive publicity.

MLB All-Star To Bridgeport: The Bridgeport Bluefish have signed former Major League All-Star 2B Junior Spivey for the 2007 season. Spivey has played for the Diamondbacks, Brewers and Nationals and was an NL All-Star in 2002 when he hit .301 with 16 home runs and 78 RBI.

Lockwood Returns to Somerset: OF Mike Lockwood is coming back to Somerset. After he left the team to go to Taiwan in 2006, he’s back for the 2007 season. It looks like Brett Jodie is really putting his stamp on the team, since players who left for Taiwan in the past were pretty much guaranteed to never come back.

He hit .336 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 36 games for Somerset last season, and is one of the best all-around players Somerset’s ever had.

The team is also in talks with former Orioles product and Immaculata (local HS) grad P Casey Cahill.

Brad King To Camden: Word out of Camden is that the Riversharks have signed C Brad King. Angel Pena will likely DH or play first, and Randy McGarvey will be the backup backstop. King played for Somerset in 2004, retired for 2005 but came back and played well for the Long Island Ducks in 2006.

Bear Tracks: I promised more info on the Bears signings from yesterday, so here it is.

All in all, they made three high quality acquisitions. Victor Rodriguez has proven year in and year out that he’s one of the best players the Atlantic League has to offer. Really, the only thing probably keeping him away from being a candidate to get signed is speed, which he has none of. He’s an average fielder, but he can hit for both average and power.

Joe Jiannetti, unfortunately of no relation to this guy, finished among the leaders in quite a few offensive categories for the Surf last season. However, what’s also unfortunate is that the Bears could be in a bit of a conundrum of Erick Almonte returns. Regardless, if he can replicate his 2006 campaign, he could be quite a find for the Bears…and perhaps a loss for the Ducks, who let him out of their grasp.

Jianetti is also on the verge of AL history, since he’s carrying a 25-game hitting streak into 2007.

Jeremy Hill went 5-3 with a 3.62 ERA last season in 56 appearances for Newark, and will be coming into camp in better shape than last year, according to someone who’s seen him throw this off-season. You’d have to think that he’d be a candidate to get picked up if he put together a solid first month or two.

Turay Going Greyhound: The Road Warriors have signed former Mets farmhand Alhaji Turay for the 2007 season. The 24-year-old outfielder spent six seasons in the New York organization, briefly reaching Double-A Binghamton last season. He is a career .249 hitter, with 41 home runs and 180 RBI in 1,388 at-bats. He appears to have slightly above average speed, with three seasons of double-digit steals.

Several people I’ve spoken to about Turay are excited about him, saying he’s got “good tools” and is an exciting player.

However, it’s probably a good thing the Road Warriors have few fans, since he’s apparently somewhat notorious for not acknowledging them. He was released by the Mets this spring, and had previously been sent home by the Mets during the 2002 season because of bad behavior.

Once the 70th overall pick of the 2001 draft, he now finds himself on what’s historically been one of the worst teams in all of professional baseball. This may sound silly, but he’s one of the higher profile players the Road Warriors have had in a while. Maybe he just got a bad rap though, so I’ve reached out to Joe Klein and hope to speak to Turay some time in the next few days.

If I base my opinions of players on what I see on the field, I can’t judge someone until I actually speak to them myself.

York Releases Revised Schedule: RE-SCHEDULED GAMES (All game times subject to change)

May 15 vs. Road Warriors (in Camden) 7:05 p.m.
May 16 vs. Road Warriors (in Camden) 1:05 p.m.
May 17 OFF (moved to July 10 in York)

May 21 OFF (moved to July 3 as part of DH in Long Island)
May 22 vs. Long Island (in Camden) 12:30 p.m.
May 23 vs. Long Island (in Camden) 5:05 p.m.

May 27 vs. Road Warriors (in Camden) 1:05 p.m.
May 28 vs. Road Warriors (in Camden) 1:05 p.m.
May 29 vs. Road Warriors (in Camden) 1:05 p.m.

June 5 OFF (moved to July 9 as part of DH in York)
June 6 OFF (moved to July 9 as part of DH in York)
June 7 vs. Road Warriors (in Camden) 1:05 p.m.

June 8 OFF (moved to June 10 as part of DH in Camden)
June 9 vs. Long Island (in Camden) 7:05 p.m.
June 10 Doubleheader vs. Long Island (in Camden) 11:05 a.m.

July 3 Doubleheader @ Long Island TBA

July 9 Split Doubleheader vs. Road Warriors Game 1 – 11:05 a.m.
at Sovereign Bank Stadium Game 2 – 7:05 p.m.

July 10 vs. Road Warriors at Sovereign Bank Stadium 7:05 p.m. – Mike Ashmore



1. Paul - April 21, 2007

Long Island’s certainly got some big name ballplayers this year. I wonder how well they’ll work out.

The Atlantic League website is reporting that the Patriots have signed OF Adrian Brown.

2. Brett - May 1, 2007

I was good friends with Alhaji Turay back when he was living in Washington. Haj is a guy who definitely can have an edge but he is a good guy once he trusts you. However, he doesn’t trust just anybody and he doesn’t know how to handle a lot of situations. If you get a chance to talk to him tell him Brett Jaime says hi. He is a phenomenal athlete. I hope he gets his act together.

3. Anonymous - February 14, 2008

I’m not sure who Brett Jaime is. I’ve never heard of him. I played sports with Alhaji growing up all through school. He has a bad attitude and always has, but great talent. The only way someone can change his attitude towards the media or the fans is if a coach, owner, or media personell becomes his best friend and influences him.
He has more than “above average speed”, especially for baseball (unless he lost some due to injuries). Hopefully his career flourishes.

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