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May 5, 2007 May 5, 2007

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Top 10 Moments In Somerset Patriots History: I didn’t get to post this yesterday, but here’s my article from this week’s Hunterdon Democrat newspaper. It’s an article taking a look back at the Top 10 Moments in Somerset Patriots History.

Also, I’d like to say thank you to Mike for all of his really, really hard work regarding the Atlantic League preview. You won’t be able to find league-wide coverage like this anywhere so any feedback we’d love to hear.

Also #2: a lot of you have been posting about password problems. We have no control over that since we just use Blogger as our forum for getting you news the fastest and easiest way. Contact them and they’ll be able to help.

Also #3: thank you for all of the thousands of you for your support over the years. This was our 640th news posting since switching to Blogger and we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you again to all the fans, players, coaches, front office members and more who visit each and every day. – Scott Stanchak

Gary Knotts making his Atlantic League debut for the Bears tonight. (Photo: Ashmore)

Bluefish Sign Catcher: According to Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post, the Bluefish have signed C Fleming Baez to replace OF Jeremy Ware, who retired.

Also, the team is reportedly talking to OF Quinton McCracken and Danny Bautista.

Baez was going to be on York, but uhhh…yeah, that didn’t happen apparently.

Hall of Gone: The Somerset Patriots have lost OF Noah Hall just one day into the season. The New York Yankees have signed him and sent him to Double-A Trenton.

Lancaster Sets Atlantic League Attendance Record: 8,092 fans packed Clipper Magazine Stadium to watch the Barnstormers start their title defense with a 6-2 victory over the Road Warriors. That attendance figure is believed to be a new league record.

Jeremy Todd went yard in a 2-for-3 night, and Rob Henkel struck out seven in five innings for his first win of the year.

The Road Warriors used 18 players, with Chris Flinn lasting just 2.2 innings as their Opening Night starter. He walked five in the loss.

Benito Baez pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two.

As far as the attendance goes, Somerset held the old record with 8,062 — set on July 3, 2006 against those very same Road Warriors.

Turns out it wasn’t a real great day for the Patriots…

Patriots Lose, 1-0: It was as if the 2006 Patriots came back to play in the 2007 home opener. The faces were different, but the results were the same.

In the Patriots 61 losses last season, they scored 171 runs — an average of just 2.80 a game. It made the games very predictable, as Somerset seemed doomed if they couldn’t muster more than three runs.

Scoring zero runs, however, is something that no team can overcome no matter how good the pitching is, and that was very evident in the Patriots 1-0 loss to the Newark Bears on Friday night.

Dave Elder, who headed into Spring Training penciled in as the team’s closer, ended up taking the mound as the Opening Night starter. The former Indians hurler spun six masterful innings, allowing just a double to Bears second baseman Javier Colina.

But Newark starter Carlos Mirabal was up to the task as well, scattering four hits through five innings of work before giving way to former Yankees farmhand R.J. Swindle, one of two lefties in the Bears bullpen.

Brian Reith, scheduled to get the start against the Road Warriors in Somerset on Tuesday, relieved Elder in the seventh inning and gave up the only other hit of the game. Unfortunately, former Patriot Victor Rodriguez deposited it about 375 feet away, high off of the McDonald’s sign in left-center field.

Swindle got the win in relief, keeping Patriots batters off balance for an inning and a third with a combination of a virtually unhittable curveball that crosses the plate at around 60 miles per hour and a fastball that barely cracks 80.

Jason DiAngelo came in to shut the door, and he picked up his first save of the season.

Notes: Gary Knotts will face Andy Van Hekken today at 7:05. Bobby Brownlie will start the Bears home opener on Tuesday, and Jeremy Hill is beginning the season in the rotation as the team’s #5 starter. It is likely he will be skipped the first time around, so you may still see him come out of the pen. Joe Jiannetti strained an oblique muscle late in Bears Spring Training, and will miss the first few days of the season. I spoke to him before the game, and he hopes to return for Brownlie’s start on Tuesday.

The Patriots saw 7,132 fans pass through the turnstiles, a new home opener record for them.

Revs Lose Inaugural Game: Bridgeport silenced a lot of York’s supporters with a 15-8 stomping of the Revolution in the first game in their history.

Up 8-3, they gave up 12 unanswered runs in the sixth inning to take their first loss in franchise history. Matt Dryer was the star in the losing effort, going 2-for-4 with 4 RBI.

Jason Olson and Chris Cooper combined to allow nine runs (six earned) on seven hits in two thirds of an inning, with Cooper getting the loss. Kaz Tanaka also got in the game, but was unable to show off his marbles, going 0-for-1.

Garrett Berger, one of the best stories in the Atlantic League, worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish the game for Bridgeport.

On a side note, York’s jerseys are HORRENDOUS. There’s an inaugural game photo gallery here, and my eyes hurt from staring at them for too long.

Another thing that was horrendous based on those photos was the crowd. While there wasn’t an empty seat to be found in Somerset, there appear to be rather sparsely populated sections at Harbor Yard.

Quack, Quack, Quack, Mr. Ducksworth: Long Island beat Camden, 9-6, in front of 6,120 of the Flock.

Derek Wathan had a home run and RBI triple in the win for Long Island, and Pat Ahearne went 5.2 innings in the win.

Danny Graves allowed two unearned runs and walked two in a shaky ninth. Carl Everett had a fairly quiet night, going 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Justin Singleton went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the losing effort, the only Rivershark with multiple hits.

Wow, A Road Warriors Roster: I’ve slammed them to death over their handling of the Road Warriors in the past, so kudos to the Atlantic League for actually having a valid roster of the team available online. It doesn’t sound like a lot — but as someone who’s covered this league for five seasons now, it is.

Check it out here, but I will say that Enmanuel Ulloa, Kevin Mannix and Vito Chiaravolloti (who, according to a source, may be Italian) are some new names on there.

Actually, all jokes aside, Chiaravolloti was once a BIG prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays, the product of a 2003 season in which he won the New York-Penn League triple crown with a .351 batting average, 12 home runs and 67 RBI in 68 games.

However, he more or less forgot how to hit after 2004, struggling between Single-A and Double-A with the Blue Jays.

Will he be the next Mike Huggins?

Also, the league is selling Road Warriors hats and shirts on the main page of their official website. While I had to earn mine (via a tryout for the team last season) these guys deserve some fans, so it might be a worthy purchase.

Strong-Armed To Trenton: OF Jamal Strong, who agreed to terms with Camden before signing with the Yankees organization, has been sent down to Double-A Trenton.

In other Camden news, they signed C Ben Davis and also got INF Rene Aqueron, who signed with Lancaster this spring.

Davis, the former big league backstop, was in the lineup last night and went 0-for-4.

Three Comments: I write a 12,000 word preview yesterday, and I get three comments on it. Rather disappointing…

(Almost as humiliating as fishing for comments the next day. Almost.) – Mike Ashmore



1. jcb811 - May 5, 2007


Great work on the preview! I tried to leave a compliment but for some reason my password is giving me problems! (Seriously!)

Keep it up!

Jeff a/k/s Sumosid

2. SharkGirl - May 5, 2007

Mike, I have been having the same prob. as Sumosid w/my sign-on & password ever since the blog went non-anonymous. I don’t even know how many accounts I have now! I read your story right after you posted it as I am a night owl. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I wanted to be the first to send kudos to you but was tired of fighting the sign-on screen. I think it was one of the most informative pieces I have seen & I certainly appreciate all the hard work you put into it. I just wish I could have relayed that to you earlier. Next time if I have a prob., I will just e-mail you my comments. Keep it up-we would have no info. on the Atl. League if it wasn’t for you! Love ya!!!

3. rick.susanherrin - May 5, 2007

It was a great article…def a lot of time and effort put into it. I especially like the info on the bears, since the “local” paper (ledger) won’t give them any coverage

4. Voltaire - May 5, 2007

I read every word of your preview. I’m an Atlantic League fan stuck in north-central Ohio (expand westward, league! Please!) and I read this blog daily to stay up-to-date on the league news. It’s a spectacular site and all I could hope for.

And I agree that the York jerseys are hideous, but I will say that they look like an international jersey or something. They might not be as bad with a different font.

5. Sharks52 - May 5, 2007


I’ve tried to e-mail you on the password problem. I too must have about 5 accounts and it seems every time I try to log in it refuses my password and makes me get another account. This is why you’re getting so few comments on your work.

6. Radio guy - May 5, 2007

Great stuff Mike as always. Nice to se DiAngelo throwing well again. He had a nasty finger problem last season.

7. BoosterBabe - May 5, 2007

That’s weird…I have one account and I checked a box that said something to the effect of “Remain Logged In” (may not be the exact words, but that’s what it means) and I haven’t had a single problem once I got the account. I linked it to my “Boosterbabe” identity and it’s been fine.

I can post to any blogger.com blog as Boosterbabe without logging in again, from either my home or my work computer.

8. mnlem - May 5, 2007

The Patriots had great pitching and lose. Only one game but too much like last year for comfort.

I don’t comment a lot but trust me, I love this site. Keep up the great work fellows.

9. Paul - May 5, 2007

I appreciate the work that went into the League preview article… I enjoyed learning what happened to some of the League’s former players after they left.

I was at the Patriots game last night. I was impressed with the Bears… they look like they’ll actually be competitive this year.

I was less impressed with the Patriots’ hitting… they spent too much of the night swinging at first pitches… what’s wrong with working the count?

David Elder looked sharp, but the Bears hitters didn’t really go out of their way to make him work hard, either.

10. Paul - May 6, 2007

On tonight’s Patriots’ radio broadcast, Brian Bender is reporting that Patriots’ OF Noah Hall has signed with the Yankees organization.

11. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 6, 2007

‘Tis true. It’s been on the site since around 6PM or so under “Hall of Gone”

Nothing really imminent regarding a replacement…

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