May 16, 2007 May 16, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
45 People Watch Atlantic League Game: As if you needed another indication that York’s stadium delays have been a total disaster, take a look at the attendance from yesterday’s neutral-site game between York and the Road Warriors.
A whopping 45 people, less than one per section, came to Camden to watch the Revolution’s first “home game.”
Read more about it here.
I just wonder what they’ll do when/if the June deadline isn’t met.
Perisho, McCracken to Bridgeport: According to Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post, the Bridgeport Bluefish have agreed to terms with former Major Leaguers Quinton McCracken and Matt Perisho.
McCracken has played in 999 MLB games for the Rockies, Devil Rays, Twins, Diamondbacks, Mariners and Reds. The Q-man played in the 2002 NLDS for Arizona and was the first batter in Tampa Bay Devil Rays history, grounding out to short on March 31, 1998 against Detroit.
Perisho has pitched for the Angels, Rangers, Tigers, Marlins and Red Sox. He’s a reliever, which is really not an area the Bluefish needed a boost in according to Elliott’s article. Some players already appear to be grumbling about BASA, but I’m not sure if they’re misguided.
The Somerset Patriots, now a non-BASA team, also went down to 22 players for a brief amount of time, including just three legitimate starters. While reinforcements are on the way, you can’t just expect a player to be there the next day if there’s a hole.
Baez Picked Up: While some Atlantic League coaches and managers have gone on to successful affiliated ball careers, I’m not sure if a coach has ever been picked up during the season.
Such was the case yesterday, when the Long Island Ducks Kevin Baez was scooped up by the New York Mets. He’s headed to Port St. Lucie and will coach in the Mets organization this summer.
Where’s Wunsch?: I’d received a few e-mails about the whereabouts of P Kelly Wunsch, who had signed on to pitch for the Camden Riversharks this season. Well, you can stop checking the box scores for him, because the former big leaguer has called it a career.
About Erick Almonte Going To Newark: Nope, not gonna happen. Almonte has apparently inked a deal with the Detroit Tigers, as an “Erick Almonte” was at short today for the Double-A Erie Seawolves in their game against Trenton.
About Pat Mahomes Going To Bridgeport: Well, he isn’t. The former Long Island Ducks starter, who was “traded” to the Bluefish with Bucky Jacobsen for Edgardo Alfonzo this off-season, has signed with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association and made his debut last night for the team.
The ridiculous quote of the day award goes to their manager, Steve Shirley.
“I was impressed with what I saw out of him in his tryout, and think he will be a good addition to our pitching staff,” he said.
So a guy who goes 11-4 with a 3.87 ERA in the Atlantic League and has extensive Major League experience is forced to try out for the American Association? No, that’s not crazy at all…
Bausher Feature: You might remember that P Tim Bausher showed up to Somerset’s open tryout before the season started. He came, he pitched, and he left without as much as saying a word to anyone.
Team officials never heard back from his representatives, and he ended up signing with the Can-Am League’s Nashua Pride.
Well, he’s got plenty to say in this Tom King feature, including talking about why he didn’t sign in the Atlantic League.
Also, according to another King article, former Newark OF Nick Steppe is in Pride camp as a pitcher.
Correction: As has been pointed out by several people, Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate is now in Norfolk, not Ottawa. – Mike Ashmore
Photobook: Thanks to the Camden Rivershark’s Brian Radle for these photos of Denny Abreu and Ramon Nivar.