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May 16, 2007 May 16, 2007

Posted 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.


1. b-fish fan - May 16, 2007

attn in bpt last night 886.i think thats the record low.

2. Sharks52 - May 16, 2007

It was better than Campbell’s Field last night. 45 to see the Revolution play. At least they were selling hot dogs and soda. I’m going this afternoon and I warned my father we might be the only two there. There is virtually no advertisement that these games are going on in the area. I guess I can’t blame the Riversharks for not wanting the word to get out that there’s three dollar baseball being played.

3. jcb811 - May 16, 2007

Went to Newark last night for a 5:05pm game. There was about 200 people in the stands. Too bad, the weather was beautiful. Don’t know the logic behind the 5:05pm start….

4. b-fish fan - May 16, 2007

when bluefish sources are questioning BASA 10 games in. mgmt.might want to take another look at BASA.


5. BoosterBabe - May 16, 2007

Were you there last night, bfishfan?

Shoulda come by to say hello….

Heck, for all I know, you were sitting right in front of me and I wouldn’t have known it. šŸ™‚

6. Z - May 16, 2007

In Newark they think a 5:05 start will keep people who work in the city there….I used to work in Newark and I can tell you that people want to leave Newark as soon as they get out of work..

7. Radio guy - May 16, 2007

And for this the Surf are in the can-Am League? Now THERE’S a step up huh?

8. Sharks52 - May 16, 2007

20 people at the Revolution game today to see them win 3-2 in 12. We left in the eleventh because a severe thunderstorm was heading our way with about 10 other people so probably about 7 or 8 screaming fans where left when the Revolution won. The former major leaguers on the teams must really love this.

9. Voltaire - May 16, 2007

Woah. Quinten McCracken. I thought he was long gone.

10. Riggzy - May 16, 2007

I’m not feelin this new ownership of the bluefish…they hire BASA to do the baseball operations so it would “Cut Costs”,and so they could “Concentrate”on putting people in the seats…. 866 in the stands last night was pathetic..
I don’t see this franchise staying here for more than 2 more seasons..
and whats even more of a kick in the balls is atleast with charle dowd they had a good baseball guy,and he alone put some fans in the seats there..I actually know some former season tickets holders that did not renew there tickets because of the way Dowd was treated..and I know they thought Tommy John would maybe be a name and put people in the seats..lets face it .. the younger generation doesn’t even know who Tommy John was.. hey looks like he’s gonna need a walker to get to the mound soon..Terry Mcgriff(sorry if I mis-spelled his name)Should be the manager…and they should have a GM present also instead of Hiring from “LABOR READY”…its really getting shaky around here..so pretty much that tells me they pretty much don’t care who they sign just as long as the roster is full….I know its early and I sound real negative but it dosn’t
look too promising in Bridgeport…
God i hope i’m wrong….. peace..

11. Ryan - May 17, 2007

Please give the Revolution a bit of a break on the attendance front. We’re an expansion team that has yet to play a game in front of a home crowd. While there is a lot of excitement here in York for the team, until we get to see them here, not a lot of people are going to travel the three hours to go see them at a neutral site. I’m certainly one of their biggest fans and even I can’t justify that drive… well, if time and money weren’t a factor, I’d certainly be sitting right behind home plate. Factor in that the opposing team is the Road Warriors, a team that by definition has no home fans, then yeah, there are bound to be a ton of open seats.

The best barometer will be how this weekend’s series plays out against Lancaster. It’s less than a 45 minute drive, and like me (seriously, as much as I’ve written about this team and I’ve never seen one of them in person!) it will be York’s first exposure to the team. They’re giving out free t-shirts to Revs fans, presumably to help counter the ‘Stormers Red Alert, and that will probably help draw out fans.

I’m sorry for being so long winded, but I’m very passionate about this team, and I’m confident York is too. Their home opener is sold out, and most of the season ticket plans are too. York has been aching for baseball for a long time. Once the natives get a taste, you’ll all be shocked how dedicated the fan base will be.


12. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 17, 2007

First off, great job on the site…

I’m not criticizing Revolution fans for not coming to cames they might not even know about in Camden.

I’m being critical of the fact that this situation even had to happen in the first place.

The stadium had no chance of being ready on May 15th, and many people close to the situation will tell you the same thing about the June date.

If you knew that the stadium was this far behind — something that league officials never publicly conceded — then don’t schedule home games for the first half at all.

13. Ryan - May 17, 2007

Sorry if I came off hyper-defensive. I knew you weren’t being critical of the fans.

You’re absolutely right, and to be quite honest, much of York knew the May start date was bogus for a long, long time before the announcement. The winter we had delayed things, but I doubt we would have made the opener even with the snow.

If you compare pictures of construction now to the mock-ups of the way it is going to look when its done, (both are on the Revs’ site) it is clear that the park isn’t going to be finished for the home opener. However, they have stated that when play begins in June, it will be in an unfinished but functional park. I’ve personally talked to a handful of the construction workers, and they’re all positive that everything will be in place in time for June 15th. The seats are all already installed, it’s just going to be a matter of finishing the playing surface and making sure everything is up to code. I’m trying to stay cautiously optimistic about the whole situation even though looking at pictures of the park from last week makes me feel otherwise.

Thanks for the encouragement about the site. I don’t have the luxury of a press-pass anymore, so I’m struggling to maintain this without any direct access to the team or league. It’s a challenge, but it’s helping to ease the pain of my first spring in a while not working for a newspaper. šŸ™‚

14. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 17, 2007

I just am not sure I agree with playing games in a partially finished stadium when waiting another month (the second half starts 7/13) might allow things to progress enough to not make you feel like you’re watching a game in a construction site.

As for getting credentialed, I would assume that if you continue to maintain your site in a professional manner, you might be allowed access and be able to cover the team instead of follow it.

It isn’t the easiest thing in the world to get a hold of people in the Lancaster/York duo at times, but it’s worth a shot…

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