May 24, 2007 May 24, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Ducks Cut Two: P Pat Ahearne and OF Ron Acuna have been released by the Ducks. I know his numbers haven’t been all that great this year, but I hope somebody else gives Ahearne a shot. He’s a quality individual, and perhaps a change of scenery could do him some good.
Poof!: And for my next trick, I shall make a Major Leaguer appear. Such was the case for the York Revolution, who signed World Series Champion outfielder Danny Bautista with as little fanfare as is humanly possible.
The Dominican native is celebrating his 35th birthday today, and has played for the Tigers, Braves, Marlins and Diamondbacks. It is unknown if he’s played since 2004, as no stats can be found for him after that season.
Bautista went 7-for-12 in the 2001 World Series for Arizona, driving in seven runs en route to winning a championship ring.
The “if a tree falls in the forest, but nobody’s there to hear it, does it make a sound” approach to signing players in this league HAS TO STOP. If not for an eagle-eyed reader in yesterday’s comments, who knows when I would have found out about this.
Also, Jim Seip reports that York has “traded” INF Luis Lopez to Camden for future considerations.
He also points out the interesting nature of the deal, considering both teams are BASA staffed.
It isn’t the first time (see: Bryan Edwards from Camden to Bridgeport earlier this season) and it won’t the last, but it’ll always be questionable.
As I Said: It won’t be the last time. C Russ Cleveland was sent to Lancaster from York today. Certainly, that will do wonders to help that “War of the Roses” thing they’re trying to create.
Ramsey Returns: According to Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News, P Keith Ramsey is set to return to Somerset. I spoke to Ramsey about two weeks ago, and he indicated that a return was possible — but from talking to him, it didn’t really seem probable at that point in time.
The 2006 winner of the illustrious “Ashmore Good Guy Award” may be in uniform this weekend, according to Dunleavy.
This is an interesting move considering the current state of the pitching staff.
While the starting rotation has actually been fairly solid for the Patriots, the governor may be coming in to declare the bullpen a disaster area any day now.
In their last 17.1 innings, the bullpen has allowed 23 total runs.
As a result, there’s been a lot of speculation that you may see some moves sooner rather than later, but that’s not really being addressed by the Ramsey signing.
Bears Add an Armitage: The Newark Bears have signed South African native P Barry Armitage to a contract. He has Double-A experience in the Royals organization, and pitched in the World Baseball Classic for his home country.
Fish Lose Figueroa, York to lose Espy?: 3B Luis Figueroa, who had a league leading 25 RBI, has left for Mexico. Several other players are likely headed out as well, with York’s Nate Espy being rumored to be the next one out.
Why The Negativity?: As everybody knows by now, I not only cover the Atlantic League, but I do the Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League as well.
The attitude regarding the Atlantic League over there is far from positive, which isn’t so much from people on the staff, but the various writers who cover the team and cover big events such as the Roger Clemens start last night.
I generally find myself having to defend the league, but the same points are always raised that are virtually indefensible.
People complain about the same people owning multiple teams. They complain about the same people staffing multiple teams.
And how do I defend that? Those are all valid points.
The one thing I do choose to defend is the level of play, considering there are some who don’t even consider it professional baseball.
On the flip side, one thing that league does right is the handling of player moves. Obviously, player transactions in an affiliated league are followed far more closely than they are here.
But there are people who care about the on the field happenings of the Atlantic League, and a lot of those people are what have made this website as successful as its ultimately become. We are counted on to bring people all the latest news and transactions, and if teams choose not to publicize those moves — and yes, it’s generally the same teams every time — then I’m left to pulling out a Ouija board and trying to figure them out for myself.
Doing this for five years, I’ve built up a nice list of contacts. But there are still people around the league who don’t return phone calls or don’t return e-mails, so it isn’t like I don’t try to get the information in different ways.
I can understand not publicizing the fact that a player’s been released — which I can still be alerted to via a media advisory, which is different than a press release — but even if you sign a kid with 10 games of experience in rookie ball, there’s no reason not to promote it.
Teams in this league are frequently frustrated by the lack of media coverage they receive, but the majority of them certainly don’t help matters either.
Oh, by the way…Somerset Patriots alum Noah Hall hit the game-tying home run in the ninth and former Barnstormer Scott Patterson pitched a perfect tenth for the win last night in Trenton.
But no, keep slamming the league.
Rocket Landing: Yes, my little brush with greatness is over, so I’m back to covering the Atlantic League for the time being. Thanks to the handful of folks who e-mailed, congratulating me on asking Roger Clemens a question during his post-game press conference, which was telecast live on ESPNEWS. Just doing my job, but thanks…
About What I Said: It is possible to have perceived what I said in the previous news item as feeling like I’m above covering the league. Not true. I love covering this league, which should be somewhat obvious considering it literally wouldn’t be worth it if I didn’t.
It’s just that in having done this since 2003, there are some fairly constant sources of frustration that can make doing this far more difficult than it needs to be, and that’s the only point I was trying to make. – Mike Ashmore