May 29, 2007 May 29, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Trujillo Signs With Phillies: P J.J. Trujillo became the second member of the Newark Bears to sign with the Phillies organization, and third Atlantic Leaguer to do this season.
Trujillo joins ex-teammate R.J. Swindle and former Patriot Jason Anderson.
Trujillo, who will be sent to Double-A Reading, threw 13.1 scoreless innings for Newark, picking up one win and one save in the process. The opposition was held to a .093 batting average against him.
The success of the Bears is highly contingent on their pitching staff, and how they replace both Swindle and Trujillo may determine how far they go in the race for the first half title.
Offerman in 2003 (Photo: Ashmore)
Ducks Ink Offerman: The Long Island Ducks have agreed to terms with INF Jose Offerman. Offerman was rumored to be returning to the Bridgeport Bluefish last season, but that move never materialized.
Instead, he’s resurfaced with the Ducks this year. A two-time Major League All-Star, Offerman most recently reached the big leagues in 2005 with the Mets. He’s also played for the Dodgers, Royals, Red Sox, Mariners, Twins and Phillies.
Offerman did play for Bridgeport in 2003, hitting .295 with nine home runs and 60 RBI. If I remember correctly, he was selected to the All-Star Game but did not show.
In his Ducks debut, he went 1-for-5 as the DH.
Patriots Alums: A quick update on the players no longer with the 2007 edition of the Somerset Patriots…
Jason Anderson is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in five games for Ottawa of the Triple-A International League. His last two appearances have been starts — he went four innings in his first start and three in his second.
Dave Elder is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in six appearances (five in relief) for Laguna of the Mexican League. 18 of his 38 outs have come via the strikeout.
Anton French is hitting .222 after two games with Tijuana of the Mexican League. Both of his hits are doubles.
Noah Hall is hitting .272 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 21 games with Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League. He has a hit in eight of his last nine games in which he’s made a plate appearance.
Booth Ball: Here’s an article on how Jeremy Booth has been helping Sussex Skyhawks batters this season. Booth split time with the Bears and Patriots last season.
Norm!: It may have taken a while, but it sounds like OF Norm Hutchins has finally gotten his bat to come around for the Road Warriors.
The AL vet was the star in yesterday’s 10-3 win against York, with Hutch going 4-for-5 with two home runs (including a grand slam) and six RBI off of Revolution pitching.
Wait, That Kind Of Looks Like A Stadium: York has posted an update on the progress of the construction of their stadium. While you can actually tell that baseball is going to be played there now, there’s only about two weeks until they’re scheduled to open.
No idea when they intend on sodding the field, but I do remember Pat Ahearne telling me a funny story about being a part of the Trenton Thunder’s inaugural season in 1994…
“Well, that was pretty interesting, because it was obviously their first season. And our opener was something like the 13th of April, and we went up there on the 7th, drove down to the field, and they had the grandstands built and then dirt. They had no field, no outfield fences, no lights. And so in the span of about six days, they laid out a field, put up the outfield fences and rose the light standards. So what ended up happening was that you felt like you were playing baseball in the middle of a construction site at times. For example, in the bathrooms, the toilets didn’t have the little separators in them, so we went out underneath and found a piece of plywood and some cinderblocks and put them there and made a little makeshift wall so people didn’t have to watch you while you were doing your business. We had so many times where it drained and chunks of sod would just float away or our second baseman would go to his left to field a ground ball, come down on one knee and make the play and then pick up a two foot by two foot piece of sod and step on his divot like he had just taken a chunk out of the fairway or something. It was kind of an interesting season.
“The best part was on Opening Day, they really wanted it to happen, but it just wasn’t going to happen. The field wasn’t ready because it had just rained and the sod had been laid like two hours ago. We were kind of watching the festivities and the one lady, Christine Todd Whitman, she was the Governor, I think she autographed a baseball to be thrown out for the first pitch. And some guy jumped out of an airplane with the ball signed by the Governor in his hand, landed with his parachute and handed it to the local mayor or whatever to throw out the first pitch. So they had all these festivities, and everybody involved that had to play baseball was just looking at the field and going, ‘Uh-uh, no way.’
“I mean it was just muddy and sloshy, and the sod was just kind of floating around and we were just kind of waiting for them to call the game. So I walk down on the field, stood on the mound and looked at home plate, and took two big steps and then it was lined up. So home plate was over here somewhere and the mound was over there. So it was a work in progress, for pretty much the whole season I think. I went back there in ’99 I guess, maybe even a little later than that, and it was a lot better. It’s great now.”
Let’s hope something similar to that doesn’t happen in York this year.
Patriots To Give Kids The World: Bridgewater, NJ (PR) – The Three-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have partnered with Staybridge Suites to host Give Kids The World Day at Commerce Bank Ballpark on Sunday, June 3rd for the 1:35 pm game against the Newark Bears.
Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization in Kissimmee, FL that exists to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.
The game will include Patriots Legacy Baseball Card Strips for the first 2,000 fans in attendance courtesy of Staybridge Suites. The players featured on the Patriots Legacy cards are Mike Glavine and Kirk Griffin representing the 2002 season and Brett Jodie and Emiliano Escandon representing the 2003 season.
The event includes a special Star Wars theme that will include appearances by Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and several Storm Troopers for fans to take pictures with throughout the game.
All fans in attendance will be treated to a pre-game Autograph Session with all the Patriots players down on the field beginning at 12:30 pm. After the game, all kids will get to Run The Bases in the Diamond Derby.
Give Kids The World is a 70-acre, non-profit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses whose one wish is to visit Central Florida’s best-loved attractions. Give Kids The World Village partners with more than 250 wish-granting organizations from around the world who identify these special children and provide transportation to Orlando. With the help of many generous individuals and corporations, Give Kids The World Village then completes the wish with accommodations at its whimsical resort, attraction tickets and meals for a week-long, cost-free vacation. For more information, please visit the Give Kids The World web site at http://www.gktw.org. – Mike Ashmore