July 10, 2007 July 10, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Games Taken Very Seriously: Hmmm, let’s check out yesterday’s box scores. Bridgeport’s Matt Beech played first base, Brandon Knight played right field in both games of a doubleheader for Somerset, and Camden’s Mark Ion played first base two days ago.
Somerset’s problems were caused by injuries, so I suppose they get a free pass. Not sure what was up with the other teams, but if you’re going to make teams make up games at the end of the year, there should at least be some sort of attempt made at legitimacy.
I don’t subscribe to the game that games like these don’t matter, they do. If a wild-card scenario presents itself in the playoffs, and you miss the postseason by a game, how do those games not matter?
Another question that can be raised is in regards to a team that is forced to do this due to injuries. In the list of ways to obtain a Road Warrior, as told me to be over the phone by Frank Boulton, I don’t recall there being any sort of emergency injury policy.
If you’re going to have a team like the Road Warriors, a developmental team that serves the other seven teams in the league, perhaps there should be some sort of contingency plan that a team can acquire a player from the team on an emergency basis so that situations like this are avoided. I’d like to think that league officials wouldn’t be happy to see pitchers playing the field, so maybe some sort of 72-hour “Rent A Road Warrior” plan could be implemented until the team can go out and make the necessary roster moves.
Of Freaking Course: According to The Macon Telegraph, P Bryce Florie turned down the offer from the Newark Bears.
The Music…OK, no…I refuse to call a professional sports team that…Macon (that’s better) team officials did not return a call for comment.
How Chris Wakeland Almost Died: Former Somerset Patriots and Camden Riversharks OF Chris Wakeland is the subject of this article in The Long Beach Press-Telegram, detailing how an intestinal problem nearly killed the former Detroit Tigers outfielder last year.
Home Run Derby Rosters Set: Jim Seip reports that the rosters for the Atlantic League All-Star Home Run Derby are set. Here they are…
Javier Colina (NWK)
Vito Chiaravolloti (RW)
Ray Navarrete (LI)
Jeremy Todd (LAN)
L.J. Biernbaum (CAM)
Mike Lockwood (SOM)
Ryan Dunleavy noted in his game story that Lockwood will be replaced by teammate Josh Pressley.
Seip also writes that Bluefish INF Junior Spivey is expected to play in the game.
I will not be attending the midsummer classic, but I will put my money on Biernbaum to win the Derby. As for the game itself, I’ll bet on “who cares” to win, with the South to place and the North to show. – Mike Ashmore