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July 27, 2007 July 27, 2007

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Ducks Sign Player I Haven’t Heard Of: In a shocking development, the Long Island Ducks have signed a player that not only doesn’t have Major League experience, but I’ve also never heard of him. This may be a first.

His name is Dionys Cesar, and he’s playing third base for the Ducks tonight. He’s had a fairly lengthy minor league career; playing in the A’s, Brewers, Reds, Expos and White Sox.

Turns out, this guy’s pretty good. He’s led the Mexican League in batting average and stolen bases. So really, I should have heard of him.

The move was necessitated by the team learning that Damian Rolls is out for the season with a tendon injury to his thumb.

Bobby Brownlie in his only start in Somerset (Ashmore)

Brownlie Talks About Getting Signed: When nearly a dozen players ducked out of the Atlantic League All-Star Game, nobody would have blamed Newark Bears P Bobby Brownlie if he joined them.

Instead, he told team officials that he’d be proud to represent the organization.

With his Atlantic League days behind him, it wouldn’t have been surprising if my phone call went into a black hole instead of his voice mail.

But Brownlie called me back, and he’s happy to be the newest member of the Double-A Akron Aeros.

“I have 25 new names to know, and they only have one,” joked Brownlie.

The former Cubs prospect got a call from his agent while in his hotel room in Camden, telling him that it looked like he’d be joining the Cleveland Indians organization. A few hours later, and the deal was done.

With as well as he’d been pitching, you’d think Brownlie might be surprised it took this long to get signed. Instead, he’s just surprised it was him.

“You see a lot of guys in the league that are throwing the ball really well, and they’re still sitting there,” said Brownlie, who was also heavily scouted by the New York Yankees.

He was coming off of what may have been his best start of the season, limiting the Bluefish to four hits and just one run over eight innings of work, striking out nine batters in the process.

“I feel like I’ve been throwing the ball as well as I have all season,” he said.

After an appearance in the Aeros bullpen, Brownlie is scheduled to make his debut in the rotation tomorrow night.

His status for the Bears postseason remains up in the air, as Brownlie is uncertain if his contract includes a Spring Training invite for 2008.

“I’m just trying to get back to where I used to be, I don’t want to just go back to organized ball just to do it,” he said.

The former Rutgers star said that the media attention has been relatively light compared to what he saw in Newark, which isn’t far from his hometown of Edison. Brownlie says he’s received a lot of calls from people covering the Atlantic League and from the area, but has only done one interview so far with his new team.

It seems safe to say that if Brownlie can get back to where he once was — and that’s one of the premier pitching prospects in the game — that the media will once again take notice.

Jason Shiell in his first Somerset start in 2006 (Ashmore)

Shiell Called Up: P Jason Shiell, who started his 2006 season with Somerset and was called up to the Atlanta Braves later that year, is getting another chance in the big leagues.

The Kansas City Royals purchased Shiell’s contract yesterday, and he’ll replace Scott Elarton on the roster.

“It was a big surprise,” Shiell told MLB.com about his call-up.

“I never thought it would be me. I have had a bumpy year and started to turn it around, but I didn’t think I had turned it around enough yet to be pitching well. I am grateful for the opportunity. It means everything.”

Peter Bergeron, signed by the Pirates (Ashmore)

Bergeron Signed: His batting average this season may be .273, but Peter Bergeron is a perfect 2-for-2 in the Atlantic League.

Bergeron first played in the Atlantic League in 2005, but was quickly signed by the Baltimore Orioles. After spending last season in the Phillies organization, Bergeron came back to the league this season and became the first player in York Revolution history.

Yesterday, Bergeron was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and was assigned to Double-A Altoona, meaning he’s been picked up both times he’s come to the Atlantic League.

Reggie Taylor, 2006 (Ashmore)

Taylor Returning To Lancaster: Jason Guarente is reporting that OF Reggie Taylor is returning to Lancaster. But is it too little too late?

Taylor, who was hitting .346 with 19 home runs and 79 RBI for Tabasco of the Mexican League, will clearly make a huge impact on the struggling squad, just as he did all of last season.

But is this a team worth saving? Just 14 games into the second half, Lancaster is already eight games behind York in the standings, with many games lost due to inconsistent pitching. As popular a move as it was, firing Frank Klebe clearly wasn’t the answer, and I’m not sure bringing Taylor back is either.

This team is probably two or three starters and an additional one or two bats away from putting up a legitimate second half fight, and they’re going to need a lot more than just one slugger.

For All The Charlie Hesseltine Fans: Apparently, he never left the Road Warriors and isn’t in Camden. If you check the league transactions page, you’ll see that it still says this move happened, but it apparently did not. If you can’t trust a page on the official league website, then what can you trust… – Mike Ashmore, mashmore98@gmail.com



1. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 27, 2007

So I’m still a little hung up on the Klebe firing — not that I think it was a bad move — and I was thinking I remembered another coach being canned.

Klebe, I think, is one of only two managers to be fired during a season, but I think a handful of coaches have been as well.

I pointed out that John Montefusco and Danny Perez had been fired by Somerset, but I seem to remember Jim Dedrick being canned by Bridgeport.

Anyone remember if this is true?

2. Voltaire - July 27, 2007

Well, if Lancaster is several pitchers and bats away, Taylor is a great first step.

3. Sharks52 - July 27, 2007

Any word on Angel Pena. Doesn’t seem to make much sense as he did have power and helped offensively. Was it a mutual thing or a money saving move?

4. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 27, 2007

Pena’s production tailed off big time, and considering he could only DH, he played his way out of a spot.

The last I heard, he’s pretty much done…

5. Jeff - July 27, 2007

Pena look overweight too. He looked liked he had hit the buffet line a few times since he was with the Sharks before.

6. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 27, 2007

Saying he was in bad shape is somewhat of an understatement, yes.

It’s actually somewhat amazing that he did as well as he did for as long as he did.

7. mnlem - July 27, 2007

York is off to a hell of a start for the second half. What has changed, they were such a lapdog in the first half. Just home cooking?

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 27, 2007

Smart roster moves and a fairly deep bench haven’t hurt…

9. jcb811 - July 27, 2007

Wasn’t Tommy Helms replaced by Mitch Williams as Surf manager earlier in this decade?

10. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 27, 2007

Yes, which I’m pretty sure I mentioned somewhere. 2002, I believe.

11. chuckerd58 - July 28, 2007

For the life of me,I do not understand what is up with the league’s website. Not only do they sometimes carry wrong information,but they leave it up for awhile. Also,and I know this is being picky,but they still have a picture of a Surf player on the top of the home page. Maybe they should change that to a York player. Just wondering.

12. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 28, 2007

Little known useless fact? I took that picture…

13. chuckerd58 - July 28, 2007

Which pic,the Surf player? And who is the player?

14. BoosterBabe - July 28, 2007

Jim Dedrick was most definitely fired late in the season. Late August or early September… 2005. But he was a pitching coach, not a manager.

Charlie Dowd fired him because I believe there was an incident with a fan. He had a heinous temper and a real potty mouth.I think tempers flared one too many times, someone’s kid got an earful and that was the end of him. BUt he was the pitching coach, not the manager.

15. KenD - July 28, 2007

I’ve ranted about the web site too many times. Just compare the AtL’s to the American Assoc or the Can Am site. Updated scores, webcast links and an up to date transaction page, not to mention game summaries are included on those sites. Hell, they even tell you when the game starts!

16. BoosterBabe - July 28, 2007

Wow!!! And is the start time right?
That truly is remarkable! (Yes, Ken, Sarcasm, but coming from the same side of the argument as you are!

17. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 28, 2007

Yup, the Surf shot. That’s Ryan Minor.

18. chuckerd58 - July 29, 2007

Ah Yea,I should have figured out that it was Ryan Minor,good photo

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