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August 7, 2007 August 7, 2007

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Headlines: Kinkade signed…Crudale Comes Back…Robertson Returning…Bonds hit 39 HR off of AL pitchers…Wise allowed 6 HR to Aaron…McGarvey close to leading league in batting…Colina going for Triple Crown…Castillo surprise leader in ERA race…Fun with stats…Graves is 34

Kinkade Signed By Yankees: Somerset Patriots INF Mike Kinkade has been signed by the New York Yankees organization and assigned to Double-A Trenton. He played in just six games with Somerset, hitting .350 with two RBI.

Crudale Coming Back: The Long Island Ducks have signed P Mike Crudale. Crudale had spent the past two seasons with the Ducks, and has big league time with the Cardinals.

Jeriome Robertson (Ashmore)

Robertson Returning: According to The Visalia Times-Delta, P Jeriome Robertson is returning to the Newark Bears. There’s also an interesting quote in the article about one of the teams he’s hoping to face in his return. Here’s a brief excerpt from the piece…

Newark already clinched a spot in the Atlantic League playoffs by winning the first-half title, and Robertson wants a chance to pitch against the Long Island Ducks.

Long Island features a potent lineup, featuring former major league players like Edgardo Alfonzo, Jose Offerman and Carl Everett.

“If we beat them and I pitch well, that should help turn some heads,” Robertson said.

The Bears play the Ducks nine more times this season.

Mirabal Out: Newark has officially lost their entire starting rotation. P Carlos Mirabal is out an undetermined amount of time with a knee injury suffered while pitching. The team is awaiting results of an MRI to determine the extent of the damage.

Donovan Osborne surrendered HR #307 to Barry Bonds (Ashmore)

Barry Bonds Atlantic League Home Run List: To expand on an idea first brought up in yesterday’s comments, here’s as complete of a list as I could come up with of pitchers who have pitched or are pitching in the Atlantic League that have been victimized by Barry Bonds…

Bold denotes the pitcher is currently in the AL.

10, 8/7/86, Expos, Bob Sebra, Three Rivers Stadium
110, 9/9/90, Expos, Mel Rojas, Three Rivers Stadium
161, 7/29/92, Cubs, Frank Castillo, Wrigley Field
234, 5/21/94, Cubs, Frank Castillo, Wrigley Field
239, 6/23/94, Reds, Johnny Ruffin, Riverfront Stadium
246, 7/15/94, Expos, Butch Henry, Olympic Stadium
252, 7/22/94, Mets, Jason Jacome, Shea Stadium
258, 8/3/94, Reds, John Roper, Candlestick Park
262, 5/17/95, Cubs, Kevin Foster, 3Com Park
267, 5/30/95, Expos, Butch Henry, Olympic Stadium
292, 9/28/95, Rockies, Bryan Rekar, Coors Field
295, 4/12/96, Cubs, Jaime Navarro, 3Com Park
297, 4/18/96, Cubs, Frank Castillo, Wrigley Field
298, 4/20/96, Cubs, Jim Bullinger, Wrigley Field
307, 5/9/96, Cardinals, Donovan Osborne, Busch Stadium
326, 8/18/96, Phillies, Matt Beech, Veterans Stadium

328, 9/2/96, Expos, Mark Leiter, Olympic Stadium
334, 9/20/96, Rockies, Mark Thompson, 3Com Park
339, 5/11/97, Cubs, Kevin Foster, 3Com Park
342, 5/26/97, Astros, Jose Lima, 3Com Park
354, 7/3/97, Athletics, Brad Rigby, 3Com Park
359, 7/22/97, Phillies, Matt Beech, 3Com Park
360, 7/23/97, Phillies, Mark Leiter, 3Com Park
363, 8/15/97, Expos, Mike Johnson, 3Com Park
366, 9/1/97, Athletics, T.J. Mathews, UMAX Coliseum
372, 9/22/97, Padres, Will Cunnane, Qualcomm Stadium
374, 9/26/97, Padres, Todd Erdos, 3Com Park
379, 4/26/98, Brewers, Jeff Juden, 3Com Park
415, 4/14/99, Astros, Jose Lima, 3Com Park
438, 8/30/99, Phillies, Robert Person, 3Com Park
472, 6/23/00, Astros, Jose Lima, Enron Field
532, 6/20/01, Padres, Rodney Myers, Qualcomm Stadium
542, 8/7/01, Reds, Danny Graves, Cinergy Field
544, 8/11/01, Cubs, Joe Borowski, Wrigley Field
574, 4/13/02, Brewers, Nelson Figueroa, Pacific Bell Park
599, 8/6/02, Cubs, Steve Smyth, Pacific Bell Park
613, 9/28/02, Astros, Jeriome Robertson, Pacific Bell Park
632, 6/15/03, Royals, Jose Lima, Kauffman Stadium
679, 7/1/04, Dodgers, Jose Lima, Dodger Stadium

So, assuming I didn’t miss any, 39 of Bonds’ 755 home runs have been hit off of pitchers with Atlantic League ties. Eight were off of pitchers still in the league, and three were off of pitchers after they were picked up out of the Atlantic League (Borowski and Lima).

How did Bonds do against Atlantic League pitchers?:

Bold denotes the player is still associated with the Atlantic League


John Halama, 3-for-7, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Jeff Juden, 3-for-10, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K
Calvin Maduro, 0-for-0, 2 BB
Scott Aldred, 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Butch Henry, 10-for-24, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
Brett Jodie, 0-for-3, 1 BB
T.J. Mathews, 2-for-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
Cory Bailey, 0-for-0, 1 BB
Kevin McGlinchy, 0-for-1, 1 K
Phil Norton, 0-for-0, 2 BB
Brian Reith, 0-for-0, 1 BB
Jeff Tabaka, 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Jim Bullinger, 4-for-11, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K
Robert Person, 5-for-12, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K
Kevin Foster, 5-for-22, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K
Jaime Navarro, 4-for-13, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K
John Roper, 2-for-7, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 BB
Johnny Ruffin, 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Mark Thompson, 2-for-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K
Joe Borowski, 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
Danny Graves, 4-for-7, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 1 K
Jeff Tam, 1-for-1, 1 BB
Kevin Walker, 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Matt Beech, 4-for-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB
Brian Boehringer, 0-for-2, 5 BB
Lance Davis, 2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Dwayne Henry, 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Bobby M. Jones, 0-for-2, 1 BB
Hector Mercado, 0-for-0, 1 BB
Frank Castillo, 7-for-30, 1 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 9 BB, 2 K
Brad Clontz, 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
Bryan Rekar, 4-for-9, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Bobby Chouinard, 2-for-4, 1 RBI
Reggie Harris, 1-for-1, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Brad Rigby, 2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
Terrell Wade, 4-for-7, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB
Ben Weber, 0-for-1
Wayne Franklin, 1-for-1
Pat Mahomes, 1-for-2, 1 BB
Donovan Osborne, 6-for-25, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K
Ken Ray, 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K
Mitch Williams, 1-for-13, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K
Pedro Borbon, 1-for-6, 1 3B, 1 BB, 3 K
Todd Erdos, 1-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Luther Hackman, 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
Mark Leiter, 3-for-10, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K
Jose Lima, 10-for-21, 1 3B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 11 BB, 0 K
Rodney Myers, 3-for-7, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jeriome Robertson, 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Allen Watson, 3-for-11, 1 RBI, 3 BB
Wayne Gomes, 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K
Rod Henderson, 0-for-1
Mike Oquist, 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
Steve Smyth, 2-for-2, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Kane Davis, 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Kirk Bullinger, 1-for-1
Mike Crudale, 0-for-0, 1 BB
John Riedling, 1-for-3, 1 BB
Jason Jacome, 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Damian Moss, 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB
Matt Perisho, 0-for-1, 1 RBI, 4 BB
Bryan Ward, 1-for-2
Mike Busby, 0-for-1
Will Cunnane, 5-for-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Bill Pulsipher, 2-for-9, 1 BB, 2 K
Bob Sebra, 8-for-24, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K
Gene Stechschulte, 0-for-0, 1 BB
John Rocker, 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K
Mel Rojas, 9-for-23, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K
Willie Banks, 0-for-1, 1 BB
Brandon Puffer, 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 BB
Jordan Zimmerman, 0-for-1, 1 K
Brian Tollberg, 1-for-4, 2 BB
Mike Johnson, 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Jason Simontacchi, 1-for-1, 2 BB

How did those with Atlantic League ties do against Hank Aaron?:

– Aaron went 1-for-6 with a home run (#754) and two strikeouts against Steve Foucault (for quotes from Fouc on the home run, see yesterday’s post)

– Aaron went 2-for-17 (.118) with five walks and three strikeouts against Tommy John. John did not allow an extra-base hit to Aaron.

– Aaron went 0-for-3 with a walk against Sparky Lyle

– Aaron went 0-for-1 off of Tippy Martinez, grounding out on 9/17/1975. In that game, Martinez was replaced by Lyle to face Aaron, with Lyle getting Aaron to ground into a double play.

– Aaron went 27-for-91 (.297) against Rick Wise, including six home runs. Wise walked him eight times (including two intentional walks) and struck him out ten times. Wise and Aaron were teammates in the 1973 MLB All-Star Game.

– Wise gave up #’s 465, 477, 487, 504, 643 and 645 to Aaron.

John Montefusco gave up #732 to Aaron.

Randy McGarvey is having a breakout year (Ashmore)

McGarvey Needs More Plate Appearances:

Dear baseball,

Just wanted to apologize for tearing the cover off of you lately.


Randy McGarvey
Camden Riversharks

Camden’s McGarvey should be leading the Atlantic League in batting average, considering he’s hitting an astounding .393 at the moment. However, 232 plate appearances are required to qualify, and he has 178 at-bats and 21 walks at the moment. Additionally, he has one sacrifice hit, two sacrifice flies and has been hit by a pitch three times.

McGarvey is also currently second among active league catchers in throwing out baserunners, with his 33.3% total second only to Newark’s John Pachot, who has thrown out a ridiculous 54.2% of attempted base stealers.

Javier Colina: Making a case for AL MVP (Ashmore)

Colina Going For Triple Crown: His .341 average puts him in fourth, his 20 home runs are second, and his 72 RBI lead the league. With that said, it seems very possible that Newark’s Javier Colina could make a legitimate run at the Triple Crown this year.

Jimmy Hurst is the only player in Atlantic League history to win the Triple Crown, an accomplishment that was rewarded by him receiving nothing from the league and a crown from the team’s fan club.

Carlos Castillo is 6-8 on a team that’s 26-61 (Ashmore)

Your ERA Leader Is…: With Gary Knotts, Andy Van Hekken and Bobby Brownlie all having left for one reason or another, the honor goes to none other than the Road Warriors Carlos Castillo, who has a 3.54 ERA in 104 innings pitched this season.

Castillo and Benito Baez are two Road Warriors who are frequently inquired about by the other seven teams in the league.

More Fun With Stats:

Victor Rodriguez leads the league in grounding into double plays with 15. He also has the longest active hitting streak, having hit in 18 straight games.

– Only L.J. Biernbaum had a longer one this season, putting together a 20-game streak.

– Victor’s is the second longest active streak in independent baseball, two games behind the 20-game streak put together by Josh Tranum, who plays for Alexandria of the South Coast League.

Nate Espy’s active streak of 34 consecutive games having reached base safely is the longest in the league this season.

– Kevin Haverbusch
leads the league in getting hit by a pitch with 15.

– Former Duck Doug Jennings is believed to hold the record with 40, set in 2004.

– After having not allowed a run in his first 17 contests on the road, Franklin Perez has allowed at least one in each of his last three outings away from Bridgeport, and in his last five overall.

– Believe it or not, the Road Warriors do lead the league in something…wins on the road. They have 26 victories overall (all on the road, of course), with Camden’s 24 holding down second place.

– Only one player has hit for the cycle this season, Newark’s Javier Colina.

David Housel leads the league in errors, committing 21 at the hot corner. Jay Caligiuri is a close second with 20, but two of those have come at second base and one has come at shortstop.

Brian Adams leads the league in wins with 11, but is also second in home runs allowed with 18. Carlos Mirabal is one ahead of him.

– In just 57.2 innings, Cody Harkcom leads the league in wild pitches with 13.

Brett Evert (14) and Sam Marsonek (12) are the only pitchers in the league with double-digit totals for hit batsmen.

– Bridgeport catchers (Aracena, Baez, Nathans, Rojas, Sanchez) have thrown out just 16 of 95 (16.8%) attempted base stealers.

Ray Navarrete and Damian Rolls, now out for the season, have played more positions in the field (six) than anyone in the league. Navarrete could be found everywhere but first base, catcher and pitcher. Rolls played everywhere but at catcher, shortstop and pitcher.

– Only two players, Lancaster’s Danny Gonzalez and Bridgeport’s Bobby Malek, have played in all of their team’s games.

Graves Turns 34: Happy birthday to Ducks P Danny Graves, who turns 34 today. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore98@gmail.com


1. BoosterBabe - August 7, 2007

Great update, Mike!
I forgot about Jose Lima. The rest of the guys I missed, I couldn’t even tell you what AL team they played for! I’m VERY Bridgeport-focused.

I enjoyed the overall list you put together as well. Interesting that Boehringer mostly walked him.

It’s amazing to me the kind of stats you can get, if you know where to look. You can look at every pitch a guy threw in the majors, if you wanted to. (What Sheryl does when the Bluefish have an off day and the Red Sox aren’t on tv…..Google baseball stats. Scary, scary stuff!)

2. Greazy Tony - August 7, 2007

Don’t forget one other AL tie to Aaron’s Big HR’s. Joe Ferguson was behind the plate for #715

3. Roadwarriorfan - August 7, 2007

Hey Mike just a little notice…Carlos Castillo is actually 7-8 with a 3.34 ERA. His last start (and victory) was initially credited to Alberto Castillo in one of those misidentifying mixups that keep occuring. Castillo on howesportsdata.com are updated but not yet on atlanticleague.com. Taking that start into account his is 3.34 after giving up 2 unearned runs in York in 6 innings of work (110.0 for the season).

4. tteski - August 7, 2007

Ducks resigned pitcher Mike Crudale today.

5. Voltaire - August 7, 2007

I had no idea my Tribe’s closer (Borowski) is a former AL-er. If it weren’t for the fact that he’s having a terrible season, I’d be much more fond of him now.

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