August 13, 2007 August 13, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Patriots Card Set Giveaway: As I mentioned about a week ago, I’ve got an extra set of 2007 Somerset Patriots baseball cards to give away. Considering the first two cards in the set are Sparky Lyle and Brett Jodie, I thought I’d have this particular contest have a Yankees theme.
I’ve interviewed a little more than 300 players with Major League experience in my career. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of “Patriots cards,” and the person who can come closest to guessing the total amount of Yankees I’ve interviewed in my career wins the set.
The contest ends at the end of the month. In the event of a tie, the person who guesses the correct amount first will win.
Keep in mind I cover the Yankees Double-A affiliate, too…
Bridgeport Gets Bentz: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post is reporting that the Bridgeport Bluefish have signed P Chad Bentz. You might remember he was originally slated to come to Camden, but was released during Spring Training.
Bridgeport, of course, is done coming into Somerset this season, so I’ll have to head elsewhere to talk to him and/or be fortunate enough to see him pitch.
Bierbrodt Becomes 14th Bluefish Starter: Yesterday, Nick Bierbrodt became the 14th different starting pitcher used by the Bridgeport Bluefish, tying a league high.
He joins Pat Ahearne, Matt Beech, Garrett Berger, Brian Boehringer, Bryan Edwards, (the recently retired) Evan Fahrner, Eric Junge, Steven Kent, Jordan Pals, Matt Perisho, Mike Porzio, Justin Sturge and Manny Ulloa.
Camden has used 10, Lancaster has used 9, Long Island has used 9, Newark has used 12, the Road Warriors have used 11, Somerset has used 11 and York has also used 14.
How Would You Name An Award After Him?: York’s Nate Espy, has the Atlantic League’s longest active hitting streak (18) and longest streak of games having reached base (41).
Bladergroen Stepping Up: The Road Warriors Ian Bladergroen is right on Espy’s heels in the hitting streak department though, extending it to 17 games last night in Somerset. The former Brooklyn Cyclone has really stepped up his game lately, rebounding from a slow start to increase his average from .215 to .286 over the span of the streak.
In another Road Warriors note, Chris Eickhorst’s relief outing of 5.2 innings on Saturday was his third outing of three innings or more in his last four appearances, and also his fifth outing of three innings or longer this season.
Bridgeport Has The Fastest Man In Baseball: Well, at least according to his website. In one of those great Atlantic League “heeeeeeeey, that guy wasn’t on the roster the last time I looked here” moves, the Bluefish have apparently signed OF Josh Terrell. Terrell, who is the first player to come to the AL from the ill-fated New York State League, was 12 for 12 in steal attempts in that league.
Stat Of The Day: The Road Warriors and Lancaster Barnstormers have the exact same number of players with Major League experience with four.
The RW’s have Benito Baez, Carlos Castillo, Mike Garcia and Jeff Tam.
Lancaster has Chris Brock, Damian Moss, Felix Martinez and Eric Crozier.
However, Camden currently has the fewest amount of big leaguers in the league with just two; Craig Paquette and Anthony Ferrari.
Bridgeport has 7, Long Island has the most with 13, Newark has 7, Somerset has 9 and York has 6.
For all you math majors out there, that’s 52 players with MLB experience in all, and it’s very possible I missed one or two. For the record, 19 of those players are on BASA teams. 33 are not.
Worth Noting: Newark P Jeriome Robertson, who recently talked about how much he looked forward to facing the Ducks, was lit up by them on the island on Saturday. He allowed six runs on nine hits over five innings of work. He also gave up two home runs, but did not factor into the decision. – Mike Ashmore