August 17, 2007 August 17, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Pictures From Yesterday: Here are a few shots from yesterday afternoon’s game in Newark…
Vito Chiaravolloti (All photos: Ashmore)
Offerman Update: As promised, here’s some reaction from around the league and elsewhere…
Bears manager Wayne Krenchicki: “I’m kind of surprised, for the fact that for the years he’s been in the league, I’ve always seen a guy out there on the field that’s pretty mild mannered, easy going, and seemed to be a real nice guy. For something like this to happen, you wonder what caused it. It’s a shame, I thought he was a nice guy…it’s a shame for the people he’s putting through this as well.”
“I think he should probably be suspended forever in this league. There’s been some other incidents that haven’t quite gotten to that level where there were some heavy suspensions and fines and stuff. I would imagine that if all those facts are true — if he struck the pitcher, and if he struck the catcher, and it seems like that was by accident — I would think he would be done in this league, but that’s not my call.”
Road Warriors coach D.J. Boston: “He isn’t that type of guy, he made a mistake. Things like that in the game happen. I don’t condone what he did, but he isn’t that type of person.”
“As a hitter, the only thing you got is the bat. When they’re throwing the ball at 99 miles per hour or whatever speed, things happen where you can get hurt. You’re just reacting with something you have in your hand. I don’t know if it was intentional or what, but it’s one of those situations where it probably got too far beyond what he was thinking about doing and by the time he got out there and realized, ‘What am I doing out here,’ by that time, it was probably too late.”
Road Warriors manager Jeff Scott recalls his involvement in a somewhat similar incident: “It was the bottom of the ninth inning of a game that was played in the old Western Carolina league, a precursor to the South Atlantic League. I was with the Asheville Tourists, which was the Texas farm club, I was the pitching coach. We were playing the Spartanburg Phillies. Tie game, bottom of the ninth, and George Bell comes up with a runner on first. He was sacrifice bunting, which in itself is a surprise, but he was a young player at the time. He squared around, and the ball ran in on him and clipped him on the arm. It was like third or fourth time we’d played them all year, there was no history, there was nothing.
“He just snapped. Charges the mound, put the bat over his head. Stephen Righetti, which is Dave Righetti’s older brother, was our third baseman. He ran in from third base, fortunately. Our pitcher was just standing there with a ‘I wasn’t trying to hit you intentionally’ look, but you can’t talk sense into a crazy person. Righetti tackled George. By tackling him, the bat went and that diffused the situation for the moment. Everybody held everybody, I had our pitcher, and one of their coaches had George.”
“But George still hadn’t had enough. We didn’t know it at that moment, but he hadn’t had enough. We thought everything was said and done, but he broke away and charged towards our pitcher, but didn’t get the pitcher and hit me right between the eyes with his fist. The bat was gone at this point. A tussle ensued and it was over with. We played them the next night, and needless to say George got hit by a pitch that night. He didn’t go to the mound. He started to, with the bat again. And then immediately, there were people involved and he dropped the bat and went to first base.”
That all happened in 1979. Scott went on to say that the pitcher who hit Bell was Gene Nelson. Ten years later, Nelson drilled Bell with a pitch in the big leagues, causing Bell to charge the mound and try to kick Nelson in the chest with his spikes.
Quotes from MLB All-Star Todd Jones shortly…
Moss Cut: Jason Guarente reported that Lancaster cut P Damian Moss before he ever pitched in a game for them. I’ll be curious to see if he resurfaces elsewhere…
This Sucks: Bears PR man Joe Montefusco becomes the fourth person to earn the “this sucks” treatment on this site. Joe worked his last game with the Newark Bears yesterday, and will be leaving to take a somewhat similar gig nearby. The Bears organization is well-run and well-liked, and Joe’s been a big part of that. He will be missed. – Mike Ashmore