August 20, 2007 August 20, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
The Choice Was Obvious: They may call themselves the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, but it takes a lot more than professional players to actually be professional.
Is there any question that the league dropped the ball here? It’s not their fault that Offerman went nuts and started swinging his bat at Matt Beech and John Nathans, that much is obvious. It could have happened anywhere, it just so happened to be in this league.
But it seems like everything that should have happened after that hasn’t happened. People aren’t going to be satisfied with these indefinite or “when his legal procedings are over” suspensions, the latter one being far more ridiculous than the former.
Want to make this go away? Say he’s done for the season, and his status will be re-evaluated in the off-season. Say that you don’t want to associate yourself with him anymore and ban him for life. Do anything other than what you did.
The next statement on this, which will apparently come after Offerman’s arraignment on August 23rd or after his “legal procedings” are over, will be the third.
It only should have taken one.
Secondly, in our phone conversation, Tommy John said the Ducks were saying this was “just baseball.”
You have to hope that isn’t true. If baseball entails a grown man swinging a wooden bat at two other grown men, then baseball sucks.
I feel bad for the league that they got all this negative publicity that came with what happened, but they sure could have helped matters by handling this a lot better.
Todd Jones Thoughts On Offerman: Drumroll please…
After solving an issue with uploading audio to my laptop, here are the long awaited quotes from Detroit Tigers closer and Major League All-Star Todd Jones on the ugly incident involving Jose Offerman. I asked him about this in the visiting clubhouse of Yankee Stadium the other day…
“It sounds to me like it’s a little bit of unprofessionalism. Jose Offerman obviously lost his mind and snapped a little bit. He took a bat after the catcher and the pitcher. In the independent league, I wouldn’t think you’re trying to throw at somebody and hurt them. Jose probably got caught up in the moment, and I bet if he had it to do over again, he wouldn’t do it.”
Lost In The Shuffle…:…was Gary Knotts’ one-hitter against the Erie Seawolves on August 16th for the Reading Phillies, just his third start since being signed out of the Atlantic League. The Erie lineup included Cameron Maybin, who’s now patrolling the Detroit Tigers outfield.
When I spoke to Bears manager Wayne Krenchicki about which of his pitchers would be coming back for the playoffs, I asked him about Knotts, and Chick told me that he thought Knotts might get a shot in the big leagues. Seems to me there’s no reason to think otherwise…
Castillo To Taiwan: Jason Guarente reported in his most recent game thread that Road Warriors P Carlos Castillo is off to Taiwan.
Marcotte To Can-Am: Former Road Warriors P Trevor Marcotte has signed with the New Haven County Cutters of the Can-Am League.
Williams Traded: Former Lancaster OF Clyde Williams was traded from the Jackals of the Can-Am League back to the Surf, where he starred last year when the team was in the Atlantic League.
French Revolt: Former Somerset and Long Island OF Anton French was cut by the North Shore Spirit.
York’s Monkey, That Funky Monkey: MinorLeagueDugout.com has the York Revolution’s promotion with Jenga the monkey as their promotion of the day.- Mike Ashmore