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August 21, 2007 August 21, 2007

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Josh Stevens VS.

Brian Adams

Pick Your Own Section Night: Actually, it’s “Guilty Pleasure Night” at Somerset. There are maybe 18 people here for the first game, and that’s a shame, because this will be one of the better pitching matchups you’ll see in this league…

UPDATED: Patriots win 3-0 in game one. Adams gets his 13th win, setting a single-season team record. Stevens goes six innings for a complete game loss.

Further Suspensions Announced: The Atlantic League has announced that Bridgeport P Matt Beech and Long Island C Jared Price have been suspended three and two games, respectively.

Hardly unexpected.

The pitcher involved in a benches-clearing incident is frequently suspended, and it’s hardly a big deal considering he’s a starter and will not miss an outing.

Whether your opinion is that it’s fair or unfair, understand that it has absolutely, positively no effect on anything other than Beech’s wallet.

What you should know, however, is that a league memo is posted in clubhouses around the league stating the fines and other consequences from being involved in a physical incident. With that said, there may have been more of a fine for Beech and Price than just the corresponding amount of games they’ll miss.

UPDATED: People often get buried in the sand on the beach. Jared Price, however, was suspended for two games for burying Matt Beech into the ground, tackling him during the Jose Offerman scuffle. So, for those wondering why Price was suspended, that’s why.

Other ideas for the joke in that story involved “The Price Is Right,” “Life’s a Beech” and something involving ESPN’s “Jacked Up” segment.

Camden Additions: In about ten days, Camden’s going to make some additions to their roster. Stay tuned for some familiar faces…

Baker Coming For NFL Night: Stephen Baker the Touchdown Maker will be making an appearance in Somerset in tomorrow as part of NFL Night. Baker played on the 1990 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.

Hope he likes my Walter Payton jersey…

Seinfeld Night, Part Two: On May 19th, the Newark Bears held “Seinfeld Night.”

Now, they’ve signed Kramer.

P Sean Kramer, that is.

Kramer is a Yankees draft pick who spent one season in their organization, pitching in 12 games for Single-A Staten Island in 2004.

In 2005, he played for New Haven of the Can-Am League, and has split this season between the American Association, the Can-Am League and Northern League.

He’s a 24-year-old lefty who attended Iona. He’ll also get stuck with the nickname of “Cosmo” in the Atlantic League video game.

Lockwood Locked Out: The Camden Riversharks have parted ways with P Luke Lockwood. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


1. BoosterBabe - August 21, 2007

What about the pitcher who hit Caliguiri tonight with a pitch?

Is he getting fined and suspended?

Oh wait…the pitcher plays for LI. Never mind.

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 21, 2007

Not a fair statement.

If Caliguiri went nuts and charged the mound and tried to kick their pitcher’s ass, and if the pitch was deemed intentional, you better believe that Ducks pitcher would get a suspension.

It has nothing to do with getting hit by a pitch, it has to do with what that causes.

If the batter trots to first, who cares?

If he charges the mound, you’re going to see stuff like that, regardless of what team is involved.

3. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 21, 2007

What you might not see, however, is any sort of public statement or acknowledgement that players were suspended.

The fact that this is a high-profile situation is likely what led to this being announced.

4. BoosterBabe - August 21, 2007

Caliguiri reacts like a civilized human being, realizing getting hit by a pitch is part of the game, and takes his base. No disciplinary action against the pitcher.

Offerman gets hit, reacts like a deranged animal, causing broken bones and concussions….and the PITCHER gets a 3 days suspension and a fine.

From what I heard (and I got this from a friend who was there, I couldn’t hear it) Caliguiri was hit HARD. Much harder than Offerman was hit.

This is bulls**t.

5. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 21, 2007

You seem to have glossed over the fact that Offerman did face some serious reprocussions from this.

He was arrested, will be in court on Thursday, and hasn’t set foot on an Atlantic League field ever since.

If you suspended a pitcher every time he hit a batter, there wouldn’t be any left.

6. BoosterBabe - August 21, 2007

Offerman should face serious repercussions.
He tried to kill Matt Beech and nearly killed John Nathans in the process.

All Beech did was throw the ball, as he is paid to do. The pitch got away from him, hit JO in the leg, and he reacted like a deranged animal, swinging to kill.

Beech is the victim here. Nathans even more so.

Why did Price get suspended? What was his role in all of this?

7. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 21, 2007

You’re right. Offerman should face serious reprocussions. He has, and he likely will continue to do so.

As for Price, I heard something second hand on that, but I don’t want to report it as if it’s my own.

If somebody here doesn’t come up with it, I’ll confirm it early tomorrow…

8. tteski - August 21, 2007

Boosterbabe writes –“What about the pitcher who hit Caliguiri tonight with a pitch?

Is he getting fined and suspended?

Oh wait…the pitcher plays for LI. Never mind.”

Ah, here comes that conspiracy theory again and how everyone is against the Bluefish. Even the Ducks webcasting is against boosterbabe and won’t let her listen to the game.

In regards to the crowd’s reaction to the Fish, there was none. We were so hospitable we even spotted the Fish 4 runs in the first inning.

Also, the Bluefish did not incur one hit-by-pitch tonight. They were hit twice (Caliguiri in the 3rd and in the 6th also).

9. tteski - August 21, 2007

In regards to Nathans being the victim, there seems to be a large black cloud hovering overhead in regards to him being hit. In looking at the still pictures from the Conn. Post, there isn’t one that shows him being hit in the head. Secondly, if you have a concussion you normally vomit and not have the “dry heaves” (like one might have if one were to swallow their chew). Thirdly, if you have a concussion that causes you to pass out in the dugout and you are taken to the hospital in an ambulance, you are kept in the hospital overnight for observation, not released in one hour.

10. baseballhopeful - August 21, 2007

are you a docto tteski? people react different to concussions. why would a hospital take up space if not needed? unless the mri showed a cause, you would be released from the hospital with at home instructions.
hospitals don’t keep people — you get sent home the same day for many surgerys.
There does need to be some set standards for situations — in baseball after 3 strikes you are out, 4 balls you walk, hit by pitch gets a base; so makes some other rules too.

11. tteski - August 21, 2007

What I’m saying is, that if you were hit in the head and it caused you to pass out (like they claim Nathans did in the dugout), it seems very odd that the hospital would release you in one hour and then you are back at the ballpark fielding media questions. Especially when the photos show no such contact had been made by Offerman to Nathans head with the bat.

12. baseballhopeful - August 21, 2007

I watched the frame by frame pictures/video and I do believe the bat came down on the back of Nathans head — I don’t think it was a purposefully swing. But I think he got hit. And I know from experience that the hospitals do send you home. Some people do not get to the hospital immediately, and some never go — that doesn’t mean they do not have a concussion.
To say that one team or player is getting preferred treatment just fuels the situation.

13. BoosterBabe - August 21, 2007

Mike. Please don’t take this as nit-picking. Please accept this as gentle educating. You’re a journalist. Words are the tools of your trade. So in that spirit:

The word is repercussions.
Not reprocussions.

14. tteski - August 21, 2007

Hopeful–if you saw the bat hit his head in those pictures, let me know what # picture you see it in. Everyone I have talked to that has seen those pictures says that they do not see him getting hit.

15. son30q - August 21, 2007

Well Boosterbabe, you asked for an account of what happened at last nights game. I was there and I have to say everything was the same as it usually was. The players were the same sociable group on the field and off. There is no animosity here on Long Island and I can’t understand why you would think there would be. I happened to be one of the Ducks Fans that visited your ball park that Thursday evening after the “incident” and I was not received very warmly by any of the fans there.
As a matter of fact one of your very famous fans who usually greets me with a huge hug both at your park and mine, totally ignored me!! One of your fans also tried to get us involved in an argument about the whole thing but you know what, the bunch of us just laughed and walked away. As we were leaving your ball park we were greeted by six police officers, now that’s warm, who asked us if we were going directly to the ferry! Hmmmm, interesting. The funny part was, that after the Ducks fans had descended down the stairs the police made a comment as to whether there were any Bluefish fans in the park that night.So Boosterbabe, go back to baking your brownies and cookies and let this fall by the wayside as it did in the past two incidents involving both our teams.
Gee, I hope I spelled everything right!

16. john from long island - August 21, 2007

Interesting choice of words:

From LI Ducks Webbed News – Monday, August 20, 2007
(Offical weekly email to Duck fans from the Long Island Ducks)

TRANSACTIONS – OF Estee Harris recalled and activated, Aug. 7…IF Jose Offerman deleted, Aug. 15.

Deleted…what a way to go.

17. Z - August 21, 2007

Deleted???? That’s a new one….and it sounds pretty much final….

18. john from long island - August 22, 2007

From newsday.com

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Associated press Writer
5:59 PM EDT, August 21, 2007

“Offerman was originally due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Thursday. His appearance was continued until Sept. 24.”

Sept 24 after the season is over……mmmmmmm…..i wonder why…..

19. BoosterBabe - August 22, 2007

Doesn’t matter, JO’s season ended on 8/14. He was suspended pending resolution of the legal proceedings, per the League.

It’s likely just that his lawyer requested a continuance to gather facts and interview witnesses.

Lawyer prob asked for a 4 week continuance. Next available court date was that Monday. Also, more than 6 weeks after the incident, the media circus will have died down, emotions will have calmed down. It’s not uncommon a tactic.

20. john from long island - August 22, 2007

oh do you really think so bb?

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