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August 22, 2007 August 22, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Offerman’s Replacement Signed: The Long Island Ducks have signed INF Jose Leon to replace the disgraced INF Jose Offerman, whose court date has been pushed back by about a month. Under the assmption that the league sticks with the suspension lasting through those court proceedings, Offerman will not play again this year.

As for Leon, he is — of course — a former Major Leaguer. He spent parts of three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, appearing in 88 games.

About Sean Kramer: Yeah, the guy I wrote about yesterday and the guy they actually signed…two entirely different people.

Here’s the real guy, straight from the Bears press release…

Kramer, a native and resident of Albuquerque, NM, was selected in the 29th round of the 2002 draft by the Houston Astros. He reported to Tri-City of the New York-Penn League where he picked up two saves and struck out 31 batters in 21 appearances.

After a short stint in the Central League with Alexandria, Kramer pitched for Sioux City of the Northern League from 2004 through 2006. In 2005, he finished second in the league in saves with 20 and first in games finished (35). The following season he registered 15 saves and 32 games finished, finishing fifth in the league in both categories.

Kramer began the 2007 season in the Can-Am League with New Jersey and came to the Bears after pitching for Kansas City in the Northern League. In six appearances in Kansas City, he struck out five batters and held opponents to a .208 batting average.

Sorry for the error, the wrong guy was the one who came up on the Cube, so… – Mike Ashmore



1. KCO156 - August 23, 2007

I have been following the Offerman story on your blog. It seems to me that not only could he be subject to criminal charges depending on his resident status he could also be subjected to immigration issues. We have been watching the Bluefish and Ducks games to see how the teams are
reacting to one another but we have not see Offerman’s fellow countryman
Willis Otanez. Is he not playing any longer with Bridgeport?

2. BoosterBabe - August 23, 2007

Otanez played first base on Friday night vs. the Road Warriors. He went 0-4.

3. Radio guy - August 23, 2007

As outraged as everyone seems at the Offerman thing, there actually is a precendent for suspensions. Juan Marichal got 7 games and Bert Campaneris got 10. Fans may recall that Campaneris threw his bat at the pitcher during a playoff game and Marichal actually hit John Roseboro (catcher, Dodgers) with his bat. So don’t be surprised that Offerman gets somewhere bewteen 10-20 games, inclusive of his “suspension” this season. I don’t agree but that’s the guidleines that have been set.

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