August 29, 2007 August 29, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Larsen Fired For Racial Insult: In further proof that The Connecticut Post’s Rich Elliott is omniscient, he reports that Bridgeport GM Bill Larsen was fired after hurling a racial insult at a member of the grounds crew. In my opinion, that’s just as big of a story, if not bigger, than the Jose Offerman thing.
You can read the piece here, but you should be warned that the specific insult directed at the African-American member of the grounds crew is listed, and is pretty much disgusting.
According to the piece, Larsen fired the groundskeeper for leaving the ballpark on the job, although Bluefish CEO Mary Jane Foster says that he left to take care of his sister, who was ill.
In the process, according to Elliott, Larsen used the insult. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has become involved, and the groundskeeper has since gotten his job back. NAACP officials will meet with Foster on Friday, according to Elliott.
If people are going to make a big stink about Jose Offerman never being allowed to play again, you’ve got to take a similar stance on Bill Larsen ever working in baseball again.
This might be the final nail in the coffin in just a horrendous season in Bridgeport.
Nunez, Possibly Valentine Signed: You may have seen that I had this up for a grand total of about 10 minutes yesterday, but I’ll put it back up today. The Milwaukee Brewers have signed York’s Franklin Nunez and it was rumored but not confirmed that Long Island’s Joe Valentine was going with him.
But Nunez is definitely gone, and that’s a big blow for York. He was 1-0 with 12 saves and 2.76 ERA, and had also put together a string of 11 straight scoreless outings.
It was thought that Valentine had joined him in going to Triple-A Nashville, but that could not be confirmed.
Road Warriors Bring Back Martinez: The Road Warriors have brought back P Miguel Martinez. Martinez went 0-4 with a 7.66 ERA in 36 games for the team last season.
Yesterday’s News: It’s worth looking at, a lot of stuff happened. Bill Larsen was fired, Reggie Taylor was traded and Lincoln Mikkelsen was signed. – M. Ashmore