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September 2, 2007 September 2, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Live Updates From Newark: Take a Sunday off? Never! I’m in Newark, and I’ll have live updates throughout the day here. I spoke to manager Wayne Krenchicki before the game, and I might be able to get those quotes up later as well…

SCORE: 10-5 Bears, FINAL

Notes: Joey Gomes hit a long home run to left in the 2nd, driving in two…Jason Torres hit a line drive home run just over the left field wall in the 7th, driving in three…Gomes hit another two run shot to left in the eighth…Jared Price hit a two-run shot in the ninth…

Photo Fun In Newark:

Ducks starter Ed Yarnall

Bears starter Jeriome Robertson

Ducks good guy Pete Rose, Jr.

Bears reliever Jason DiAngelo

Bears infielder Javier Colina

Victor Rodriguez, Bears infielder

Reggie Taylor, a big favorite in Lancaster

Klein on Blanton – “He’s Gone”: You might recall that Daniel Blanton was one of the umpires involved in the Jose Offerman incident.

Well, Jim Seip noticed that Blanton wasn’t a part of the umpiring crew anymore. But it appears it nothing to do with the Offerman situation, and a lot to do with a few calls in a game between Lancaster and York.

When Seip asked Atlantic League Executive Director Joe Klein about the status of Blanton, Klein would only say “he’s gone.”

Check out Seip’s blog, The Lineup Card, for more on this…

Stanchak’s Take: The Atlantic League has been trying to get better umpiring in the league for years. In a poll among players I took a few years back, the umpiring was the most complained about.

The league getting rid of Daniel Blanton could only be seen as a move that was needed to be made. I’m sure many, many phone calls were made over his umpiring and it was obviously enough that Joe Klein felt he had to go.

While this could be taken as a good sign of the league enforcing a stricter policy, they blew the chance when a member of the York police force took the field as the third umpire.

I don’t know how long before the game this Blanton-let-go happened, but just because a guy enforces the law, doesn’t mean he can rule over baseball. Sure, he has some experience, but is he credited by the Atlantic League. In fact, what makes an Atlantic League umpire an Atlantic League umpire? If the players are already complaining about the umpiring, seeing a police officer commanding the left field line doesn’t help. – Scott Stanchak

Other York News: Jim Seip is also reporting that Revs reliever Jeff Farnsworth has been signed by the Boston Red Sox and assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Pawtucket lost several players to September call-ups, and Farnsworth is probably just filling a spot.

Double-A Portland is in an intense battle with New Hampshire for a playoff spot, and the Sea Dogs can’t afford to send players up.

Seip also writes that OF Jason Aspito is likely lost for the season after breaking a bone in his hand.

Stocker Called Up To Bigs: OF Mel Stocker, who played with the Long Island Ducks last season, has been called up to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Stocker started last season in spring training with the Road Warriors, but was quietly signed by the Ducks, where he flourished.

He hit .303 last season, good enough for sixth best in the league. His 56 steals were second only to Demetrius Heath.

With Double-A Huntsville this year, Stocker was hitting .255 with no home runs and 23 RBI in 112 games. He had 35 stolen bases as well.

Bears Updates: Just to update the Bears transactions from the other day, Donaldo Mendez left the team because of personal reasons. Jack Headley had been injured, was cleared by doctors, and was released after going back to California.

In other Bears news, OF Marcus Nettles has left the team in what is a somewhat crushing blow to their hopes in the playoffs. He’d really stepped up his play in the second half, but has returned to Miami to pursue his college degree.

Outside of that, you can expect a few other moves to be made over there. Stay tuned.

Ayala Likely To Be Suspended: Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News reports that Somerset Patriots INF/OF Elliott Ayala is likely to be suspended after “appearing to make contact” with an Atlantic League umpire following a controversial call in last night’s incredible 10-9 loss to Camden.

You might remember that Ayala was suspended by the Can-Am League last year for a similar incident.

Lancaster Signs Davis: Lancaster has somewhat inexplicably signed P Brendon Davis. Davis had a pretty unsuccessful run with the Newark Bears, and had been released by Camden earlier in the season as well.

Overall this year, he’s 0-5 with a 7.51 ERA. He’s walked more batters (44) than he’s struck out (27), has 12 wild pitches, and batters are hitting .316 off of him.

Safe to say it’s “wait ’til next year” in Lancaster.

Vroman Signs With Bluefish: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post writes that the Bridgeport Bluefish have signed OF Doug Vroman. Vroman, who attended a local high school, tried out for the team earlier this season, according to Elliott.

Elliott also writes that BASA’s Adam Gladstone is contact with two players from the Can-Am League, and hopes to have them join the team by Tuesday. If what I’ve been hearing is correct, one is an outfielder with some pop, although this particular player was rumored to be heading to another team in the league, one not in the same division.

There was a pitcher in that league who was also drawing some interest from teams in this league, but last word on him was that he wasn’t sure if he’d be coming over here.

Dicken Back To Camden: It looks like the Road Warriors have lost P Randy Dicken back to the Camden Riversharks. – Mike Ashmore



1. tteski - September 2, 2007

In regards to Blanton and the Beech/Offerman incident, I’m sure Joe Klein took the statements from Dan Wilson and Dave Perry with more weight since they are well respected veteran umpires than that of Blanton. If I recall it was Wilson who tossed Beech from the game.

2. RevsFan - September 2, 2007

Jim Seip’s blog continues to say “Whitman has worked for several years officiating minor league and college baseball games, and worked behind the plate last season for an Eastern League game featuring the Harrisburg Senators.”
So I could understand someone arguing that a York police officer might make calls favoring York but you can’t argue that he doesn’t have experience.

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