September 12, 2007 September 12, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Hoiles Returning To Revolution Next Season: The York Revolution will keep manager Chris Hoiles around for the 2008 season. Hoiles, a former big leaguer with the Baltimore Orioles, has his team with an over .500 record in the second half. – Scott Stanchak
Brownlie Unlikely For Playoffs: I spoke to former Newark Bears P Bobby Brownlie today while I was in Trenton for the Eastern League playoffs. I’ll have quotes a little later, but Brownlie is optimistic that he’ll be in camp with the Indians next season, and thinks it’s unlikely he’ll be pitching for the Bears in the playoffs…although he was contacted by the team about just that.
Brownlie did say that he is hoping to be in Newark for the playoffs…he just won’t be in uniform.
Lyle Upset With Trade: Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News turned in this interesting article about Patriots manager Sparky Lyle’s thoughts on the recent trade between Bridgeport and Camden.
Both teams are operated by Baseball and Sports Associates (BASA). Bridgeport is miles away from the playoffs, while Camden has already locked up a spot.
Bridgeport sent former Major League starter Matt Beech to the Riversharks for Randy Dicken, a reliever with limited experience in the Blue Jays organization who was signed out of an open tryout this spring.
Both players have sub-par statistics this year, but according to the article and several unnamed sources of my own, the trade was made between both managers.
“I’ve absolutely got a problem with it,” Lyle told the paper.
“Here is a team (Bridgeport) who can’t win a game, and they’re trading one of their best starters.”
Why is Lyle mad? The Patriots will play the Riversharks in the playoffs, starting September 18th in Somerset.
The trade was also made under the premise that Tommy John wanted to see if Dicken could be a part of Bridgeport’s future.
Considering he’s 1-6 with an ERA over six, got shipped out to the Road Warriors and all Atlantic League players are signed to one year contracts, I’d tend to think it wouldn’t be that difficult to sign him for 2008 if you really wanted him.
As for Beech, he could get a start in this series. I’d have to assume that Greg Powell and Anthony Ferrari would be on the bump for the first two games. Then maybe Ryan Schurman or even Nate Buttenfield, but Beech is definitely in the mix.