October 1, 2007 – Thank You October 1, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Some updates news below at the bottom of the page… – MA
First and foremost, Mike and I would like to thank everyone for their widespread support over the past year. This was an unbelievable Atlantic League season for us and we couldn’t have done it without you.
In 2007, we saw the daily number of viewers coming to the site increase to close to a thousand, including more players, front office staff and fans. We also saw a nice increase in message board comments. I was confident that eliminating anonymous postings wouldn’t change the number of messages left and it hasn’t. It was done to give an identity to those who like to talk about Atlantic League baseball and now that is happening each and every day.
The main reason we started ALB several years ago was because there wasn’t one reliable news source to provide complete league coverage. I’d like think we’ve done a good job at successfully filling that void. Mike gets most of the credit for this year though. As I’ve moved on in many aspects of my career, Mike broke many big news stories in 2007 and provided great insight into the league. I’d like to thank him for his hard work.
Two things I have to mention: 1) Each time you visit the site, if you could click on the ad above, that would be awesome. We aren’t making any money off the site between web costs, travel and more, so that gives us a chance to possibly make back some of the money we put out. 2) I also added a donation button to the top right side of the site. This is for any of you who feel like giving back a little to your favorite Atlantic League web site.
Since I know Mike would like this thrown out there: Last year he ran several off-season chats between fans and players/coaches. If there are any players, coaches or front office members out there who would like to do one this year, hit up him or myself.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to let us know. You know where to find us. Again, thank you so much. – Scott Stanchak
Marlin Named Bluefish GM: The Bridgeport Bluefish didn’t waste much time replacing Bill Larsen, hiring former Nashua Pride GM Todd Marlin as their new general manager.
Marlin became the Pride’s GM in 2003 and was named Atlantic League Executive of the Year in 2005. Following the Pride’s departure from the Atlantic League, he joined the Can-Am League’s Worcester Tornadoes in the same capacity.
Strauss Thanks Fans: Make sure you check out the comments section, where long-time Atlantic Leaguer and fan favorite Brad Strauss thanks the fans for their support.
Other Bridgeport Related News: Jose Offerman pleaded not guilty a few days back on the charges related to the bat-swinging incident. This happened during the Championship Series, and appeared on the front page of ESPN.com, but I wanted the focus to be on baseball…not on this again.
Also, as you may have seen in the comments from a few days back, Bill Gonillo, the news director of News 12 in Connecticut, passed away. He was a big supporter of Bluefish baseball and ran many stories on them — he also shot the video of Offerman being led away from the stadium that was seen on pretty much every major news outlet.
Obviously this is sad news, and I should have reported it a little earlier, but I didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle of everything else that was going on. Certainly, this is important to a lot of people, and it deserves to get treated that way. – Mike Ashmore mashmore98 at gmail.com