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October 8, 2007 October 8, 2007

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Barnstormers Make Big BASA Changes: Lancaster announcing today that Keith Lupton will be the team’s new Vice President of Baseball Operations. Lupton’s been in charge of helping assemble the club the past few years and will now lead the Barnstormer’s search for a new manager.

The club also announcing today that BASA is out and that the club will no longer be using their services. I wouldn’t be surprised to see other clubs dropping out of the BASA conglomerate, as well. Many Atlantic League clubs have expressed their dissatisfaction with the organization. – Scott Stanchak

York Makes Changes Too: In pretty much an identical press release, the York Revolution have announced that BASA is out for them as well.

But Adam Gladstone isn’t.

Gladstone was named York’s Head of Baseball Operations, and will work with second year manager Chris Hoiles to put together the Revolution.

What this means for BASA remains to be seen. Bridgeport and Camden also used their services last year, and Southern Maryland is expected to. But you might see BASA dissolve as a player procurement service, with people formerly under their employ doing the work on their own.

Second Annual Ashmore Awards: As most of you know, I cover the Somerset Patriots on a weekly basis for the Hunterdon County Democrat. Last year, I debuted my annual awards for the Patriots, and it’s back for a second season in 2007.

Here’s what you’ll see in the paper on Thursday…

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As Atlantic League stadiums host nothing more than a few stray birds, and the leaves on the surrounding trees start to turn color, it all can mean only one thing.

Yes Somerset Patriots fans, it’s time for the second annual Ashmore Awards.

Ashmore’s 2007 Patriots MVP: Elliott Ayala (INF/OF)

At the beginning of the season, you could have made a case that Ayala wasn’t even a lock to make the Opening Day roster.

Now that the year is over, it’s hard to make a case for anyone other than Ayala to be the Patriots Most Valuable Player for the 2007 campaign.

Many players had better numbers than Ayala — Mike Lockwood’s .278 average, 23 home runs and 92 RBI the most glaring of them all — but his versatility and consistent hitting made him stand out above the rest.

He played both corner outfield positions, as well as shortstop and third base. While he wasn’t spectacular defensively at any spot on the field, Patriots manager Sparky Lyle had confidence in him in the field, but it was his bat that kept him in the lineup this year.

Ayala hit .305, good for second best on the team, and hit a team leading .373 with runners on base.

Scott Stanchak’s Previous Winners: Kevin Dattola (2000), Michael Warner (2001), Will Pennyfeather (2002), Emiliano Escandon (2003), Victor Rodriguez (2004), Ryan Radmanovich (2005)

Ashmore’s Previous Winner: Ryan Radmanovich (2006)

Ashmore’s 2007 Sparky Lyle Award: Brian Adams

While last year’s Patriots had the best starting rotation that the Patriots skipper had ever seen, this year’s version may have had the best starter he’s ever had.

Adams threatened Denny Harriger’s league record of 17 wins in a season, but faltered late and settled for the franchise record of 15. He was named the Atlantic League’s Pitcher of the Year, didn’t lose at Commerce Bank Ballpark during the entire season, and gave Somerset their only win in the finals on three days rest.

There’s little doubt that Adams will be pitching in affiliated ball next season. But it’s amazing that he stayed for the entire season, considering the numbers he put up in the highly competitive independent league.

“Different people look for different things some times,” said Patriots pitching coach Brett Jodie.

“His highest level is Double-A, I guess you could look at that. It seems to me that if scouts would come out and see him throw, I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t sign after this year.”

Scott Stanchak’s Previous Winners: Ray Davis (2000), Robert Dodd (2001), Kirk Griffin (2002), Brett Jodie (2003), Cam Smith (2004), Mark DiFelice (2005)

Ashmore’s Previous Winner: Ben Crockett (2006)

Ashmore’s 2007 Keith Ramsey Award: Keith Ramsey (P)

Last season, this honor was simply known as the “Good Guy Award,” but it was named after last year’s winner, Keith Ramsey, for future seasons.

Turns out last year’s winner is this year’s winner as well.

After a short, unsuccessful stint in the Texas Rangers organization, the free spirited California native returned to the Patriots and didn’t quite put up the numbers he hoped for, posting a 6-9 record with a 4.63 ERA.

Always willing to make time for the media, Ramsey showed why the award was named after him — and also showed why he’s considered to be a great teammate — when he didn’t say a peep after receiving little run support in the regular season and didn’t throw a single pitch in the postseason.

“I’m a creature of habit, but I’d like to think I can flow a little bit,” said Ramsey of the latter decision.

“Kind of just ride whatever wave takes me and whatever direction, I’ll take it right or left. I’m not worried about it, just get me in there.”

Ashmore’s Previous Winner: Keith Ramsey (2006)

Todd Clears The Air: I know this is pretty old news to a lot of you, but Lancaster’s Jeremy Todd tries to clear the air on his controversial last days in a Barnstormers uniform over at his blog.

Note: All photos by Mike Ashmore – Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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