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November 3, 2007 November 3, 2007

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Hobson Headed To “Undisclosed” Atlantic League Team: The Nashua Telegraph reports that Butch Hobson is officially out as the manager of the Nashua Pride, and will be heading to the Atlantic League to manage an undisclosed team. You can read more about it here,

“It’s time to move on,” Hobson told Telegraph beat writer Tom King.

“I’ve decided that (getting back to the majors) is what I want. I’ve been dickering here and there, but (managing) is all I know, it’s what I do and I think I’m pretty good at it. I think I’m going to have to go back to the Atlantic League to get back with an (affiliated) organization in some capacity.”

Inky Inks Deal: As for other rumored managerial candidates in the Atlantic League, you can cross Pete Incaviglia’s name off the list. He’s signed on to be the skipper of the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association. The AirHogs — and that just strikes me as a horrendous team name for whatever reason – are an expansion team.

Southern Maryland To Debut In Somerset: Just like Lancaster did in 2005, the Atlantic League’s newest franchise will make their debut in Bridgewater, NJ for the 2008 season.

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs make their debut on April 25th, when the Patriots host them in their home opener.

The Patriots will also be hosting the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game, with the date having been set for July 16th, a Wednesday.

Somerset is hard at work on another significant announcement, and is also expected to unveil the All-Star Game Logo in the near future. You can expect to see both of those news items here.

Almonte Re-Signs With Tigers: Erick Almonte, who spent all of 2006 with the Long Island Ducks, has re-signed with the Detroit Tigers after a successful season in the minors in 2007.

Almonte hit .293 with three home runs and 25 RBI in Double-A Erie before being called up to Triple-A Toledo in mid-July. While there, he continued to hit well, batting .276 with one home run and 19 RBI. Oddly enough, he hit .203 in 18 games at home and .344 in 20 road contests. – Mike Ashmore

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