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November 27, 2007 November 27, 2007

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Updates Coming: I’m in the process of contacting a few former Atlantic League players who have either signed or re-signed with organizations. I’ll make sure I pass along the info once I get it, so stay tuned for that.

UPDATED – Malek Press Release: One of those players I’m hoping to get a hold of is Bobby Malek, but in the meantime, here’s the Bridgeport Bluefish press release on his signing…

(PR) The Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League announced that former Bluefish outfielder Bobby Malek has been signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Malek joined the Bluefish at the beginning of the 2007 season where he played 122 games and finished with a .280 batting average, 81 runs, and 19 stolen bases. His most memorable game as a Bluefish came during the Atlantic League All-Star game and took home the All-Star game MVP award. Malek finished four-for-four with two singles, two home runs, and two stolen bases. He also scored three times in the game.

Bobby left his imprint in the Bluefish and Atlantic League record books in his one season. He tied the Bluefish record for most runs in a game with four and broke the Bluefish record and tied the Atlantic League record for most hits in a single game with six.

“Playing in Bridgeport last season gave me an opportunity to keep my career alive,” said Malek. “After having a successful 2007 season I look forward to the next step in achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a Major Leaguer.”

Malek was the Mets 2nd pick (4th round) of the 2002 June draft. Drafted out of Michigan, he was ranked as having the Best Outfield Arm in the system according to Baseball America for the 2004 season. In his 122 games in the outfield for the Bluefish he only recorded one error.

Mary-Jane Foster, CEO of the Bluefish said, “Bobby was a real asset for us last season. On the field Bobby gave his all every inning, every game. Off the field, he led by example and was a pleasure to work with and know. We wish him every success. He certainly deserves it.” (END PR)

Malek is one of a handful of players on last season’s Bluefish team who could make an impact in affiliated ball, it just appears he’s the first one to have actually been given that chance. Perhaps his story will finally wake up those few Atlantic Leaguers who avoid the All-Star Game every year, as there’s no doubt in my mind that his performance in that game played a large role in this end result.

Think about it, scouts can come and see the best players in the league all in one night in one game, and this guy goes 4-for-4 with two bombs in front of them. You can’t tell me that didn’t leave an impression. – Mike Ashmore

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