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December 14, 2007 – Lipso Nava Talks December 14, 2007

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Nava Speaks: After a successful Atlantic League stint as a player and coach, Lipso Nava is moving on. The former Newark Bear, Camden Rivershark and Somerset Patriots has inked a deal to serve as hitting and first base coach for the San Francisco Giants Single-A club in Augusta.

I spoke with Lipso on Thursday and he said the offer came after someone came to Venezuela to see him.

“They heard I was in the Atlantic League with Wayne (Krenchicki) and they liked what they heard about me.”

While he doesn’t know who spoke to the Giants organization, he’s grateful for his time in the league.

“I thank the Atlantic League and John Brandt for being a classy guy. He’s the best. Also, Wayne Krenchicki, Victor Torres and (Steve) Foucault for giving me knowledge about the game and teaching me about work ethics.”

Nava says beginning his coaching career last season with the Bears made him look at the game from a different angle. It also taught him the ropes and a better understanding of players.

“It’s a humble experience. Hopefully I am on the right track to obtain my precious goal to make it to the show.”

He’s one step closer, that’s for sure.

Alfonzo Signs: The Texas Rangers signed former Long Island Ducks infielder Edgardo Alfonzo. Alfonzo was trying to get signed by the New York Mets, his former club, but that didn’t work out. I’m working to get in touch with him to talk about his new big-league deal. – Scott Stanchak

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1. tteski - December 15, 2007

This was posted on the Atlantic League web site:

FONZIE SIGNED BY RANGERS
2007 Ducks infielder inks deal with Texas
12/14/2007

(Central Islip, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2007) – Texas Rangers team officials today announced the signing of 2007 Long Island Ducks infielder Edgardo Alfonzo. The one-time Met fan favorite spent the entire 2007 season with the Ducks, batting .266 with 56 RBI and 23 doubles while playing shortstop and third base. The former MLB All-Star’s contract with Texas calls for up to $650,000 in 2008 if all incentives are reached.

“We’re very happy for Edgardo. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy,” says Ducks principal owner Frank Boulton. “It’s very gratifying for the Atlantic League to give another player the opportunity to return to the big leagues and we wish Fonzie the best of luck in Texas.”

Alfonzo played in 105 of the Ducks’ 126 regular season games and both of the club’s playoff games in 2007. He displayed patience at the plate, accumulating 45 walks against only 32 strikeouts, and his knack for getting the big hit, homering in the Long Island’s first playoff game against Newark. Alfonzo also showcased the solid defense that he has been lauded for throughout his career.

One of New York baseball’s all-time most popular players, Alfonzo made his Major League debut with the New York Mets in 1995 and became an instant contributor and fan favorite, earning both the cheers of the Shea Stadium crowds and a permanent role as the Mets third baseman by 1997. Edgardo posted career numbers in 2000, batting .324 with 25 homers, 40 doubles and 94 RBI. His efforts helped lead the Mets to the 2000 National League Pennant. The Venezuela native has a career .284 batting average in 1,506 major league games. His postseason numbers boast a .299 average with 22 RBI in 28 playoff contests.

2. tteski - December 15, 2007

This was also posted on the Atlantic League web site:

Atlantic League Hosts First Ever West Coast Tryout Camp
12/11/2007

The Atlantic League today announced that it will hold its first ever West Coast tryout camp on January 11, 12 and 13, 2008, at the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Arizona.

This first ever camp will be followed by the Atlantic League’s annual tryout camp on February 1, 2 and 3, 2008, at the Detroit Tigertown Complex in Lakeland Florida, the Atlantic League’s spring training site.

3. Fausto Gabon - December 15, 2007

Ahh, the Ducks PR office is heard from.
Where’s Offie’s roid rage defense? Apologist.

4. tteski - December 15, 2007

FYI fausto—Neither of those press releases were on the Ducks web site nor were they sent out on the Ducks e-mail list. I saw them on the Atlantic League web site and figured I pass them along. Your comments were uncalled for.

5. snynault - December 15, 2007

actually, the texas rangers announced the signing, not the “Ducks PR office”, but I guess anything to get a shot in…also, fyi, it’s spelled with a “Z” scott…Alfonzo.

6. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - December 16, 2007

Thanks.


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