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Ryan Schurman (Ashmore photo, 2006)

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly — Schurman Implicated: First, the good. Former Atlantic League pitcher Pat Daneker, who played for the Bears, Riversharks, Road Warriors and Patriots, has joined the New York Yankees organization. The former big leaguer will likely join the organization in a coaching capacity after spending last season in a similar role with the Northern League’s Calgary Vipers.

The bad? Two more players with Atlantic League ties has surfaced in recent performance-enhancing drug related documents, and this may be the most troubling yet for the league.

Long Island’s Pete Rose, Jr., who pleaded guilty to distributing GBL to teammates in 2005, has appeared in the recently unsealed affadavit of Kirk Radomsky, the former New York Mets clubhouse attendant. According to an ESPN.com report, “the affidavit says Radomski called Pete Rose Jr. numerous times in 2001,’which occurred during the time frame when Rose Jr. pleaded guilty to distributing performance-enhancing drugs.'”

Rose has also played for the Bridgeport Bluefish in the league.

Recently, his famous father, Pete Rose, stated during an interview that aired on Versus that he felt steroid users were making a “mockery” of the game and that if steroids were prevalent in his day, “I would have got 5,000 hits.”

Perhaps much more stunning is the inclusion of Ryan Schurman, who has pitched in the Atlantic League in each of the past seven seasons for Atlantic City, Bridgeport and Camden.

It is unclear in what context Schurman’s name is brought up, but the ESPN report reads as follows: “the only names that appear in the affidavit but not the Mitchell report are Ryan Schurman, who never rose above Double-A and since 2002 has only pitched in independent leagues…”

The ugly? The media’s portrayal of Rose. I’m not at all condoning what he allegedly did, but I will tell you that in all of my numerous personal experiences with Rose, he’s been one of the kindest and most helpful players in the league. He put together yet what’s likely his best season in the league this year, and while this latest black mark may put an end to his career, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see him return to the league next season.

Former Pride Pitcher Disgusted By Accusations: Former Nashua Pride P Brendan Donnelly, who as we reported was mentioned in the Mitchell Report, tells ESPN’s Peter Gammons that he was sick to his stomach when he saw he was mentioned.

“I haven’t slept since that came out,” Donnelly told Gammons. “I’m still sick.”

Watson Also Denies Claims: “I at no time over my professional baseball career used steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs. Not then, not now, not ever,” Allen Watson said Friday in a statement released by his agent, Tony Giordano.

Watson briefly appeared in a Ducks uniform in 2002. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail dot com

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Comments»

1. KenD - December 22, 2007

This is starting to be McCarthyism at its worst. (I may have just dated myself.)

2. www.BrickCityBruins.com - December 24, 2007

Not necessarily. I’m no history buff, but even I understand the analogy you used. And I happen to agree with you. With all the horrors in the world, our government is busy witch-hunting baseball players? I don’t like the idea of anyone using steroids, but there has got to be a better way to handle this whole thing. Where are our priorities, America?

3. bpcatch - December 26, 2007

Does anyone know if Rose, Jr. did actual jail time (not just house arrest)? Thought I remember reading that he was senteced to at least a month.


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