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February 26-27, 2008 February 27, 2008

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Castro’s Back In Black: The Newark Bears have announced that they’ve re-signed SS Ramon Castro.

Last year was somewhat of a mixed bag for the former big leaguer. Early in the season, he suffered what was thought to be a season ending injury to his Achilles tendon, but ultimately only ended up missing about a month of action.

He went on to light up the league to the tune of a .343 batting average, and will team up with Bobby Hill for a pretty mean middle of the infield.

If affiliated baseball continues to inexplicably ignore the Bears lineup, as they did last year, their competition could be in for another long season.

Barnstormers Bring Three Back: C Lance Burkhart, P Ross Peeples and OF Dominick Ambrosini have all been re-signed by the Lancaster Barnstormers.

Burkhart, a three-time ALPB All-Star, hit .275 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI last season.

Ambrosini, a former Duck, is still a legitimate possibility to be picked up by an organization at just 26 years old. He hit .316 with 19 home runs and 70 RBI, and may be one of the more underrated players in the league.

Peeples was 4-3 with a 4.27 ERA last year, and is the team’s all-time leader in games pitched with 94.

Riversharks Fan Fest and Open Tryout: The Camden Riversharks, South Jersey’s Home Team, will host Free Family Fanfest on April 6, beginning at 10 a.m. at Campbell’s Field. There’s going to be something for everyone to enjoy, and the event will give fans a chance to interact with Riversharks staff members and each other.

Team tryouts will take place throughout the day and will give fans a chance to see some of this year’s talent before the season starts. Players won’t be the only ones vying for a place on the field this season, though. The team is also holding open tryouts for anthem singers and performers.

Season ticket holders will have a chance to pick up their tickets all day at an exclusive reception with free food and an address from the team’s general manager, Adam Lorber, in the Bridge Suite.

Kids will enjoy the carousel, scavenger hunts, inflatables and Acme Funzone. The Riversharks mascots, Finley and Blueper, will be on hand to join in the fun. There will also be a chance to sign up for the 2008 Finley’s Fun Bunch presented by New York Life.

Concession and merchandise stands will be open for business, so Fanfest will be the perfect chance to try some of the new food and beverage options or get a hold of this year’s newest Riversharks gear.

There will also be raffles and information tables throughout the day and individual game tickets available through the Campbell’s Field box office.

Fielder Named Surf Manager: The last act of a desperate franchise or a smart baseball hire? Only time will tell whether the hiring of Cecil Fielder by the Atlantic City Surf will pay dividends for the club.

The former Atlantic League franchise made it official today, naming the former MLB slugger as their new skipper.

Things To Expect: I’ve reached out to the Bears PR staff in the hopes to speak to Bobby Hill, and am also hoping to have a chat with new Bluefish Director of Baseball Operations Mike Church some time this week. Also, I’ve contacted the Barnstormers to try to set something up with Dominick Ambrosini. – Mike Ashmore


1. Art Vandelay - February 27, 2008

Seeing as how Atlantic City’s average attendance was up over 10 percent in 2007 from their final season in the Atlantic League in 2006, it doesn’t look like they’re real “desperate.”

2. Mike - February 27, 2008

Yes, the attendance went up from a small number to a slightly larger number.

But the fact is they stll don’t draw, and need something to actually fill the ballpark instead of having three quarters of the place empty.

The front office has been incredibly shaky over the past few seasons, and those two things combined don’t make for a stable franchise.

You’re an architect, perhaps you can build them a ballpark that isn’t falling apart in ten years.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Surf organization and enjoyed my time covering games there…but there are a lot of things that need to be done to get that franchise where it needs to be.

Hiring Cecil Fielder may be a step in the right direction. Or it may not be.

That was my point.

3. Anonymous - February 27, 2008

Good point Mike…..And the Surf is now in a league that is weaker…They may need an architect to make the league sturdier…

4. Anonymous - February 28, 2008

Isn’t the whole stadium site the target of a new casino?

5. Anonymous - February 28, 2008

the stadium being torn down as well as bader field the airfield behind the stadium is all but a dead issue.i go to atleast 5 surf games a year.i was surprised last year they drew 2000+ to every game i was at.the can am summer season and less games might have saved them.not to mention that they are paying almost no rent to the city.unlike my bluefish who have the worst rent deal in minor league baseball history.speaking of the fish.mike would it kill anyone in the bpt front office to announce one signing of a player?p.s. to my fellow fish fan boosterbabe.if the rumor of paying 5 or 6 bucks to park is true i hope you will join me in ripping the city of bpt.for aiding in the total demise of bluefish baseball.

b-fish fan

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