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February 29, 2008 February 29, 2008

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Bobby Hill Interview: If you missed Scott Stanchak’s cant-miss interview with Newark Bears 2B Bobby Hill yesterday, make sure you go here to check that out. Good stuff.

Also a late addition to the site yesterday were two new signings by the Camden Riversharks.

The Bears Other Bobby: You can’t help but to be happy for former Newark Bears P Bobby Brownlie, who combined with four other Washington Nationals pitchers in a shutout of Georgetown University yesterday.

The former Rutgers standout and Cubs draft pick pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, the only one of the five pitchers who didn’t allow a baserunner.

Daneker Assigned To Staten Island: A while back, we reported that former Atlantic League P Pat Daneker had been brought in by the New York Yankees organization. Yesterday, the Yankees assigned Daneker to be the pitching coach for their Staten Island affiliate in the short season A-Ball New York-Penn League. – Mike Ashmore

Welcome To New York Mr. Santana: Former Long Island Ducks outfielder Juan Gonzalez welcomed pitcher Johan Santana, who was making his first start, to the Mets today. Gonzalez homered and finished with three RBI. (Note: I caught some of the telecast and saw former Patriots catcher Robby Cancel running the bases after the game. He looks good. I see him in Triple-A with them to start the year.) – Scott Stanchak

Poll Results: Here are the results to the last poll, which had the question: “In light of recent events, do you think the AL does enough to prevent the use of steroids, HGH or other performance enhancing drugs?”

Yes – 14 (10%)
No – 54 (42%)
I Don’t Care – 20 (15%)
I Don’t Have Enough Info – 40 (31%)
Total Votes: 128

The new poll is only up for a week because we’ll try and get the interview with the player you would like to most see on here.



1. LIpaperlantern - February 29, 2008

its amazing how much info is wrong on the atlanticleague.com site under the post of what former players are in big league camp. They have E. Alfonzo (as well as his name spelled wrong) in the Mets camp! That website might as well just shut down…

2. Anonymous - March 1, 2008

i have a question may be someone can answer for me. Are the ducks bringing back Rob Cafiero? Even though he doesnt get alot of playing time he is one of my favorite players. whether he is pitching or playing first base. Plus he puts on an unbelievable show during BP.

3. Anonymous - March 1, 2008

The only Ducks that have signed so far are: Kevin Haverbusch, Estee Harris, Jamie Pogue, Ben Grezlovski, Dennis Donovan(infielder) and Jon Searles(pitcher).

4. Anonymous - March 1, 2008

Is Lyle definitely coming back as Somerset’s manager? I’d heard some talk, as I do every year, that he might be hanging it up and that Jodie would be moving up.

5. Mike - March 1, 2008

I’d like to see Cafiero come back. I know he’s spending a lot of time with his baseball academy, but he’s a really good guy and is a solid, local player who doesn’t cost the Ducks a lot of money.

The Sparky Lyle rumor is the same one I’ve heard every season since I started covering the team in 2003…and they were especially more prevelant at that time considering that a bigger name (John Montefusco) was behind him at the time.

There’s no reason for me to believe anything like that. As he does every off-season, I know he’s been in the office a few times, and if he were to have expressed an interest in stepping down, I’d like to think I’d have heard about it by now.

With that said, at some point, he is going to retire. I’ve always guessed that he’ll take in a role similar to what Bud Harrelson does in Long Island.

Considering the “name value” that was out there this off-season, I’d be surprised if Brett Jodie took over when that did happen.

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