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Fish Add More To Pond: The Bridgeport Bluefish made a deal to acquire infielder Jake Daubert from the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association.
Daubert has two seasons of Single-A experience with the Seattle Mariners organization. Outside of that, he’s spent the rest of his career in indy ball, hitting around .290 each year playing both second base and first base. – Scott Stanchak
Radmanovich Leads Canada To Olympics: Former Somerset Patriots OF Ryan Radmanovich has helped Team Canada to a berth in the 2008 Olympics.
No word on where Radmanovich will be playing in 2008, or if he’ll be playing, but whatever team signs him would lose him for a few weeks just like the Patriots did back in 2004 when he played in the Olympics that year.
Former Bears and Revolution P Barry Armitage also pitched in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, getting three starts in the tournament for South Africa.
That’s Enough, Joe Borowski: It seems like every opportunity he gets, former Newark Bears pitcher Joe Borowski likes to badmouth the Atlantic League. He did it with me in 2005, and has done it again. This time, it’s in the News Herald.
“It was the worst experience of my life,” he told the paper.
“I didn’t care if I pitched good or bad, didn’t care if I was late to games or not. It was like playing American Legion ball or like playing on the sandlots every Saturday with your friends, and a keg of beer in the dugout. I lost all my fire.”
Appearing in 28 games in 2000 for the Bears, Borowski went 6-3 with a 5.50 ERA
If the Atlantic League were smart, they’d disassociate themselves with Borowski entirely.
People who have no idea what the Atlantic League is are going to assume that’s the kind of league it is now, and that’s not the case. I think it tells you all you need to know that he says he didn’t care. How can you be a professional athlete and not care about how you perform, regardless of where you are?
Pride Planning Butch Hobson Night: Tom King of The Nashua Telegraph writes that the Nashua Pride are working with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to honor Hobson and have him in attendance so he can receive his 2007 Can-Am League championship ring.
Bermanized: Has your favorite Atlantic Leaguer been victimized by ESPN’s famous
cursing oaf loveable personality, Chris Berman? That is, has he had a ridiculous humorous and enjoyable nickname stuck on him? Here’s the list…
Eric “Little” Anthony
Carlos “One If By Land, Two If By Sea, Three If” Baerga
Willie “Money In The” Banks
Marvin “Saint” Benard
Dante “‘s Inferno” Bichette
Darren “No” Bragg “Just Fact”
Jim “Cock And” Bullinger
Chuck “Baby You Can Drive My” Carr
Brad “Red” Clontz
Angelo “Re” Encarnacion
Kevin Foster “Lager”
Juan “Going, Going” Gonzalez
Von “Purple” Hayes
Chris “Bubbles Bubbles” Hoiles “And Troubles”
Brian “Deer” Hunter
Jason Jacome “Be Lovers If We Can’t Be Friends”
“Major” Lance Johnson
Felix “Do You Know The Way To San” Jose
Jeff “Hey” Juden
Mark “Cigarette” Leiter
Jim “Frito” Leyritz
Jose Lind “Cuisine”
Pat “Getting Closer To” Mahomes
Robert “Missing” Person
Brian Rekar “Named Desire”
Mel “Days Of Wine And” Rojas
John “Frozen” Roper
Jason “Easter” Shiell
Ruben “High” Sierra
Jeff “Chewing” Tabaka
Jerome “Kennel Ration” Walton
– Mike Ashmore
Robinson Enshrined: We already know Brooks Robinson is in baseball’s Hall of Fame, but now the York Revolution, a team he owns, is giving him his own monument. The former Baltimore Orioles great will get his own statue near the team’s home-plate entrance. It will be unveiled during the team’s April 25 home opener.
Bears Add Two: (PR) The defending Atlantic League Champion Newark Bears announced today that the club has signed both right-handed pitchers Michael Bumstead and David Pellegrine to contracts for the 2008 season.
Bumstead, the California native, is entering his 8th season inprofessional baseball, after originally being signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 by the San Diego Padres. In 2002, he set career highswith 10 wins, 26 starts, 145.2 innings pitched, and with 108 strikeouts while playing for Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League in the Single-A level.
The 30 year-old Bumstead reached the Triple-A level fives times in his professional career. His best season in the Triple-A level came in 2004 while playing for the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League, where he posted a 4-0 record in 18 appearances with a 2.57 ERA.
Bumstead, is entering his first season with the Newark Bears and the Independent League and will be looking for a spot on the Bears pitching staff this season. In his career, he has compiled a 28-30 record in 267 appearances with a 4.37 ERA and 481 strikeouts.
Pellegrine, who was drafted in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of Northeastern University in 2006, is entering his first season with the Newark Bears and his second professionally. In 2006, Pellegrine played in the Pioneer League with Orem, pitching in 12 games with a record of 1-0 and an ERA of 4.50.
After missing the entire 2007 season because of an arm injury, Pellegrine was signed by the Bears after the coaching staff watched him perform at a free agent tryout held at the Phillies’ spring training facility in Clearwater, FL this past February. – Scott Stanchak