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Where’s Ashmore: Won’t be able to do too much with updates today. Have to do some work over at Yankee Stadium for the good ol’ “other beat.” For quotes from someone who should be in the house that Ruth built already, check out yesterday’s news…

Pats Sign Duncan: This one’s been in the works for a few weeks, but the Somerset Patriots have finally made it official with former New York Mets OF Jeff Duncan. Here’s the release…

The Three-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of former New York Mets outfielder Jeff Duncan.

Duncan has played in 69 Major League games with the Mets during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He also has five seasons of Triple-A experience in the Mets, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Toronto Blue Jays organizations.

Duncan spent the 2007 season at the Triple-A level in Syracuse for the Blue Jays, where he played in 43 games. The year before, he was at Triple-A with the Dodgers in Las Vegas and hit .299 with 53 runs scored, 83 hits, ten doubles, two triples, six home runs, and 26 RBI in 89 games played.

Duncan has a minor league career .270 batting average with 360 runs scored, 581 hits, 90 doubles, 31 triples, 32 home runs, and 178 RBI. He has not been below the Triple-A level since 2005.

“We are very excited about having Jeff join are team. We feel that signing Jeff is really going to solidify our outfield as the top in the league this year,” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

Figueroa Back To The Show: From a Ducks release…

(Central Islip, N.Y., Apr. 3, 2008) – New York Mets team officials on Wednesday announced that the club has purchased the contract of pitcher and former Long Island Duck Nelson Figueroa from New Orleans (AAA, Mets) of the Pacific Coast League. The Brooklyn native becomes the sixth Ducks player to return to the big leagues following his time on Long Island, and he is already making the most of his opportunity. Figueroa worked a perfect seventh inning with one strikeout on Wednesday in the Mets’ 13-0 drubbing of the Florida Marlins.

“We’re very proud of Nelson, and excited for him as well,” says Ducks principal owner Frank Boulton. “He has worked hard to get back to the Major League level, and we wish him the best of luck.”

Figueroa appeared in two games for the Ducks at the start of the 2006 season before finishing the year with Triple-A New Orleans (Washington). Prior to signing with Long Island, the former Mets farmhand enjoyed big league stops during five seasons, most recently with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2004. He broke into the Major Leagues with the Diamondbacks in 2000, and also pitched for the Phillies and Brewers. Figueroa has seven wins in 74 big league contests, 33 of them starts. The righthander owns a 100-59 record at the minor league level, posting a 3.47 ERA over 234 games.

The 33-year-old joins Carlos Baerga, Bill Pulsipher, Pedro Borbon, Jr., Ken Ray and Mel Stocker as Ducks that have made it back to the game’s highest level after playing in a Long Island uniform.

Bears Add Three: With no inside info whatsoever, my little AL player preview list comes through again, as the Bears have signed P Rich Scalamandre…as well as P Josh Fields and P Cory Willey.

From their release…

Scalamandre, the Brooklyn native was selected in the 23rd round of the 2002 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Dominican College. Last season, pitching in the Atlanta Braves organization, he split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, combining for a 3-6 record, with 3 saves in 38 games. In 2006 Scalamandre split his time between Double and Triple-A for both the Cardinals and the Braves, and he combined to post an 8-0 record with 58 strikeouts in 63.2 innings of work.

Fields, is entering his first season with the Newark Bears and 8th season professionally. Originally selected in the 23rd round of the 2001 draft by the Chicago White Sox, Fields spent his entire pro career prior to 2008 with the White Sox organization. In 2002, with Kannapolis in the South Atlantic League, Fields pitched 21 games, earning 7 saves with a sparkling 1.82 ERA in 29.2 innings of work, striking out 35 batters. In 2004, Fields struck out a career high 72 batters in 74 innings of work, had a 2.55 ERA, and 3 saves with Birmingham at the Double-A level. The year before, he picked up a career-best 20 saves at Single-A Winston-Salem.

Willey enters his first season with the Newark Bears and 8th season professionally. Willey was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2004 by the Boston Red Sox, and he has pitched in both the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. In 2004, with Augusta in the South Atlantic League, Willey struck out 31 batters in 30.2 innings of work, appearing in 20 games with 1 start. In 2006, while pitching for New Haven in Can-Am League, Willey had a record of 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA, appearing in 41 games out of the bullpen. That season he struck out 44 batters over 42.1 innings. Willey was signed by the Phillies prior to the 2007 campaign, and pitched at both Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Willey combined to establish career-highs in games pitched (44), wins (9), and saves (4) a year ago.

Bluefish Promotions: Until Somerset comes out with a Sparky Lyle bobble-mustache doll, Bridgeport’s Tommy John bobble-arm doll will qualify as my favorite promotion of the season.

Press release to follow…

Bridgeport, CT – April 1st – The Bridgeport Bluefish announced the club’s promotional schedule for the 2008 season today. This year features promotions and giveaways highlighted by our brand new daily event schedule. It all kicks off on Friday May 2nd at 7:05 P.M. against the Somerset Patriots with an Opening Day Celebration. There will be numerous festivities along with a Magnet Schedule giveaway courtesy of the Ramada Stratford and the Connecticut Post to the first 1,000fans through Monday of Opening Weekend.

All season long the Bluefish will offer great promotions that will be taking place each day of the week. Every Monday and Tuesday will be Family Night which offers a four pack of tickets to families for only $20. Wild-Money Wednesdays gives one lucky fan each week the opportunity to walk away with a $500 cash prize. Thirsty Thursdays are back and better than ever! Every Friday will feature a promotional giveaway or special entertainer, with items ranging from a Tommy John Bobble-Arm to T-shirts and much more! Every Saturday game all season long will conclude with a spectacular Fireworks show. Kids Club Sunday at the Ballpark will be a day for the younger fans with special events taking place every week for B.B.’s Baseball Bunch members.

This season Skyy Dogs USA & Rockin’ Ray will visit the ballpark Friday, June 13th and Sunday, August 10th. The Bluefish will also hold several promotional evenings to honor the American citizens who dedicate their lives to defend and protect their country. They will be holding an Armed Forces Day complete with a fireworks show after the game. There will also be nights featuring a Memorial Day Celebration, Gun’s and Hose’s Night and an Army Night. The team will also honor one of the pioneers of the Hispanic Community in both professional baseball and humanitarianism with Roberto Clemente Night. Also this season, the Bluefish will also be turning a different color for Go Green Night, featuring free products courtesy of Greening the Cleaning.

Bridgeport will close out their season with fan appreciation day on Sunday September 21st with a game against the Long Island Ducks. – MA

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Comments»

1. Anonymous - April 3, 2008

Mike-

You’re killing me! No Sandy Aracena on the best catchers in the AL list?

Downtown

2. BoosterBabe - April 3, 2008

Love the name of the Police and Firemen tribute in Bridgeport:
“Guns and Hoses”!
Very clever.

3. Mike - April 3, 2008

Only wanted to go with four guys…and Aracena’s offense is decent, but I’m not sold on his defensive skills…

4. Anonymous - April 4, 2008

yea i vote for aracena too

5. nukelaloosh - April 4, 2008

Nice media luncheon yesterday by Bluefish. 2007 AL manager of the year Jeff Scott introduced as bench coach (he’ll also work with the pitchers). Longtime AL star Glenn Murray will be the hitting coach. Both solid guys. Tommy John says he believes that pitching will be the strength of the 2008 ‘Fish.


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