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April 15, 2008 – Val Majewski Talks April 14, 2008

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Val Majewski Talks: Even major leaguers attend Atlantic League games.

“Yea, I’ve definitely been to some,” Former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Val Majewski said. “The ones I’ve been to were mostly in Newark and Somerset; it was fun.”

Majewski may be attending a lot more games this season, this time as a player. The New Brunswick native is in camp with the Newark Bears this spring, hoping to win a spot on the club’s roster.

“I don’t really know too much about their plans for me, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and play,” Majewski said on the phone Monday.

The former Rutgers University standout was a third-round pick of the Orioles in 2002. Two years later he was the organization’s “Minor League Player of the Year” and on the fast track to the big leagues.

Baltimore didn’t have many centerfield options, mostly using Luis Matos in the spot. So the Orioles called him up that year and he batted .154 with two hits, three runs scored and an RBI in nine games.

Just as quick as he could begin prefacing his name with the title “Major League outfielder,” the label was taken away. Majewski suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder and missed the entire 2005 season.

The next two seasons, Majewski, one of the Birds top prospects throughout his six-year career, split time between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Ottawa, never again getting the call.

This spring the Orioles cut their ties with him, sending the 25-year-old home at the end of camp.

“It had nothing to do with my injury because I feel great,” he said. “There just wasn’t any room for me and so they had to let me go.”

Majewski returned to New Jersey and began contacting several Atlantic League teams, including the Patriots. But, his choice was to play for the Bears.

“I knew a lot of guys who played for them,” he said, naming Tim Sweeney and Bobby Brownlie. “They were successful there so I figured it would give me a good shot at getting back to an organization.”

Despite the added miles to his commute to play in Newark, Majewski is looking forward to getting out there to play. This season, he has no plans of sitting in the stands to watch. Instead, you’ll be watching him.

Roster Situation: Taking a look at all the rosters in the league, the Long Island Ducks (22) and the Bridgeport Bluefish (19) are the only teams without at least 25 guys signed.

I heard from the Ducks, who said our roster is up-to-date. They’re most likely waiting for a few contracts.

Update: I spoke with the Bluefish this evening and they told me their roster is at 26 with the addition of P Mike Connolly (Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals), P Chris Eickhorst (ST. Louis Cardinals, Somerset Patriots, Road Warriors), P Derek Ellison (Seattle Mariners), P Joe Williams (Washington Nationals), C Brian Munhall (San Francisco Giants), INF Ryan Bear (Florida Marlins), INF Luis Lopez (Camden Riversharks, York Revolution, MLB – Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants), OF Bobby Darula (Bridgeport Bluefish, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles), OF Adam Greenberg (MLB – Chicago Cubs).

Bridgeport also placed INF Wilson Batista and RHP Franklin Perez on the inactive list.

As for the Ducks, they re-signed pitcher Manny Ulloa.

Speaking Of Fish: You can take pitcher Eddy Ramos off their roster. A Bluefish official tells me that he’s decided to play in Mexico.

York Losses Another Two: Just days after pitcher Steve Schmoll signed with the Angels after agreeing to terms, the York Revolution had two other players tell them they’re not coming. Jim Seip and Jeff Johnson are reporting that Tyler Von Schnell called the team and said he is not going to play this season. Seip is also reporting the club had agreed to terms with former Trenton Thunder second baseman Gabe Lopez, but he, too, decided not to play for the Revolution.

Going Overseas: A reader let me know that Matt Beech is playing in Italy with Rimini and Rayner Bautista with Bologna. Recently, we told you that Lincoln Mikkelson was pitching in Italy with Grosseto, now former A.L.-er Raul Marval joins him on that club. – Scott Stanchak

Halama Pops Up In Southern Maryland: I was talking to one of the Blue Crabs yesterday, and he pointed out that P John Halama is on the Southern Maryland roster on their website.

Halama, who has extensive Major League experience, pitched for Long Island last season. He also has played in the big leagues locally, pitching for both Baltimore and Washington.

Camden Adds Three More: Camden’s website has OF Mike Vento, P Sean Thompson and P Tony Peguero listed. Yes, Peguero was announced a while ago, but he was subsequently removed. Now he’s back. No clue.

Vento has big league time with the Yankees and Nationals. 29 years old, the outfielder is a career .282 hitter in the minors with 98 home runs and 557 RBI. He spent all of last season in Triple-A with the Blue Jays organization.

Thompson is a 25-year-old lefty who has advances as high as Triple-A. Having seen time with the Padres, Royals and Rockies farm systems, the starter has had two triple-digit strikeout seasons and has a 43-34 career record with a 3.57 ERA in 135 games.

Interview Schedule: We’ll have Southern Maryland’s Adam Johnson for you at some point this week. – Mike Ashmore



1. Anonymous - April 15, 2008

Joe Jiannetti and Marcus Nettles popped up on Edmonton Cracker-Cats roster the other Day…didn’t know if you saw that…

2. Anonymous - April 15, 2008

Are you going to get an interview with Al Levine? Why is he coming back after 2 years off? He has put up good numbers in the big leagues. How do you think he will do in AL?

3. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - April 15, 2008

Thanks for the postings. We’re working on getting a bunch of players before the season starts in a few weeks. It’s been busy, but Mike and I will do our best.

4. Anonymous - April 15, 2008

I think your missing a player from your Bridgeport roster. I think they signed LHP Derrick Ellison.

5. Anonymous - April 15, 2008

can anyone seriously beat the Bears this year? it seems like their roster will have just as much “pop” and we all saw what that could do last season.

6. Anonymous - April 15, 2008

Someone recently asked about Pete Maestrales & why he was not on the Ducks roster & I’m unsure if it was addressed. Anyway, here it is:

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed: OF Pete Maestrales


7. Anonymous - April 16, 2008

The Ducks added Manny Ulloa to their roster today.

8. BoosterBabe - April 16, 2008

any word from Hoorelbeke’s corner?
Now that he’s been dropped from the Angels organization…you’d think someone would grab him.

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