May 10, 2008 May 10, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Greenberg Becomes Second Signed: Bridgeport Bluefish OF Adam Greenberg has become the second player signed out of the Atlantic League, this time by the Los Angeles Angels.
Greenberg, who has Major League experience with the Chicago Cubs, was hitting .289 at the time of his departure. He was assigned to Double-A Arkansas…which may lead to a bit of an awkward situation in the Bluefish clubhouse, considering Jesse Hoorelbeke was only recently released from that very same spot. – Mike Ashmore
More From Von Hayes: I finally had the chance to listen back to my interview with Lancaster Barnstormers manager Von Hayes from Thursday. Here are two interesting bits from what he had to say:
Visa Problems: “I know a lot of instances, some of these government buildings are 200-300 miles away from where these players live so just the logistics of getting down there, a lot of these guys work at home, and just getting down there, taking time off work and getting it done can present problems.
We’ve had (Sendy Rheal and Jose Cabrera) under contract since the middle of February and here we are, in the middle of May still struggling to get these guys here. Supposedly the paper work’s getting done on the ninth of May and we’re hoping to get these guys shortly there after. Whether or not we can pitch them right away, that’s going to be another story. We’re hoping to get them in shape and pitching in games in a week or so.”
The Team’s Record: “Every game we’ve played and every game we’ve lost, it’s been a real close game, we’ve had a chance to win. With a little bit better pitching in the sixth, seventh inning have just killed us, especially early in the year where your starters aren’t as apt to go deep in games. We’re still trying to get them stretched out to over 100 pitches and right now it’s just a struggle to get them through six innings, let alone bring them into the seventh or eighth. Once the starters get stretched out and we improve our bullpen a little bit, I think we’ll have a pretty good formula for winning.”
Look for my interviews with Barnstormers outfielder Michael Woods and pitcher Zach Parker this week. – Scott Stanchak