May 14, 2008 May 14, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Dicken Out, Tam In For Bluefish: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post is reporting that the Bridgeport Bluefish have signed former big league and Road Warriors P Jeff Tam. Tam is another Road Warriors pitcher who will now re-unite with Jeff Scott.
In order to make the move, the team released P Randy Dicken. Dicken had a robust 15.75 ERA in three appearances this year, and it was hardly unexpected. He pitched poorly with Bridgeport, Camden and the Road Warriors last year, yet was traded straight up for Matt Beech just prior to the start of the playoffs.
I don’t care what anyone tells me about how that trade went down, it’s still ridiculous.
Elliott also writes that long-time AL P Eddy Ramos may be making a return to the Bluefish following his release from a Mexican League team, despite a strong showing.
‘Stormers Add Pitcher, Release Two: Jason Guarente writes over at his Barnstormin’ blog that Lancaster has added P Mark Alexander.
Alexander is a 26-year-old righty who was on the fast track with the Los Angeles Dodgers as recently as last season before getting rocked in Triple-A.
He entered 2007 as the team’s 20th best prospect, according to Baseball America. Alexander had Tommy John surgery in high school, and was named the Dodgers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2006.
According to BA, he relies heavily on a 74-78 MPH slider and a 88-91 MPH fastball.
Also, Guarente writes that P Rob Averette and P Nate Hoelscher have been released. Both had ERA’s over seven.
Brey Signs With Patriots: Three pitchers were set to throw in the bullpen in an attempt to make the Somerset Patriots. Jorge Vasquez never showed, and Josh Brey was better than the other pitcher who did show up.
So the Patriots have signed Brey, a lefty with several years of experience in the Cardinals system. It must feel like a call-up of sorts for him, considering he spent all of last season with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League.
Bank On It: The Somerset Patriots have announced that Commerce Bank will be the presenting sponsor of the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game, to be held in Bridgewater the night of July 16th.
According to the press release, “The Atlantic League All-Star Game will have several pre-game festivities including the Home Run Derby, an autograph session with all the All-Star players and coaches, live music, and many other activities.”
“The All-Star Game will include giveaways for fans including baseball cards (1st 1,500 Kids) of each selected player, a commemorative pin (1st 1,500 Adults), and commemorative tickets for all fans in attendance. The Patriots will also distribute a special All-Star Program for fans to learn more about each player and the history of the Atlantic League All-Star Game (1st 3,500 Fans).”
Eat With The Orioles: Check out this interesting article in The York Dispatch, which outlines the former Orioles who will be eating with fans during select home games this season. I’m sure it must have been a very difficult sales pitch to get these guys to come…
York representative: Uhhh, we’d like to pay you come out, sign some autographs and eat whatever you want…
Ex-Orioles player: You’re paying me to eat? Seriously? Where do I sign?
Anyway, former Atlantic League co-owner Bill Ripken (you can have him sign his profanity laced Fleer baseball card, if you so desire) and ex-Patriots P Rick Krivda are among the players who’ll be appearing. – Mike Ashmore