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Radmanovich To Return To Somerset: Ryan Dunleavy is reporting that the Somerset Patriots and OF Ryan Radmanovich have agreed to the terms of a deal that would have the slugger returning to Bridgewater.

Rad starred for the Patriots from 2003-2006, and became one of the most prolific and feared power hitters the league has ever seen.

After a one year stint with the Edmonton Cracker Cats last season, the man with 255 home runs to his name — including 87 hit while in a Patriots uniform — will return to the place where he truly became a star.

I like the move, and I don’t like the move.

First of all, it’s a great job by the Patriots Brett Jodie to fill a pretty major void in the outfield and install the best available bat into the lineup.

But, if I’m going to criticize certain teams for recycling, I’ve got to make sure I do it all across the board.

And, considering he’s expected to leave the team for the Olympics just as he did in 2004, this is clearly a move to win the first half, and not necessarily something that addresses the long-term future of this year’s club.

But all in all, especially considering the numbers that he’s expected to put up, it’s hard to be critical of the move considering his history with the team.

Why I Kind Of Love Camden Right Now: The Riversharks have signed former Boston Red Sox P Abe Alvarez to a contract.

Alvarez, very briefly a member of the 2004 World Series team, has made four appearances at the Major League level over the course of three seasons. He was recently released by the Red Sox organization, and it was mentioned here that he was talking to some teams about a week ago.

Crabs Add Perry: Southern Maryland has added C Anthony Perry after placing C Adam Shorsher on the disabled list.

York Trades Price: P Reid Price was traded to the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League for the ever thrilling future considerations.

Gracesqui Under Fire: The Newark Bears have signed former Major League P Franklyn Gracesqui to a contract. Gracesqui last pitched in Japan, making 17 appearances for Chunichi last season.

He made seven relief appearances for the Florida Marlins in 2004, going 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA. The Atlantic League press release rule stays intact on this one — if the guy’s stats in the big leagues weren’t that great, don’t put them in there — and the Bears didn’t.

He also has minor league time with the Blue Jays and Orioles.

The Barnstormers Aren’t Good: Despite two scoreless innings from just added P Paul Thorp, the Lancaster Barnstormers lost to the Camden Riversharks, 8-1. Jason Guarente writes that the team made eight errors, which has got to be a league record…if not, it is a team record.

Manny Mejia made three errors, Ivanon Coffie and Juan Francia made two each, and Eric Ackerman committed one.

That’s just bad baseball, and goes a long way to explain just how this team has ended up at 13-25.

Bullpen Solution: If anyone wants a pitcher who has an Atlantic League championship ring, with a 10-6 record and a 3.35 ERA in 111 Atlantic League appearances — and it’s hard to believe this particular player is still available — he is out there.

Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News is reporting — and I had alluded to this earlier — that the Patriots were in discussions with bringing the aforementioned player, Saul Solveson, back.

Instead, the team opted to bring in Byron Batson. Batson, who also earned an Atlantic League championship ring back in 2002 with the Newark Bears, will be putting on his 10th uniform since that time.

In the Atlantic League, he’s since pitched with the Road Warriors (2003), Bluefish (2004-05), Ducks (2006) and Revolution (2007).

Batson has made 75 Atlantic League appearances, and is 13-17 with a 5.08 ERA.

This off-season, the word was that there were all these guys out there and that talent pool was super deep. Apparently, that’s wasn’t true. When the Ducks are signing guys with no professional experience, you KNOW it isn’t true.

Now, I keep hearing that there’s nothing out there. And evidently, considering Solveson is available and the haul that Butch Hobson just brought into Southern Maryland, that’s not true either. – Mike Ashmore



1. Anonymous - June 3, 2008

What happend to Al Levine? Is he hurt?

2. Anonymous - June 3, 2008

Makes you wonder if something is going on with all the signings from those who played in the Majors, interesting when the truth comes out — is Lancaster a ballteam or just a showcase? same with the other teams? Or, is it a set up for winning the CHampionship?

3. Kevin - June 3, 2008

Any background info or stats on Perry? I couldn’t find any from googling.

4. IslanderFan77 - June 3, 2008

That’s great news about Ryan Radmanovich returning to the Patriots!

5. Anonymous - June 4, 2008

Walter Young jolted a grand slam and Kyle Ruwe picked up his third win in as many tries to send the Sussex Skyhawks to a 6-5 victory over the Brockton Rox in Can-Am League action at Skylands Park on Monday night.

Young finished the game 2-for-4 with 5 RBI to spark the Skyhawks offensively.

Walter, Walter, Walter !!!!
Good time to grab him for that interview.

6. Anonymous - June 4, 2008

for stats on anthony perry try the fisher college website. he just graduated. he played there for 4 years and was the bullpen catcher for the nashua pride under butch hobson for several years.

7. www.BrickCityBruins.com - June 4, 2008

It’s been reported that Al Levine has retired.

8. Kevin - June 4, 2008

thanks for the info,uh…anonymous

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