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Bears’ Burgamy Signs With Mets: The Newark Bears have announced that OF Brian Burgamy has signed with the New York Mets and been assigned to Single-A St. Lucie.

Burgamy was hitting .265 with three home runs and 14 RBI at the time of the signing.

Ridiculously, his last game in the Atlantic League had him pitching an inning on the mound…which you’ll read about a little later.

Cancel-ing His Minor League Plans: The New York Mets called up former Somerset Patriots C Robinson Cancel to the big leagues yesterday.

Cancel is the latest backstop to get an opportunity in the Mets catching carosel…and may be the first player to get to the big leagues after playing for the Road Warriors — you guys might be able to help out on that one. Nobody really comes to mind right away…is there anyone else who might have made it after playing for the road dogs?

Cancel first joined the Patriots in 2003, and was temporarily assigned to the Road Warriors in the middle of that season.

He finished 2004 in Somerset after playing for the Devil Rays organization, and also played in the independent United League in 2006.

Of all the players the Patriots have either sent or returned to the big leagues, this may be one of the more improbable ones.

A knee injury suffered late in spring limited Cancel to just a handful of minor league games this year, and with so many catchers in front of him in the organization, the move is certainly a surprise.

Gassner Signs With Sox: York Revolution P Dave Gassner has signed with the Boston Red Sox organization.

Gassner, a former big leaguer with the Minnesota Twins, becomes the second Revolution player in three days to sign in affiliated ball — INF Kenny Perez was the other, signing with Colorado.

As for Gassner, Jeff Johnson reports that he’ll be assigned to Double-A Portland. He joins a pretty impressive staff over there — one that includes top prospects Kris Johnson, Dustin Richardson and Michael Bowden.

He was 2-3 with a 3.06 ERA in seven starts for the Revs.

More Info On The Newest Blue Crab: Was able to find out a little more about C Anthony Perry, who was recently signed by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Perry is a 22-year-old Andover, Ma. native who played for four years at Fisher College as an outfielder and catcher.

He was a two-time member of the Sunrise Conference All-Conference Team, and won numerous NAIA accolades. He is a former bullpen catcher for the Nashua Pride as well.

He has a career 1.005 OPS at Fisher College and also stole 69 bases in 172 games.

Pitching In: In Bridgeport’s 16-10 win over Newark yesterday, Jesse Hoorelbeke pitched.

So did Cory Aldridge.

And Keith Reed.

Brian Burgamy, too.

Hoorelbeke…for a guy who’s coming off an injury, I question why he’s out there, especially with his team winning.

Aldridge, Reed and Burgamy all followed Rich Scalamandre, who posted this line in his inning of work: 1.0 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.

Position players getting 15 out of a possible 54 outs. Looks good.

New Blog For Seip: Jim Seip, who along with Jeff Johnson, makes up the tandem of York Revolution beat writers, has a new address for his blog. Make sure you check it out here, and update your bookmarks/favorites/links.

New Poll Added, Results Of Old Poll Posted: The question was — Who do you think has the best chance of making the big leagues?

Zach Parker 12 (12%)

Brandon Knight 38 (38%)

Chris Walker 11 (11%)

Joe Valentine 26 (26%)

Other 11 (11%)

Sad News In Somerset: Every team has “superfans.” They’re the fans who are always first into the stadium, sometimes waiting hours for the gates to open. They’re the fans you see on the road, wearing their team’s colors, and they’re the ones you often see talking to the players or even becoming friends with those players over time.

Noted Patriots fan Larry Levy recently passed away after enduring some lengthy health issues, and his presence at the ballpark will be missed.

Larry had been one of the Patriots most vocal fans from the time I first started covering the team, always shouting encouragement from behind the home dugout, and frequently throwing candy to the players (and the occasional reporter) before the game.

It was sad to learn of Larry’s passing, and I’m sure the many players who crossed his path will feel the same way. – Mike Ashmore


1. Dave - June 5, 2008

Went to Larry Levy’s viewing on Sunday and was happy to see the Patriot Fan Club there in force. He was a great guy and we will all miss him.

2. Anonymous - June 5, 2008

Saw that former Atlantic Leaguer (Ducks 2001 & Patriots 2007) signed with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association) which is strange since he was named the Phillies Minor League Roving Instructor this past off-season. Guess he still wants to play…

3. Anonymous - June 5, 2008

I meant “…..he was named the Phillies Minor League Roving Instructor, Baserunning”

4. Anonymous - June 5, 2008

Happy to hear Brian was signed however very surprised it is in St. Lucie.

5. Kevin - June 5, 2008

Thanks for the info on Perry.

6. Joe F - June 6, 2008

First off you guys do a great job covering the AtL. It’s a great league to follow and you’re all over it. When will the Star Ledger give the Bears some real coverage? Defending AtL champions and a solid group of players and coaches and we’re lucky if they get a complete sentence of meaningful recap from the hometown paper. It’s always been that way and I just don’t get it. Anyway.
It’s hard not to root for these guys to do well and get a shot at some real money. Keep an eye on Andy Shibilo who is pitching for the Richmond Braves. Real interesting story. Andy was the ace of the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds and one of the top pichers in AtL in 2000-2001. He was picked up by San Diego and was one of the young guns in the Padre organization in 2002. He made it to the big league roster for a few days but never got to pitch in a game. He was sent back to Mobile before being traded to the Red Sox. He spent 2003-2005 playing AAA ball in the Red Sox, Cub, M’s and A’s organizations with limited success. He spent the last 2 years pitching very well in the Mexican League. He’s starting to pitch consistently well for the R-Braves in a setup roll and I’m rooting for him to get called up to the Braves real soon. He’s paid his dues and is the type of player that makes the AtL so much fun to follow.
I’d be interested to know what players you and some of your readers have followed over the years from the AtL to wherever. In many ways these guys are just like us and you can’t help but pull for them to get their shot.
I haven’t done this much since the days of the N-Bears message board and it feels good. Thanks again for keeping the flame alive.

7. Roadwarriorfan - June 6, 2008

Mike, just checked, and to the best of my knowledge/information, Robinson Cancel is the first RW to make it to MLB after being on the team. Off the top of my head a few players have been/are close though, Alberto Castillo is on AAA Norfolk and Tim Kester, who may have retired, spent 5 years in AAA baseball after pitching for the team.

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