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Asadoorian Added in Somerset: Red Sox fans may remember Rick Asadoorian, selected with the 17th overall pick in the 1999 draft.

Then, he was an outfielder.

Now, he’s a pitcher.

Boston gave up on him incredibly quickly, dealing him to St. Louis for Dustin Hermanson after just his second professional season.

Asadoorian would have two relatively brief stints in Triple-A in the Reds and Rangers organizations as a hitter before switching to the mound in 2007.

He split last year between Single-A and Double-A with Cincinnati and pitched fairly well.

But he pitched for Double-A Jacksonville this year and struggled, going 4-4 with a 6.75 ERA and one save in 17 appearances.

Krenchicki wins #1000: (PR) On June 18, Newark Bears manager Wayne Krenchicki led his team to his 1000th career managerial win with a 7-6 victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, MD. Krenchicki, the second winningest manager in Atlantic League history with 661, has also won games in the Arizona, Midwest, Texas-Louisiana, and Northern Leagues in a managerial career that began with the Milwaukee Brewers organization back in 1991.

“This is a great accomplishment for Wayne,” said Bears General Manager John Brandt. “Having worked with him since 2001, I take a lot of pride in seeing him achieve this landmark. However, knowing Wayne as well as I do, I know his focus is on winning the first half of the season and repeating a championship run.”

Krenchicki led the Bears to the 2007 Atlantic League Championship in his first year with the team. Under his guidance, the Bears posted a 72-54 regular season record, a thirty-win improvement over the previous season. Determined to repeat last year’s success, the Bears are currently tied for first place in the Freedom Division with a 29-22 mark.

“Wayne and Steve Foucault (his pitching coach for 15 seasons) have played a big part in the development of the Atlantic League,” said Joe Klein, Executive Director of the Atlantic League. “Their ongoing management style has helped enable the league to get better each season. Congratulations certainly are in order.”

Now in his 17th season as a minor league manager, the Ewing, NJ native has managed every season in the Atlantic League since it’s inception in 1998, including six seasons with the Camden Riversharks. Krenchicki led the Riversharks to the Atlantic League’s best record each season from 2002 through 2005, and was voted as the league’s Manager of the Year in 2002. While with Camden, the University of Miami graduate won 70 or more games four times and brought the Riversharks to the playoffs three times, including a trip to the finals in 2004.

“To be honest, I didn’t even know I was at 1000,” said Krenchicki. “Hopefully it’s more than I lost, and I’m glad it didn’t wait another day.”

Bears Add Clark Steve Kent: (PR) NEWARK, N.J. – The 2007 Atlantic League Champion Newark Bears have announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Steve Kent.

Kent has played in the Atlantic League for the Bridgeport Bluefish and Long Island Ducks and pitched 34 games in the majors for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2002.

The Frankfurt, Germany native comes from the Ducks where he made nine appearances and had a 3-3 record.

Last season with Bridgeport, Kent appeared primarily as a left-handed specialist and spot starter, earning a 4-2 record with a 5.02 earned run average in 30 appearances for the Bluefish.

Kent was originally drafted out of Florida International University by the Seattle Mariners in the 9th round of the 1999 amateur draft. Shortly after getting claimed by Anaheim in 2001, the Devil Rays purchased Kent’s contract and made him a major leaguer in 2002 just months after pitching in advanced-A ball. The lefty appeared in 34 games and pitched for 57.1 innings with Tampa Bay that season.

Kent has also pitched in the minors for the Rockies, Braves and Astros organizations. While with the AAA Round Rock Express in 2006, he pitched in 27 games with a 2.43 ERA, while batters hit for a .222 average against him.

Aspito Suspended One Game: Jeff Johnson reports that York OF Jason Aspito was suspended one game for bumping an umpire. Worth noting that in our ongoing poll, only four percent of you think the umpiring in this league is better than average.

Almonte Released: The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have released former MLB P Hector Almonte.

He was 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA in nine games.

Additionally, the team has signed P Mike Gibbs, activated C Adam Shorsher and deactivated P Jeff Farnsworth.

Assuming I have the right Mike Gibbs, he pitched in the Rockies organization in 2006 in Rookie Ball and was 0-0 with a 9.99 ERA. – MA


1. Anonymous - June 20, 2008

That’s quite a milestone…Congratulations Wayne!

2. Anonymous - June 20, 2008

is anyone getting the Somerset webcast tonight?? It came through fine last night but is silent tonight


3. Anonymous - June 21, 2008

Jorge Moreno and Walter Young blasted back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first to jumpstart the Sussex offense and give the Skyhawks an early 2-1 lead Thursday; a lead they would never relinquish.

Young finished the night two for three, and said “I sure wish Scott or Mike would interview me!”

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