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Keeping The Faith: Courier News writer Ryan Dunleavy did this story on how religion plays a role in the Atlantic League. Not a topic you see discussed too often, so it’s certainly worth a read.

Totten Signed By Dodgers: (PR) On Sunday, June 22 the Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Heath Totten from the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

This season for York, Totten appeared in four relief appearances going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA in five games. He was signed by York on Saturday, June 14, 2008, after beginning the season in the Minnesota Twins organization at Triple-A Rochester of the International League. There he was 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 28 innings, over 16 games which included four starts.

In 2007, Totten split time between Triple-A Ottawa of the International League, and Double-A Reading of the Eastern League in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2000 draft, he was with that organization from 2000 through 2006, going as high as Triple-A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. 2008 is Totten’s 10th professional season.

More On The Blue Crabs: Barnstormers beat writer Jason Guarente made the trip to Southern Maryland, and has this report on the attendance struggles the team has been experiencing.

It’s worth noting that Blue Crabs press releases have mysteriously started showing up in my inbox, which is appreciated. I did ask to be put on the list well before the start of the season, but now is certainly better than never.

Castillo Released: Bridgeport shouldn’t have released him, and perhaps the Ducks shouldn’t have either…but P Carlos Castillo is a free agent after being let go by Long Island.

Castillo appeared in three games for Long Island, going 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts.

Maybe he’ll return to the Bluefish, who could certainly use him considering what a disaster their pitching is.

P Jon Searles has been activated to take Castillo’s spot.

More About Umpiring: Check out Jeff Johnson’s piece on Atlantic League umpires. He mentions our poll results, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he agrees with them. – MA

Poll Results: What do you think about AL umpiring?
Excellent – 3 (2%)
Above average – 5 (3%)
Average – 29 (22%)
Below Average – 58 (44%)
Poor – 36 (27%)
Total Votes: 131

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1. Anonymous - June 23, 2008

Now the important question….will the AL care that a large majority of paying fans think the umpiring sucks? My money is on NO.

2. Anonymous - June 23, 2008

Regarding the current poll…I believe Southern Maryland should be listed and not Somerset since Somerset is not in the Liberty Division.

3. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 23, 2008

Fixed.

4. WILLIAM - June 23, 2008

I JUST READ THE STORY ON HOW RELIGION PLAYS A ROLE IN THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE. IT WAS SUCH A REFRESHING ARTICLE! A BIG SALUTE TO THOSE YOUNG MEN & ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE WHO REPRESENT THAT WAY OF LIFE! THEY ARE THE REAL MAJOR LEAGUERS IN LIFE!MY SON MET RANDY MCGARVEY FROM THE RIVERSHARKS & I KNOW WHAT THAT TYPE OF ROLE MODEL MEANS TO NOT ONLY MY SON BUT TO ALL THE YOUTH OF TODAY WHO LOOK UP TO PROFESSIONAL BALLPLAYERS!

5. playballnyy - June 23, 2008

Scott & Mike:

The Conn Post Bluefish Blog you have the link for on the right has not been updated since June 11, you may want to check with Rich Elliot to see if he quit on it…no sense for the link then, right?

6. Anonymous - June 23, 2008

The Ducks also activated pitcher Jon Searles who is coming off an injury. Castillo did not help his cause with his poor fielding (or should I say lack of fielding) that he displayed in the games he was in. On several occasions he did not: cover first base, back up third base or home plate on balls hit into the outfield and he didn’t go for a short pop up by the pitchers mound that no one else had a chance for. Basically, he never left the mound regardless of what was happening on the field.

7. Roadwarriorfan - June 24, 2008

DiFelice still hasn’t walked a batter while up with the Brewers, 16 strikeouts in 13.2 innings with a 0.95 WHIP could give him some fantasy value haha.


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