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June 24, 2008 June 24, 2008

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Ducks Story Coming: I spoke to Dave LaPoint, Jay Gibbons and Nook Logan for what’s hopefully a very interesting story that I’ll have on here this week.

Also, keep a lookout for a chat with Camden skipper Joe Ferguson and Long Island’s Abe Alvarez.

Rabe Retires: Rather stunning news out of Camden, as OF Josh Rabe has apparently retired.

The former Minnesota Twin was lighting up the league to the tune of a .361 batting average, with six home runs and 30 RBI in 44 games played.

Rabe, just 29 years old, may be the perfect example of affiliated baseball being unwilling to offer Triple-A spots to veteran Atlantic League position players.

Of the eleven position players picked up this season, Kenny Perez and Chris Walker were the only ones assigned to Triple-A. On the other hand, five pitchers were sent directly to Triple-A upon being signed.

Fultz Signs In Somerset: The Dave Coulier Courier News is reporting that Somerset has released P Landon Jacobsen and added former Major League P Aaron Fultz.

Fultz is a 34-year-old lefty reliever with 463 games of big league experience under his belt with the Giants, Phillies, Twins, Indians and Rangers.

He appeared in two games of the 2002 World Series for San Francisco, and also appeared in the 2007 ALCS and ALDS with Cleveland.

Valentine Returns: The Long Island Ducks have brought back former Cincinnati Reds P Joe Valentine. Valentine, who I recently spoke with while he was pitching for Double-A Reading, didn’t fare well for the Phillies affiliate, posting a 10.64 ERA in four outings.

He was 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and six saves for Long Island before being picked up this year.

P Donovan Osborne has been placed on the inactive list to make room for Valentine.

Daneker Talks: I recently had the opportunity to catch up with long-time Atlantic League P Pat Daneker.

The former big leaguer pitched for Camden, Newark, Somerset and the Road Warriors in the Atlantic League, and is now the pitching coach for the Single-A Staten Island Yankees.

AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com: So take me through how you go from pitching in the Atlantic League to being a pitching coach in the Yankees organization…

Pat Daneker: “Well last year, I went and I coached up in Calgary, in independent ball. After that, I was sending resumes out and making phone calls. One thing led to another, and they called me up and asked me if I was interested in the job. I knew a guy here already, who’s the pitching coach in extended (spring training) right now, and they asked him about me. I flew down for the interview, and they hired me I guess five days later.”

ALB: I was watching you talking with some of your pitchers out in left field, it seems like you really enjoy coaching…

Daneker: “Oh yeah, I love it, it’s great. Like I said, I went to the independent league for a year and had a good time there. But this is where I wanted to be, in an organization. To ultimately end up with the Yankees, probably the best franchise in baseball right now, you couldn’t ask for too much more.”

ALB: You had quite a few stops in the Atlantic League. Do you have any fondest memories from the time that you spent over there?

Daneker: “I had fun. The best part for me was that I was close to home, the travel was not bad at all. I got to spend a lot more time with my wife being there. And I made a lot of good friends there too, guys that I still talk to today. Matter of fact, a couple of the guys were in town playing against Camden, and they came to stay with me and my wife for a couple days. I had a really good time in that league.”

– Mike Ashmore


1. BoosterBabe - June 24, 2008

In honor of the late, great George Carlin:

This is a reprint of his classic bit “The Difference Between Baseball and Football.” Excerpted from Brain Droppings by George Carlin, Copyright 1997, Comedy Concepts Inc. Published by Hyperion. All rights reserved.

Baseball is different from any other sport, very different. For instance, in most sports you score points or goals; in baseball you score runs. In most sports the ball, or object, is put in play by the offensive team; in baseball the defensive team puts the ball in play, and only the defense is allowed to touch the ball. In fact, in baseball if an offensive player touches the ball intentionally, he’s out; sometimes unintentionally, he’s out.
Also: in football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and all sports played with a ball, you score with the ball and in baseball the ball prevents you from scoring.

In most sports the team is run by a coach; in baseball the team is run by a manager. And only in baseball does the manager or coach wear the same clothing the players do. If you’d ever seen John Madden in his Oakland Raiders uniform, you’d know the reason for this custom.

Now, I’ve mentioned football. Baseball & football are the two most popular spectator sports in this country. And as such, it seems they ought to be able to tell us something about ourselves and our values.

I enjoy comparing baseball and football:

Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.

Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park. The baseball park!

Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life.

Football begins in the fall, when everything’s dying.

In football you wear a helmet.
In baseball you wear a cap.

Football is concerned with downs — what down is it?

Baseball is concerned with ups — who’s up?

In football you receive a penalty.

In baseball you make an error.

In football the specialist comes in to kick.

In baseball the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.

Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting and unnecessary roughness.

Baseball has the sacrifice.

Football is played in any kind of weather: rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog…

In baseball, if it rains, we don’t go out to play.

Baseball has the seventh inning stretch.

Football has the two minute warning.

Baseball has no time limit: we don’t know when it’s gonna end — might have extra innings.

Football is rigidly timed, and it will end even if we’ve got to go to sudden death.

In baseball, during the game, in the stands, there’s kind of a picnic feeling; emotions may run high or low, but there’s not too much unpleasantness.

In football, during the game in the stands, you can be sure that at least twenty-seven times you’re capable of taking the life of a fellow human being.

And finally, the objectives of the two games are completely different:

In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line.

In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! — I hope I’ll be safe at home!

RIP, George. You gave us a lot of laughs and gave sarcastic cynics like me something/someone to identify with!

2. Tim14 - June 24, 2008

Thanks, Boosterbabe. That was perfect.

George, you will be missed!

3. Kevin - June 24, 2008

Man, sorry to hear about Josh Rabe. It’s gotta be frustrating to be tearing up the highest level Independent League and not get an offer from affiliated ball.

4. playballnyy - June 24, 2008

Boosterbabe, that was a good read for the morning…how’s the rest of the book? Do you recommend it? Did you see in the post Calguiri has his (hopefully) last x-ray today. Might be in tonight. I’m not putting to much trust in him having stayed in shape all this time though…I’m afraid some muscles gonna get pulled (watch out for the hammy)first game back. You probably know better than me…you think he stayed in shape? Well I’ll be there tonight or tomorrow and definitely Thursday. I’ll be the one roaming around the ferry parking trying to sneak in 🙂

5. Sharks52 - June 24, 2008


Any other information on Rabe? The last game he played he was pulled in the first inning and heaved his hat down in the dugout and went back to the locker room. It might have been an injury but I got the impression that maybe he and the manager had words. If such was the case I could certainly understand Ferguson’s frustration with him. He was really hot with the bat but I got tired of watching him let the ball come to him in the outfield and jogging around the bases and going in standing up when a slide may have been appropriate. Of course, if he was playing injured that would explain alot but then I can’t understand why Ferguson would be DHing Davenport and putting Rabe in left. Whether it was attitude or physical problems I can certainly understand affliated ball not taking a flyer on him even though he was batting 361.

6. LIMatt - June 24, 2008

It’s a shame about Rabe. I really thought he would catch on with an affiliated club. He is a really nice guy and it’s a shame. I hope he reconsiders his decision.

7. Anonymous - June 25, 2008

Also in honor of George Carlin,the seven words you can’t say on T.V. Oh wait,better not.

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