June 24, 2008 June 24, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
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