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June 25, 2008 June 24, 2008

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Ball Picked Up: Clearly, the Houston Astros were scouting the Atlantic League. OF Jarred Ball was picked up by the club and assigned to Double-A, just several days after Newark’s Val Majewski was plucked out of the league by the organization.

Burkhart Out Six Weeks: Jason Guarente is reporting that Lancaster’s perennial All-Star C Lance Burkhart will be lost for at least six weeks after fracturing his wrist in a collision with Camden’s Richard Lewis.

“I knew something wasn’t right,” Burkhart told Guarente. “I’d never felt anything like that before. I knew it wasn’t good.”

For a team that had nothing going for it, this is an absolute death blow. And considering the timing, not only does it affect the team’s immediate future, it also puts a serious dent into any hopes they had of contending in the second half as well.

Lancaster, which according to Guarente only has nine healthy position players now, will have to make some serious moves very quickly.

Burkhart, the only “original” Barnstormer left, has slugged 61 home runs during his four season tenure with Lancaster, and was hitting .250 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI on the year entering last night’s game.

Update — Lancaster Trades For Kotch: (PR) York Revolution Director of Baseball Operations Adam Gladstone has announced that catcher/first baseman Kevin Kotch has been traded to the Lancaster Barnstormers. The Revolution will receive cash and future considerations in return.

Added to the Revolution roster in the pre-season by Gladstone and Manager Chris Hoiles as a backup catcher, Kotch saw most of his game action at first base and designated hitter. In 19 games this season, Kotch batted .150 (6-40), with a double, home run and three RBI. He also walked three times and scored five runs.

Prior to 2008, Kotch played three seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He spent the 2006 season with the Ripken owned Aberdeen Ironbirds of the Class A New York-Penn League, and 2004 and 2005 with the Bluefield Orioles of the Rookie level Appalachian League.

The 23-year-old was originally drafted out of Middlesex (NJ) High School in the 40th round of the 2002 draft by the Atlanta Braves. After electing to play collegiate baseball instead at Cecil Community College (MD), Kotch was drafted two years later by the Orioles in the 26th round of the 2004 draft. At 6’4”, 235 pounds, Kotch provides a solid frame and big target behind the plate for pitchers.

The move comes on the heels of Lancaster losing catcher/designated hitter Lance Burkhart for an estimated six weeks, after Burkhart broke his wrist in a collision in the Barnstormers’ June 24 game at home against Camden.

Update 2 – Hake Signed: Jason Guarente is reporting that Lancaster has also added INF Travis Hake.

The 31-year-old was not playing anywhere this year after splitting last season between York and the Barnstormers.

Von Dealt: The York Revolution have traded 1B Tyler Von Schell to Camden for either cash or future considerations.

There had been some rumors going around that York was looking to dump salary — yes, dump salary in the Atlantic League — so considering they moved both Kotch and Von Schell’s contracts off the books and may have received cash in return — it would appear there would be some validity to those statements.

Line Of The Day: 0.0 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

That belongs to Barnstormers starter D.J. Mattox, who obviously picked up the loss in a 19-4 destruction at the hands of Camden.

It would appear as though Somerset may have been on to something when they released him…

Ferguson Talks: I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Camden Riversharks manager Joe Ferguson in the visiting clubhouse in Newark. With his Riversharks squad six games up with the first half winding down, it looks like he’ll be leading his team back into the playoffs for the second straight year…

Here are some selected quotes…

“Well, we’re in first place, that’s always a nice place to be sitting in at this time of the year. But we’ve got work to do, but all we can do is go out and get the best results we can. We can’t worry too much about what the other teams are doing. Strange things happen in this game, so you don’t want to have to hope that the other teams lose and back into it. This team’s focus is going to be to try to win every game and not let it go down to the last couple days and see if we can win this division as quickly as you can. The only way you do that is by winning games. We started with a nine-game winning streak, and it would be nice to have one of those again…but that’s probably highly unlikely based on the teams that we’re going to be playing.”

“It’s always a concern, but Brian (Lawrence)’s been gone for a while now. We lost Chris Walker, we lost Brent Bonvechio, we lost Erick San Pedro…we’ve lost more guys than any other team, and we’re still there. It shows you the character and the depth of this ballclub. This team knows how to win, and whatever combination we run out there, they seem to figure out a way to do that.”

“There’s not a lot out there. There are some (good free agents), we’re talking to some people, but we haven’t finalized anything. The people that we are talking to won’t get here right away to even impact this first half. David’s working at it, and he works at it every day and we’ll see what could happen.”

About Last Night…: Some Ducks photos from last night’s game…

Nook Logan

Jay Gibbons

Alay Soler


Abe Alvarez

Blue Crabs Cut Farnsworth: The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have released P Jeff Farnsworth. The move comes several days after they placed him on their inactive list. – Mike Ashmore

John Gets New Gig:
No, Tommy John is not leaving the Bridgeport Bluefish. Yes, he’s headed to ESPN radio. John is going to be co-hosting “Mike & Mike” in the morning Thursday. The show airs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and can also be seen on ESPN2. Usually the Ducks are getting the ESPN coverage so this is some great promotion for the Bluefish. – Scott Stanchak


1. Anonymous - June 25, 2008

Not many days when it doesn’t suck to be Lancaster.

2. playballnyy - June 25, 2008

Wouldn’t it have been great publicity if TJ could have talked about a WINNING ball club on ESPN, would have been great for the club. Now I’m sure they’ll just talk about the negative…now they’ll just talk about losing and that crazy Offerman incident. For the record, I’m not crazy about TJ, even when the team is winning. Didn’t like him last year, and I still don’t like him.

3. ghost of tom joad - June 25, 2008

Forgot Jutt Hileman

4. Anonymous - June 25, 2008

playballnyy –

do you ever have a positive attitude?

5. playballnyy - June 25, 2008

Yup I do, the bluefish won last night, I had a great, positive attitude, but thats a given when the team wins. doesn’t change the fact that I’m super frustrated with organization for a million and one reasons.

6. Anonymous - June 26, 2008

If you want to see Tommy John on ESPN2 tomorrow, he will be on from 6-7 AM. At 7 AM they switch to tennis coverage.

7. Anonymous - June 26, 2008

how does a guy hitting .190 get picked up?

8. BoosterBabe - June 26, 2008

I was at the ballpark Tuesday, also.
Where were you?

9. Gil Hanley - June 26, 2008

Very sad to hear about Burkhart.Alway’s one of my favorite A.L. player’s. Hope he can make it back at full strngth.

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