July 3, 2008 July 3, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Awful: Is there any other way to describe the state of affairs in Lancaster? York’s been pretty awful as well, but at least they’re trying to bolster the team for the second half by making moves like signing Shea Hillenbrand.
Jason Guarente reports that P Jose Cabrera was suspended indefinitely by the Atlantic League and fined $1,000 for his actions in Tuesday’s benches-clearing incident.
Guarente writes that we’ve likely seen the last of Cabrera in a Lancaster uniform, especially with a meeting scheduled between him, manager Von Hayes and Keith Lupton on Friday to discuss his future with the team.
From what I understand — and if any front office types want to come on here and correct me if I’m wrong, go for it — teams pay for a player’s work visa. I have no idea how much one is, but I’d imagine it isn’t the cheapest thing in the world.
I’d also guess-timate that he was making somewhere in the $2,000 to $2,400 a month range.
For their investment, they got one ugly incident, two wins, a loss, six saves and a 2.79 ERA in 16 appearances. Worth it?
Now, they have to go out and move someone into the closer’s slot or replace him on the roster entirely…assuming they don’t keep him around. I wasn’t there, so maybe the fans can chime in here…was what he did really that bad? Whipping a ball at the other team with the intent on nailing someone is a rather reprehensible offense and is obviously suspension worthy, but was it worthy of his termination from the team? Was the fact that the ball hit D.J. Mattox what makes it so bad?
Not rhetorical questions…what do you guys think?
So, last night, Eric Ackerman comes out and gets absolutely lit up. He bit the bullet and went 7.1 IP, allowing 16 hits and 11 runs (all earned).
“It was embarrassing,” Ackerman told Guarente. “I let the team down. I let myself down.”
What’s worse…that he pitched that poorly, or that he was allowed to do so? I can’t imagine any pitcher left in to take that kind of hit would take it very well…Ackerman had actually been pitching pretty well lately, and certainly didn’t deserve that.
Between bringing in guys with no prior professional experience — something you see in lesser independent leagues — the manager activating himself earlier in the year, and now pitchers hitting teammates with baseballs…things are flat out bad in Lancaster.
Cates Leaves: The Camden Courier-Post is reporting that INF Gary Cates has left the Camden Riversharks, saying he returned home for “family reasons.”
Cates, a certain selection to the Atlantic League All-Star Game, was hitting .286 with no home runs and 31 RBI for Camden at the time of his departure.
The Riversharks also clinched at least a share of the first half title last night, and will likely clinch the first half crown outright very shortly.
Update: The Camden Courier-Post is wrong. The Riversharks tell us that Cates has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. Congrats to the former Baltimore Orioles prospect. – SS
Brownlie An All-Star Too: Former Newark Bears P Bobby Brownlie was also named to the Eastern League’s Southern Division All-Star Team.
Brownlie, who got a short look in Triple-A this year, is 6-0 with a 3.33 ERA in nine starts for Harrisburg. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com
Bluefish Want Actor’s Son: The lovable Rich Elliot is reporting that the Bridgeport Bluefish are looking to sign Patrick Dobson, a 27-year-old who was in camp with the San Francisco Giants this year. The outfielder/first baseman also happens to be the son of actor Kevin Dobson.
The elder Dobson has appeared in such programs as “Chicken Soup For The Soul” (They made that?), Nash Bridges (Maybe he met Don Johnson?) and “Touched By An Angel” (Insert Joke Here — Mine would involve Della Reese).
Kevin Dobson has spent his entire five-year career with the Giants, reaching Double-A last season.
Daubert Traded: The York Revolution traded infielder Kevin Daubert to make room for Shea Hillenbrand on the roster. Daubert is now the newest member of the Can-Am League’s Ottawa Rapidz. (Yes, Rapidz is just spelled that cool.)
The Good Get Gooder: I know it’s not a word, but it works. Today the Newark Bears acquired one of the league’s top talents, Alex Sanchez, from the Long Island Ducks for a player to be named later. Sanchez was hitting .347 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 32 games this year. The former big leaguer also has six stolen bases.
The deal definitely helps the Bears, who are a half game behind the Somerset Patriots for the first-half title in the Freedom Division. – Scott Stanchak