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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



1. Sharks52 - July 3, 2008

We’ll miss Cates. Any word on Gandolfo and Davenport? They collided in the game last night and Davenport was taken out on a strecher in an ambulance on a backboard.

2. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

In regards to Davenport, I was told that he had x-rays taken and they found nothing wrong and that he will be very sore for the next few days. It was a scary moment though.

3. Dave - July 3, 2008

Former Patriot Jeff Nettles made the Eastern League Allstar team.

4. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

Nettles A.S. note was posted yesterday.

5. barnstormer1 - July 3, 2008

I don’t know….closer comes into game with a one run lead. Gets bent out of shape because there’s a whole lot of “yapping”going on from the oppositions dugout…had been the whole game and a warning WAS issued earlier in the game. throws a pitch behind the batter…ends up throwing a stray ball into the bench clearing mob scene. It sounds pretty standard..”this happens sometimes’ kind of thing. (except for the throwing the baseball part of it) I was there and I am not sure he deserves to be released..but I am sure Von Hayes will not stand for the “selfishness” of the incident. The game was exactly what you want for the closer. The game was “in the books” as it were. Here is an ex major leaguer who comes into a game and “flies off the handle'” because of some “yapping”.?..its not the majors and its not like we are fighting for a playoff spot or anything. To me releasing him doesn’t seem right but then again..Von’s pretty rigid.

6. jevans - July 3, 2008

Scott, regarding the Cabrera incident, the answer is a resouding “yes” the action warrants termination (if I were the GM). The fact that a teammate was the “victim” is immaterial. I, also, did not witness the event, but the simple fact that he threw the ball AFTER the play is similar to Offerman’s bat swinging incident (albeit, obviously less severe) and could legally be considered assault. What if he did hit a player (or a fan) in the head, which resulted in serious injury? Would you keep an employee who you knew was responsible for causing physical damage to a customer?

7. deuce - July 3, 2008

Jose cabrera showed 2 things to me on Tuesday evening. He is 1) Extremely selfish: and 2)Has no self control. Although the umpires could have done a better job difusing the situation, as Von Hayes put it, this incident lays squarely on the shoulders of Cabrera. The result of the incident only hurt the hometown team. D.J. Mattox gets hit with the ball, Kotch gets an elbow to the forehead from Cabrera, and Cabrera is most likely gone. Great job Jose, thanks for your stay in Lancaster

8. playballnyy - July 3, 2008

Wow, Lancaster and Bluefish fans should get together for weekly pity parties.

9. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

the ducks are terrible

10. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

I was there to witness the Jose Cabrera incident.After throwing a pitch that appeared to be a strike but was called a ball.He circled behind the mound on the infield grass,stop and shook his head.That should be a red flag to one of the Umpires that he Is pissed. While this was happening the Somerset bench was yelling curse words among other’s.He step back on the mound and threw the baseball over the batters head,he then charged at the batter,thus clearing the benches.He was being restrained near the 1st base batters back,while holding baseball.In which he threw blindly In to the mob.Hiting Mattox In the Jaw.I think he should be fired for this incident.

11. Camden Riversharks - July 3, 2008

Cates was picked up by the Phillies and has not retired from professional baseball just yet. The Courier-Post jumped the gun here.

12. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

Cabrera got upset because of chatter from the other teams dugout? What would he have done if he was exposed to an opposing dugout filled with Little Leaguers and they started with “We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher” and all those other good chants.

Also, why wasn’t Cabrera charged with assault like Offerman was?

13. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - July 3, 2008

Thanks for the update, Sharks.

14. barnstormer1 - July 3, 2008

Probably not charged because it was his teammate that he hit with the ball? There was cop presence near the dugout. (Lancaster..not sure about Somersets)

15. barnstormer1 - July 3, 2008

His teammate was not seriously injured and I would imagine he didnt want to press charges?

16. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

Lancaster is done for the year. May as well make an example of Cabrera. He’s an idiot and should be treated as such.

17. Adam - July 3, 2008

Lancaster’s Yamel Guevara is featured in this week’s Sporting News. The article talks about his defection from Cuba (along with some other ballplayers).

18. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

Ducks trade Alex Sanchez to Newark for PTBNL. LOL

19. BoosterBabe - July 3, 2008

Why waste energy having a pity party? But if these teams continue to stink up the joint, there will be NO fans left.

20. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

When he packed his bags and walked out on the Ducks, Sanchez was hitting .347 with 4HR, 13 RBI, 13 SO, 30 runs scored and 6/8 in stolen bases. Offensively he was good, defensively he was terrible. He himself cost the Ducks at least 5 games with his weak defensive play in centerfield.

21. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

Considering the Bears have Reed in CF, they need not worry about having Sanchez there. I bet he DH’s.

22. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

The Ducks signed Richard Hidalgo yesterday and he will be in uni playing by Monday!!!!!
I guess that will put Haverbush back on the IL cause he’s still wearing the brace on his wrist, although Osbourn is now 0-4 I think and yesterday he started gave up 5 runs in the first inning and didn’t get anyone out so his ERA is like 34253543265436456.12 now so I wouldn’t be suprised to see him go….I hope!

23. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

Wasn’t the actor, Kevin Dobson, on the show Kojak???? I may be dating myself but I think he played Crocker?????

24. Anonymous - July 3, 2008

Why would Lancaster fans get together for a pity party? Despite having a total sh*t team, they’re still #3 in attendance. What’s wrong with the rest of you sorry chumps?

25. Anonymous - July 4, 2008

Nice baseball fans, Lancaster still has the second half and you never know — “ain’t over till the fat lady sings”. sometimes it doesn’t taste as good as when you said it.

26. BoosterBabe - July 4, 2008

Offerman was arrested because last year, there were always several Bridgeport police officers working the game. They were there, they witnessed what they considered an assault and they arrested him.

It had nothing to do with Beech and Nathans pressing charges. Offerman was restrained by police, cuffed and read his rights as soon as he was brought off the field. The police were waiting just the other side of the dugout.
I know this because I was friends with the news reporter who shot the “perp walk” that ended up EVERYWHERE. My friend Bill missed the fight by mere moments…he stepped off the elevator with his camera on his shoulder, found out what happened and ran down to shoot what he could. He was very angry with himself for missing that, it would have been the story of his career. He might have won an Emmy for it, but unfortunately, he died 5 and a half weeks later. (SIGH)

Anyway, Offerman was arrested because the police in attendance felt he committed a crime (Probably assault and battery–at least assault, though Beech’s broken finger and Nathan’s concussion should have probably qualified as “battery”). I don’t know how the NJ laws are. In CT, if a cop witnesses what they believe is a crime, they are obligated to arrest the perp.

I can’t imagine the law in NJ is any different. But maybe the cops just thought it was “part of the game” rather than assault with a deadly weapon.

27. Anonymous - July 4, 2008

The Ducks bullpen catcher, Eric Colon, was on the Ducks active roster today and Donovan Osborne was not. The Bluefish must have set a league record today by getting a double play (7) in every inning (except the first) and still losing the game 5 – 4.

Mike – what is the AL record for most double play’s in one game?

28. Mike D. - July 11, 2008

Release a sub-3 ERA in this league, this year? Lancaster is insane.

This was nowhere near Offerman terms. And the Ducks will probably sign him to further stack team-HGH/psycho.

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