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Patriots React To Winning First Half:

After I managed to avoid all the champagne and beer that was flying around the clubhouse, I managed to catch up with a few of the key players in last night’s 6-1 Patriots win over the Bears that sent Somerset to the playoffs for the seventh time in 11 years.


“(Magrane was) outstanding. Especially after he got off to such a rocky start. We made some changes with him, getting his arm up a little bit higher. Everything was flat. Brett worked with him, and the last three or four starts, it’s showed.”

“It’s a thing of beauty, man. I don’t know how you can ever get tired of it.”


“Rad and I were just talking. It doesn’t matter where you are or what team you’re on or what stadium you’re in, there’s nothing like winning. That’s why we all came here. That’s why Ryan came here, that’s why Larson came here, that’s why Rad came back here, that’s why the guys that have been here are here.”

“We’ve got a long way to go. It’s good to win the first half and win a playoff berth, but nobody’s here to win a playoff berth. There’s a championship we’re trying to win. So we’ll see what happens.”


“Awesome, (Magrane) was great. He made pitches all night. They got one early on a broken bat up the middle. But he settled in and did his thing.”

“He’s getting better luck. He had some tough luck several outings in a row. He’s pitched with a lot of confidence. He’s just mixing it up; in, out, up, down.”


“I felt fairly decent. I was able to get them to hit the ball on the ground and I had my defense make some nice plays for me.”

“I would say attack mode (is working for me now that wasn’t working before).”

“One of the most fun parts about it is everyone having so much fun in here. There’s a great bunch of guys in here.”


“The way this guy’s been pitching, nobody deserves this more than him.”

Somerset box score…

SMITH 1-4, R, HR, RBI, K
RYAN 0-2, 2 BB

MAGRANE: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Rather interesting how this all worked out. Looking at the pitching matchup, it appeared the Bears had the clear advantage. But Jim Magrane has really been coming on lately, and has apparently gone from a reclamation project to the man who saved the Patriots first half.

I thought it was interesting that the Bears didn’t seem to employ an “all hands on deck” strategy. Pat Stanley went six innings and it was pretty clear he didn’t have his best stuff by the fourth inning. For a game with such significance, I thought that it was an interesting decision to leave him in as long as they did.

Also worth noting is that Newark did not take BP before the game, and Somerset had optional BP which most players took. In fact, the Bears didn’t even arrive until roughly two hours before the game.

While the Bears are probably the favorite to win the division in the second half — as Somerset will have the luxury of resting guys and not needing to go nuts with player procurement early in the half — there’s still no guarantee they’ll make the playoffs.

Lancaster can’t possibly be as bad in the second half as they were in the first, and I think everyone knows what Adam Gladstone is capable of doing in terms of building a roster for York.

If a wild-card scenario is created due to Somerset winning both halves, something that’s hardly unprecedented, Newark has only a three game lead over surprising Southern Maryland.

Educated Guesses For The All-Star Game: I’d imagine that Pat Stanley will start for the Freedom Division and Randy Leek will start for the Liberty Division, especially with Dave LaPoint managing. For the record, Leek would be my choice anyway.

I don’t think there’s much doubt that Stanley will get the nod.

For the Home Run Derby, assuming that it’s eight players and there’s one from each team, you’ll likely see Somerset’s Josh Pressley, Newark’s Jose Herrera, Lancaster’s Danny Gonzalez, York’s Jason Aspito, Bridgeport’s Jesse Hoorelbeke, Long Island’s Ray Navarrete, Southern Maryland’s Pat Osborn and Camden’s L.J. Biernbaum.

I think you could see either Michael Ryan or Brandon Larson instead of Pressley in Somerset’s spot, and Ramon Castro instead of Herrera in Newark’s spot. Ideally, I’d have ten guys participate regardless of teams. – Mike Ashmore

Borowski DFA’ed: Former Newark Bears pitcher — and known Atlantic League basher — Joe Borowski was designed for assignment by the Cleveland Indians Sunday. Borowski, last year’s American League save leader, was horrible this season, having blown four saves and posted an ERA over seven. I can see another big-league team taking a chance on him (Devil Rays?). If not, there’s always the Atlantic League, but would any team want him?

Barnstormers To Sign Luis Perez: Jason Guarente is reporting that the Lancaster Barnstormers will ink OF Luis Perez. He, along with P Jason Scobie, will join the club in Bridgeport this week.

Perez, who has experience in the Oakland Athletics organization, missed all of last season with an injury. He was recently released from the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association.

Guevara In Sporting News: Lancaster Barnstormers pitcher Yamel Guevara is featured in this week’s issue of the “Sporting News.” It’s a great article about how he, along with five others, including Atlanta Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar, made a brave escape from Cuba to play baseball in the United States. You will not believe what they endured. Barnstormer fans especially, I urge you to pick up a copy and check it out. It will make you appreciate the guy even more. – Scott Stanchak


1. Larky Spyle - July 7, 2008

Congratulations Patriots! Jim Magrane settled in and pitched a great game after a bump in the first inning. Pat Stanley, who’s given up only six homers to date, lets four bombs out of the park.

That being said, this was a very exciting 5-game series between two very good teams. And what an exciting race overall for the first half title. Nice job, Bears!

2. Anonymous - July 7, 2008

Didn’t magrane satrt the year with the ducks?

3. paul lelamy - July 7, 2008

I think I have a Magrane headache.

4. paul lemay - July 7, 2008

Sorry for the doublwe post,the wine is kicking in.

5. BoosterBabe - July 7, 2008

Take some Excedrin!

6. Paul - July 7, 2008

That was a great performance by Jim Magrane today. Congratulations to the Patriots and all of the players named to the Atlantic League all-star teams.

7. Brian - July 7, 2008

Good series from two best teams in league!
Newark has had some player movement that has hurt offense.
Current Somerset offense can BASH!!
This team will continue to crush the long ball against Atlantic League pitchers.
Hope Newark makes playoffs one way or another.
Gladstone has only managed to put a TERRIBLE team on field for York so far. You must be living in the past.
Reserve Keith Reed has best HR Derby swing of other Bears.

8. mnlem - July 7, 2008

Great first half race, meaningful games in July were super. Brett Jodie has doen some really good things with the pitching staff and gets far more out of tem than expected, he desereves some extra credit.

9. Sharks52 - July 7, 2008

RJ Swindle’s back with the Phils to replace Tom Gordon so hopefully this time up he’ll get a major league appearence. How about some props for the Sharks. They had 7 players picked off their roster by big league teams and at times had to bat their pitchers as they only had 8 position players and still ran off with the first half. Ferguson did a great job in the first half under trying circumstances and most of the position players have done much better than one would expect.

10. www.BrickCityBruins.com - July 8, 2008

R.J. Swindle is warming up in the bullpen … wearing #56.

11. www.BrickCityBruins.com - July 8, 2008

R.J. Swindle is in the game. The Newark Bears and the Atlantic League were just acknowledge in his bio read by Gary Cohen.

12. www.BrickCityBruins.com - July 8, 2008

And David Wright takes R.J. out of the park in left. 9-1 Mets in the 6th.

13. Paul - July 8, 2008

There’s video highlights of the Wright home run and Swindle’s strikeout of Carlos Delgado on MLB Gameday: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2008_07_07_nynmlb_phimlb_1&mode=gameday

14. Anonymous - July 8, 2008

You guys are such homers. No love for the Riversharks at all. They ran away with the lead and are left with no position players and there is nothing except sparky and the pats…Oh and did you know they still had 5 all stars lead by the Thriller Nic Jackson. and I have yet to hear about LI and their name players finishing in last. Cant someone give them their due?

15. Mike - July 8, 2008

Camden clinching their spot a week or so ago — which I wrote about then — isn’t news now.

Somerset playing Newark in what essentially amounted to a one game series to see who makes the playoffs is news now.

I know they had five All-Stars because I posted the entire list.

Enough with the homer crap.

Covering this league gets less and less fun by the second…

16. Anonymous - July 9, 2008

What’s a Rivershark?

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