July 10, 2008 July 9, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Brownlie = Lincecum?: Former Newark Bears and current Eastern League All-Star P Bobby Brownlie earned a somewhat dubious mention in a recent Sports Illustrated article by Tom Verducci.
Here’s part of it what was said…
The previous winter (pitching coach Rick) Peterson had met Brownlie at a banquet and told him, “Hey, I hear you’re great. Congratulations, I hear you’re going to be a [first round] pick.” But when he watched Brownlie on the tape (A’s GM Billy) Beane had given him, Peterson says, “I’m literally sick to my stomach. I’m going, ‘This is so sad.’ “
To find out more about how Brownlie’s delivery may have led to his arm problems, check the link out. And thanks to the person who sent that link along…
Cabrera Canned: (PR) The Lancaster Barnstormers have released pitcher Jose Cabrera, club vice president of Baseball Operations Keith Lupton announced today.
The move follows an altercation during the Barnstormers July 1 game against the Somerset Patriots. The Atlantic League fined Cabrera and suspended him indefinitely following the game.
“We won’t tolerate those kinds of actions from one of our players,” Lupton said. “Jose’s actions were not representative of the Barnstormers organization.”
Alfonzo’s Back: (PR) Long Island Ducks team officials today announced the signing of former Major League All-Star Edgardo Alfonzo. The longtime New York Mets fan favorite returns after spending the first months of the 2008 season with Quintana Roo (AAA) of the Mexican League, where he hit .280 with 12 doubles and 17 RBI in 55 games. In 2007 with the Ducks, Alfonzo hit .266 with five home runs and 56 RBI in 105 games.
“We’re glad to have Fonzie back for the second half of the season,” says Ducks general manager Michael Pfaff. “His leadership and talent will be a welcome addition to our ballclub.”
The 34-year-old Alfonzo spent 12 seasons in the big leagues, playing eight of those years with the Mets. Known for his stellar defense and timely hitting, Fonzie became a favorite of the Shea Stadium faithful. His grand slam in the ninth inning of Game One of the 1999 National League Division Series, his second homer of the game, helped propel the Mets to victory, and eventually to their first postseason series win since 1986. In 2000, an All-Star campaign highlighted by a .324 batting average, 24 homers, 40 doubles and 95 RBI, helped lead the Mets to their fourth National League pennant.
In 1,506 Major League contests, Alfonzo hit .284 with 282 doubles, 146 home runs and 744 RBI. He collected 1,532 hits, and struck out only 617 times in nearly 5,400 at-bats. He is a career .295 minor league hitter, with more than 300 RBI in 551 games.
– Mike Ashmore