July 15, 2008 July 14, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
ALB Exclusive Breaking News: Elder May Return To Somerset
The Somerset Patriots have already secured a playoff spot. Now, they may have secured one of the top relievers on the market.
Dave Elder may be returning to Somerset, a source tells Mike Ashmore and myself.
Elder, who has spent part of the last four seasons with the Patriots, is in the process of getting his arm ready and would be ready to pitch in less than a month.
The former big leaguer pitched in Mexico last season, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.75 ERA in 26 appearances.
Elder, 10-5 with Somerset throughout his career, pitched himself out of the Atlantic League twice. Once with the New York Yankees in 2004 and then with the Kansas City Royals in 2006. He’s widely considered one of the Patriots’ top relief pitchers of all-time.
Somerset is leading the Freedom Division in the second half with a 4-2 record. The Patriots return from the All-Star break with a series against Bridgeport beginning Friday. – Scott Stanchak
AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com Mid-Season Awards: This is pretty self-explanatory. If I were in charge of giving out the Atlantic League’s various awards, here’s who’d be getting them at the
halfway point of the season All-Star Break.
MVP: Brandon Larson, Somerset Patriots
I thought about giving this to Carl Everett or Ray Navarrete, but the fact of the matter is that the Patriots won the first half and the Ducks didn’t.
The former Reds third sacker is fifth in the league (among active players) in hitting with a .338 average, tied for first in home runs with 17 and fourth in RBI with 59.
A frequent subject of rumors regarding players leaving for Mexico, as is Everett, Somerset likely wouldn’t be where they are now without Larson’s bat.
Pitcher of the Year: Nobody.
Seriously. Overall, the pitching is pretty far behind the hitting at this point in the season. Affiliated baseball has pounced the best pitchers in the league, and while there are many candidates to win the trophy, it is absolutely up for grabs in the second half.
Manager of the Year: Joe Ferguson, Camden Riversharks and Sparky Lyle, Somerset Patriots.
It’s got to go to the guys with the best record in the first half, right? Wouldn’t it be interesting — considering everything that went down last year — if these two clubs met in the championship series?
Executive of the Year: David Keller, Camden Riversharks.
Keller got absolutely ripped to shreds for getting rid of some fan favorites and essentially blowing up last year’s very successful Camden ballclub.
With only a handful of players returning, it seemed like an uphill battle for the Riversharks to earn a playoff spot this season.
Not only have they done that — by winning the first half, no less — they’ve emerged as the best team in the Atlantic League.
And for all the crap that he got for dismantling last year’s club, Keller deserves just as much credit for the team’s success in 2008.
Radmanovich, AL Alums Named To Canadian Olympic Roster: Current Somerset Patriots OF Ryan Radmanovich has been officially selected to play for Team Canada in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Also named to the team was former Patriots P Mike Johnson and ex-Bears P R.J. Swindle.
Bender To Call All-Star Game: Brian Bender, long-time play-by-play announcer and voice of the Somerset Patriots, will be in the booth for the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game.
This marks the second midsummer classic that Bender will have been a part of, as he also called the 2001 Atlantic League All-Star Game in Newark while serving as the Bears radio man.
Is he excited?
“Absolutely, All-Star Games are always fun,” Bender said. “I’m really looking forward to this.”
The University of Miami grad will be joined on the field by current Somerset C Travis Anderson to provide commentary for the fans during the pre-game Home Run Derby as well. – MA