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July 16, 2008 – Atlantic League All-Star Game July 16, 2008

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Big News Announced: The Divisional series will expand to a best-of-five series starting in 2009. Newark has been named as the host of the 2009 All-Star Game, and the All-Star Game will be pushed back into the end of June next year.

2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game: Here are the starting lineups…


Ray Navarrete, 2B
Nic Jackson, CF
Pat Osborn, 3B
Jesse Hoorelbeke, 1B
Ron Davenport, RF
Branden Florence, LF
L.J. Biernbaum, DH
Jamie Pogue, C
George Sandel, SS

Randy Leek, P


Michael Woods, CF
Ramon Castro, SS
Michael Ryan, LF
Brandon Larson, 3B
Josh Pressley, 1B
Jose Herrera, RF
Danny Gonzalez, 2B
Jason Aspito, DH
Jason Belcher, C

Pat Stanley, P

NOTE: If the game is tied after nine innings, there will be a home run contest of some sort to determine the winner.

4:45 PM — Just got back from chatting with Dave LaPoint and a few players. Seems like the consensus is that Jesse Hoorelbeke is the early favorite for the HR Derby based on the show he put on during BP.

6:00 PM – Just got back from talking to Frank Boulton and Don Zimmer. I’ll have that stuff later tonight or tomorrow…


Ron Davenport, 1 HR
Matt Hagen, 1 HR
Josh Pressley, 7 HR
Brandon Larson, 1 HR
Jesse Hoorelbeke, 4 HR
Ray Navarrete, 3 HR


Pressley, WINS

6:50 PM – Back up from talking to Josh Pressley and Donald Trump. The media opportunity with Trump was going on while Pressley was busy winning the derby, so that was interesting.

Very happy to see Pressley win it in front of the hometown fans. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Josh Pressley wins the HR Derby

Don Zimmer Makes An Appearance

7:30 PM – Pressley quote from winning the derby… “It’s all about getting into a rhythm early, and by all means anybody else could have won this thing just as easily if they got going and in a rhythm. I just happened to feel good early and get in a rhythm.”

7:35 PM – 1-2-3 inning from Pat Stanley, Ramon Castro took Randy Leek yard in the bottom of the 1st to give the Freedom Division a 2-0 lead.

8:00 PM – Benito Baez relieves Stanley after two hitless innings…

8:05 PM – Joe Valentine comes in for Randy Leek, who allowed two runs on three hits…but basically, the Castro homer got him.

8:30 PM – Aaaaaaand it’s tied at four. Eric Ackerman with a rough inning.

8:35 PM – Ryan Bicondoa in to pitch the 4th…

9:05 PM – Live blogging this ridiculousness is beyond impossible at this point. It’s 8-6 Freedom in the top of the 5th…Ramon Castro already has 2 homers.

9:45 PM – By some incredible stroke of luck, we’re in the top of the 8th. It’s 8-6, still. This game has been a bit of a microcosm of the league at this point — good hitting, not so great pitching.

10:15 PM – Game over, 8-6 Freedom wins. Ramon Castro wins MVP. I’ll have a bunch of stuff up tomorrow…

Atlantic League All-Star Game Tonight: Be sure to check out the Somerset Patriots’ All-Star page for complete rosters and event times. Mike and myself will be there tonight, so be sure to stop by and say hello. As always, you can expect to see a number of updates from the game.

Also, be sure to check out yesterday’s exclusive on a former Patriots pitcher that may be returning to the club. – Scott Stanchak

Live Coverage All Night: As Scott mentioned, we’ll have updated coverage all night long from the festivities in Bridgewater. In the meantime, check out Ryan Dunleavy’s coverage in today’s paper.

He talks superfans, super scouts, super Somerset staffers and more… – MA



1. Anonymous - July 16, 2008

I can’t wait! This is by far the best source of AL news anywhere. It’s possibly even the best minor league news source anywhere. Keep it up!

2. Kevin - July 16, 2008

You guys are probably busy with the ASG, but former Somerset Patriot Brandon Knight was selected to the US Olympic team which was announced today.

3. doc carter - July 16, 2008

I totally agree with you anonymous. This is a great site to find out how other teams are doing,and finding out whar all the different fans think. Yes,I am brown nosing. But I always check this site out every day.

4. Larky Spyle - July 17, 2008

The Somerset Patriots did a great job hosting the All-Star Game. Lots of events, and the biggest crowd ever at Commerce Bank Ballpark was well entertained.

My only quibble is with the amount of cash award for the Home Run Derby champ and Game MVP. $250? Are you kidding me? I’m sure that the league and sponsors have enough resources to make it something more substantial, like $500 or $1000. These guys deserve it!

5. Roadwarriorfan - July 17, 2008

hahah, Mike I was literally thinking the same exact thing around the 5th or 6th inning that the game was an exact microcosm of the league itself, the winner just depended on who could outhit the other team. Pressley put on a show in the derby easily hitting balls of the scoreboard in right center. The autograph session was well organized as well with all the players and coaches accessible. Programs and all star card sets are awesome…(only no All Star game scorecard?) nonetheless, great job Somerset.

6. Roadwarriorfan - July 17, 2008

erer, wait I guess Scott* wrote that…sorry, anyway nice coverage guys!

7. Anonymous - July 17, 2008

Great job by the Patriots!
I said the same thing to my Brother about the $250 HR Derby prize. I was embarassed for the league. I mean they could not raise it up to $1000?
Next year, why don’t they just pass around the hat like the good ol’ days? The payoff would be better!


8. Anonymous - July 17, 2008

after the show that was just put on by Somerset to have to log on here and see complaints about a payout? For shame. You people would find something wrong with winning lotto.

9. Anonymous - July 17, 2008

25o dollars what a joke!!!

10. Anonymous - July 17, 2008

I think when Mike Huggins won the HR Derby at the 2006 All Star game in Bridgeport…..he received $500.

Times are tough in the old Atlantic League, eh?

–Eddie Ramos

11. great traxler's ghost! - July 17, 2008

Half a dozen blogs and the Pats site have stories on the game by now (10 AM Thursday) and the league site barely shows the score, and only if you can figure it out.

Not good.

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