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July 24, 2008 July 24, 2008

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Ryan On Ryan: Courier News writer and noted chicken fajita enthusiast Ryan Dunleavy is reporting that that Somerset Patriots OF Michael Ryan has signed with the Florida Marlins and has been assigned to Triple-A.

The former Minnesota Twin had a .955 OPS with 15 home runs and 44 RBI in 65 games with Somerset, and leaves a huge hole in the Patriots lineup.

As for Dunleavy, he’s also got an interesting take on yesterday’s rainout that you might want to take a look at as well…

Bears Add Big Leaguer: (PR) The 2007 Atlantic League champion Newark Bears have announced the signing of pitcher Frank Rodriguez.

The Brooklyn-born right hander has decided to make a return to professional baseball after leaving the game in 2001. He brings 184 games of major league experience to the Bears.

Rodriguez started his professional career with the Boston Red Sox organization in 1992 and advanced to the majors with the Red Sox in 1995. Midway through the season, Rodriguez was traded to the Minnesota Twins for major league All-Star Rick Aguilera.

In 1996, he amassed a team-leading 13 wins in 33 starts and posted a 5.05 ERA with the Twins.

In addition to playing for the Red Sox and Twins, Rodriguez has also spent time with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds in a major league career that spanned from 1995 to 2001.

Ashmore Note — The move came after the release of P Rich Scalamandre. – MA


1. Anonymous - July 24, 2008

2008-2001= 7. This should be interesting. Seven years off at the age of 36. Is pitching that hard up?

2. Mike - July 24, 2008

In a word…yes

Look at some of the guys who’ve been on league rosters for quite a while. Some of these guys have no business pitching in this league with the way they’ve been playing…but there’s nothing better out there, so they’re sticking.

3. Anonymous - July 24, 2008

How do you say yes?????? There must be guys out there. Saul just signed, where has he been all year? There are guys pitching who just arn’t performing, and should be released but isn’t that what baseball is about…. who you know.

4. Mike - July 24, 2008

Saul is an exception. But even he was in contact with at least three other teams over the past two months before he went to York.

It was a matter of what worked best timing wise for Saul and his family…he had offers in the past, but it wasn’t right.

5. Anonymous - July 24, 2008

I was wondering what happened to Alex Sanchez? He was released by the Ducks or traded to the Bears, then it seems he disappeared! Did I miss something?


6. Anonymous - July 24, 2008

He was put on the Ducks inactive list and then traded to the Bears.

7. Anonymous - July 24, 2008

Why was the Somerset/Ducks rainout rescheduled for August 18th in Long Island instead of Somerset?

8. Anonymous - July 24, 2008

See Pat McVerry’s post on Dunleavy’s blog for the explanation. The link is above.

9. Anonymous - July 24, 2008

the duck game was done on LI probably b/c they dont play in somerset the rest of the season, but 6 times on LI, and LI doesnt have any open off days to travel there unless they expect them to play almost 2 full months without a day off… which wasn’t gonna happen.

10. Announcer Guy Doug - July 24, 2008

I think Ryan is a little over his skis on this one. Before you canonize Kalafer et al, nobody wants that game. The labor cost alone on a half empty ballpark for a makeup game is worth giving away the gate. You’ll make it back in spades on concessions on rainout redemptions. Plus whatever chips you can cash at the next board meeting.

And don’t think nobody else has ever taken one for the league, and wouldn’t again. Ask anybody who worked in Bpt in 1998 or 1999, taking in orphan teams on their days off. This league doesn’t get off the ground without that sacrifice. I would argue that the Fish have never really recovered.

11. Anonymous - July 25, 2008


12. Anonymous - July 25, 2008

Birdzerk throws Sandel’s glove at the All-Star Game.

13. paulsrandomstuff - July 25, 2008

I’d tend to agree with announcer guy doug.

Say the Patriots decided to play on Monday and make the players sacrifice the off-day. They’d have an unscheduled Monday night game, and four full days to sell tickets for it.

They only get a couple thousand for *scheduled* Monday night games, so I’d think it would probably *cost* Steve Kalafar money to hold the game.

Dump it off on Long Island, you sacrifice a small gate but save the costs of paying employees, electricity etc and earn goodwill from the players (who don’t lose one of their few days off) and the media.

14. paulsrandomstuff - July 25, 2008

During today’s Mets radio broadcast, Howie Rose mentioned Brandon Knight as a possiblity to start Saturday for the Mets.

They’ll need a pitcher because Pedro Martinez is on bereavement leave.

15. Anonymous - July 25, 2008

how’s the pitching doing? Hahaha! How pathetic the signings have been! So many teams with awful pitching! Guys are out there, just can’t get signed! I guess you got to be a 37 year old former big leaguer from 2001 to get signed in this league! Thoughts??

16. Anonymous - July 25, 2008

how do you keep guys with 6,7,8 plus e.r.a.’s. Oh they are big leaguers! They obviously are bad and or over the hill. Oh well, just keep em! Says a lot for the league! Pathetic!!! There are people out there who have more talent!!! People who should know the game but don’t! Dumbfounding!!

17. Robert - July 25, 2008

Anon: If you think you have some better suggestions for signings, why don’t you forward them on to the teams. I am sure that once your genius discovered by the Atlantic League, it won’t be long until you are asked to be the GM somewhere.

Perhaps, in your fantasy baseball league?

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