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Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Former Patriot Winston Passes Away: As I’m sure many of you may have heard by now, former Somerset Patriots P Darrin Winston has passed away. He was just 42 years old.

Winston, a former Philadelphia Phillie and Rutgers standout as well, bravely battled leukemia before ultimately and unfortunately succumbing to the disease.

He pitched for the Patriots from 1999-2002, and since I started covering the team in 2003, I was never fortunate enough to cover him or even to see him pitch. But his name came up quite frequently, and I had never heard anything bad ever spoken about him.

Courier News beat writer Ryan Dunleavy has more about Winston’s passing here, complete with reaction from manager Sparky Lyle.

Recent Comments: I will address the comments left in Thursday’s post at a later date, as it is certainly not appropriate now…but I will have a response to them during the week. – MA



1. Anonymous - August 17, 2008

RIP Mr. Winston and prayers for his family, especially his children. tincup

2. Sharks52 - August 17, 2008

Sorry to hear about Darrin Winston. What a shock to the family to have him diagnosed on Wednesday and to lose him on Friday.
Don’t let one anonymous comment about your blog bother you. We keep coming back because it is by far the best source for Atlantic League news and we greatly appreciate the hours of work you and Scott put into it for virtually no compensation. It really isn’t worth responding to.

3. Anonymous - August 17, 2008

Mike and Scott,

Don’t waste your time responding to the comments. You are the best source of AtL news, period! By doing this blog you have not committed your life. I do believe you can take some time off once and a while. Hell, the coaches and players do it. Taking a vacation or even doing something that earns money to the neglect of your daily updates is perfectly acceptable. It’s the AtL, not the UN!


4. Anonymous - August 17, 2008

If anybody would like to share their memories of Darrin Winston to help celebrate his life, please visit the following link.


Thank you to everybody who participates in honoring this great family man, friend, and pitcher.

5. Anonymous - August 17, 2008


6. Anonymous - August 17, 2008

Mike—– your blogs are great and many people look foward to them each day. I know my friends and I do. I think by adressing negative comments left on here is a waste of time. You have put together a great thing.
Keep up the good work…..

7. sgt. oddball - August 17, 2008

Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

Always with the negative waves Moriarty, always with the negative waves.

8. Anonymous - August 17, 2008

Anyone can post here and anyone can find info on the teams on their websites or the league site. Mike and Scott have more insight and connections within the league but they also have lives and jobs. So give the guys a break when they miss a day or two. Or just remember the old agage:

9. PatsFan04 - August 17, 2008

So sad to hear the news about Darrin Winston. I started following the Patriots in 2004 and never had the chance to see him pitch. From what I hear he was a very good pitcher who was loved by fans and teammates alike. My prayers go out to his family.

10. Anonymous - August 18, 2008

The Ducks swept the Blue Crabs to take a 3.5 game lead in the Liberty division. The players also refused to come out for autographs before the game.

11. Anonymous - August 18, 2008

The Ducks’ Damian Rolls and Ray Navarrete almost came to blows during pre-game warmups.

12. chip saunders - August 18, 2008

I also saw the dust up between Navarette and Rolls. I wonder what was up with that. Probably just something silly that get’s on people’s nerves during a long season.
But that shouldn’t not over shadow the fine game pitched by Randy Leek,a complete game 5-hitter. Big game also for Kyle Nichols.Cuople of hit’e and rbi’s for the big guy.

13. Anonymous - August 18, 2008

Kyle Nichols reminds me of Bucky Jacobsen when he was with the Ducks.

14. Anonymous - August 18, 2008

The Long Island Ducks players refused to come out for their weekly Sunday on-field autograph session today. While over one hundred fans stood in line and then went on the field in their attempt to get their favorite Ducks’ autograph, the Ducks players, with the exception of their coaching staff, remained in their locker room in protest. The exact cause of the protest is unclear, but there has been rumors of internal friction between some MLB veterans and other players on the team for some time due to some of the MLB vets not coming out to sign autographs on Sundays while the rest of the players had to. Others said that the players were also upset that they had to wait around a long time on Friday night when the game was sent into a long rain delay in the top of the ninth inning.

There was a heated conversation on the field between owner Frank Boulton and players Kevin Haverbusch and Ray Navarrete before the game while the fans were on the field looking for autographs. The only thing more heated was the confrontation between Damian Rolls and Ray Navarrete when they were warming up for the game. Rolls and Navarrete became extremely heated and had to be separated and held back on 3 different occasions. They were finally separated with Navarrete being ushered into the dugout while Rolls was taken to the bullpen.

The nonsense continued on the field in the top of the first inning with Rolls (3B) and Navarrete (2B) jawing at each other. At one point, starting pitcher Randy Leek was so upset that he called manager Dave Lapoint out to the mound. After the top of the first was over, Lapoint gathered all the players together in the dugout for a very one-sided conversation.

15. chip saunders - August 18, 2008

Your right ,Nichol’s does have a resemblance to Bucky. I wonder if this will cut into PJ Rose’s playing time? I guess it already has lol.

16. chip saunders - August 18, 2008

I missed the shouting match between Navarette and Rolls in the second. I figured something must have been bothering Leek when Lapointe came out to talk to him. They did give each other a luke warm high 5 at game’s end.

So,I guess this autograph deal was probably at the root of the confrontation.
I do know that I have seen Navarette patiently signing autographs at the autograph booth.

17. Anonymous - August 18, 2008

Mike and Scott,
You have done a fine job honoring one man’s life.
Please do not feel like you need to respond to anything. Please do not dignify the underhanded swipe made towards you and the site by someone who was obviously grieving and lashing out at an easy target.

18. Anonymous - August 18, 2008

I don’t care what reason the Ducks players had for not coming out. That is not how you handle a situation like that. This has always been billed as a fan friendly league and for the players to take it out on the fans is BS. All I know is that I got to the ballpark at 3:15 for a 5pm game so my two sons could get autographs from the players and then they don’t show up. When I asked the staff members on the field why they weren’t out signing, all I got was blank stares and no apologies.

-Pissed Off Dad

19. Anonymous - August 18, 2008

It’s always the same group of players that don’t come out for the autograph sessions. Everett, Rose, Alfonzo, Hidalgo, Logan, Williams, Darensbourg and a few other pitchers. They can’t be bothered with signing for their loyal fans. I guess they think that signing is beneath them. If that is the reason for today’s “strike” then I blame the management for letting those players get away with it. Why should the other players come out every week to sign while those “prima donnas” don’t have to.

20. Adam - August 18, 2008


I just wanted to echo the sentiments of those who don’t think you should pay any attention to one person’s uninformed opinion about how you run your site. You guys do an amazing job with this blog and are greatly appreciated by the vast majority of those who read it.


21. The Newark Bears - August 18, 2008


You do a great job on this blog – don’t let the haters bring you down. Thanks for your dedication.
-Stephanie Rosman, Newark Bears

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