August 18, 2008 August 17, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Duck and Cover?: Apparently, yesterday’s Ducks game featured various disasters. Players not coming out for the Sunday autograph session. Two players on the same team needing to be separated. The team owner and manager needing to talk to the team.
There’s been some talk about this in yesterday’s comments, but if anyone has any further insight, continue posting it here.
If what I’ve heard and read here is to be believed, there’s a large group of Ducks who don’t come out for autograph sessions on a regular basis. If being a fan friendly league is as important as the league makes it out to be, then they should all be released. All of them. This isn’t the big leagues anymore.
If there are players in this league who don’t understand the responsibilities that come with playing in a setting like the Atlantic League, then they shouldn’t be allowed to play at all.
Any fan who came to that game yesterday, where there was apparently no autograph signing at all, should get their money back. None of this “tickets to a future game” crap. They should be able to decide whether they want to spend money there again…I bet if it started costing teams money because players didn’t want to sign autographs, you’d see some pretty drastic moves.
But of course, that will never happen.
Lockwood Returns To Somerset: (PR) The Three-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced the return of outfielder Mike Lockwood.
Lockwood finished the 2007 season with a .278 batting average, 90 runs scored, 129 hits, 14 doubles, and a team high 23 home runs and 92 RBI. Lockwood finished fifth in the league in home runs and runs scored in an All-Star season for the Patriots.
Lockwood played for Somerset during the first half of the 2006 season before signing a contract to play in Taiwan. He hit a .336 with 20 runs, 45 hits, seven doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 36 games for the Patriots in 2006.
Lockwood spent the 2005 season at the Triple-A level for the Red Sox in Pawtucket of the International League. He had 75 hits, 13 doubles, four triples, ten home runs, and 50 RBI in 97 games played for Pawtucket.
Lockwood has four seasons of Triple-A experience in the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox organizations.
He is a career .277 hitter with 950 hits, 188 doubles, 29 triples, 85 home runs, and 494 RBI in 951 minor league games.
He was playing baseball in Italy this year before joining the Patriots. To make room for Lockwood, the Patriots have placed outfielder Kevin Kotch on the inactive list.
Ashmore Note — Hard to understand why Kotch was placed on the inactive list when there may have been other players more deserving of such a move. Kotch performed well in limited duty for the Patriots, and his versatility could benefit them down the stretch in resting key players.
Seip Looks At AL Talent: York Revolution beat writer Jim Seip has been taking a look at the players signed out of the Atlantic League in 2007 and 2008 over at his blog, and also analyzes whether the league has been improving. Check it out… – MA