August 22, 2008 August 21, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Ducks Respond: I spoke with Long Island Ducks general manager Mike Pfaff Thursday. We talked about the players absence from Sunday’s scheduled autograph session.
Pfaff said the players were protesting against the Ducks’ front office and the league office for having to wait out a 2 hour, 24 minute rain delay the night before. Once the game, which stopped in the top of the ninth with the Ducks ahead by two, resumed, it took six minutes to complete. The decision to not come out and sign autographs had nothing to do with the fans.
Pfaff said that he too was not happy that his staff had to be there until 1 a.m. He said the decision to wait out the rain — which looked like it was never going to end on the radar — was completely on the umpires. The players, however, thought the front office had something to do with it.
As far as autograph Sunday’s, he said that all players, in their contract, have to take part in the event. I have heard of players not showing up for it, and most of the time, they’ve been suspended, fined, etc. – Scott Stanchak
Brownlie Pitches Well For Harrisburg: Last night in Trenton, with over 50 friends and family members looking on, former Newark Bears P Bobby Brownlie pitched his first game in New Jersey since his last start with the Bears on July 19th against Bridgeport.
Now with the Harrisburg Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, the Eastern League All-Star and first ballot inductee into the Good Guy Hall of Fame pitched six strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six.
He left the game with the score 1-1, and did not factor in the decision.
Before the game, I asked Harrisburg pitching coach Rick Tomlin about Brownlie, and here’s what he had to say…
“He’s an experienced guy, he’s been around a little bit,” Tomlin said.
“He knows how to pitch, he’s a veteran guy. He’s a pleasure to be around. Any time you’ve got guys who’ve been around a little bit that are good guys and know what the game is all about, they’re a pleasure to be around.”
One of the big issues for Brownlie throughout his career has been his velocity. I asked Tomlin if he had worked with the former Rutgers standout in that department…
“If I could teach guys how to gain velocity, I’d be the richest human being in the free world,” he joked.
“He is what he is, he pitches well. He’s a guy that’s got three average pitches, average Major League pitches, and he’s a grinder. He’s not going to blow you away with stuff, but he can pitch. He’s got to mix all three of his pitches. Velocity’s irrelevant, because he’s got command to move the hitter forward and backward, and when he does that he’s very successful.”
For video of Brownlie warming up last night, check this out. – Mike Ashmore