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August 25, 2008 August 25, 2008

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Shea Goodbye: According to Revs beat writer Jeff Johnson, it sounds like York INF Shea Hillenbrand won’t be returning to the club this season.

With Hillenbrand on the shelf and having oddly left the team after injuring his hamstring, Johnson writes the following:

“But while Hillenbrand offered his hitting expertise and gave York one of the purest swings the Atlantic League has ever seen, he’ll also be remembered for other things.

The way he dogged it on numerous groundouts. The time he barked at a fan who dared to boo him for his lack of hustle. And the occasion he left the Revs’ dugout with his gear in tow while York was trying to mount a rally in the late innings.”

It should be interesting to see how this plays out…

Bluefish Release Two Pitchers: The Bridgeport Bluefish have released P T.J. Tucker and P Rafael Bergstrom.

Tucker, a former big leaguer, was 3-3 with a 7.39 ERA in 34 appearances. With a WHIP over two, this move was long overdue.

Bergstrom, the ex-IBL standout, was 6-7 with a 5.73 ERA in 18 appearances for Bridgeport, including 16 starts. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him re-surface somewhere in the league, I still think he could make a good fourth or fifth starter for a club. – MA



1. Newark - August 25, 2008

Slightly inflated ego or not losing Shea is huge for York. Like it or not his bat was a BIG reason for Revs improved play.
Looks like they finally got Ashby to go 0 fer. He is a great hiter!!
I know he needs to play some but Kaz Tanaka is the WORST player ever to keep a job long-term in Atlantic League. I KNOW he is a great guy but it is HARD to hit low .200’s in this league.
Rakers has not been as effective after complete game gem against Bears. That game might not have been great idea long-term.

I am sure Adam has a replacement for Shea in mind. Attendance is good and York is excited about winner. Big series against Somerset coming up. Big chance to solidify 2nd half lead.

2. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

Shea has been and always will be a washup. He has not left anywhere on good terms.

Guys like that don’t deserve to play the game

3. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

I can’t believe the Bluefish let Bergstrom go. He just pitched some in relief over the weekend and did okay. He had some shoulder problems earlier, but Rafael Bergstrom DID have several good outings for a Bridgeport team that is pretty lacking in pitching. He threw a no-hitter for 6+ innings in late June. Was a good guy in the clubhouse. Tommy John even said he appreciated Bergstrom’s sense of humor and said he was a pitcher who WANTED to learn to get better.
Bluefish are 5 games out and if
they can keep up their current level of play, they CAN make it tough on the Ducks. But who are they going to to put on the mound? Guys like Wes Wilkerson are far more inconsistant, and are still on the roster. Go figure.

–Eddie Ramos

4. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

Okay…..I apologise: I just checked the CT Post, and it WASN’T Raphael Bergstrom whom the Bluefish released. Rich Elliot in the Post says it WAS Wes Wilkerson…. That’s a relief.

–Eddie Ramos

5. Adam (not Gladstone) - August 25, 2008

I don’t think the Revs will miss Hillenbrand too much. They’re 6-4 since he left. Matt Padgett actually has a better OPS than Hillenbrand this season (.854 versus .812).

6. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

Maybe the Red Sox can take Hillebrand back and use him to replace Manny???????

7. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

Bergstrom signed with Brockton of the Can-Am League, according to the league website.

8. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

Like to see the Patriots pick up Curtis Pride for the rest of the season. Get rid of some of Gera Alvarez and pick him up—Pride would be way more productive…….

9. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

08/25/2008 1:28 PM
08/25/2008 1:28 PM –
NEWARK, N.J. – The 2007 Atlantic League champion Newark Bears have announced the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Jeff Blitstein. The Bears acquired Blitstein from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association for future considerations.

In six seasons, Blitstein has made 101 appearances, including 81 starts. The 6’2” hurler owns a 40-27 career record with a 3.34 earned run average and has exhibited tremendous control, walking just 123 batters in 592 innings pitched. In his professional career, Blitstein has thrown 12 complete games, 6 six of which were shutouts.

The Burbank, California native was a 39th-round draft pick by the Houston Astros in 1999 but took a four-year break after the 2000 season to attend college. Blitstein came back to professional baseball with the San Diego Surf Dawgs of the Golden League. While in San Diego, he was a teammate of former Bears outfielder Rickey Henderson and led the team to the inaugural league championship with a 10-3 record and 2.93 earned run average.

Blitstein has also made stops with Lincoln of the American Association, Winnipeg of the Northern League, and Laguna and Tijuana of the Mexican League. In 2006, he made a brief appearance in the Atlantic League pitching for the Atlantic City Surf.

With the Saints this season, Blitstein was 2-3 with a 4.99 earned run average. He is scheduled to make his Bears debut this Wednesday, during the Bears’ three-game road series against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

10. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

Hey, thanks for the update on Raphael Bergstrom.

He pitched last Friday night and got the victory in 3 innings of work, as the ‘Fish beat Lancaster, 5-4.

Will miss him.

But hey, that’s baseball.

Maybe Tommy John will suit up for the final month of the season.

–Eddie Ramos

11. Anonymous - September 2, 2008

Kaz Tanaka has been underutilized by York. As you mnay recall he hit .209 for most of last year, but in August he finally figured out how to hit American pitching, hitting at almost a .500 clip the rest of the way. While he has a terrible habit of always taking the first pitch, his speed is incredible, which lends itself to a top of the lineup spot. His desire totake a pitch and possibly work a walk needs to be redeveloped into a more aggressive style for this natural slap-hitter.

Returning to Japan hurt him in the off season. He should have found a spot to play where he would face more Western Hemisphere pitching, to better himself. The fact remains that manager, or sometimes mis-manager as the fans call him at times, Chris Hoiles has decidedly parkd him on the bench. That leaves little if any chance of getting teh at bats needed to get things corrected. Look at the stats, Tanaks has had some pretty good games for York when given teh opportunity, and his defense is as stellar as ever. Hoiles however, falls on the old Orioles crutch of favoring a “big bat” at times and get as many K’s from them as he may get from Tanaka. Go figure.

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