September 16, 2008 September 16, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Following Julio Manon’s Example: The trip to Lancaster and York aside, the last time I covered an Atlantic League game that wasn’t either on the way to somewhere else or on the way back was July 19th.
Basically, my last two months have been spent focusing on covering affiliated ball.
But, after my last trip to Yankee Stadium last night, there’s no more affiliated ball for me to cover.
So now I’m back here in the Atlantic League, covering the Patriots tonight.
And I suppose that kind of brings me to my point with the headline.
The Ducks signing of Julio Manon was a very interesting one, and was done somewhat under the radar.
Generally speaking, at this time of year, you see a bunch of guys come over from other independent leagues whose seasons have finished.
Manon spent the entire season as the closer for the Double-A Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League, leading the league in saves with 32. The Eastern League regular season ended September 1st, and the Baysox lost to the Akron Aeros in the first round of the playoffs.
Baltimore would have had to release Manon from his contract to pitch in Long Island, which I’d have to assume they did.
Still, it’s interesting that a guy with no prior AL experience would come to the league having just pitched a full season in affiliated ball.
I wonder if that’s going to be a trend in seasons to come… – MA