December 15, 2008
Jamie Moyer (Allentown Wings) signed a two year contract with the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. Moyer went 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA and led the Phillies in victories in 2008. The 46 year-old Moyer finished the seaon with 246 career wins, which is tied for 47th on Major League Baseball's all-time list. With the retirement of Greg Maddux and Mike Mussina, Moyer now moves up to third on the list of active pitchers in career wins.
In other news Bobby Brownlie (NJ Colts) and Brad Eldred (Jersey City Colonels) have signed Minor League contracts with the Washington Nationals and have been invited to big league Spring Training.
December 1, 2008
Former Delaware Valley Gulls star Mike Koplove has reportedly signed a free agent contract with the Phillies and will receive an invitation to the major league spring training camp but not a 40-man roster spot. The former Delaware star was 15-6 with a 3.78 ERA and two saves for the Diamondbacks in 206 games from 2002 through 2005. In 2008 he went 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA for Las Vegas (Dodgers,AAA) and also pitched for the bronze medal-winning U.S. Olympic team. He did not permit a hit in five and a third innings in Beijing.
First baseman Brad Eldred (Colonels, White Sox) topped the International League with 35 home runs and 100 RBIs and is among six other former ACBL players to be granted minor league free agency. Pitchers John Halama (Clippers, Indians), Corey Hamman (Colonels,Pirates), Nate Bump (Red Soxx,Giants), Kevin Gryboski (Twins, Giants) and Bobby Brownlie (Colts, Nationals) are trying to hook on with a major league club for 2009 season.
November 24, 2008
Jeff Sues (NJ Colts) and Joe Martinez (Jersey Pilots) were recently added to Major League 40 man rosters.
Sues was named Pirates' Minor League Pitcher of the Year after recovering from labrum surgery that kept him out in 2006 and most of 2007. The former Vanderbillt RHP made 37 appearances between Lynchburg (High A) and Altoona (AA) and posted a 4-2 record with three saves and a 3.22 ERA. In 64 innings he struck out 72 with 26 walks.
Martinez made 27 starts for the Giants AA Connecticut Defenders while striking out 112 in 148 innings with only 37 walks. His record was 10-10 with an ERA of 2.49 and opponents average of .236. The former Boston College RHP was a 12th round pick in 2005 while Sues went in the 5th round to the Pirates.
Astros add Sutton to 40 man roster
November 21, 2008
The Astros purchased the contracts of outfielder Brian Bogusevic, shortstop Tommy Manzella and second baseman Drew Sutton
(Lehigh Valley Catz 2002 and 2003) on Wednesday, adding the Minor League prospects to the 40-man roster and protecting them from December's Rule 5 Draft.
A 15th-round selection in the 2004 Draft, Sutton (pictured) led all Astros Minor Leaguers in batting average, hits, runs scored, walks, doubles and extra-base hits in 2008. He posted a .317 average, 20 home runs and 69 RBIs for Corpus Christi and was named a Texas League midseason and postseason All-Star. He carried the hot hitting into the Arizona Fall League, where he has a .327 average with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 29 games.
Drew becomes the VERY FIRST
Lehigh Valley Catz player to appear on a MLB 40 man roster.
November 17, 2008
The Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association honored ACBL President Tom Bonekemper with the Service to Baseball Award on Saturday at its 18th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. MASA Secretary Alex Smith, former Scranton Red Soxx All-Star and current Washington Nationals scout, presented the award in recognition of Tom's outstanding contributions and service to baseball.
Joe "Spanky" McFarland of James Madison University received the College Coach of the Year Award. John Barr (special assistant to the GM ,Giants) and Gene Kerns (Eastern Supervisor for the Atlanta Braves) were inducted into the MASA Hall of Fame.
In other news, two former New York Generals were recently appointed to high level scouting positions.Tom McNamara was named Director of Amateur Scouting for the Mariners while Ray Montgomery will be the Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting for the Brewers.
625 ACBL wins over 25 years
November 11, 2008
Denny Robison has decided not to return as field manager of the Quakertown Blazers for the 2009 season. Denny has an overall record of 625-380 for the past 25 years and the 625 wins are an ACBL career managerial record with former Pilot manager Larry Babich in second place at 404 career victories.
The Blazers have won six ACBL championships and 14 division titles under Robison, a Moravian graduate and long time high school coach at Pennridge High School. In addition 125 players have entered pro ball thus far with 40 reaching the AAA/MLB level.
Former Blazers who made the Major Leagues include Rich DeLucia, Mo Sanford, Pat Kelly, Joel Johnston, Kirk Bullinger, Brian Lesher, Scott Forster and Ryan Vogelsong. Former Blazers Carl Loadenthal (Richmond), Frank Gailey (Lansing), Craig Muschko (Peoria), A.J. Battisto (Greensboro), Pete Andrelzcyk (Greensboro), Craig Clark (Augusta), Derek Shunk (Everett), Justin Gutsie (Spokane) and Sean Greive (Williamsport) look forward to moving up in affiliated ball next season.
Clyde Smoll, Blazer GM, is currently seeking a replacement for Robison.
October 21, 2008
The 2008 World Series will be of special interest to many ACBL fans. Joe Maddon (Scranton Red Soxx) and Jamie Moyer (Allentown Wings) both have key roles for the Rays and Phillies respectively.
Maddon, a Hazleton,PA. native, played for the Red Soxx while attending Lafayette College and signed with the Angels as a free agent catcher in 1975. He played three seasons of A ball and spent 31 years in the Angels' organization until November 2005 when he was named manager of Tampa Bay.
Moyer, the pride of Souderton,PA, posted a 5-2 record with two saves for the 1983 championship Wings while attending St. Joseph's University. This year Jamie topped the Phillies with 16 wins and now has 246 career wins. The 45 year old LHP will make his first World Series start in Game 3 on Saturday. Jamie is looking forward to winning the World Series and recalls that he received his parents' permission to skip school and attend the Victory Parade on October 22, 1980 when the Phillies won their only World Series.
October 20, 2008
Two former ACBL players, Mike Aviles (Newburgh Generals) and John Lannan (Long Island Nationals), have been selected to Baseball America's list of the Top 20 Rookies in Major League Baseball.
Aviles was ranked 6th as he led major league shortstops with a .325 average. The versatile infielder for the Royals hit 10 home runs with 51 RBIs since called up from Omaha on May 29,2008. His .361 average with runners in scoring position was second in the American League. The recent issue of Baseball America features an in-depth article on the former Concordia star.
Lannan, who just turned 24, posted a 9-15 log for the last place Nationals. The 6' 4" LHP posted a 3.91 ERA in 31 starts while limiting opponents to a .252 average in 182 innings. The former Siena star made the jump from A ball to the Majors in 2007 and was ranked 17th on the BA Rookie list.
October 18, 2008
A sign on the outfield fence at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford proclaims that Stamford is the "baseball capitol (sic) of the world." But the city has produced only two big-league players. And one of them, Johnny Scalzi, for whom Scalzi Park is named, got into only one game for the old Boston Braves and to bat only once, where he struck out. The other, of course, is Bobby Valentine, who became a career major league player and manager. That, of course, demonstrates clearly how difficult it is to make it to baseball's major leagues.
Darryl Brinkley was supposed to have been the third player from Stamford to make it, and deservedly so, when he was called up by the Baltimore Orioles in September of 2001, after an outstanding season that included stints with two teams in the high-caliber Mexican League and nine games with Rochester of the Triple-A International League, where he batted .306. By then, the former Stamford High basketball star had hit over .300 during nine of his 10 seasons in professional baseball in seven countries, yet, inexplicably, never had made it to the big leagues.
The eventual call-up, however, could not have come at a worse time. Brinkley, his minor league season done, was vacationing with friends in Brisbane, Australia, when Sid Thrift, the general manager of the Orioles, phoned his home to tell him to report to the Orioles on Sept. 10, 2001. By the time Brinkley's wife, Gail, reached her husband, terrorists had attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11 and, with flights grounded, Brinkley was stranded in Australia.
"By the time I got back to the states several days after the attack, the Orioles no longer needed me," Brinkley said recently before leaving for Cordoba, Mexico, to spend three months playing in the Mexican League after having already batted .351 with the Calgary Vipers of the independent Golden League and then playing for two weeks with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.
Since the call-up to The Show, as minor league players refer to the big leagues, which Brinkley was not able to make, he has continued his remarkable career, batting well over .300 — the goal of virtually every position player — every season and becoming the only minor, or major, league player to bat .400 in 2007, which he achieved with Calgary when he was named Player of the Year in the Northern League, a strong independent circuit.
Though he has good reason to be embittered at having been overlooked for so long, Brinkley has no regrets, nor does he manifest any bitterness. "Although I'm still playing well and hitting over .300, I realize that, at 42 (baseball records, which often make players years younger than they are, list him as being 38) I'm no longer a prospect, but I'll keep playing until something like a good coaching job comes along."
'It's not easy ...'
After spending two seasons playing in Holland and one in Italy, Brinkley has, during 18 professional seasons, played in Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, South Korea and Puerto Rico. "It's not easy being away from my family for so long, although my wife has joined me occasionally," said the outgoing and affable Brinkley, who now lives in Norwalk. "I also miss my son Darryl Junior playing football at Westhill High. That hurts."
Mike DeAngelo, who managed Brinkley in the old Twilight League in Stamford two decades ago, is incredulous that Brinkley has never made it to the big leagues. "Darryl is a tremendous all-round player who can do it all, but who seems to have been a victim of circumstances," said DeAngelo, a longtime baseball scout. "Some people might assume that he hasn't made it because of a bad attitude, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. He's a good guy and doesn't cause any trouble."
DeAngelo himself tried to get scouts interested in Brinkley after he batted an awesome .529 as a senior at Sacred Heart University. That was a few years after Brinkley hit what may have been the longest home run ever in Stamford. "During an American Legion game, Darryl hit a tremendous shot at Trinity Catholic which his coaches, Jack Gross and Bobby Darling, and me later measured at 585 feet," said George Ducanic, who was the general manager of Brinkley's team. Even Mickey Mantle did not hit them that far. Despite those feats, "No one showed any interest," DeAngelo said. "Finally Eddie Pikor, who also had managed Darryl in the Twilight League, got him on a roster in Holland in 1991, and he's done well every where he's been since then."
That would include Italy, where in 1993 one of baseball's greatest all-time players told Brinkley that he was good enough to play in the big leagues.
"I was playing in Rome when Joe DiMaggio came to town to sign autographs and to throw out the first ball at one of our games," the 5-foot, 11-inch, 200-pound Brinkley said. "I didn't realize he had stayed for our game, and when it was over he came over to me and said, 'What are you doing here? You should he playing at a high level back in the states.' Naturally, I was thrilled to hear that from Joe DiMaggio, especially since I've always been a Yankee fan. After that, I called my wife at home and told her what Joe DiMaggio said to me, and she said, 'Joe, who?' And I said I was going to take his advice and go home, but Gail told me not to do it since I didn't have a team to go to in the states."
Eventually, Brinkley spent three full seasons at the Triple-A level (one notch below the big leagues) — two with Nashville in the Pacific Coast League, where he batted over. 300, and one with Rochester in the International League, where he made the all-star team, and where he hit .355 during part of one season. Such numbers usually guarantee a player a berth in The Show.
"I know I've been better than a lot of players I've seen called up, and I've had at least one big-league manager tell me that," said Brinkley, one of the few high school basketball players in Stamford to score more than 1,000 points. "But there's nothing I can do about it except to keep playing well. And I'm not going to complain because I've done well financially and I've seen a lot of the world."
Brinkley's wife, who has visited him in Italy and Venezuela, among other places during the baseball season, said she and her son miss her husband during his long absences, both summer and winter, in far-away places. "But I understand what he's' doing," Gail Brinkley said. "He's still chasing a dream."
Jack Cavanaugh, a Stamford native, is a veteran journalist, author and writing professor at Fairfield University. His latest book, "Giants Among Men" was published this week. Cavanaugh writes a twice-monthly column for The Advocate.
October 5, 2008
Brooklyn, N.Y. - Following a successful junior season, Long Island University outfielder Frank DiMasi (Staten Island, N.Y.) recently earned a spot on the 2008 All-Gotham NCAA Division I Team. The team, selected by Gotham Baseball Magazine, is comprised of the top players from the New York metropolitan area.
DiMasi had a stellar season at the plate, leading the Blackbirds in seven offensive categories. He was second in the Northeast Conference in RBIs with 49, which is the fifth-highest single-season total in Long Island history. During the season, DiMasi drove in a run in at least nine straight games on two occasions and matched that feat with hits. The leftfielder hit a team-high .346, finishing fourth in the league, and his 15 doubles ranked third in the conference while tying for eighth in the Blackbirds’ record book.
DiMasi was fifth in the NEC in runs, scoring 39. His 62 hits this season were eighth in the league and stands in fifth place on the Long Island single-season list. The Staten Island native was also eighth in the NEC in home runs (six), slugging percentage (542) and stolen bases (15). The latter mark ties Danny Etkin for 10th in the Long Island record book.
Lefty tosses seven scoreless innings; Dobbs belts long ball
September 8, 2008
by Ken Mandel / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- There are days, Jamie Moyer says, that he feels "beyond" his 45 years.
There just aren't many.
"Most of the time, I feel like I'm in my 30s," Moyer said. "I don't know what it feels like to be 46, 47, 48 yet, but I know I feel good now. I'm having fun being in a pennant race."
For a guy who swears by the mantra of not getting too high or low during a 162-game season, Moyer was as giddy as he'll allow himself to be on Sunday afternoon. In Game 142, the lefty brought his patient, consistent brand of pitching to Shea Stadium, and he pitched the Phillies to a 6-2 win over the Mets to move the club within a game of first place in the National League East.
Moyer limited the Mets to just two infield hits in seven shutout innings.
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September 3, 2008
The Mid Atlantic Scouts Association will honor Tom Bonekemper for his contribution to baseball at its annual banquet on Saturday, November 15.
The banquet will be held at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. Social hour begins at 6:00pm with dinner at 7:00.
Anyone from the ACBL is most welcome. Tickets are $60 and must be purchased in advance by contacting Tom Burns at 717-805-2802.
In addition to recognizing Tom, we will also honor an executive of the year, Pat Gillick, three scouts, college coach of the yr, high school coach of yr, as well as inducting two veteran scouts into the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame.
September 2, 2008
by Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
DETROIT -- The best thing about Mike Aviles' fledgling career in the Majors is this: After three months, he's still going strong.
Check it out. His batting average is .324, highest among Major League rookies. A nine-game hitting streak, during which he was 15-for-37 (.405), ended just Wednesday night. Aviles has been batting leadoff, and his on-base percentage is .351 -- tied for the club high. And he's been playing shortstop quite well, thank you.
Not bad stuff for a 27-year-old rookie who wasn't even on the 40-man roster in Spring Training, was pegged as a utility-type player and was shuffled off for his third season with Triple-A Omaha.
Now Aviles is making it all look so easy at the Major League level.
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August 29, 2008
Rosters for the Arizona Fall League (AFL) were announced earlier this week for upcoming the 2008 season. Entering its 16th season, the Arizona Fall League has developed into the destination of choice for teams to send their most promising and Major League-ready prospects.
For the first time ever, Lehigh Valley Catz alumni will be competing in this prestigious fall league. Drew Sutton (who was with the Catz in 2002 & 2003) and David Welch (a left-handed pitcher from the 2004 Catz) will both be showcasing their talent in the AFL this season.
Sutton is an infielder with the Corpus Christi Hooks (AA affiliate of the Houston Astros) who is having an outstanding season, batting .319 with 19 HR’s and 19 stolen bases. Drew, who will be on the Scottsdale Scorpions franchise in the AFL, has another ACBL alum as a teammate in Jeff Sues. Sues (who was with the New Jersey Colts in 2003) is with the Altoona Curve (AA Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates).
Welch, who will be on the Peoria Javelinas roster in the AFL this fall, is currently 11-3 with a 3.87 ERA with the Hunstville Stars (AA affiliate of Milwaukee Brewers).
August 25, 2008
Former New York General scout liaison Frank "Buddy" Paine passed away peacefully at the age of 63 on August 22, 2008 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Buddy started as a little league coach and then became a high school and college coach. Ultimately he became a scout with the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and currently the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Buddy was a supporter of the ACBL and his sense of humor and keen judgment of baseball talent will be missed by all of his friends in the ACBL.
August 18, 2008
Darin Gorski(Rockies, Kutztown) was selected for the recently named Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award. Gorski posted a 7-0 record for the ACBL champion Kutztown Rockies during the regular season. The rising junior LHP at Kutztown University struck out 78 and walked only 15 in 61 innings with a 1.33 ERA. Winston, a former Jersey Pilot and ACBL All-Star, passed away on August 15 , 2008, in Freehold, New Jersey after
being diagnosed with acute leukemia. The former Rutgers ace made his Major League debut at age 31 with the Phillies in 1997. His MLB career record was 4-2 with a 5.84 ERA in 34 games.
Chris Sedon (Rockies, Lackawanna) won the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .346 with a .546 slugging average. The junior transfer to Pittsburgh also hit two home runs in the All-Star game and won the 2008 ACBL All-Star MVP Award.
Tom Moran (Robins, Manhattan) was selected for the Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award. The 6’7” junior RHP went 6-0 with three saves. He appeared in 20 games with 50 innings pitched and a 1.61 ERA.
Brock Whiteman (Robins, Muskingum) won the Hitting Award
with a .371 average that included 13 doubles and two home runs. Whiteman will be a junior catcher for Muskingum.
Greg Folgia (Blazers, Missouri) put up a .746 slugging average to notch the Slugging Award. The junior second baseman for the Tigers hit .388 with a .577 average with runners on base.
The following players were selected for the Jeff Gallagher Team Sportsmanship Award:
Mark Houck Hampton Whalers
Tom Zebroski Long Island Mustangs
Harold Brantley Jr. Metro New York Cadets
Blake Cover Peekskill Robins
Kevin Lauranzon Jersey Pilots
Dean Laganosky Kutztown Rockies
Tyler Light Lehigh Valley Catz
Andy Russell Quakertown Blazers
Metro New York Cadets Kaiser Division Championship
Lehigh Valley Catz Wolff Division Championship
Kutztown Rockies ACBL Champiionship
August 16, 2008
Two veterans - Greg Maddux and Jamie Moyer - dueled each other, but in the end, Pat Burrell's solo home run won it for the Phillies.
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August 12, 2008
Former ACBL star Mike Koplove (Gulls) has been named to Team USA. Koplove has posted a 2-1 record with 9 saves and 3.48 ERA for the Las Vegas 51's (AAA - Dodgers) thus far this season in the Pacific Coast League.
Koplove visited the NACSB booth at the ABCA Convention in January and has played in the Major Leagues for the last seven seasons with a career ERA of 3.82 in 255 big league innings.
August 10, 2008
By: Jason Ogle
The Kutztown Rockies used strong pitching and a balanced offensive attack to defeat the Hampton Whalers last night 8-2 at Timothy M. Breidegam Field. With the win, the Rockies won their third straight ACBL Championship.
The last ACBL team to win three straight championships was the Allentown Wings, who achieved the feat from 1978-1980.
It was the visiting Whalers (22-22) that were looking to pull the upset, and they jumped on Rockies’ starter Casey Lawrence (Albright) early. Centerfielder Karl Derbacher (Southern Conn State), right fielder Alan Parks (UNC Charlotte) and catcher Chris Walker (Fordham) led off the game with three straight singles, with Walker plating Derbacher. Third baseman Mark Houck (Peru State) added an RBI groundout to give the Kaiser Division Champions a 2-0 lead.
The Wolff Division Champion Rockies (28-16) got a run back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Matt Cotellese (West Chester). John Schultz (Pitt) reached on an error to start the inning and moved to third on a single by Chris Sedon (Pitt). However, Sedon was thrown out trying to take second, which left Schultz at third with two outs. Cotellese delivered to cut the Whalers’ lead in half.
After Lawrence got tagged for two runs in the first, he was dominant the rest of the game. He pitched six innings while giving up two runs on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. The only other trouble that he ran into was in the fifth inning when the Whalers got the first two runners on. Lawrence was helped by a diving catch from right fielder Dean Laganosky (Haverford) and then recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
The Rockies added single runs in the second, third, and fifth innings, to increase their lead to 5-2. Second baseman Tony Capozzi (Army) had an RBI single in the second, and Chris Miller (Mansfield) delivered RBI singles in the third and fifth innings.
The Rockies added some insurance in the eighth inning. Laganosky reached on an infield single and then moved to second on an error by the third baseman. Kevin Miller (Shippensburg) followed with a single and a stolen base to put runners at second and third with no outs. After a Capozzi strikeout, third baseman Matt Young (Mansfield) lined a two-run single just inside the third base bag to give the Rockies a 6-2 lead. Schultz followed with a single and then Sedon crushed a two-run homer to dead center to provide the Rockies with their final margin of victory.
Reliever Adam Maini (Lackawanna) came on to pitch the final three innings to get the save. He allowed only one hit and struck out two. Maini became a very strong part of the Rockies’ pitching staff after spending most of the season injured with two broken feet.
All of the Rockies starters had at least one hit. Cotellese was 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. Sedon was 2-for-5 with two runs driven in. The Miller brothers went a combined 5-for-7 with five singles, two runs scored, two stolen bases, and two RBIs.
Andrew Guarrasi (New York Tech) took the loss for the Whalers, giving up four runs on 10 hits in five innings. Derbacher was 2-for-5 with two singles, while Parks was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.
In last year’s title game, the Rockies defeated the Long Island Mustangs 5-2 and won the title in 2006 after an ACBL record 33-6 campaign.
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WP: CASEY LAWRENCE (3-1)
LP: ANDREW GUARRASI (4-3)
S: ADAM MAINI (2)
August 8, 2008
By Tim Shoemaker | Special to The Morning Call
Kutztown's Matt Cotellese was in a guessing mood when he stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning against Lehigh Valley pitcher Ryan Proudfoot.
Cotellese guessed right.
He hit his second home run of the series, a grand slam to left field, to give the Kutztown Rockies a 6-2 win over the Lehigh Valley Catz in the third and deciding game of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League's Wolff Division playoffs Thursday night at Hackett Park.
Kutztown (26-16) will play Kaiser Division champion Hampton of Long Island, N.Y., in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kutztown's Breidegam Park. The season is over for the Catz (27-14), who entered the tournament as the top seed.
The game was essentially a pitching duel between Kutztown ace Darin Gorski and Lehigh Valley's Brian Dudzinski.
The Catz scored in the second on Jimmy Tanner's home run. The Rockies took a 2-1 lead on unearned runs in the fifth and sixth. Lehigh Valley tied it in the eighth on Chris Wallace's RBI double.
But Proudfoot got in trouble with one out in the ninth, his fourth inning of work. Tony Battisti singled, but was wiped out for the second out on Matt Young's fielder's choice. A John Schultz single and a walk to Chris Sedon loaded the bases.
At that point, Lehigh Valley manager Adrian Yaguez considered bringing in closer Joe DiRocco to face Cotellese, but stayed with Proudfoot.
"I was just looking for something to hit, something to drive," said Cotellese, a Boyertown product who plays at West Chester University. "It was sitting fastball, and I got it."
"I don't regret not making the change; it's just a hurtful outcome," Yaguez said. "I stand by Ryan Proudfoot 100 percent. It's a difficult situation to put a kid in either way ..."
Lehigh Valley had the best regular season in the ACBL, but some errors cost the Catz in its two losses. Lehigh Valley won the second game 14-3, but could not continue its hot hitting against Gorski.
"If you look at his stats, you'll see that he is maybe the best in the league," Kutztown general manager Jon Yeakel said of Gorski, who had a 7-0 record with a 1.33 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Yaguez does not consider the season lost because one pitch that got away in the final inning of the season.
"These kids played their tails off for us," Yaguez said. "I love them to death. They're one of the best groups I've ever had here."
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Tim Shoemaker is a freelance writer.
Lehigh Valley ties ACBL series as Avella stars in 14-3 rout
August 7, 2008
By Tim Shoemaker | Special to The Morning Call
Vin Avella hit two home runs in his first 107 at-bats for the Lehigh Valley Catz this season. He needed only three swings over four innings Wednesday night to double that total.
Avella hit a three-run home run in the first inning and another to cap a five-run fourth to power Lehigh Valley to a 14-3 win over the Kutztown Rockies at Breidegam Park to tie the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Wolff Division playoff series at one win apiece.
Kutztown (25-16) and Lehigh Valley (27-13) will play for the Wolff Division title at 7 tonight at Palmer Township's Hackett Park. The winner will host Kaiser Division champion Hampton in Saturday's championship game.
The Rockies have won the last two ACBL titles. The Catz won their only championship in 2003.
The momentum has swung substantially to Lehigh Valley. Even though the series is tied, the Catz have outscored Kutztown 20-4 over the 15 innings since the Rockies took an 8-1 lead in the first game before hanging on for an 8-7 win.
Kyle Morrison, Avella's roommate and teammate at Wagner, set the tone defensively with 10 strikeouts and only three hits allowed over seven innings.
Morrison had the luxury of pitching with a lead from the start. For that, he can thank Avella, who knocked in Steve Gable (single) and Tim Morris (walk), with his three-run homer in the first.
"I've been struggling a little bit," Avella said. "It felt good to get some runs on the board for the team."
Lehigh Valley poured it on with 16 hits overall. Gable had two hits, Steve Nikorak of Stroudsburg had three hits and three runs scored and ninth-place hitter Pablo Rosario singled three times.
"This is one of the best games I've pitched," Morrison said. "It's always good to pitch with a lead. They do have some very very good hitters. I just had to get ahead.
"I knew our hitters were going to hit today. Hopefully this will carry over to [tonight's] do-or-die game."
"This whole summer Kyle's been lights-out for us," Avella said. "The only time he struggles is when he falls behind ... He has the same mind-set every time he's out there, whether the situation is good or bad. He has a good plan."
Catz manager Adrian Yaguez said it was important for his team to continue the scoring momentum it started in Tuesday night's loss.
"That was critical," he said. "Once we get on a roll, it kind of gets contagious. We knew fighting the way we did, and with Kyle on the mound tonight, we would have a little focus, a little momentum and a little purpose. We jumped right out on them early, and kind of went from there."
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Morrison, Roach and Wallace. Mertz, Lebo (4), Buckler (5), Garcia (6) and Stumpo. HR: Vin Avella (1st, 2 on; 5th, 2 on).
Tim Shoemaker is a freelance writer.
Kutztown outlasts Catz in series opener
August 6, 2008
Whalers Win Kaiser Division Series
SAG HARBOR, NY - The Hampton Whalers rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Metro NY Cadets 2-1, winning the Kaiser Division Series and advancing to the ACBL Championship Game.
The Whalers spoiled a brilliant pitching performance by the Cadets Gabriel Duran (Dowling College), who took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning. Duran had retired 14 of the previous 16, including the last nine in a row, before hitting Chris Walker (Fordham University) with a pitch to start the ninth.
With one out and Walker at second, Mark Houck hit a ball that eluded shortstop Chris Brown (Seton Hall University), moving Walker to third. Tom Coulombe (Rhode Island) followed with a slow dribbler to Brown. Brown flipped to John Kahn (Fordham University) for the force at second, but Kahn threw wildly to first in an attempt to end the game with a double play. Pinch runner John Flanagan (Fordham University) scored and Coulombe advanced to second. Two pitches later David Leon (Youngstown State University) lined a ball into left center, scoring Coulombe and sealing the come-from-behind victory.
The Cadets lone run came in the first inning. With one out, Harold Brantley, Jr. (University of Connecticut) legged an infield single to third. Glen Johnson (Jacksonville University) followed with a line single to left center, advancing Brantley to third. Two batters later, Johnson stole second and Brantley stole home on a perfectly executed delayed double steal. Whalers starter Gardner Leaver (Rhode Island) settled in to hold the Cadets to just three more hits, giving way to eventual winner Tim Therrian (Southern Maine) with two outs in the seventh. Therrian, who earned the save in Game One of the Kaiser Division Series yesterday, entered the game with runners on first and second, and retired six of the seven batters he faced to finish the game.
The Whalers will await the winner of the Wolff Division Series, and head west to Pennsylvania and represent the Kaiser Division in the ACBL Championship Game on Saturday the time, and place to be determined. The surprising Whalers have now won three straight postseason games in as many days.
Rockies jump out to big lead, hold off Catz 8-7
EASTON, PA - After six innings, the Rockies still led by six. After seven, the lead was down to four, and after two batters in the bottom of the ninth, the Catz trimmed the Kutztown lead to one.
But Rockies reliever Adam Maini got a popup, a forceout and a called third strike to help Kutztown hold on for an 8-7 win over Lehigh Valley in the first game of a best-of-three Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League semifinal series.
Kutzown (25-15), which finished second behind the Catz (26-13) in the ACBL's Wolff Division, will try to close out the series at 7 tonight at Kutztown's Breidegham Park. If a third game is necessary, it will be played Thursday night at Hackett's Park.
The Wolff Division winner will host the Kaiser Division winner in Saturday's championship game.
August 5, 2008
QUEENS, NY – The Hampton Whalers defeated the Metro NY Cadets 10-5 in Game One of the Kaiser Division Series on Monday night.
The Whalers jumped out to an early lead as Karl Derbacher (Southern Connecticut State) reached on an error to start the game, followed by a single by Alan Parks (UNC-Charlotte). Chris Walker (Fordham University) drilled a double to center field, scoring both. Walker scored later in the inning on a wild pitch by Cadets starter Michael Vitale (Montclair State University). The Cadets marched right back in the bottom of the first as Harold Brantley, Jr. (University of Connecticut), Glen Johnson (Jacksonville State), Frank DiMasi (Long Island University), and Daniel Pembroke (Dowling College) all singled to score two runs and cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Whalers added three more runs in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Evan Laude (Rhode Island) and a two-RBI double by Andrew Wernicki (Iona College). The Cadets scored two more runs to cut the deficit to 6-4. The Whalers added two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to increase their lead to 9-4, but the Cadets were not finished. Fueled by a solid relief performance by Tyler Bugna (Cecil CC), the Cadets attempted a late comeback as Brantley led off the ninth with a triple to right field, followed by a walk to Johnson. DiMasi then singled Brantley home. After Frank Esposito (Seton Hall University) walked to load the bases, closer Tim Therrian (Southern Maine) was summoned from the Whalers bullpen. Therrian retired the next three batters – two on strikeouts – to seal the victory and earn his first save of the post season. Brian Saldana (C.W. Post) picked up the win in relief for the Whalers, while Vitale suffered the loss for the Cadets.
The Cadets head to Sag Harbor on Tuesday afternoon to face the Whalers in Game Two of the Kaiser Division Series at 5pm. With a Cadets win, both teams will head back to the campus of St. John's University and Jack Kaiser Stadium on Thursday night at 7pm for the deciding Game Three.
August 4, 2008
CHICAGO - After spending his first two games as a Pittsburgh Pirate watching from the Wrigley Field bullpen, Craig Hansen finally got his chance to pitch for his new team on Sunday. It didn't work out for him or for the Pirates as Hansen was saddled with his first National League loss, an 8-5 setback to the division leading Cubs.
Hansen entered the game to start the bottom of the seventh inning with the Pirates trailing 5-2. After giving up a leadoff single to Derrek Lee, he settled in to record a fly out and a groundout double play to end the inning. The Pirates scored three runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game 5-5.
Hansen came back out for the eighth and got the first two batters to ground out. After he lost Geovany Soto to a full count walk, Pirates Manager John Russell summoned for Sean Burnett to face Cubs pinch-hitter Reed Johnson. In Friday night's game, Burnett got Johnson to ground out into an inning-ending double play in a similar eighth inning pinch-hit appearance. History did not repeat itself, as Johnson sent Burnett's third straight fast ball into the left field bleachers for a two-run home run. Soto scored ahead of Johnson, making Hansen the losing pitcher of record. Alphonso Soriano followed up with another home run to left against Burnett to increase the Cubs lead to three. Carlos Marmol came in to pitch the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
The Pirates head to Arizona, where they face the Diamondbacks Monday night for the start of a three game series. Hansen will return to New York on Monday, August 11th as the Pirates play a makeup game against the Mets at 1:10pm.
August 3, 2008
Cadet infielder Glen Johnson (Jacksonville) tied Tim Morris (St.John's) for the league lead in home runs on Friday evening when he hit his 3rd and 4th home runs of the season at Peekskill. The rising sophomore is the son of Howard Johnson, former Mets home run king, and was drafted by the Mets in the 36th round of the 2007 MLB draft.
Sons of former big league players are not strangers to the ACBL. Last year Philip Valle, son of former Mariner catcher Dave Valle, played for the Long Island Mustangs. Other major leaguers who have had sons play in the ACBL include Ralph Kiner, Stan Palys, Larry Doby, Gil Hodges, Bill Dillman, Dave Lemanzyck, Bud Anderson, Buck Martinez, Garry Maddox, Terry Puhl and Paul Gibson.
August 2, 2008
CHICAGO -- The day after baseball's trading deadline, Manny Ramirez coverage dominated the newspapers and television around the country. Craig Hansen walked into the visiting clubhouse of Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday afternoon simply wanting to know where his new locker was.
The first player in Red Sox history to reach the majors the year he was drafted, Hansen found out he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates by hearing a report on ESPN. Instead of a calm day off after a tough Red Sox homestand against the Yankees and Angels, he found himself packing for good. The right-handed closer from St. John's University had been traded for the first time in his baseball life.
Hansen changed into his Pirates road uniform, number 38. Hansen then watched from the Wrigley Field visitor's bullpen as his new teammates beat the Central Division leading Cubs, 3-0. Jeff Karstens, recently acquired from the New York Yankees, pitched six strong innings in his Pirates debut and although Hansen is expected to step into a middle-relief role with the Pirates, his services were not needed this night.
Andy LaRoche and Brandon Moss, the Pirates other acquisitions in the Ramirez trade, found themselves in Friday's starting lineup. Hansen's Pirates debut may come on Saturday afternoon. He finds himself on a new team and in a new league. He's never pitched at Wrigley Field nor has he ever pitched at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. With the Red Sox, Hansen found regular work tough to come by in a loaded bullpen. In Pittsburgh, Hansen expects to line up for a regular role and routine.
Perhaps all of this change will be change for the better.
August 1, 2008
With the final weekend of the regular season at hand, the ACBL playoff picture remains a work in progress.
On Thursday night, the Metro NY Cadets earned two wins by winning one game. The Cadets 4-3 victory over the Jersey Pilots clinched a Kaiser Division playoff berth for them. It also made the completion of last Sunday's doubleheader against the Quakertown Blazers unnecessary. When play was suspended in the top of the sixth inning of the first game due to lightning and rain, the Blazers had just tied the game 3-3. Had the Cadets failed to record a win this week, they would have picked up where they left off with the Blazers and possibly needed to win both games to qualify for the postseason. Instead, Sunday's first game reverts back to the last completed half inning - the bottom of the fifth - where the Cadets led 3-2. Since the second game will not be made up, the Cadets also achieved percentage point supremacy, allowing them to clinch a bye in Sunday's first round and home field advantage in the upcoming Kaiser Division Series.
Regardless of Friday's outcome against the Cadets, the Peekskill Robins will begin the postseason by heading out to face the Hampton Whalers on Sunday at 4pm in Sag Harbor. The winner advances to the Kaiser Division Series, and heads to Jack Kaiser Stadium at St. John's University on Monday night to play the Cadets at 7pm.
The Lehigh Valley Catz have the best record in the entire ACBL, earning them a bye in the first round. The Catz will host the first game of the Wolff Division Series winner on Tuesday night at 7pm. The winner of the best of three Wolff Division Series will also have home field advantage for the 2008 Championship Game against the Kaiser Division Champion, by virtue of the Wolff Division's superior overall record this year.
The Kutztown Rockies and Quakertown Blazers are set to play each other in the postseason, with the only question being where. The Rockies need only one win to earn the right to host the first game of the Wolff Division playoffs on Monday, and get two chances on Friday night against the last place Jersey Pilots. Should the Rockies drop both games, their next chance to clinch comes with a Blazers loss to the Catz on Saturday. Should the Blazers beat the Catz again (they won Thursday night 7-1), the Rockies would get a final chance to clinch when they face the Catz on Sunday in the final game of the ACBL regular season.
July 31, 2008
Jamie Moyer (Allentown Wings) gained his 10th win of the season as the Phillies defeated the Nationals 8-5 on Wednesday night. The win was number 240 for Jamie and he now ties Frank Tanana for 52nd on the all-time win list. The veteran lefty becomes the fourth pitcher in history to secure 10 wins after his 45th birthday, joining Phil Niekro, Jack Quinn and Satchel Paige.
Rookie Mike Aviles (Newburgh Generals) went three-for-five with two doubles as the Royals defeated the A's for their first three game sweep in Oakland in 20 years. Aviles also made a key relay throw to nail the tying run at home plate and now tops the Royals with a .325 average.
July 31, 2008
On Wednesday, Philadelphia tagged Tim Redding for five runs in the fifth inning before making an out en route to an 8-5 win over Washington at Nationals Park.
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July 31, 2008
For the first time ever, the Lehigh Valley Catz have cracked the list of the nation’s best summer collegiate baseball teams. Perfect Game Crosschecker released their rankings this week for the 32 best teams in the country. The Catz, first in the ACBL with an overall record of 26-11, are currently ranked 28th in the country.
The PG Crosschecker rankings are based, in part, on overall record, league dominance, legitimate pro-level talent and the relative overall strength of the league compared to other leagues around the country.
With almost 60 leagues and over 500 of teams across the USA, here’s the list of the Top 32:
1. Orleans (Mass.) Cardinals (1) Cape Cod 23-10 - San Diego RHP Matt Thomson (3-0, 1.47) started Cape ASG, Loyola Marymount OF Angelo Songco (.275-4-16) won HR Derby.
2. Anchorage Glacier Pilots (2) Alaska 29-11 - National Baseball Congress World Series-bound Pilots dominated Alaska League behind all-league 1B Joe Terdoslavich (.375-4-17).
3. Youse's Maryland Orioles (5) Cal Ripken Sr. 41-7 - O's gear up for sixth straight AAABA title behind Georgia Tech 3B Patrick Long (.385-1-21), ODU SS Gerard Hall (.346-0-21, 30 SB).
4. Falmouth (Mass.) Commodores (NR) Cape Cod 19-15 - Notre Dame OF A.J. Pollock (.394-3-20), Cape's top hitter, fireballing Jacksonville State closer Ben Tootle (3-2, 1.61), lead surge.
5. Waynesboro (Va.) Generals (9) Valley 30-14 - Generals edge Luray for Valley League's No. 1 playoff seed; Tennessee Tech LHP Adam Liberatore (6-0, 1.15) continues to sizzle.
6. Vienna (Va.) Senators (4) Clark Griffith 36-10 - Senators easily clinch Clark Griffith title behind Pepperdine OF David Harris (.302-11-37), sets sites on NBC World Series crown.
7. Luray (Va.) Wranglers (3) Valley 30-14 - Ohio State RHP Drew Rucinski (3-1, 0.85), VMI LHP Travis Smink (5-0, 1.70) lead pitching-rich Wranglers into Valley playoffs.
8. Sanford Mainers (10) New England Collegiate 27-12 - George Washington RHP Pat Lehman (4-1, 1.52), West Chester (Pa.) RHP Jason Bowman (5-2, 2.21) head up Mainers rotation.
9. Cincinnati Steam (7) Great Lakes 27-9 - Two home-state outfielders, Miami's Tommy Nurre (.312-5-25), Ohio State's Zach Hurley (.396-3-22), big bats in Steam lineup.
10. Thomasville (N.C.) HiToms (12) Coastal Plain 32-16 - Clemson RHP Justin Sarratt (6-1, 1.01), North Carolina A&T OF C.J. Beatty (.311-8-38) lead HiToms on 16-4 second-half surge.
11. Hyannis (Mass.) Mets (NR) Cape Cod 19-16 - Louisville 3B Chris Dominguez (.271-10-26) tops Cape in homers, Vanderbilt closer Russell Brewer (0-0, 1.40) leads with 12 saves.
12. Santa Barbara Foresters (NR) California Collegiate 32-16 - Rice OF Chad Mozingo (.470-0-20), Jacksonville RHP Carson Andrew (4-0, 0.77) have NBC World Series-bound Foresters on fire.
13. Corvallis (Ore.) Knights (11) West Coast Collegiate 24-9 - Cal Poly LHP Jared Eskew (2-0, 0.96), Sierra (Calif.) JC OF Logan Lotti (.371-3-20) have Knights riding high at top of WCCL.
14. Mankato (Minn.) MoonDogs (NR) Northwoods 33-21 - Arizona State-bound C Carlos Ramirez (.331-10-41), league HR leader, Elon LHP Jimmy Reyes (4-2, 1.46) have Dogs howling.
15. Hays (Kan.) Larks (NR) Jayhawk 31-13 - Perennial NBC power peaking at right time behind Eastern Ky.'s Patrick Cooper (6-2, 2.29), Nebraska's Casey Hauptman (5-1, 2.78).
16. Beatrice (Neb.) Bruins (NR) MINK 27-7 - Texas A&M unsigned senior 1B Darby Brown (.394-12-47), Texas freshman OF Tant Shepherd (.390-5-36) spark hot-hitting Bruins.
17. Newport (R.I.) Gulls (NR) New England Collegiate 24-16 - Vanderbilt RHP Chase Reid (4-0, 1.88, 38 IP/55 SO), Connecticut RHP Dan Mahoney (1-1, 1.33, 6 SV) head prospect-laden staff.
18. Harwich (Mass.) Mariners (6) Cape Cod 19-17 - Duke LHP Chris Manno (2-0, 2.06), Notre Dame RHP Brian Dupra (3-1, 2.37) both pitched effectively in Cape all-star game.
19. Thunder Bay (Ont.) BorderCats (NR) Northwoods 33-22 - Belmont RHP Jimmy Stanley (4-1, 0.58, 11 SV), Northeastern LHP Dan Zehr (3-0, 1.29) lead Cats to league's best team ERA (2.89).
20. Florence (S.C.) Redwolves (15) Coastal Plain 30-16 - Wolves 10-9 in second half, despite Coastal Carolina RHP Kent Altman (5-0, 0.61), Mercyhurst (Pa.) RHP Steve Grife (4-0, 1.54).
21. Derby (Kan.) Twins (NR) Jayhawk 26-14 - Jacksonville 1B Alex Martinez (.331-6-18), Texas State C Ben Theriot (.400-4-16) have Twins primed for NBC World Series run.
22. Mat-su Miners (NR) Alaska 22-14 - Pair of Washington products, 1B Troy Scott (.280-2-26) and RHP Jason Erickson (6-1, 2.51), have Miners in contention in Alaska.
23. North Shore (Mass.) Navigators (13) New England Collegiate 23-13 - Brigham Young OF Sean McNaughton (.364-3-30) leads offense, St. Joseph's RHP Chris Prescott (1-0, 0.55, 8 SV) the pitching staff.
24. Hornell Dodgers (NR) New York Collegiate 29-10 - SIU Edwardsville OF Adam Eggemeyer (.368-2-28), William Woods (Mo.) RHP Josh Goodin (1-1, 1.54, 10 SV) spark Dodgers.
25. Wisconsin Woodchucks (8) Northwoods 33-21 - Tusculum (Tenn.) RHP Rob Currie (8-0, 2.70), Lamar (Colo.) CC RHP Kyle Gumieny (6-0, 3.14) remain perfect for Woodchucks.
26. Cotuit (Mass.) Kettleers (NR) Cape Cod 17-17 - Tennessee LHP Nick Hernandez (5-3, 2.76), Arizona State Seth Blair (2-1, 1.73) remain from lineup depleted by signings, injuries.
27. Peninsula Oilers (NR) Alaska 28-16 - Oilers have 1.94 team ERA, led by San Diego-bound RHP Joe Gardner (6-0, 0.50), Washington State LHP Ross Humes (5-0, 1.13).
28. Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Catz (NR) Atlantic Collegiate 25-11 - St. John's 1B Tim Morris (.328-4-21), Wagner RHP Kyle Morrison (3-0, 2.06), Liberty RHP Tyler Light (4-1, 1.32) lead ACBL's best.
29. McKinney Marshalls (NR) Texas Collegiate 24-17 - Alabama RHP Jimmy Nelson (3-2, 2.55), Arkansas RHP Mike Bolsinger (2-1, 2.57) have a combined 104 strikeouts in 84 innings.
30. Wilson (N.C.) Tobs (NR) Coastal Plain 26-20 - Tobs go 14-5 record in second half behind Georgetown RHP Tim Adleman (7-0, 1.87), Austin Peay RHP Ryne Mantooth (5-3, 1.53).
31. Belleview Bulldogs (NR) Florida Collegiate 22-11 - Bulldogs clinch regular-season title on strength of Florida State RHP Bo O'Dell (3-1, 1.15), Daytona CC RHP Jason Postill (3-0, 1.88).
32. Stark County (Ohio) Terriers (NR) Great Lakes 22-12 - Notre Dame RHP Cole Johnson (5-0, 2.67), Winthrop C-OF Ed Rohan (.400-5-26) help Terriers close in on first-place Steam.
July 30, 2008
The ACBL would like to thank Major League Baseball and the professional scouts who contributed to the success of our 42nd annual All-Star Game at St.John's University on Monday night.
Brian Porter, Specialist, Major League Operations, represented MLB while the following scouts were in attendance:
Vache Bahadurian, Detroit Tigers
Gil Bassetti, Baltimore Orioles
Jim Bretz, San Diego Padres
Chris Calciano, Boston Red Sox
John Ceprini, Tampa Bay Rays
John DiCarlo, San Francisco Giants
Ed Fastaia, Milwaukee Brewers
Hector Garcia, Cleveland Indians
Scott Hunter, New York Mets
David Kheel, Chicago White Sox
Steve Markovich, New York Yankees
Ed Mathis, Cincinnati Reds
Greg Morhardt, Los Angeles Angels
Koby Perez, St. Louis Cardinals
Cesar Presbott, New York Yankees
Wilmer Reid, Washington Nationals
Frank Rendini, New York Yankees
Sean Rooney, Kansas City Royals
Marc Sauer, Oakland A's
Chuck Schnabel, Philadelphia Phillies
Dennis Sheehan, Kansas City Royals
Pat Shortt, Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau
Wolff Division streak now at 4
July 29, 2008
Chris Sedon (Lackawanna, Rockies) was named All-Star Game MVP as he propelled the Wolff Division to a 9-5 victory over the Kaiser Division on Monday evening at St. John's University.
The rising junior at Pittsburgh hit two home runs and a triple in addition to two outstanding defensive plays at shortstop to earn the honors. The Wolff Division provided a balanced offensive attack with Bob Stumpo (West Chester, Rockies) contributing three hits including two doubles. Park Smith (Denison, Pilots) added two hits including a two run home run. Greg Folgia (Missouri, Blazers) and Paddy Matera (Lynn, Pilots) also doubled for the Wolff Division which won its fourth consecutive divisional All-Star game.
Tom Zebroski (George Washington, Mustangs) broke up a no hit performance by the Wolff pitchers in the sixth inning as he singled to right field. Mike Amendola (Hartford, Mustangs), Matt Barnathan ( St. Joseph's, Mustangs) and Sean Allaire (Central Conn.St. Robins) provided hits to support a three run inning.
Over twenty scouts were in attendance for this 42nd annual All-Star game.
July 28, 2008
The Kaiser Division will hold it's Major League Baseball Scout Day today, July 29th.
The event will take place at Hofstra University beginning at 10am this morning.
July 19, 2008
Josh Vittek's (Catz) towering two run home run over the left-center field fence in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Burlington Royals a 4-2 victory over the Kingsport Mets. Vittek is one of three former ACBL players who recently signed free agent contracts with affiliated clubs after the draft.
Catcher Joe Blackburn (Rockies) is with the Williamsport Phillies while Nick Asselin (Robins) is pitching for the Staten Island Yankees.
July 15, 2008
By Brett Mauser
Sag Harbor - One blip in the field, one misplaced pitch and it's over. A hit, an error, a walk, a hit batsman, any will derail a pitcher's chance at perfection. Hampton Whalers right-hander Phil Klein
, unfortunately aware of being on the brink of history, knew full well he was walking a tightrope.
Whalers right-hander Phil Klein threw just 71 pitches in setting down all 21 Cadet hitters. Having set down the first 20 hitters in the opening game of a doubleheader against Metro N.Y. on Sunday, the Youngstown State freshman took a deep breath and fired his 71st pitch to the plate. It exploded off the bat off Frank Esposito's
bat at roughly the same speed at which it was delivered.
When he managed to snare the hot shot back up the middle and threw to Andrew Wernicki
at first for the out, the celebration was on at Sag Harbor's Mashashimuet Park. In sealing the Whalers' 8-0 victory, the 19-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, became the first Whaler in history to throw a perfect game. According to league vice president Tom Bonekemper
, it's the first such feat in the modern era of Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, which dates back to 1977.
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July 14, 2008
Tonights ACBL All-Star Game has been postponed due to the fields being unplayable because of the recent weather.
The game has been rescheduled for July 28th.
June 24, 2008
The ACBL would like to thank the following scouts for their participation in the Wolff Division Scouts Day on Monday June 23 at Northampton Community College:
Ed Fastaia (Brewers), David Kheel (White Sox), Brad Kohler (MLSB), Don Kohler (MLSB), Pete Leahy (Tigers), Bobby Malkmus (Indians), Steve Markovich (Yankees), Rich Pattrico (Indians), Wilmer Reid (Nationals) and Tom Taylor (Reds).
Several managers and coaches also contributed to the success of this activity including Adrian Yaguez (Catz), Carey Nemeth (Catz), Erik Supplee (Catz), Jon Yeakel (Rockies), Doug Meiners (Rockies), Ross Trachtenberg (Pilots), Denny Robison (Blazers) and Dan Horoshock (Blazers).
June 18, 2008
Mike Aviles' clutch homer in the eighth inning gave the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals. The former Newburgh General and ACBL MVP drilled a 1-1 pitch over the 375' sign into the visitors left-field bullpen. It was the third home run in 12 games for Aviles who is batting .333 since being called up from AAA Omaha.
Breaking down all 8 CWS teams
June 15, 2008
By Aaron Fitt, Courtesy of Baseball America
It starts in January with our voluminous College Preview issue. It continues through week after week of Top 25 Rankings, chats, podcasts, blog posts, Three Strikes and Top 25 Trackers. Baseball America's coverage of college baseball starts long before the College World Series. But this is what it all builds toward.
Earlier this week we presented a statistical analysis of the CWS field and scouting reports on all eight teams. Here's one more look at the field before the action kicks off Saturday.
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June 14, 2008
, former ACBL MVP (New York Generals) is making the most of his opportunity with Kansas City Royals.
Click the links below to read the 2 articles.
Mike Aviles is abusing MLB pitchers - but he's careful not to disrespect them
Interview with Mike Aviles
June 13, 2008
Jamie Moyer (Wings) allowed only two hits over eight innings on a muggy Florida night as the division leading Phillies gained a crucial 3-0 victory over the Marlins.
Moyer only walked one and did not allow a hit until Scott Olsen sliced a liner off Chase Utley's glove with one out in the sixth. The 45 year old lefty notched his seventh win of the season and number 237 for his career.
In other MLB news Mike Aviles (Generals) hit his first big league home run, a two run shot to the left field seats, as the Royals defeated the Rangers 6-5. Aviles is now hitting .317 since being promoted from Omaha.
June 9, 2008
By: Jason Ogle
KUTZTOWN- The Kutztown Rockies pounded out 20 hits and scored 15 runs to sweep the Hampton Whalers on Sunday. The Rockies (3-1) won by scores of 11-2 and 4-2 to keep the Whalers (0-4) winless.
In game one, the Rockies wasted little time in roughing up Whalers’ starter Gardner Leaver (Rhode Island). Matt Young (Mansfield) walked to lead off the game, went to second on a passed ball, and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on an RBI groundout by Kevin Miller (Shippensburg). After Chris Sedon (Lackawanna) struck out, the Rockies scored four runs during a two-out rally in the first. Catcher Bob Stumpo (West Chester) hit an RBI single through the right side and Chris Miller (Mansfield) came around to score on an error by the first baseman. Left fielder John Schultz drove home the final two runs of the inning with a single to left field.
Rockies’ pitcher Sean Brewer (Lackawanna) struggled with his control early on and allowed the first two runners of the game to reach base, but got out of the jam with a 1-6-3 double play. The Whalers threatened again in the second inning, after a walk and hit by pitch. However, Brewer got a key strikeout and fielder’s choice to get out of the inning unscathed. The visitors got on the board in the third inning with a sacrifice fly from catcher Nick DeProspo (Southern Connecticut State), which plated David Leon (Youngstown State).
The Rockies put the game away with a three-run fourth inning. Center fielder Matt Cotellese (West Chester) plated Sedon with an RBI single. Right fielder Dean Laganosky (Haverford) hit an RBI single, while designated hitter Tony Battisti added an RBI fielder’s choice. The home team plated two more in the sixth on a two-run two-out double by Young.
Brewer pitched five innings, allowing two runs on two hits, while striking out two and walking five. Thomas Buckler (Wilkes) and Jared Lehman (Campbell) each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
In game two, the Rockies jumped out to an early lead after scoring single runs in the second and third innings. Battisti plated Chris Miller with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, and Miller scored in the third after an error by the shortstop.
Pitcher Justin Garcia (Mansfield) hurled a gem on the mound by pitching six innings of shutout baseball. He allowed two hits and struck out two. He did manage to pick up the win after a shaky seventh inning by the bullpen. Catcher Chris Walker (Fordham) hit a two-run single inside the third base bag to cut the Rockies’ lead in half. Trent Mertz (Kutztown) struck out DeProspo to end the game and preserve the win.
The Rockies will be back in action on Thursday, when they travel to take on the Quakertown Blazers. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
For complete statistics from these games, please visit the schedule page.
June 7, 2008
Mike Aviles returned home to the New York City area and responded well when he started at shortstop for the Kansas City Royals.
The former Newburgh General shortstop lined a double to the right-field corner for his first big league hit in the second inning. In the fifth he doubled again, this time to left field and scored his first major league run on David DeJesus' single as the Royals ended their 11 game road losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Yankees. Aviles finished the night 2-for-3 in front of 20 to 30 fans from his home town of Middletown, New York.
June 7, 2008
By: Jason Ogle
KUTZTOWN - The Kutztown Rockies are pleased to announce the drafting of some former and current players in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft. Former pitcher Phil Rummel (Kutztown University) was taken by the Houston Astros with the 932nd overall pick in the 31st round of the draft. Rummel was 4-2 with a 0.68 ERA for the Rockies last season and was 7-0 with a 1.12 ERA during the 2006 ACBL season.
Current Rockies outfielder Drew Laganosky (Haverford) was also selected in this year’s draft. Laganosky was selected by the Cleveland Indians with the 1368th overall pick in the 46th round of the draft.
Former Rockie Abe Yeakel (Liberty/Mansfield) and current Rockie Matt Cotellese (West Chester) are also garnering looks from Major League clubs.
June 6, 2008
Two former ACBL pitchers, Bobby Lanigan (Stars) and Pete Andrelczyk (Blazers) were among the first 150 selections in the MLB Amateur Draft on Thursday.
The Minnesota Twins took Lanigan in the third round while Andrelczyk went to the Florida Marlins in the fifth round.
This spring Lanigan started 11 games for Adelphi and finished the season with a 1.94 ERA in 79 innings. The 6' 4" right hander struck out 87 while allowing only 16 base on balls. In 2006 he posted a 2.92 ERA for the Long Island Stars in 25 innings.
Andrelczyk was Coastal Carolinas' closer and was 6-1 with nine saves in 29 appearances for the Super Regional bound Chanticleers. In 2006 he was 3-1 for the Quakertown Blazers with a save in 22 innings.
June 6, 2008
The Metro NY Cadets (1-0) won 3-2 in an eleven inning duel against the Peekskill Robins (0-2) on Thursday night at Jack Kaiser Stadium (St John's University). After the Cadets thought they had a 2-0 shout out, The Peekskill Robins rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the top of the 9th inning scoring 2 runs but lost to the Metro NY Cadets in extra innings.
Under the lights at Kaiser Stadium on Thursday night, in the first two innings the Cadets scored the 2 runs taking the lead in the game. Then Cadets bats quite down from the 3rd to 8th inning. But Peekskill bats came to life in the 9th inning when Omar Velazquez (Caldwell coll.) got off to a shaky 9th inning start giving up 2 hits and a run. It all started with a leadoff walk to Carder (Muskingum coll.), followed by a line drive single to left field by Maher (Farleigh Dickinson Univ.) ; which advanced Carder to second. After a sac bunt by Allaire (Central Conn. St.) moved the runners to second and third, Harold Brantley Jr. came up with diving catch to persevere the lead, for the moment, for the Cadets on a ball hit by Rivas (New Haven Coll.). Even though Brantley made a spectacular catch, a run did score on the fly ball. After, Benes singled to right field earning a RBI, McNeil replaced pitcher Velázquez which was able to get the final out. Cadets scored it final run in the bottom of the eleventh of four walks.
The Metro NY cadets play Sunday June 8, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. against Lehigh Valley Catz at Jack Kaiser Stadium (St. John's University)
June 5, 2008
The field at Lafayette was deemed unplayable for today�s game matching the LV Catz and Kutztown Rockies, due to the recent rain.
No make-up date has been set as of yet.
June 4, 2008
David Welch (Lehigh Valley Catz) gave himself a birthday present on Monday when he tossed a no-hitter on the day he turned 25. The 6' 4" left-hander struck ot six and walked two as the Huntsville Stars (Brewers,AA) blanked the Chattanooga Lookouts 2-0 in a seven inning affair.
The Australian born pitcher now has a 7-1 record with a 3.25 ERA in twelve starts. He was on the 2004 ACBL Baseball America Top Prospect List and was drafted by the Brewers in the 20th round of the 2005 Draft out of Texarkana CC. Jeff Sues (NJ Colts), the top prospect on the 2004 list and a fifth round pick of the Pirates, was recently promoted to AA Altoona where he has a 1-0 record with 2.00 ERA.
June 2, 2008
Less than a week away from the Hampton Whalers’ Opening Day, Gardner “Rusty” Leaver
is in a meeting, which leads into another meeting in another town later that day. He’s on the phone with politicians, school officials, his wife and his son, who is one of his players. The lines of communication are wide open today, they were open yesterday, and as he looks ahead to the first ever collegiate baseball team on the East End, they’ll be open tomorrow, too.
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June 2, 2008
Here are how the super-regionals set up:
SUPER-REGIONALS THAT BEGIN FRIDAY, JUNE 6
North Carolina State (41-20) at No. 8 Georgia (39-22-1)
Wichita State (47-15) at No. 4 Florida State (51-11)
Arizona (41-17) at No. 1 Miami (Florida) (50-8)
Stanford (37-22-2) at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (41-20)
SUPER-REGIONALS THAT BEGIN SATURDAY, JUNE 7
Coastal Carolina (50-12) at No. 2 North Carolina (49-12)
Texas A&M (46-17) at No. 6 Rice (45-13)
UC Irvine (41-16) at No. 7 LSU (46-16-1)
Fresno State (40-28) at No. 3 Arizona State (48-11)
June 1, 2008
Shortstop Mike Aviles (Newburgh Generals) was promoted to the Kansas City Royals after posting an impressive .336 average at AAA Omaha. The former Concordia infielder hit .323 for the Generals in 2001 and won the ACBL MVP Award.
The Royals ended a 12-game slide on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over the Indians. The Royals have been going with a "shortstop-by-committee" approach since veteran Tony Pena is hitting only .156 and Esteban German has a .178 average. Hopefully Aviles will be able to provide some offensive spark for Kansas City as the 85th former ACBL player to play at the Major League level.
May 29, 2008
On Monday Jason Bergmann (Pilots) struck out eight over 5 and 2/3 innings as he extended his scoreless streak to 19 and 2/3 innings since returning from AAA ball to the Nationals. He has 22 strikeouts over that stretch and attributes his success to the confidence that he has in his fastball, slider and curveball which he can now throw at any time in the count.
Jamie Moyer (Wings) received the win in the Phillies 20-4 win over the Rockies and is now 5-3 and 235-181 in his career. He has become the sixth pitcher to beat all 30 teams in the majors and joins former Allentown Wing teammate, Terry Mulholland, on this list. Kevin Brown, Al Leiter, Woody Williams and Curt Schilling also have achieved this task.
May 28, 2008
Seth Maness P (East Carolins, Catz) - Conference USA
Robert Casal P (Caldwell, Cadets) - Central Athletic Collegiate Conference
Stephen Pfeil P (Caldwell, Pilots) - CACC
Adric Saxon OF (Caldwell, Pilots) - CACC
Bobby Kay P (C.W. Post, Robins) - East Coast Conference
Mike Bortz OF (East Stroudsburg,Blazers) - PA State Athletic Conference
Eric Carmichael P (West Chester,Rockies) - PSAC
Matt Cotellese OF (West Chester,Rockies) - PSAC
Darin Gorski P (Kutztown, Rockies) - PSAC
Chad Lightcap OF (Kutztown, Blazers) - PSAC
Wes Carder INF (Muskingum, Robins) - Ohio Athletic Conference
Brock Whiteman C (Muskingum, Robins) - OAC
Nelson Gomez INF (Keystone, Robins) - North East Athletic Conference
Ethan Guevin P (Carleton, Catz) - Minnesota IAC
Evan Jones INF (Trinity, Catz) - Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Casey Lawrence P (Albright, Rockies) - Middle Atlantic Conference, Commonwealth Division
Beau Ziegler P (Texas-Tyler, Blazers) - America Southwest Conference
Dustin Harrington INF (ECU, Catz) - Conference USA Freshman Team
Mark Angelo INF (Bucknell, Blazers) - Patriot League
Logan Marshall DH (Lehigh, Catz) - Patriot League
Ryan Smith P (Dartmouth, Mustangs) - Ivy League
Vin DiBendetti OF (Felician, Pilots) - CACC
Eddie Squeri INF (Dowling, Mustangs) - ECC
Matt Young INF (Mansfield, Rockies) - PSAC
Chris Miller OF (Mansfield, Rockies) - PSAC
Travis Beausoleil INF (NCWesleyan,Catz) - USA South Atlantic Conference
Dean Lagonosky OF (Haverford,Rockies) - Centennial Conference
Chris Morrison P (Moravian,Catz) - Landmark Conference
Carlos DelRosario OF (St. John's, Cadets) - Big East Conference
Colin Barnathan INF (Dowling, Mustangs) - ECC
Dan McDermott INF (STAC, Cadets) - ECC
Jimmy Rivas OF (New Haven, Robins) - ECC
Kyle Walker INF (C.W. Post, Whalers) - ECC
Greg Folgia INF (Missouri, Blazers) - Big-12 Conference
Steve Gable INF (Penn, Catz) - Ivy League
Omar Velasquez P (Caldwell, Cadets) - CACC
Blake Cover OF (Neb-Kearney,Robins) - Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Park Smith INF (Denison, Pilots) - North Coast Athletic Conference
Mark Houck INF (Peru St. Whalers) - Midlands Collegiate Conference
Region pairings for the 64-team field
May 27, 2008
May 20, 2008
Steve Nikorak (Catz) was tabbed Pitcher and Rookie of the Week in the Atlantic-10 Conference after winning two games in one week. The freshman righthander won in relief against Villanova and then took a no-hitter into the fifth and gave up only two singles in six shutout innings as Temple defeated St. Louis 5-0.
Former ACBL players John O'Hara (Cadets) and Josh Vittek (Catz) were named Northeast Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively. O'Hara limited Central Conn. St. to four hits and one earned run over eight innings in a 2-1 FDU victory. Vittek, a senior first baseman for Mount St. Marys, went 10-for-21 (.476) and slugged his league leading 14th and 15th home runs.
Derek Gianakas (Robins,Pilots) and Nelson Gomez (Robins) were named to the NCAA D-III Mid-Atlantic Regional All Tournament Team. Gianakas has six RBI including a home run as Kean secured a spot in the D-III World Seies. Gomez batted .538 with four RBI.
Matt Cotellese (Rockies) was named to the D-II North Atlantic Region All Tournament Team after hitting .444 (12-for-27) with two home runs and eight RBI.
May 16, 2008
Jason Bergmann (Pilots) provided a fantastic performance in his return to the Majors as he pitched seven scoreless innings in a Nationals 1-0 win over the Mets in Shea Stadium. The former Rutgers righthander gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked two. Bergmann relied mostly on sliders and curveballs since he was not locating his fastball in the afternoon game at Shea Stadium.
In other MLB news Mark DiFelice (Gulls) finally made it to the Show as his contract was purchased from Nashville by the Brewers to replace Dave Riske who went on the 15-day disabled list. In 1998 DiFelice was drafted in the 15th round by the Rockies and progressed to AAA Colorado Springs in 2001. His career then took a detour through injuries and independent baseball. In 2007 he signed a free agent contract with the Brewers after pitching for the Camden Riversharks in 2006. He progressed quickly with the Brewers after going 6-1 with a 1.62 ERA at AA Huntsville and 4-2 at AAA Nashville in 2007. This year he was 3-0 at Nashville with 28 strikeouts and only one base on balls in 23 innings.
May 14, 2008
Twelve ACBL players were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District baseball teams. Mark Angelo (Blazers, Bucknell), Brian Ernst (Rockies, Penn State), Steve Gabel (Catz, Penn), Kyle Higgins (Pilots, Monmouth) and Matt Maher (Robins, FDU) were selected to the District 2 first team. Blake Cover ( Robins, Nebraska-Kearney), Jonas Fester (Rockies, Johns Hopkins) and Brock Whiteman (Robins, Muskingum) were selected to College Division first teams.
Nick Asselin (Robins, Boston College) and David Giammarasi (Rockies, Liberty) earned second team honors in the University Division while Derek Gianakas (Robins, Pilots, Kean) and Ethan Guevin (Catz, Carleton) were selected to the second team in the College Division. First team selections will be forwarded for Academic All-America honors.
May 13, 2008
The ACBL Player of the Year Award will now be named The Santy Gallone Player of the Year Award in honor of the former ACBL player who was one of the construction workers killed in the East 51st Street crane accident on March 15, 2008. He is survived by his wife and 18 month old daughter. The 42nd season will be dedicated to Santy and the Long Island Mustangs will hold a fund raising event for his family.
Santy played three seasons in the ACBL and in 1990 batted .390 for the Long Island Sound and topped the league with 40 RBIs. As a member of the All-Star team he went 3-for-4 in a 9-2 loss to the Korean National Team.
At Fordham he led the Rams to three consecutive championships ( The MAAC in 1990, The Patriot League in 1991 and 1992). He holds the Fordham career record with 222 hits and posted a .369 career average. In 2000 he was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame.
Santy played one season of Independent Ball and was signed to a free agent contract by Sal Agostinelli, Phillies scout and former ACBL player. He played two seasons in the infield with Scott Rolen at Spartanburg in 1994 and Clearwater in 1995; however a shoulder injury ended his pro career. Santy will be remembered as an outstanding competitor with a pleasant outgoing personality who was always willing to help others.
Rockies and Blazers dominate
May 8, 2008
ACBL players from the Rockies and Blazers dominated the recently selected 2008 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All East Division conference teams. Six Rockies were selected to the all conference teams. Abe Yeakel (1B, Mansfield), Matt Cotellese (OF, West Chester) and Eric Carmichael (RP, West Chester) were named to the first team while Matt Young (2B, Mansfield), Chris Miller (OF, Mansfield) and Phil Rummel (SP, Kutztown) made the second team.
Chad Lightcap (OF,Kutztown), Mike Bortz (OF, East Stroudsburg) and Darin Gorski (SP, Kutztown) represented the Blazers on the first team. Cotellese was also selected Player of the Year.
May 5, 2008
Ryan Page (Catz) earned Big South Pitcher of the Week honors after yielding no earned runs or walks with eight strikeouts in a complete game 8-2 victory over Charleston Southern. The Liberty senior has a 3.39 ERA with a 4-5 record for the Flames this year.
Derek Shunk (Blazers) has been named Big East Player of the Week after going 8-for-17 with six RBIs in a 4-0 week for Villanova. The senior shortstop is currently hitting .356 with 12 doubles and 41 RBIs.
Mike Gazzola (Robins) was selected MAAC Pitcher of the Week after tossing the first complete game shutout of his collegiate career in a seven inning Manhattan 3-0 win over Marist.
Vinnie DiBenedetti (Pilots) was named CACC Player of the Week for the second straight week. The junior outfielder hit .562 with a .938 slugging percentage as Felician clinched a CACC tournament berth.
Chad Lightcap (Blazers) was named PSAC Tournament MVP after helping Kutztown win its fifth PSAC title since 1999. The junior leftfielder hit .450 (9-for-20) with eight runs and six RBIs in Kutztown's six games.
Bobby Lanigan (Stars) was named East Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week. The Adelphi junior threw a complete game shutout striking out 10 against C.W. Post.
Adam Matos (Rockies) was named to the All Gulf South Conference East First Team. The senior outfielder hit .400 with eight doubles, four triples and four home runs with 33 RBIs.
Craig Mease (Blazers) was named MAC Commonwealth Conference Tournament MVP as he led Messiah to a trip to the NCAA D-III Regionals.The senior shortstop went 10-for-17 with three doubles and two home runs in the four game playoffs.
May 2, 2008
Posted by Mike Green
When I first saw "Charles Chulk" on a list of Southern League ERA leaders in 2002, my mental image was of a schoolteacher, or perhaps an explorer, on the mound. Not quite right. Vinnie was, and is, young, eager and straightforward, with his front teeth sometimes protruding in front of his pursed bottom lip on the mound as he delivers the ball.
Vinnie Chulk was selected by the Jays in the 12th round of the 2000 draft. He reported to Medicine Hat that summer, and started fairly effectively. He was converted to relief in 2001, and blew through Dunedin and Tennessee reaching Syracuse for a late August cup of coffee. In 2002, the organization moved him back to the rotation in Tennessee, and he responded with a fine year- 13-5 with a 2.96 earned run average, although his K rate dropped from 9 per 9 innings to 6 per 9 innings. Moved up to Syracuse in 2003, he was 8-10 with a 4.22 ERA, but a K rate over 7. In 2004, the organization moved him back to the bullpen to start the year and he pitched well over the first third of the season to earn a promotion to the Show.
His major league career has had its ups and downs, but he has essentially been a solid middle reliever throughout, with a career line of 164 innings, 166 hits, 19 homers, 63 walks and 114 strikeouts and a 4.32 ERA. He's very tough on right-hand hitters, but is vulnerable to the longball, particularly from lefties.
It's hard not to like Vinnie for his enthusiasm. He is off to a great start in San Francisco, and we wish him the best there and wherever he goes in baseball.
May 1, 2008
By Paul Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates this morning released Matt Morris and put left-hander Phil Dumatrait in the right-hander's spot in the rotation, meaning Dumatrait will start Thursday in Washington.
Releasing Morris means the Pirates will pay him a little over $10 million, which includes the rest of his salary for this season and a $1 million buyout of his 2009 option.
Right-hander John Van Benschoten joined the Pirates from Class AAA Indianapolis this morning to provide length in the bullpen. It could be that Van Benschoten won't be with the Pirates too long. Left-hander Sean Burnett could be on the way in a couple days.
"It's been kind of a whirlwind morning,'' manager John Russell said. "Matt Morris has been a true professional. He's had a great career. He wanted to help us win, and it just wasn't happening."
April 30, 2008
By Guest Columnist
The general rule of thumb for drafting in the first round is 1/3 of players become studs, 1/3 become average major leaguers, and 1/3 are complete busts. At draft time, Craig Hansen seemed destined for the top 1/3. He had a fastball that could constantly reach the mid-90s and a slider that some scouts rated as an 80. By most accounts, Hansen was going to be the Red Sox closer by mid-2006. But after several weeks into 2008, Hansen is nowhere to be seen and fans are left asking why?
Craig Hansen was a stud in college. His last season at St. Johns, Hansen posted a 1.68 ERA over 64.1 innings. He was striking out 11.89 batters per 9 innings and walking just 2.80. After this strong campaign, the Red Sox selected him 26th overall in the 2005 draft. He was sandwiched between top prospects Matt Garza and Colby Rasmus. Within that season, Hansen was up in Boston pitching down the stretch run. He only participated in 4 games and was less than impressive. At the time, most thought that he needed some more seasoning but could still contribute to the 2006 club.
Hansen started the 2006 season in Portland. He only needed to pitch 11 innings before the Red Sox thought he was ready for AAA Pawtucket. At Pawtucket, Hansen pitched 36 innings with an ERA of 2.75. Once again, this was enough for the Red Sox to promote him to Boston where he struggled again. In 38 innings, Hansen posted a 6.63 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. His strikeouts were down and walks were up. He just did not look the same.
2007 saw the Red Sox take a new approach with Hansen. Instead of rushing him from level to level, the Red Sox decided to let him have the whole season at Pawtucket. While it took a few months for the Red Sox to see any fruits of their labor, come July Hansen started to be himself again. In July, Hansen pitched 15 innings with a 1.80 ERA. He bettered that in August were he pitched 6.1 shutout innings.
The Red Sox stood fast with the strategy did not promote him in September after the Paw Sox season was over. This may have been the best thing the Red Sox have done for his development since drafting him. Instead of joining the Red Sox, Hansen pitched in the Fall Instructional League and did very well. In 5 innings he struck out 8 batters and only walked one. Pitching against some of the best known prospects in baseball, this was a very encouraging several weeks.
One important turning point may have been the surgery Hansen underwent this off-season. Hansen had surgery to correct his sleep apnea. It was believed that the sleep apnea was hindering his ability to rebound from game to game. As a reliever, there is nothing more important than the ability to recover after a night of pitching. While the surgery set his winter workout program back a few weeks, the surgery is proving to be well worth the time.
As of Saturday morning, Hansen has pitched 9.1 shutout innings. He has allowed only 3 walks and 2 hits. Over that same time, he has struck out 10 batters and managed a 63% groundball rate. For Hansen, those last stats are the most important. He needs to be striking batters out and keeping the ball on the ground. That may seem elementary but it is especially important for Hansen.
Now that the season is in full swing and the Red Sox have had a chance to look at everyone, they have to be asking themselves if Hansen is a better option than Mike Timlin or Julian Tavarez. Hansen is defiantly younger and cheaper than both. That being said, age and cost are not the only two factors in making personnel decisions. Experience and consistency are important, which Hansen has little of.
Can the Red Sox expect much from Hansen this season? I believe so. Even when he has struggled, a good deal of that can be attributed to bad luck. He often suffers from an abnormally high BABIP and frequently his FIP is lower than his ERA. He is the type of pitcher that can have a strikeout percentage in the high 20s and a groundball percentage in the low 60s.
While his slider may never live up to that 80 billing it had coming out of college, it is still a plus pitch. Like real estate, Hansen is all about location. If he can stay ahead in the count and work the strike zone he still has all the makings of a top flight setup man. Complementing him with Papelbon and Delcarmen, the Red Sox have a bullpen that can be strong for years to come. It is time for the Red Sox to give him another chance.
Craig was recalled to the red sox on April 24th, 2008 to only be sent back down to minors following that night’s game.
Casey Kotchman homered off Craig Hansen (0-1). Hansen was recalled before the game, then sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket afterward when the Red Sox called up Justin Masterson from Double-A Portland to start Thursday. "Once I let (the pitch) go, I knew I was guiding it," Hansen said. "And when you guide stuff, that's when you get hurt."
April 29, 2008
Ryan Proudfoot (Catz) earned Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after allowing only one run in a complete game 7-1 win over Texas. The USTA sophomore has permitted only one run over his past 18 innings and has a 6-2 record with a 3.18 ERA in nine starts.
Kyle Higgins (Pilots) claimed Akadema NEC Player of the Week honors for the third time this season thanks to a 12-for-26 (.462) clip at the plate during Monmouth's five win week. The senior shortstop posted a .731 slugging average with seven RBIs.
Vinnie DiBenedetti (Pilots) was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week. The junior centerfielder for Felician hit .500 in seven games with three triples and six RBIs.
Kyle Walker (Whalers) was selected Baden Player of the Week in the East Coast Conference. The C.W. Post junior hit .455 (10-for-22) with a home run, three doubles and eight RBIs.
Mike Bortz (Blazers) was named PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Week after hitting .400 (10-for-25) with four doubles, a triple and five RBIs. The East Stroudsburg centerfielder also scored five runs and stole two bases.
Joe Bartlinski (Pilots) earned NJAC Pitcher of the Week honors as he pitched Kean to a 3-0 victory over TCNJ. The sophomore righthander allowed only three singles and has a 6-2 record with a 2.09 ERA.
April 28, 2008
By Barry Svrluga - Washington Post Staff Writer
Keep Orel Hershiser on hold for now, because we're far from historic territory, and John Lannan would have to repeat the performance from his past three starts not once, but twice more. Walter Johnson one day will have a statue outside Nationals Park, and 95 years ago, he didn't allow a run for 55 2/3 straight innings, so the District's major league mark is some five starts away as well.
Kept in context, though, what Lannan is accomplishing now for the Washington Nationals could be as significant a development as this franchise has seen in three years. Yesterday, in his 11th major league start, Lannan shut out the Chicago Cubs over his seven innings, leading the Nationals to a 2-0 victory and their first series win since March 31-April 3 in Philadelphia.
The most striking aspect about the performance, in which Lannan allowed four hits, walked four men and struck out three? Manager Manny Acta could consider it and say, quite honestly, "I've seen him better."
Go back two starts, when Lannan (2-2) allowed a run in the first against the New York Mets, but then nothing else over six innings, walking nobody. Last week in Atlanta, he beat John Smoltz with seven shutout innings on the night Smoltz recorded his 3,000th strikeout. Add it up, and Lannan hasn't been scored upon in 19 consecutive innings.
Hershiser's record of 59 straight shouldn't even be mentioned at this point. But what the Nationals are watching is the development of a pitcher drafted out of Siena College in 2005, the same draft that produced cornerstone third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Now, they have a 23-year-old who rose from Class A ball to the big leagues last season, one who may never return to the minors.
"I'm learning every day," was Lannan's assessment after he lowered his ERA in five starts to 2.64, best among Washington starters. Lannan's teammates are learning about him as well. The Cubs entered yesterday with the National League's highest batting average at .285, yet he allowed them hits in just three innings. The Braves were right behind the Cubs (.283), yet Lannan allowed them only five singles. Only two NL teams strike out less frequently than New York, yet Lannan sat down 11 Mets.
"That's three really good offenses in a row," right fielder Austin Kearns said.
Lannan has been successful as much because of his approach as because of his pure repertoire, into which he's incorporated a slider. "He's got good enough stuff to attack people," Zimmerman said. But having such an arsenal and using it correctly are different things, as Jason Bergmann - a talented but struggling right-hander the Nationals sent to the minors this month -- shows.
Take two situations from yesterday's game. The Nationals took a 2-0 lead off Cubs lefty Ted Lilly on two-out, RBI singles from Wily Mo Pena and Wil Nieves in the second. With the Nationals' offense unable to muster anything else, Lannan could have easily given it back.
The first situation came in the fifth when -- with no outs, runners on first and second and Lilly at the plate -- Cubs second baseman Ronny Cedeno got caught too far off second. Nationals catcher Wil Nieves threw there, but Cedeno took off for third. Both runners advanced safely, creating a spot with runners on second and third with no outs.
Lannan quickly struck out Lilly. But then, a mental error. Leadoff man Reed Johnson hit a bouncing ball toward Washington first baseman Nick Johnson. Lannan didn't cover the bag. "I don't even know what was going on in my head," he said.
Cedeno froze at third. Reed Johnson was safe at first. The bases were loaded. Lannan's response: He got Ryan Theriot to hit a groundball over the mound, and alertly pulled back his glove. It bounced directly to shortstop Cristian Guzmán for the double play that ended the threat.
The second moment came in the sixth, when Lannan, pitching without his best command, issued a leadoff walk. With one out, Kosuke Fukudome hit a line drive to left. Pena broke in on the ball, and it sailed over his head, an out played into a double. Again, there were runners on second and third with one out.
"Just flush," Lannan said of how he deals with such situations.
"It shows that he was able to put that someplace in his mind that it didn't bother him and affect what he's trying to do," pitching coach Randy St. Claire said.
Instead, he got Mark DeRosa to tap a ball back to the mound. Lannan scooped it up, looked the runner back, and made the throw. He then induced a slow grounder to second from Cedeno. The gaffes were in the past, as was the Cubs' rally.
"The winners, when you make a mistake, they don't let it bother them," General Manager Jim Bowden said. "They go to the next pitch. They put it behind them."
Lannan's future, though, is squarely in front of him. "I'm having a ton of fun," he said. But five starts in a season, and 11 starts in a career, don't make a major league pitcher. "We're being cautious about it, about putting that pressure on the kid," Acta said.
For now, Lannan is putting pressure on others. His next start comes Saturday against Pittsburgh. Nine more shutout innings, and he's more than halfway to Washington's greatest pitcher, Walter Johnson.
April 27, 2008
Became the fourth manager in Rays history on November 15, 2005...Follows Larry Rothschild (205-294, .411), Hal McRae (113-196, .369) and Lou Piniella (200-285, .412)...In his first season as skipper, he guided the Rays to their most wins at Tropicana Field (41)...Prior to joining the Rays he spent all 31 years of his professional baseball career in the Angels organization, including the last 12 on the Major League staff...Served as the Angels bench coach for most of the last 10 seasons of his tenure in Anaheim including the last six under manager Mike Scioscia while the team went 520-452 (.535)...The Angels went to the postseason three times (2002-'04-'05) in the last four years and won a world championship (2002)...Served as the Angels interim manager on three occasions, compiling a 33-26 record...Spent 12 years on the Minor League level as a manager or an instructor before his promotion to the Angels major league staff as bullpen coach on May 17, 1994...began that season as the Angels' Director of Player Development and was in his third year as the club's Minor League Field Coordinator before the promotion...Moved to first base coach in 1995 and in 1996 served as bench coach, first base coach, and interim manager when John McNamara, then interim skipper, was sidelined with deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) in his right calf...posted an 8-14 record...McNamara was filling in for Rene Lachemann who resigned in August...Replaced Terry Collins as skipper in 1999 after Collins resigned on Sept. 3...posted a 19-10 record to finish the season...Also replaced Collins in 1998 when the Angels manager was suspended eight games in conjunction with bench-clearing incidents in Kansas City on June 2.
Minor League Coaching Career:
Began his managerial career with Idaho Falls (A) in 1981...Earned Northwest League Manager of the Year the following season when he guided the Salem Angels (A) to the league championship...Returned to Salem in 1983 before moving on to Class-A Peoria in 1984...Managed the next two seasons (1985-86) at Double-A Midland of the Texas League...Served as the organization's roving hitting instructor from 1987-93 as well as the club's coordinator of Arizona Instructional League from 1984-93.
Was signed by the Angels as a free agent catcher in 1975...Played for Single-A affiliates in Quad Cities (1976), Salinas (1977-78) and Santa Clara before switching career to scouting and managing...Batted .267 with five home runs in his Minor League career.
Is a native of Hazleton, PA (population: 25,000) located approximately 80 miles north of Philadelphia...His mother, Albina "Beanie" is still a waitress at the Third Base Dugout restaurant in Hazleton...She is 74 years old...The baseball field at Hazleton High School was re-named "Joe Maddon Field" in 2003...Attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA (1972-76) where he majored in economics...Played three years of varsity baseball and one season of freshman football...Was a quarterback and in his final game he completed 14 of 17 passes (including 13 in a row) and threw for four touchdowns in a win over Lehigh...Was recruited by Lafayette as a shortstop and pitcher but switched to catcher mid-way through the season when he volunteered having never caught before...Has two children Sarah (24) and Joey (22), and two grandchildren Tyler (7) and Coral Ray (2).
April 21, 2008
John Meadus (Cadets,Robins) was named Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week after pitching FDU to a 4-0 victory over Wagner. The junior lefthander allowed only two hits in nine innings while striking out six and facing only four batters over the minimum.
Tom Costigan (Generals) was selected MAAC Pitcher of the Week for his complete game shutout over Iona. During the week he pitched ten shutout innings and opponents were limited to a .216 average.
Zach Calhoon (Catz) was named to the 2008 NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. The Texas-San Antonio sophomore has posted nine saves in 17 appearances with a 1.96 ERA and opponents batting average of .179.
Abe Yeakel (Rockies) was selected PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Week. The senior first baseman at Mansfield went 14-for-28 with five home runs and a slugging percentage of 1.071. He currently tops the PSAC in hits (79), average (.467), home runs (10), RBIs (55) and total bases (121).
Adric Saxon (Pilots) has been named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week. The Caldwell sophomore outfielder hit .478 (11-23) with a .913 slugging percentage which included three home runs.
Nelson Gomez (Robins) earned Player of the Week in the North Eastern Athletic Conference by pounding seven hits and getting 10 RBIs as Keystone swept a doublheader.
April 15, 2008
Josh Vittek (Catz) was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week after hitting .455 (10-for-22) with four home runs and 14 RBIs. The senior first baseman broke the Mount St. Mary's career home run record when he hit number 28 in a mid-week game at Maryland.
John Mazzello (Generals) was selected East Coast Conference Player of the Week. The senior infielder for St. Thomas Aquinas batted .429 (9-for-21) with a .714 slugging percentage. Bobby Kay (Mustangs) was named East Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week. The C.W. Post junior went 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA in two starts. He limited the opposition to a .123 average while striking out 16.
Jeff Toth (Pilots) earned New Jersey Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after hitting .600 (12-for-20) with three doubles, one triple and a home run for the College of New Jersey. The junior shortstop scored seven runs and also handled 29 chances flawlessly.
April 10, 2008
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
DENVER -- With 3,060 hits and 291 home runs, Craig Biggio will undoubtedly be remembered first for his offensive contributions during his 20-year Major League career. But it's quite possible the veteran second baseman is as recognizable to those in his adopted home of Houston for his affiliation with the Sunshine Kids as he is for his on-field accomplishments.
Less than a month after he said goodbye to baseball and hello to retirement, Biggio, one of the most celebrated players in Astros history, was given the highest off-the-field honor in baseball -- the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award.
"I've often said ... that baseball is a social institution, and for those who really are into sport and understand it, we have enormous social responsibilities," Commissioner Bud Selig said during a press conference at Coors Field. "I hope all the young players in this sport will watch and follow this man's career, because he is what a Major League Baseball player should be, on and off the field."
The Clemente Award recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. It is named in honor of the former Pirates outfielder whose spirit and goodwill will always be remembered. Clemente died in a plane crash while attempting to transport relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua on Dec. 31, 1972.
Biggio, the 2005 winner of the Hutch Award and the recipient of the 2006 "Heart and Hustle" Award, made it a hat trick this year, winning the top community service honor. Biggio was presented the Clemente Award during a pregame ceremony prior to Game 3 of the World Series in Denver.
"To be part of this award and recipient this year, I am very humbled and grateful for this," Biggio said. "This is something that, as a Major League Baseball player, some of us get the opportunity to have an impact on the community. Some have a chance to have a real big impact on certain communities, and I know that I'm very grateful for my 20 years in Houston to be associated with the Sunshine Kids."
Clemente's wife, Vera, and their sons, Luis and Roberto Jr., were part of the presentation, as they are every year.
"Craig was the perfect guy to win the award. We are very proud of him," Roberto Clemente Jr. said. "Craig knows the history of the game and he knows about Dad, what Dad stood for. He cares like Dad did."
Added Vera Clemente: "My sons and myself, we are very proud to be here this afternoon and to congratulate Craig Biggio for your beautiful career, and especially the work that you and your wife, Patty, have been doing. I am very impressed when I met both of you. It's like if I met you many years before."
Patty Biggio expressed a deep appreciation for Mrs. Clemente as well.
"We hugged and kissed and she told me all about how she met her husband and shared some personal stories with me," Patty Biggio said. "She's unbelievable. I just thought their story was so beautiful. The promises she made to her husband to finish what he started was just amazing. I was overwhelmed by her words."
The award presentation was an Astros family affair. Club owner Drayton McLane and his wife, Elizabeth, flew to Denver to be a part of the event, as did the Biggio's oldest son, Conor.
"This is one of the high-water marks in the history of the Houston Astros franchise," McLane said. "[It is] the culmination of Craig's 20-year career. It's the highest award Major League Baseball has, other than on-the-field performance.
"For Craig to win the Roberto Clemente Award, he's very deserving of it because of what he's done with the Sunshine Kids, but also how he has worked with every charity in Houston we've ever asked him to."
Since the early 1990s, the Biggios have been the main spokespeople for The Sunshine Kids, a support group for children with cancer and their families. They host an annual baseball party at Minute Maid Park, at which more than 100 children with cancer play baseball, with Biggio serving as the pitcher.
They also host a holiday party at the Sunshine Kids house in Houston that the Biggios helped restore and furnish. Through the annual Sunshine Kids Celebrity Golf Classic, Biggio has raised more than $2.5 million for the organization over the last 16 years.
"The Sunshine Kids are something that is an organization, we're not about a cure -- we're about families, we're about putting smiles on faces," Biggio said. "It's about raising money so a family and a group can go whitewater rafting or they can go skiing in Colorado, or they can go to Mardi Gras or a Harley Davidson ride in Hill Country, or they come out to Minute Maid Park and I'll pitch to each one of them and feed them and give them a bag.
"That's what it's about, putting smiles on their faces. That's why I think for me it's hard to really put in words, because I know who Roberto Clemente was, and seeing it in the eyes of their sons and his wife, what a great man he was, and he still is. That's why I'm very humbled and grateful for this honor and to be part of his legacy."
Chevrolet, the sponsor of the Clemente Award, donated $30,000 and a brand new 2008 Chevy Silverado in Craig's name to the Sunshine Kids Foundation. Chevrolet also will donate $30,000 to the Roberto Clemente Sports City in Puerto Rico.
"You get recognized for some of these special, special awards, but I look at it as we're all in this thing together, all Major League Baseball players, and everybody tries to do their part to the best that they can," Biggio said. "I think it's a fraternity, and I call the baseball family a fraternity, it is great because we raise millions and millions of dollars across the country for different communities across the country, and that is a great thing to be part of."
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
April 9, 2008
The sixth Hall of Fame celebration for outstanding graduates of Souderton Area High School was held Saturday, October 13 at the Indian Valley Country Club. The celebration recognized graduates who have demonstrated achievement in either letters and humanities, the arts, science and mathematics, education, business and/or a contribution to the health, welfare or human rights of the local state, national or international community. Those recognized must be graduates of Souderton Are High School and must be at least 35 years old.
The inductees were chosen by a Hall of Fame Selection Committee consisting of teachers, administrators, and community members. The 2007 Hall of Fame inductees are: Hope deFrenes-Class of 1976, currently residing in Schwenksville; Andria L. Derstine, Ph.D.-Class of 1987, currently residing in Oberlin, Ohio, Ed Eskandarian-Class of 1954, currently residing in Boston, Mass.; Rep. Robert W. Godshall-Class of 1951, currently residing in Souderton; Charles J. Stahl, III, M.D.-Class of 1948, currently residing in Rockville, Md.; and Jamie Moyer-Class of 1981, currently residing in Seattle, Wash. The inductees spent Friday, October 12 visiting their alma mater, touring the building, participating in an assembly focusing on the Elements of Success, concluding with lunch.
Class of 1981
After graduating from Souderton Area High School in 1981, Jamie attended St. Joseph's University, before he was drafted in 1984 by the Chicago Cubs and began his professional league baseball career. While attending Spring Training in 1998, Jamie and his wife, Karen, met Erin Metcalf, a remarkable young woman who developed liver cancer at the age of 15. Erin had a compassionate heart, and when she was hospitalized she often expressed concern for the other children there as well as their siblings. The Moyers developed a special friendship with Erin and her family. In June of 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, the Moyers wished to honor Erin and her caring spirit. Acknowledging Erin's love of children and her desire to help others, Karen and Jamie felt that a grief camp for children would be an appropriate tribute. They said, "Camp Erin is a dream come true. It's a real gift for children who have lost a loved one. It allows a child to process their loss. It's an opportunity for each child to meet others who are going through exactly what they are, and to know it's all going to be ok!" The Moyer Foundation, has committed to the endowment of the many Camp Erin's. The Moyer Foundation, co-founded by Jamie and Karen Moyer in July 2000, has raised over $3 million and provided assistance to more than 150 different organizations. The Moyers have been involved in supporting cancer patients and research since 1993. For Jamie, charitable work provides perspective amid the highs and lows of professional sports. He and his wife not only lend their names, but their time and energy. Jamie is the recipient of two of baseball's most prestigious off-field awards: the Roberto Clemente Award, given to a high-achieving player who also represents humanitarian commitment, and the Hutch Award. Jamie Moyer was acquired from Seattle by the Philadelphia Phillies in August 2006, where is has continued to make his hometown proud.
April 8, 2008
Kyle Higgins (Pilots) and Ryan Buch (Blazers) were named Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively in the Northeast Conference as Monmouth swept Sacred Heart and defeated Princeton and Rutgers. Higgins went 15 for 28 (.536) with ten runs scored. Buch struck out 14 as he tossed a one hit complete game shutout against Sacred Heart.
Kevin Reese (Catz) was selected Pitcher of the Week in the Patriot League after hurling a complete game shutout against hot hitting Bucknell. The Lafayette senior struck out six with no walks.
Steve Gable (Catz) was named Ivy League Player of the Week after hitting .478 for the week with nine runs and five RBIs plus a home run. The sophomore second baseman is on an 18 game hitting streak and tops the Ivy League with a .465 average.
Mike Errigo (Cadets) earned the Pitcher of the Week Award in the America East Conference after pitching 8.2 innings of scoreless baseball in a Stony Brook win over Binghamton.
Chad Lightcap (Blazers) and Darin Gorski (Blazers) were named Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively in the PSAC Eastern Division. Lightcap hit .615 (8-for-15) with a home run and four RBIs. Gorski carried a perfect game into the seventh inning as Kutztown defeated Mansfield 3-1.
Last week Adam Matos (Rockies) was named Gulf South Conference Eastern Division Player of the Week. The West Georgia senior went 7-for-12 (.583) with two home runs and a slugging percentage of 1.083.
April 7, 2008
By Mark Zuckerman
Courtesy of the Washington Times
ST. LOUIS - When John Lannan said goodbye to his Washington Nationals teammates at the end of spring training, the young left-hander had a hunch he would see those guys again soon.
Little did Lannan know it would happen one week later.
"I mean, depending on what happened during the season, I thought I'd get a chance," he said. "I didn't know if it would be this early or whatever, but I'm glad that I'm here."
Recalled from Class AAA Columbus late Friday night without ever pitching for the Clippers, Lannan will start today's series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Because of an off day last Tuesday, the Nationals opened the season with a four-man rotation. They considered asking Tim Redding and Jason Bergmann to pitch on short rest and avoid needing a fifth starter until next week but ultimately decided against it.
So Lannan, who was originally scheduled to start Columbus' season opener Thursday, was bumped back and he flew to St. Louis on Friday to rejoin the Nationals.
Lannan's spring performance - he went 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in five Grapefruit League outings - impressed team officials, and they figured the 23-year-old would get his shot soon enough.
"He was going to be here, regardless, at some point," manager Manny Acta said. "He is part of our future, and we felt this year we had enough depth that we didn't have to rush him over here."
April 6, 2008
XM 185 for the afternoon tilt. Jason Bergmann vs Jamie Moyer in the third of three between the visiting Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies, who look to avoid losing three straight to start '08, as they begin their defense of the NL East crown. Austin Kearns is batting clean-up, Aaron Boone gets his first start as a National at first base, (DY?)...Felipe Lopez, yes that Felipe Lopez gets the start in left, and everyone's favorite backstop Jesus Flores is behind the plate for the first time this season.
Cristian Guzman doubles off Jamie Moyer to start the game. Lastings Milledge reaches safely on what sounds like a poor play by Ryan Howard at first. Ryan Zimmerman reaches on an error by Utley(Chase), Philly gets the force on Milledge at second, but Utley's errant throw allows Guzman to score from third, 1-0 Nationals. Austin Kearns walks. Two on, one out. Aaron "F'N" Boone singles in Zimmerman. 2-0 Nationals. Ronnie Belliard doubles off Moyer. Two runs score. 4-0 Nationals in the first. What would Jesus do? Jesus Flores doubles, Belliard scores, 5-0 Nationals after a half.
Jason Bergmann retires the Phillies in order in the first.
Cristian Guzman doubles off Jamie Moyer to start the second. Lastings Milledge reaches on an infield grounder. Ryan Zimmerman reaches on a misplay on the mound by Moyer. Bases loaded for Austin Kearns. Kearns lines it back at Moyer, who snags it, throws home and Philly catcher Chris Coste throws to first, double play. Aaron Boone K's. 5-0 DC after one and a half.
Jason Bergmann gives up a two-out single to Geoff Jenkins. Pedro Feliz flies to left...Felipe Lopez has it. 5-0 Nationals after two. Jesus Flores hits a two-out double in the third, but Jamie Moyer gets Bergmann to end the top of the frame. Chris Coste, the Phillies' backup catcher starts the third with a HOME RUN! 5-1 Nationals after three.
Cristian Guzman doubl...reaches on an error at the hot corner by Pedro Feliz of the Phillies to start the fourth. Lastings Milledge singles to left. Ryan Zimmerman flies out to center. Austin Kearns up, and Jamie Moyer catches Guzman leaving too soon and takes back the runner, Milledge advances to second on the play. Austin Kearns singles, Milledge scores. 6-1 DC. "Old Man Moyer" is packing up his "Bag of Slow Tricks" for today...(3.2 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned, 1 walk, 3 K's, and 7.36 ERA). Chad Durbin comes on to close the top of the frame. Jason Bergmann strikes out the side to hold the Nationals 6-1 lead through four.
No score in the fifth. Rudy Seanez comes on for Philly in the sixth and puts the Nationals down in order. Chase Utley singles with one out in the Phillies' sixth. Ryan Howard singles. Pat Burrell singles by Ryan Zimmerman at third. Utley scores. 6-2 Nationals. Geoff Jenkins singles on a full count pitch from Bergmann. Howard scores. 6-3 DC. Jason Bergmann's done. (5.1 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, 1 walk, 6 K's, 1 HR, 8.44 ERA)...Saul "Sa-ool" Rivera on in relief, and he throws a wild pitch with Pedro Feliz at the plate. Feliz singles, two runs score, 6-5 Nationals. Chris Coste singles. Greg Dobbs singles. Feliz scores. 6-6. 7 straight singles, 3 off Rivera(that's a blown save and quite a hit on the ERA). "Half-A" Ray King takes the mound. Jimmy Rollins is hit by King's first pitch. Bases loaded. Shane Victorino singles. 7-6 Philly. Ryan Howard grounds into an inning-ending DP.
Philly reliever Ryan Madsen pitches a scoreless seventh. Ryan Howard singles off Ray King to chase the lefty, Joel Hanrahan comes on and gives up a double to Pat Burrell, but then Joel "Unhittable" Hanrahan reemerges and strikes out Geoff Jenkins before getting ground outs from both Pedro Feliz and Chris Coste to end the inning. Still 7-6 Phillies.
Ryan Madsen's back for the top of the eigth. Ronnie Belliard walks on four straight pitches. Felipe Lopez flies out to center. Jesus Flores drops a blooper into left center moving Belliard to second. Madsen out. J.C. Romero on to face Paul Lo Duca. The Philly fans boo Lo Duca as he steps to the plate. Lo Duca pops out. 2 down. Cristian Guzman...grounds out to shor...off Rollins' glove, Belliard scores. 7-7 game!!! Lastings Milledge singles to load the bases. Ryan Zimmerman grounds out. 7-7 middle of eight.
Luis "Set-up" Ayala vs Eric Bruntlett to start the bottom of the eigth. Bruntlett blows a single by Ryan Zimmerman at third. Ayala gets Jimmy Rollins to ground out for the first out. Shane Victorino flies out to left. The Nationals decide to walk Chase Utley and face Ryan Howard. Ayala throws a wild pitch. Now they walk Howard to face Jayson Werth with the bases juiced. 2 on, 2 out. Werth grounds into a force. 7-7 after eight.
Tom "Flash Aaa-aaAH!!" Gordon is on in the ninth. Nick Johnson hits a one-out single. Tom Gordon gets Felipe Lopez to fly out, but then walks Ronnie Belliard and Jesus Flores to load the bases for pinch hitter Willie Harris, who grounds out to end the Nationals' ninth. Can Philly win it with a walk-off? No. Jesus "Everyday" Colome gives up a double and a walk, but gets out of the inning with the score still tied at 7-7 after nine, but Colome comes back in the tenth, after the Nationals go down in order in the top of the frame, and Colome ends up walking in the winning run, after once again walking Utley and Howard to get to Werth, who wises up and doesn't swing this time. 8-7 Phillies win.
Nationals now 3-1.
Cristian Guzman goes 3 for 6 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI, and is batting .400 so far, on 8 hits in 20 at bats, with 2 doubles, 4 runs scored and today's RBI. Guzman seems to be right back where he left off last season.
Lastings Milledge has hit in 5 of 17 at bats so far for a .294 AVG with 1 HR and 2 RBI's.
Ryan Zimmerman leads the team with 2 HR's, but he's only had 3 hits in 18 at bats.
Couldn't help but notice Aaron Boone getting the start at first today, how far is DY from actually playing. Felipe Lopez in left? Lopez made each play that went his way today.
Did the supposedly "light-hitting" Nationals really just put up 19 runs in 3 games with Philly? And they weren't all home runs, and the one low scoring affair, Wednesday's 1-0 DC win, was won with pitching. Who woulda thunk it?
...John Smoltz and Mike Hampton are injured. Pedro Martinez is out for a month or more...Florida's running on fumes, young talented fumes, but fumes nonetheless, and the Nationals just pounded Philly's pitching, so who says the Nationals can't compete in the NL East...and no I'm not just getting carried away with Washington's good start to the season...
Nationals now 3-1.
April 4, 2008
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a move that general manager Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona both described as tough, the Red Sox released longtime backup catcher Doug Mirabelli before Thursday's exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"It's not a fun day," said Francona. "It's tougher on Dougie. We don't enjoy those types of meetings. When you're in this position, there are days you have to have those meetings. He did a lot of things for us. We acknowledge that. We still have to make decisions as you go and [do] what you think puts the organization in the best light."
Though backup catchers don't get much attention in most baseball cities, the situation with Mirabelli was unique in that he had been a master at corralling the knuckleball of Tim Wakefield.
But after several weeks of internal debate, the Sox came to the conclusion that Kevin Cash will be better equipped to handle all aspects of being the team's backup catcher than the 37-year-old Mirabelli.
"I think the staff felt pretty strongly that Cash was prepared to do a better job, and that led to the tough decision today to let Doug go," Epstein said. "He's done a lot for this franchise over the years, even though it's been in a backup role. He probably had an impact that exceeded the role. He certainly contributed to two championship clubs, so we have a lot of respect for him and it was tough to let him go today."
This isn't the first time the Red Sox have parted ways with Mirabelli. In December 2005, he was traded to the Padres for Mark Loretta.
For the first month of the 2006 season, Josh Bard struggled mightily to catch Wakefield's knuckleball and was traded to the Padres for Mirabelli on May 1 of that season. In fact, Mirabelli was given a police escort from the airport and arrived just in time to catch Wakefield in a Fenway win over the Yankees.
This time around, however, the Sox feel they have a successor who can handle Wakefield. With Mirabelli experiencing leg woes last August, Cash caught Wakefield for four starts and worked well with the knuckleballer.
"There's no getting around it, that was a concern," Francona said. "Any time we do something ... they've been together a long time. We went and spoke to [Wakefield] as soon as we thought we could. We wanted to alert him to it. It's a big deal to him. We certainly understand that.
"Just having Kevin Cash in this capacity, he's proven he can catch Wakefield," continued Francona. "They'll get some time now to work together before we leave, also."
Mirabelli was supposed to start for the Red Sox in Thursday's game, but was scratched about an hour before game time, leading to rampant speculation that he was on his way out. That speculation proved to be correct.
Dusty Brown replaced Mirabelli behind the plate for Bartolo Colon's Grapefruit League debut.
The Red Sox re-signed Cash to a Minor League deal during the offseason. In January, they re-signed Mirabelli to a one-year contract worth $550,000.
A right-handed hitter, Mirabelli was acquired by the Red Sox on June 12, 2001, after starting catcher Jason Varitek had fractured his right elbow.
In the ensuing years, Varitek and Mirabelli formed a relationship that was close both on and off the field.
Mirabelli, once an occasional threat at the plate, declined sharply from an offensive standpoint over the past few seasons.
In 2007, Mirabelli hit .202 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 114 at-bats.
Mirabelli has played in 566 games in his career, hitting .231 with 58 homers and 206 RBIs.
But Cash - a career .167 hitter -- doesn't figure to be an upgrade from Mirabelli offensively. The Red Sox made it clear that defense was the reason for the switch.
"His defensive execution has been really good," Epstein said. "I think we knew a lot about that, but seeing him here in Spring Training continuing to call a good game, continuing to receive well, throw well, block well ... And he's very into the advanced scouting part of the game and working with the pitching staff. He's impressed the coaching staff with his ability to do those things."
By the time the clubhouse had opened after the game, Cash, Wakefield and Mirabelli were all gone for the day and unavailable for comment.
"We try to do the right thing for the organization," Francona said. "We have a lot of respect for what Dougie has done. Just, again, we try to do the right thing for the organization."
In this case, the right thing was telling a familiar face -- one who had become as much of a fixture as a backup could be -- that he was no longer needed.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs
March 31, 2008
Randy Mower (Blazers) was named Atlantic-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week. The sophomore lefthander hurled two scoreless innings against Delaware in a mid-week game and on Saturday pitched a three hit complete game shutout victory as St. Joseph's defeated Temple. Tom Costigan (Generals) was selected MAAC Pitcher of the Week after posting a 0.90 ERA in ten innings of work for the Jaspers. On Sunday he allowed four hits and one run in Manhattan's 4-1 win over Lemoyne.
Matt Cotellese (Rockies) was again selected PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Week as he led No. 7 West Chester to a 5-0 record. The junior outfielder went 11-for-19 (.579) with two home runs.
Phil Rummel (Rockies) was named PSAC Eastern Division Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings for Kutztown.
Brent Lotito (Cadets) earned the East Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week Award after posting a win in relief against Mercy and a complete game shutout in a 5-0 Dowling win over Adelphi.
Derek Gianakas (Robins, Pilots) was named NJAC Player of the Week after hitting .545 (12-for-22) with five home runs and 15 RBIs for Kean.
Kevin Dalton (Pilots) won the NJAC Pitcher of the Week Award as he hurled eight shutout innings in a Montclair State win over No.3 Kean.
Last week Craig Mease (Blazers) was named Middle Atlantic Conference Commomwealth Division Player of the Week. The senior infielder went 15-for-32 with 18 RBIs during the Messiah trip to Florida.
Chris Anderson (Robins) gathered the Commonwealth Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week honors as he pitched a four hit shutout in a Western New England victory over Cocordia-Moorhead.
March 25, 2008
Matt Cotellese (Rockies) was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division Player of the Week. The West Chester junior hit 10-for-18 (.576) on the week including three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. He also was 2-for-2 in stolen bases and added three assists from his rightfield position.
Brian Honeyman (Cadets) was selected as Pitcher of the Week in the East Coast Conference. The senior righthander picked up a save in game one and went the distance for the win in game two as Queens swept Dowling in a double header.
Mike Duranti (Mustangs) was honored as the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week. The freshman pitched seven scoreless innings as Franklin and Marshall defeated Wesleyan.
March 24, 2008
Mike McKenna (Cadets) earned Louisville Slugger's National Player of the Week honors. The senior outfielder belted seven home runs with 19 RBIs over six games last week for Florida Atlantic University. He was also named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week and tops the SBC in home runs (13), RBIs (43) and total bases (82).
Last week Kyle Higgins (Pilots) was selected Player of the Week in the Northeast Conference. The Monmouth senior shortstop hit .500 for the week with a 4-for-6 day in an extra inning victory over Maine.
Robert Casal (Cadets) was tabbed as Pitcher of the Week in the Central Athletic Conference as he earned a win for Caldwell over Queens. The sophomore righthander fanned 11 and did not allow an earned run in six innings.
March 18, 2008
Abram Yeakel (Rockies) was named Eastern Division Player of the Week by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The senior first baseman hit .533 over a sixteen game span which included six doubles, a home run and 19 RBIs. He also had four stolen bases for Mansfield.
Darin Gorski (Blazers) was selected as Eastern Division Pitcher of the Week in the PSAC. The sophomore lefthander posted a 2-0 record with a 1.20 ERA in two appearances. He had 10 strikeouts in a complete game win over California and pitched five scoreless innings against West Liberty State for Kutztown.
March 17, 2008
Nate Lape (Stars) earned National Player of the Week honors after leading Marshall to six straight wins. The junior outfielder had 13 hits in 24 at-bats for a .542 average. The offensive output included five home runs, three doubles and 12 RBIs.
Murphy Smith (Rockies) was named America East Pitcher of the Week after allowing only one hit in five scoreless innings as Binghamton defeated LaSalle. He struck out seven batters and improved to 2-1 on the season with a 2.05 ERA.
Zach Fritz (Catz) was selected Patriot League Rookie of the Week after tossing five shutout innings in Lafayette's win over Harvard. The freshman righthander has not allowed an earned run in 11.1 innings thus far this season.
T.J. Greig (Mustangs) was named East Coast Conference Player of the Week after hitting .542 with a .833 slugging average. Bobby Kay (Mustangs) was the ECC Pitcher of the Week as he pitched a four hit shutout in a 1-0 win for C.W. Post over Stonehill.
March 14, 2008
Six teams in the 10-team Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) that share nicknames with MLB franchises must either "purchase all future uniforms and souvenir merchandise from more expensive MLB-licensed vendors or lose" MLB's annual $100,000 grant to the league, according to Rob Duca of the CAPE COD TIMES. MLB also is requesting an 11% royalty on "sales next summer of existing inventory from the six" CCBL teams, and "non-clothing items such as coffee mugs and teddy bears that are not available through MLB vendors could no longer be sold." Sources said that the six affected teams, the Chatham A's, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, Harwich Mariners, Bourne Braves, Orleans Cardinals and Hyannis Mets, are "considering changing their nicknames rather than shutting out local merchants." But Duca noted it is "too late to adorn uniforms and merchandise with new logos before" this season, set to open in June. Before a March 21 deadline, the league "hopes to reach a compromise with MLB that will allow local merchants to remain involved in sales of uniforms and other merchandise." The CCBL also is "seeking to delay a new agreement until Sept. 1, thus avoiding losing revenue'' in '08. The CCBL also would "no longer be allowed to use the MLB logo on its programs and yearbooks" (CAPE COD TIMES, 3/7).
NAME GAME: In Massachusetts, Rich Maclone noted the six teams all have held their nicknames for at least 20 years, with the Cardinals and A's having had theirs in place for more than 40. Also, the Harwich Mariners' name "predates the existing Seattle MLB team's name." Under the terms of the agreement proposed by MLB Properties, each CCBL team will be "granted the right to use a text-only and stylized version of the team's nickname and a composite logo consisting of MLB's silhouetted batter logo combined with the text 'funded in part by Major League Baseball.'" Also as part of the deal, no club batting helmets or caps will feature any MLB trademark (Bourne ENTERPRISE, 3/7).
Robins, Rockies and Catz Players Honored
March 12, 2008
Matt Gianini (Robins) was named Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week after he led the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils to a 8-0 victory over Iona. He did not allow a run in eight innings and faced just 27 batters.
Jimmy Rivas (Robins) of the University of New Haven, was named East Coast Conference Player of the Week as the result of hitting .800 this past weekend with a double and a walk with a .833 On base percentage.
Dom Lombardi (Generals, Rockies) was named MAAC Player of the Week. Lombardi went 4-for-9 and blasted a RBI double to lead Manhattan to a 4-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader with UMBC.
Steve Gable (Catz) made the Ivy League Honor Roll by hitting .421 in Penn's first five games. The sophomore infielder had eight hits in 19 at bats.
March 10, 2008
The ACBL would like to introduce its new commissioner, Ralph Addonizio. Ralph joins the league with a ton of baseball experience. He was a member of the St. John’s University college world series team in 1966 where he was a first team all college world series tournament selection. In 1968 he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and played his minor league ball in Winston-Salem.
Ralph was coached at St. John’s by ACBL co-founder and mentor Jack Kaiser. Addonzio has followed the ACBL for many years and is very excited about the challenge to help provide college players a better platform of getting exposure in front of professional scouts. “it’s a great opportunity for me to combine two things I am very passionate about, baseball and helping kids”. “nothing would give me more pleasure than knowing we were able to help one more player get an opportunity to play professional baseball.” “I am very excited to get started and improving the league anyway I can”.
Jack Kaiser will remain very active in the ACBL, assisting the new commissioner and continuing with his role as president of the ACBL advisory committee.
February 27, 2008
Last Saturday was a special day for brothers and Blazers, Mark Angelo of Bucknell and Gregory Angelo of Lehigh. Greg faced off against 17th ranked University of Virginia, pitching 6 innings, giving up just two singles and one run, while striking out five. He held the Cavaliers to a .100 team average and .200 with runners on base. He was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for his efforts.
Mark Angelo went 3-6, with two singles and an RBI double off the left-center field wall. He was 2-2 (single and double) against Christian Friedrich, Eastern Kentucky University, a lefty pitcher who is ranked as the 3rd best pitching prospect in the nation by Baseball America. Friedrich held opponets last year to a .155 batting average.
February 21, 2008
By Walter Villa
MIAMI—The gap between the baseball programs at Miami and Boston College is as wide as the Hurricanes' four national championships since 1982 and the Eagles failing to reach the College World Series since 1967.
But the gap is shrinking.
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February 19, 2008
By Jim Salisbury, Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jamie Moyer and Charley Kerfeld were on the same field again yesterday.
Moyer was there as a veteran pitcher going through his first workout of the spring. Kerfeld was there as a special assistant to Phillies general manager Pat Gillick.
Kerfeld, 44, shook his head admiringly as he watched the 45-year-old Moyer bounce around the diamond with teammates, some half his age.
"In 1992, Jamie and I pitched against each other in minor-league camp," Kerfeld recalled. "He was with the Iowa Cubs. I was with the Angels' triple-A club. I remember it because we were both released that day.
"Sixteen years later, I have trouble throwing rocks to my dogs in the backyard, and he's still pitching. He's an amazing guy."
It's difficult to argue against that.
As Moyer begins his 22d big-league season, he finds himself wearing an imaginary crown that symbolizes not only his long-standing ability to get hitters out, but also his perseverance and durability. With Roger Clemens' career seemingly over amid allegations of steroid use and Julio Franco without a job, Moyer - a Mr. Clean in a tainted era - becomes the oldest major-leaguer.
"I hope Julio finds a job," he said, laughing.
Moyer actually doesn't mind the distinction. He's been reminded of his age for several seasons. His uniform number - 50 - makes convenient fodder for ribbing.
Is that your age on your back?
"I'm not as proud of the age thing as I am of the ups and downs I've overcome to create some longevity," Moyer said after yesterday's workout. "I've enjoyed that part. I can smile and say I'm doing what I want to do."
Moyer, who made his major-league debut in 1986, recalled the day he was released by the Cubs in 1992. (It actually was the third time in three years that he had been let go.) It took him six weeks to land a job with Detroit's triple-A club. In the interim, his father-in-law, former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps, encouraged him to scrap the whole baseball thing and take a job with an Indiana company that made recreational vehicles.
Moyer continued to pitch and got back to the big leagues with Baltimore in 1993. He has 196 wins since.
What keeps him going?
"He can hit a fly's ass from 100 yards," Kerfeld said. "That's why he's still pitching."
Staying physically fit and avoiding injury - Moyer was the only member of the Phillies' 2007 season-opening rotation not to spend time on the disabled list - also has been a key. And don't start any of that steroid talk. The only juice this guy puts in his 187-pound body is Welch's grape juice.
"The white kind," he said. "That way it doesn't stain when you spill it."
Moyer has 230 wins, six more than Hall of Famers Jim Bunning and Catfish Hunter. But his accomplishments extend far beyond the field. His charity work has been extraordinary. The foundation he runs with his wife, Karen, has raised more than $10 million for children's charities.
Last summer, Karen and the couple's oldest son, Dillon, went on a mission to Guatemala. They visited an orphanage and became smitten with a little girl named Yenifer. In September, as the Phillies were battling for the National League East title, the Moyers adopted Yenifer, who had some health problems, particularly with her vision. The child, almost 18 months, is spending this week in Clearwater with her six siblings.
"We thought we could bring her to our country and help her," Moyer said. "She spent the first year of her life in a crib, so it's great to see her start walking now. And her eyesight is better than we thought it would be. She's a cool little girl. It's been great for our family."
Though Moyer lives in Seattle, he was raised in Montgomery County, so last year was a homecoming for him. He was the starting and winning pitcher on the final day of the regular season, when the Phils clinched the division by a game.
"What I recall most about that day is the excitement of winning," he said. "That's the reason I play - to be in those situations and that environment. It hasn't happened a lot to me, but when it does, I'm greatly appreciative.
"It was neat to see the city wrap their arms around our team - not only that day, but during the last few weeks of the season. I heard people say, 'You guys brought baseball back to the city.' I take that as a compliment, not only for myself, but for the whole team."
Now that he is the game's oldest player, Moyer knows he will be asked how much longer he'll play. He is in the final year of his contract, so it's a relevant question.
"I really don't know," he said. "Time will tell. All I know is if this is my last year, I'll enjoy it, and if it isn't, I'll enjoy that, too.
"For now, it's day one of spring training, and I had fun out there. Tomorrow is day two, and I'll approach it the same way - get here early, get my work done, have fun."
Contact staff writer Jim Salisbury at 215-854-4983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 9, 2008
Jamie Moyer will be one of a dozen former ACBL players headed to Major League spring training camps this month. The 45 year old Moyer posted 14 wins in 33 starts for the Phillies in 2007 and looks to improve on his 230 career wins in 2008. Jason Bergmann (Nationals), Vinnie Chulk (Giants), Craig Hansen (Red Sox), John Lannan (Nationals) and Matt Morris (Pirates) are also pitchers on 40-man MLB rosters.
Non-Roster Invitees include pitchers Bobby Brownlie (Nationals), Mark DiFelice (Brewers) and Mike Koplove (Dodgers). Kevin Cash returns to the Red Sox as a catcher. Mike Aviles (Royals) and Brad Eldred (White Sox) seek infield positions on big league rosters.
Hampton Whalers Join ACBL
January 26, 2008
Gardner "Rusty" Leaver and a Hamptons based group are proud to bring collegiate baseball to the East End of Long Island. The Hampton Whalers are set to debut this season as part of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The team, led by Michael "Butch" Caulfield (General Manager and Director of Baseball Operations) will play their home games at the historic Mashasimuet Park in Sag Harbor and the Southampton High School field.
The Whaler’s roster is made up of players from the top Northeast collegiate baseball programs as well as from universities in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. The Whalers will carry Division I, II, and III along with NAIA players.
Rusty Leaver and Butch Caulfield have assembled a staff that includes former San Francisco Giants outfielder, Julio Vega, now a St. Johns Assistant Coach, as their Field Manager; Joe Short (Assistant Coach at Molloy College) and Ed Bahns (Varsity Coach at East Hampton High School).
The Whalers look forward to bringing this exciting brand of high caliber baseball to the visitors, summer residents, and most importantly, the year-round families of the East End of Long Island.
January 23, 2008
2 Baseball America articles were recently published. Click the links below to read them.
Pre-season Top 25
Coaching Carousel 2007
2 Former ACBL Players Selected
January 20, 2008
Two former ACBL players have been selected to the D3baseball.com Preseason All-American Team. Bryan Burke (LI Stars 06, LI Mustangs 07) and Jonas Fester (Kutztown Rockies 06) were named to the Second Team.
Burke, who transferred from Frostburg State University, is entering his senior year at Kean University. The speedy outfielder led Frostburg with 66 hits and was a Rawlings Gold Glove winner in 2007.
Fester, a senior shortstop at Johns Hopkins, was a First Team All-American selection by the ABCA this past season. Fester hit .366 for the ACBL champion Kutztown Rockies in 2006 and batted .314 for the Texas Collegiate League champion Coppell Copperheads this past summer.
January 11, 2008
Six former ACBL players were organizational leaders in 2007. John Lannan (Collegians) topped the Nationals minor leaguers with a 2.31 ERA and opponents average of .206. Lannan pitched at the A, AA, and AAA levels prior to his major league debut on July 26, 2007. Mark DiFelice (Gulls) posted a 2.31 ERA with an opponents average of .210 for the Brewers at the AA and AAA levels.
Carl Loadenthal (Blazers) had a .383 On Base Percentage for the AA Mississippi Braves. Joe Martinez (Pilots) led the Giants system with 151 strikeouts at Class A San Jose while another Pilot, Michael DeJesus collected 78 base on balls for the Sarasota Reds. David Qualben (Robins) won eleven games to top the Astro system while pitching for Lexington at the A level also.