Archive for the ‘Independent League Baseball’ category

Carl Everett isn’t extinct yet and Atlantic League standings

June 2, 2008

I was perusing through some independent league statistics and came across Carl Everett. The 36-year-old joined the Long Island Ducks last season on exile from the MLB following a 2006 where his numbers suggested he was washed up (.227/.297.360). His numbers at Long Island have suggested otherwise though. In 2007, he hit .312 along with 25 home runs, numbers reminiscent of Everett’s younger days. This year is looking even more promising. In 34 games, he has hit for a .350 BA with 7 homers. In addition, he is getting on base a lot (.473 OBP) and has a BB/K ratio over 2 (2.08 to be exact). Keep in mind he has been facing independent league pitching, but these numbers still look great. In his advanced age, DH would be his major league role, and a switch-hitting power hitter fits in well on any team.

Not only is Pete Rose Jr. out of prison, but he is still in baseball. He is Everett’s teammate with the Ducks and is batting .299. Junior won’t be getting a chance to expand on his major league statistics (.143 BA over 11 games) because outside of the independent leagues and work-release programs, who wants to associate with guys who distribute the date-rape drug GHB? Only given to teammates to help relax after games? That sounds worse than a midnight swim with Brian McNamee…maybe not.

Atlantic League Standings (from atlanticleague.com)

LIBERTY DIVISION W L PCT GB STREAK L10
Camden 19 15 .559 L 6 3- 7
Southern Maryland 18 16 .529 1.0 W 1 5- 5
Bridgeport 18 17 .514 1.5 W 3 6- 4
Long Island 17 18 .486 2.5 L 1 5- 5
FREEDOM DIVISION W L PCT GB STREAK L10
Somerset 21 13 .618 W 5 8- 2
Newark 21 13 .618 W 1 6- 4
Lancaster 13 22 .371 8.5 L 1 5- 5
York 11 24 .314 10.5 L 2 3- 7

John Odom is 655 times better than Jason LaRue

May 23, 2008

I think the independent leagues exist solely for ridiculous things like this. John Odom, formerly of the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League, was traded to the Laredo Tigers of United League Baseball. In exchange, Calgary didn’t ask for a player-they asked for 10 maple bats. The 10 maple bats cost $65.50 each, so this makes John Odom worth $655.

“I don’t really care,” he said Friday. “It’ll make a better story if I make it to the big leagues.” -John Odom

Hey! That’s the spirit John Odom. Maybe some day, you and C Jason LaRue can make up the cheapest major league battery in history. Of course, LaRue was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2006 for $1 and a bucket of baseballs. An Odom-LaRue battery is such a bargain that even the Marlins and Rays would float an offer their way.

Minor Leaguer traded for 10 baseball bats (Yahoo!)

Rich Garces has a job in America again, not at Old Country Buffet

April 28, 2008

Expect less posts this week, we have final exams looming. Anyways.

El Guapo is back. And no, he’s not working at Old Country Buffet or delivering Domino’s Oreo desert pizzas to underprivileged children. He’s playing baseball in the Can-Am league, for the independent Nausha Pride. Of course I could make RICH GARCES EATS A LOT jokes all night, but I would rather post this picture.

I’m gonna drive to Nashua now.

Rich “El Guapo” Garces Returns (Oursportscentral)

Make like origami…

March 26, 2008

And possibly fold like the South Coast League. The CEO of the independent league just announced his resignation and this could foreshadow the league suspending the 2008 season, and threatens the league’s future. The league has a history of screwing things up such as paying employees, vendors, water and power bills, and only having four active teams this season. On top of this, the league was pressured by public outcry to cancel Eliot Spitzer Night in June. It is disappointing seeing any baseball league have to suspend operations so let’s hope that the SCL can turn the water back on at Luther Williams Field. (more…)

Minor League Promotion: “Dollar Whore Night”

March 13, 2008

In light of former governor of New York Eliot Spitzer’s recent resignation following the sex scandal that ruined his life, the Macon Music A-ball team will honor him at a June game.

The June 13th game will include:

  • A possible ceremonial first pitch from the disgraced Spitzer (who has not responded to the offer yet)
  • $1 discount for anyone named Eliot, Spitzer, or Kristen
  • Raffle for a night stay at the Washington D.C. Mayflower hotel (ask for the Spitzer Suite)
  • 9th fan gets a prize (Client Number 9)
  • 871st fan gets a prize too (Room number)

In addition to the June 13th gimmick, upcoming promotions include:

4/20: Grant Roberts Free Doritos Night

7/14: Sam Malone Appreciation Day

8/2-8/9: Felix Pie Athletic Supporter Awareness Week

Look closely. That was Wade Boggs’ jock.

Ga. baseball team plans “Eliot Spitzer” theme night (WFRV.com)

Soriano suffers fractured finger (MLB.com)