Monday, April 17, 2006


It is Patriots Day in Boston, and I cannot help but think about what a happy day it must be for two former Independent Baseball faces who are new to Red Sox Nation. John Blake, who was the Northern League's Chief Operating Officer for a couple of years, was recently named Boston's Vice President of Media Relations. The move gets the able Blake back to the northeast where he grew up.

The other new face is sitting out in the Red Sox bullpen waiting for his first American League appearance. Righthander Jermaine Van Buren, who pitched for Fort Worth (now in the American Association) when it was in the Central League (2003) got the call from Pawtucket over the weekend. We told you in our February 16 Independent Baseball Insider column some people were saying the Red Sox considered Van Buren a "sleeper". He got into his first six major league games last season (Chicago Cubs, 0-2, 3.00). At 25, let's hope this is his time.

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