Lots of Friday afternoon notes and thoughts following up on yesterday’s newsy Independent Baseball Insider column.
**Interesting job just announced. The Atlantic League is seeking a new president, who will not be affiliated with any of the teams.
**I don’t know how this one slipped through, but Chaz Roe, who was a standout reliever with Laredo, TX (American Association) last season (3-2, 1.47 in 49 games), got a few days with the Arizona Diamondbacks, his first major league opportunity. Roe, 26, was in three games and picked up a victory over the New York Mets. He is back in Reno, NV now, but still on the 40-man roster.
**Another righty reliever, Greg Burke (Atlantic City, NJ, Atlantic League), is back with the Mets for the umpteenth time this season.
**It did not take Dustin Martin long after his contract was purchased from Sugar Land, TX (Atlantic) to draw attention in the Southern League. The outfielder was the Double-A league’s Player of the Week for July 1-7 when he hit .467 with four extra base hits and five RBI. He joined the BayBears May 23, and had gone .326-4-15 with a .410 on-base percentage at the time the award was announced.
**These former Indy players have been released, all somewhat surprisingly: Chris Jakubauskas, Mike Costanzo and Curt Smith. Jakubauskas and Costanzo have some major league time while Smith was a standout in the recent World Baseball Classic.
**Storm warnings in the United League. Alexandria, LA, trying to rebound with re-entry this season but with only part of its seating available, has ceased operation and reports are another team may do the same. While I hesitate to call it an Independent league, the new Pacific Association has suspended operation of the Vallejo (CA) Admirals at least temporarily until its players and some other bills have been paid.
FORMER MATE KEEPS IN TOUCH
Southpaw Will Startup has had such a good season in his first year in the Detroit organization (4-1, four saves, 2.04) that he was in the Eastern League All-Star Game this week, but the Nashville native is staying in touch with some of last year’s teammates at Sugar Land, TX (Atlantic League). “We have developed such a close-knit group of guys that we are always checking in, at least once a month”, he told Insider reporter Mike Nelson during festivities leading up to the All-Star contest in New Britain, CT.
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