Considering that the Bears have not been very successful on the field or drawing fans over the last few season, focusing on the core product is a smart idea. However, the cancellation of the Halloween event is already fueling speculation on Facebook that the team is one step closer to folding.
I guess that we’ll all learn more about the Can-Am League’s future in a few weeks, when we see what the 2014 schedule looks like.
On March 16, the Newark Bears are searching for some of the top talents in New Jersey from singers and dancers to spokesmodels, mascots, play-by-play announcers and on-field hosts!
This is your chance to show the world that you’re a star! Impress the judges, and you could be a member of the Honey Bears Dance Team, a play-by-play broadcaster, on-field host or you may even be singing your rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium!
If you are an aspiring model, you could be in front of the camera at photo and video shoots promoting the Newark Bears. Always the life of the party? You could wear the costume of one of our legendary mascots, Ruppert and Effa.
The auditions will take place at 12 p.m.
Honey Bears Dance Team (ages 16-30) and Bearettes (ages 5-15)
Of potential interest to fans, both players actually have baseball cards.
Jamar Waltonappeared in the 2004 Bowman Draft set (#56), 2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition (#352), 2004 SP Prospects (#397) and 2005 Just Stars (#58). Each set has a slew of parallels, so Mr. Walton has quite a few pieces of cardboard bearing his likeness. The coolest one has to be an insert, limited to 50 copies, from the 2004 SP Prospects set. Walton shares the card with former Marlins Taylor Tankersley and Dontrelle Willis, and all three signed it (or, knowing Upper Deck, stickers that are affixed to the actual card.)
J.J. Sherrill only has one baseball card, not counting minor league team sets: 2000 Royal Rookies #38. (There is also a signed version, so if you track it down and then get his autograph at the ballpark this year you can find out how much his signature has changed over the past 13 years.)
Can-Am League roster rules let teams sign four veterans, so with these new additions the Bears are at their limit. Closer Jorge Vasquez is the only member of the team with any major league experience – two games with the 2004 Kansas City Royals and seven games with the 2005 Atlanta Braves. (The team’s fourth veteran is catcher Orlando Mercado.)
I’m hoping that Sherrill might turn out to be a Quentin Davis-type player for this year’s team. Just looking at the stats, I’m not sure what Walton brings to the table.
But it’s only February 4th, and smart fans are not paying any attention to Can-Am League rosters yet. A lot can and will happen between now and the start of training camp and the beginning of the season.
The Newark Bears have announced the additions of outfielders J.J. Sherrill and Jamar Walton. They were acquired from San Angelo of the North American League in exchange for future considerations.
Sherrill (veteran) was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 23rd round of the 1998 MLB Draft. He played in Cleveland’s minor league system until 2005 and joined the independent ranks in 2006. He is a career .318 hitter in independent ball, boasting a .922 OPS. In 2012, he batted .345 for San Angelo with three home runs, 27 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 70 games.
Walton (veteran) was a fourth round draft pick of the Florida Marlins in 2004. He played in affiliated ball through 2010, before joining Evansville of the Frontier League in 2011. While with San Angelo in 2012, he batted .296 with two home runs and 43 RBI in 82 games. He is a career .297 hitter in the independent leagues.
Sherrill, Walton and the 2013 Newark Bears will open up their season on May 16 at Rockland. The team’s home opener will be played on May 17 at 7:05 p.m. at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.