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.
Newark Bears Owner/CEO/GM Danielle Dronet has been named one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premiere business news publication, is sponsored by Wells Fargo, WithumSmith+Brown, PC, Comcast Business Class, and Wolff & Samson PC.
The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business that have been making headlines in their field. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included living or working in New Jersey and holding significant authority for decision making in her company.
An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women.
“We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize this outstanding group of women.” said Thomas Curtin, publisher of NJBIZ. “As business and community leaders, they are constantly redefining success within and outside the business arena. On behalf of NJBIZ, we would like to thank and congratulate these fifty outstanding women for their dedication to New Jersey’s future.”
NJBIZ and the program sponsors will honor this year’s winners during an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ. The honorees will also be highlighted in a special supplement to NJBIZ on March 25, 2013.
For more information about the NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business awards program or to reserve seats to the event, please visit www.njbiz.com/events or contact Melissa Sullenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (732) 246-5737.
The Newark Bears will hold open tryouts for baseball players with experience at the collegiate level next Saturday, November 3rd.
We are looking for players who will fill key roles and will add value to the Newark Bears organization on and off the field….Selected players will be invited to a second round on the next day, November 4th, so be prepared to stay overnight.