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2011 New Jersey Jackals baseball card team set

A friend picked up a set of the 2011 New Jersey Jackals baseball cards for me last month when he was out at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair to catch one of their playoff games.

The Jackals, an independent team in the Can-Am League, finished the season with a 57-36 record. They lost to the Quebec Capitales in the league championship series.

The team’s card set was designed by Cody Chrusciel and features photography by Chrusical, Andrew Presioso and NJ Sports Media. There are 27 skip-numbered cards, with full color fronts and backs. (The only numbering present is the players’ uniform numbers, but they are placed in order in the shrink-wrapped pack.)

The fronts feature a game action or candid shot. The backs feature another game action or candid shot, and a posed head shot. Each card includes a paragraph of biographical information, but no statistics. Continue reading “2011 New Jersey Jackals baseball card team set”

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Can-Am League Update

Dave LaPoint (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Rockland Boulders have named Dave LaPoint as the team’s first manager.

β€œI am extremely happy to be in Rockland and to serve as their first-ever manager,” LaPoint said in a team-issued press release. β€œTo me, the Boulders can be one of the premier clubs in all of professional baseball with their metro New York City location and beautiful new ballpark.”

LaPoint played in the major leagues for 12 seasons, retiring with a lifetime 80-86 record. He won a World Series ring with the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals and pitched for the New York Yankees near the end of his career in 1989 and 1990.

LaPoint managed in the Atlantic League for several years, guiding the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2006 and the Long Island Ducks in 2007, 2008 and 2010. (He served as the Ducks’ pitching coach in in 2009 when Hall of Famer Gary Carter managed the team.)

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Former Mets In The Can-Am League

The Can-Am League season got underway yesterday. The six-team independent professional baseball league generally features younger players with less professional experience than the Atlantic League, but in recent years it has managed to attract its share of former major leaguers.

Former Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez is pitching for the Sussex Skyhawks. Outfielders Caleb Stewart and Carl Loadenthal, who both spent time on the Binghamton Mets roster last year, also play for Sussex.

Brian Daubach and Juan Padilla, both members of the 2005 Mets club, are on the staff of the Pittsfield Colonials. Daubach is the team’s manager and Padilla is the pitching coach. Anthony Manuel, a Kingsport Mets alumni and son of current Mets manager Jerry Manuel, is a member of the team.

The Jersey Jackals have former Mets infielder Argenis Reyes. Ritchie also pointed out that Abraham Nunez plays for the Jackals – I had more or less forgotten his brief Mets tenure. They also have catcher Shawn Riggans, who went to spring training with the Mets this year. Jeff pointed out that former Brewer Nelson Cruz, once a Mets farmhand, is on the Jackal’s roster as well.

I also learned that the Jackals count current Mets reliever Raul Valdes among their alumni. He’s the second player in franchise history to play in the major leagues after leaving the Jackals.

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Mets News: More housekeeping

The Mets are continuing the housekeeping process they began on Tuesday by releasing Ken Takahashi. Today, they assigned SS Wilson Valdez, IF Argenis Reyes, C Robinson Cancel and RHP Carlos Muniz outright to the Buffalo Bisons, removing them from the 40-man roster.


Coincidentally, I received the Wilson Valdez autographed card I purchased last week today. Of the four players dropped today, he is the only one who spent significant time with the Mets this year.

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Autograph of the day: Argenis Reyes

Argenis Reyes spent most of spring training as “the other Reyes” on the field. He played reasonably well in the games I saw, but with Jose Reyes ahead of him at shortstop and Luis Castillo, Damion Easley, and Marlon Anderson ahead of him at second — not to mention Jose Valentin trying to make a comeback and Anderson Hernandez waiting in the wings at AAA — I honestly never expected to see him again once the regular season got underway.

Injuries lead to an opportunity for Argenis Reyes, and he impressed manager Jerry Manuel with his energy and his hustle. Reyes was probably the best defensive second baseman on the Mets roster this season, but except on isolated occasions, he just didn’t hit. I’d like to see him get a chance next spring, but unless he picks up the offensive part of his game, Aregnis Reyes should not be part of the Mets roster in 2009.

I purchased this signed 2005 Lake County Captains card this summer when Reyes got called up to the Major Leagues.