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Newark Bears begin 2013 season

Riverfront Stadium (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Riverfront Stadium (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Newark Bears opened the 2013 Can-Am League season with a 6-4 loss to the Rockland Boulders on Thursday night. Newark’s Mike Ness allowed five runs on six hits and a walk over six innings, but three of those six hits were home runs. D’Angelo Jimenez was the star of the game for the Bears, putting together a three-hit night and driving in a pair of runs while scoring one.

On Friday, the Bears will kick off their home schedule and try to even things up with the Boulders at 7:05 p.m. at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Former Negro League pitcher Bob Scott is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, the first 200 fans will get a free Newark Bears cap and a post-game fireworks show.

I don’t know how many games I will be able to get to this summer, but I plan to be there for Opening Night. I hope to see a few of you at the ballpark.

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Newark Bears pitcher headed back to affiliated baseball

The Newark Bears released four players on Monday, including infielder Daryle Ward. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

2012 Newark Bears pitcher Omar Javier had his contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants organization, the Can-Am League announced today.

Javier appeared in six games for Newark, all starts. He had a 2-2 record and a 3.74 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. Prior to joining the Bears, Javier played for the Atlantic League’s York Revolution in 2012. The 25-year-old righthander from the Dominican Republic began his professional career in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization, but never advanced past Rookie ball.

I never got to see Javier play for the Bears, but I wish him good luck and hope he can make the most of this chance.

The Bears made four other player moves today, releasing infieldersĀ Daryle Ward and D’Angelo Jimenez as well as pitchers Anthony Pluta and Sergio Espinosa.

Except for Espinosa, all of these players are at least 30, so maybe they informed the Bears that they were not planning to return in 2013, or maybe there was some sort of contractual obligation to grant them free agency. I can’t imagine any other reason to release Ward and Pluta, two of the most recognizable players on the team over the past couple of seasons.

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Newark Bears sign D’Angelo Jimenez

D’Angelo Jimenez during his 2009 stint with the Newark Bears (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Newark Bears have signed former major league infielder D’Angelo Jimenez, who last played in the majors for the Washington Nationals in 2007.

Jimenez homered in his 2012 Newark Bears’ debut, and Newark won 7-2 on Saturday night.

According to the Bears’ Facebook page, Sunday will be Ken Oberkfell’s final home game as the Bears’ manager. He is leaving as of Aug. 2nd due to “personal reasons” but will remain active in the organization.

Here’s the Bears’ press release on the Jimenez signing: Continue reading “Newark Bears sign D’Angelo Jimenez”