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A quick trip to Camden

Campbell's Field (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Campbell’s Field (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Saturday, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy with a friend and then we traveled on to Camden to watch the Somerset Patriots play the Camden Riversharks. If you didn’t catch the film this weekend, you’re missing out on one of the best movies of the summer.

I also recommend going to a baseball game in Camden if you have the opportunity. While the city does not have the best reputation, Campbell’s Field is in a safe area near tourist attractions like Adventure Aquarium (formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium) and the Battleship New Jersey Museum as well as the Rutgers-Camden campus.

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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 infielders 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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Photos from Friday’s 6-4 Newark Bears victory over Worcester

Worcester Tornadoes DH Jose Canseco

Friday night I went to my second Newark Bears game of the season. It was a much closer contest than the opening night game – this time, the Bears won 6-4, but Worcester sent the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning. It was also a quick game, finishing up in just 2 hours, 28 minutes.

Jose Canseco went 0-for-4 on the evening with two strikeouts, and he did not reach base at all during the game. He came close to getting his first hit of the season in his final at-bat of the game. Against lefty reliever Matt Fitton, Canseco drove a ball out to right field that Eric McGee caught about ten feet shy of the warning track. I have the feeling that if Canseco can get his timing down, he will still be an interesting player to watch.

Newark first baseman Daryle Ward hit his first home run of the year in the eighth inning, which turned out to provide the margin of victory.

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Daryle Ward suspended for 50 games

Daryle Ward (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former major league outfielder/first baseman Daryle Ward has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance under minor league baseball’s testing program.

Ward, who is currently a free agent, last played in the major leagues in 2008. His suspension will take effect once Ward signs with a big league organization.

Last season, Ward played in 57 games for the Newark Bears. He hit .312 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI. Later in the year, Ward went to the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and played in 28 games for the Double-A Mobile Bay Bears, where he hit .318 with two home runs and 18 RBI.

In 11 major leagues seasons, Ward has played for the Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.