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Minor League Mondays: 2006 Newark Bears team set review

Today’s (slightly late) edition of Minor League Mondays is dedicated to the 2006 Newark Bears.

In his second year managing the independent Atlantic League team, former New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Jones led his squad to a 42-83 record. For the second year in a row, Newark won a walk-off victory on opening night… and again it turned out to be one of the few highlights of the season. Continue reading “Minor League Mondays: 2006 Newark Bears team set review”

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Newark Bears Notebook: Who’s the best player in team history?

The Newark Bears played in the Atlantic League for 12 seasons, and will begin their second in the Can-Am League this May. While the City of Newark’s baseball legacy is recognized at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, there is little evidence of the history of the current incarnation of the Bears – just a pair of banners recognizing their 2002 and 2007 Atlantic League championships.

Autographed Ozzie Canseco 2008 Newark Bears team set card from my collection

The Newark Bears have had some famous players wear their uniform over the years: Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, the infamous Jose Canseco, 2004 Boston Red Sox closer Keith Foulke, former New York Mets stars Edgardo Alfonzo and Armando Benitez and a number of others.

While it’s clear that Henderson is the best baseball player to appear in a game for the Newark Bears, it’s not as easy to say who was the best Newark Bears player in franchise history. Henderson is definitely in the running – in 147 games for Newark in 2003 and 2004, he hit .302 with 17 home runs, 64 RBI and 46 stolen bases.

Jose Canseco didn’t spend that long in Newark, and he didn’t put up a lot of big numbers. His brother Ozzie is a different story. In 2000, Ozzie Canseco hit .299 with 48 home runs and 129 RBI in 138 games. The team added a second level of netting beyond the left field wall because his home runs kept ending up clearing the ballpark and landing in the road, according to stories I’ve heard from fans who were going to games then.

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Interesting Links

Here are a few interesting items to look at while trying to forget about disappointing Mets loss #21:

  • The Subway Series is coming, and the folks at Steiner Sports are excited. Order select Mets or Yankees autographed items, and if that player hits a home run on Saturday you’ll get it for free. (If not, you’ll pay full price – no returns.) [via Mets Police]
  • Former Newark Bears outfielder Jose Herrera once raced against (in)famous thoroughbred Zippy Chippy — and won. Check out Jason Bristol’s story for CBS21. [via Lisa Winston’s Queen of Diamonds]
  • 18-year-old Japanese knuckleball pitcher Eri Yoshida pitched in an intra-squad game on May 13. She expects to make her debut for the Golden League’s Chico Outlaws on May 29. [via YakyuBaka]
  • Beckett’s Chris Olds takes a look at how different some early examples of popular players autographs are compared to their current signatures. (I actually have one of those 1991 Front Row Manny Ramirez cards.)
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Atlantic League Roundup: Jan. 24-30

Dave LaPoint

• The Long Island Ducks announced their 2010 coaching staff on Tuesday. To no one’s surprise, Dave LaPoint will return to manage the team. Kevin Baez will be back as infield coach, and Buddy Harrelson will continue as the team’s part-time first base coach.

Ducks’ all-time saves leader Bill Simas joins the staff as the team’s pitching coach. Simas was 5-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 27 saves for Long Island last year. I wonder if he’s really done pitching or if he’ll find a way back onto the roster at some point this summer.

• The York Revolution announced three more player signings on Thursday, including a pair of Atlantic League veterans.

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Atlantic League News Roundup

I don’t usually pay too much attention to the Atlantic League between the end of the season and New Years, but after the holidays there’s usually some news.

Jay Gibbons

Newark Bears

  • I covered the new additions to the Newark Bears’ front office on Friday.
  • Former Bear Jay Gibbons signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. It’s nice to see one of last year’s more fan-friendly players get a shot.

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