I was able to add a pair of autographs to my Mets collection last night at the Newark Bears home opener.
Newark’s new manager for 2013 is Garry Templeton, who finished his major league playing career with the 1991 New York Mets. He was much better known as a St. Louis Cardinal (where he was a two-time All-Star) and a San Diego Padre (where he played for 10 seasons and made his final All-Star appearance in 1985.)
The Rockland Boulders’ new pitching coach is Bobby M. Jones, the left-handed reliever who played for the New York Mets in 2000 and 2002. Jones also appeared in three early-season games for the 2004 Boston Red Sox, but spent most of his major league playing career with the Colorado Rockies.
The Bears lost the game 3-1, with their batters striking out 16 times. It seemed like the team was practicing the same hitting batting philosophy as the Mets do these days – run up the opponents’ pitch count in expectation of it leading to better scoring chances. Continue reading “New Mets autograph collection additions”→
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.
‘Tis the season, and the Newark Bears are holding a toy drive to make the holiday season a little brighter for some Essex County children.
The Bears want to encourage donations of unwrapped toys that will serve as gifts to these children. Donation locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Bears & Eagle Riverfront Stadium on Broad St. in Newark as well as Dr. Doug Spiel’s medical office in Edison, N.J. on Oak Tree Rd. Hurry because the toy drive ends on December 12.
“As an expansion franchise in any sport in any league, the first few seasons are always the toughest,” team President Ken Lehner said in a press release. “We greatly appreciate all Dave has done to help us build a foundation for continued success.”
The Boulders are currently searching for their next manager.
While the team’s statement does not mention coach Damian Rolls, he is no longer listed on the staff page of Rockland’s website.
The Bears will miss Alvino, who was hitting .282 with one home run and 10 RBI in 38 games. Orlando Mercado was not much of an offensive force for Rockland, batting just .158 over 25 games. He does offer some power – 8 of his 13 hits have been for extra bases. (I’m still trying to figure out if he’s related to the 1980s Major League Baseball catcher with the same name.)
Julian Sampson began the season in Rockland’s rotation, but was moved to the bullpen at the end of June. He has a 3-3 record with a 4.91 ERA, and should offer a solid upgrade over Caleb Cuevas in the Bears’ rotation if Newark manager Ken Oberkfell opts to go that route.