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New Mets autograph collection additions


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.

(Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

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”

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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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Can-Am League Notebook: Bears plan holiday toy drive, Boulders name new manager

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

‘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.

Mascot, dance team & anthem auditions

The Newark Bears will hold auditions for members of the 2013 dance team, mascot performers, and national anthem singers at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on December 15th and 16th. Prospective performers must register by December 12th. See the team’s website for more informationContinue reading “Can-Am League Notebook: Bears plan holiday toy drive, Boulders name new manager”

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Can-Am League catch-up: LaPoint out in Rockland, Worcester out for 2013

Original Rockland Boulders manager Dave LaPoint (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Rockland Boulders have announced that manager Dave LaPoint will not return for the 2013 season.

“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.

I believe Trois-Rivieres manager Pete LaForest, Newark pitching coach Ralph Citarella and New Jersey pitching coach Ed Ott are the only remaining Can-Am League coaches who have played in the major leagues. Hopefully teams with vacancies will look for some higher-profile names, but it doesn’t seem all that likely. Continue reading “Can-Am League catch-up: LaPoint out in Rockland, Worcester out for 2013”

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Bears bid Alvino adieu, welcome Sampson & Mercado

The Newark Bears made a trade with the Rockland Boulders before Tuesday night’s game, apparently aimed at strengthening their pitching staff. Newark sent catcher Billy Alvino to Rockland for pitcher Julian Sampson and catcher Orlando Mercado.

Catcher Orlando Mercado, seen here with the Rockland Boulders, was traded to the Newark Bears on Tuesday. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

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.

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