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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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A Paddy Matera sighting

Paddy Matera, seen here in a photo from a 2011 Newark Bears game, will play for the Camden Riversharks in 2012. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

For those wondering about where former Newark Bear Paddy Matera would be playing in 2012, it’s time to start following the Camden Riversharks.

Jose writes:

I just saw Paddy Matera playing today [Saturday] with the Camden Riversharks against the Lancaster Barnstormers. He started at short, and think he went 2 for 3 today.

Matera joins former Bears coach Ron Karkovice and recent Bears players Mikey Mehlich, Chris Rollins and Matt Smith with Camden.

The Riversharks begin the 2012 season on Thursday, April 26th with a 7:05 p.m. game in Bridgeport. Their home schedule starts on Wednesday, May 9th with a 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Lancaster Barnstormers, and their first trip to Bridgewater to play the Somerset Patriots begins on Thursday, May 24th with an 11:05 a.m. day game.

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Camden Riversharks name 2012 coaching staff

Good morning and happy Sunday. I’m catching up with a few things from Thursday that no longer seemed so important by the time I had time to write about them that evening.

Ron Karkovice
Ron Karkovice (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Camden Riversharks have announced their 2012 coaching staff, and it will have a familiar face to Newark Bears fans.

Ron Karkovice will join new manager Jeff Scott as his bench coach. Karkovice had been a Newark Bears coach since 2009. A 12-year veteran of Major League Baseball, Karkovice spent his entire playing career with the Chicago White Sox. He caught Wilson Alvarez‘s no-hitter in 1991 and hit an unconventional inside-the-park grand slam in 1990.

Scott, who had been the Riversharks’ pitching coach for the past three seasons, previously managed the Atlantic League’s Road Warriors franchise in 2006 and 2007.

Rounding out Camden’s coaching staff is former infielder Brett Bonvechio, who played for the Riversharks from 2008-2010.

A tip of the cap to Corey Mansfield‘s ATL Baseball Blog for reminding me about the Rivershark’s coaching staff announcement

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Happy Veterans Day

100_8347Before today completely gets away from me, I want to say “thank you” to all of our Veterans.

In a post on the Newark Bears website today, the team acknowledged former catcher Brian Shubsda, who recently enlisted in the National Guard.

The team also mentioned that coach Ron Karkovice’s son, Patrick, is in the process of being deployed to Afghanistan.

I wish him and all of the other soldiers serving overseas a safe return.

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Raines Returns

Tim-RainesThe Newark Bears have announced that Tim Raines will return for a third season as the club’s manager.

“We are honored and thrilled that Tim has invested his time and passion for a third year as manager of the Bears,” said Bears CEO/Owner Tom Cetnar. “He is a future hall of famer, but already a role model within the Newark community. He is part of our family and we’re excited he is coming back home.”

Also returning is Ron Karkovice, who will serve as the team’s bench coach and step into the role of Senior Vice President of Player Development.

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