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Martinez re-signs with Newark

Juan Martinez (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Newark Bears have re-signed infielder Juan Martinez, according to the Can-Am League website’s transactions page.

The 25-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif. began the 2011 season with the York Revolution in the Atlantic League, but was released after hitting .194 (6-for-31) in 12 games. He played well after joining the Bears, batting .318 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 44 games.

Martinez was selected in the 46th round of the 2009 draft by the San Francisco Giants, and he played in their organization for two years.

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Newark Bears Notebook

The Newark Bears posted a video of their 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Arts & Crafts Day last week.

The Bears also have auditions coming up this weekend for potential dance team members, mascot performers and national anthem singers, and a job fair on February 3rd to find candidates for a variety of positions.

Around the Can-Am League, the Worcester Tornadoes have named last season’s bench coach, Chip Plante, as their manager. Ed Riley, who managed the team last year, was promoted to the front office as Special Advisor to the General Manager.

And in Newark Bears alumni news, infielder Ramon Castro was one of the first players to re-sign with the two-time defending Atlantic League Champion York Revolution.

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Minor League Mondays: 2011 York Revolution team set

I mentioned earlier today that I got three minor league team sets for Christmas this year. So for this week’s Minor League Mondays feature, I want to take a look at one of them.

The 2011 York Revolution team finished the regular season with a 73-51 overall record. Once in the playoffs, they won their second straight Atlantic League title.

Managed by former Baltimore Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren, the Revolution had  about a dozen players with prior major league experience on their roster at some point during the season. None were really high-profile guys, though. York’s lineup did feature two former Newark Bears stars in Jose Herrera and Ramon Castro,  as well as several others who spent time playing for Newark.

Choice Sportscards produced a 24-card team set. The glossy fronts feature a mix of game action photos and candid shots of the players, which have been isolated from their original backgrounds and placed in front of a grey geometric design. While it can be a neat look, it’s losing its appeal for me as more and more teams do it. I also think it works better with posed portrait shots or candid closeups than medium-range action photos.  Continue reading “Minor League Mondays: 2011 York Revolution team set”

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Weekend Highlights: Card shows, minor league baseball & more

2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Bo Jackson relic card from my collection

This is a good weekend to head to a sports card show – you’ve got a few to choose from.

Collectors’ Showcase of America is running a big football autograph show at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center at Raritan Center in Edison.

More than 30 former football players are scheduled to be there to sign autographs, but one of them was also an All-Star baseball player. Bo Jackson is one of the guests on Saturday, and on Sunday Hall of Famer Whitey Ford is scheduled along with the football guests.

If you’d prefer to go to a show with less emphasis on football, S&B Sports Promotions is holding one at the Woodbridge Mall all weekend. Kevin of Ridgedale Sports will be on hand with Shea Stadium memorabilia in case you’re still looking for a Father’s Day gift.

There are also three smaller sports card shows listed on the Beckett Card Show Calendar for the weekend: one at the Hampton Inn in Woodbridge on Saturday, one at the Rahway Senior Center on Sunday, and one at the East Dover First Aid Squad in Toms River on Sunday.

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Game #25: York 8, Newark 7

Ruppert P1020697Last night’s game between the Newark Bears and York Revolution was my first in over a week. I saw a completely new Bears team compared to the one I watched lose to the Lancaster Barnstormers on June 17. While the end result was the same – Newark lost to the York Revolution last night, 8-7 – the game was a lot more fun to watch.

For starters, there was some actual energy in the ballpark last night. The crowd still didn’t come close to filling the ballpark, but people did decide to spend their Friday night watching the Bears. Most of them were into the game – there was more cheering last night than I’ve seen at Trenton Thunder games with crowds that were three times bigger.

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