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It Was a Busy Week From Northern League All-Star Dominance

July 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

With reports that at least 10 major league scouts were on hand to watch, the Northern League jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings and never looked back in taking a 9-3 victory over the Golden League in the only All-Star Game between two Independent leagues in front of a reported 4,625 fans in Tucson, AZ Wednesday night.

The Northern’s two newest teams provided the biggest offensive output with Rockford, IL outfielder Jason James taking MVP honors with a 2-for-3 performance that included a double and two early RBI while Lake County (Zion, IL) infielder Amos Ramon broke the game wide open with a three-run triple in the seventh.

As an important side issue, the Golden League may move future home games of the new Tijuana Cimarrones to Yuma, AZ because of what The Arizona Star is reporting are “poor field conditions.”  Commissioner Kevin Outcalt, according to The Star, said the decision will be made before Tijuana’s next home game which is scheduled for July 23.  There would be irony to such a move since The Yuma Sun reported this week pay to Yuma Scorpions players has been late to the point they could become free agents.

Interim Manager Contributes All-Star Homer

With host Southern Illinois, which has dominated the season with a 39-9 record, having Manager Mike Pinto and 10 of his Miners in uniform, the West broke out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning to blitz the East 9-2 before 4,426 fans at the Frontier League All-Star classic in Marion, IL.  Tim Grogan stretched the Most Valuable Player streak for Florence (KY) Freedom players to four years in a row with a first-inning home run and three RBI overall.  One of the losing team’s highlights came when outfielder Matt Maloney, who also is interim manager for Kalamazoo, MI, homered.  One would think the all-time baseball record book might take a beating to find another active manager with an All-Star round tripper.

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Continental Calls It Quits After Playoffs

Continental League Founder and Commissioner Ron Baron called to say the best-of-three playoff series July 30-August 1, in all likelihood between Big Bend (Alpine, TX) and Las Cruces, NM, will signal the end of the four-year-old league, which has struggled from the beginning to find stable markets.

“We’re done,” the friendly Baron, also a lawyer and sports consultant, said.  “I’ve given it my all; it’s just too tough.  Hopefully, we’ve made a difference in our communities.”

Baron said the teams, which this year also included two travel squads, will play at least 52 of the originally-scheduled 60 games, but will end the campaign two weeks ahead of the original plan.  He said he had run seven teams himself in the four seasons in trying to make a go of it with a low-end pay scale operation.

Pittsfield’s Carte Hits Safely in 38 of 40 Games

Daniel Carte has smashed the Can-Am League record by hitting safely in 30 consecutive games  between June 8 and July 10 for the new Pittsfield (MA) Colonials, and that may not be the greatest feat for the 26-year-old West Virginian.  The rightfielder has hit safely in 38 of his 40 games this season with two or more safeties 20 times.

Carte, a second-round draft choice by Colorado in 2005 who got into one major league spring training game with the Rockies this season, is within reach of the Triple Crown.  He shares the league batting lead with another right fielder, Quebec’s Sebastien Boucher, at .395 (64-for-162), is third in RBI with 39 and is tied for third with eight home runs.

(This is an excerpt from the column Bob Wirz writes on Independent Baseball.  Fans may subscribe at www.WirzandAssociates.com, enjoy his blogs, www.AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com and www.IndyBaseballChatter.com, or comment to RWirz@aol.com.  The author has 16 years of major league baseball public relations experience with Kansas City and as spokesman for two Commissioners and lives in Stratford, CT.)

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