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Freedom squad takes All-Star game

It may have lacked the drama and the nostalgia of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, but the Atlantic League put on quite the show of its own Wednesday night at Commerce Bank Ballpark.

The Somerset Patriots welcomed Donald Trump and Don Zimmer to the ballpark. An Atlantic League All-Star Game record 8,290 fans took in the game. And the Freedom Division pounced on the Liberty squad for an 8-6 victory in Bridgewater, N.J.

The York Revolution’s Nick McCurdy nailed down a save in the ninth for the Freedom team, pitching an inning with a strikeout. Jason Aspito (1-for-3 with a walk) also added a single as the starting designated hitter and Sandy Aracena (0-for-2) and Jason Olson (1 1/3 innings) also made it into the game for the Revs.

Newark’s Ramon Castro was the game’s MVP with a 2-for-4 performance that included two homers and four RBIs. But that wasn’t the only noteworthy thing that took place at Somerset’s ballpark.

Twenty major league scouts from 15 different organizations were on hand to watch the game, according to the Courier News of New Jersey. Somerset sent out an invitation to the scouting directors of all 30 major league teams in an effort to get the All-Star game’s players more exposure.

And the Atlantic League also made several key announcements. The league will switch its divisional playoffs from a three- to five-game format starting next season. The 2009 All-Star Game was awarded to the Newark Bears. And next year’s All-Star Game will take place in late June. (For more on this, check out Atlantic League Baseball News).

The Atlantic League’s second half resumes Friday night with the Revolution in Long Island for the start of a three-game series.

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3 Responses

  1. How do they select who gets the All-Star game? I would have thought York would be in the lead for the 09 All Star Game.

  2. My understanding is that you put in a bid for the game and then the decision is discussed at the All-Star game before the league’s executives have the final say.

    Considering Lancaster had the game in its third year, I thought York had a shot. But it probably won’t be too long before that happens.

  3. Glad to see McCurdy, Olson did well.

    Can’t believe McCurdy is still in York and not playing in at least Triple A.

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