Tag Archives: Atlantic League

Raines’ road to Cooperstown passed through New Jersey

Tim Raines retired with 807 stolen bases, a .295 career batting average, 1,548 runs, 964 RBIs and 1,290 walks. He played for four teams over 21 seasons and left the game with a strong case for election to the Hall of Fame. If those numbers look a little off to you after two days of

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News, notes and rumblings around the minors

Skylands Park, 2005 I don’t know what it is about expansion and relocation when it comes to sports teams, but it always piques my interest. It doesn’t even matter if the team leaving is hundreds of miles away, or if it’s moving to somewhere else that’s also hundreds of miles away. I guess I just

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The erosion of The Sandcastle

A mural at the entrance to the Sandcastle Things are not looking good in Atlantic City. In some ways, that’s true of many aspects of the Boardwalk Empire (great show, by the way), but it’s especially true of the old ballpark where the Surf used to play. Just two seasons after the club folded, The

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Traveling to Atlantic City for baseball is worth the gamble

Warming up in the Atlantic City Surf bullpen. This is the eighth in a series. Previous posts are: Trenton ThunderCape Fear CrocsNewark BearsNew Jersey CardinalsNew Jersey JackalsStaten Island YankeesSomerset Patriots August 22, 1999 The Surf is always up at the Sandcastle. The name is a bit misleading, but nonetheless, a trip to The Sandcastle is

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Newark delivers history lesson

The Bears’ den in Newark. August 1, 1999 New Jersey’s baseball history is rooted in Newark. Sure, one of the first organized professional games was played in Hoboken, but Newark’s involvement with the national pastime lasted much longer. However, in 1949, it all disappeared. The old Newark Bears, at times a Class AAA affiliate of

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