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Mass Haas

Here is your initial version of the 2008 Alumni thread. This shows all current MLB players who are on 25-man rosters on Opening Day or on major league disabled lists. We'll fill in minor leaguers later this month. Be sure to let us know if we missed anybody. Click on a name for up-to-date stats, and note that the years in parentheses represent the years spent in the Brewers system.

 

Baltimore:

 

Greg Aquino, MLB Orioles (2007)

 

Dennis Sarfate, MLB Orioles (2001 - 2007)

 

Boston:

 

 

White Sox:

 

Scott Linebrink, MLB White Sox (2007)

Cleveland:

 

Craig Breslow, MLB Indians (2002-2004)

Detroit:

Gary Sheffield, MLB Tigers (1986 - 1991)

 

Kansas City:

 

Hideo Nomo, MLB Royals (1999)

 

 

Angels:

Minnesota:

Yankees:

Chad Moeller, MLB Yankees (2004 - 2006)

Oakland:

 

Dana Eveland, MLB Athletics (2003 - 2006)

 

 

Seattle:

 

R.A. Dickey, MLB Mariners (2007)

 

Richie Sexson, MLB Mariners (2000 - 2003)

 

Tampa Bay:

Gary Glover, MLB Devil Rays (2004 - 2005)

 

Al Reyes, MLB Devil Rays (1995 - 1999)

 

Texas:

Jamey Wright, MLB Rangers (2000 - 2003)

 

 

Toronto:

 

Kevin Mench, MLB Blue Jays (2006 - 2007)

Lyle Overbay, MLB Blue Jays (2004 - 2005)

 

Marco Scutaro, MLB Blue Jays (2000 - 2001)

 

Matt Stairs, MLB Blue Jays (2002)

 

Brian Wolfe, MLB Blue Jays (2005)

 

 

 

National League:

 

 

Arizona:

 

Doug Davis, MLB Diamondbacks (2003 - 2006)

 

Atlanta:

 

Jeff Bennett, MLB Braves (2003 - 2005)

 

Cubs:

 

Henry Blanco, MLB Cubs (2000 - 2001)

 

Chad Fox, MLB Cubs (1998 - 2002)

 

Cincinnati:

 

Paul Bako, MLB Reds (2002)

 

Francisco Cordero, MLB Reds (2006 - 2007)

Javier Valentin, MLB Reds (2002-2003 offseason)

 

David Weathers, MLB Reds (1998 - 2001)

 

 

Colorado:

 

Jose Capellan, MLB Rockies (2005 - 2007)

 

Scott Podsednik, MLB Rockies (2003 - 2004)

 

Luis Vizcaino, MLB Rockies (2002 - 2004)

 

 

Florida:

 

Wes Helms, MLB Phillies (2003 - 2005)

 

 

Houston:

Carlos Lee, MLB Astros (2005 - 2006)

 

Mark Loretta, MLB Astros (1995 - 2002)

 

Dodgers:

 

Gary Bennett, MLB Dodgers (2004)

 

Mark Sweeney, MLB Dodgers (2000 - 2001)

Mets:

 

Raul Casanova, MLB Mets (2000 - 2002)

 

Brady Clark, MLB Mets (2003 - 2006)

 

Nelson Figueroa, MLB Mets (2002)

 

Jorge Sosa, MLB Mets (2001-2002 offseason)

 

Jose Valentin, MLB Mets (1991 - 1999)

 

Claudio Vargas, MLB Mets (2007)

 

Matt Wise, MLB Mets (2004 - 2007)

 

Philadelphia:

 

Chris Coste, MLB Phillies (2004)

Geoff Jenkins, MLB Phillies (1995 - 2007)

Pittsburgh:

 

Marino Salas, MLB Pirates (2007)

 

 

San Diego:

 

Callix Crabbe, MLB Padres (2002 - 2007)

 

Glendon Rusch, MLB Padres (2002 - 2003)

 

Joe Thatcher, MLB Padres (2005 - 2007)

 

San Francisco:

 

St. Louis:

 

Ron Villone, MLB Cardinals (1996 - 1997)

Washington:

 

Ronnie Belliard, MLB Nationals (1994 - 2002)

 

Johnny Estrada, MLB Nationals (2007)

Ray King, MLB Nationals (2000 - 2002, 2007)

 

Saul Rivera, MLB Nationals (2004)

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Kansas City released RHP Ben Hendrickson. That 2004 AAA season was sure magical, Ben. The ten big league games that season, not so much.

 

INF Matt Erickson was released from the Diamondbacks organization.

 

RHP Gerry Oakes was released by Baltimore.

 

The White Sox released OF Jim Rushford.

 

Cincinnati released LHP Chris Michalak.

 

LHP Mike Myers was released by the Dodgers.

 

Pittsburgh released RHP Elmer Dessens and OF Jose Macias.

 

C Sal Fasano was released by Toronto.

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I was thinking the same thing, Al. I bet Royalfan.net or whatever site their fans post on is getting an earful right now.
"Dustin Pedroia doesn't have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power......He probably has a future as a backup infielder if he can stop rolling over to third base and shortstop." Keith Law, 2006
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It seems obvious that the Royals did not allow Ben to pitch the way he wanted to. It's hard to believe he will ever has success as long as he has a "posse" that blames others for his inability to throw curves for strikes and spot his fastball.

 

My goodness, one plus pitch is all it takes to be a relief guy, ask Matt Wise.

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Nelson Figueroa has been called up by the Mets to take the roster spot of Pedro Martinez. According to the above list, the Mets were already the leader in former Brewers, now there's 6.

 

Wes Helms has been designated for assignment by the Phillies; I'm sure this is already being discussed elsewhere.

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Among the most recent and prominent of traded prospects:

 

LHP Steve Garrison and RHP Will Inman (Scott Linebrink trade) are both in the rotation of AA San Diego's San Antonio team.

 

1B Andrew Lefave (Ray King deal) has skipped high-A, and is playing for the Nationals' AA Harrisburg squad -- he pinch-hit on Opening Night.

 

RHP Kevin Roberts (Salomon Torres trade) made his first relief appearance for the Pirates' AA Altoona club Thursday; RHP Marino Salas (same trade) debuted for AAA Indianapolis.

 

RHP Brian Wolfe (Corey Koskie trade) took the loss for the Blue Jays against the Yankees Thursday evening.

 

We hope to have all the minor league alumni links up within a week or so.

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OF Cristian Guerrero (yes, that Cristian Guerrero, soon to be 28 years old) has signed with Gary (IN) of the independent Northern League. After his release by the Nationals last year, he began his indy career in Camden, N.J.

 

RHP Todd Gelatka (Brewers 2001 - 2003), who had an award-winning season as a reliever in the independent Golden Baseball League, re-signed with Chico (CA).

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Infielder Will Lewis, who had a bit of a mini cult appreciation following, during his 2003-2005 stint with the Brewers, has signed with Pensacola as he enters his second season of play in the independent American Association.

 

Infielder Brent Abernathy signed with Long Island, the infamous Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

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Sarfate was on baseball tonight earlier, and they did a little bit on him, showing him being clocked at 99 mph. He had another scoreless out - has a 1.00 career WHIP now after 20 innings, with 29 k's, and has O's fans talking about him as a closer.

 

http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61558

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It's nice to see the young guys on the MLB alumni list doing well, albeit in the early going. Eveland, Sarfate, Breslow, all doing well, with major local buzz on Dana and Dennis. Crabbe makes the Padres roster. Brian Wolfe a key guy in the Jays' pen. How can you not be psyched for these guys? Dennis is going to be awesome long-term in friendly one-inning sized bites. Kudos to the O's.
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It's too bad the Brewers couldn't retain Sarfate a little longer. I think general consensus was that if he found some control (i.e. lowered the walk rate) he'd have been a great option out of the pen.
"Dustin Pedroia doesn't have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power......He probably has a future as a backup infielder if he can stop rolling over to third base and shortstop." Keith Law, 2006
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Crabbe just got his first major league hit, reaching first after hitting a liner off of the pitcher's backside.
"His whole life is a fantasy camp. People should plunk down $2000 to live like him for a week. Sleep, do nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbors and have sex without dating... THAT'S a fantasy camp."
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Wes Helms was traded from the Phillies back to the Marlins.

Hideo Nomo is still hanging on. He has been called up by the Royals.

Wise and Vizcaino to the DL; Johnny Estrada (not on the master list) is off the DL and makes his Nationals debut.

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