South Jersey Baseball:
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf have set a team record for players being sent back to affiliated baseball. The Atlantic League’s first half South Division champions have kept winning despite losing ten players this season to major league organizations.
Team leader Ozzie Timmons who led the league in homeruns, RBI, slugging percentage, and was second in the league in batting average had to wait over three months to be picked up. Other players such as former San Francisco Giant leadoff man Marvin Benard and shortstop Victor Gutierrez were only with the team for eleven days before having their contracts purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays and Anaheim Angels, respectively. While pitcher Carlos Reyes never even made it on the plane for Atlantic City after being signed before the New York Yankees came calling.
Despite the plundering, the Surf remains one of the top teams in the league. After clinching a playoff berth by winning the first half, the Surf have the second best overall record at 50-34.