[Press Release] Newark Bears Acquire OF J.J. Sherrill and OF Jamar Walton

The Newark Bears have announced the additions of outfielders J.J. Sherrill and Jamar Walton. They were acquired from San Angelo of the North American League in exchange for future considerations.

Sherrill (veteran) was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 23rd round of the 1998 MLB Draft. He played in Cleveland’s minor league system until 2005 and joined the independent ranks in 2006. He is a career .318 hitter in independent ball, boasting a .922 OPS. In 2012, he batted .345 for San Angelo with three home runs, 27 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 70 games.

Walton (veteran) was a fourth round draft pick of the Florida Marlins in 2004. He played in affiliated ball through 2010, before joining Evansville of the Frontier League in 2011. While with San Angelo in 2012, he batted .296 with two home runs and 43 RBI in 82 games. He is a career .297 hitter in the independent leagues.

Sherrill, Walton and the 2013 Newark Bears will open up their season on May 16 at Rockland. The team’s home opener will be played on May 17 at 7:05 p.m. at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

For more information, visit www.newarkbears.com or call 973-848-1000.

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Posted on February 4, 2013, in Newark Bears. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I guess that means no one on the roster with MLB experience since the Bears used up their veteran spots. I’m still confused by Can Am roster rules.

    Pavlik re-signed with the NJ Jackals.

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    • It’s only February Freddy a lot can change roster wise. To me it looks like Templeton is bringing in J.J. Sherrill because he’s familiar with him having managed him in Chico 2010, and Maui 2011. It will be interesting to see how Sherrill plays against tougher pitching… the GBL/NAL was known as a hitters league. Sherrill hasn’t played a ton of games in the last six years, so is he worth a vet spot… I guess we will find out.

      Jamar Walton numbers wise to me doesn’t look like he’s worth a vet spot, but hopefully I’m wrong.

      Freddy, you’re only allowed four vets in the CanAm League, so that’s four players with six or more years of professional experience. The Atlantic League has no roster rules therefore the Atlantic League is filled with former MLB, AAA, AA players. In the CanAm League each team probably has 3-6 players with MLB, AAA, AA experience instead of 10-15 like the Atlantic League has.

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      • Glad someone can keep track of the rules for Can Am. I remember one year the Ducks opened up with around 15 guys with MLB experience.

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    • For salary reasons, I presume, the Can-Am League doesn’t want to have rosters full of Triple-A veterans and ex-Major Leaguers, so they have the roster rules to force everyone to give college-only players a fair chance.

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