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On Baseball: Fishers prospects sweat out deadline day
The trade deadline can be a stressful time, even for minor league players like outfielder Dalton Pompey and left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris. Pompey and Norris both play for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and were considered by some to be two of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top trading chips heading into Thursday’s deadline, which came and went with both players remaining Toronto’s property.
“I check things out because I am from Toronto and I like to see what’s going on with the team,” Pompey said before Thursday night’s game against Reading. “I’m from there, so I’m a fan of the team. I heard my name a couple times thrown out there in (possible) trades, so it sparked my interest a little bit.
“For example today I went to the grocery store for two hours just because I didn’t want to be by the TV and stuff,” he said. ‘It’s one of those things you can’t control, so why worry about it? Just go on with everyday life. At the end of the day you still have to throw a baseball.”
Earlier this week, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said he would prefer to not trade top prospects, but added that he would pull the trigger on a trade for the right package in return.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “You just go out there and try to take care of what you can control on the field. Being traded is something you can’t control. Anything can happen. One day you’re here, the next day you’re not.
SECOND baseman Jon Berti collected at least one hit in each game during New Hampshire’s recent seven-game road trip. Berti is batting .378 in his last 10 games. … First baseman K.C. Hobson has also been hot at the plate lately. He has 10 hits in his last 30 at-bats. … New Hampshire and Reading will play a doubleheader tonight (two seven-inning games) starting at 6:05.