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Trio Of Former Big Leaguers Join 'Fish

By: Paul Herrmann
Barton, Bocachica and Redman make their way to Bridgeport
 
Bridgeport, Conn. – Apr. 12, 2010() – The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signings of infielder Hiram Bocachica and outfielders Brian Barton and Tike Redman. Bocachica and Barton will make their Atlantic League debuts, while Redman returns for his third season in the league.
 
Bocachica is entering his 17th season of professional baseball with the Bluefish in 2010. The former Major Leaguer spent the past two years as a member of the Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League. In two campaigns with the Lions, he slugged 33 home runs with 79 RBI and 72 runs scored in 153 games played. Hiram has enjoyed eight seasons in the big leagues, with his first appearance coming in 2000 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He would also spend the following two seasons in a Dodgers uniform before being traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2002. Following the trade, the Puerto Rico native would post five more successful seasons in the Majors with Detroit, Seattle, Oakland and San Diego. In 272 career Major League games, the 34-year-old has recorded 115 hits, with 15 home runs and 72 RBI over the course of 535 at-bats.
 
Barton joins the Bluefish for his sixth of professional baseball. Last year, the outfielder made one appearance with the Atlanta Braves following a stint with Gwinnett (AAA, Braves) of the International League. In 114 games with Gwinnett, he batted .266 with 28 extra-base hits, 46 RBI, 47 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. The 28-year-old began his professional career in 2005 as a member of Lake County (A, Indians) of the South Atlantic League. He recorded a .414 batting average in 133 at-bats during his first stint as a pro. Following two more successful season in the minors, the California native was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2007 Rule V Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 2008, where he batted .268 with nine doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored, in 82 appearances.
 
Redman begins his 15th season of professional baseball and first in Bridgeport. The speedy outfielder began last year with the Newark Bears before he was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers and assigned to Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League. In 74 games with Newark, he batted .292 with 49 runs scored, 10 stolen bases and a .398 on-base percentage. The 33-year-old has spent six seasons in the Major Leagues, making his debut in 2000 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the course of 432 big league games, he has posted a .281 batting average with 61 doubles, 16 triples, 17 home runs, 167 runs scored and 40 stolen bases. His last appearance in ‘The Show’ came in 2007, with the Baltimore Orioles. Tike began that year as a member of the York Revolution and has joined the elite club of Atlantic Leaguers to make the jump from the Atlantic League to the Majors in the same season.
 
The Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball Club, a charter team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, plays its home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, located off Exit 27 of I-95 on the corner of Broad Street and South Frontage Road in Bridgeport. 2010 season tickets, mini-plans, group outings and individual tickets are available by calling 203-345-4800. Visit the Bluefish online at www.bridgeportbluefish.com.
 
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