The Wareham Gatemen have added 16 players to their roster. Go to http://www.gatemen.org/roster.htm to view the complete roster. One of the new additions in Wareham in 2009 will be Ryan LaMarre, a highly touted sophomore outfielder from Michigan whom the Wolverines coaching staff wanted to see come to the Cape. LaMarre batted .305 as a freshman. He is one of that very small percentage of ballplayers who bats righthanded while throwing lefthanded.
It is no surprise to see Jack Armstrong's (Vanderbilt) name on the roster. Armstrong has known since 2007 that, barring unforseen circumstances, he would be pitching in Wareham in 2009. When the 6'7" righthander takes to the mound at Spillane Field, it will not be the first time he has done so. In July, 2007, he pitched an inning of perfect relief in the Cape Cod High School Classic. Armstrong's dad, Jack Sr., starred for Wareham in 1986-'87 before his major league career led him to the Reds, Indians, Marlins and Rangers over the next seven seasons. The elder Armstrong is the answer to the trivia question, "Who was the first pitcher to start both a Cape League All-Star Game and a Major League All-Star Game?" Armstrong started for the National League in 1990, the same year he won a World Series game while with the Reds.
For a little New England flavor, three UConn players grace the Gatemen roster. Pitchers David Fischer and Matt Barnes will be joined by fellow Huskie, outfielder George Springer.