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The 2004 Season
Free Agency ---
and then a new Organisation!!!
The Pittsburgh Pirates - letter
to Brett advising him that he becomes a free agent at 5.00pm on
15th October 2003 - the letter also contains the "Rules and
Regulations" governing free agency - letter dated 7th August
From Baseball America - a
notice that appeared on the Baseball America web site - listed
all the players becoming free agents on Wednesday 15th October
2003, and Brett was included in the Pittsburgh Pirates section
- published on Friday 24th October 2003
From The Altoona Curve - an
extract from "The Curve Insider Newsletter" - reports
that Brett was a free-agent signing for the 2003 season, and that
he is now free to sign with any Major League Organization - this
newsletter was emailed to subscribers on Friday 7th November 2003
27th October 2003
Brett will be
......and a note
from his Agent
You are a Red Sox
"Sky's the limit for Roneberg"
The above article appeared
in the Cairns Post on Friday 31st October 2003 - in it, Brett
discusses his contract with the Red Sox, his hopes for playing
in the Major Leagues, the Olympics in August next year, the Florida
Marlins being the World Series Champions, his statistics with
the Altoona Curve, and the program with the Australian Baseball
Federation over the next few months - it also includes two photographs
(due to the nature
of the article and to allow the text to be clear and easy to read,
it was scanned at high resolution - the total size of the article
is 360Kb, and it may take a few extra seconds to download completely)
Other notes and comments
on his new contract......
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Meanwhile another young
Aussie star in BRETT RONEBERG has found himself another new home
after spending last season with Pittsburgh's 'AA' Altoona Curve.
Our information is that Brett is delighted to be heading for the
famous Boston Red Sox where he is due to sign any day.
We can't suggest that Brett will be taking over Manny Ramirez'
spot on the payroll, or at left field for that matter, but it
is another fresh start for the talented left-hander.
Our guess is that Roneberg would play ANYWHERE to get his shot
at the 'big league' and he would certainly enjoy bouncing a few
long balls off (or over) the famous "Green Monster"
at Fenway Park!!
Good luck Brett!!
......and an email from
Please give Brett our congratulations...
I may not have revealed to you before, but I am a HUGE Boston
Red Sox fan (with some sympathy for the Atlanta Braves in the
National League)... so I would have to say that he has chosen
a superb organisation.
(David Malamut's Web Site - click on the above
logo to go to the site)
Brett played with
the Cougars in the 1998 and 1999 seasons
"Brett Roneberg is going to sign with Boston.
Another former Marlin up in Beantown - who'd of guessed?"
Fired this off today to the Altoona Mirror's sports section.
I'm positive I speak for all Curve fans regarding Bretts's standing
in Altoona in general,
and Blair County Ballpark in particular.
The Altoona Mirror
"Sunday Sports Mailbag"
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Roneberg, the young man from "Down Under," who
was a big factor in the Curve's drive to the playoffs in 2003,
was recently signed as a free agent, by the Boston Red Sox organization.
At almost the same time, he was invited to try out for his country's
Olympic team for 2004.
I'm sure all Curve fans wish him success in both ventures, as
he was not only a pretty fair country ballplayer,
but a fine young man to boot.
here for more notes
from his friends and Altoona Curve fans
here to read all
the off-season news
plus details of Brett's 2004 Spring Training......