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Bridgeport Bluefish, Through Disappointment, See Optimism

By Devon Teeple On September - 20 - 2009

The Bridgeport Bluefish have missed the playoffs for the third straight season, closed out the year losing 11 of their last 14 and have seen their attendance marks dwindle to the point that they sit in the basement of the Atlantic League attendance ranks.

How can anyone see a silver-lining in a season like this?

“We really didn’t have enough players. I think they got tired,” Upshaw said. “They played hard for a long time and I think they got a little tired. Our offense went south and so did our pitching and we just couldn’t do anything to recover.”

Willie Upshaw, former first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays in the mid 80’s returned as manager of the Bluefish on July 10, hoping to turnaround a team that finished out the first half 33-37.

“We definitely needed more discipline, more structure on and off the field. But that shouldn’t come from the manager, it needs to come from the players,” Upshaw said. “And I think that goes a long way on how you play on the field. You nee...

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