The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have added a familiar face to their roster, signing veteran third baseman Eric Campbell prior to Saturday’s game against the Kansas City T-Bones at Newman Outdoor Field.
Campbell, 27, played for the RedHawks in 2010, batting .311 with 19 doubles, 22 home runs and 80 RBIs in 85 games.
“He gives us a solid third baseman,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “He’s played third base most of his career. He gives us a middle-of-the order bat, something we need, right-handed.”
The right-handed swinging Campbell had been playing for the Jackson Generals of the Southern League, the Double-A affiliate for the Seattle Mariners. He was released last Sunday. Campbell said F-M was independent league team of choice.
“This was the only place I was going to come,” Campbell said of returning to independent baseball. “I just wanted to go somewhere and have some fun the last two months of the season. It wasn’t a whole lot of fun this year … not getting to play very often.”
Campbell batted .245 with nine doubles, five home runs and 20 RBIs in 59 games for Jackson.
To make room for Campbell on the roster, the RedHawks released veteran outfielder Sergio Pedroza. The left-handed swinging Pedroza batted .266 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 27 games for F-M. Simunic said Pedroza was released so he could pursue an opportunity in the Atlantic League, an independent league based in the eastern United States.
NOTES: The RedHawks are 16-8 on the road this season, including seven consecutive victories at North Division-rival Winnipeg. F-M had a 14-36 record on the road last season. “It’s hard to explain it,” Simunic said of the road success. “It’s happening. You’ve got to be able to pitch really well. You’ve got to be able to close out the bottom of the ninth. We’ve been able to do that.” … RedHawks closer Tom Boleska has 10 of his 13 saves this season on the road.