28 June 2006

Amar looking for a spot


Making the most of his situation, Adam Amar of the Harwich Mariners hopes that his temporary status becomes a full-time contract sometime soon. 

Harwich Mariners first baseman Adam Amar.
 - Staff photo by Matt Rice

"This is the best league in the country with the best players in the country," said the 6-foot, 4-inch, 245-pound junior first baseman from the University of Memphis. "It has the reputation of being the best league in the country, and so far, itís lived up to that reputation." 

After starting the season red-hot, batting over .400 for the first week, Amar has cooled slightly and is batting .280 after Mondayís game against Cotuit. 

"Iíve made some adjustments. The coaches have really helped me a lot with getting my foot down and staying balanced," said Amar about the shift to the wooden bats. 

Amar, a Lake Mary, Fla., native, is third on the team in average, but has the Marinersí lone home run and leads the team in slugging percentage at .440. Heís also tied for second on the team in RBI an tied for third in hits. He has also done a solid job defensively at first base, committing only one error in eight games. 

But Amarís status as a Mariner is still in question. 

"Iím still a temp player, so Iím really looking for a full-time contract with a team," he said. 

With a large number of Mariners still expected to join the team at some point this week, roster spots will be going fast, and Amar could find himself on the outside looking in. 

"No decisions have been made, but he definitely deserves to play in this league," said Harwich coach Steve Englert. "Heís done everything weíve asked him to do, and heís a very solid first baseman." 

In his limited time here on the Cape, Amar said he has enjoyed every moment. 

"The guys on the team are great, and fans are really enthusiastic," he said. "This place is just so beautiful." 


Matt Rice/ mrice@cnc.com