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LI Ducks A Great Way to Get Back to the Show

By Mike Silva ~ July 8th, 2011. Filed under: Independent Baseball.

Every Friday I take a look at what is going on with Independent Baseball. Today we take a look at members of the Long Island Ducks who made it back to the big leagues. 

Ever go to a game at Bethpage Park and wonder how many times a Long Island Ducks player makes it back to the majors? To date, there are nine players that have starred for the Ducks and went on to play in the big leagues again? When Robinson Cancel started for the Astros on May 31st he was the ninth player to achieve the feat. The others are Carlos Baerga, Bill Pulsipher, Nelson Figueroa, Pedro Borbon, Jr., Ken Ray, Mel Stocker, Jay Gibbons, and Erick Almonte.

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3 Responses to LI Ducks A Great Way to Get Back to the Show

  1. Will in Central NJ

    Though I’ve been a Newark Bears fan from their Atlantic League days through their current Can-Am League affiliation, I maintain admiration for the AtLg overall. They provide a showcase for former MLB players that allows them to return to form and get back to the ‘Show’. One Duck who has deserved a shot in the Majors is Ray Navarrete. Hopefully, it’ll still come for this talented player and gentleman.

    Most AtLg fans can’t help but be fans of the entire league: you see quality minor league ball up close at affordable prices. The AtLg is unique, I believe, among independent leagues in filling this niche of frequently returning veteran ballplayers to the bigs.

  2. Will in Central NJ

    Mike, for your information, the Newark Bears of the Can-Am League changed owners in a palace coup yesterday, and fired GM Mike Torrez, the former MLB pitcher. Check the following article:


  3. Mike Silva


    I had no idea about this.. thanks for letting me know. I will look into it and probably do a piece for this weeks Indy column.

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