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Ducks Open Season Honoring #8

Friday, April 27th, 2012

When you think of the late Hall-of-Fame catcher Gary Carter you immediately remember his days in Montreal or leading the Mets to the ’86 World Series championship. Perhaps his final years in Los Angeles and San Francisco come to mind, as well. What you don’t think of is Carter in a Long Island Ducks uniform, but he […]

Bill Pulsipher Retires, Takes Over as Winnipeg Pitching Coach

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Here is some of the first news from independent baseball in 2012. Former Mets prospect Bill Pulsipher has finally hung up his spikes after spending 18-years in professional baseball. Last season, he was with Somerset in the Atlantic League, where he went 3-6 with an ERA of 4.00 in 18 starts. The former member of Generation […]

Ducks Fall Short in Game 4, York Revolution Repeat as Champs

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

The York Revolution won their second consecutive Atlantic League Championship with a 6-3 victory over the Long Island Ducks in Game 4 of the series. Ducks ace Mike Loree carried a 2-1 lead through six innings, but the Ducks bullpen couldn’t hold on to it. York would pull even in the seventh inning on a run-scoring double play ball […]

Former Yankee Gets Victory as Ducks on Brink of Elimination

Friday, September 30th, 2011

It’s been a special season to date for the Long Island Ducks, but if they don’t win the next two games on the road against York they will go home without completing their goal of winning the Atlantic League Championship. The York Revolution defeated the Ducks 9-6 to take a 2-1 lead in the Championship […]

York Ties Atlantic League Championship Series

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the York Revolution 9-0  tonight in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The series is now tied at one apiece. York was one of the best offensive team in the Atlantic League and they showed why tonight hitting 3 homers off Ducks starter […]

Unique Team Chemistry Has Long Island on Cusp of Title

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

We cover all sorts of New York baseball stories here. The Mets and the Yankees are at the core of what I discuss, but baseball in this town is so much deeper than just the two big league clubs. You have great stories throughout the minors, college, and even amateur ranks. The Long Island Ducks […]

Ducks Advance to Atlantic League Championship Series

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 9-8 in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series to win the series 3-1. The Ducks overcame a 7-3 deficit by scoring 3 runs in the sixth, and tying the game on a J.R. House solo HR in the seventh. Southern Maryland would go […]

Villanova’s Mike Loree Takes Home Ducks MVP

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

On Tuesday, Ducks RHP Mike Loree started Game 1 of the Liberty Division Championship Series, and led Long Island to a 6-3 victory with 6 innings of 2-run baseball. Four days earlier it was announced that he was named the team MVP by the fans. A season that started out in the Ducks bullpen and saw him […]

Ducks Dream Season Continues With Game 1 Victory

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Long Island Ducks continued their “dream season” with a 6-3 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in Game 1 of the best of five Liberty Division Championship Series. The Ducks won both the first and second half titles, finishing a combined 78-47 record; the best in the Atlantic League. They will play the […]

Jose Canseco Highlights From His Indy Baseball Comeback

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Every Friday I take a look at what is going on with independent baseball. This week will be the final installment as most indy seasons are coming to an end. I will be covering the Long Island Ducks run to the Atlantic League championship starting on Wednesday September 21st. Today we look at one of […]

Could Rockland Be the Perfect Site for the Scranton Yankees in 2012?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Each week we take a look at what is going on with independent baseball. This week I opine about the 2012 home of the Scranton Yankees, and whether Provident Bank Park in Rockland County would be the perfect fit. Last week, Robert Pimpsner of Gotham Baseball Magazine discussed the possibility of the Scranton Yankees playing their 2012 […]

Photos of America’s Best New Ballpark

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

I promised photos of Provident Bank Park, which is dubbed “America’s Best New Ballpark” by the Rockland Boulders organization. As I said yesterday, this is probably the nicest minor league park I have seen to date. It’s picturesque, has character, and some unique amenities. I toured the ballpark before the Boulders took on the Newark […]

Watch: Howard Johnson’s At-Bat In Today’s Rockland Boulders Game

Monday, September 5th, 2011

I spent the day at Provident Bank Ballpark aka America’s Best New Ballpark, with Howard Megdal of the Journal News watching the Rockland Boulders of the independent Can-Am League. I know some people questioned the “best ballpark” slogan, but it was by far the nicest minor league park I have seen to date. It is […]

Gary Gaetti to Lead Sugar Land Franchise in the Atlantic League

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Every Friday we discuss what is happening with independent baseball. Today, we take a look at the new Sugar Land, Texas franchise that will begin play in the Atlantic League next season.  “I didn’t play for statistics. I played to win, because the beer always tasted better after you won.” That was one of many […]

HoJo Returns, Will His Bat Be Corked?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The news about Howard Johnson returning to the diamond this weekend at the age of 50 to play with his son Glen for the Rockland Boulders conjures up memories of his career. In case you are unaware, Johnson will suit up for the Boulders- a member of the independent Canadian American League- for a game this weekend […]