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Dreaming Of A Season

Winter chills and unblossomed fields cover the earth, a virus runs rampant throughout the land. Canceled activities, sick people see hardships and suffer. Questions asked about what is going on, what’s happening, turmoil and grief go hand in hand. There is hope. Prayers and positive vibes constantly being shared by many.

One activity that remains constant in many minds is the hope of a baseball season, social gatherings that bring relief and joy, even if only for a few hours.

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Dark Clouds of 2020

While looking at some Atlantic League stats and Long Island Ducks stats, there came an eerie feeling when I noticed the line for 2020. A simple sentence “cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic”. While this nothing new over the last several months, it just seemed so strange not to be able to attend any of my favorite teams games nor participate in other events and normal life situations.
Hoping for a better tomorrow and a brighter future!

2018 The Long Island Ducks hosted the Atlantic League All-Star Game
2019 The Long Island Ducks celebrated their 20th Anniversary as a team in The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and won the Atlantic League Championship, beating Sugar Land Skeeters 3 games to 2 in a best of 5 series. The Long Island Ducks won their fourth championship title in 2019.
2020 The year without baseball
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Long Island Ducks staying in Suffolk County through 2030

This article is from Newsday, regarding the Long Island Ducks and Fairfield Properties, coming to terms on a partnership, for ten years, lasting through December 31, 2030. This seems like an excellent opportunity for both parties involved.

The article is as follows:
Newsday Sports
By Owen O’Brien
Updated September 1, 2020 8:16 PM


The Long Island Ducks will remain in Suffolk County through 2030, and the team’s stadium will have a new name.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced a new stadium naming partnership with Fairfield Properties, a Melville-based owner and developer of real estate, on the field in Central Islip Tuesday morning. The 10-year deal expires on Dec. 31, 2030.

The Ducks’ stadium, formerly known as Bethpage Ballpark, will be renamed Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

“Today is a great day because Long Island Ducks baseball is here to stay,” Bellone said. “And that is great news for us in Suffolk County. That is great news for Long Islanders because Long Island Ducks baseball has become just one of the most important traditions here in our region.”

The naming rights agreement could pay Suffolk County $7 million over 15 years, according to the Ducks. Suffolk will receive $430,000 a year over the first five years and $460,000 a year over the last five years. If the sponsorship is renewed for an additional five years, Suffolk County will receive $510,000 annually over that time.

The previous agreement with Bethpage Federal Credit Union was worth $230,000 annually for Suffolk County, the Ducks said.

“A new lease and a new naming rights partner of this magnitude just indicates the enduring strength and increasing value of the Ducks as both a marketing brand and as a professional sports brand,” Ducks team president and general manager Michael Pfaff said. “So we are really excited to welcome Fairfield Properties on board.”

The Ducks, the 2019 Atlantic League champions, were unable to play this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They hoped to put together a modified 70-game season with other independent clubs, but the team announced in late June it would not be playing any games in 2020.

Pfaff is optimistic about the possibility of playing in 2021 and believes fans want to return to stadiums.

“Coming out of this year, I think everyone is going to be looking forward to getting back to the ballpark,” Pfaff said. “We are chomping at the bit and excited to get back.”

Michael and Gary Broxmeyer, managing partners of Fairfield Properties, were on hand to sign the official agreement with Bellone on Tuesday.

“We are really proud to be involved with the Ducks and it’s something we’ve wanted for a long time,” Gary Broxmeyer said. “And it’s something where there are many companies pulling out with COVID-19 with marketing. And our team, we felt it was important to actually go forward and give some inspiration and confidence to the community that baseball will be back as a national pastime.”

For more information on the Long Island Ducks, the new deal and all things Ducks, go to this link:
http://www.liducks.com/news/current/?article_id=2233

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The Atlantic League Goes to Cooperstown

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball made it to Cooperstown National Hall of Fame and became part of history in 2019. They were experimenting with rule changes in cooperation with Major League Baseball. One of which was a computer generated calling of balls and strikes aka RoboUmp (Automated Ball Strike System [ABS]. ABS uses a 3D computer algorithm to call balls and strikes and sends that call to a computer that signals the home plate umpire.), another rule that the Atlantic League tested for the MLB allows players to steal first base on a wild pitch or passed ball.
Umpire Fred DeJesus was the first umpire to call a full game as the home plate umpire using the computer generated umpire. His ear piece he used was given to Long Island Ducks owner and chairman Frank Boulton, who donated it to Cooperstown.
Tony Thomas of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs made history last year when he became the first player in baseball history to successfully steal first. His cleats were also donated to Cooperstown.

While at Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame, I took a few images and sent them to the president of The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and he used them in a story on the Atlantic League website. The items are now on display.

Here is a link to the story, from The Atlantic Leagues website:

http://www.atlanticleague.com/archive/newswire/index.html?article_id=1461

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A Flock Full Of Memories – Long Island Ducks

As with many of the baseball teams and sports in general during 2020, The Long Island Ducks are not playing at all this year. At least we have memories of years gone by in baseball.

This year, marks a Twenty year anniversary for the Long Island Ducks. From their Inaugural Season in 2000 to 2019’s Championship Season and all games in between, many fans have enjoyed watching the Ducks and opposing teams in The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

The Long Island Ducks are four time Atlantic League Champions and eight time Liberty Division winners. That is an impressive record since the league itself has been around since 1998. Only the Somerset Patriots have more championship wins with 5.

For more information about The Long Island Ducks Flock Full Of Memories, visit them at:

http://www.liducks.com/news/current/?article_id=2219

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Happy Fourth of July

Today celebrates the 244th Birthday of The United States of America.
Happy Birthday to the USA, I hope everyone has a safe, fun and healthy day!
This is a difficult summer for many and there may be limitations on what you can do or where you can go, check your local area for things to do.
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2020 Baseball Season for The Long Island Ducks Cancelled

The Long Island Ducks confirmed today that they will not be playing baseball in 2020. They went through every effort and compliance with New York State and Suffolk County rules and regulations due to COVID-19 issues and a decision was reached after last weeks ruling by New York State not to allow fans to attend games. A 25% seating capacity had come to mind for phase 4. No fans, no money, season ended before anything could happen. While some leagues might be able to survive through sponsorship and television revenue, Atlantic League teams cannot. They are 100% reliant on fans at the ballpark.

Some teams in the Atlantic League were able to survive in different leagues, due to different state regulations. While not sanctioned as part of Atlantic League play, teams such as Sugar Land Skeeters, were able to play. The Ducks unfortunately cannot. Many teams in other states had to close the door on the 2020 season, so the Ducks are not alone.
Hopefully, 2021 will bring brighter skies, warm summers days and a lot of baseball.

Here is a link directly from the Long Island Ducks.
http://liducks.com/news/current/?article_id=2223

For more information on the 2020 season and The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball:
http://atlanticleague.com

From Patch.com
https://patch.com/new-york/northport/s/h5wgb/long-island-ducks-will-not-play-this-season-bellone?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert

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Long Island Ducks statement, regarding baseball in the Atlantic League for 2020

The Long Island Ducks made a statement, regarding play in 2020 and have devised a plan for the rest of the season. It appears Long Island fans will see baseball this year, yet not in the typical sense of a normal schedule. For more information, click the link below.

https://www.newsday.com/sports/local/ducks/long-island-ducks-coronavirus-1.45893564?user=59a6bbd42ddf9c1085483d48&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sports

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