My list of things to do this summer include work in my profession, yard work and of course baseball. The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Independent Baseball) and The Eastern League (MiLB) are in full swing. Since the start of the season, I have attended about ten Long Island Duck games. It’s been fun! The team is doing well, despite losing about nine pitchers signing contracts with various Major League baseball teams. I always feel like a kid again. The sunshine, the roar of the crowd and having a baseball thrown to me makes for a wonderful event! My annual visit to the Richmond Virginia this year, takes me again, to see Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball. This year is a little different. They are hosting the Eastern League All-Star Game. This will be only the second one I have ever attended, the first was in 2018 when the Long Island Ducks hosted the Atlantic League All-star Game. The Flying Squirrels are hosting a four day event 2019 All-Star Celebration, from Sunday, July 7 at Browns Island to kick off the big show. A country music event is scheduled for Monday, July 8. The Home Run Derby is on Tuesday, July 9 and the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 10. In-between activities will include enjoy other sites of Virginia and enjoying the company of a very good friend. While this will be my only vacation this year, I will be enjoying the rest of the baseball season watching Long Island Ducks baseball. Until next time, my friends, enjoy your summer!
The Long Island Ducks officially opened up their season this week in York Pennsylvania, winning all three games against York Revolution. They won the first game 12-3 with many Ducks putting on a good show and some assistance by Revolution fielding errors.
Game two featured some excellent pitching by Tim Melville, tossing six innings of scoreless baseball and some hefty hitting by the Ducks, giving the Ducks a 14-0 win.
The third game, gave the Ducks a sweep over a usually tough to beat Revolution, 8-4. Key highlights were players De Jesus Jr. and Matt den Dekker each having three hits to lead the Ducks offensively. Nieuwenhuis added two hits, two RBIs, a run and a walk.
The Ducks continue their away stand in Lancaster Pennsylvania against Lancaster Barnstormers for a three game series.
The Ducks return to Long Island at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, NY on May 3, 2019 for their Home Opener against York Revolution.
The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Player will start their season this week. The Long Island Ducks are in York Pennsylvania playing against York Revolution, during the weekend.
The Long Island Ducks are in their 20th season and will have a season long celebration. Many players in the Atlantic League and the Long Island Ducks have either played in Major League Baseball or have had contracts with Major League teams over the years. It’s been a wonderful twenty years for them. They have 12 playoff berths, 7 division (Liberty) titles and 3 Atlantic League Championships. In 2018 they won the Liberty Division Title, Championship winners in 2004, 2012 and 2013.
In 2018 they hosted the 2018 Allstar Game. That was very exciting! It was quite a battle. The Liberty Division beat the Freedom Division 4-3, with Somerset Patriots infielder Alfredo Rodriguez lifting the Liberty Division to the win. He was named the All-Star MVP. This year should prove to be more exciting as many spectacular events are planned to celebrate the Twentieth Year!
The Long Island Ducks will have their home opener on May 3, 2019.
The Annual Fan Fest returns this Saturday, April 20 2019 at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip New York, Home of the three time Atlantic League Champions Long Island Ducks. Fans that have enjoyed the previous events look forward to this year in particular. The Long Island Ducks will be celebrating their Twentieth Anniversary and a chance to see a local favorite Wally Backman, former New Britain Bees manager in 2018 and player for the New York Mets from 1980-1988! The fan fest has been going on since 2013 and has attracted many fans, who have enjoyed them.
This is a one time opportunity to watch The Long Island Ducks take batting practice and is a prelude to introducing the 2019 team before their home opener on May 3, 2019. Also as part of the event will be entertaining activities for kids with various rides and fun for them. For this interested in the Spring Training games and the regular season schedule, please visit the Long Island Ducks at: http://www.liducks.com/home/
Atlantic League baseball is just around the corner. It’s about a month away! The Long Island Ducks will be celebrating their Twentieth Anniversary Celebration! Their Celebration starts on May 3, 2019. For baseball fans on Long Island, this a spectacular event and is very important to the culture and heritage of Long Island. The Long Island Ducks logged 12 Division berths, finishing first 7 times, and also have won 3 Championships – 2004, 2012 and 2013. They have also had many past and future MLB stars either managing or playing for the club.
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(from a continuing story I have been following across baseball, from MLB to MiLB to The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players) [additional story and link by Ball Park Digest Editors March 29 2019]
Baseball in its infinite wisdom, continues to incorporate rule changes. First to experiment are teams in The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players. Three batter minimum for pitchers (unless it is two outs, pitcher does not have to face two more the next inning), size of bases will go up to 18″, pitchers mound to be moved back two feet, no infield shift, limit of mound visits, possible rob umps to assist umpires. Many fans think this to be a joke. What next? Robo – players, robo umps, rob fans, robo venders? The Commissioner, Rob Manfred, does not even seem to care and expressed that is why it is starting out in the Atlantic League, when asked by Michael Kay pertaining to pitchers possibly getting injured. Not it appears that Minor League Baseball will be incorporating some or all of those experimental rule changes. In a recent article by Ball Park Digest (a very good e-zine by the way), mentioned that thee will be a small twist to their experimental rule changes in each of the different levels in Double A and Triple A leagues. Unlike the Atlantic league, Minor league will make a revision to the Extra Inning Runner on Second Base rule, unlike the Atlantic League, which at this time remains as it is like previous seasons.
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