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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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Brooklyn faces a summer without the Cyclones

Mets’ affiliate unlikely to return this year due to COVID-19 shutdown story by John Torenli May 22, 2020

Brooklyn NY does not seem to be having a baseball season this year due to the recent pandemic. While major venues across the country are on hold, it appears that the NY-Penn league will not be seeing any baseball, unless things clear up and there is approval from MLB and other parent clubs.
Last years NY-Penn Champions will most likely have to wait until next year to raise the Championship Banner.
For further details, the complete story is in yesterdays Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2020/05/22/brooklyn-faces-a-summer-without-the-cyclones/?fbclid=IwAR1vxulQHqCo34aL5Pj7pFqMnk8K-264yva0YD8zbDr02no_vYG_9ablTgw

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Posters

Hello everyone.
This is not a new item. It is one I had from last year. 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game, The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia. The Diamond is home to The Richmond Flying Squirrels. What an event it was!! A four day event! Kicked off the Sunday before with a celebration on Browns Island, Monday in Downtown Richmonds 

Business District with prizes and giveaways, and later that night a Country Music Jam at Richmond Raceway (my friend and I did not go to that event), and Tuesday night was the Home Run Derby with an event at The Diamond around noon to have some prizes and giveaways, finally The 
Eastern League All Star Game at The Diamond, it was an outstanding weekend!

Before the All Star Game, fans were invited to get autographs. I had won the poster in the image and had the entire Western Division autograph that poster. 

Unfortunately, due to the amount of people and time, many had time for one All Star Team. I was fortunate enough to get the division I wanted.

The other item, is a poster I designed last year of Long Island Ducks manager, Wally Backman, who was nice enough to sign it for me prior to a Sunday afternoon game.

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Baseball trading cards?

With the unsure start of the baseball season, some might wonder about trading cards in 2020.
I am kidding of course. No one can possibly predict what will happen, even though it seems a bit gloomy.
I was feeling a little creative. I came up with these cards.

Brooklyn Cyclones logos and name ©2020
Design by LA Photography/Graphic Design ©2020
This is a mock image and is not related to any cards of the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Not for reuse nor sale without express written consent.
Long Island Ducks logos and name ©2020
Design by LA Photography/Graphic Design ©2020
This is a mock image and is not related to any cards of the Long Island Ducks.
Not for reuse nor sale without express written consent.
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Hobbies, Activities and Other Interests Discussion

Hello everyone,
I wanted to make this post, being curious as to what people are doing during this recent pandemic. Most folks are pretty much staying home, working from home or heading out to work if that is the case.

This post is basically to see what hobbies or other interests people are involved with. Its understandable about folks being stressed or more stressed then usual.
Recently, I have been (other then normal life activities) taking walks, reading and enjoying adding to my baseball collection/memorabilia, creating art.

During the course of about a month or two, I acquired some Long Island Ducks [members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, Liberty Division 2019 Atlantic League Champions] memorabilia and a Brooklyn Cyclones item [NY-Penn League A-Short Season – McNamara Division affiliated with the New York Mets, 2019 NY-Penn League Champions]. Its a fun activity to be involved with.

The recent collectables are:
Wally Backman Las Vegas Bobblehead SGA
One Brooklyn Cyclones promotional baseball bat
Two Long Island Ducks promotional giveaway lunch boxes
Two promotional baseballs with Long Island Ducks logos on them
Two baseball bats [one with no logos/markings about 30 inches and one 24 inch]
Four imitation baseball batting helmets (served with soft ice cream at the games, LOL no there was no ice cream in the helmets I received)
One 2015 Justin Davies Bobblehead [Long Island Ducks promotional giveaway]
One 2005 Buddy Harrelson Bobblehead [Long Island Ducks promotional giveaway]
One 2019 “The Face of Steeple Chase” Bobblehead [a Brooklyn Cyclones giveaway/promotional item. Look it up, there is an interesting amount of history about Coney Island, NY]
A beverage cup from the very first season of The Long Island Ducks [inaugural season 2000] with logos-season schedule on it
Two authentic Beaver Baseball bats from The Beaver Bat company [that was a wonderful purchase, my friend and I were able to tour the small shop and see where the bats were made and how they were made]
Six Ellie Rodriguez baseball cards [former major league catcher, recently signed manager of The Road Warriors, a team in The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball]
One Joe Pepitone autographed baseball card

I am invite you to partake in this discussion. I would love to here what people are doing during this pandemic. I look forward to hearing from everyone.

I wish everyone well and I hope they do well during this crisis.



2015 Justin Davies Bobblehead
2005 Buddy Harrelson Bobblehead
2004 Long Island Ducks Duffel Bag Promotional Give Away
Baseballs and Bats
Beaver Bats
2019 Face of Steeple Chase Bobblehead – Brooklyn Cyclones giveaway
Collectable Item. Lew Ford, currently hitting coach/outfielder for The Long Island Ducks had played for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. This item is expected sometime later in the week.
2019 20th Anniversary Lunch Box promotional giveaway Long Island Ducks
Brooklyn Cyclones promotional baseball bat
Wally Backman Las Vegas 51’s Bobblehead SGA 2005
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Long Island Ducks and Brooklyn Cyclones Coaching Staff for the 2020 Season

The Long Island Ducks and Brooklyn Cyclones baseball seasons are but a few months away and there are new coaching staff additions to both teams.

The Ducks added Mauro “Goose” Gozzo as the new pitching coach. Returning is Wally Backman as manager and Lew Ford the hitting coach.

The Cyclones have pretty much revamped their staff. Ed Blankmeyer will be the new manager, Josh Towers the pitching coach, Rafael Fernandez is the hitting coach, Benny Distefano is the bench coach, Anthony Olivieri is the athletic trainer and Wyatt Briggs will be the performance coach. Some of their staff had coached years ago and were rehired, other have experience in minor league baseball and are new hires.

The Long Island Ducks are in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Independent League, located primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States) and the Brooklyn Cyclones are in the NY-Penn League (Minor League Class A Short Season league, affiliate of The New York Mets).

The Ducks and Cyclones each won a Championship in their leagues in 2019 and are looking forward to a repeat in 2020. Last year was a very special one for both teams. The Ducks had not had a championship since 2013 and The Cyclones their first since becoming co-winners with Williamsport Crosscutters (series tied 1 game each and was cancelled due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001).

Information on both teams are in the links below, with additional information on the leagues they are in.

Long Island Ducks information on coaching staff for 2020
http://liducks.com/news/current/?article_id=2183

Brooklyn Cyclones information on coaching staff for 2020
http://brooklyncyclones.com/news/news/?article_id=3021&fbclid=IwAR12jH3xk_v2nx8NTGZlWfzQgga3XLKVxy36Mk3S9di368K2kvunisRMoEU

Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
http://www.atlanticleague.com

Minor League Baseball, NY-Penn League
https://www.milb.com/new-york-penn

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More News On Minor League Baseball

Read Minor League Baseball’s Letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred by Kyle Glaser January 29, 2020

Just when you thought you had summer activities in mind to warm up those cold winter days and have something to look forward to, a “winter chill” blows more wind to freeze things up.
Minor League Baseball wrote a very well thought out, intelligent letter to Major League Baseball. They brought up some extremely valid points in their defense, regarding Major League Baseballs attempt to restructure Minor League Baseball.
The article is something to be read to absorb fully. This is what Minor League Baseball has on its mind and is pertinent to recent and future aspects of Minor League baseball. My summing up the article would not do justice to the actual article. Read on below.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/read-minor-league-baseballs-letter-to-commissioner-rob-manfred/?fbclid=IwAR2gDAn-b1Y0y8vm3q4xQnEXArDzEk-ampZrqov_RBkXGF80DrIWT5AUJZA

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Follow Up Story on Minor League Baseball

Minor league baseball teams are in jeopardy. Here’s how Congress can save them.

Now that Major League Baseball may eviscerate more than 25% of minor league teams, Congress must search for ways to protect America’s pastime.

Article by David McKinley, Max Rose, Mike Simpson and Lori Trahan Opinion contributors Jan 17 2020

This is my follow up story to what Major League Baseball is doing in recent months, especially Minor League Baseball.
The number is staggering when MLB stated that 42 clubs will be considered defunct and have their affiliation with their parent clubs.
MLB can make their claims about building conditions, travel costs and other things, when it comes to a reality – money.
While some area are really a baseball town, other have dwindled to minimum attendance. The Minor League teams have always encouraged fans to attend and have done their share of marketing and promotion of their club.
Parent club do have some responsibility in their farm systems.
It also comes down to players not being given a chance to go through the system to [hopefully] make it to the big show. Other aspects are loss of jobs, sponsorship, business’ in the area losing customers. The rippling affect goes on.
The writers in the article also included e-petitions to sign and send to congress. While not really a government issue, it just might be worth looking into.

Here is a link to the article from USA Today.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/01/17/42-minor-league-baseball-teams-may-shut-down-congress-must-act-column/4491152002/?fbclid=IwAR26EUcZRpUK7j4pWCzbQFGA8bOWCr7311izNSzhHGE8NdxToRSwPpXYMGEhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/01/17/42-minor-league-baseball-teams-may-shut-down-congress-must-act-column/4491152002/?fbclid=IwAR26EUcZRpUK7j4pWCzbQFGA8bOWCr7311izNSzhHGE8NdxToRSwPpXYMGE

Here is a link to what Representatives Trahan and McKinley re trying to do:
https://trahan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1307

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