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Friday, April 05, 2013

Vladimir Guerrero signs with the Long Island Ducks

If it quacks like a duck, and swings at everything like a duck, it must be a Long Island Duck.

Vlad is back. Well, sort of. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, nine-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

Guerrero, 38, hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 when he batted .290/.317/.416 with 13 home runs and a .733 OPS with the Orioles. He signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays last May and hit .358 (19-for-53) with four home runs and a 1.043 OPS in 12 games between High-A Dunedin and Triple-A Las Vegas, but was cut loose after he issued an ultimatum to be called up to the majors or released.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2013 at 10:21 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: atlantic league, independent leagues, indy leagues, long island ducks, minor leagues, vladimir guerrero

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   1. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: April 05, 2013 at 12:04 PM (#4405218)
He should join a Cricket league. The man could literally rake.
   2. GregD Posted: April 05, 2013 at 12:30 PM (#4405241)
hoping it was pedro
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4405331)
Ducks sign P Dontrelle Willis too.
   4. Sweatpants Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:12 PM (#4405354)
Has anyone ever played for the Ducks and then made it back to the big leagues?
   5. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:15 PM (#4405359)
A couple of weeks he was rumored to have signed with the Quebec Capitales, the same club Éric Gagné played for a couple of years ago. The city went nuts. It's kind of a shame it did not happened.
   6. Depressoteric Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4405371)
Has anyone ever played for the Ducks and then made it back to the big leagues?
Scott Kazmir, right?

I think a couple of others have too.
   7. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:22 PM (#4405372)
Bill Pulsipher, briefly.
   8. Tricky Dick Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:26 PM (#4405380)
Kazmir played for the Sugarland Skeeters, which is in the same independent league as the Ducks.

In 2003, Ricky Henderson played for the independent league Newark Bears and was signed at mid season by the Dodgers and played his last games in the major leagues.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:31 PM (#4405388)
Jose Lima played for the Newark Bears in 2003, then was acquired by the Royals and went 7-0 in his first eight starts for them.
   10. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:46 PM (#4405402)
This list is from 2010 (so, no Kasmir) - MLB guys who went to the Atlantic League then back to the bigs. Ex-Ducks are indicated with an asterisk.

Alberto Castillo, Bill Pulsipher*, Brady Raggio, Brandon Knight, Brendan Donnelly, Carlos Baerga*, Carlos Juan Pulido, Chris Tremie, Chris Widger, Curtis Pride, David Lundquist, Felix Jose, Greg Burke, Jason Perry, Jason Schiell, Jason Simontacchi, Joe Borowski, Joe Grahe, Joe Winkelsas, Jose Canseco, Jose Lima, Jose Offerman, Julio Mosquero, Kane Davis, Ken Ray*, Kirk Bullinger, Mark DeFelice, Matt Watson, Michael Ryan, Michel Hernandez, Mike Glavine, Mike Rivera, Milt Cuyler, Mitch Meluskey, Nelson Figueroa*, Pedro Borbon Jr.*, Rickey Henderson, RJ Swindle, Robinson Cancel, Ruben Sierra, Scott Patterson, Terry Pearson, Tike Redman, Tim Raines, Tomas DeLaRosa
   11. catomi01 Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:50 PM (#4405409)
http://atlanticleague.com/info-alumni.php

Carlos Baerga INF Bos/DBacks, Nationals Long Island, '01

Bill Pulsipher LHP St. Louis Cardinals Long Island, '03, '04

Ken Ray RHP Atlanta Braves Long Island, ‘02

*Mel Stocker OF Milwaukee Brewers RW,Long Island, '07

Nelson Figueroa RHP New York Mets Long Island, '06
   12. catomi01 Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4405412)
coke to Der K

Offerman also played for the ducks, but I believe that was his second go around, and he ended that stint by attacking one of the Bluefish pitchers with a bat and giving a concussion to the catcher, not heading back to affiliated ball.

Atlantic League has had a higher success rate when it comes to getting guys back to affiliated ball (AAA, AA, etc) - from when I was there, at least a guy or two a month was signed to minor league deals....but the jump back to MLB was steeper than most could handle.
   13. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:59 PM (#4405423)
that's part of the atlantic league's appeal - more vets, closer to east coast media markets.
   14. catomi01 Posted: April 05, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4405448)
Each team also has a sort of un-oficial relationship with an MLB team too - a former coach or player to maintain some MLB ties - Somerset and Sparky Lyle with the Yankees, Tim Raines and someone from the PR team kept a lot of ex-yankees with Newark - Ducks have Buddy Harrelson and a few others with Mets ties - York has several Orioles alumni - Lancaster a bunch of Phily ties. In addition to keeping lines of communication open, as the obvious benefit of turning the MLB fans of the team into Atlantic League fans too.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4405451)
When York first launched the entire coaching staff (at least 5 guys) was Orioles greats or semi-greats. I distinctly remember Al Bumbry being involved, despite never being any sort of coach in the over 20 years since his retirement.

Now their pitching staff features potential future Oriole Brett Tomko.

Offerman also played for the ducks, but I believe that was his second go around, and he ended that stint by attacking one of the Bluefish pitchers with a bat

ONE OF THE BLUEFISH PITCHERS?!? I believe you mean Matt Beech, mainstay of the rotation for the first Phillies team I followed closely.
   16. Sweatpants Posted: April 05, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4405484)
Huh. I had no idea there were that many Atlantic League comebacks (granted, given how little I know about the minor leagues, I couldn't have told you in what league the Ducks played anyway).
   17. catomi01 Posted: April 05, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4405549)
ONE OF THE BLUEFISH PITCHERS?!? I believe you mean Matt Beech, mainstay of the rotation for the first Phillies team I followed closely.


That would be correct.
   18. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: April 05, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4405650)
I don't remember Matt Beech at all, and now I see why. He ended his MLB career with a 103-pitch start in which he left after 3 and 1/3 innings.
   19. Karl from NY Posted: April 05, 2013 at 05:35 PM (#4405657)
And Gary Carter managed the Ducks one year. As a pretty blatant audition for the Mets managing job.

The Ducks have also had Ed Kranepool around occasionally, he threw out the first pitch at one game I went to.
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 05, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4405662)
Don't remember Matt Beech?! Next you'll be saying you don't remember Carlton Loewer, or Wayne Gomes, or Kevin Sefcik.
   21. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: April 05, 2013 at 05:49 PM (#4405675)
Dude, nobody knows who Wayne Gomes is. Relax.

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