Ballpark Battle, Sports Illustrated Feature and 2014 Playoff Schedule

The 2014 Atlantic League playoffs begin tonight. Although the Ducks will not be contending for an unprecedented third consecutive Atlantic League title, the four teams in the postseason will hopefully provide some exciting games over the next two weeks. Before we get to the first round schedule, here are some news stories from the Duck Pond today:

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Bethpage Ballpark, the home of the Ducks, has been chosen to participate in the Baseball America “Battle of the Ballparks” competition. The winners will be included in the 2015 Great Parks Calendar, which will feature 12 color photos of great professional baseball parks.

Cast your vote now by CLICKING HERE! Bethpage Ballpark is competing with Uni-Trade Stadium, the home of the Laredo Lemurs in the independent American Association. Simply “Like” the Baseball America Facebook page and then click the “Vote” icon on the right side of the page beneath the photo of Bethpage Ballpark.

Fans can vote once per day from now through Monday, September 29. There are four other ballparks currently competing for spots in the 2015 Great Parks Calendar. However, the Ducks are the only team from the Atlantic League in the competition. To cast your vote in the remaining two matchups and see which other ballparks have won, CLICK HERE.

 

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On Saturday, August 30, Sports Illustrated paid a visit to Bethpage Ballpark during the Ducks game against the Camden Riversharks. That night, they “messed with” Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons by changing an integral part of every ballplayer’s in-game routine.

Well, the project is now completed and the video has been shared with SI readers. To see just what they did, CLICK HERE.

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The Freedom Division Championship Series gets underway tonight at Constellation Field as the York Revolution visit the Sugar Land Skeeters. Tomorrow, the Lancaster Barnstormers will play host to the Somerset Patriots for Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series. For those who want to follow along, here is the schedule for the first round matchups (all times Eastern):

Freedom Division Championship Series (Best-of-Five)
York Revolution (First Half champion) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (Second Half champion)
Game 1: Tuesday, September 23 – 8:05 p.m. at Sugar Land
Game 2: Wednesday, September 24 – 7:05 p.m. at Sugar Land
Game 3: Friday, September 26 – 6:30 p.m. at York
Game 4: Saturday, September 27 – 6:30 p.m. at York (if necessary)
Game 5: Sunday, September 28 – 2:00 p.m. at York (if necessary)

Liberty Division Championship Series (Best-of-Five)
Somerset Patriots (First and Second Half champion) vs. Lancaster Barnstormers (Wild Card winner)
Game 1: Wednesday, September 24 – 7:00 p.m. at Lancaster
Game 2: Thursday, September 25 – 7:00 p.m. at Lancaster
Game 3: Friday, September 26 – 7:05 p.m. at Somerset
Game 4: Saturday, September 27 – 7:05 p.m. at Somerset (if necessary)
Game 5: Sunday, September 28 – 1:05 pm. at Somerset (if necessary)

Fans can view live pitch-by-pitch accounts of each game via Pointstreak by CLICKING HERE or downloading the Pointstreak Mobile App. Visit each team’s website for links to view or listen to broadcasts of each game.

Thanks for checking into the blog today everyone! In the coming days, we will be putting together some season recap posts, featuring many of the top moments and games from 2014, team awards for this year and much more as the offseason gets underway. Also, be sure to stay up-to-date on the blog throughout the offseason by typing in your e-mail address on the right side of the page and submitting to follow along whenever we post here. You can also head to LIDucks.com for stories, ticket information and much more year-round.

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