Lyons Joins Exclusive Company
The Ducks have made the first splash of 2015! Entering the week, no other team in the Atlantic League had announced a player signing for the upcoming season. That changed on Monday when the Ducks unveiled that Dan Lyons would be returning for a fifth consecutive season with the Flock.
This year will be the 16th season of Ducks baseball here on Long Island. In that span, only three men other than Lyons have played five or more seasons in a row with the team. Here’s the company that the man known affectionately as “Shortstop” has now joined:
Ray Navarrete: Eight Consecutive Seasons (2006-13)
Justin Davies: Six (2000-05)
Doug Jennings: Six (2000-05)
Not a bad list to be on at all! That list would grow by one if Lew Ford re-signs with the Ducks in 2015 as well. Lyons has become a fan favorite at Bethpage Ballpark and is coming off a strong season in 2014. In his familiar ninth spot in the batting order, the Minnesota native batted .256, his highest batting average since his first year with on Long Island, and posted his best home run (4), triples (7) and walks (43) totals in a Ducks uniform. Across the board, Lyons resembled the player that earned First Team All-Star honors, an All-Star game selection and the Championship Series MVP award in 2012.
After officially putting pen to paper, the 30-year-old sat down with Ducks Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting Michael Polak to talk about returning to Long Island, his strong season in 2014 and what he’s looking forward to in 2015. Check out the video below for the full interview:
Welcome back Dan! Let us know your thoughts on the first signing of 2015 in the comments section of this post.
Posted on January 12, 2015, in Player Signings and tagged 2015, All-Star, Atlantic League, Baseball, Dan Lyons, Doug Jennings, Justin Davies, Lew Ford, Long Island Ducks, Michael Polak, Ray Navarrete. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.