Catching Up on “Quack of the Bat”
There has been a flurry of activity surrounding all things Ducks since our last post here on the blog. We will have some more in-depth stories coming up leading into the holiday season. For now though, let’s first recap some of the latest news regarding some former Ducks and other notes going on around Bethpage Ballpark:
One of the biggest stories to break in the last week was that former Ducks pitcher Rich Hill agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract by the Oakland Athletics. It marked the beginning of a new chapter in what has already been a storybook journey for the Major League veteran. We’ve written extensively about Hill before here on “Quack of the Bat,” but it is incredible how quickly things have turned around for him. Just five months ago, he was throwing bullpen sessions at home to stay in shape and figure out how to revive his career after being released by the Washington Nationals. Since that point, he turned two dominant starts with the Ducks into a contract with the Red Sox, five strong starts with Triple-A Pawtucket into a call-up to the Major Leagues and four brilliant starts with Boston into a $6 million contract. WOW! Reports also stated that Hill turned down more money elsewhere for a guaranteed spot in the starting rotation with Oakland. There is no question that the left-hander was one of the best storylines to come out of the Ducks and the Atlantic League in 2015, and we will surely be following his progress in 2016. Looking ahead, the A’s will be making one visit to the New York City area: April 19-21 against the Yankees.
Mickey Makes His Mark
The Arizona Fall League season, and that of another former Ducks pitcher, has come to a close. We’re talking about Mickey Jannis of course, who was chosen by the Mets to play in the league noted for its highly touted prospects. The knuckleballer did not disappoint in the six starts that he made with the Salt River Rafters, going 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA. He allowed just eight earned runs in 29 innings of work and struck out 17 batters. The only start in which he allowed more than three runs was his final one, where he gave up four runs (three earned) over five innings in an outing televised on MLB Network. It remains to be seen where Jannis will open up the 2016 campaign, but he surely made his mark in the Arizona Fall League and was even featured on MLB.com.
We’ll be highlighting several Ducks who are playing baseball in the Caribbean this winter over the next week or so, but this past weekend, several had the opportunity to play at Marlins Park in Miami. The stadium played host to the Serie de las Americas. It was the first time this tournament was ever played, and it featured two teams from the Dominican Republic (Aguilas Cibaenas and Tigres del Licey) and two teams from Venezuela (Navegantes del Magallanes and Cardenales de Lara). Aguilas ended up winning the tournament with a 4-3 victory over Cardenales in the championship game after defeating Tigres 4-2 in the first round. The only former Duck on the Aguilas roster is Donnie Veal, a lefty relief pitcher who was 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA in 20 games with the Ducks this past season. He retired both batters he faced during the series, striking out one in the first round matchup. Bobby Blevins was the only other Duck to appear in the tournament, starting the first round game for Navegantes. However, he suffered the loss in their 6-1 defeat to Cardenales.
More ticket packages for fans have been made available for the 2016 season. The Ducks announced their 10-game mini plan packages for the upcoming season, featuring seven different options to choose from. Each package will allow fans to see every Atlantic League opponent at least once, offer a mix of five weekday and five weekend games and include at least two fireworks shows, the most popular promotional nights of the year. In addition, group ticket packages were also put on sale for 2016. Schools, Boy/Girl Scout Troops, Little League teams and all other organizations around Long Island can now call and reserve an outing. In addition to regular group tickets, options include picnic outings as well as luxury suite, Fan Can and Party Deck rentals. Groups also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of on-field and off-field experiences! Please contact the Ducks at (631) 940-3825 for more information and to reserve your 10-game mini plan package or group outing for 2016.
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Posted on November 24, 2015, in Ducks News and tagged 2015, Aguilas Cibaenas, Arizona Fall League, Atlantic League, Bobby Blevins, Boston Red Sox, Dominican Republic, Donnie Veal, Group Tickets, Long Island Ducks, Marlins Park, Mickey Jannis, Mini Plans, Navegantes del Magallanes, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Rich Hill, Salt River Rafters, Series de las Americas, Venezuela. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.