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20th Anniversary Team Voting – First Base

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19 seasons of Long Island Ducks baseball have come and gone. Players from all around the world and of all varieties of baseball experience have worn the Ducks uniform since the first pitch on April 28, 2000. In that time, they have played in front of nearly 8 million fans in Central Islip, and millions more around the rest of the country. Those players and coaches have also earned three Atlantic League Championships, seven Division Championships, 13 half-season Division Championships and over 1,300 victories. As the Ducks 20th Anniversary Season, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, approaches, it is time to determine which members of the Flock have stood above the rest.

We had a great deal of voter input during our first week of balloting, with hundreds of fans casting their ballot for our three catcher nominees: Francisco Morales, Jamie Pogue and J.R. House. This week, we make our way 90 feet towards the right side of the infield to unveil our three options for the first base spot on the 20th Anniversary Team. The Ducks have had their fair share of power bats and stout defenders man the ‘3’ position on the baseball diamond. While there are many deserving candidates for this spot, we at “Quack of the Bat” have chosen three that stood out from the rest:

Doug Jennings

Five-year Major League veteran Doug Jennings is our first nominee for the coveted first base position. The Atlanta native joined the Ducks during their inaugural season of 2000 and made an immediate impact. In 84 games, he tied for the team lead with a .330 batting average while adding 14 home runs, 64 RBIs, 65 runs and 22 doubles. Thanks to his incredible debut, Jennings would go on to play more seasons at first base than any other player in franchise history. In his six years with the Flock from 2000-05, he posted a batting average of .320, ranking second in franchise history behind only Lew Ford (.322). Additionally, he totaled 62 home runs, 296 RBIs, 305 runs, 445 hits, and 107 doubles in 405 games. Jennings was also a constant on the basepaths, posting an on-base percentage over .410 in each of his first five seasons with the Flock, including a .505 OBP in 2004 that still stands as the Atlantic League’s single-season record. Jennings also had a fielding percentage of .990 or greater at first base each season on Long Island. The former second round draft pick was instrumental in helping the Ducks to their first-ever Atlantic League Championship in 2004 and earned a pair of All-Star Game selections (2000, 2004). He also had his contract purchased twice by MLB organizations while playing for the Ducks (Royals in 2000 and Brewers in 2003).

P.J. Rose

Our second nominee spent three strong years with Long Island. P.J. Rose, the son of all-time MLB great Pete Rose, joined the Flock in 2005 after playing with six different MLB organizations. Following a year in Bridgeport during the 2006 campaign, he returned to the Ducks for two more seasons in 2007 and 2008. During his three years in the orange and black, Rose Jr. was a model of consistency. He played over 115 games in each season, totaling 364 overall, and posted home run totals of 14, 14 and 15 during that time. After collecting 55 RBIs in 2005, he posted back-to-back 95 RBI seasons in 2007 and 2008. The Cincinnati native finished his Ducks career with 415 hits, 190 runs and 80 doubles. While with Long Island, Rose Jr. helped the Ducks reach the playoffs in all three seasons.

Brandon Sing

2012 Atlantic League champion Brandon Sing rounds out our nominees for the first base spot on the 20th Anniversary Team. Though he only spent one season with the Flock, the final one of his professional baseball career, he hung up the cleats following a tremendous offensive season and with a ring to boot. The slugger got off to a bit of a slow start, hitting just .220 by June 6th. However, as the weather warmed up, so did his bat. Sing hit .307 in the month of July and followed that up with a .344 batting average in August, second on the team only to Timo Perez (.411). He also led Long Island with 10 homers, 21 RBIs and 32 hits in 24 games during August. By season’s end, Sing had compiled a .284 batting average and 26 home runs, a single-season homer total that no Duck has reached since 2012. Sing’s bat continued to sizzle in the postseason, as he launched three homers during their Liberty Division Championship Series win over Southern Maryland. In total, the Joilet, Ill. native led the Flock with three homers and eight RBIs in the postseason, batting .333 as well to lead the Ducks to their first championship since 2004. For his efforts, Sing was named a Second Team Post-Season All-Star by the Atlantic League.

Alright fans, it’s up to you! Cast your ballot now by clicking the button below to help decide who the 20th Anniversary Team first baseman will be. Fans are able to vote as often as they would like from now through next Thursday, December 20th. The winner, along with the remainder of the 20th Anniversary Team, will be unveiled at the beginning of the 2019 season!


Be sure to check back again next week, as we’ll reveal our three nominees for the second base position.


15th Anniversary Team: Final Vote

Opening day is upon us, Ducks fans! At long last, April 25 is finally here and the Ducks are ready to begin their quest to become the first team in Atlantic League history to win three straight league championships. While six other ALPB teams got started last night, Long Island opens up tonight in the most fitting of settings: TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J. It was at this very same ballpark some six-plus months ago that the Ducks hoisted the Atlantic League Championship trophy for the second consecutive year. Tonight, John Brownell, last year’s championship series MVP, toes the rubber for Long Island against Somerset Patriot righty Erik Arnesen. Coverage of tonight’s game begins at 6:50 p.m. on 103.9-FM, LI News Radio, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Live streaming audio will also be available at

With it being Opening Day, voting for the Ducks 15th Anniversary Team concludes with the “Final Vote.” Similar to the final vote for the MLB All-Star Game, this week we are taking the second place finishers in each previous position, and pinning them against each other for one final chance to make the “Flock 15” team. Fans can vote for one player, regardless of position, to represent the final member of the 15th Anniversary Team. Here are the nominees:

J.R. House
JR House

House might have been the best hitter and one of the best all-around players Long Island has seen. While he only spent one year with the Ducks in 2011, he certainly made it count. House proved to be an iron man and a defensive stalwart, playing 113 games and not committing a single error. In addition, he threw out 20% of baserunners trying to steal and helped lead the league’s best pitching staff which posted a 4.17 ERA. Offensively though was where House truly shined. He batted .305 with 19 home runs, 81 RBI, 73 runs, 128 hits and 22 doubles. House also rarely swung and missed. His 37 strikeouts were astronomically low for any batter. Not only did he lead the Ducks to the playoffs, but he brought the team all the way to the Atlantic League Championship Series for the first time since 2004. Following the season, House retired and is about to begin his first season as a professional baseball manager, serving as the skipper for the Single-A Hillsboro Hops in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

Brandon Sing

Sing, who had an outstanding year with the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2009, was able to put together another impressive season in 2012 with the Ducks and helped Long Island end an eight-year title drought. The durable Illinois native played 119 games, and while his .284 average was slightly lower than normal, he crushed 26 home runs, drove in 78 runs, scored 78 times and added 31 doubles. He would’ve led the team in two-baggers if not for Ray Navarrete’s record-setting 50 that season. Then, he put together one of the best postseasons in Ducks history,  batting .333 (13-for-39) with three home runs (all in the Liberty Division Championship Series) and eight RBI (including a game-tying single in the ninth inning of Game Two in the Atlantic League Championship Series). Sing was outstanding at the plate and provided some of the most clutch hits in franchise history. He now lives at home in Mississippi with his wife and son and provides youth baseball lessons.

Adonis Harrison
Adonis Harrison

Harrison donned a Ducks uniform for the franchise’s first three seasons (2000-02). He played 271 games in his career on Long Island, combining for a .286 batting average. While he wasn’t as much of a power threat, he drove in 102 runs and scored 156 during his tenure with the Flock. The California native also showed good speed on the basepaths, stealing 35 bases in 2000 and 17 the following year while combining for nine triples in his Ducks career. He never made more than 11 errors in a season at second base and provided some versatility as well with his ability to play well at shortstop when needed. Harrison played four more seasons of pro ball after his time on Long Island, reaching Triple-A with the Angels in 2003 and Double-A with the Rockies in 2004. He ended his career by spending two seasons with Long Beach in the Golden Baseball League.

Edgardo Alfonzo

When Alfonzo was signed prior to the 2007 season, Ducks fans were immediately excited. “Fonzie” had spent eight years with the New York Mets, earning a Silver Slugger Award, an All-Star appearance and a National League championship in the process. After spending the previous year with the Blue Jays and Angels, he came to the Ducks looking to finish out his career in one of the most respected leagues in baseball. In two seasons on Long Island, Alfonzo batted .289 with 13 home runs, 83 RBI, 90 runs and 36 doubles in 164 games. He played solid defense at shortstop as well but also showed some versatility by spending time at second and third base too. In terms of success, Alfonzo helped the Ducks to a pair of playoff appearances, including an outstanding 72-54 record in 2007. The Venezuela native resurfaced in the Atlantic League with the Newark Bears in 2010 before deciding to retire.

Carlos Baerga

Prior to  joining Long Island in 2001, Carlos Baerga had already been a 10-year Major League veteran, three-time All Star (1992-93, ‘95), and two-time Silver Slugger (1993-94). After spending 2000 out of baseball, Baerga started his road back to ‘The Show’ with Long Island in 2001. Although his time with the Ducks was short, Baerga was able to use the organization (and the Atlantic League) to help reignite his career. In 53 games that season, Baerga posted a .315 batting average, nine home runs, 44 RBI and three triples. These numbers earned Baerga a selection to play in the All-Star Game held in Newark, New Jersey. The Puerto Rico native also earned himself an opportunity to play in the Korean Baseball Organization where he would further impress Major League scouts. The following season, he became the first player in franchise history to make it back to the Major Leagues after playing on Long Island when he took the field for the Boston Red Sox. Baerga would go on to play 350 games with the Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Nationals over four seasons before retiring from the game in 2005.

Joash Brodin

Unlike all of the other outfield nominees, Brodin had never played in affiliated baseball before coming to Long Island. It was not until he parlayed his impressive 2013 season with the Ducks into a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, making him the fifth Duck to be signed by an MLB team that season. Acquired by Long Island in July of 2012, Brodin made his presence known, batting .369 with seven RBI in the 2012 postseason, earning a hit in all five games during the Atlantic League Championship Series. The Washington native returned for the 2013 season and hit .307 over 106 games with 11 home runs, 48 RBI, and 14 stolen bases. That earned the College of Charlestown alum an All-Star game selection. Brodin hit .300 over 155 games in his two years with the Ducks.

Carl Everett

Arguably the most well-known name among designated hitter nominees, Everett had two monster years with Long Island. Playing in 219 games over the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Everett led all DH nominees in batting (.320) and home runs (54) while ranking second in RBI (197). The 14-year Major League veteran finished third in the league in home runs (25) and RBI (97) during his first season with the Ducks. Everett then improved on those numbers in 2008, batting .327 with 100 RBI and 29 home runs, a Ducks single-season record. The Florida native and former 10th overall pick in the 1990 draft retired from professional baseball in 2010 with 1,304 hits, 202 home runs and 792 RBI combined in the Major and Minor Leagues along with two MLB All-Star selections.

Bill Pulsipher

A name that resonated well among Ducks fans, Pulsipher certainly made an impact in his time with the Flock. The former ‘Generation K’ member of the New York Mets spent parts of four seasons with the Ducks (2004-07). His first season was where the southpaw truly made made his mark. In 2004, Pulsipher started 17 games (18 appearances) and posted a 9-5 record with a 3.67 ERA. His efforts earned him an Atlantic League All-Star Game selection as well as a midseason contract with the Seattle Mariners organization. Like Davis though, Pulsipher finished the year in championship-fashion with the Ducks, leading Long Island down the stretch and in the playoffs. Overall, the six-year Major League veteran was 17-10 as a Duck with a 4.17 ERA, and the team reached the playoffs each and every one of his four years.

Mike Loree

Loree spent two seasons on Long Island (2011-12), but his first year with the Flock was without a doubt the best the franchise has ever seen. That year, the New Jersey native won a team-record 14 games while losing only five, posted a microscopic 1.98 ERA and struck out a league-leading 131 batters, which was also a Ducks record at the time. He also set a Ducks record for most strikeouts in a game with 14 on September 15 against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. That magical year was more than enough to earn Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year honors and the starting pitcher spot at the Atlantic League All-Star Game in York. Loree excelled in the 2011 postseason as well, leading the Ducks staff with a 2-0 record in three starts and allowing just three runs over 19 innings (1.10 ERA) with 17 strikeouts and two walks. The righty began the 2012 championship season with Long Island and made 18 starts before he was signed by the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In 42 regular season appearances (37 starts) with the Flock, Loree tallied a 19-12 record with a 3.69 ERA, and 220 strikeouts in 227.0 innings. Those wins, strikeouts and innings pitched totals led all right-handed starter nominees.

Jared Lansford

Lansford represented the only reliever nominee that is currently on the Ducks roster. Brother of teammate Josh Lansford, Jared now enters his third season with the Flock. While his regular season numbers are impressive, it’s his postseason statistics that signify Lansford as a premier reliever in Ducks history. Over two championship runs in the postseason, the California native is 3-0 and has allowed just one run over 12 and one-third innings of work (0.73 ERA). In addition, Lansford has 13 strikeouts compared to just nine hits and one walk in 11 postseason appearances. During the regular season, Lansford is a combined 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA, nine saves and 88 strikeouts in 94 games (104 and two-thirds innings pitched). That includes a 2.98 ERA over 54 and one-third innings of work in 2012 and an All-Star Game selection in 2013.

Leo Rosales

Rosales was the only closer nominee that is currently on the Ducks active roster and has been a part of back-to-back championship teams on Long Island. He came to the Ducks in a late-season trade during the 2012 season and immediately filled a closer role the team needed. After tossing three scoreless innings in the regular season, he pitched six more games in the postseason, earning saves in all three victories over Southern Maryland in the Liberty Division Championship Series. The righty went on to earn the win in Game Five of the Atlantic League Championship Series to clinch the Ducks first title since 2004. The Los Angeles native returned again in 2013 and put together an All-Star season, going 2-2 with a 2.34 ERA, 18 saves and 45 strikeouts in 38 and one-third innings. He was even better in the playoffs, earning four saves total, three of which came in the ALCS against Somerset. The last of those saves came in Game Five against the Patriots to seal another championship for the Ducks.

There are your final vote nominees, Ducks fans. We understand that this is quite possibly the toughest decision yet. It is very important, however, as this will be the final player voted onto the 15th Anniversary Team. The official “Flock 15” team will be made available to fans in the Ducks Official 2014 Commemorative Yearbook at the home opener on Friday, May 2 at Bethpage Ballpark. Until then, Ducks fans; let’s play ball!

Catching Up With Brandon Sing

The 2012 Long Island Ducks championship team had a cast of heroes throughout the year. Dan Lyons will always reign supreme for laying down the ninth inning bunt that brought home the championship-winning run in Game Five. John Brownell’s dominant start in Game Four of that series kept Long Island’s season alive. Bobby Blevins was superb in the final game of both playoff series. Kraig Binick hit at an impressive .405 clip during the postseason while Joash Brodin registered at least one hit in each Championship Series game. Another name on that list of heroes was none other than Brandon Sing, who on Thursday celebrated his 33rd birthday.

Sing’s only season with the Ducks ended the way any player would have wanted: by raising a trophy on their home field. His regular season was tremendous as he led the team in home runs with 26 and runs with 78. In addition, he batted .284 with 78 RBI (third on the team) and 31 doubles (second on the team). Sing’s postseason numbers were equally impressive, as he tied a franchise record with three homers in the Liberty Division Championship Series. A .333 average and eight RBI in 10 games helped cement him among the great first baseman in team history. In fact, he was nominated for the First Base position on the 15th Anniversary Team this winter.

Surprisingly, the Illinois native elected to retire after winning the championship despite being just 31 years old and coming off of a very successful season. While he now lives in Southhaven, Mississippi with his wife, Laura, and two-year-old son, Bronson, Sing will forever remember the summer he called Central Islip home. We had the chance to catch up with former Duck on Thursday and discuss a variety of topics:

What have you been doing since you decided to retire from baseball?

“Since I stopped, I started helping last year with one of the teams that I worked out with. Basically, the coach told me that it was my team if I wanted to go ahead and keep coaching. I took a month to think about it, and since that month, it’s developed into three months later having two 13-year-old teams, an 11-year-old team and a nine-year-old team. Now, I have my own little youth travel baseball organization that I started. I can’t complain! I’m busy, and I’m still in the game. It’s something I always loved doing. Especially playing independent baseball, I always helped coaching the younger kids, the rookies and all of the guys who were younger than me. It’s been fun, and they look up to me, so it’s fun teaching them the right way to play baseball.”

How important was it for you to stay involved in the game after retiring?

“It was very important. I wish I could have kept playing, but it was the right time and all that to walk away. The love I have for the game is beyond measurable. To see that I now have a two-year-old son and know that he’s got somewhere to play and be taught the right way, it was something that I really wanted to do. I’m glad I was able to do it.”

Why did you feel it was the right time to end your career, and was the decision to do so very tough?

“It’s always tough to walk away from a game that you love. Bronson was born, and I’ve seen all of my buddies have kids and it’s been tough with them going back and forth. That was something that was really huge on the part of me retiring and not playing anymore was just wanting to be around him, wanting to enjoy him growing up and not missing any of that.  I could put playing to the side and watch him grow up. You only get that once, and that was something that was really dear to my heart. It made it tough, but in the same instance, going out and having a great year, contributing to the team and ultimately helping Long Island win the championship made it easier.”

Talk about what it meant for you to win a championship with the Ducks in your final year:

“From the start, talking with Mike Pfaff in trying to get a team assembled that could win a championship there, it was something from the get-go that made me want to be a part of it. We had our bumps in the road, but we as a team came together. There were a lot of guys that just wanted that championship. Regardless of what amount of losses we had in the second half or even with us winning the first half, we didn’t care who we played. We were ready to get to the field every day, and regardless of the situation, it was something that every one of us wanted. You can see what happened at the end. We won the championship, and that’s something that takes a whole team to buy into. Once you’re able to do that, it can make for something special like that.”

What enabled you to put together such a successful season offensively in 2012?

“I just stayed within myself and understood that the older I got, the more patient I got with myself. I didn’t try to go out there and do too much. It was about allowing the game to come to me and not go out there saying that every game, I had to drive in a run. I was still able to walk and get on base, anything I could do to help the team. I put my stats to the side, and I knew that at the end of the day, my numbers would be there. I was going to hit home runs or doubles, and I was going to drive in some runs. It didn’t really matter. I just made sure going into it that I had to stay within myself because I knew what I had to do and knew how my body felt.”

How honored are you to be nominated for a spot on the Ducks 15th Anniversary Team?

“It’s a huge honor. To just be with the organization for one year and for them to think that highly of me, it’s special. Especially with the other ones that were there, it’s a great group of guys. I was just blessed, like I said, to have a good year there and to have Long Island think of me as one of those Top 15 people.”

If you could say anything to the Ducks fans that supported you on Long Island, what would it be?

“Thank you for everything! You guys made it a special year in 2012, and we couldn’t have done it without you! 

15th Anniversary Team: First Base

The 15th Anniversary Team is going to be a special one in Ducks history, and we can already tell that by how many people have cast their ballots in our first week of voting. Hundreds of fans have visited the blog and chosen their pick for who should be the catcher on the “Flock 15” team. The voting was extremely close between two candidates, and we’ll announce which Duck was voted onto the team on Friday, May 2, which is Ducks Opening Night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Next up in the voting for the 15th Anniversary Team is first base. Since 2000, the Ducks have seen a great deal of players put on the uniform and occupy first base. Some have flashed the leather on a consistent basis while some are better known for the pop they provided in the lineup. Some of the all-time great Ducks players have presided over first base during their time on Long Island. Here are the nominees for the “Flock 15” first base position:

Doug Jennings

Jennings, who earned a spot in the Ducks’ All-Time Team in 2009, was one of the core pieces on the Ducks roster from 2000 to 2005. In his six seasons, he earned All-Star Game selections during the team’s inaugural season of 2000 and their first championship season of 2004. The former Major Leaguer hit .320 during his time on Long Island with 62 home runs and 296 RBI. No season will stand out though more than 2004 for Jennings, as his .359 batting average, .505 on base percentage and .612 slugging percentage are all Ducks single season records. Not to mention, he did all of that at age 39. He was outstanding defensively as well, committing just 17 errors over the 405 games he played with the Ducks. The Atlanta native retired 19 games into the 2005 campaign with the Flock.

Bucky Jacobsen

Jacobsen came to the Ducks in 2006 after spending the first nine seasons of his career in the Brewers, Cardinals and Mariners organizations. The former big leaguer with the Mariners in 2004 provided an intimidating presence at home plate, standing in at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. Not only was his appearance fearsome, but so was his bat. Jacobsen produced an All-Star season, batting .291 with 21 home runs, good for third in the Atlantic League, and 89 RBI which led the league. He also finished third with a .410 on-base percentage and fifth with a .506 slugging percentage. In his 113 games, the slugger also added 72 runs, 22 doubles and drew 78 walks. Defensively, he posted a respectable .975 fielding percentage and helped the Flock to their third consecutive postseason berth. Jacobsen played nine games with Tabasco in the Mexican League during the 2007 season before deciding to hang up the cleats. He is currently appearing on Seattle Q13 Fox station doing Mariners post-game coverage.

PJ Rose

Rose spent three seasons with the Ducks, donning the green and orange in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Though he never received an All-Star nod, he was a consistent offensive force all three years. In 364 games with Long Island, Rose compiled a .298 batting average, 43 home runs, 245 RBI and 80 doubles. He had double digit home runs, played in at least 115 games and collected at least 20 doubles in each season. He was an all-around offensive force for the Flock. Defensively, he had a .987 fielding percentage during those three seasons while playing first base, and in each season, he served as an important piece in helping lead the Ducks to the postseason. While he never won a championship on Long Island, he certainly was one of the most popular first basemen among Ducks fans. Following the 2008 season, he split 2009 with the Newark Bears and York Revolution before ending his professional career. After serving as a manager in the Appalachian League and Pioneer League, he was named manager of the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League in January of 2014.

Freddie Thon

No one flashed the leather in a Ducks uniform like quite Freddie Thon did during his time on Long Island. He first came to the Ducks in 2009, playing in just 20 games, but he hit .355 with two homers, 17 RBI and five doubles while making just three errors. He then spent the entire 2011 season with the Flock, playing in 94 games overall. The Puerto Rico native made just four errors at first base (.995 fielding percentage) and collected 46 assists as well. From diving stops to picks out of the dirt, Thon was outstanding on the right side of the infield. He wasn’t too shabby at the plate either, hitting .284 with seven home runs, 47 RBI and just 40 strikeouts for the year. Even when the Ducks offense struggled in the playoffs, Thon provided the Ducks with some big hits. He batted .286 (8-for-28), with his one RBI coming in the ninth inning of Game Four in the Liberty Division Championship Series. His RBI double into the right field corner scored Erick Monzon with the series-winning run, lifting the Ducks to a tremendous 9-8 come-from-behind win. Thon retired from professional baseball in the US after the season and returned to his native land of Puerto Rico.

Brandon Sing

Sing, who had an outstanding year with the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2009, was able to put together another impressive season in 2012 with the Ducks and helped Long Island end an eight-year title drought. The durable Illinois native played 119 games, and while his .284 average was slightly lower than normal, he crushed 26 home runs, drove in 78 runs, scored 78 times and added 31 doubles. He would’ve led the team in two-baggers if not for Ray Navarrete’s record-setting 50 that season. Then, he put together one of the best postseasons in Ducks history,  batting .333 (13-for-39) with three home runs (all in the Liberty Division Championship Series) and eight RBI (including a game-tying single in the ninth inning of Game Two in the Atlantic League Championship Series). Sing was outstanding at the plate and provided some of the most clutch hits in franchise history. He now lives at home in Mississippi with his wife and son and provides youth baseball lessons.

Which of the five nominees do you feel deserves the first base spot on the “Flock 15” team? Cast your ballot in the poll below — everyone can vote once per day. Do you think there’s someone we are leaving out for the first base position? If so, write in a candidate by selecting “Other” and be sure to include the name of the player you feel is most deserving. Next week, we will break down the nominees for second base.

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