Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Morning Coffee 12/4 - 12/10

In case you missed what was up on LI Ducks Blog this week, here's our review of the week we call our "Sunday Morning Coffee"

We added 3 new pages to our blog:
Duck Prints - A page devoted to autograph experiences around the Atlantic League
AL Card Sets - Atlantic League card sets past and present reviewed by Paul Hadsall, and Corey Mansfield.
Team Photos - Ducks Team Photos through out the years

Sunday, December 4, 2011
2004 Long Island Ducks Team Card Set Review - 2004 was a magical season for the the Long Island Ducks as the finished with a record of 65-61 and won the Atlantic League Championship defeating the Camden Riversharks. The Ducks didn't have a star studded roster that season but did have some notable former Major League players in the set that included Doug Jennings, Patrick Lennon, Wendell McGee, Bill Pulsipher Kimera Bartee and Cole Liniak. Also in the set were Jason Johnson and Justin Davies who along with Jennings, Lennon, and Baretee were named to the Ducks 10th Anniversary All-Time Team (2009). This set also featured Kevin Baez who would eventually become the Manger of the Ducks in 2011. Bud Harrelson, like always is included in the set...more

Monday, December 5, 2011
Freddie Thon Interview - Freddie Thon is a fan favorite on Long Island for his outstanding fielding, solid hitting and crazy facial hair. Thon a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico grew up around baseball as his father Frankie was a professional player and scout. While his uncle Dickie was a Major League shortstop. He was orginally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 43rd Round (1300th Overall) in the 2002 MLB Amauter Draft. However, he did not sign and instead enrolled at Brevard Community College and then attended Villanova University...more
2007 Long Island Ducks Team Set - Manager Dave LaPoint lead the Ducks to a 72-54 record in the independent Atlantic League. His squad had a number of former major league stars, including Edgardo Alfonzo and Carl Everett. Other notable former major leaguers including Jose Offerman, Danny Graves, Bill Pulsipher and Pete Rose Jr. At least 23 members of the 2007 Long Island roster had major league experience...more

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Kraig Binick on fire in Mexican winter league - 2011 Long Island Duck and 2011 Atlantic League batting champion Kraig Binick continues to excel in the Mexican winter league.
Binick playing for the Mayos de Navojoa leads the league in Stolen Bases (20), OBP (.455). He's third in average (.358), and is fourth in Walks (24). He's only struck out 19 times in 179 at-bats.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Hunton & Padgett on ESPN Deportes - Jon Hunton and Matt Padgett were on ESPN Wednesday night.

2011 Long Island Ducks Team Card Set Review - The 2011 season was an amazing season for the Long Island Ducks. The Ducks finished the season 78-47 winning both the 1st and 2nd Half Championships, and eventually winning the Liberty Division Championship under first year Manager Kevin Baez. Ultimately, the Ducks fell in the finals to the York Revolution.
The 2011 Ducks set was kind of a disappointment not only because of how late it was released but because of the design of the set which was wood grain, and similar to the 1987 Topps set, which was not popular among fans. What was lacking in the design was made up in the photography which was excellent...more

Jon Hunton named to Venezuelean All-Star team - Jon Hunton a member of the 2011 Long Island Ducks has been named to Venezuelan All-Star team. Hunton currently leads the Venezuelan League with 13 saves. The Venezuela will face off against the Dominican League on Tuesday, December 13th in the All-Star game...more
Jon Hunton gets 14 save tying Caribes record - Jon Hunton tied a team record with his 14th save last night for the Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venzuelan Winter League.Hunton is now only 7 saves away from tying the Venezuelan Winter League record (21)...more

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Matt Esquivel headed to Mexico - Matt Esquivel is on his way to Mexico to play for the Mayos de Navojoa. Esquivel will join 2011 Ducks teammates Kraig Binick and Javier Colina in the Mexican winter league.Earlier in the winter Esquivel was playing for the Tigres de Cartagena in the Columbia winter league...more

Saturday, December 10, 2011
2004 Somerset Patriots Team Card Set Review - The 2004 Patriots team set was produced by Multi-Ad Sports and features 30 cards including their mascot Sparkee (named for Sparky Lyle). One interesting thing about this set is the cards are not numbered but rather have jersey numbers. It also had no checklist or cover card. (Also, this set was not autographed. I obtained the autographs myself)...more
Kevin Baez Mets cards - Ducks Manager, Kevin Baez played briefly with the New York are some of the cards he had...more

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