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September 14, 2006 September 14, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Juan Is Gone: The Long Island Ducks have deactivated OF Juan Gonzalez. To replace him, the team has signed OF Jayson Bass. Bass has extensive minor league experience, including several years in Triple-A. Bass most recently played in the Mexican League and with the Nashua Pride of the Can-Am League.

As for Gonzalez, if you only looked at his numbers, you wouldn’t consider his stay with the Ducks to have been a disappointment. Clearly, this isn’t the case.

Gonzalez, who told anyone who would listen that he came to the Atlantic League to show that he was healthy, didn’t achieve his goal. Not even close.

Juan Gone was signed on June 1st, and would only play in 36 games for the Ducks. Of those 36 games, only 24 were played in the field.

His numbers when he did play, however, were quite impressive. In 130 at-bats, he hit .323 with six home runs and 23 RBI. But he hadn’t played in the field since an August 8th game in Lancaster and hadn’t played at all since the first game of a doubleheader in Newark on September 6th.

There’s no word on why Gonzalez was deactivated or whether he’ll be returning this season, but my guess would be no.

If he doesn’t return, then it’s two big name players with little return to show for it in the past two seasons for the Ducks. Only time will tell whether the third time is a charm. – Mike Ashmore


1. quackers - September 15, 2006

Goodbye Juan and don’t let the door hit you on the way out – for the life of me I can’t figure out why he was here on LI- he never onced seemed like he was trying to prove he could play in the bigs again- The Ducks got a huge boost with Mahomes and his complete game last night- maybe we can get the same offensively from this new OF Bass

2. Anonymous - September 15, 2006

over/under 1400 in avg attn.if bpt faces a.c in the championship.my vote is under.there is zero juice at games in bpt now that school is back in session.

b-fish fan

3. number1surffan John - September 15, 2006

b-fish fan – as much as it troubles me, it seems that perhaps TWO teams (AC and Bridgeport) might benefit from moving to a shorter season league. Indications are next year will be the last for AC in their current stadium, but no definite plans have moved forward about the possible new home.

4. Anonymous - September 15, 2006

Jason Bowers has rejoined the Barnstormers. He asked for his release from the Orioles so he could help the Barnstormers in the playoffs. Don’t know who they will cut maybe Kris Dufner or Keith Maxwell or may place Danny Gonzalez on the DL.

5. Amy - September 15, 2006

Great news for the Barnstormers! Should be an interesting decision on who to remove from the roster!!! I guess Knox and Cam are soon ready to come of the DL also so we will have some interesting choices to make over the next few days…er, hours!

6. Fausto Gabon - September 15, 2006

At this point, nobody gets DL’d or cut. If they go to the inactive list they can come back during the playoffs (isn’t today the deadline for rosters?). I think most teams look at it as an insurance policy; you may have to pay an extra guy for a couple of weeks, but they are available if somebody goes down.

7. Amy - September 15, 2006

Oh I know that…I know those guys will still be around “in case”… its just a matter of who to place on the inactive list right now. I am just curious as to who will be put on the playoff roster….it should be an interesting call on the mamagement part. I will admit its a nice problem to have!

8. Anonymous - September 15, 2006

Kris Dufner left the team. They’re calling it a “retirement.”

9. Amy - September 15, 2006

That’s interesting….especially since he was gone to the road Warriors earlier in the season but there was an injury or something and he had to come right back. Never made it to the RW officially at that time. Seems to me I remember something being said at the time that Kris didn’t want to go there and was considering retirement at that time. But then the Barnstormers needed him again and he returned. Kris is a good guy….he filled in quite nicely when we needed him and he provided a nice glove and bat for us. My last contact with Kris was Wed night when he gave me his cracked bat after the game!!! Best of luck to you Kris!

10. Tom from Long Island - September 15, 2006

The Ducks have added lefty Luis Arroyo to their roster and have placed pitcher Jim Mann on the inactive list.

11. quackers - September 15, 2006

Ducks game with Bridgeport rained out tonight- will be made up as a day ( 1:35) – night – (7:05) doubleheader on Sunday

12. BoosterBabe - September 16, 2006

TOTALLY SUCKS and I’m screaming mad about that doubleheader!

Bluefish Booster CLub scheduled our annual pilgrimage to LI for Sunday’s game. STINKS that we had to have it so late in the season and I have to say , it hurt attendance being so late, but it was the only weekend series between the two teams all year. (Here or in LI) So the only time we could do it.

We scheduled it for this weekend…and the team ALWAYS comes back on the ferry to hang out and eat and party with us. (except for 2003, when they had a Saturday afternoon game and a Sunday evening game the next day.) But guess what???? The Booster CLub got screwed. So we are now stuck with food for 85 people, we only have about 50 coming. And it’s too late to tell the caterer we need less food (not to mention, it’s already paid for). Because someone decided to play a stupid doubleheader on Sunday. WHy couldn’t they just play two 7 inning games on Saturday, like they usually do in case of a rainout?

I’ll tell you why. Isn’t the owner of the Ducks a big muckety-muck in the League? Wasn’t this kind of manipulation of the schedule pulled on Bpt before, On JUly 12, 2004?

Anyone remember the last game before the All-Star Break 2 yrs ago? Whoever won that game would have won the half. It had come down to this final game. It was pouring rain all day, the game NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED, but league officials drove in from all over the league to make sure the umpires did not call the game for weather. And it downpoured after the 5th inning, and they should have called the game then, but no, the Bluefish were winning that game, so they let it go on and on. And neither team could see the ball to field it, they could have broken arms or legs in conditions like that, but they played on….rain delay made it longer–and when did they call the game? After the Ducks tied it and the Bluefish failed to score in their half of the 9th….it was the stroke of midnight and the game was about to go to extra innings. At that point someone finally got smart and said it couldn’t go on…and so they declared “No Game” and they had to play it all over again a month later.

I’m sick of this crap, I really am. I hope we beat the crap outta LI this year. I don’t even care if we don’t win the championship, (although it would be nice) but more importantly, I WANT TO ELIMINATE THE DUCKS.

No offense to any Ducks fans, you guys are ok in my book. It’s the management of that team that just TICKS ME OFF! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Look out, Booster Babe is spitting mad!

13. Duck fan - September 16, 2006

Boosterbabe –It’s all about the $$$$$. Frank Boulton lost the revenue from Thursday nights rainout (which will be made up as a double header on Friday vs. Camden) so he wasn’t about to lose the gate and concession receipts from another game. Why don’t you try to get the Ducks to let you use their picnic area after the first game is over so you can have your food there and the Bluefish players can join your fan club for the meal.

14. BoosterBabe - September 16, 2006

That would be a great idea….except that the caterer is is affiliated with the Ferry and that’s where the food’s gonna be. Period, end of story. Let’s face it: we’re screwed.

When I read on the Ducks website that Friday night’s tix were good ONLY at Sunday’s 7:05 game, it suddenly became very clear to me what was going on. The almighty $$$. Well, the Booster CLub is gonna lose a truckload of almighty dollars on this deal- no one seems to care about that. Not to mention, all that wasted food.

It just makes me sick. Nice idea, though. Hey, if you’re there for the first game Sunday, come by and say hello. I’ll be the one spitting nails! LOL
Seriously, come say hello.

15. Fausto Gabon - September 16, 2006

I hate to step on a good rant, but how about the Duck fans holding rained out tickets, who will miss a game without the day/night? Explain that to the mom with two kids who wore their Quackers all week in anticipation. If anybody came to the Fish games, you’d understand.

Don’t complain about league favoritism either, you are going to catch a big break by not having to play the RW game called earlier this month. Don’t tell me about “no playoff implications”, I’m sure the other playoff teams would love to give their pitching staffs a day off. Why don’t you play Monday the 25th, just for the sake of competetive balance. The Roadies might take you about twelve innings, leave you spent, and take you right out of the hunt.

Like they did last year.

16. Fausto Gabon - September 16, 2006

“Like they did last year.”

I meant 2004, but you knew that.

17. BoosterBabe - September 16, 2006

The kids with their noisemakers are not my problem. And there are other games at home in the next week or so they could go to.

I have a club to run. Every time we’ve tried to do any thing for the players this year, it gets rained out or otherwise derailed. This was the last chance we had and it’s gone. Not to mention all the money we’re losing on food no one’s gonna eat.

And it is favoritism, plain and simple. You know it, I know it, and anyone who denies it is either living under a rock or one of those eternally optimistic people who have absolutely no grip on reality.

18. Anonymous - September 16, 2006

There’s a Bridgeport attitude for ya! That’s the same kind of thinking that lets the media there call the Fish a “flagship franchise” with a straight face.

19. Fausto Gabon - September 16, 2006

Wow, even I thought that was harsh. Some truth to it, though.

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