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Cafiero Next To Do A Q&A: 1B Rob Cafiero, who will be returning to the Long Island Ducks for the 2007 season, will be the next Atlantic League personality to participate in a Q&A with atlanticleaguebaseball.com readers.

The former Phillies draft pick will be here on March 5th at 7PM.

A starter on my Good Guy team, The Punisher first joined the Atlantic League in 2003 as a member of the Road Warriors. After spending two seasons there, the Massapequa native joined the Ducks, where he saw a drastic reduction in playing time.

But he found a way to get on the field, making ten appearances on the mound last season, posting no record and a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings of work.

Would he return to the mound again? Who will be joining him on Long Island this season? What are his thoughts on the managerial change?

Don’t ask me, ask Rob — send your questions to mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com

Mark DiFelice, 2006 (M. Ashmore Photo)

DiFelice Goes To Camp: According to a reliable source, P Mark DiFelice, formerly of the Patriots and most recently with the Camden Riversharks, is headed to Spring Training with the Milwaukee Brewers.

DiFelice went 12-9 with a 3.19 ERA in 25 starts for Camden last season.

Almonte to the Cubs: Another source reports that P Hector Almonte, who had one of the best fastballs in the Atlantic League last season, has signed with the Chicago Cubs and is with them for Spring Training.

Almonte, always an interesting guy to speak with, was 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 15 saves last season. He left the team in the middle of the season to pitch for Monclova of the Mexican League, but purchased his own contract so that he could return later in the season.

Your Thoughts, Billy Joel: OF Darryl Brinkley, sadly of no relation to my childhood crush, Christie, has signed with the Northern League’s Calgary Vipers for the 2007 season.

Bluefish fans will remember the 38-year-old from the tail end of last season, where he hit .232 with one home run and three RBI in 12 games for Bridgeport.

February Off-Season Notebook: You won’t find any Atlantic League info in this one, but I’ve posted my February notebook which will run in tomorrow’s Hunterdon County Democrat. I’ll have plenty more Atlantic League stuff in the paper when I start my regular coverage in mid-March. For now, I needed to get in some quotes I picked up from my New York-Penn League coverage last season, I didn’t want to waste them. – Mike Ashmore



1. Fausto Gabon - February 22, 2007

“OF Darryl Brinkley….has signed with the Northern League’s Calgary Vipers for the 2007 season.

That’s a Pat Daneker signing, correct?

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 22, 2007

You “elipsised” over my Christie Brinkley comment! Bah!

And yes, Daneker is the DOPP over there.

3. qwackedup - February 23, 2007


Levittown’s Leek joins four returning Ducks for 2007

(Central Islip, N.Y., February 21, 2007) – Long Island Ducks team officials today announced the signing of some familiar faces that have played instrumental roles in the team’s recent run of postseason appearances. Pitchers Pat Ahearne and Tim Cain, along with infielder/pitcher Rob Cafiero and outfielder Kevin Haverbusch, will all rejoin the club for the 2007 season. Continuing the tradition of showcasing some of Long Island’s best homegrown ballplayers, the team also today announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Randy Leek.

Leek, born in Mineola and now a resident of Levittown, will play in his eighth professional season and first with the Ducks. The southpaw spent the 2006 season with Memphis (AAA, Cardinals) of the Pacific Coast League. In 2005, Leek finished second in the Texas League in wins, going 15-7 for Springfield (AA, Cardinals). For his career, Leek has compiled a 52-48 record and a 3.72 ERA.

Veteran right-hander Ahearne will enter his 16th season of professional baseball after finishing third in the Atlantic League in wins while pitching for the Ducks in 2006. Ahearne, whose career includes time at the major league level with the Detroit Tigers, had arguably his best season last year, setting the Ducks single season record for wins with a 12-4 record and 3.47 ERA in 115.2 innings of work. Ahearne’s impressive performance in his first summer with Long Island earned him the start in Game One of the Ducks postseason series against archrival Bridgeport. Over his long career, Ahearne has worked primarily as a starting pitcher, accumulating 114 career victories and a 3.95 ERA.

Tim Cain, the Atlantic League’s all-time wins leader, will also pitch his second season in a Ducks uniform in 2007. Cain worked in 25 games for the Ducks last season, six of them as a starter, posting a 5-4 record in 66.2 innings. The upcoming season will be the veteran’s 17th in professional baseball and 10th in the Atlantic League.

Massapequa Park native Cafiero will suit up for his third season with the Ducks, and sixth at the professional level. In 2006, Cafiero appeared in 42 games for Long Island at first base, batting .270 in 111 at-bats. He also saw time on the mound, hurling 16 innings and posting an ERA of 3.38.

Another native Long Islander, Kevin Haverbusch, batted .252 with nine home runs and 55 RBI with the Ducks in 2006. Fans’ favorite memory of the Massapequa resident will surely be his three-run homer on July 10 of last year, which helped the team clinch the first half North Division title.

The Long Island Ducks play their home games at Citibank Park and are entering their eighth season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. For further information, visit http://www.liducks.com, or call 631-940-3825.

4. Chuckerd58 - February 23, 2007

This is for any of the Lancaster folks. I will be visiting the area in August,i plan to check out a game. My question is,Should i purchase tickets when they first go on sale,or,will i be able to purchase tickets the day of the game? any help whould be appreciated.

5. Amy - February 23, 2007

Shouldnt be sold out unless its a fireworks night you are planning to see. Most games are not sold out but if you have a specific place you want to be..you may want to get your tix beforehand. I would suggest that if you dont want to get stuck sitting out on the lawn/berm you get tickets before. The steepness of the lawn is very difficult to sit on out there!

6. Chuckerd58 - February 25, 2007

Sorry it took so long to repond,but Thank You Amy for the info,i probably will get the tickets when they go on sale.

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