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July 5, 2008 July 5, 2008

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Osborne Retires: (PR) Long Island Ducks team officials today announced that pitcher Donovan Osborne has retired from professional baseball. Osborne walks away after five starts for the Ducks this year, his third season with the club. The lefthander spent 15 years in the professional ranks, nine of them at the big league level.

“Donovan always handled himself with class and dignity as a member of our team,” says Ducks principal owner Frank Boulton. “We congratulate him on a tremendous career and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Osborne was a first round draft pick of St. Louis in 1990. He rose quickly through the ranks, making his Major League debut in 1992, and winning at least 10 games in each of his first two seasons with the Cardinals. His best year came in 1996, when he posted a 13-9 record for St. Louis, making 30 starts and compiling a 3.53 ERA. He established career highs, with 198.1 innings pitched and 134 strikeouts, and the National League batted just .254 against him. He appeared in three postseason games that year for the Cardinals, earning the win in Game Three of the National League Championship Series over the defending world champion Atlanta Braves.

Following his time with St. Louis, Osborne pitched for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. He appeared in nine games with New York in 2004, earning two wins. The following season, Osborne made his Ducks debut, making 10 starts. The southpaw notched two wins with a stingy 1.99 ERA in his first season with Long Island. Following two stints at the Triple-A level and a tour with the Bridgeport Bluefish, the veteran returned to the Ducks in 2007, anchoring the pitching staff with six victories.

The 39-year-old retires with a 49-46 career record in the majors and 4.03 ERA in 163 games. He won 31 games as a minor leaguer, appearing in 122 contests, 104 of them starts. He struck out 1,016 hitters and logged more than 1,500 innings in a career that spanned two decades.

NOTE: Osborne was 0-4 with a 8.14 ERA in five starts this season – MA


1. Anonymous - July 6, 2008

Hidalgo is expected to join the Ducks on Monday and Fonzie is expected to join them by the end of the week. While they keep bringing in these hitters (they’re 3rd best in hitting in the league) what they really need is starting pitchers (3rd worse in the league). I know this is easier said than done but they are constantly giving up 2-3 runs in the first two innings and are always trying to dig themselves out of the hole they dug.

2. Anonymous - July 6, 2008

I know this has been beaten to death on this site, but to see the vast difference in attendance, promotions/marketing and baseball operations between Bridgeport and Long Island is remarkable. I witnessed several games in Bridgeport at the end of June. They had listed the attendance in the 1200-1300 range but it actually was closer to 800-1000 range. The place was dead and lifeless and the fans, players and staff members looked like they didn’t want to be there. Then I attended the last 3 games on Long Island, where they set a new team record of 21000+ for a three game stretch (more people than Bridgeport had for the entire 10 games in their last homestand). The place was jumping. The fans were into it, the players provided good baseball and the staff were all walking around with smiles on their faces and were having fun and were creating a great family atmosphere. I honestly do not see the Bluefish surviving another year in Bridgeport.

-Fish/Ducks fan

3. Anonymous - July 6, 2008

agreed Fish/Ducks fan. Ive been to four of the parks in the league and i like what Lancaster has going on withtheir park but no experiences are like LI. they are something special.

4. Paul LeMay - July 6, 2008

Lancaster and Long Island are without a doubt the 2 best teams in the league as far as atmosphere at the park. I would put Lancaster slightly ahead,but both are great.

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