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Ducks Respond: I spoke with Long Island Ducks general manager Mike Pfaff Thursday. We talked about the players absence from Sunday’s scheduled autograph session.

Pfaff said the players were protesting against the Ducks’ front office and the league office for having to wait out a 2 hour, 24 minute rain delay the night before. Once the game, which stopped in the top of the ninth with the Ducks ahead by two, resumed, it took six minutes to complete. The decision to not come out and sign autographs had nothing to do with the fans.

Pfaff said that he too was not happy that his staff had to be there until 1 a.m. He said the decision to wait out the rain — which looked like it was never going to end on the radar — was completely on the umpires. The players, however, thought the front office had something to do with it.

As far as autograph Sunday’s, he said that all players, in their contract, have to take part in the event. I have heard of players not showing up for it, and most of the time, they’ve been suspended, fined, etc. – Scott Stanchak

Brownlie Pitches Well For Harrisburg: Last night in Trenton, with over 50 friends and family members looking on, former Newark Bears P Bobby Brownlie pitched his first game in New Jersey since his last start with the Bears on July 19th against Bridgeport.

Now with the Harrisburg Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, the Eastern League All-Star and first ballot inductee into the Good Guy Hall of Fame pitched six strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six.

He left the game with the score 1-1, and did not factor in the decision.

Before the game, I asked Harrisburg pitching coach Rick Tomlin about Brownlie, and here’s what he had to say…

“He’s an experienced guy, he’s been around a little bit,” Tomlin said.

“He knows how to pitch, he’s a veteran guy. He’s a pleasure to be around. Any time you’ve got guys who’ve been around a little bit that are good guys and know what the game is all about, they’re a pleasure to be around.”

One of the big issues for Brownlie throughout his career has been his velocity. I asked Tomlin if he had worked with the former Rutgers standout in that department…

“If I could teach guys how to gain velocity, I’d be the richest human being in the free world,” he joked.

“He is what he is, he pitches well. He’s a guy that’s got three average pitches, average Major League pitches, and he’s a grinder. He’s not going to blow you away with stuff, but he can pitch. He’s got to mix all three of his pitches. Velocity’s irrelevant, because he’s got command to move the hitter forward and backward, and when he does that he’s very successful.”

For video of Brownlie warming up last night, check this out. – Mike Ashmore


1. Anonymous - August 22, 2008

Scott, thanks for getting the Ducks to finally comment on this. Did Pfaff happen to mention which Ducks players have been suspended for not signing? We all know the answer to that. Maybe they should make the fines a more unreasonable amount, like $500-$1000 instead of $50-$150, then you will see the players come out.

2. Scott Stanchak - August 22, 2008

No, we didn’t go into that. That part of the story was going off experience and knowledge of past incidents.

3. Anonymous - August 22, 2008

Mike Pfaff was incorrect on one thing, the incident DID have something to do with the fans.

The Ducks players were attempting to retaliate against management even though the front office had nothing to do with the rain delay decision.

To do so, the players were trying to create dissatisfaction among those fans who turned out for the planned autograph session.

Some autograph seekers are rude, but what the Ducks players did was ridiculous. They were attempting to use the fans – some of them kids – as pawns in a dispute with management.

If the Ducks players were really that annoyed with the front office, they should have refused to show up for batting practice and left the fans out of it.

4. Anonymous - August 22, 2008

The Ducks don’t care if the fans were dissapointed or upset, they were already in the gate and they had their money for the tickets. If the players wanted to hurt the front office, they should have refused to come out for the game. It would have resulted in a forfeit and the Ducks would have had to either refund the $ to the fans or give them free tickets to another game thus preventing them from selling that seat to someone else.

5. Anonymous - August 22, 2008

Ducks sign former Barnstormer inf Juan Francia.

6. Anonymous - August 22, 2008

so the players should have come out for the autograph session and not come out for the game? Yeah, that wouldn’t have affected the fans at all.

7. Anonymous - August 22, 2008

Obviously the players’ ploy worked since it pissed off everybody, from owner to fans. And it’s had people throughout the league talking about it all week. And no one got harmed. So, they didn’t sign autographs for one day. Is it really such a big deal? no one left the ballpark because of it. There are worse things in life than worrying about not getting the autograph of a minor league ballplayer. If it really pisses anyone off, then boycott the team for the rest of the season.

8. Anonymous - August 23, 2008

Nook Logan does not have a dislocated shoulder. It popped back in last night and now he is classified as a bruised shoulder and he is expected to only be out one week.

9. Anonymous - August 23, 2008

Ducks 9 game winning streak comes to an end on a P.J. Rose throwing error in the bottom of the 10th in Newark with a man on second. P.J. goes from hero (2 home runs, one in the top of the ninth to tie the game) to goat.

10. Anonymous - August 23, 2008

It was a good game in Newark last night. PJ shouldn’t have been playing third but he did have a good game at the plate. Decent pitching for a change. Outstanding defence on both side, especially LI’s centerfielder with two great catches and NB’s third baseman with some outstanding picks.

I do want to point out that after the 5 to 4 loss Carl Everett stayed on the field and signed autographs for anyone and everyone that wanted one. He was out there at least 10 minutes, maybe 15 and was walking off the field when the fireworks display started. (I’m not trying to get into the autograph debate but just wanted to state a fact.)


11. Anonymous - August 23, 2008

I really agre the post a few up, about if the autograph thing really bothers you that much then boycott the team for the rest of the season! Please listen to ths advice and stayhome if you hate it that much!!!!!

12. Anonymous - August 23, 2008

I sure no one left the ballpark because of it, but I had to try to explain to my two little guys who were extremely upset because they couldn’t get their favorite Ducks autographs that they were looking forward to doing all week.

13. Anonymous - August 24, 2008

That’s the problem with American society now. Everybody takes things for granted and expects things. Think about signing 500 autographs before playing a game. I’d think your hand would be sore from writing so much. Back in the old days, two of the biggest promotions the Mets held were Camera Day and Banner Day. On Camera Day, fans brought their camera (ones where you had to use film and then send it to be developed) you stayed in the stands and the players stood on the dirt around the field to let fans take their pictures. On banner day between games of the doubleheader, fans came in through one bullpen, walked around the dirt surrounding the field and out the other bullpen with homemade banners. That was exciting. Now people complain if they can’t get something that isn’t even guaranteed. Maybe the solution would be that the teams have each of the players sign about 5,000 autographs in the clubhouse during the season and then the club sells them in the souveneir shop.

14. Anonymous - August 24, 2008

the bottom line is this. the fans mean a lot to the players. the players love playing infront of a good crowd. brings them back to the glory days. but the owners are making a lot of money and the players should get a lot more then what they get. if most of the teams paid for free houseing which they do not then im sure they sould not have a problem with singing on sundays. and they dont pay for anything. so picture this make 2500 a month pay for your morgatge at home then pay to live while you play. trust me the players love the fans. the owners need to take care of the players a lot more. if a owner make 8 mill when all is said and done the players get nothing……former al player

15. Anonymous - August 24, 2008

hey former al player – if players would like to share in the profits for successful clubs, would they also like to be liable for any losses? I mean, since they feel like they should be partners and all…Because there are quite a few minor league teams that bleed red every year and I’d love to hear the what you had to say if players were given bills for things like electric and utilities on a ballpark if the team couldn’t pay. Just wondering. Does it work both ways?

16. Anonymous - August 24, 2008

I think the problem is certain fans seeking way to much from the player. Certain fans ruin a really nice thing. I have been to a few different stadiums and have witnessed some really rude fans seeking autographs. So if the player doesnt want to sign for you, then o well.
As it was written on here, if you dont like it then boycott the team.

17. Robert - August 25, 2008

The SOMD Blue Crabs released Curtis Pride today.

18. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

What’s going on with this blog? Its the 25th and this site hasent been updated since the 22nd! Come on buddy… Are u that busy??? I need my AL fix!

19. Anonymous - August 25, 2008

What’s going on with this blog? Its the 25th and this site hasent been updated since the 22nd! Come on buddy… Are u that busy??? I need my AL fix!

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