Batters up
LI Ducks during a practice session at Bethpage Ballpark last year.

Photo courtesy of Long Island Ducks

Batters up

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
3/29/2018


ISLIP TOWN—The Long Island Ducks are holding an open player tryout for the first time in over 15 years at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip on Saturday, April 14 at 9 a.m. 

Position players must report to the ballpark no later than 8:30 a.m., while pitchers are required to report at 10 a.m. Attendees should provide their career statistics and must supply their own wooden bats and baseball gloves. 

Ducks hopefuls will showcase their skills through a series of drills and a 60-yard dash. Coaches and representatives will be on hand to evaluate participants.

“We look forward to welcoming aspiring members of the team to the ballpark,” said Long Island Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff. “Everyone will have an opportunity to show their skills to our staff in attendance with a shot at a spring training invite and ultimately, a shot on the Ducks’ active roster.”

Manager Kevin Baez, hitting coach Lew Ford and pitcher Rob Rodgers will also be in attendance, according to their press release. 

There is an administration fee of $95 to participate in the tryouts ($110 on the day of the event). The professional baseball club, which plays with the Atlantic League, recommends reserving spots in advance. Those chosen by the coaching staff will be invited to partake in an on-field scrimmage following the tryout. 

The Ducks had a 73-67 record last year, finishing third in the Liberty Division and losing, 4-3, in the championship series. 

The team announced last week the signing of right-handed pitcher Matt Marsh, marking his second season with the Ducks and fifth in professional baseball. 

“Matt did a terrific job for us late in the year, both out of the bullpen and as a spot-starter,” said Pfaff. “We’re excited to have him back on the staff again this season.”

The New York Yankees originally signed Marsh, 26, as an undrafted free agent in 2014. 

Participants next month must be 18 years or older to try out. Cleats/spikes are only to be worn while on the field, while players must be prepared to wear sneakers/turf shoes prior to reaching the field. 

To register, contact Michelle Jensen during normal business hours at 631-940-3825 or info@liducks.com.