The Long Island Ducks announced today that they have signed former major league utility man Bill Hall, and brought back pitcher Bob Zimmerman.
Bill Hall played in 1053 major league baseball games during his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, and Baltimore Orioles. The native of Nettleton, Mississippi has a career .248 batting average with 125 home runs and 440 RBI.
Hall started the 2013 season with the Los Angeles Angels' Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake City, but was released on May 18th after starting the season with a .164 batting average.
Bob Zimmerman returns for his third season with the Ducks. Last season he was used mostly as a starting pitcher and posted a 6-10 record with a 4.35 in 176 innings pitched.
Zimmerman was originally drafted by the Anahiem (Los Angeles) Angels in the 4th round (120th overall) of the 2003 Major League Draft out of Missouri State University. He's spent time in the Los Angeles Angels, Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals organizations, as well in the Atlantic League with York and Newark (now in Can-Am League).
The Ducks also traded first baseman Murray Watts to El Paso of the American Association and released Royce Ring and Gabe Suarez.
Bill Hall was always one of my favorite players. He played hard and played anywhere his team needed him to play. In 2006, he hit 35 home runs...something I hope he get back to doing with the Ducks. I'm also glad to see "Zimm" back with the Ducks. He always played hard for the Ducks, and took the ball whenever they needed him to.