The Long Island Ducks announced today that the have signed former major league outfielder Lew Ford.

(Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

This will be Ford's fourth go-round on Long Island, having played for the Ducks in 2009, 2011, and 2012. He has a career .326 batting average with 24 home runs and 114 RBI in 183 games for the Ducks.

Earlier this week Ford was released by the Baltimore Orioles organization. Prior to to being released Ford had hit .231 with five home runs and 14 RBI between three levels in the Orioles organization this season.

Ford was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round (379th) of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft out of Dallas Baptist University. He played two seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization before he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 2000. On May 29, 2003 he made his major league debut going 1-for-1 with a base hit against the Seattle Mariners.  Ford played for the Twins from 2003-2007. He had his best season in 2004, when he hit 15 Home Runs, drove in 72 RBI and stole 20 bases. In 2012, Ford started the season with the Ducks, but was signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization midway through the season and eventually made it back the major leagues for the first time since 2007. He hit .183 with three home runs and four RBI in 25 games for the Orioles. Ford has a career .268 batting average with 35 home runs and 176 RBI in the major leagues.

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Rebuilding of a Keeper League Team - Part 3 - Webcast


 Here is my complete big board for tonight's draft!
Halfmoon Howl Helmet
My most important fantasy football draft is this weekend. It's the most important league to me because it was a keeper (or dynasty depending on your terminology) league I started in 2001, and is still going strong after 13 seasons. It's also the most competitive with owners keeping 17 players on a 22-man roster and drafting five new players each season. Yes! I realize this is a very deep league but it's also been the most exciting.

As I've stated in my previous post The Rebuilding Of  A Keeper League Team, Part 1 - The Draft, I currently hold the number pick in this year's draft and was extremely enamored with taking Bengal's running back Giovani Bernard with my first pick. However, I had second thoughts about it over the last few years especially with the emergence of Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh. Bell is "slated" to be the Steelers back of the future but hasn't been able to stay healthy during the pre-season. As I watched him leave Monday's pre-season game against Washington, I started to reconsider my second thoughts about not taking Bernard.

Here are my pre-rankings going into this weekends draft. Keep in mind my league is drafting mostly rookies and most of my rankings are based on necessity as opposed to the being the best player available.

  • 1. Giovani Bernard
  • 2. Le'Veon Bell
  • 3. Montee Ball
  • 4. Eddie Lacy
  • 5. Zac Stacy
  • 6. Marcus Lattimore
  • 7. Tavon Austin
  • 8. EJ Manuel
  • 9. Joseph Randle
  • 10. Knile Davis
  • 11. Mike Gillislee
  • 12. Vincent Brown
  • 13. Chrstine Michael
  • 14. DeAndre Hopkins
  • 15. Aaron Dobson
  • 16. Denard Robinson
  • 17. Johnathan Franklin
  • 18. Jordan Cameron
  • 19. Zach Sudfeld
  • 20. Zach Ertz
  • 21. Tyler Eifert
  • 22. Geno Smith
  • 23. Ryan Broyles
  • 24. Cordarrelle Patterson
  • 25. Robert Woods
  • 26. Blaine Gabbert
  • 27. Ed Dickson
  • 28. Matt Prater
  • 29. Josh Brown
Here are photos from the game between the Vermont Lake Monsters and Tri-City ValleyCats at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on August 20, 2013.

Tri-city won the game 2-1, behind a strong game from Ronnie Mitchell who went 2-for-3 with a RBI.

Beautiful day in Troy for a game!

Island Night Beach Party...

Craig Lefferts talks to Josh Miller before the game

ValleyCats stretching before the game

Lloyd Turner talks hitting with Boog Powell

Exchanging lineup cards

National Anthem

Andrew Thurman with the delivery

Boog Powell fouls one off

B.J. Boyd rounds first after ripping a base hit

Ryon Healy

Conrad Gregor

Ryan Huck

Ryan Huck takes a cut

Boyd takes a lead off third

Brett Booth tries to calm down Andrew Thurman

Josh Miller

Matt Stalcup left the game after only one inning for the Lake Monsters

D'Andre Toney

Ryon Healy

James Ramsay

Ramsay takes a lead off first, as Huck holds him on

A brush back pitch to Tyler White

James Ramsay gets picked off

The tag

Michael Martinez

Brett Booth

Josh Miller takes a swing

Tyler White with the throw to first

Xavier Macklin

Hunter Adkins

Josh Miller with a throw to second

Conrad Gregor rips a double

Gregor rounds first and digs for second

Brett Booth connects

Ryan Huck makes the play at first

Ronnie Mitchell

Boog Powell tries to lay down a bunt

Josh Miller makes the catch in fair territory

Ryan Huck
Mound meeting

Adrian Houser

Chad Pinder

Great night at "The Joe"

Outside shot of the field at night

Another shot of the stadium

Joash Brodin has started his affiliated career on a good note with the Visalia Rawhide of the California League. The former Long Island Duck is hitting .333 with a an RBI and two runs scored in his first three games in Visalia. Brodin has been splitting time between first base and left field for the Rawhide.

Brodin chats with Ramon Castro during a game in June (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
Brodin had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization on August 14th after playing his entire career in independent baseball.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced today that Albany Dutchmen Coach Nick Davey has been named the 2013 PGCBL Coach of the Year. 

(Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
The Dutchmen finished the season with a 26-22 record, and made their first trip to the PGCBL Playoffs under Davey.

I spent many games in the Dutchmen dugout this season, but never got a chance to Nick, but all his players raved about how much of a great coach he was. He expected his players to play the game hard all the time. He never quit on his team, and his team never quit on him. On many occasions with his team trailing late in the game he would call them over to have a team meeting. The following inning the team would explode for runs and win the game.

Nick also kept the team focused through many rain outs, and mass exodus of players during the season.

Congratulations to Nick and his staff on a job well done!
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