Justin Davies sent a message to our blog earlier today about this honor,
"Honestly. I'm a bit speechless at this point. This is truly an honor. Something that I never imagined when I first started with them and even when I retired. Not only to have my number retired at all but for it to be the very first number is amazing. There have been so many great players that have come through the organization during an after my career. All that I can say is I'm extremely honored and appreciative of this."
Davies was one of the most recognizable and electrifying players in Ducks history was. For the first six years of the Ducks existence he was the face of the franchise and a leader in the club house.
A native of West Babylon, he we a 23rd Round Pick (681st overall) in the 1998 MLB Amateur Draft of the Toronto Blue Jays.
In 2000, after he was released by the Blue Jays he was signed by the Ducks, and was the table-setter on the 2004 Atlantic League Championship team with his speed and patience at the plate, which also earned him playoff MVP honors.
His hard work, dedication on the field; and personality, and fan interaction off of it made him a fan favorite not only on Long Island but around the Atlantic League.
When he retired from the Ducks in 2006, he held many records including hits, runs scored, stolen bases, and games played.
One name was been synonymous with the Long Island Ducks over the last decade is Ray Navarrete. His big smile, grit and flair have made him a fan favorite not only on Long Island but around the league.
Navarrete, a native of New Jersey was signed as unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000 after completing a stellar career at Seton Hall University. He played five years in the Pirates organization before being traded to the Houston Astros organization.
In 2006, Navarrete signed with the Mets organization and was assigned to Triple A-Norfolk.
In July of 2006, he signed with the Ducks and has been a main stay for the Ducks ever since.
Navarrete became the Ducks All-Time Hits leader in 2011, and was named Atlantic League MVP in 2009. He also helped lead the Ducks to two Atlantic League Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Not only has Navarrete become a fan favorite on the field but he's a successful entrepreneur off of it with DIGMI.
Both players are extremely deserving of this honor and I'm proud to say I know both of them.
Davies #4 will be tired on Friday, June 19th, and Navarrete's #16 will be retired on Sunday, August 16th.
By: Corey Mansfield