Long Island Ducks

The Long Island Ducks are an American professional baseball team based on Long Island in the Suffolk County town of Central Islip, New York. The Ducks compete in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) as a member of the Liberty Division. The ALPB is an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They are the only team in the league to be based in New York. The Long Island Ducks played their first season in 2000, two years after the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball played its inaugural season in 1998. The Ducks' home ballpark has been Bethpage Ballpark since their inception in 2000. Throughout its history, the stadium has formerly been known as Suffolk County Sports Park (1999), EAB Park (2000-2001), and Citibank Park (2002-2009).[2] The "Ducks" name refers to Long Island's duck-farming heritage, which is further represented by the Big Duck ferrocement. The Big Duck is also located in Suffolk County in the hamlet of Flanders, New York.[3]

Long Island Ducks
Team logo Cap insignia
LeagueAtlantic League of Professional Baseball (Liberty Division)
LocationCentral Islip, New York
BallparkBethpage Ballpark
Year founded1998
League championships4 (2004, 2012, 2013, 2019)
Division championships8 (2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
ColorsGreen, orange, black, white
OwnershipFrank Boulton (Founder & CEO), Bud Harrelson (Owner), Seth Waugh (Owner)[1]
ManagerWally Backman
General ManagerMichael Pfaff

The Ducks set the independent league baseball single-season attendance record at the time by welcoming 443,142 fans during the 2001 season. This surpassed the previous record of 436,361 fans which the team had also set in 2000. The Ducks reached the 5 million fan mark in attendance in July 2011 and welcomed their Atlantic League record 6 millionth fan in mid-2014.

Bud Harrelson, a 1971 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, is a part-owner of the Ducks. He was the first manager of the team following a stint as the New York Mets manager.


Residents of Long Island anticipated the arrival of professional baseball for many years, until the Ducks' inaugural 2000 season. The New York Mets and the New York Yankees own the territorial rights to keep an affiliated team, Major or Minor League, from moving within a certain distance of their respective ballparks.

Baseball fans on Long Island enthusiastically support the Ducks, and the team has led the Atlantic League in attendance in 12 of their 14 seasons. In 2007, team owner Frank Boulton expressed his contentment with the Ducks to Baseball America saying, "The Long Island Ducks are the best thing I've ever done in baseball."[4]

Along with their success at the gate, the Ducks celebrated their first Atlantic League championship in 2004 when they defeated the Camden Riversharks in a three-game sweep to capture the Atlantic League Championship Series. Outfielder Justin Davies was named Championship Series Most Valuable Player. That summer, shortstop Kevin Baez was named the MVP of the Atlantic League All-Star Game, which was also held at Camden's Campbell's Field.

On Monday, November 10, 2009, the Ducks announced that former Major Leaguer and Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter would be the new manager for the 2009 season. That year, he led the Ducks to a 74-66 record along with the Second Half Liberty Division championship. It would be the sixth consecutive season that the Ducks reached the postseason. After Carter's passing in 2012, the Ducks honored his memory by dedicating the season to their former skipper and wearing a commemorative #8 patch on their uniforms all season long.

Former MLB All-stars Dontrelle Willis[5] and Ramon Castro[6] signed with the Ducks in 2013. Among the other former Major Leaguers on Long Island's roster in 2013 were Ben Broussard, Leo Rosales, Josh Barfield, Bill Hall, Bryant Nelson, Ian Snell and Lew Ford. Rich Hill played with the Ducks for part of the 2015 season before returning to the majors.

Éric Gagné attempted a comeback with the Ducks in 2017. First baseman Nate Freiman, pitcher Henderson Alvarez, outfielder Quintin Berry, and pitcher Tim Melville were four Ducks player during the 2017 season who had their contracts purchased by an MLB organization or foreign professional league.[7]

Logos and uniforms

The official colors of the Long Island Ducks are black, green, orange, and white. The primary logo features the "Ducks" wordmark in orange with black outline. The wordmark begins with a stylized, cartoon duck head in the form of a capital, cursive "D."

Since 2015, OC Sports has been the official on-field headwear of the Atlantic League.[8] The home caps are black throughout with the duck head logo centered on the front. The away caps are black with an orange brim and the duck head logo. The batting helmets are black with the webbed-foot logo.

The Ducks wear uniforms produced by Rawlings.

The home jersey is white with black pinstripes with the "Ducks" wordmark centered across the front. The numbering on the jersey is primarily in green with white outline and black drop shadow. The away jerseys are grey with the "Long Island" cursive wordmark centered across in green with white and orange outline. The numbering is in green with white outline and orange drop shadow. The alternate is an orange jersey with the "Ducks" word mark centered across the chest.

Season-by-season records

Long Island Ducks - 2004–2019[9]
Season W - L Record Winning Percentage Finish Playoffs
200082-58.5863rd in North DivisionDid Not Make Playoffs
200162-64.4921st in North DivisionDid Not Make Playoffs
200265-61.5162nd in North DivisionDid Not Make Playoffs
200367-59.5321st in North DivisionDid Not Make Playoffs
200465-61.5163rd in North Division5-1 (Won Championship)
200567-73.4791st in North Division1-2 (Lost Division Final)
200673-53.5792nd in North Division0-2 (Lost Division Final)
200772-54.5711st in North Division0-2 (Lost Division Final)
200871-69.5071st in Liberty Division0-2 (Lost Division Final)
200974-66.5291st in Liberty Division2-3 (Lost Division Final)
201070-68.5073rd in Liberty DivisionDid Not Make Playoffs
201178-47.6241st in Liberty Division4-4 (Lost Championship Series)
201263-74.4603rd in Liberty Division6-4 (Won Championship)
201363-77.4502nd in Liberty Division6-2 (Won Championship)
201473-67.5212nd in Liberty DivisionDid Not Make Playoffs
201580-59.5762nd in Liberty Division2-3 (Lost Division Final)
201672-68.5142nd in Liberty Division3-5 (Lost Championship Series)
201773-67.5213rd in Liberty Division3-4 (Lost Championship Series)
201868-57.5442nd in Liberty Division5-5 (Lost Championship Series)
201986-54.6141st in Liberty Division6-2 (Won Championship)
Totals (2000–2019)1424-1202.54214 Playoff Berths4 Championships
  • 4 Atlantic League Championships (2004, 2012, 2013, 2019)

Back-to-back championships

The Long Island Ducks won back-to-back Atlantic League championships in 2012 and 2013. They became the third consecutive team in Atlantic League history to win back-to-back league titles after the Somerset Patriots accomplished the feat in 2008 and 2009 and the York Revolution did so in 2010 and 2011. It was Long Island's second and third league championships, respectively, giving them the second-most titles in Atlantic League history behind Somerset's six.

The Atlantic League uses a split-season format to determine playoff berths. The league consists of two divisions with four teams each. The division winners in the first half play the division winners in the second half of the season in a five-game divisional playoff. Then, the first-round winners meet in a five-game championship series. As customary in split-season playoff formats, the winners of the first half division are guaranteed a playoff berth. If a team wins both halves, a wild card team is selected to compete in the playoffs against said team. The wild card team is the one with the best overall record, regardless of division, who has failed to win either half of its division.

In 2012, the Ducks won the First Half Liberty Division title with a 39–30 record. It marked the second consecutive season in which the Ducks won the first-half title and was their third-consecutive half-season division title. In the playoffs, they defeated the second-half winner Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in five games during the Liberty Division Championship Series and then upset the Lancaster Barnstormers, who had won a then-league record 88 games that year, in the Atlantic League Championship Series. Long Island rallied from 1–0 and 2–1 series deficits to win the series in five games on a walk-off bunt single by shortstop Dan Lyons in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Matt Esquivel as the winning run from third. For his efforts in Game Five, as well as his game-winning three-run triple in the ninth inning of Game Two, Lyons was named Championship Series Most Valuable Player.

In 2013, the Ducks successfully defended their Atlantic League championship to earn their second consecutive title. After failing to clinch a playoff spot in the first half, the Ducks won the Second Half Liberty Division title by a game and a half over the Bridgeport Bluefish, which guaranteed Long Island its third consecutive playoff berth and ninth in 10 years. The Ducks were helped by the late-season signing of former Major Leaguer Lew Ford, who had played in the Majors as recently as 2012 and had been released by the Baltimore Orioles in late August 2013. He had a hit in 16 of the 17 regular season games he participated in and went on to bat .412 in the playoffs.

In the postseason, the Ducks defeated the Blue Crabs for the third consecutive season in the Liberty Division Championship Series by sweeping the three-game series. Long Island won games one and two at home before claiming the series clincher in Southern Maryland. The Ducks went on to face the Somerset Patriots in the Atlantic League Championship Series after the Patriots swept the Sugar Land Skeeters, who had won a league record 95 games during the regular season, in the first round. Long Island defeated Somerset in the first two games at home while the Patriots took the next two games in their park, setting up a decisive game five at Somerset's TD Bank Ballpark. The Ducks won the game 6-4 with the help of a three-run home run in the top of the fourth by Ray Navarrete, giving the Ducks a 4–1 lead that they would never relinquish. In a league where player turnover is high, as it consists of players frequently being signed by Major League organizations, Navarrete played for the Ducks from 2006 to 2013. He was their longest tenured player and holds most of the team's offensive records. He had announced earlier in the season that the 2013 season would be his last in professional baseball, and hit his game-winning home run came in his final game as an active player. Right-handed starter John Brownell was named Championship Series Most Valuable Player after he earned wins in both Game One and the decisive Game Five, pitching into the ninth inning of the final game.

Ferry Cup

A rivalry that developed over the years was the one between the Ducks and their neighbors across the Long Island Sound, the Bridgeport Bluefish. An original member of the Atlantic League having been formed in 1998, they were based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The two teams contested the Ferry Cup from its inception in 2009 until 2017, when uncertainties over their home ballpark caused the Bluefish organization to cease operations. Despite being located in different states, the Sound reaches a mere 14 miles wide between the towns of Bridgeport and Port Jefferson. These towns serve as the endpoints for the ferry service operated by the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, the exclusive sponsor of the Ferry Cup since it was created. It was this method of transportation that both teams and many fans alike would take when visiting each other’s ballparks.[10]

The Ducks have claimed the Ferry Cup trophy five times (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016).[11]

As of July 2014, the rivalry sat at 138-137 with Bridgeport holding a slim advantage in the all-time series between the two teams.[12]


All games are broadcast over the Ducks' official YouTube channel, website and (beginning 2017) Facebook Live. For 2017, WRHU/88.7 serves as the radio home of the Ducks (replacing previous broadcaster WRCN-FM 103.9). Michael Polak, Chris King, and Andrew Weiss currently serve as the team's official broadcasters.


The Long Island Ducks' official mascot is an anthropomorphic duck named QuackerJack. He wears the Ducks' full home white uniform with green and white sneakers. He debuted on March 18, 2000 at then-Citibank Park.[13] His name alludes to a popular baseball game food produced by the Cracker Jack brand, and the quacking sound of a duck.


Long Island Ducks roster
Active (25-man) roster Coaches/Other









  • 20 Lew Ford (hitting)
  • 19 Rick Tomlin (pitching)

Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated December 7, 2019

Retired numbers

4 (Justin Davies)
Outfielder and franchise record holder for stolen bases. Retired on June 18, 2015
16 (Ray Navarrete)
Utility player and franchise record holder for runs, hits, home runs, RBI, and doubles. Retired on August 16, 2015
42 (Jackie Robinson)
Second baseman. Retired throughout professional baseball on April 15, 1997
3 (Bud Harrelson)
Part owner of Long Island Ducks 4x atlantic league champion. Retired on August 3, 2018


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  4. Baseball America's 2007 Independent organization of the year
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  8. Atlantic League information
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  12. "QuackerJack". Long Island Ducks. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
Preceded by
Long Island Ducks
Atlantic League Champions
Long Island Ducks

Succeeded by
Lancaster Barnstormers
Preceded by
Long Island Ducks
Liberty Division Champions
Long Island Ducks

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nashua Pride
North Division Champions
Long Island Ducks

Succeeded by
Nashua Pride
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