The Long Island Ducks have officially completed the 2023 season, presented by Catholic Health, the franchise’s 23rd season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
The 2023 season featured a host of tremendous achievements, accolades and milestones, both on and off the field. These accomplishments included:
- For the third consecutive season, the Ducks led all MLB Partner Leagues in total attendance (302,244) and led the Atlantic League in average (4,650) attendance. Long Island has now welcomed an Atlantic League record 8,897,190 fans through the gates of Fairfield Properties Ballpark since the inaugural 2000 season. Additionally, the Ducks increased their total attendance and average attendance for a second consecutive season. The Ducks expect to host their milestone 9 millionth fan during the 2024 season.
- The Ducks hosted seven past-capacity crowds. Long Island has now welcomed 706 sold out crowds all-time, which is also an Atlantic League record. The Ducks reached the 700-sellout milestone on June 10th when a crowd of 6,082 enjoyed the team’s 12-10 win over the York Revolution.
- A 16th Atlantic League playoff berth in franchise history, all of which have come in the past 19 seasons, dating back to 2004. Long Island has also reached the playoffs in seven of their past eight seasons.
- Winning the 2023 First Half North Division championship, thereby clinching a postseason berth on the final day of the half. It marked Long Island’s eighth first half title in franchise history and first since 2021. It was the team’s 17th half season crown all-time.
- The Ducks became the winningest franchise in Atlantic League history. Long Island’s 13-11 win at York on June 17th was the 1,581st in team history, moving them past the Somerset Patriots for the most victories by any franchise in the Atlantic League’s 25-year history. The Ducks then earned their milestone 1,600th win on July 27th against the Spire City Ghost Hounds.
- Robert Stock made history on July 18th at Southern Maryland, becoming just the second pitcher in Ducks history to throw a no-hitter. He allowed just three walks while striking out six and threw 110 pitches, 64 of which were strikes. Stock joined Rod Henderson, who accomplished the feat on May 25, 2001, on Long Island against the Atlantic City Surf, as the only two Ducks to throw no-hitters. He also became just the sixth pitcher in Atlantic League history to toss an individual no-hitter.
- Alex Dickerson was named the 2023 Team MVP, presented by Delmonte-Smelson Jewelers. The six-year MLB veteran finished in the Atlantic League’s Top 10 in batting average (.314), home runs (26), RBIs (91), total bases (231), slugging percentage (.576) and OPS (.965).
- Winning the “Battle of the Belt”, the annual rivalry series between the Ducks and Staten Island FerryHawks. After splitting the title in 2022, Long Island scored a 15-7 victory in the season series against their in-state rivals. The Ducks won their final six games against the FerryHawks and five of the seven series between the two teams.
- Five members of the 2023 Ducks had their contracts purchased by Major League organizations or foreign professional leagues. They included right-hander pitcher Brett Kennedy (Cincinnati Reds, Triple-A Louisville), infielder Daniel Murphy (Los Angeles Angels, Triple-A Salt Lake), infielder Adeiny Hechavarria (Kansas City Royals, Triple-A Omaha), right-handed pitcher Stephen Woods Jr. (Fubon Guardians, Chinese Professional Baseball League) and infielder Tzu-Wei Lin (TSG Hawks, Chinese Professional Baseball League).
- Seven Ducks alumni played in the Major Leagues in 2023. They included right-handed pitchers Brett Kennedy (2022-23), who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, Matt Carasiti (2022), who pitched with the Colorado Rockies, Michael Tonkin (2019, ’21), who pitched for the Atlanta Braves, and Jose Cuas (2018-19, 2021), who pitched with the Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs, as well as left-handed pitchers Rob Zastryzny (2021), who pitched with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sean Nolin (2019), who pitched for the Miami Marlins, and Rich Hill (2015), who pitched for the Pirates and San Diego Padres.
- Nine Ducks alumni were selected to the Atlantic League’s Silver Anniversary Team, the most of any league franchise. The ALPB celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2023 by choosing 25 elite former players to comprise the team and commemorate the league’s first quarter century. Ducks alumni chosen included Tim Cain (2006-07), Ray Navarrete (2006-13), Francisco Morales (2000-02), Luis Rodriguez (2004), Victor Rodriguez (2009), John Brownell (2012-18), Bryant Nelson (2007-08, 2012-13), Jon Hunton (2011-12) and Lew Ford (2009, 2011-23).
- Several additions to the ballpark enhanced the fan experience. These included a brand new HD DuckVision video board, featuring advanced graphics and animations from Visua/VirtCh, the addition of four cameras around the ballpark to improve all Ducks game broadcasts and a brand new sound system that improved amplification, public address and the promotional experience.
The 2024 season of Long Island Ducks baseball will arrive in no time! 2024 season ticket plans and sponsorships are now available, with mini plans, group tickets, birthday party packages and individual tickets going on sale at a later date. For season ticket or sponsorship information, or to learn how you can get involved with the Ducks, please call (631) 940-3825 or visit LIDucks.com.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8.5 million fans have enjoyed the Ducks brand of affordable, fun entertainment at Fairfield Properties Ballpark since inception in 2000. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season in 2023, the Atlantic League is Major League Baseball’s first Professional Partner League, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,200 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 45 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks throughout its 25-year history. Please visit AtlanticLeague.com.