Slugger becomes third Duck signed by MLB organization in 2012

(Central Islip, N.Y., May 14, 2012) – The Long Island Ducks today announced that infielder Ryan Garko has been signed by the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He becomes the third Duck to be signed by a Major League organization this year (Mitch Canham, Cardinals and Mike Rivera, Red Sox).

“Ryan was a tremendous force in the middle of our lineup,” says Ducks manager Kevin Baez. “We are sad to see him go but wish him the best of luck with the Rays organization.”

Garko will report to Double-A Montgomery of the Southern League. While with the Ducks, the former Major Leaguer posted a .450 batting average, good for second in the Atlantic League, along with four home runs (tied for third in the league), and 16 RBI (tied for second in the league).

In addition, Garko led the league in on-base percentage (.535), was tied for second in hits (27), third in slugging percentage (.683) and tied for third in at-bats (41). In addition, outfielder Paul Karmas was traded to the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am Association to complete the trade for catcher Shawn Williams from March 30, 2012. Karmas appeared in three games with the Ducks and collected a RBI sacrifice fly.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit