Tag: Toronto Ducks

HOF’s Lapi Turns 47

Mike ‘Dinosaur’ Lapi, who was only inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year, is celebrating his 47th birthday today.

The 11-time All-Star and four-time MVP was inducted into the hall as a member of the Chicoutimi Cinquantes, but also played for Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Richmond, California, Ohio and New York. Continue reading “HOF’s Lapi Turns 47”

Toronto Ducks Sold, Get New Name

The Toronto Ducks have completed a sale and the club will now be known as the Toronto Nomads, it has been announced today.

Hazel Dell, a former Ducks player from 1991-2001, who was inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame in 2009, has owned the team since his retirement, but recently completed a sale to a Mississauga-based consultancy, with Tom “Razor” Blade as the new club president. Continue reading “Toronto Ducks Sold, Get New Name”

Toronto, Jacksonville Confirm Swap

The Toronto Ducks have released a statement confirming the trade of 27-year-old minor league RF Hugh Lambert, 31-year-old RHP Shigenobu Takahashi, a 1st round draft pick and a 3rd round draft pick to the Jacksonville Ravens for 24-year-old 3B Jose Torres. The deal was finalized today.

Lifetime Lambert has hit for a .257 average and totaled 335 hits, 29 home runs and 146 RBIs.

In 103 career games, Torres has put up a .260 average, collected 17 doubles, 3 triples, and 8 home runs, driven in 40 runs, and scored 34 times.

Superstar SP Inks Deal with Ducks

Media analysts hailed Toronto’s signing of Knuckles Malone, one of Bull Baseball League’s brightest stars, as a pivotal move.

Ducks starter Knuckles Malone signed a 9 year extension worth a whopping $225 million
Ducks starter Knuckles Malone signed a 9 year extension worth a whopping $225 million

While the deal is certain to raise a few eyebrows, Malone is expected to earn every bit of the $224,950,000 promised him over 9 years.

In his career Malone has a 10-4 won-lost record with a 1.46 ERA. He had a promising start to 2016, going 3-0 with all his wins coming on shutouts, until he was sidelined with an injury on June 23, with a torn meniscus, which ended his season early.

Some critics have said the contract extension is putting too much faith in the starting pitcher, who has yet to prove himself after initially winning a Rookie of the Year award in 2015.

Wellington Fired up over Signing of SS Lee

News of contract negotiations between Pung-cho Lee and Wellington spread like wildfire as the two sides moved ever closer to a deal yesterday.

When it was announced this morning, the city was abuzz with excitement as the young phenom was welcom

Former Toronto Ducks SS Pung-cho Lee has signed with the Wellington Dukes in the BOL
Former Toronto Ducks SS Pung-cho Lee has signed with the Wellington Dukes in the BOL

ed into the fold.

Lee played 2016 with the Toronto Ducks in the Bull League, hitting .225 with 4 runs and 4 RBIs after he joined following a trade from Denver, where he had been hitting .263 with 21 runs and 6 steals in 32 games.  He was released by the Ducks to make room on the roster at the end of the Bull League regular season, and looked to the Southern Hemisphere to continue to develop his baseball career in the BOL.

It took a 3-year deal worth $7,650,000 to land him, in one of the most expensive Free Agent signings in the Bull Oceanic League to date.

Ducks Make Big Offer to Kareem

The Toronto Ducks are rumored to have made a big offer to star catcher Gula Kareem, whose contract expires at the end of this season.

The South African phenom originally joined the organization as an international free agent in 2012, playing his first year in 2013. He has been platooned at the catcher position, most recently with Hong-ryul Oh, the Korean veteran, since joining the team, but this year took a more active role as the starter while home run hitter Oh was moved to the DH for much of the year.

Kareem has struggled to break out, and many feel he hasn’t been worth the salt that’s been paid for him – his first year contract was $3.4 million, and for 2016 he won an arbitration contract of $4.95 million. But this year his numbers have been more productive, including double-digit homers.

Scouts have referred to his fielding as “inconsistent” but the Ducks are rumored to have offered over $6 million for his continued services through 2017.

Ducks are rumored to be talked contract extension with star catcher Kareem
Ducks are rumored to be talked contract extension with star catcher Kareem