Big Names Flock To The Atlantic League…

While there’s still over a month to go before the 2010 Atlantic League season gets underway, several big name players have already signed deals with various clubs around the league.  Let’s take a look at a few of the standouts…

Long Island Ducks – Sidney Ponson, P

The controversial starter is arguably the biggest name to have agreed to a deal in the Atlantic League so far, and it’s no surprise it’s with the Long Island Ducks, who’ve hosted more than their fair share of infamous players in their history with varying degrees of success.  The troubled 33-year-old enters his 17th season as a professional and first outside of affiliated baseball.

On the field, he’s best known as a Baltimore Oriole, but he’s also pitched for the Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Rangers and most recently, the Royals.  He has a big league record of 91-113, complete with 5.03 ERA, in 298 appearances.

Off the field, Ponson has been arrested several times; once in Aruba for allegedly assaulting a judge and once in Baltimore for a DWI.  He has also been banned from international play after testing positive for Phentermine during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

York Revolution – Matt Riley, P

Riley was drafted in the third round of the 1997 draft by the Baltimore Orioles, and quickly emerged as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball.  He debuted in the big leagues with the Orioles just two seasons later, but his first Tommy John surgery delayed his return to the show until 2003.  After being dealt to the Rangers, he needed two more Tommy John surgeries and last appeared with the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate in 2008.  According to Jim Seip, Riley missed all of 2009 after having his shoulder cleaned out.

Outside of his talent, Riley is likely best known for his temper.  He was widely labeled as immature, and I can vividly remember witnessing him throw a temper tantrum and spiking his glove into the ground in person during batting practice before a 1999 game in Trenton when he was a member of the Bowie Baysox.

Newark Bears – Fernando Seguignol, 1B/OF

Seguignol, 35, is best known for a four-year stint with the Montreal Expos between 1998-2001.  He last played in the big leagues in 2003 with the New York Yankees.  The Panamanian-born switch hitter enjoyed great success in Japan, setting a record for most home runs by a switch hitter in a season in 2004 (44). 

Long Island Ducks – Dustan Mohr, OF

The 33-year-old outfielder has played with the Twins, Giants, Rockies, Red Sox and Rays at the big league level, and spent all of his 2009 season with Wichita of the American Association.  Mohr has appeared in 504 MLB games, and is a career .249 MLB hitter with 49 home runs and 156 RBI.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


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