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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

JAY GIBBONS HEADED TO LI DUCKS



ML vet joins Long Island roster

(Central Islip, N.Y., June 16, 2008) – Long Island Ducks team officials today announced the signing of outfielder Jay Gibbons. The 31-year-old has spent the past seven seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, batting .260 in 779 big league games.

"Through our first 11 seasons, the Atlantic League has returned over 350 players back to affiliated organizations and 45 players to the Major Leagues," says Ducks Principal Owner and Atlantic League Founder/CEO Frank Boulton. "We’re hopeful Jay can help us win while proving that he's healthy and ready to contribute at the Major League level."

Gibbons made his big league debut with Baltimore in 2001, hitting 15 home runs while appearing in 73 games. His best season came in 2003, when he batted .277 with 23 homers and 100 RBI. Gibbons played in a career-high 160 games that year, and also clubbed 39 doubles. The Michigan native was originally selected by Toronto in the 14th round of the 1998 draft. He has played in 349 minor league contests, and owns a career .327 average with 287 RBI.

The Long Island Ducks play their home games at Citibank Park and are in their ninth season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. For further information, visit http://www.liducks.com/, or call (631) 940-3825.