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Long Island Ducks Add Former MLB Lefty

Gustavo Chacin signs with the Flock

On March 26, the Long Island Ducks announced the signing of pitcher Gustavo Chacin. The former Major Leaguer begins his first season in the Atlantic League and 14th in professional baseball.

“Gustavo brings a tremendous amount of Major League experience to our rotation,” says Ducks President/General Manager Michael Pfaff. “We are excited to see him on the mound this season.”

Chacin joins the Ducks having spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros. He made his Major League debut on Sept. 20, 2004 at Yankee Stadium, tossing seven innings and earning the win in a 6-3 victory over the Yankees. The left-hander’s best year came in 2005 with Toronto when he went 13-9 with a 3.72 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 34 games (all starts), earning a fifth place finish in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. Overall, the 31-year-old has a 27-17 record with a 4.23 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 102 Major League contests (58 starts).

The Venezuela native is a veteran of 259 minor league games (150 starts) and has a 65-53 career record with a 4.23 ERA. His best season came in 2004 when he combined to go 18-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 27 games (all starts) with Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Syracuse, earning his first Major League call-up. That season, he was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Year and Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Player of the Year. Chacin was originally signed by the Blue Jays as an undrafted free agent in 1998.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. Opening Day is May 4. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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