The Long Island Ducks?
AFTER JOSE OFFERMAN attacked an opposing pitcher who
hit him in an Atlantic League game last week, the reaction of most fans was
shock: Jose Offerman is still playing baseball?!? Yes, the 38-year-old plies
his trade for the Long Island Ducks, who have become a refuge for ex--big
leaguers. The Ducks, an independent team, have 13 of them, including Edgardo
Alfonzo and Carl Everett. The marquee names—Pete Rose Jr. is also on the
team—help with the gate; the team averages a league-best 6,071 fans. But it's
not about money: The average Duck makes about $2,100 a month. "They're
playing to be free agents to all major league teams," says Ducks G.M.
Michael Pfaff. "It's a pretty good deal." Indeed, more than 40 Ducks
have signed with big league organizations since 2000, including a few—Carlos
Baerga and Bill Pulsipher—who got back to the show.