The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the re-signing of ex-major league infielder Steve Lombardozzi for the upcoming season.
This is Lomardozzi’s third season in ALPB and the 13th year of professional baseball.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Long Island,” Lombardozzi said on LIDucks.com. “I had a great experience last year, and it was awesome winning the championship. Wally (Backman) is a great manager and fun to play for. I’m looking forward to working on my craft and getting better as a ballplayer but also continuing what we did last year as a team. I love to compete and love to win.”
Lombardozzi played in 74 contests with the Ducks during the 2019 season, batting .262 while posting a .346 on-base percentage. He also had two home runs, 33 RBI, 36 runs, 72 hits, 13 doubles, two triples and four stolen bases.
Defensively, the switch-hitter spent time at second base, third base, and shortstop, committing just four errors for a .985 fielding percentage. The 31-year-old Lombardozzi enjoyed a solid postseason, batting .313 with 10 hits, seven RBI, three runs and two walks while recording back-to-back multi-RBI games to begin the playoffs and earning at least one hit in every tilt during the Atlantic League Championship Series against Sugar Land.
Prior to joining the Ducks, the Pennsylvania resident played six seasons in the Major Leagues, including three with the Washington Nationals (2011-13) and one apiece with the Baltimore Orioles (2014), Pittsburgh Pirates (2015) and Miami Marlins (2017).
In 291 MLB games, Lomardozzi registered a .260 batting average with five long balls, 52 RBI, 75 runs, 33 two-baggers, five triples and 10 base thefts. The St. Petersburg College (Fla.) alum two straight MiLB.com Organization All-Star selections in 2010 and 2011.
He also posted a .367 batting average and a .401 on-base percentage over 40 Atlantic League games with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2016 before the Nationals purchased his contract, the same organization that selected him in the 19th round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft.
— Jerry Del Priore