The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the re-signing of six-year major league veteran infielder Steve Lombardozzi for the 2021 season, the team posted on LIDucks.com.
Due to (ALPB) the canceling of the 2019 campaign because of COVID-19, Lombardozzi said he is thrilled to return to Suffolk County and can wait to hit the diamond with his teammates and defend Long Island’s league title. Plus, play for skipper Wally Backman and the Ducks.
“I’m excited to sign back with Long Island and compete with my teammates for another championship,” Lombardozzi said. “Wally is a great manager and fun to play for. After this past year, I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the field to play ball. Michael Pfaff and the organization have been great to me, and I’m thankful for them bringing me back.”
The 32-year-old batted .262 with two home runs, 33 RBI, 36 runs, 72 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, and a .346 on-base percentage in 74 games with Long Island in 2019.
Defensively, Lombardozzi spent time at second base, third base, and shortstop, committing just four errors and totaling a .985 fielding percentage.
But it was during the postseason where the switch-hitter excelled, lacing .313 with 10 hits, seven RBI, three runs, and two walks. He registered at least one hit in all five contests during the Atlantic League Championship Series against Sugar Land, en route to helping the Ducks clinch their fourth league title.
“Steve was an important part of our championship-winning club in 2019,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He has a tremendous amount of experience and success in the game, which will be a valuable asset to our team.”
Lombardozzi has played 12 years of professional baseball, spending parts of three seasons with the Washington Nationals (2011-13) and one each with the Baltimore Orioles (2014), Pittsburgh Pirates (2015), and Miami Marlins (2017).
In 291 MLB games, the Pennsylvania resident had posted a .260 batting average, five dingers, 52 RBI, 75 runs, 33 doubles, and five triples.
The St. Petersburg College alum slugged.367 and a tallied a .401 on-base percentage in the Atlantic League with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2016, promoting the Marlins to pick up his contact.
The Nationals selected Lombardozzi in the 19th round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft.
— Jerry Del Priore
(Photo: Long Island Ducks Baseball).