The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the signing of former Major League outfielder Daniel Fields, who also played on their 2019 Atlantic League champion team, per the Ducks’ Twitter account,
A Detroit Tigers’ sixth-round selection of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft, Fields went on to play five seasons in their minor league system before he reached the Major Leagues with his hometown Tigers in 2015.
Fields slugged 14 longballs, 36 RBI, 44 runs, 10 doubles and 11 stolen bases in 89 games with Long Island during the 2019 campaign.
“Daniel has a power bat, a terrific glove, and runs the bases well,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He has helped our team achieve success in each of the past two seasons, and we look forward to welcoming him back to Long Island.”
The 30-year-old helped lead the Ducks to a Liberty Division championship in 2018 as well. He compiled a .267 batting average with nine homers, 40 RBI, 48 runs, 21 doubles, three triples, and 12 stolen bases across 96 contests.
A veteran of 11 professional baseball season, Fields said he is chomping at the bit to return to the diamond once again after missing last year due to COVID-19.
“I can’t wait to step back on the field and defend the title,” Fields said with enthusiasm. “This has, by far, been the longest I’ve gone without playing baseball, so I’m excited to put the Ducks uniform on again and play in front of the great fans we have.”
In addition to his pro baseball playing career, Fields is the owner of All Fields Hitting Baseball Academy in Southfield, Mich.
— Jerry Del Priore