Today, the Long Island Ducks announced that they have added a former big-league bat to the fold in outfielder Daniel Fields, who reached the Major Leagues with his hometown Detroit Tigers in 2015, going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
The 31-year-old begins his fourth season with the Ducks, fifth in the Atlantic League and twelfth in professional baseball, brining leadership and a solid bat to the club. Fields is the sixth former major leaguer to join the team so far this off-season.
“Daniel has been a consummate professional throughout his time us,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He is a leader in our clubhouse and has done a terrific job on the field. We are happy to welcome him back.”
In 2021, Fields slugged .299 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 77 games and also earned Atlantic League Player of the Month honors for July after leading the league with a .417 batting average.
Field has spent three campaigns on Long Island, batting .266 with 35 home runs, 124 RBI, 128 runs, 216 hits, 43 doubles, seven triples and 28 stolen bases. He has also played in 15 postseason tilts with the Ducks, totaling 12 hits, two homers, nine RBI, seven runs and seven walks. His efforts have helped lead Long Island to three division titles as well as the 2019 Atlantic League championship.
In addition to his one-game MLB performance with Detroit, he has reached the Triple-A level with the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.
The Tigers originally selected Fields in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB amateur draft.
Completely healthy now, Field is chomping at the bit to hit the diamond again and bring home another title to Central Islip, N.Y.
“I’m very excited to get back on the field after missing the last month of 2021 with an injury,” said Fields. “I’m looking forward to being around the fellas and bringing another championship to Long Island.”
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo: Daniel Fields, Long Island Ducks