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Old 04-07-2005, 01:48 PM   #1
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John Rocker Signs with Long Island Ducks... Let the Racial Slurs Begin

John Rocker, the flamboyant and controversial lefthanded reliever who made disparaging remarks about New York and its baseball fans in 1999 when he pitched for the Atlanta Braves, will be returning to the New York area in May.

Rocker, 30, has signed a contract to pitch for the Long Island Ducks, the reigning champions of the independent Atlantic League. Rocker told team officials he wants to return to the major leagues and believed the Ducks gave him the best chance. He cited the recent example of Bill Pulsipher, who was the Ducks' opening day starter in 2004 and pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Rocker, an elite closer for two seasons with the Braves (1999-2000), wound up being suspended for 14 games by MLB commissioner Bud Selig for derogatory remarks he made in a 1999 article in Sports Illustrated. He last appeared in the big leagues for the Devil Rays in 2003, pitching in just two games. He took all of 2004 off the recover from shoulder surgery and most recently, pitched winter ball in Venezuela.

The Ducks open the 2005 season at Bridgeport on April 28. Their first home game, at Citibank Park in Central Islip, is May 3 against Atlantic City.
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Out of all the places for him to return to. What a tool !
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Ahh....John Rocker in New York. His career really sky-rocketed ever since those comments in SI.
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He is such a dumb ass. I love that he is in NY now. Y'all can eat him alive.
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I feel bad for Rocker... to some degree his career got torpedoed (be it his own fault or the media's) for saying stuff on his mind. Wow Selig will give 14 day suspensions for the guy stating his own opinions but when players are caught with steroids = 5 days... baseball is so disappointing.
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baseball is so disappointing.
I think professional sports in general has become disappointing over the past ten years.
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Yeah but the NCAA basketball finals were great!
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