LaPoint Named New Ducks Manager
by: Joe McDonald | Publisher and Editor-in-Chief | Tuesday, November 28, 2006

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY - A few changes were made to the Long Island Ducks coaching staff, as the team gets ready for the 2007 season.

Former Bluefish manager and Ducks pitching coach Dave LaPoint will return to Citibank Park as the new manager of the Flock for the upcoming season.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” LaPoint said in a statement. “My wife and I feel like we’re coming home. I’m thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started on bringing the Ducks another championship.”

LaPoint, who was the 1990 Yankees opening day starting pitcher, re-joins the Ducks after leading the Bridgeport Bluefish to a league-best record of 75-49 in 2006. In the team’s first playoff appearance since 2003, the Bluefish upended the Ducks in the divisional series before bowing to Lancaster in the finals.

After the season, Bluefish ownership decided to go in another direction and not renew his contract, which led him back to Central Islip.

He will be replacing Don McCormack in that role, but the six year manager of the Ducks will stay on as bench coach, joining third base coach Kevin Baez and first base coach Buddy Harrelson in the supporting roles.

“Bringing Dave, Mac, Buddy and Kevin back together can only bring positive results to our ballclub,” said principal owner Frank Boulton. “We’re excited to get going.”

Added general manager Mike Pfaff: “We view our whole coaching staff as a team, so these pieces will fit very well together.”

La Point, a former St. Louis Cardinal, enjoyed a 12-year playing career at the Major League level, highlighted by his winning a World Series championship with the club in 1982. The lefthander registered 80 wins and a career ERA of 4.02 in 294 appearances (227 starts) at the big league level.

McCormack was 399-371 in his six years as Ducks manager.