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Kevin Baez Named New Boulders Manager

By Rockland Boulders Baseball 11/27/2018, 11:00am EST

Veteran Brings Championship Pedigree

(Rockland County, NY) – The Rockland Boulders have named Kevin Baez as the team’s new manager for the 2019 season. Baez brings a wealth of experience as both a manager and a player to Rockland along with many personal and professional ties to the New York metropolitan area.

Baez managed 1,087 games with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League over the last eight seasons, posting a 571-516 record with two league titles (2012 and 2013) and six trips to the championship series, including each of the past the three seasons. 

He attended nearby Dominican College and was a 7th round pick in 1988 draft by the New York Mets. He appeared in 63 games over the course of three Major League seasons for the Mets. He continued his playing career primarily at the AAA level over the next decade before joining Long Island in 2002 where he helped the Ducks capture the Atlantic League Championship in 2004.

The Boulders new manager resides on Long Island with his wife, Marianne, and children, Kevin and Vincent. He was born and raised in Brooklyn and made his Major League debut for the Mets at Shea Stadium on September 3, 1990.

Baez, 51, becomes the third manager in the Boulders history, following Dave LaPoint (2011-12) and Jamie Keefe (2013-18). Keefe spent six seasons at the helm in Rockland with a 344-260 record in Rockland, highlighted by the team’s lone Can-Am League Championship in 2014.

“Managers with the pedigree and success of Kevin Baez do not become available very often,” noted Team President Shawn Reilly. “We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring him to Rockland. From our very first day, the Boulders have been not only committed to winning, but the expectation is also to compete annually for the championship. As an organization we are always striving to reach the next level of success and I am confident that Kevin is the person who will take us there. Our time with Jamie has been wonderful with many great memories for our fans. I know he has great opportunities ahead of him and we wish him and his family the best.”

“From everything I’ve heard over the years, this is a great organization to be a part of,” stated Baez, “but seeing how beautiful (Palisades Credit Union Park) is and meeting the staff, it just seems like a perfect fit. Management wants a franchise that sets the standard for independent pro baseball and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Several familiar faces on the Boulders staff will help ease Baez’s transition as the team has announced the return of Director of Player Development Kevin Tuve, Bench Coach Andrew Romanella, and Trainer Lori Rahaim, though the organization is currently in search of a pitching coach for the upcoming season.

Fans are invited to a Meet the Manager Reception next Thursday, December 6, at 6:30 pm at Palisades Credit Union Park. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The Boulders open their new era against the defending Can-Am champ Sussex County Miners on Thursday, May 16, 2019.  The promotions schedule and other exciting announcements will follow in the coming weeks. For tickets and more information, please visit our box office, call 845-364-0009 or slide to rocklandboulders.com.

2019 Schedule Officially Released

By Rockland Boulders Baseball 11/14/2018, 3:30pm EST

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 13. 2019

Boulders to Open 2019 Season at Home Against Sussex

Boulders begin quest to dethrone defending champions on May 16th

(Rockland County, NY) – The Rockland Boulders will open their 9th season of play in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (CanAm League) at Palisades Credit Union Park on Thursday May 16th, 2019 when they host the defending champion Sussex County Miners at 7pm. This will be the 6th consecutive season the Boulders open their season at home. Details for the festive Opening Night, which include pre-game entertainment, premium giveaway and post-game fireworks, will be announced at a future date.

The 95-game schedule features 51 homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park and includes two international opponents, with promotional schedule to be released at a later date. The entire 2019 schedule with game times is attached. This season’s playoff format will remain the same with the top four teams pairing off in a best-of-5 series. The winners of those two series will play a best-of-5 for the League Championship.

“Opening Night is always special, but when you factor in the defending league champions and fireworks it will be an extra fun night when Rockland’s ‘Boys of Summer’ kick off the unofficial start of summer” said Boulders Team President Shawn Reilly. “We are also thrilled by the continuation of the International Series. We expect to confirm shortly that two of the fans favorite’s countries will be returning to Palisades Credit Union Park this summer.”

Other highlights of the 2019 schedule include:

- The Boulders are “home for the holidays” as they host games on Father’s Day and Independence Day.

- The annual exhibition game against the NYPD is Saturday May 11 at 6:30.

- Over half of all home games (28) will be on weekend date of a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

- Anti-bullying school days with the 10:30 am starting times are May 22, June 4 and June 5.

- Camp days with the 11 am starting time are July 24, July 30 and August 6.

For the past seven seasons, the Boulders have lead the CanAm League in attendance. Season tickets, group tickets and mini-plans for the 2019 season are now on sale.  The popular Black Friday Packs will go on this Saturday, November 17th. Individual game tickets will go on-sale in the spring on a date to-be-announced. For tickets and more information, please visit our box office, call 845-364-0009 or slide to rocklandboulders.com.

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About Rockland Boulders and Bottom 9 Baseball, LLC

The Rockland Boulders begin their 9th season of professional baseball in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (“CanAm League”) in pursuit of the post-season for the 7th consecutive year. In 2016, Rockland saw their first former player reach Major League Baseball, when outfielder Stephen Cardullo made his debut with the Colorado Rockies on August 26, 2016. The 2014 Can Am League champions Boulders are proud to enhance the rich professional baseball history of the New York City region.  During the 2017 season the team welcomed their 1,000,000th fan to Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY.  In 2012 and 2014, Rockland was named the CanAm’s “Organization of the Year and this season is expected to reach $1,000,000 in community fundraising. They are owned and operated by Bottom 9 Baseball, LLC (B9B), a sports and entertainment company comprised of former executives from all levels of major and minor league sports. B9B is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the Lower Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey. Slide to www.rocklandboulders.com for more information.

Photo Caption: Marcus Nidiffer hits during a game in July 2018. He had three hits at the Sussex County Miners on Thursday. (Photo Credits: Drew Wohl, Rockland Boulders)

Nidiffer Stays Hot in Loss

By David Zachary Edelstein 08/23/2018, 9:45pm EDT

Marcus Nidiffer had three hits at the Miners

Photo Caption: Marcus Nidiffer hits during a game in July 2018. He had three hits at the Sussex County Miners on Thursday. (Photo Credits: Drew Wohl, Rockland Boulders)

 

Marcus Nidiffer stayed hot on the road, hitting three singles in the Boulders 4-2 loss to the Sussex County Miners on Thursday.

The Boulders were victims of four 1-2-3 innings as a pitching duel was taken into the sixth inning. The Miners were able to score the first runs of the game, bringing in four runs in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead, 4-0.

Rockland responded in the top of the seventh, scoring one run on a Kevin Krause bases-loaded walk. The Boulders put up another run in the top of the ninth on a Conrad Gregor RBI single.

The Boulders continue their run toward the playoffs, returning home Friday for the final homestand of the regular season. Rockland looks to solidify their 2018 playoff positioning, opening a three-game series against the rival New Jersey Jackals at 7:00 p.m.

 

Photo Caption: Marcus Nidiffer hits during a game against the New Jersey Jackals in Rockland on August 14. He hit two three-run home runs at the Sussex County Miners on Wednesday as part of an 8-7 Boulders win. (Photo Credits: Drew Wohl, Rockland Boulders
Boulders players celebrate after a home run on August 18, 2018. Photo credit, Drew Wohl Rockland Boulders