March 10, 2017 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Rockland Boulders
(Pomona, NY) - The Rockland Boulders announced today the returnsigning and return of outfielder, and 1st baseman and, catcher, and the 2015 Baseball America's Independent Player of the Year Joe Maloney.on Smith via trade with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association . The 2826-year oldd former Boulder and old TennesseeChester, PA native native and Wesleyan College alum played for Rockland in 20122014 and 2015 and was the Baseball Digest Independent Player of the Year in 2015.
SmithMaloney, a 2011 10th round June amateur draft pick of the Texas Rangers anda 7-year pro baseball veteran, played 41 179 games for the Boulders, in 2014 and 2015, compiling a career .304266 batting average with 10 31 HR, 28 149 RBI, 37 227 hits, and 19 88 walks, while maintaining a .368 OBP. In The 2015 he Baseball America's Independent Player of the Year had the his best season of his career playing in 97 games and while playing for the Bouldersbatting .337 with 14 HR's and 83 RBI's and making the CanAm League All Star Team. Maloney also set some records in 2015, having set the franchise record for single season batting average (.337) and the league record for runs scored with 91. (15 stats here John) Last season, Smith Maloney played in the Minnesota Twins organizationappeared in both the Southern League and Florida State League with the Minnesota Twins appeared appearing in 91 114 games, batting .256 for Lincoln with 12 6 HR, 52 51 RBI, and 71 104 hits, and stoleealing 5 bases. Smith,Smith also shined defensively with 133 putouts and 7 assists.while maintaining a .322 OBP.
"Obviously we know the caliber of player Joe Maloney is" said Boulders Field Manager Jamie Keefe. "Any chance you have to bring back a former Independent League Player of the Year you have to take it. We are excited to have Maloney back in a Boulders uniform where we know how talented he can be."
"While things didn't work out with the Twins, it was an easy decision to come back to play for Jamie and Rockland" stated Joe Maloney. "I thought about it and couldn't find a better place for myself to play, fit in comfortably, and hopefully win another championship!"
"We are happy that Joe is coming back to Rockland to resume his trip to the big leagues" said Boulders President Ken Lehner. "He was part of the most exciting power tandem in league history when we had (Stephen) Cardullo-Maloney in the middle of our lineup. With Jamie's (Keefe) mentoring I am confident he will resume his quest in the near future." Maloney's former Boulders teammate Stephen Cardullo now plays with the Colorado Rockies and the two led Rockland to set many league records in offense in 2015 while setting a team record for wins with (?)63.
"We are pleased to have Jon return to Palisades Credit Union Park for his second stint as a Boulder," said Field Manager Jamie Keefe. "Jon brings a left handed stick to the plate which will hopefully allow for him to take advantage of the Budweiser Short Porch in right field. In addition, our ballpark is a tricky place to play in the outfield with a small patch of grass and a low level angular wall in right field that just explodes into a âdeath valley' at 413 feet in left center. Jon's experience playing here previously will provide us with a defensive home field advantage."
Smith Maloney and the rest of the Boulders will begin their seventh season with a #BouldOpening on Thursday, May 18th when they host the Sussex County Miners at 7:00pm at Palisades Credit Union Park. Season Ticket Memberships and numerous other ticket packages are currently on-sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office or calling (845) 364-0009. For more information, slide to Rocklandboulders.com.
-30- About Rockland Boulders and Bottom 9 Baseball, LLC
The Rockland Boulders begin their 7th season of professional baseball in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball ("CanAm League") in pursuit of the post-season for the third straight 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. In 2014 the Boulders won their first CanAm League Championship. Expected to enhance the rich baseball history in the New York City region, Boulders baseball is part of the fastest growing family sport in America. During the 2017 season the team will welcome 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. 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.