CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. -- John Rocker was released Monday by
the Long Island Ducks after the pitcher told the Atlantic League
team he wanted to reassess his future.
Rocker joined the Ducks in April and went 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA in
23 games, striking out 19 and walking 28 in 18 innings.
"After pitching for two months with the Long Island Ducks, the
consistency required to pitch at the major league level, and the
consistency I demand from myself, are not where they should be,"
Rocker said in a statement released by the team. "As a result, I
have elected to take a step back and re-evaluate the options
available to me."
The 30-year-old left-hander had 38 saves for Atlanta in 1999 and
24 the following year, then was traded to Cleveland during the 2001
season, when he had 23 saves for the Braves and Indians.
He spent 2002 with Texas and 2003 with Tampa Bay, totaling just
one major league save. He had a 9.15 ERA in 17 games for Double-A
Orlando when the Devil Rays released him in June 2003.
His mouth earned him as much notoriety as him arm. In 1999 he
made derogatory remarks in Sports Illustrated about gays,
minorities and foreigners. Rocker later said he was baiting New
"Obviously, we're disappointed we didn't return him to the
majors," Ducks principal owner Frank Boulton said. "We know the
talent is there, and I'm sure we haven't heard the last from John