As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans will be voting to fill a position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.
The sixth week of voting gives fans the opportunity to select the team’s top second baseman from a list of five who excelled over the team’s initial decade of play. This week’s voting is sponsored by Humdinger’s of Paramus, NJ.
Fans can cast their vote for their top second baseman from Friday, May 15, through Thursday, May 21, by sliding to www.NYBoulders.com. The second baseman with the most votes will earn a spot on the All-Decade team.
The final results will be announced during a Podcast on the Boulders’ Facebook page on Friday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m., hosted by Seth Cantor, the voice of the Boulders and theVice-President of Business Development.
Altice cable television in Rockland County will also rebroadcast each week’s All-Decade team announcement the following Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. on channel 76, except for channel 77 in Ramapo and channel 15 in North Rockland.
Over the first five weeks of voting, fans have selected Marcus Nidiffer as the catcher, along with starting pitchers Richard Salazar and Bo Budkevics, closer Adrian Martin, first baseman Jerod Edmondson and shortstop Junior Arrojo to the All-Decade team.
Here is a breakdown of the second basemen on this week’s ballot:
Matt Nandin (2012-2014): After spending time in 2012 and 2013 with the Boulders, Nandin took over the second base job for the 2014 season and hit a robust .296 with 69 runs scored and 40 RBI. Additionally, he played a solid defensive second base, committing just five errors in 404 chances for a .988 fielding percentage for the 2014 Can-Am League champions. In his three years with Rockland, he batted .286 with six HRs, 89 RBI and 120 runs scored.
Danny Bomback (2013): In his one season with the Boulders, the switch-hitter finished with a .283 batting average to go along with five round-trippers, 47 RBI and 53 runs scored. He also smacked a league-high 34 doubles that season.
Giuseppe Papaccio (2014-2015): After a brief appearance late in the championship campaign of 2014, Papaccio became a regular the next season and hit .243 with a pair of home runs, 34 RBI and 38 runs scored.
Dylan Tice (2017): The switch-hitting Tice made the most of his single season in Rockland, batting .327 with five home runs, 49 RBI and 72 runs scored. He also posted am .846 Ops. In the field at second base, he mishandled only six chances in 367 opportunities for a .984 fielding percentage.
Ryne Birk (2019): A late season injury sidelined Birk in 2019, however, prior to that, he put up some impressive offensive numbers that included a .317 batting average, five home runs,, 39 RBI and 42 runs scored, as well as an .891 OPS.
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