In the sixth week of voting to fill out the New York Boulders’ All-Decade team, fans selected Matt Nandin as the franchise’s top second baseman, landing him a spot on the on the roster.
As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans have been voting to fill one position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.
Voting for the All-Decade shortstop, which concluded on Thursday, May 14 was sponsored by Humdinger’s of Paramus, NJ, and offered fans the opportunity to select one nominee from a list of five second basemen who excelled for the Boulders.
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.
In a five-year career in the Can-Am League, Nandin started with New Hampshire in 2009 before moving to Pittsfield for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He split the 2012 season between New Jersey and the Boulders.
Nandin wrapped up his playing career with two years, 2013 and 2014, in Rockland and won the spot on the All-Decade team with 55% of the vote.
Other candidates for the second base position on the All-Decade team included Danny Bomback (2013), Giuseppe Papaccio (2014-2015), Dylan Tice (2017) and Ryne Birk (2019).
Nandin joins catcher Marcus Nidiffer, starting pitchers Richard Salazar and Bo Budkevics, closer Adrian Martin, first baseman Jerod Edmondson and shortstop Junior Arrojo as fan selections over the six weeks of voting.
Voting for the All-Decade team is continuing this week as fans have the opportunity to select a third baseman from a group of five nominees who stood out for the Boulders. The voting to select a third baseman is sponsored by Healthsav, LLC of Bardonia, NY, with fans able to cast their ballot through Thursday, May 28, by sliding to www.NYBoulders.com.
The third baseman receiving the most votes will land a spot on the All-Decade team.
The final results of the third baseman balloting will be announced during a Podcast on the Boulders’ Facebook page on Friday, May 29, at 10:30 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 every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. on channel 76, except for channel 77 in Ramapo and channel 15 in North Rockland.
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