We've got a Duck on the Cardinals

Technically, this Duck who made the club won't be added to the big league roster, until the club purchases his contract on Tuesday, the day the season begins. <p> But who would have believed it? A Duck in a Cardinal uniform.

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that left-handed pitcher, Bill Pulsipher has made the opening day roster.

Pulsipher played last season for the Long Island Ducks, the 2004 Champions of the Atlantic League. He also pitched in the Mexican winter league and the Caribbean World Series.

Looking for the feel good story of the day? Pulsipher hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2001 and was considered a very long shot to make the team, when spring training started.

Once a very highly touted prospect in the New York Mets organization, Pulsipher found his career derailed by injuries and an anxiety disorder and it's only through guts and sheer determination that he has made it back to the Show.

Pulsipher will become only the second player in Long Island history to make it back to the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals after playing for the Ducks, when St. Louis opens the 2005 season next Tuesday.

Previously, Pedro Borbon, Jr. (Ducks, 2003; Cardinals, 2003), (somebody fix me a drink) made it back to the Cardinals in 2003, when the Cardinals signed hem. (See hem - I meant him - I've already been drinking. Pedro Borbon, Jr. and to think I was just getting over the nightmares)

Let's hope Pulsipher's stay with the Cardinals is more productive than Borbon, Jr's was. In 2003 at the age of 35, Pedro appeared in just seven games, in spite of our objections, for a grand total of 4.0 innings, giving up nine earned runs on 14 hits to finish with an 0-1 record and a 20.25 ERA.

"We're extremely proud of and happy for Bill," said Ducks general manager Michael Hirsch. "He worked very hard while he was here to get to where he is and he deserves the call back to the big leagues. We know he'll continue to pitch well and we wish him continued success."

In 17 starts and 18 regular season appearances with the Ducks, Pulsipher led the Atlantic League with four complete games while posting a 9-5 record with a 3.67 ERA. He was signed by the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA, Mariners) on August 6 and went 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA in two starts before returning to Long Island for the team's playoff run. In the playoffs, Pulsipher went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in helping lead the Ducks to their first-ever Atlantic League championship.

To date, Pulsipher has a spring training record of 0-0 with a 1 save and an ERA of 0.00 While appearing in nine games and pitching 10 innings, Pulsipher the former Duck has yet to give up a run.

Yielding just eight hits in 10 innings, Pulsipher has walked just three batters while striking out seven.

Pulsipher will be used in short relief, out of the bullpen and will be working with fellow left-handers Ray King and Randy Flores.

Looking for a feel good story, a rags to riches type story, here's one for you.

From a Long Island Duck to a St. Louis Cardinal.

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