There aren’t many similarities between the last two seasons for Ducks first baseman Marc Krauss. Last year he was playing Triple-A ball in the Mets’ system; this season he’s in the independent Atlantic League, hoping to find a way back to affiliated ball.
But here’s one similarity — both his managers were former Mets.
Last season, Krauss played for the Las Vegas 51s under Wally Backman. And this season his manager is Kevin Baez.
Krauss hit .214 with 14 home runs and 39 RBIs in 85 games for Las Vegas for Backman, who has parted ways with the Mets.
“Wally’s great,” Krauss said of the former Mets second baseman, who now manages Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican Baseball League. “He’ll get tossed a few times for sure, but he always has our back. I think he’d be a fine manager in the major leagues.”
Of course, Krauss now plays for Baez, who played 63 games with the Mets between 1990 and 1993.
In his first 88 at-bats with the Ducks (26 games), Krauss hit .284 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Entering the weekend series with the Liberty Division rival Somerset Patriots, Krauss was one off the team RBI lead held by Angelo Songco with 16.
Krauss said stepping into the batter’s box with runners on base and RBI opportunities at hand, helps to narrow his focus.
“I know what I have to do, whether it’s just get a ball to the outfield for a sacrifice fly or just hit a single,” Krauss said. “A lot of times, just a little single the other way will do the job and get an RBI in. It really calms me. I try to always remember that with guys on base, I’m in control. The pitcher is behind the eight-ball and he’s got a little more pressure on him than I do. I just try to keep that in mind and use that to my advantage.”
Nolan Reimold’s journey back to the big leagues was, at least momentarily, derailed by an injury to his side. Reimold, who played eight years in the majors, left the May 8 game and is day-to-day, the team said.
Reimold, who pinch hit in the Orioles’ American League wild-card game loss to the Blue Jays last fall, hit .288 in his first 16 games with the Ducks. He had two home runs, seven RBIs and 15 hits in his first 52 at-bats.
Reimold’s average ranked second on the team among players with at least 10 at-bats entering the weekend.
Ducks reliever Eric Gagne, a former National League Cy Young winner who was signed earlier this month, turned in another solid outing in the Ducks’ 2-1 win over York on Tuesday. The former Dodgers star tossed a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two and walking one. Gagne was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA through his first four appearances. He walked three and struck out five in his first 3 1⁄3 innings in a Ducks uniform.
Somerset Patriots at Ducks, Sunday, 1:35 p.m.