New Ducks manager Kevin Baez.

New Ducks manager Kevin Baez. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The Long Island Ducks' managerial vacancy was filled by an in-house candidate Wednesday when former Met and longtime Ducks coach Kevin Baez was named manager.

"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity," Baez said. "The fans of Long Island can look forward to seeing a strong ballclub on the field next year."

Baez, 43, becomes the fifth manager in team history. He succeeds Dave LaPoint, who earlier this month was not brought back after the Ducks went 36-34 in the first half of the season and 34-34 in the second half, missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

Drafted by the Mets in the seventh round of the 1988 amateur draft, Baez made three brief stints with the team in the early 1990s, the longest of which came in 1993, when he appeared in 52 games. The shortstop totaled 151 at-bats in his major-league career with a batting average of .179. Baez played for the Ducks for three seasons, beginning in 2002, before becoming a coach in 2005.

"As we head into our 12th season, we are excited to have Kevin lead our team," Ducks owner Frank Boulton said in a statement. "He brings a wealth of experience as a player and a coach, and I am certain he will enjoy great success at the helm."

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