Santana signs with Surf
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February 8, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Former Frontier League all-star Rico Santana will continue his professional career in the Can-Am League.

The Atlantic City Surf announced today that they had signed the former Rockford RiverHawk to play in the independent league. Santana, who turned 27 on Dec. 6, had exceeded the Frontier League age limit.

The veteran outfielder spent 2004-06 with the RiverHawks. Each season, the team made the playoffs. Santana was an all-star both in the 2004 championship season and again last year, when the ‘Hawks won the West Division.

In 2006, Santana hit .261 with six home runs, 45 RBI and 29 steals. He had 16 outfield assists, breaking Rich Austin’s single-season record of 12. Santana finished his Rockford tenure with 27 assists and tied Austin’s career record.

In addition, Santana holds the Frontier League single-season sacrifice fly record (14, set in 2004), the team’s single-season at-bats record (359, set in 2004), is third on the RiverHawks’ career hits list (215) and is tied for third on the team’s career RBI board (130).

The RiverHawks are the Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. Advertising, season-ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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