Dulaney to return to baseball
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December 9, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Todd Dulaney has ended a three-year hiatus from professional baseball and will return to the Rockford RiverHawks.

The team announced Tuesday that it has signed the infielder, whose last season was with Rockford in 2005. Dulaney hit .223 with no home runs and 13 RBI.

Since he hung up his spikes, the former New York Mets farmhand has sung gospel music and is currently a praise and worship leader at Faith Walkers Assembly in Rockford.

Dulaney said former Mets minor-league teammates, including current Minnesota outfielder Carlos Gomez, inspired him to return to professional ball.

“I went and saw them play in a couple of big-league games, and it made me hungry again,” Dulaney said.

The Mets picked Dulaney in the 32nd round in 2002 as a draft and follow. The Maywood native signed the following May and spent 2003-04 in rookie ball with the Mets’ Kingsport and St. Lucie affiliates. He is a career .245 hitter.

Dulaney, who turns 25 on Dec. 20, has 1-Year status in the Frontier League.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season in 2009. The RiverHawks will begin their eighth season at 7:05 p.m. May 21 at Windy City and host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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