Rockland County, NY (April 17, 2020) – The first position on the New York Boulders’ All-Decade team has been decided with Marcus Nidiffer securing the spot behind the plate as the catcher.
As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans have been voting to fill one position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.
Up first was the catching position with the ballot sponsored by Nelson Metals of West Haverstraw. Voting concluded on Thursday, April 16.
Nidiffer played for the Boulders for five seasons from 2014 through 2018. Over that time, he hit 89 home runs and had three years with 20 or more dingers. In 2015, he had career highs in homers with 22 and RBIs with 93, while hitting .256. A member of the 2014 Can-Am League championship team, Nidiffer saved his best season for his final go-round with the Boulders when he hit a career-best .287 while hitting 21 home runs and driving in 60 runs.
Nidiffer retired after the 2018 season.
In a field that included Billy Alvino (2012-13), Adam Ehrlich (2019), Scott Knazek (2013) and Landis Wilson (2012), Nidiffer grabbed 85% of the votes.
“If you play long enough, you win something,” Nidiffer joked. “I do love Rockland and I miss it every day.” He added, “I am happy to be a part of the All-Decade team.”
DEEP GROUP TO CHOOSE FROM TO SELECT THE BOULDERS ALL-DECADE STARTING PITCHERS
As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans will be voting to fill a position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.
This week’s voting, sponsored by Clarkstown Collision of Nanuet, offers fans the opportunity to select one starting pitcher from a group of nine hurlers that toed the rubber in Rockland County and excelled for the Boulders.
Fans can cast their vote for their top pitcher through Thursday, April 23, by sliding to www.NYBoulders.com. The top two vote finishers will earn spots on the All-Decade team.
The final results will be announced during a Podcast on the Boulders’ Facebook page on Friday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m., hosted by Seth Cantor, the voice of the Boulders and the Vice-President of Business Development.
Altice cable television in Rockland County will also rebroadcast each week’s All-Decade team announcement every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. on channel 76, except for channel 77 in Ramapo and channel 15 in North Rockland. The initial Altice broadcast will be on April 23 with the results of the All- Decade team catcher voting that concluded on April 16.
HERE IS THE BREAKDOWN OF THE PITCHERS:
Sean Bierman (2014): In less than a full season with the Boulders, the lefthander went 8-6 with an ERA of 2.44 before signing with the Atlanta Braves in mid-August and assigned to Rome of the South Atlantic League.
Bobby Blevins (2011-2013): In three seasons, this local product from Briarcliff High School in Westchester finished 23-27 with a 3.96. A work horse, Blevins did not throw fewer than 131 innings in any of his three seasons in Rockland.
Bo Budkevics (2013-2018): “Big Game Bo” is best remembered for his three-hit, nine strikeout, eight scoreless inning performance against the New Jersey Jackals that earned him the win in the sixth game of the Can-Am League championship series and the crown for the Boulders in 2014. In portions of six seasons with the Boulders, Bo went 22-19 with a 4.86 ERA.
David Fischer (2016-2017): In 2016, the righthander was brilliant, pitching to a 2.91 ERA, allowing only 80 hits in 108 1/3 innings and going 9-3. That helped him earn a contract from the Minnesota Twins. He returned late in the 2017 season, winning three of four decisions with a 3.00 ERA.
Pat Moran (2012-2013): Talk about consistency, Moran was 6-7 in each of his two seasons in Rockland with ERAs of 4.99 (2012) and 4.83 (2013) and allowing 59 earned runs his first year and 60 his second. He tossed 139 innings in 2012 and 139 2/3 frames in 2013.
Richard Salazar (2014-2017): This lefty was with the Baltimore Orioles’ organization from 2001-2007, signing on as a pitcher/pitching coach with the Boulders on 2014. In four seasons with Rockland, he went 36-18 with a 3.40 ERA, notching double digit wins in three years, including a high of 11 in 2015 (11-4). A member of the 2014 Can-Am League championship team, Salazar split two decisions in the championship series – losing game one and winning game five.
Markus Solbach (2016-2017): After going 6-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 2016, Solbach won 11 of 15 decisions the next season, finishing with a 3.60 ERA. In 196 2/3 career innings with the Boulders, he struck out 147 batters and finished with a 3.15 ERA. He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2019 season.
Justin Topa (2017-2018): The righthander burst onto the scene with a 14-3 record to go along with a 3.50 ERA in 2017, setting down 80 batters on strikes in 110 2/3 innings. After splitting his first decisions in 2018, he signed with the Texas Rangers.
Jon Velasquez (2011-2012, 2017): A hard throwing righthander, Velasquez was 17-16 lifetime with the Boulders, including an 8-6 year in 2011. In 282 1/3 innings in Rockland, he fanned 215 batters. In his career, Velasquez was property of the Philadelphia Phillies’ and New York Mets’ organizations.
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About the New York Boulders:
The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can- Am All-Star Game in 2019. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, during the 2017 season the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan to Palisades Credit Union Park located in Rockland County, NY.