Rockland County, NY (May 15, 2020) – In the fifth week of voting to fill out the New York Boulders’ All- Decade team, fans selected Junior Arrojo as the franchise’s top shortstop, landing him a spot on the on the roster.
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.
Voting for the All-Decade shortstop, which concluded on Thursday, May 14 was sponsored by Beckerle Lumber of Orangburg and offered fans the opportunity to select one nominee from a list of five shortstops who excelled for the Boulders.
Arrojo (2014-2016) was a member of the 2014 Can-Am League championship team and, over three seasons, hit .313 while playing a steady shortstop. In 2015 and 2016, the 36 times he was hit by a pitch in each season set Can-Am League marks. He also swiped 43 bases in 2015 and 47 bases in 2016. Following the 2016 campaign, he signed a contract with the Miami Marlins’ organization.
Arrojo won the spot with an overwhelming 88% of the vote.
“This means a lot,” Arrojo said. “You look at some of the names on the list – Niddy (Marcus Nidiffer), Bo (Bo Budkevics), Sally (Richard Salazar) and Jerod Edmondson, those are the guys that paved the way for me.”
He added, “It is an honor to be named to the All-Decade team with those other guys.”
Other candidates for the shortstop position on the All-Decade team included Ray Stokes (2011), Cole Kraft (2011-2012), Steve Nyisztor (2014-2015) and J.C. Rodrigues (2018).
Arrojo joins catcher Marcus Nidiffer, starting pitchers Richard Salazar and Bo Budkevics, closer Adrian Martin and first baseman Jerod Edmondson as fan selections over the first five weeks of voting.
Voting for the All-Decade team is continuing this week as fans have the opportunity to select a second baseman from a group of five nominees who excelled for the Boulders. The voting to select a second baseman is sponsored by Humdinger’s of Paramus, NJ with fans able to cast their ballot through Thursday, May 21, by sliding to www.NYBoulders.com.
The second baseman receiving the most votes will land a spot on the All-Decade team.
Here is a breakdown of the candidates for the second base spot on this week’s ballot:
Matt Nandin (2012-2014): After spending time in 2012 and 2013 with the Boulders, Nandin took over the second base job for the 2014 season and hit a robust .296 with 69 runs scored and 40 RBI. Additionally, he played a solid defensive second base, committing just five errors in 404 chances for a .988 fielding percentage for the 2014 Can-Am League champions. In his three years with Rockland, he batted .286 with six HRs, 89 RBI and 120 runs scored.
Danny Bomback (2013): In his one season with the Boulders, the switch-hitter finished with a .283 batting average to go along with five round-trippers, 47 RBI and 53 runs scored. He also smacked a league-high 34 doubles that season.
Giuseppe Papaccio (2014-2015): After a brief appearance late in the championship campaign of 2014, Papaccio became a regular the next season and hit .243 with a pair of home runs, 34 RBI and 38 runs scored.
Dylan Tice (2017): The switch-hitting Tice made the most of his single season in Rockland, batting .327 with five home runs, 49 RBI and 72 runs scored. He also posted am .846 Ops. In the field at second base, he mishandled only six chances in 367 opportunities for a .984 fielding percentage.
Ryne Birk (2019): A late season injury sidelined Birk in 2019, however, prior to that, he put up some impressive offensive numbers that included a .317 batting average, five home runs,, 39 RBI and 42 runs scored, as well as an .891 OPS.
The final results of the second baseman balloting will be announced during a Podcast on the Boulders’ Facebook page on Friday, May 22, 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.
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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.