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Ex-Oriole Gibbons lands job with independent L.I. team

Jay Gibbons finally has a team. It's the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

Gibbons had been unable to land a spot with a Major League organization after being released by the Orioles in March. He had also been named in the Mitchell report as having received a shipment of human growth hormones after it had been banned by baseball. He has admitted his involvement.

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Gibbons had written an emotional letter to all 30 baseball teams essentially pleading for a chance to prove he can play, even at the minor league level and had gotten no takers.

Independent teams offer players an opportunity to play their way onto an affiliated team or even to the majors. Gibbons is still owed about $12 million by the Orioles.

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