CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) – John Rocker was released Monday by the Long Island Ducks after the pitcher told the Atlantic League team he wanted to reassess his future.

“After pitching for two months with the Long Island Ducks, the consistency required to pitch at the major league level, and the consistency I demand from myself, are not where they should be,” Rocker said in a statement released by the team. “As a result, I have elected to take a step back and re-evaluate the options available to me.”

Rocker joined the Ducks in April and went 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA in 23 games, striking out 19 and walking 28 in 18 innings.

The 30-year-old left-hander had 38 saves for Atlanta in 1999 and 24 the following year, then was traded to Cleveland during the 2001 season, when he had for 23 saves for the Braves and Indians.

He spent 2002 with Texas and 2003 with Tampa Bay, totaling just one major league save. He had a 9.15 ERA in 17 games for Double-A Orlando when the Devil Rays released him in June 2003.

His mouth earned him as much notoriety as him arm. In 1999 he made derogatory remarks in Sports Illustrated about gays, minorities and foreigners. He later said he was baiting New York fans.

Ducks principal owner Frank Boulton said the team was disappointed it didn’t return Rocker to the majors.

“We know the talent is there,” Boulton said, “and I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from John in baseball.”

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