Congrats to Gary Carter on his return to the New York area ; managing the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks should provide an excellent vantage point from which to breathe down Jerry Manuel’s neck. From Newsday’s John Jeansonne :

Ducks principal owner Frank Boulton announced that Carter, 54, will be introduced at a Monday press conference at the team’s Central Islip ballpark, making Carter the fourth manager in the Ducks’ nine-year history. He will replace former major league pitcher Dave LaPoint, who has managed the team the past two years.

The Ducks said that LaPoint will remain with the organization. The team’s coaching staff will be named later.

Carter managed the Orange County (Calif.) Flyers to the championship of the Golden Baseball League this past season, the second consecutive year Carter guided a minor league team to a championship, following a Florida State League title for the Mets’ St. Lucie farm team in 2007.