ROB DUCEY

Rob Ducey

Roger Dean Stadium – March 2000

Photo of Rob Ducey

Plant City – March 1989

ROBERT THOMAS DUCEY

BORN- May 14, 1965

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Toronto, Ontario

HEIGHT- 6' 2"

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WEIGHT- 185

Signed by Toronto Blue Jays as a non-drafted free-agent on 5-16-1984... Began professional career with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays of the Pioneer League...Won the R. HOWARD WEBSTER AWARD as club's MVP after hitting .302 in 63 games with 12 home runs and 49 runs batted in...In 1985 finished tied for 3rd in South Atlantic League in at-bats (529) while with the Florence Blue Jays batting .251 with 13 homers and 86 rbi...Began the 1986 season with the Ventura Gulls of the California League and in just 178 at-bats he hit for a .337 average with 12 home runs and 38 runs batted in before moving on to the Knoxville Blue Jays where he batted .308 with 11 homers and 58 rbi...Was named as the winner of the JAMES O'NEILL AWARD given annually by the CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME to the top Canadian-born player of the year...Started the 1987 campaign with the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League before being called up to the parent Blue Jays on 4-29-1987 making MLB debut vs Rangers on 5-1-1987, becoming just the 3rd Canadian-born player to appear with the team...After return to Class AAA he finished the season batting .284 with 10 homers, 60 rbi and tied for IL lead with 10 triples...Recalled for the second time on 9-1-1987 he hit his first major league home run on 9-14-1987 vs Orioles...Spent most of the 1988 season with Syracuse before contract was purchased by the Blue Jays where he batted .315 in 54 at-bats...Opened the 1989 season with Toronto after leading team in batting (.448) in spring training...Placed on the DL with a sprained right knee on 6-9-1989 after running through dislodged outfield fencing during pre-game batting practise at SKYDOME...Spent much of remainder of season out of action but was on the Blue Jays postseason roster...Spent full season back with Chiefs in 1990 where he led in doubles (32) and walks (60) while hitting for a .267 average with 7 homers and 47 rbi...Then spent remainder of big league season in Toronto appearing in 39 games where he hit at a .302 pace...In just 72 games with Syracuse in 1991 he hit .293 with 8 homers and 40 runs batted in before recall by Blue Jays on 6-28-1991...Hit only big league homer of the season in 10th inning vs Minnesota, a game winning solo blast, on the last day of the season...Began the 1992 season in Toronto before being traded to California Angels with Greg Myers for Mark Eichhorn on 7-30-1992...Signed by the Texas Rangers as a minor league free agent on 12-18-1992 and began the 1993 season with their Oklahoma City 89ers club where he batted .303 with 17 homers, 56 rbi, tying for the American Association lead with 10 triples, leading club in runs (68), hits (118) and stolen bases (17)...Promoted to Rangers where he made 24 starts batting .282 with 2 homers and 9 rbi in just 85 at-bats...Opened the 1994 campaign with Texas then was outrighted to the 89ers on 4-28-1994 where he proceeded to hit for a .268 average with 17 home runs and 65 rbi...Was given his unconditional release on 10-14-1994 then later signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan in December of 1994...In 1995 he batted .249 with 25 homers and 61 rbi followed by 1996 when he hit for a .246 average with 26 home runs and 59 rbi...Was signed by the Seattle Mariners to a minor league contract on 1-22-1997 and began season with the Tacoma Rainiers where he batted .324 in just 74 at-bats before his contract was picked up by the Ms on 5-3-1997 where he batted .287 with 5 homers and 10 rbi as 22 of his 41 hits went for extra bases and his .524 slugging percentage was 3rd on the club...Was named the Mariners' "Unsung Hero" by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA...In 1998 he appeared in 97 games as the Ms 4th outfielder hitting for a .240 pace with 5 homers and 23 rbi and had 25 extra base hits out of his total of 52...Signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent on 12-22-1998...Appeared in 104 games where he batted .261 with 8 home runs and 33 rbi and had no errors in the field over 58 games (90 chances)...In 2000 he began the season with the Phillies before being traded back to the Blue Jays on 7-26-2000 for a player to be named later (John Steed) and then was returned to Philadelphia on 8-7-2000 as the player to be named later for Mickey Morandini on 8-6-2000, becoming first player to be traded and then reacquired by the same club in-season since 1998...Led the NL with 81 pinch appearances and 69 pinch at-bats breaking club mark set by Curt Ford in 1989 of 62 pinch-at-bats in a season...11 of his 30 hits were for extra bases...With Phillies as this 2001 season moves ahead...

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