Saturday, October 4, 2014

#293 Rob Ducey

About the Front: Rob Ducey stares lovingly at his bat. I'm not here to judge people.
About the Back: As we all know, there's no better judge of a player's talent than his spring training batting performance. Just ask Jake Fox.

Triple Play:

1. Rob had an odd career trajectory, as he never reached 100 plate appearances in a season until 1997, when he joined the Mariners after totaling 51 homers in a two-year stint with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese League.

2. On July 26, 2000, the Phillies traded him to the Blue Jays. Two weeks later, Toronto sent him back to Philadelphia in exchange for second baseman Mickey Morandini.

3. Ducey coached for Canada in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and the Olympics in 2008. Late in the 2000s, he worked for the Jays as a scout for Asia and Europe. He has also coached in the Diamondbacks and Phillies organizations.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Another Chris Berman nickname - Rob "A/C" Ducey. Like most Bermanisms, it gets exponentially less funny the more times you hear it.

Bill James Said: "Toronto wanted to keep him, for some reason, but they didn't want to let him play."

On This Date in 1993: October 4. Russian military and security forces cleared the parliament building to bring an emphatic end to an uprising against President Boris Yeltsin.


  1. I went to a game at Arlington stadium (Rangers) in the late 80's and was trying to get his autograph. He was ignoring all the kids on the rail and was hob-nobbing with some older folks who, in retrospect, were probably associated with the team (Blue Jays). After what felt like an eternity he signed my card, but I was pretty grumpy because he really made us work for it. A few years later Jayson Stark or somebody like him wrote a hilarious blurb about Ducey where, if I'm not mistaken, he was the player "to be named later" in a trade for...himself.

  2. Rob - That could be him. In 2000, he was involved in two separate Jays-Phillies trades, and there were PTBNL's in each. He wound up right back where he started!