Saturday, October 4, 2014
#293 Rob Ducey
Just ask Jake Fox.
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.