July 25, 2021

Happy Birthday Rob Ducey – Bluebird Banter (Bluebird Banter)

Rob Ducey turns 55 today. It seems funny, I still think of him as a young man.

Rob was born in Toronto. He signed as a minor league free agent with the Jays in 1984. That year Rob started his professional career in Medicine Hat and hit very well .302/.406/.523. He moved up the system quickly, hitting above .300 most seasons, with good power and a good number of walks and some stolen bases.

Rob made it to the Jays in 1987 and played was them for most of May, hitting just .148 and was sent back to Triple-A, to be recalled in September. He spent bits of the next 6 seasons with the Jays, but it was tough to break into the Jays outfield when we had Bell, Moseby, and Barfield. In May of 1992, the Jays traded Rob and Greg Myers to the Angels for Mark Eichhorn, a pretty good deal for the Jays.

Over the next few years, Ducey bounced around through a bunch of different teams. From the Angels, he went to the Rangers, then Mariners, Phillies, back to the Jays, Phillies again, and the Expos.

Over 13 seasons, he played 703 games and hit .242/.331/.396 with 31 home runs and 146 RBI. He never really became the player we hoped he would maybe because he didn’t get a real chance at the…

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