Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2001 Phillies Team Issue #2 Rob Ducey

The curious case of Rob Ducey, the man once traded for himself:

July 26, 2000: The Phillies trade Rob Ducey to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later ("PTBNL").

July 31, 2000: Blue Jays send John Sneed to the Phillies to complete the deal . . . or did they?

August 5, 2000: Phillies trade Mickey Morandini to the Blue Jays for a PTBNL.

August 7, 2000: Blue Jays send Rob Ducey to the Phillies as the PTBNL in the Morandini deal.

If we condense these deals, the Phillies traded Mickey Morandini and Rob Ducey to the Blue Jays for John Sneed and Rob Ducey. In his 5 games with the Blue Jays, before being reacquired by the Phils, Rob went 2 for 13 (.154). Somehow, the master trade negotiators with the Blue Jays convinced the Phillies to take him back!

In any event, Rob played in parts of 3 seasons with the Phillies (1999-2001) as the team's reserve outfielder and left-handed bat off the bench. In total, he played 13 seasons in the Majors, compiling a career average of .242.

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