May 1, 1973 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|September 6, 1997, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 4, 1999, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Runs batted in||22|
Butler was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays on September 24, 1990. After seven years in Minor League Baseball, he was called up to play for the major league club on September 6, 1997. He played seven games that season with the Blue Jays.
In the Major League Baseball expansion draft of 1997, Butler was selected 10th overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, now the Tampa Bay Rays. In 1998, the inaugural season for the Rays, Butler played in 72 games at the major league level and 38 games with AAA Durham..
Butler remained at AAA Durham in 1999, where he played 90 games. He was called up to the Devil Rays again, but this time only for seven games.
1997 - First MLB hit, September 9
1998 - First MLB home run, April 1
 minor league fielding statistics not available
Butler Baseball Academy
As of 2016, Rich Butler and his brother Rob Butler are instructors at the Butler Baseball Academy in Ontario, Canada.
The academy offers:
- professional baseball and softball instruction
- seasonal clinics and camps
- baseball and softball batting cages
- elite baseball programs for 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U
- "Butler did it" The Telegram. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
- "Rich Butler Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "Richard Dwight Butler". www.purapelota.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "Rich Butler Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "ALUMNI | Intercounty Baseball League". www.pointstreaksites.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "Rich Butler | Butler Baseball Academy". butlerbaseballacademy.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Butler Baseball Academy, or Retrosheet, or Baseball Reference (Minor and Independent Leagues), or Pelota Binaria (Venezuelan Winter League)
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