Ricky Ledée with the Mets in 2007
November 22, 1973 |
Ponce, Puerto Rico
|June 14, 1998, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 5, 2007, for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||318|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ricardo Alberto "Ricky" Ledée (born November 22, 1973 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets in his decade-long professional career. He won two World Series championships with the Yankees in 1998 and 1999. Ledée, Darryl Strawberry, and José Vizcaíno are the only players who have played for all four current and former New York franchises—the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers and Giants.
Major League Baseball experience
Drafted in the 16th round by New York in 1990, Ledée didn't break into the Major Leagues until 1998, playing in 42 games with the Yankees. The left-handed outfielder reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances in the 1998 World Series and was part of the Yankees' championship teams in both 1998 and 1999.
In 2000, Ledée was batting only .241 for the Yankees when they traded him with pitchers Jake Westbrook and Zach Day to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for David Justice. He played just 17 games for the Indians before they traded him to the Texas Rangers for first baseman David Segui. He finished 2000 with the Rangers and was a reserve for the club in 2001. Since then, he has played for the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the New York Mets, who claimed him off waivers on August 8, 2006.
Ledée signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics on February 2, 2007, and was invited to their spring training camp, but was released March 25. The Mets signed him to another minor league contract March 31. He was a starting outfielder for their triple-A, Pacific Coast League affiliate, New Orleans Zephyrs, when they recalled him to the Major League roster June 8. On July 8, he was designated for assignment.
On June 25, 2004 Ledee was placed on the 15-day disable list by the Philadelphia Phillies following hemorrhoidal surgery. Ledee returned to the active roster on July 8, albeit the worse for wear. Ledee doubled in a game versus the Dodgers but went into 2nd base standing as a result of his inability to slide and possible aggravate his condition.
Ledée retired from baseball on August 21, 2007.
He also has a son, Ricky Ledée Jr., who lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.