May 24, 1965 |
|May 1, 1987, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 22, 2001, for the Montreal Expos|
Runs batted in
|Career highlights and awards|
Born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Cambridge, Ducey graduated from Seminole Community College, and was first signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984. After playing in the Blue Jays' organization from 1987 to 1992, he moved on to the California Angels (1992), Texas Rangers (1993–1994), Seattle Mariners (1997–1998), Philadelphia Phillies (1999–2000, 2000-2001) and Montreal Expos (2001), with a brief return to Toronto in 2000. He ended his 13-year major league career with a .242 batting average and 31 home runs in 703 games.
Ducey was part of a Major League anomaly in 2000, when he was traded by the Phillies to the Blue Jays on July 26 for John Sneed, and was then traded by the Blue Jays back to the Phillies on August 7 for Mickey Morandini.
Ducey served as a designated hitter for Team Canada in the 2004 Summer Olympics, which finished in fourth place. As a result, he became the first Canadian big leaguer to have played for both of Canada's MLB teams, Expos and Blue Jays, in addition to the Canadian Olympic team. Matt Stairs, Denis Boucher and Shawn Hill are the only other Canadian ballplayers to achieve such distinction.
Subsequently, Ducey spent one year each in the New York Yankees' and Expos organizations as a minor league hitting coach, before being hired in 2006 by the Blue Jays as a talent scout. His responsibilities included covering both the major and minor leagues, as well as spring training camp before moving to the Pacific Rim department. In October 2009, he was dismmised by then-new Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos when coverage of Asia was not a priority for the organization.
In 1986, Ducey was honored with the prestigious Tip O'Neill Award, and later was inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Following his induction, Ducey joined Terry Puhl and Larry Walker as the only Canadian baseball players to achieve both of those milestones.
In between, Ducey gained induction into the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
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