Toronto – The Toronto Blue Jays have hired Rob Ducey as a Professional Scout for the 2006 season. Ducey will be responsible for Spring Training coverage as well as Major and Minor League coverage throughout the season.

Rob Ducey, 40, played parts of seven seasons with the Blue Jays. The Toronto native was the third Canadian to play for the Blue Jays and the first from Ontario. Ducey played 188 games with the Blue Jays batting .234 with 18 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBI. He began his coaching career in 2004 as an instructor for the Montreal Expos AA affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In 2005, he became the hitting coach for the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League (A).

In his 13 Major League seasons, with the Blue Jays (1987-1992, 2000), Angels (1992), Rangers (1993-1994), Mariners (1997-1998), Phillies (1999-2001) and Expos (2001), Ducey played 703 games, posting a .242 career batting average with 31 home runs and 146 RBI. He was originally signed by the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in 1984 and is one of only two Canadian-born players to have played for both the Expos and Blue Jays (along with Denis Boucher).

Major League Baseball – 9 January 2006

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