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Richard Dwight Butler

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.

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Rich Butler hit .176/.176/.294 for Team Canada in the 2001 Baseball World Cup, acting as their main DH. Butler batted .261/.320/.348 in the 2003 Baseball World Cup.

He is the brother of Rob Butler, his Team Canada teammate in the 2003 World Cup. The two Butler brothers were signed on the same day - September 24, 1990 - by the Toronto Blue Jays. Rob made his major league debut in 1993 and was part of the World Series-winning team that year, but Rich had to wait until 1997 to see his first major league action­. He did well enough in a September call-up, hitting .286, then was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1998 expansion draft. He played 72 games, hitting only .226 in 1998, although he showed decent power, hitting 3 doubles, 3 triples and 7 homers in 217 at-bats. The Devil Rays were not really willing to go with youth however, signing a number of costly free agents in their early years, without it giving any results. In 1999, Rich only got 20 at-bats, getting 3 hits for a .150 average. This was to be his last major league experience. Overall, he hit .223 in 86 games in 3 seasons, a worse batting average than his older brother, but with a lot more power.

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