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Robert Frank John Butler

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 185 lb.

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Rob Butler hit .324/.390/.405 for Team Canada in the 1988 Baseball World Cup and was error-free in center field, but only 1-for-3 in steal attempts. In the 1990 Baseball World Cup, Butler batted .355/.355/.581. He is the brother of Rich Butler, who also played center for Canada in a Baseball World Cup (one game in 2001). Rob and Rich were teammates for Canada in the 2003 Baseball World Cup; Rob hit .348/.444/.565, playing left field as Rich played right. Rob was Canada's top hitter in the event.

The two Butler brothers were signed on the same day - September 24, 1990 - by the Toronto Blue Jays. Rob made his major league debut with the Jays in 1993­, hitting .271 in 17 games, in time to be a part of their second consecutive World Series win that fall. He went 1 for 2 with a run scored against the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. While there was a lot of hype about Rob becoming the first Canadian star with Toronto (as there had been with Rob Ducey a few years earlier), he hit only .176 in 1994 and thus worked his way out of the team's plans. After the season, the Blue Jays gave him away to the Phillies, where he finally resurfaced in 1997 after a couple more seasons in the minors. He played 43 games for the Phillies that season, hitting .292/.326/.416. He signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros after that season, but failed to make the team in 1998. He then returned to the Blue Jays and made his last major league appearances in mid-year in 1999, going 1 for 7 in 8 games. Overall, he played 109 games in the majors, hitting .243 and never hit a big league home run.

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