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Full Name: Paul Anthony Lo Duca Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 5'10"/205 First Game: June 21, 1998
Birthdate: April 12, 1972 MLB Experience: 10 years
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Paul Lo Duca (Paul Anthony Lo Duca) was born on April 12, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He made his Major League debut on June 21, 1998 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2001, his rookie year, he hit .320 with 25 home runs and 90 RBI. Lo Duca played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins and New York Mets over the course of his 9 year career.

Most people believe that Paul Lo Duca's best season was 2001, when he slugged 25 home runs, hit for a .320 average and knocked in 90 runs.

Lo Duca was also one of the players that was named in baseball's Mitchell Report. According to the report, Lo Duca met former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski through Todd Hundley. Radomski alleges that he completed at least 6 transactions with Lo Duca, including while he was with the Dodgers and Marlins. Radomski usually sent the packages by overnight mail and Lo Duca would pay by check approximately a week later. This is corroborated by 3 checks that Radomski provided the authorities with, all from Lo Duca and all in the amount of $3,200. Lo Duca's phone number and address were both contained within Radomski's address book.

When discussing the prospect of trading Lo Duca in 2003, Dodgers officials said that "Steroids aren't being used anymore on him...got off the roids...took away a lot of hard line drives," which showed Dodgers management were well appraised of Lo Duca's steroid use. Lo Duca declined to meet with investigators for the Mitchell Report.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1998 LA N 6 14 2 4 0 1 .286 .286 .357 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999 LA N 36 95 11 22 3 11 .232 .312 .337 1 0 10 9 2 1 1 4 3
2000 LA N 34 65 6 16 2 8 .246 .301 .369 2 0 6 8 0 2 0 0 2
2001 LA N 125 460 71 147 25 90 .320 .374 .543 28 0 39 30 6 5 2 2 11
2002 LA N 149 580 74 163 10 64 .281 .330 .402 38 1 34 31 10 4 3 2 20
2003 LA N 147 568 64 155 7 52 .273 .335 .377 34 2 44 54 10 7 0 6 21
2004 LA N 91 349 41 105 10 49 .301 .351 .444 18 1 22 27 6 2 2 0 15
2004 FLA N 52 186 27 48 3 31 .258 .314 .376 11 1 14 22 3 6 2 0 7
2004 TOT N 143 535 68 153 13 80 .286 .338 .421 29 2 36 49 9 8 4 0 22
2005 FLA N 132 445 45 126 6 57 .283 .334 .380 23 1 34 31 4 5 4 5 16
2006 NY N 124 512 80 163 5 49 .318 .355 .428 39 1 24 38 6 7 3 0 15
2007 NY N 119 445 46 121 9 54 .272 .311 .378 18 1 24 33 6 3 2 4 18
Total 1015 3719 467 1070 80 466 .288 .338 .414 213 8 251 284 53 44 19 23 128

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1998 LA N C 4 2 24 18 2 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 1.000
1999 LA N C 34 27 248 178 21 2 3 0 0 20 10 0 .990
2000 LA N OF 8 0 16 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 LA N 3B 1 1 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 LA N LF 7 0 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 LA N C 20 14 135 114 13 1 0 0 0 8 9 0 .992
2000 LA N RF 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 LA N OF 5 2 28.2 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
2001 LA N RF 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 LA N C 99 91 801.1 643 53 6 8 0 4 48 31 0 .991
2001 LA N LF 4 2 25.2 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .857
2001 LA N 1B 33 22 212.2 185 17 2 17 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2001 LA N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 LA N 1B 18 2 45.2 45 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .979
2002 LA N OF 9 3 34 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 LA N C 137 136 1184 965 76 8 9 0 12 93 42 2 .992
2002 LA N LF 9 3 34 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 LA N C 123 120 1080 1014 100 15 14 0 6 83 57 3 .987
2003 LA N LF 6 6 46 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 LA N 1B 22 17 160.2 158 11 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2003 LA N OF 6 6 46 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 LA N OF 9 8 69 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 LA N C 81 78 691.2 513 42 3 4 0 7 54 21 1 .995
2004 LA N 1B 3 2 19 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 LA N LF 9 8 69 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 FLA N C 49 47 413 330 23 1 5 0 5 39 15 1 .997
2004 TOT N C 130 125 1104.2 843 65 4 9 0 12 93 36 2 .996
2005 FLA N C 128 118 1033.1 815 60 8 8 0 4 89 29 1 .991
2006 NY N C 118 117 1027 802 59 11 4 0 9 84 27 1 .987
2006 NY N DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 1B 76 43 438 399 30 4 35 0 0 0 0 0 .991
Total DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 3 0 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 3B 1 1 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total LF 35 19 186.2 38 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
Total C 793 750 6637.1 5392 449 55 56 0 48 520 243 9 .991
Total OF 37 19 193.2 43 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .978

Transactions

  • Selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1993 - signed July 11, 1993).
  • Traded by Los Angeles Dodgers with Guillermo Mota and Juan Encarnacion to Florida Marlins in exchange for Hee-Seop Choi, Brad Penny and Bill Murphy (July 30, 2004).
  • Traded by Florida Marlins to New York Mets in exchange for Gaby Hernandez and Dante Brinkley (December 5, 2005).
  • Signed a $5 million, one-year deal with the Washington Nationals (December 10, 2007).

Trivia

  • At the start of each game, Lo Duca writes the initials "LL" in the dirt behind home plate, in memory of his mother, Luci.
  • As a child, Paul's mother Luci would toss pinto beans to him in the back yard and he would use a broomstick to hit them. This technique helped him develop his hand/eye coordination and as a result, he has a very low strikeout rate.
  • According to an article written by Tom Verducci in the July 17, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated, Lo Duca was known as "Captain Red Ass" in the Mets clubhouse. The moniker, originally bestowed by then teammate Billy Wagner, refers to Lo Duca's hot temper.
  • In the 2006 Home Run Derby Lo Duca pitched to David Wright when he made it to the finals.
  • At times when Paul fouls off a pitch, you can usually hear a snippet of the song Volare, due to the fact that Lo Duca is of Italian ancestry.


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