Former Baseball Great Paul Lo Duca To Be Honored Friday Before ASU's Season Opener
Jan. 23, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Former Arizona State catcher Paul Lo Duca will become the 14th player to have his jersey honored on the outfield fence at Packard Stadium. The current Florida Marlin All-Star catcher will be honored in a special pre game ceremony Friday (Jan. 28) before ASU's season opener against nationally ranked Long Beach State.
Lo Duca's #16 jersey will be added to the outfield wall at Packard, recognizing him as one of the elite players to ever play in the program. A pre game ceremony will include the unveiling of the wall placard as well as the presentation of a framed # 16 jersey to Lo Duca.
His name and jersey number will join Bobby Winkles (#1), Reggie Jackson (#44), Oddibe McDowell (#0), Barry Bonds (#24), Sal Bando (#6), Bob Horner (#5), Dr. Jim Brock (#33), Floyd Bannister (#19), Rick Monday (#27), Larry Gura (#14), Alan Bannister (#7), Eddie Bane (#21) and Hubie Brooks (#14) on the outfield fence at Packard Stadium.
Playing only one year at ASU, Lo Duca was named The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1993, setting school record with a .446 batting average and 129 hits. He was also named a finalist for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award and his 37-game hitting streak remains the second longest in school history. Additionally, the Glendale CC transfer is only one of 11 players in school history to hit over .400 and record over 100 hits in the same season.
After being drafted in the 25th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1993, Lo Duca embarked on an eight-year minor league career before finally landing in the big leagues as a full-time starter in 2001. Playing in 125 games in 2001, Lo Duca led the Dodgers with a .320 batting average with 147 hits, 28 doubles, 25 home runs and 90 RBI. He added another good year in 2003 with a .273 batting average and was selected to play in the All-Star game. Traded from Los Angeles to the Florida Marlins in 2004, Lo Duca repeated as an All-Star and hit .286 (153-for-535) with 13 home runs and 80 RBI split between the two team. He has played in parts of seven major league seasons and is a career .285 hitter with 60 home runs.