Lew Ford Returns To Ducks

The Long Island Ducks announced today that the have signed former major league outfielder Lew Ford.

(Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

This will be Ford's fourth go-round on Long Island, having played for the Ducks in 2009, 2011, and 2012. He has a career .326 batting average with 24 home runs and 114 RBI in 183 games for the Ducks.

Earlier this week Ford was released by the Baltimore Orioles organization. Prior to to being released Ford had hit .231 with five home runs and 14 RBI between three levels in the Orioles organization this season.

Ford was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round (379th) of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft out of Dallas Baptist University. He played two seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization before he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 2000. On May 29, 2003 he made his major league debut going 1-for-1 with a base hit against the Seattle Mariners.  Ford played for the Twins from 2003-2007. He had his best season in 2004, when he hit 15 Home Runs, drove in 72 RBI and stole 20 bases. In 2012, Ford started the season with the Ducks, but was signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization midway through the season and eventually made it back the major leagues for the first time since 2007. He hit .183 with three home runs and four RBI in 25 games for the Orioles. Ford has a career .268 batting average with 35 home runs and 176 RBI in the major leagues.

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