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Daubach is back where he started with Tides
By RICH RADFORD, The Virginian-Pilot
© March 30, 2005
Last updated: 12:06 AM
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The last time Brian Daubach was in the New York Mets’ minor-league spring training camp, he was a 24-year-old who had hit a dead end.
A first baseman, Daubach had two better-than-average lefthanded hitters, Rico Brogna and Roberto Petagine, ahead of him in the organization. Daubach desperately needed a change of scenery.
That was in 1996.
Nine years later, Daubach finds himself with the Mets again, but this time as a proven commodity, a guy who will soon be wearing a 2004 World Series championship ring for his efforts with the Boston Red Sox.
This time around with the Norfolk Tides, Daubach is viewed as an insurance policy at first base for the big-league team. He will likely see time at first, in leftfield and as a designated hitter for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, the Mets’ top farm club. The Tides open their season April 6 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Daubach, 33, spent a month with the world champion Boston Red Sox last year, filling in for an injured Ellis Burks and playing 30 games for Boston. While it wasn’t like the full years he’d spent playing for the Red Sox in previous campaigns, his timing was good enough to be asked his ring size at year’s end.
And he isn’t the only player who could get a ring in the mail this spring at the Tides’ Harbor Park. Catcher Andy Dominique and relief pitcher Joe Nelson, who have both been working out this week with the Tides, also saw time with Boston last season.
“If that happens, we’ll have our own little ring ceremony in Norfolk,” said Daubach, who batted .227 for the Red Sox. While he was in Pawtucket for 93 games last year, he hit .271 with 21 home runs and 81 RBIs.
There wasn’t much celebrating the last time Daubach appeared in a Tides uniform. Daubach was a late-season call-up from Double-A in 1996 and his chances of getting noticed were slim, since his playing time in Norfolk was limited to occasional pinch hitting and the rare start.
“I actually wanted to go back to Double-A Binghamton so I could get back in the lineup every day,” Daubach said. “At the time, changing organizations was the best thing for me. I hadn’t had much luck with the Mets. I’d injured an ACL and wasn’t really a very good player yet.”
That would all change. The following winter, Daubach was acquired by the Florida Marlins, who sent him to Charlotte. In 1998, Daubach hit .316 with 35 home runs and 124 RBIs for Charlotte. He ended the year making his major league debut with the Marlins. The following season, he was playing as a regular for the Boston Red Sox.
In seven seasons of off-and-on play in the majors, Daubach has had some spectacular moments while collecting 92 career home runs and 330 RBIs. His contributions earned him a big payday in 2002, when he signed a free-agent deal with the Red Sox for $2.325 million.
Yet, Daubach has never let the major-league experience warp him. On Monday, the Tides played a spring training exhibition with Albuquerque, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. Daubach hit a two-run homer and showed he could still pick it with the best, digging a throw out of the dirt at first base in the late innings.
But it was what he did after the exhibition that showed Daubach still knows the humble beginnings from where he once came.
Long after his teammates had departed the dugout and headed for the clubhouse, Daubach was picking up the last remaining equipment … and it wasn’t all his. He carried three bags to the clubhouse, two that belonged to a couple of the younger Tides.
“He’s just got a great attitude,” Tides manager Ken Oberkfell said. “He’s the last out of the dugout and he’s cleaning up after his teammates? Not everyone does that. He’s got the experience and he’s a veteran player.”