Robert Charles John Fick...single...resides in Newport Beach, Calif...brother (Chuck) is a scouting supervisor with
St. Louis...is a '92 grad of Newbury Park (Calif.) High...was a first-team All-America selection at Cal State-Northridge in
1996...batted .420 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI during collegiate career...led all NCAA Division I players with 228
total bases in 1996...ranks among Cal State-Northridge all-time leaders in hits, homers and RBI.
In 2nd season with Washington, hit .234 with 2 homers and 16 RBI...served as fill-in starter and left-handed bat off the bench...made 29 starts at 1B, 10 in LF and 3 in RF...119 games were most since playing in 126 games for ATL in 2003...went 3-for-21 (.143) with 2 walks, a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt as a pinch hitter...in 33 games beginning August 10, hit .319 (22-for-69)...hit .387 (12-for-31) with one homer and 8 RBI during season-best 10-game hitting streak, September 15-24...11 of 16 RBI came in final 21 games (53 at-bats) beginning August 29...when appearing, Washington went 63-55...placed on MLB's Bereavement List on June 20 following the passing of mother, Gloria, from lung cancer...activated from the Bereavement List on June 26 after missing 5 games. Game-By-Game Highlights: Tripled and scored decisive 9th-inning run in 7-6 win, Aug. 12 at ARI...homer off Mark Hendrickson, August 29 at LAD, was first long ball off a southpaw since June of 2004...recorded game-winning RBI via 2nd career home run at RFK, a 3rd-inning 3-run shot off Lance Cormier, in a 7-4 win on Sept. 15 vs. ATL...was ejected twice: April 7 vs. ARI (HP-umpire umpire Bruce Dreckman) and July 2 vs. CHI (HP-umpire Scott Barry).
Thanks to late offensive surge, batted .266 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI in 60 games for the Nationals despite enduring
pair of DL stints...had surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow on March 6, and missed the season's first
36 games...during 2nd DL stint, August 1-25, missed 21 games with left rib cartilage separation...started 27 games in
all: 18 at C, 6 at 1B and 3 in RF...when starting behind the plate, the Nationals were 11-7...was 7-for-22 (.318) with a
walk and a sacrifice bunt in 24 pinch-hitting appearances...after a 14-game rehab assignment with Harrisburg (12) and
New Orleans (2), was reinstated from the 15-Day DL on May 13 and made season debut on May 17 at CHI as a pinch
hitter...struck out looking while facing Sean Marshall, and was subsequently ejected by home plate umpire Marvin
Hudson for arguing a called 3rd strike...the ejection was the first of 2 on the season (also June 15 vs. COL, home-plate
umpire Brian Gorman)...was just 2-for-13 (.154) in his first 8 games (2 starts), before hitting .309 (17-for-55) in next 21
games (13 starts) through July 18...batted .333 (14-for-42) in 21 games in September/October to raise his average to from .233 to .266...hit .321 (9-for-28) in 11 interleague contests.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Plated Marlon Byrd with game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning of 9-8 win on June
9 vs. PHI...July 18 at FLA, blasted a solo home run with 2 outs in the 8th to tie the game at 6-6 (Washington went on to win, 7-6, on Alex Escobar's 2-out RBI single in the 9th).
Rehab Assignment: Prior to returning to the big league club from his right elbow surgery, batted .286 (12-for-42)
with a homer and an RBI in 12 rehab appearances with Harrisburg, April 18-May 9...then went 1-for-7 (.143) in 2
games with New Orleans, May 11-12, before being reinstated from the 15-Day DL on May 13...played in 4 games with
Harrisburg while rehabbing his left rib cage injury August 21-24, going 4-for-15 (.267) with 3 RBI.
A Minor League free agent acquisition, Fick came through in a major way as a vital role player, producing consistent offense and steady defense while starting 50 games at four positions: catcher, first, left and right field. He also made his first career appearance at third. His production fell off in the second half after a .317 first half, but he still managed to deliver clutch hits. He batted .370 as a pinch-hitter. A free agent, the well-traveled Fick revitalized his career as a Padre.
Signed a minor league contract Aug. 19 and the Padres purchased his contract Aug. 31...after hitting .380 with six RBIs in 12 games with the Triple-A Portland Beavers, Fick hit .167 in 13 games with the Padres...collected first hit with Padres on Sept. 21 vs. the Dodgers.
Was the Braves primary starter at first base against right-handed pitching...Made 111 starts, all
at first base, the only position he played for the Braves...With 80 RBI in 409 at-bats (one every 5.1) he had the 13th best RBI-to-at-bats ratio in the
National League...Only two players finished the season with 80 or more RBI and fewer at-bats:
Barry Bonds and KC's Mike Sweeney...Tied with teammate Javy Lopez for the 10th best average in the NL with runners in scoring
position...Both were 40-for-117 (.342)...Also batted .311 (59-190) with runners on base...His sac fly Aug. 7 at Mil gave him 64 RBI in 89 games, topping his career high of 63 set in 2002
in 148 games....Had 69 RBI in his first 96 games, but only 11 in his last 30...Had a 37-game
stretch between May 3-June 22, where he drove in 35 runs...Had career high 23 RBI in May,
2nd best on the Braves behind Sheffield (28) while the Braves went 20-8...Batted .308 (85-276) with 10 HR and 60 RBI in his first 82 games thru July 29...However, batted
.188 (25-133) with one HR and 20 RBI the final 44 games of the season...During his career has batted .290 (257-887) with 35 home runs before the All-Star Break and
.241 (170-705) with 21 home runs after...Led the Braves with a .354 average in June and was 3rd on the club with 15 RBI...Hit club-high two grand slams, tied for second in the N.L.... First one came on May 8 vs. Col and
second on June 20 vs. Balt, the 3rd of his career...Had 5 RBI in each game, tying his career high...Was in the lineup Opening Day, but two weeks later suffered a sprained right shoulder and was
on the DL, April 13-29...Batted .289 (103-357) against right-handed pitching...Batted in the 6th spot most of the season...
Batted cleanup Sept. 14 at FLA for 2nd time all season; drove in tie-breaking runs in 5-
run 9th in Braves' 8-4 win...Batted .366 (15-41) with 11 RBI in 12 games against the American League...Batted a club-high
.418 (28-67) on artificial surfaces... Had an 11-game hit streak (14 x 37, .378, 1 HR, 8 RBI) May
31-June 18...Tied career highs with 2 HR and 4 hits July 27 at Montreal...Was his only multi-homer game
of the season and 4th of his career...Was hitless in Braves postseason loss to the Cubs in the NLDS.
While with the Tigers, was named to his first All-Star Game. Finished with one hit in two at-bats
a single as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, at the 73rd All-Star Game held at Miller Park
in Milwaukee on July 9...Started 139 games, all in the outfield...Didn't play any other position that season...Set career highs in games played (148), at-bats (556), runs scored (66), hits (150), total bases
(241), doubles (36) and RBI (63)...Topped all major league outfielders with 21 assists, which remain the most by an AL outfielder
since Baltimore's Joe Orsulak had 22 in 1991...His 12 errors were the most by an A.L. outfielder...Paced the Tigers in games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, total bases and doubles...second on
the club in home runs (17) and RBI...Established a career high with four hits April 17 vs.Tampa Bay, May 26 at CWS and July 26 at
Cleveland...Drilled a walk-off solo home run on April 26 against Minnesota's Bob Wells in the 10th inning
to propel the Tigers to a 3-2 win...Hit safely in 18 straight games May 29-June 16, establishing a career-long hitting streak and tying
him for the 5th-longest streak in the American League during 2002; batted .389 (28x72) with
seven doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI during the streak...Named the co-winner of the American League's Player of the Week award June 10-16, sharing
the honors with Texas' Michael Young...hit .545 (12/22) with three home runs and six RBI...Earned Tigers Player of the Month honors for June, batting .347 (34/98) with nine doubles, five
home runs and 16 RBI; posted a .409 on-base percentage and a .592 slugging percentage during
his 27 games in June...Struggled during August, hitting .187 (20-107) in 29 games before rebounding to post a .303 batting
average (20-66) in 19 games during September...Batted .281 (48x171) with five home runs aainst lefties...hit .265 (102-385) with 12 home runs
versus righties...Hit .245 (61-249) in 68 games after the all-star break...hit .290 (89-307) in 80 games prior to
the mid-summer classic...Underwent surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum, a procedure performed by Dr.
Glausman in California at the completion of the season.
- Hit .272 in a career-high 124 games for the Tigers this season...led the team with 19 home runs...fifth on team with 61 RBI...appeared at four positions -- catcher, first base, right field and designated hitter.
- Eleven of first 12 starts were at first base...hit .410 (16x39) in April, .412 (14x34) as a starter.
- Went 3x5 in his first start, April 9 at Minnesota with a homer...posted multi-hit efforts in five of his first eight starts.
- Hit safely in five straight games April 20-24, going 9x20 (.450) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI.
- Was 3x4 April 24 versus Baltimore...one of six three-hit games this season.
- Got his first start of the season at catcher May 17 at Baltimore...went 3x4 with a double, home run and a season- high four RBI.
- Hit safely in seven-of-eight games May 17-25 (.419, 13x31) with five multi-hit games...also collected at least one RBI in each of those seven games (12).
- Had multi-hit games in seven-of-13 starts in May, batting .311 (19x61) with four doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI for the month.
- Batted a combined .350 (35x100) during the seasonbs first two months.
- Allowed 12 straight stolen bases May 20-June 22 before throwing a runner out on June 22.
- Was 3x5 with two doubles and a run scored June 6 at Boston.
- Homered, doubled and scored two runs June 15 at Arizona.
- Drilled a home run in three-of-four games June 20-24...went 7x18 (.389) over five consecutive games June 20-25 with seven runs scored and five RBI.
- Allowed four passed balls in five games behind the plate June 24-29.
- Drove in seven runs over five games July 3-7...went 7x19 (.368) and homered in back-to-back games July 4-5 versus Kansas City.
- Allowed eight stolen bases in four games July 5-7, seven of them coming in two games against the Cubs July 7 (three stolen bases) and July 8 (four stolen bases).
- Wrapped up the first half of the season batting .307 (63x205) with 13 doubles, 14 home runs and 39 RBI.
- Hit safely in five-of-eight games following the break (.323, 10x31), all of them two-hit efforts.
- Recorded his first career multi-homer game with two home runs and three RBI July 15 at Cincinnati.
- Doubled in three consecutive games July 19-21...went 3x4 with a double July 26 at New York.
- Fanned a season-high three times July 22 at Cleveland...had six strikeouts over four games July 21-25.
- Notched his first triple of the season July 29 versus Cleveland...went 3x4 and scored three runs.
- Fell into an 0x23 slump July 31-August 7 before doubling on August 7 at Texas.
Missed most of July and August after suffering a separated right shoulder in a collision with Tampa Bay's Bobby Smith on July 5
- Started off the season with starts in his first seven games, includuing four at DH, two at first base and one at catcher; started in 10 of the Tigers' 23 April games
- Went 5x12 against the Orioles April 7-9 with two RBI and a run scored; his single in the fourth on April 8 drove in the Tigers' only run
- Notched three doubles in seven games (four starts) April 16-30; drove in two runs on a pinch-hit double that tied the game in the ninth on April 30 as the Tigers defeated the White Sox 4-3 in 12 innings
- Went 2x3 with a run scored in his third start behind the plate on May 2 at Boston
- Served a four-game suspension starting May 23 for his part in an altercation with the White Sox April 22 at Chicago
- Posted a career-best six-game hitting streak May 28-June 3; batted .381 (8x21) with two doubles and five RBI
- Started in 15 consecutive games May 20-June 11 -- two behind the plate, 11 at first base and two as the DH
- went 13x52 (.250)
- Doubled in consecutive at-bats May 28 vs
- Toronto -- drove in two runs
- Hit safely in 10-of-12 games May 28-June 10; drilled his first major-league triple June 9 vs. St. Louis
- Drove in three with his first home run of the season June 20 at Toronto
- Knocked in all of Detroit's runs on a three-run homer in the third inning June 30 at Kansas City as the Tigers won 3-1
- Landed on the DL July 6 after a collision at first base with Tampa Bay's Bobby Smith the day before; suffered a separated right shoulder
- Batted .147 (10x68) with five doubles, a home run and seven RBI in 17 rehab appearances with Triple A Toledo
- Returned from the DL September 1; went 0x5 in five outings (four appearances at first base, one pinch-hit appearance) before going 2x3 with a triple, an RBI and his second stolen base of the season in his start behind the plate September 16 vs. Boston
- Started in five of the Tigers' last seven games of the year, four times as the DH; went 6x19 (.316) in those games including a 4x8 effort with a double, a home run and two RBI in his final two games September 28 and 30
- Was 3x12 (.250) with four RBI as a pinch-hitter for the Tigers
- Started in 41 of his 66 games in 2000 -- made 20 starts at first base, 11 as DH and 10 as catcher.
Provided the most memorable moment of the season when he blasted an eighth-inning grand slam off Kansas City's Jeff Montgomery that nearly cleared the right field roof in the final game at Tiger Stadium on September 27
- Began the 1999 season on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a left shoulder strain (shoulder subluxation) swinging a bat in Spring Training; was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 15 and underwent surgery on May 13
- Had rehab assignments in August with the GCL Tigers, West Michigan and Toledo
- Was reinstated from the 60-day DL on September 7 and called up to Detroit, where he made 11 starts (seven at DH, four at catcher) and appeared in 15 games
- His grand slam on September 27 contributed to his career-best five-RBI game
- Became the first player ever to hit a grand slam as the last homer in a major league park that closed with at least 100 home runs hit there
- Played six total rehab games with the GCL Tigers and Class A West Michigan
- His longest rehab stint was with Toledo; played in 15 games (two at DH, seven at first base, five at catcher and one at third base) and batted .313 (15-48).
Enjoyed an impressive major league debut in September of 1998 after ranking among the Southern League's best offensive players at Double A Jacksonville
- Was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville and made his big league debut September 19 against the Twins, going 2-4 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and a steal (his first hit came off Brad Radke)
- Hit his first homer September 21 off the Royals' Brian Barber and had three homers in his last five games
- Hit safely in five-of-seven games (.364; 8-22) with three multi-hit games
- Started two games at catcher, one at first base and two at designated hitter.