Ford returns for his 12th season with the Ducks organization, more than any other player in franchise history, and eighth in a player/coach role. He is the franchise’s all-time leading hitter (min. 500 at bats), with a .319 batting average and 968 hits in a Ducks uniform. He is just 128 hits away from tying former Ducks infielder Bryant Nelson for the most hits in Atlantic League history (1,096). The Texas native has totaled 479 RBIs, 506 runs and 213 doubles in a Ducks uniform, which leave him 69 RBIs, 93 runs and 32 doubles shy of tying Ray Navarrete for the Ducks all-time records. Ford’s 810 games with the Flock have him 78 games shy of equaling Dan Lyons’ team record.
The 45-year-old has been selected to play in three Atlantic League All-Star Games while with the Ducks (2014, 2015, 2018). In 2014, he became the second player in franchise history to be named the Atlantic League Player of the Year after breaking the league’s single-season records for hits (189) and games played (140). As a coach, the Central Islip resident helped two other Ducks players be named ALPB Player of the Year (Jordany Valdespin, 2018; Steve Lombardozzi, 2021). Ford has amassed six seasons of Major League experience during his 22-year playing career, spending time with the Minnesota Twins (2003-07) and Baltimore Orioles (2012).