Texas Rangers – No. 14
|Third baseman/First baseman/Hitting coach|
Born: September 30, 1962|
|September 7, 1986 for the New York Mets|
Last MLB appearance
|September 26, 2001 for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||495|
Career highlights and awards
David Joseph Magadan (born September 30, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball first and third baseman and current Texas Rangers hitting coach. He is the cousin and godson of former manager, Lou Piniella.
Magadan is 6'4" tall, weighs 245 lbs, batted from the left side, and threw from the right. While a student at Jesuit High School of Tampa, Magadan was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the twelfth round of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft, but elected not to sign and remain in school. His status as a prospect improved after he led West Tampa Memorial Post No. 248 to a win against a team from Richmond, Virginia in the American Legion World Series and was named series Most Valuable Player. He also received the George W. Rulon American Legion Baseball Player of the Year award.
After high school, Magadan attended the University of Alabama, where, in
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Following his breakthrough season at Alabama, Magadan was selected by the New York Mets with the 32nd overall pick of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft, early in the second round. He was assigned to the South Atlantic League's Columbia Mets, with whom he batted .336 with three home runs.
Magadan did not hit any home runs his next two seasons, and really didn't display much power as a prospect, but he consistently hit for a high batting average and displayed excellent plate discipline, with a low strikeout rate and twice as many walks as strikeouts. He advanced steadily through the system, and was a September call-up for the
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Major league career
New York Mets
He made his major league debut on September 7,
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Hernandez's contract expired after the season, and the Mets opted not to offer him a contract for the 1990 season. However, instead of giving the starting job to Magadan, the Mets traded Juan Samuel to the Los Angeles Dodgers and received Mike Marshall in return, with the intent of starting him at first. Marshall batted only .239 for the Mets, and had lost his starting job to Magadan by the time he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox on July 27. Magadan batted .328, which ranked third in the league, and his .417 on-base percentage was good for second place. He also ranked eighth in walks and fifth in sacrifice flies, and even drew four points in MVP voting.
Magadan entered the 1991 season as the starting first baseman for the Mets, but his numbers went down significantly. He only managed to bat .258 for the season, with 108 hits, and missed most of the last two months of the season with shoulder injuries. The Mets once again went outside the organization to bring in a first baseman in the of season and brought in Eddie Murray, another former Dodger and eventual Hall of Famer, to fill the role. This time, Magadan stayed in the lineup as he was moved to third base permanently while Howard Johnson was moved to the outfield. He was limited again by injuries to 99 games but managed a .283 average.
Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners, and back
Magadan signed with the expansion Florida Marlins on December 8, 1992, and was in the starting line-up for their inaugural season opener, going one for four in the Marlins' 6-3 victory over the Dodgers on April 5, 1993. Before the midway point of the season, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Henry Cotto and Jeff Darwin. For the season Magadan's average was .273, as he recorded the most hits he'd had since his breakout 1990 season with 124. He also stayed relatively healthy when compared to the previous two seasons, playing in 137 games. He also became part of a historic moment on September 22, 1993, as the Mariners played host to the Texas Rangers inside the Kingdome. In the first inning, with the Mariners leading 5-0, he stepped in against Nolan Ryan. While Magadan was batting, Ryan suffered a torn ligament in his pitching elbow and had to be removed from the game; as Ryan had already announced he would be retiring following the season, Magadan proved to be the last batter Ryan would ever face.
After the season the Mariners traded Magadan back to Florida in exchange for Jeff Darwin, one of the players they traded to acquire him. He played in only 74 games for the Marlins in 1994 and became a free agent after the season.
Taking a pay cut, Magadan agreed to terms with the Houston Astros on a one year deal for 1995. Magadan found himself once again with a starting job in Houston, batting .313 as their regular third baseman. Still, the Astros chose not to re-sign Magadan at the end of the
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Magadan signed with the Chicago Cubs in
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After 1996, he signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics at the end of the season, and made 328 plate appearances in
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San Diego Padres
Magadan signed with the San Diego Padres in
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Magadan had a career .994 fielding percentage at first base and .951 at third.
After his retirement as a player, Magadan was hired by the Padres as their minor league hitting instructor in
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On October 20, 2006, Magadan was named hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox. In his first season on the job, Magadan's Red Sox would go on to see great improvements in batting average (.269 to .279), slugging percentage (.435 to .444) and on-base percentage (.351 to .362), and led the American League with 689 walks. In
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The Red Sox were among the league leaders in all batting categories again in
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Magadan was suspended for one game on June 26,
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- "American Legion Baseball Scholarships & Awards". Retrieved 2009-10-31.[dead link]
- "New York Mets 6, San Diego Padres 5". 1986-09-07.
- "New York Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 2". 1986-09-17.
- "Florida Marlins 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 3". 1993-04-05.
- "Padres tab Rettenmund hitting coach. Magadan replaced in effort to boost inconsistent offense". Retrieved 2006-06-30.
- "Red Sox Manager & Coaches". Retrieved 2009-06-30.
- "Magadan suspended following ejection". Retrieved 2009-06-31. Check date values in:
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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