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Don Baylor
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Baylor as Colorado Rockies hitting coach in 2010
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – No. 25
Designated hitter / Left fielder / Hitting coach
Born: (1949-06-28) June 28, 1949 (age 71)
Austin, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1970 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1988 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .260
Home runs 338
Runs batted in 1,276
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Career highlights and awards

Donald Edward Baylor (born June 28, 1949) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) coach and a former MLB player and manager. He is the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. During his 19 seasons in the major leagues, Baylor was a power hitter known for crowding the plate, and was a first baseman, left fielder, and designated hitter. He played for six different American League teams, primarily the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels, but also played for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox. He later managed the expansion Colorado Rockies for six years and the Chicago Cubs for three seasons.

Early life

Born in Austin, Texas, Baylor graduated from Austin High School. He starred in baseball and football at Austin High and was offered a scholarship to play football at The University of Texas by Longhorns coach Darrell Royal, which would have made him the first African American to play football at Texas.[1] He opted to pursue a baseball career, enrolling at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas.

Playing career

He was drafted in the second round of the 1967 amateur draft by Baltimore. In 1970, he led the league with 34 doubles, 15 triples, 127 runs, and 140 games-played while playing for Rochester. The following year, he again led the league in doubles with 31 again for Rochester.[2] Baylor played for the Orioles from 1970 to 1975. Before the 1976 season, the Orioles traded him with Paul Mitchell and Mike Torrez to the Oakland Athletics for Reggie Jackson, Ken Holtzman, and Bill VanBommell. He signed with the California Angels as a free agent in 1977, with the New York Yankees in 1983 and the Boston Red Sox in 1986. In 1987, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later. He signed with the Athletics for 1988, his final season as a player.

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In his book Planet of the Umps, umpire Ken Kaiser said the hardest ball he ever saw hit was by Don Baylor. Kaiser said the ball glanced off the third baseman's glove and then sailed over the left field wall for a home run.[4]

Coaching and managerial career

After retiring as a player, Baylor served as a hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals until he was named the manager of the expansion Colorado Rockies. He led the team for six years from 1993-98. The Rockies posted their first winning record (77-67) in

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Baylor served as hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.[5] Baylor was replaced by Carney Lansford after the Rockies hit a franchise-low .226 on the road during the 2010 season. Baylor was offered a special assistant position to remain with Colorado but turned it down.

On October 25, 2010, Baylor agreed on a two-year contract to become hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.[6]

On October 16, 2013 Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as their hitting coach.[7]

On March 31, 2014, Baylor suffered a fracture to his right femur while catching the ceremonial first pitch of the 2014 season, thrown by Vladimir Guerrero.[8] On April 1, 2014, he had surgery to have a plate and screws inserted into his leg.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ Reid, Scott M. (2005-12-23). "Millions watched the Texas-Arkansas game in 1969". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  2. ^ Norman MacLean, ed. (1988). 1988 Who's Who in Baseball. New York: Who's Who in Baseball Magazine Company, Inc. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Kaiser, Ken. "Planet of the Umps". 
  5. ^ Renck, Troy E. (October 15, 2010). "Lansford takes over as Rockies' new hitting coach". Denver Post. 
  6. ^ Renck, Troy E. (October 25, 2010). "D-Backs to hire Baylor as new hitting coach". Denver Post. 
  7. ^ "Don Baylor leaving Arizona Diamondbacks for Los Angeles Angels". AZ. October 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Perry, Dayn (March 31, 2014). "Don Baylor fractures femur while receiving first pitch, set for surgery". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ The Star Ledger April 2, 2014. section 5 pg. 53

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Awards and achievements

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Tony Muser
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Merv Rettenmund
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