|Catcher / Bullpen coach|
Born: October 8, 1948|
|June 25, 1971 for the Washington Senators|
Last MLB appearance
|September 25, 1974 for the Chicago Cubs|
Stelmaszek spent 32 consecutive seasons (
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Stelmaszek was drafted on June 6, 1967 by the expansion edition of the Washington Senators in the eleventh round of the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft out of Mendel High School in Chicago, but didn't sign until August 28, keeping him from his minor league debut until 1968. The following year, Stelmaszek was assigned to low Single-A Geneva Senators and spent time between this team and the high Single-A Salisbury Senators. In 1969, he was back at Single-A, this time for the Shelby Senators in the Western Carolina League and played well, hitting .288 with 5 home runs and making the league All-Star team. In 1970, Stelmaszek was promoted to the AA Pittsfield Senators and despite his overall production at the plate dropping (hitting only .246 with 4 home runs and 47 runs batted in in 128 games), he was again named to the league all-star team. 1971 would see him promoted to the AAA Denver Bears where he hit only .247 with almost no power (1 home run, 1 triple and 1 double in 73 games), but he earned a call up and made his major league debut on June 25. However, after going hitless in nine at-bats, he was back in the minors within a month.
Major League career
After spending all of
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He started the
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Prior to spring training
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After retiring as a player at the end of the 1978 season, Stelmaszek was hired on as the full-time manager of the Rapids. In
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The Twins signed him to a contract extension through
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- Jim Souhan (April 24, 2011). "Stelly returns after keeping eye on Twins". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- John Thorn and Peter Palmer, Total Baseball, p. 2,157
- "Rick Stelmaszek". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012.
- "Rick Stelmaszek". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- "Los Angeles Dodgers 19, Chicago Cubs 8". Baseball-Reference.com. August 20, 1974. Archived from the original on April 25, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
- http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/MIN/ Retrieved April 26, 2011
- "Twins extend Ron Gardenhire". ESPN. The Associated Press. November 18, 2010. Archived from the original on November 22, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
- La Velle E. Neal III (October 4, 2012). "Twins coaching shakeup: Stelmaszek, Liddle, White, McWane out. Vavra, Ullger reassigned". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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