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Tony Cloninger

Tony Cloninger
Cloninger in 1962.
Born: (1940-08-13) August 13, 1940 (age 79)
Cherryville, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 15, 1961 for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
July 22, 1972 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Win–loss record 113–97
Earned run average 4.07
Strikeouts 1,120

As Player

As Coach

Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champion (1996, 19982000)
  • Tony Lee Cloninger (born August 13, 1940 in Cherryville, North Carolina), is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (1961–68), the Cincinnati Reds (1968–71), and the St. Louis Cardinals (1972). He batted and threw right-handed.

    Playing career

    A power pitcher, Cloninger compiled a career 113–97 record with 1,120 strikeouts and a 4.07 ERA in 1,76723 innings pitched. He enjoyed his best year for the 1965 Braves, with career highs in wins (24), strikeouts (211), ERA (3.29), complete games (16), innings (279) and games started (40).

    Regarded as a tough fireball pitcher, Cloninger also was a dangerous power hitter. He compiled a career batting average of .192, with 67 RBIs and 11 home runs, including five in the 1966 season. On July 3, 1966, in the Braves 17–3 win over the Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Cloninger helped his team's cause with two grand slams and nine RBIs.[1] Cloninger became the first player in the National League, and the only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game.

    Cloninger finished his career pitching with Cincinnati and St. Louis.

    Coaching career

    After retiring, he served as a bullpen coach for the New York Yankees (1992–2001), where he was a member of five American League champions and four World Series champion teams, and pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox (2002 through early 2003). He was forced to step down from the latter post when he underwent successful treatment for bladder cancer, which had been diagnosed in spring training.[2] In 2014, Cloninger began his eleventh consecutive season as a player development consultant for the Red Sox.

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    Preceded by
    Marc Hill
    New York Yankees bullpen coach
    Succeeded by
    Tom Nieto
    Preceded by
    Ralph Treuel
    Boston Red Sox pitching coach
    Succeeded by
    Dave Wallace