OPENING DAY AGE: 63
SIGNED THROUGH: 2013
FORMER POSITION: Infielder/Outfielder/Designated Hitter
BORN: June 28, 1949 - Austin, Texas
RESIDENCE: La Quinta, Calif.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Baylor enters his third season as D-backs Hitting Coach and 21st overall as a manager/coach ... named 1995 NL Manager of the Year...during his 19-year playing career, was the 1979 AL MVP and an AL All-Star and a 3-time AL Silver Slugger in 1983, 1985 and 1986. Enters his 21st season in a managerial or coaching capacity in 2013. Compiled a 627-689 record (.476) in 9 seasons as a manager with the Rockies(1993-98) and Cubs(2000-02). Served as the Rockies' hitting coach from 2009-10,when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez blossomed in an offense that led the NL in triples (38), walks (1,245) and on-base (.339), slugging (.433) and OPS (.772) percentages and also finished second in runs (1,574) and RBI (1,501) and third in homers(363) and average (.262). Served as bench coach for the Mets in 2003-04. Was the Mariners' hitting coach in 2005. Named the 46th manager in Cubs history on Nov. 1, 1999 and went 187-220 (.459) from 2000-02...earned his 500th career managerial victory on Sept. 12, 2000. Was the Braves' hitting coach in 1999 when Chipper Jones won NL MVP for a club that won 103 games and lost to the Yankees in the World Series. Named the first Rockies manager on Oct. 27, 1992, and posted a 440-469 (.484)record in six seasons...the Rockies' 363-384 (.486) mark from 1993-97 was the best five year record for the start of an expansion club. In 1995, earned Manager of the Year honors from the BBWAA and Sporting News after leading the Rockies to the their first postseason berth in franchise history as the NL Wild Card. Spent three seasons with the Brewers as a special assistant to the general manager in 1989 then as hitting coach in 1990-91. Was the Cardinals' hitting coach in 1992. His 19-year Major League career was highlighted by 1979 AL MVP honors with the Angels after hitting .296 with 36 home runs and and a league-leading 120 runs and 139 RBI...overall, hit .260 with 338 home runs and 1,276 RBI with the Orioles (1970-75), Oakland A's (1976, 1988), California Angels (1977-82), Yankees(1983-85), Red Sox (1986-87) and Twins (1987). Made three consecutive trips to the World Series from 1986-88 and was part of seven division titles with five different teams. One of 21 players all-time to collect at least 250 home runs and 250 stolen bases...also holds the AL record after being hit by a pitch 267 times...was hit by a pitch 10 or more times in 14 seasons, including an AL single season record 35 times in 1986. Winner of the 1985 Robert Clemente Award, presented to "the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball on and off the field." Inductee into the Angels Hall of Fame.
PERSONAL Don Edward Baylor. He and his wife, Becky, reside in La Quinta, Calif. He has a son,Don,Jr....Don Jr. earned his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a Master's degree from University of Wisconsin. Graduated from Stephen F.Austin High School in his native Austin, Texas, where he was a standout high school baseball and football player. Signed with the Orioles in 1967 after University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal did not allow him to play both sports...also attended both Miami-Dade (Fla.) Junior College and Blinn (Texas) Junior College. Served on Dusty Baker's staff for the 1996 MLB All-Star tour in Japan. Since 1978, has raised over $5 million hosting an annual celebrity golf event in Southern California to raise funds to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Inductee into the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame and Texas Sports.
BAYLOR'S COACHING HISTORY
1990-91: Hitting Coach - Milwaukee Brewers
1992: Hitting Coach - St. Louis Cardinals
1993-98: Manager - Colorado Rockies
1999: Hitting Coach - Atlanta Braves
2000-02: Manager - Chicago Cubs
2003-04: Bench Coach - New York Mets
2005: Hitting Coach - Seattle Mariners
2009-10: Hitting Coach - Colorado Rockies
2011-present: Hitting Coach - Arizona Diamondbacks