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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Don Baylor

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Don Baylor came as a first baseman and outfielder but spent a good amount of his career as a designated hitter.

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. Baylor played for the Orioles from 1970 to 1975. Before the 1976 season, the Orioles traded him with Paul Mitchelland 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, and with the New York Yankees in 1983. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Mike Easler 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.

In 1979, he led the American League with 139 RBIs and 120 runs and was an AL All-Star. He won the AL’s MVP award and led the Angels to their first AL Western Division title ever. He reached the World Series three times in his career, in consecutive years with three different teams (one of two players in history to accomplish this feat, Eric Hinske is the other)—the Red Sox in 1986, the Twins in 1987, and the A’s in 1988—and was on the winning side in 1987. Baylor was a power hitter known for crowding the plate. He set the Red Sox’ team record for most Hit by Pitches in a season (35 in 1986); in his career, he was hit by pitches 267 times, 4th most all time.[3] Baylor retired with 285 stolen bases, 2,135 hits, and 338 home runs. He is the only player in MLB history with 300+ HRs, 250+ SBs, an RBI title, an MVP award, three (or more) World Series appearances, at least one World Championship and a World Series HR.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes …Don Baylor.

areer statistics
Batting average .260
Home runs 338
Runs batted in 1,276
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

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