Former Boston Red Sox DH Don Baylor Passes Away
Former Boston Red Sox player Don Baylor passed away on Monday morning at the age of 68-years-old. Baylor is a former AL MVP and manager for the Rockies and the Cubs. He died after a battle with cancer.
Baylor played for Boston from 1986-1987 and served primarily as a designated hitter during his time with the Red Sox. He did play some time at first base and in the outfield. During his major league career, the outfield was where he called home though.
The 1986 season was his only full season with the Red Sox hitting .238 with 31 home runs and 94 RBIs in 687 plate appearances. In that year he won the silver slugger and finished 13th in the MVP voting. During the 1987 season Baylor was traded on September 1st to the Minnesota Twins for Enrique Rios.
Rios only pitched for the Red Sox organization in 1988 in single A Lynchburg posting a 3.58 ERA in 135.2 innings pitched. (Could not find any other information on him)
Collectively for the Red Sox he had 1096 plate appearances batting .238 with the 47 home runs and 151 RBIs.
In his career, he hit 338 home runs driving in 1276 RBIs with a .260 batting average in 8198 at-bats. He failed to make the Baseball Hall of Fame and only received 2.6% of the vote in 1995 despite winning the 79 AL MVP, 3 Silver Slugger Awards, and an All-Star appearance in 1979.
In his MVP season, he beat out players like George Brett, Ken Singleton, Fred Lynn, and Jim Rice. In addition to being a player Baylor became the coach of the Colorado Rockies after his retirement from 1993-1998 and later coached the Chicago Cubs from 2000-2002.
Baylor’s managerial record was 627-689 and only made the playoffs once in 1995 where his team went 1-3 in postseason play.