R.I.P. Don Baylor

@teamfreak16 (40919)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 8, 2017 12:04am CST
It seems as though I get all of my breaking news from MyLot these days, and today was no different. I learned in a discussion by @Deepizzaguy that former Major League Baseball player and manager Don Baylor died today after a battle with cancer. Baylor, who was a first baseman/left fielder/designated hitter for six different teams, was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. He held the distinction of being hit by pitch 267 times, and finished his career with 2,135 hits, 338 home runs, and 285 stolen bases. He was an All Star, an MVP, and a World Series Champion. As much as I loved Don Baylor as a player, however, he will always have a place in my heart as the first manager of the Colorado Rockies. Until 1993, we only had minor league baseball here in Colorado. After we were awarded the expansion Rockies, I was thrilled when Baylor was announced as manager. Don Baylor was not a winning manager. Combined with his time spent managing the Chicago Cubs, his overall managerial record was 627 wins and 689 losses, with most of those numbers coming with the Rockies. That first season, ownership gave him some good players such as Andres Galarraga, Dante Bichette, Eric Young, and Charlie Hayes, but also saddled him with nobody's like Alex Cole and Freddy Beneviedes, and a nightmare of a pitching staff. Baylor brought a hard nosed work ethic to the team, and, despite their shortcomings, those early Rockies teams were fun to watch. My favorite Don Baylor moment? A Sunday afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants, with temperatures in the triple digits. When Baylor gave that day's lineup card to the home plate umpire, the ump crumpled it up and threw it on the ground, after which he tossed Baylor out of the game (which wasn't even scheduled to start for at least thirty minutes.) Baylor spent the rest of that entire time screaming in that umpire's ear until game time (the two had had words over a blown call the night before.) We gave Baylor a standing ovation when he finally left the field. R.I.P., Don. Thank you for your time in Colorado. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
http://www.courtsidetweets.com Don Baylor of the Boston Red Sox breaks the all time record for hit by pitches in 1987. It's amazing that the 1979 American Le...
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@JudyEv (121214)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Aug
That's a good story about him. It's a shame he had to die this way.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
It was funny because we really didn't know what was going on, just that he was in this guy's ear the entire time.
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@crossbones27 (19235)
• Redlands, California
8 Aug
That sucks and do not feel bad, heard the news say we have Breaking Tweets from Donald Trump. RIP Mr Baylor, he was a good man.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
Really? Donald Trump is tweeting? When did this start?
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• Redlands, California
8 Aug
@teamfreak16 I think he started when he was 5, oh my bad, at 71 he just acts like a 5 year old. Confuse that sometimes.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
@crossbones27 - It's like we have a spoiled brat in the White House. Oh, wait, we do.
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@JohnRoberts (54364)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Aug
I didn't know he had been battling cancer for years. A few years ago, Baylor returned to the Angels as hitting coach and he had a long absence followed by his exiting. It was never explained beyond medical issues and now we know why.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
He had multiple myeloma. It was diagnosed in 2003.
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@andriaperry (48648)
• United States
8 Aug
So many dying from cancer.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
He's been fighting it for years.
@Dena91 (4196)
• United States
8 Aug
Darren Daulton also passed, on Sunday I believe from cancer. He was 55. Played for the Phillie's He got them to the world series in 1993 but lost to the Blue Jays if I am not mistaking. Sad days for baseball fans everywhere.
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@TRBRocks420 (75529)
• Banks, Oregon
8 Aug
Sorry to hear this and, RIP to him.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
I know. I'm bummed.
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@dollaboy (6232)
8 Aug
Sorry to hear that. RIP
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
Even though hehe's been fighting it for years, I was not expecting it.
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@dgobucks226 (11538)
10 Aug
That's a well researched very nice write up on Baylor. Tough guy and someone you would want on your team.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Aug
He was certainly good at crowding the plate. That's a lot of times getting hit by pitch.
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@dgobucks226 (11538)
11 Aug
@teamfreak16 Yes, he was right up there on top of it. Another player who did that and got hit often was Frank Robinson. These guys who crowd the plate are trying to reach that outside strike which was often called but was usually a ball. A common strike zone among umps during the years Baylor played.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
@dgobucks226 - I've seen pitches that are like a foot outside called strikes.
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@FourWalls (13327)
• United States
8 Aug
It's good that you get your news here, because this is the only place it really is "fair and balanced." Baylor was a good player and manager. He did what he could with the expansion team.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
It does seem as if I find out about a lot of stuff here first.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
@FourWalls - I saw that. He was a great catcher.
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
8 Aug
I seem to get my news from MyLot as well sometimes. Though I don't follow baseball I am sorry to hear it.
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@teamfreak16 (40919)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Aug
He did win a World Series with the Twins.