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Gaylen Pitts

Gaylen Pitts
Infielder
Born: (1946-06-06) June 6, 1946 (age 68)
Wichita, Kansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 12, 1974 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1975 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .250
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4
Teams

Gaylen Richard Pitts (born June 6, 1946, at Wichita, Kansas) is an American professional baseball manager and coach, and a former third baseman at the Major League Baseball level. He is currently a special assistant on the Major League coaching staff of St. Louis Cardinals' skipper Mike Matheny.

Early and personal life

As a player, Pitts threw and batted right-handed, stood 6'1" (1.85 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Playing career

Pitts' Major League experience came with the Oakland Athletics during brief call-ups during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. He appeared in 28 games, batted 44 times, and compiled a batting average of .250, with four doubles and four runs batted in.[1] However, most of his career has been spent in the Cardinals' organization. Pitts signed with St. Louis as a shortstop in 1964 after graduating from Mountain Home High School in Arkansas, and reached the Triple-A level with the Tulsa Oilers of the American Association in 1970. The following season, he was acquired by Oakland in a minor league transaction.

Coaching and managing career

Pitts' managing career began with two seasons (1978–79) in the A's farm system. He returned to the Cardinals in 1981 as a minor league manager and has spent most of his career with them since, as a skipper in their farm system, a roving instructor, and a coach for five seasons (1991–95)[2] on Joe Torre's Major League staff when Torre was the field boss of the Redbirds. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was winning the 2000 PCL Championship as manager of the Triple A St. Louis Cardinals affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. In extra innings, Albert Pujols who was at the time 20 years old, hit a walk-off home run to win the title.

During his most recent managerial assignment, he was the 2008 manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals, St. Louis' High-A affiliate in the Florida State League. He opened the 2009 season as the Cards' special assistant for player development and served in that role until joining Matheny's staff.

References

External links

  • Major and minor league career record, from Baseball-Reference
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