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Greg Colbrunn

Greg Colbrunn
First baseman
Born: (1969-07-26) July 26, 1969
Fontana, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 9, 1992, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
June 28, 2004, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Batting average .289
Home runs 98
Runs batted in 422
Career highlights and awards

Gregory Joseph Colbrunn (born July 26, 1969) is an American former Major League baseball player and hitting coach. Primarily a first baseman during his active career, the Fontana, California, native played in the Major Leagues for 13 seasons (1992–2004) and seven different teams. He threw and batted right-handed and was listed at 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 190 pounds (86 kg). He served as the Boston Red Sox hitting coach during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Colbrunn graduated from Fontana High School and was selected by the Montreal Expos in the sixth round of the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft, turning down a scholarship from Stanford University to begin his professional baseball career.[1] Despite missing the entire 1991 season with an injury, he rose through the Montreal farm system and made his MLB debut with the Expos on July 9, 1992, and singled in his first at bat off Francisco Oliveras of the San Francisco Giants.[2]

Playing career

After his debut with Montreal, Colbrunn would also play for the Florida Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Seattle Mariners. He batted over .300 five times during his Major League career, and had his most successful seasons with the Marlins and Diamondbacks, exceeding the 100-games played mark in 1995, 1996 and 2000. He set personal bests in home runs (23) and runs batted in (89) for the 1995 Marlins, and amassed 146 hits for the Marlins in both 1995 and 1996. He batted .310 in 334 career games with the D-Backs, with a career-high .333 mark during part-time duty in 2002. He hit for the cycle on September 18, 2002, against the San Diego Padres.[3]

Colbrunn was part of the Diamondbacks' victorious 2001 World Series team, starting at first base in Game 6 and collecting two singles in five at bats, with a base on balls, two runs scored and one RBI, in Arizona's 15–2 thrashing of the New York Yankees.

In his 13-season MLB career, Colbrunn batted .289; his 801 career hits included 155 doubles, 12 triples and 98 homers.

Batting coach

After his playing career ended in 2005, Colbrunn became a coach in the Yankees' organization, serving as the hitting instructor for the Charleston RiverDogs of the Single-A South Atlantic League from 2007–2009 and in 2011–2012.[4] In 2010, Colbrunn managed the RiverDogs to a 65–74 (.468) record.[5]

Then, following the 2012 season, Colbrunn joined the coaching staff of new Red Sox manager John Farrell as primary batting instructor. Under his guidance, the 2013 Red Sox led the Major Leagues in runs scored (853), runs per game (5.27), slugging percentage (.446), on-base percentage (.349), on-base plus slugging (.795), total bases (2,521) and extra-base hits (570).[1] The Red Sox won the American League East Division title, the American League pennant and the 2013 World Series.

Colbrunn returned to Farrell's staff for [8]

On October 24, the Yankees announced that Colbrunn, a resident of nearby Mount Pleasant, South Carolina,[1] would return to the Charleston RiverDogs as their batting coach for 2015.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c 2014 Boston Red Sox Media Guide biography
  2. ^ 1992-7-9 box score from Retrosheet
  3. ^ 2002-9-18 box score from Retrosheet
  4. ^ RiverDogs official website
  5. ^ Baseball Reference (minors)
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b 2014.10.03
  9. ^ New York Daily News

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave Magadan
Boston Red Sox hitting coach
Succeeded by
Chili Davis
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