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Ty Van Burkleo

Ty Van Burkleo
Cleveland Indians – No. 29
First baseman / Bench coach
Born: (1963-10-07) October 7, 1963
Oakland, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
Professional debut
NPB: 1988 for the Seibu Lions
MLB: July 28, 1993 for the California Angels
Last professional appearance
NPB: 1991 for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
MLB: July 30, 1994 for the Colorado Rockies
NPB statistics
Batting average .239
Hits 157
Home runs 55
MLB statistics
Batting average .132
Hits 5
Home runs 1

As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Tyler Lee Van Burkleo (born October 7, 1963) is the current hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians. He is a former bench coach for the Seattle Mariners and a former first baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for two different major league teams in his career: the California Angels (1993) and Colorado Rockies (1994). He also played for two teams in Japan: the Seibu Lions (19881990) and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1991). At 24, he was player of the year with the Seibu Lions, hitting 38 home runs and driving in 90 runs for the 1988 Japan Champions.


  • Biography 1
  • Personal 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


A graduate of Chatsworth High School,[1] he signed a 1981 minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He then played for the Angels in their minor league system before signing with the Seibu Lions. Upon returning to the United States for the 1992 season, he signed with the Angels again, then played for the Rockies for two seasons, and in 1996 returned to the Angels for his last playing season. The following year, he began his coaching career with the Diamondbacks. In 2001, he found himself working for the Angels again, as the minor league hitting coordinator.

For the 2007–2008 seasons, Van Burkleo was the hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics.[2][3] In 2009, he was signed by the Mariners to be the bench coach to manager Don Wakamatsu.[2]

In 2010, he was hired by the Astros to be the minor league hitting coordinator. On August 19, 2012, Van Burkleo was named the interim hitting coach for the Houston Astros.[4]

He was named hitting coach of the Cleveland Indians on October 31, 2012, beginning with the 2013 season.[5]


He is married to Chris and has five children.[6]


  1. ^ Fletcher, Jeff (April 28, 1996). "Back in Minors, Van Burkleo Preaches What He Practices".  
  2. ^ a b "Astros Announce Minor League Coordinators and Medical Staff". December 19, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "A's name Ty Van Burkleo hitting coach".  
  4. ^ McTaggart, Brian (August 19, 2012). "Astros tab DeFrancesco as interim manager". Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bastian, Jordan (October 31, 2012). "Familiar faces among Francona's coaching staff". Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Brewer, Jerry (February 23, 2009). "Mariners' new bench coach Ty Van Burkleo is a Renaissance man".  

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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