Don Baylor, who played a key role in leading the 1986 Red Sox to the AL pennant, died Monday after a long fight against multiple myeloma, the Austin American-Statesman reported. After spending the first six seasons of his major league tenure in Baltimore, the heralded slugger then suited up for the Oakland Athletics, California Angels, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins along the way.
Baylor played for the Orioles, Angels and Yankees prior to joining the Red Sox.
In his career, he hit 338 home runs driving in 1276 RBIs with a.260 batting average in 8198 at-bats. He finished with 2,135 hits and 118 OPS+.
He reached the World Series three straight times at the end of his career from 1986 to 1988 and won the title with the Twins in 1987.
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Baylor's wife, Rebecca, released a statement, saying, "Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life". He was an All-Star and the MVP victor with the Angels in 1979, when he led the majors in RBIs and runs.
After retiring from the playing field, he was the first manager for the Rockies in their inaugural 1993 season until 1998. He is one of four people in baseball history to win MVP and Manager of the Year awards. He also managed the Cubs from 2000 to 2002.
Baylor spent time as a hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Rockies and Angels.