Don Baylor, World Series champ with Twins, dead at 68

Solenn Plantier
Août 7, 2017

Don Baylor, the former Yankee who won the American League MVP with the California Angels in 1979, died Monday from cancer.

He played in the major leagues for six teams (Orioles, Athletics, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins) in 19 seasons and was on a World Series victor with the Twins in 1987.

Baylor died at 4:25 Monday morning, his son confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman. His career ended in 1988 with a second stint in Oakland, finishing with 338 home runs and 1,276 runs batted in. In the ninth inning of Game 5, with the Red Sox down 5-2 and facing elimination, Baylor hit a two-run home run to pull Boston within one. He hit.296 with 36 home runs and led the majors in runs (120) and RBIs (139) that season.

Baylor won a World Series ring with the Twins in 1987 and was a three-time Silver Slugger victor, in addition to MVP and All-Star honors in 1979. Baylor is one of four men, along with Frank Robinson, Joe Torre and Kirk Gibson, to win both an MVP and Manager of the Year award, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His most notable season in that regard came in 1986 with the Red Sox, when he was plunked 35 times. He was part of the Twins' 1987 World Series-winning team, batting.385/.467/.615 in a five-game series victory over the Cardinals. He later joined the Cubs from 2000-02. He was named the NL Manager of the Year in 1995 with the Rockies. His career record as a manager was 627-689.

His last major league job was as a hitting coach with the Angels in 2015.

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