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Carney Lansford

Carney Lansford
Third baseman
Born: (1957-02-07) February 7, 1957
San Jose, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1978, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1992, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .290
Home runs 151
Runs batted in 874
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Carney Ray Lansford (born February 7, 1957) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball and former hitting coach of the Colorado Rockies. Lansford, who played for the California Angels (1978–80), Boston Red Sox (1981–82) and Oakland Athletics (1983–92), batted and threw right-handed.

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Career

Originally drafted by the California Angels in the 3rd round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft, Lansford was the Angels' most successful rookie in 1978 and finished third in the overall AL Rookie of the Year vote. The Angels dealt Lansford to the Red Sox after the 1980 season. In 1981, he won the American League batting title in the strike-shortened season, becoming the league's first right-handed hitter to do so in 11 years. However, the emergence of Wade Boggs resulted in the Red Sox sending Lansford to Oakland in a trade involving Tony Armas during the 1982 off-season. Lansford became the A's regular third baseman and was there for their 1988 through 1992 dynasty, typically hitting second behind Rickey Henderson. Lansford narrowly missed winning his second batting title in 1989 with a .336 average (Minnesota's Kirby Puckett finished with a .339 average). Although his power numbers dropped off during those years, and he missed almost all the 1991 season with an injury, Lansford's speed and solid hitting made him a significant contributor to the A's dynasty. He played in three World Series with the A's, losing in 1988, 1990 and winning in 1989.

In his 15-year career, Lansford was a .290 hitter with 151 home runs, 874 RBI, and 224 stolen bases in 1862 games.

Coaching career

Lansford was a hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Lansford was relieved of his duties following the 2009 season.[1] Lansford was hired by the Rockies for the 2011 season.[2]

Personal life

Lansford had a cameo role as Kit "Hit or Die" Kesey, the Chicago White Sox batter that Mel Clark (played by Tony Danza) retires for the final out in the Angels' pennant-winning game in the 1994 remake of Angels in the Outfield.

He is a direct descendant of Sir Francis Drake

His son, Jared, was drafted by Oakland in the second round of the 2005 amateur draft. His other son, Josh, was a third baseman in the Chicago Cubs minor league system. His brother, Jody Lansford, spent nine seasons in the minor leagues, briefly breaking into the big leagues with the San Diego Padres, for whom he recorded 30 at bats in parts of two seasons, with one career home run.[3]

He played for the Briarwood Little League team, from Santa Clara, California, which made it to the finals of the 1969 Little League World Series. In the final game of the World Series on August 2, Carney's team was defeated 5-0 by the team from Taipei City, Taiwan. Lansford is one of fewer than a dozen men who have played in both the Little League World Series and the MLB World Series.[4]

Lansford went to Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, California, and due to his success, the school's baseball field is named for him.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/giants/detail?entry_id=49609&tsp=1
  2. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_16348829M
  3. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/L/Jody-Lansford.shtml
  4. ^ http://carneylansford.com/timeline.html

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Baseball Gauge
  • Baseball Library
  • Retrosheet
  • Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
  • 1969 Little League World Series
  • Carney Lansford at the Internet Movie Database
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