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Gaylen Pitts

Gaylen Pitts
Born: (1946-06-06) June 6, 1946 (age 68)
Wichita, Kansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 12, 1974 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1975 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .250
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4

Gaylen Richard Pitts (born June 6, 1946, at Wichita, Kansas) is an American professional baseball manager and coach, and a former third baseman at the Major League Baseball level. He is currently a special assistant on the Major League coaching staff of St. Louis Cardinals' skipper Mike Matheny.

Early and personal life

As a player, Pitts threw and batted right-handed, stood 6'1" (1.85 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Playing career

Pitts' Major League experience came with the Oakland Athletics during brief call-ups during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. He appeared in 28 games, batted 44 times, and compiled a batting average of .250, with four doubles and four runs batted in.[1] However, most of his career has been spent in the Cardinals' organization. Pitts signed with St. Louis as a shortstop in 1964 after graduating from Mountain Home High School in Arkansas, and reached the Triple-A level with the Tulsa Oilers of the American Association in 1970. The following season, he was acquired by Oakland in a minor league transaction.

Coaching and managing career

Pitts' managing career began with two seasons (1978–79) in the A's farm system. He returned to the Cardinals in 1981 as a minor league manager and has spent most of his career with them since, as a skipper in their farm system, a roving instructor, and a coach for five seasons (1991–95)[2] on Joe Torre's Major League staff when Torre was the field boss of the Redbirds. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was winning the 2000 PCL Championship as manager of the Triple A St. Louis Cardinals affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. In extra innings, Albert Pujols who was at the time 20 years old, hit a walk-off home run to win the title.

During his most recent managerial assignment, he was the 2008 manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals, St. Louis' High-A affiliate in the Florida State League. He opened the 2009 season as the Cards' special assistant for player development and served in that role until joining Matheny's staff.


External links

  • Major and minor league career record, from Baseball-Reference
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