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Ron Hassey

Ron Hassey
Catcher
Born: (1953-02-27) February 27, 1953
Tucson, Arizona
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 1978 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 3, 1991 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Batting average .266
Home runs 71
Runs batted in 438
Teams

As Player

As Coach

Career highlights and awards

Ronald William Hassey (born February 27, 1953 in Tucson, Arizona) is a retired Major League Baseball catcher. Hassey began his career with the Cleveland Indians (1978–1984) after the Indians drafted him in the 18th round of the 1976 MLB amateur draft. He would also play for the Chicago Cubs (1984), New York Yankees (1985–1986),[1] Chicago White Sox (1986–1987), Oakland Athletics (1988–1990), and Montreal Expos (1991). Hassey is the only catcher in major league history to catch two perfect games (the first with Len Barker in 1981[2] and his second with Dennis Martínez in 1991[3] ).

Early Life

Hassey is the son of Joseph Bill Hassey, a former baseball player in the New York Yankees’ minor-league system. He was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and attended Tucson High Magnet School where, in 1972, his team went undefeated and won the state championship. He then went to the University of Arizona coached by Jerry Kindall. In Hassey's senior year (1976) the Wildcats won their the first of three NCAA Championship's under Kindall. Hassey's father also played for Tucson High Magnet School and the University of Arizona.

Playing career (1976–91)

Minor Leagues

Hassey was drafted by the Clevelend Indians in the 18th round of the 1976 amateur draft. He played for the San Jose Bees, the Williamsport Tomahawks, the Toledo Mud Hens, and the Portland Beavers.

MLB Regular season

He made his Joe Carter, Mel Hall and Don Schulze.[5]

MLB Postseason

Hassey played for the Athletics in three World Series. He was a member of the A's team that lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 World Series, and he was catching Dennis Eckersley during the legendary Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run.[6] He was also a member of the A's team that defeated the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series (though he did not play in the series), and lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series. In five postseason series, Hassey tallied an impressive career postseason .323 batting average.

Post-playing career (1992–present)

Hassey was a coach for the expansion Colorado Rockies from 1993–1995, and for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996. He then served as a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1997 to 2003. He managed the Carolina Mudcats in 2004, and from 2005–06 served as a bench coach for the Seattle Mariners under manager Mike Hargrove. Hargrove and Hassey played together for the Cleveland Indians from 1979-1984. He spent the 2011 season managing the Miami Marlins' Class A Affiliate, the Jupiter Hammerheads. He spent the 2012-2013 season managing, Miami MarlinsTriple A Affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs. The last game for the New Orleans Zephyrs, Hassey announced he was going to retire from baseball.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hassey heads back to Yanks".  
  2. ^ "Len Barker Perfect Game Box Score". Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dennis Martinez Perfect Game Box Score". Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jim Donaghy (October 17, 1990). "A Year Later, Welch Gets Turn". Associated Press. 
  5. ^ "Ron Hassey Trades and Transactions".  
  6. ^ "‘That was a cool feeling’: An oral history of Kirk Gibson’s iconic 1988 home run". SI.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Baseball Gauge
  • Retrosheet
  • Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
Preceded by
Don Zimmer
Colorado Rockies Bench Coach
1994
Succeeded by
Don Zimmer
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