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Rick Honeycutt

Rick Honeycutt
Honeycutt with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 40
Pitcher / Pitching Coach
Born: (1954-06-29) June 29, 1954
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 24, 1977, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
May 2, 1997, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 109–143
Earned run average 3.72
Strikeouts 1,038

As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Frederick Wayne "Rick" Honeycutt (born June 29, 1954) is the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Honeycutt was a left-handed pitcher for 6 different teams over 21 years from 1977 to 1997. He pitched in 30 post-season games, including 20 league championship series games and 7 World Series games, and never lost a game, going 3-0. Honeycutt gave up zero runs in the 1988 and 1990 post-seasons, and was a member of the Oakland Athletics 1989 World Series championship team.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

Honeycutt was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Honeycutt played for the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team from 1973–1976, where he was an All-American first baseman-pitcher and won the Southeastern Conference batting title with a .404 mark. He played summer ball in Liberal, KS, in the Jayhawk League, for Bob Cerv. A teammate there, who played SS, was Condredge Holloway, a fellow U. of Tennessee baseball and football star.

Honeycutt was originally drafted in the 17th round of the 1976 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 1 12 seasons in their minor league system, the Pirates traded him to the Seattle Mariners in August 1977 to complete an earlier trade for Dave Pagan.

He made his major league debut on August 24, 1977 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched two innings of relief, struck out 3, allowed 2 hits and no runs. His first start was against the New York Yankees on August 31. He pitched 7.1 innings in that start, allowing 3 runs. He finished the season 0-1, but got his first victory in his first start the following year, beating the Minnesota Twins on April 7, 1978.

He matured into a control pitcher, being selected to the 1980 All-Star Game. While he was pitching on September 30, 1980, he was caught using a thumbtack to illegally cut the ball. He was ejected and suspended for 10 games.[1] Following the 1980 season, he was traded with Larry Cox, Willie Horton, Mario Mendoza and Leon Roberts to the Texas Rangers for Brian Allard, Rick Auerbach, Ken Clay, Jerry Gleaton and Richie Zisk. In 1983, Honeycutt represented the Rangers in the All-Star Game. On August 19, 1983, Honeycutt was traded from the Rangers to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Dave Stewart and Ricky Wright. Honeycutt led the American League in ERA in 1983 with 2.42, although he was traded to the Dodgers late in the season.

In 1987, Honeycutt was traded to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later, who would be Tim Belcher. Converted from a starting pitcher to relief in 1988 by Oakland, he became a set-up man to Dennis Eckersley, posting a series of sub-3.7 ERAs from 1988 through 1993. He was the oldest major league player in both 1996 and 1997.

He made 268 starts and 529 relief appearances in his career, logging 2,160 innings pitched and compiling 109 wins and 38 saves.

Coaching career

Following his playing career, Honeycutt spent a year coaching his kids' teams before joining the Dodgers as their minor league pitching coordinator.[2]

Honeycutt joined the Dodgers coaching staff as pitching coach for the 2006 season. He has also launched a sporting goods and apparel business in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Honeycutt and Mariano Duncan were the only holdovers from Grady Little's 2007 coaching staff to return on new Dodgers' manager Joe Torre's 2008 coaching staff. Honeycutt also remained as pitching coach when Don Mattingly replaced Torre after the 2010 season.

See also


  1. ^ "Biggest cheaters in baseball". Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  2. ^ The Official Site of The Los Angeles Dodgers: Team: Manager and Coaches

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andre Dawson
Oldest Player in the
National League

Succeeded by
Dennis Martínez
Preceded by
Jim Colborn
Los Angeles Dodgers Pitching Coach
Succeeded by
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