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Rick Waits

Rick Waits
Seattle Mariners – No. 47
Pitcher / Pitching coach
Born: (1952-05-15) May 15, 1952
Atlanta, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 17, 1973, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 79–92
Earned run average 4.25
Strikeouts 659

Michael Richard Waits (born May 15, 1952) is a former [1] before being named pitching coach for the Mariners under new manager Lloyd McClendon for the 2014 season.

Playing career

Waits was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in the fifth round of the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] He made his debut on September 17, 1973 and pitched one game for the Senators, who were now the Texas Rangers. On June 13, 1975 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Jim Bibby, Jackie Brown and cash for Gaylord Perry.[2] Waits, a starter in his prime, beat the New York Yankees in the final regular season game of 1978, forcing a one-game playoff between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox for the American League East division title. After the Indians-Yankees game ended, news of the Indians' victory was announced on Fenway Park's video screen (there, the Red Sox had defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5–0 only moments earlier) with the words "THANK YOU, RICK WAITS, GAME TOMORROW."[3][4]

Coaching career

In 1987, Rick Waits joined the Rimini Pirates of the Italian Baseball League, leading them to two championships (1987 and 1988) and a European Cup Championship (1989). He led the league in ERA, serving the last two seasons (1988 and 1989) as a player-manager.[5] He also managed the IBL's Parma Angels.[1]

Waits later joined the [1]


  1. ^ a b c Mariners name Rick Waits Minor League pitching coordinator
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  5. ^ A Former Major Leaguer Savors Italian Baseball

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Preceded by
Randy Niemann
New York Mets bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Carl Willis
Seattle Mariners pitching coach
Succeeded by

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