Dave Magadan

David Joseph Magadan (born September 30, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball player. He retired as an MLB player after a 16-year career as an above average hitting first and third baseman. He is the cousin and godson of former manager Lou Piniella.

Dave Magadan
Dave Magadan (14544325071) (cropped)
Magadan with the Texas Rangers in 2014
Colorado Rockies – No. 16
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: September 30, 1962 (age 56)
Tampa, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1986, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2001, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average.288
Home runs42
Runs batted in495
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Early years

Magadan was listed at 6'4", 245 lbs, batted from the left side, and threw from the right. While a student at Jesuit High School of Tampa, Magadan was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the twelfth round of the 1980 Major League Baseball draft, but elected not to sign and remain in school. His status as a prospect improved after he led West Tampa Memorial Post No. 248 to a win against a team from Richmond, Virginia in the American Legion World Series and was named series Most Valuable Player. He also received the George W. Rulon American Legion Baseball Player of the Year award.[1]

After high school, Magadan attended the University of Alabama, where, in 1983, his .525 batting average led the entire National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), while setting an SEC Southeastern Conference record, and is still the fifth best in NCAA history. After defeating Michigan and Arizona State University twice, Alabama lost to the University of Texas at Austin in the 1983 College World Series. Magadan was named the All-Tournament Team's first baseman. He also was selected as an AP All-American, was named the starting designated hitter on The Sporting News's college All-America team, received College Player of the Year honors from Baseball America and won USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur baseball player. His .439 career batting average is the SEC record and tenth best in NCAA history.

Minor leagues

Following his breakthrough season at Alabama, Magadan was selected by the New York Mets with the 32nd overall pick of the 1983 Major League Baseball draft, early in the second round. He was assigned to the South Atlantic League's Columbia Mets, with whom he batted .336 with three home runs.

Magadan did not hit any home runs his next two seasons, and did not display power as a prospect, but consistently hit for a high batting average and displayed excellent plate discipline, with a low strikeout rate and twice as many walks as strikeouts. He advanced steadily through the system, and was a September call-up for the 1986 championship squad.

Major league career

New York Mets

He made his major league debut on September 7, 1986 pinch hitting for Kevin Elster, and hit a double in his first major league at-bat.[2] He won the hearts of Mets fans in his first major league start on September 17, by hitting three singles, and reaching on an error in his four at-bats, and collecting two RBIs in the Mets' National League Eastern division clincher.[3] For the season, Magadan went eight for eighteen for a .444 batting average. Although he arrived too late in the 1986 season to join their postseason roster for their World Series championship run, he was given a World Series ring in 1995 for this, nine years after the series.[4]

Blocked at third base by Howard Johnson and at first by Keith Hernandez, Magadan still found his way into the lineup on a semi-regular basis in 1987 and 1988. He hit his first major league home run April 20, 1987. He provided a quality bat in late-inning situations and a capable spot starter whenever a regular needed a day off. Manager Davey Johnson even went so far as to move Johnson to shortstop for 30 games a year, just to get Magadan more playing time. Magadan became the Mets' regular first baseman in 1989 when injuries limited Hernandez to 75 games and a .233 batting average. Contrary to early reports of a mediocre glove, Magadan proved himself to be adequate at first, though certainly not in Hernandez' class.

Hernandez's contract expired after the season, and the Mets opted not to offer him a contract for the 1990 season. However, instead of giving the starting job to Magadan, the Mets traded Juan Samuel to the Los Angeles Dodgers and received Mike Marshall in return, with the intent of starting him at first. Marshall batted only .239 for the Mets, and had lost his starting job to Magadan by the time he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox on July 27. Magadan batted .328, which ranked third in the league, and his .417 on-base percentage was good for second place. He also ranked eighth in walks and fifth in sacrifice flies, and even drew four points in MVP voting.

Magadan entered the 1991 season as the starting first baseman for the Mets, but his numbers went down significantly. He only managed to bat .258 for the season, with 108 hits, and missed most of the last two months of the season with shoulder injuries. The Mets once again went outside the organization to bring in a first baseman in the off season and brought in Eddie Murray, another former Dodger and eventual Hall of Famer, to fill the role. This time, Magadan stayed in the lineup as he was moved to third base permanently while Howard Johnson was moved to the outfield. He was limited again by injuries to 99 games but managed a .283 average.

Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners, and back

Magadan signed with the expansion Florida Marlins on December 8, 1992, and was in the starting line-up for their inaugural season opener, going one for four in the Marlins' 6-3 victory over the Dodgers on April 5, 1993.[5] Before the midway point of the season, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Henry Cotto and Jeff Darwin. For the season Magadan's average was .273, as he recorded the most hits he'd had since his breakout 1990 season with 124. He also stayed relatively healthy when compared to the previous two seasons, playing in 137 games. He also became part of a historic moment on September 22, 1993, as the Mariners played host to the Texas Rangers inside the Kingdome. In the first inning, with the Mariners leading 5-0, he stepped in against Nolan Ryan. While Magadan was batting, Ryan suffered a torn ligament in his pitching elbow and had to be removed from the game; as Ryan had already announced he would be retiring following the season, Magadan proved to be the last batter Ryan would ever face.[6]

After the season the Mariners traded Magadan back to Florida in exchange for Jeff Darwin, one of the players they traded to acquire him. He played in only 74 games for the Marlins in 1994 and became a free agent after the season.

Houston Astros

Taking a pay cut, Magadan agreed to terms with the Houston Astros on a one-year deal for 1995. Magadan found himself once again with a starting job in Houston, batting .313 as their regular third baseman. Still, the Astros chose not to re-sign Magadan at the end of the 1995 season, choosing instead to acquire Sean Berry from the Montreal Expos to play third.

Chicago Cubs

Magadan signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1996. Injuries and a gold glove first baseman (Mark Grace) limited him to pinch hitting duties, and he batted only .254, and was used sparingly by manager Jim Riggleman.

Oakland A's

After 1996, he signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics at the end of the season, and made 328 plate appearances in 1997, splitting his time fairly evenly between first, third and designated hitter. He batted .303 with four home runs, and re-signed with the A's at the end of the season. While Magadan received far less playing time in 1998, he still emerged with a .321 batting average.

San Diego Padres

Magadan signed with the San Diego Padres in 1999 to back up first and third base. He made his first career appearance as a shortstop for the Padres in 2000, and in 2001, he made his only appearance at second base.

Seasons Games AB PA Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO HBP Avg. Slg. OBP Fld%
16 1582 4159 4963 516 1197 218 13 42 495 11 718 546 12 .288 .377 .390 .983

Magadan had a career .994 fielding percentage at first base and .951 at third base.

Coaching career

After his retirement as a player, Magadan was hired by the Padres as their minor league hitting instructor in 2002, and served as their major league batting coach from 2003 to 2006. On June 15, 2006, with the Padres batting .252 as a team (last in the National League), Magadan was fired by Padres GM Kevin Towers and replaced by former Padres hitting coach Merv Rettenmund. Their .322 in on-base percentage and .391 slugging percentage was second to last to the Chicago Cubs.[7]

On October 20, 2006, Magadan was named hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox.[8] In his first season on the job, Magadan's Red Sox would go on to see great improvements in batting average (.269 to .279), slugging percentage (.435 to .444) and on-base percentage (.351 to .362), and led the American League with 689 walks. In 2007, Boston would finally end their archrival New York Yankees' nine-year run as American League Eastern division champions, and went on to sweep the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series. The team batted .333 in the World Series.

The Red Sox were among the league leaders in all batting categories again in 2008, leading the major leagues with a .358 on-base percentage and 646 walks, and ranking second in the American League in batting average (.280), runs (845), doubles (353), RBIs (807) and total bases (2,503), and finishing third in slugging percentage (.447).

Magadan was suspended for one game on June 26, 2009 for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Bob Davidson on June 24.[9] While still making the post season as a wild card, the Red Sox saw a substantial dip in all categories in 2009, and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Angels.

On October 19, 2012, Magadan was named hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.[10] He left the team after the 2015 season.

On November 25, 2015, Magadan was hired as the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On October 1, 2018, the Arizona Diamondbacks mutually agreed to part ways with Dave Magadan. Arizona was one of the worst-hitting teams in all of baseball with a .235 batting average for the 2018 season. [11]

During the 2018 winter meetings in Las Vegas, Magadan was hired to be the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies.


  1. ^ "American Legion Baseball Scholarships & Awards". Archived from the original on June 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  2. ^ "New York Mets 6, San Diego Padres 5". 1986-09-07.
  3. ^ "New York Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 2". 1986-09-17.
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/25/sports/sports-people-baseball-86-series-rings-arrive-at-last.html
  5. ^ "Florida Marlins 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 3". 1993-04-05.
  6. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/texas-rangers/post/_/id/4893565/new-hitting-coach-was-last-batter-to-face-nolan-ryan
  7. ^ "Padres tab Rettenmund hitting coach. Magadan replaced in effort to boost inconsistent offense". Retrieved 2006-06-30.
  8. ^ "Red Sox Manager & Coaches". Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  9. ^ "Magadan suspended following ejection". Retrieved 2009-06-31. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/8525264/hitting-coach-dave-magadan-leaves-boston-red-sox-texas-rangers
  11. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24863365/arizona-diamondbacks-hitting-coach-dave-magadan-mutually-part

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Ron Jackson
Boston Red Sox hitting coach
Succeeded by
Greg Colbrunn
Preceded by
Scott Coolbaugh
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Turner Ward
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1983 Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team

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1983 College Baseball All-America Team

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1983 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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1988 New York Mets season

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1989 New York Mets season

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1991 New York Mets season

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An interesting note is that two Mets home games against the Cardinals were cancelled on August 19 and 20 due to the Crown Heights riot; this puts the 1991 Mets, alongside the 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2015 Baltimore Orioles to have games affected due to riots.

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1993 Florida Marlins season

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1993 Seattle Mariners season

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The company's first offering was a baseball simulation table game using cards to represent each major league player, boards to represent different on-base scenarios (e.g. "Bases Empty", "Runners on First and Third," "Bases Loaded"), and dice to generate random numbers. Seitz's mail-order product derived from the game National Pastime, invented and patented by Clifford Van Beek in 1925, a game that Seitz played in his youth. The game can be played against another person or solitaire. Devoted fans keep track of the results and assess how players' performances compare to their real-life statistics.

The game company later produced football, golf, basketball, hockey, bowling, boxing, soccer, and saddle racing games modeled after the baseball game (cards, boards, and dice).

In the 1980s and 1990s computer adaptations of some of these games were produced.

APBA enthusiasts have included Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush; presidential son-in-law David Eisenhower; New York mayor Ed Koch; actor Jeff Daniels; ballplayers Bump Wills, Jim Sundberg and Dave Magadan; sports agent and Detroit Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem; and journalist and memoirist Franz Lidz.For much of its history APBA's main competitor has been Strat-O-Matic. Other rivals include, or have included, Replay Publishing, Statis Pro Baseball, MLB Showdown and, in APBA's early years, Big League Manager. In 2000 APBA redesigned the packaging of its baseball game and for a brief time expanded its marketing approach to include hobby shops and sport card dealers, with limited success.

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He has authored two books, Putting It on The Line, a book about his experiences in the world of sports and entertainment, and Rock Your Business: What You and Your Company Can Learn From The Business of Rock and Roll.Fishof co-produced, along with Mark Burnett Productions, a television documentary series on his Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. The show, titled "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp," aired on VH1 Classic. Season One features rock stars: Ace Frehley, Michael Anthony, Lita Ford, Lemmy Kilmister, Matt Sorum, Eddie Kramer, and Bret Michaels. Season Two features rock stars: Sammy Hagar, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Ramones drummer Marky Ramone, Paul Stanley of KISS, Duff McKagen, Matt Sorum, Mark Hudson and producer/engineer Eddie Kramer.David also speaks publicly and was the featured speaker at the "National Speakers Association" annual conference held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City's Times Square in 2008.

Merv Rettenmund

Mervin Weldon Rettenmund (born June 6, 1943) is an American former Major League Baseball player and coach. He played thirteen seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (1968–73), the Cincinnati Reds (1974–75), the San Diego Padres (1976–77) and the California Angels (1979–80).

He helped the Orioles win the 1969 and 1971 American League pennant, the 1970 World Series and the 1973 AL Eastern Division, the Reds win the 1975 World Series and the Angels win the 1979 AL Western Division. He also served as hitting coach for the 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics, as well as the Athletics' 1990 A.L. pennant-winners, and the 1998 National League champion Padres.

He finished 19th in voting for the 1971 AL MVP for playing in 141 Games and having 491 At Bats, 81 Runs, 156 Hits, 23 Doubles, 4 Triples, 11 Home Runs, 75 RBI, 15 Stolen Bases, 87 Walks, .318 Batting Average (which was third best in the American League to Bobby Murcer of the New York Yankees [.331], and Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins [.337]), .422 On-base percentage, .448 Slugging Percentage, 220 Total Bases, 4 Sacrifice Hits, 3 Sacrifice Flies and 2 Intentional Walks.

After the trade of Frank Robinson to the Los Angeles Dodgers in early-December 1971, Rettenmund began the 1972 season as the Orioles' starting right fielder. By 1973, he was out of the starting lineup due to injuries, prolonged batting slumps and the emergence of Al Bumbry and Rich Coggins. Rettenmund, along with Junior Kennedy and Bill Wood, was sent to the Cincinnati Reds for Ross Grimsley and Wally Williams on December 4, 1973.In 13 seasons, he played in 1,023 Games and had 2,555 At Bats, 393 Runs, 693 Hits, 114 Doubles, 16 Triples, 66 Home Runs, 329 RBI, 68 Stolen Bases, 445 Walks, .271 Batting Average, .381 On-base percentage, .406 Slugging Percentage, 1,037 Total Bases, 36 Sacrifice Hits, 20 Sacrifice Flies and 15 Intentional Walks. He recorded a .985 Fielding Percentage at all 3 outfield positions in his major league career.

After his major league career, Rettenmund served as hitting coach for the Texas Rangers (1983–85), the Athletics (1989–90), the Padres (1991–99), the Atlanta Braves (2000–01), and the Detroit Tigers (2002).

After three years out of the majors, Rettenmund returned as hitting coach of the Padres in June, 2006, replacing Dave Magadan. However, he himself was replaced in mid-season the next year (July 31, 2007), by Wally JoynerRettenmund currently resides in San Diego, California.

Scott Coolbaugh

Scott Robert Coolbaugh (born June 13, 1966) is an American former baseball player. An alumnus of University of Texas-Austin, Coolbaugh played Major League Baseball from 1989 to 1991 for the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres and in 1994 for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also played two seasons in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers in 1995 and 1996, and continued to play in the minor leagues until 1999. He is the brother of the late major league player and minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh.In 1999, Coolbaugh played for the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders and also was a player–coach for Double-A El Paso. In 2000, he was the manager of the High Desert Mavericks, and in 2001, he was the manager of the Lancaster JetHawks. In 2002, he was again the hitting coach for El Paso. Coolbaugh served as El Paso's manager from 2003–2004. From 2007–2008, he was the hitting coach for Double-A Frisco in the Rangers' organization. On December 29, 2008, he was named the hitting coach for the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks. Then on June 8, 2011, the Texas Rangers brought him in from their Triple-A affiliate, Round Rock, to replace hitting coach Thad Bosley.On October 19, 2012, Coolbaugh was replaced as hitting coach by Dave Magadan. He has been offered another job within the organization. The Baltimore Orioles hired him on December 19, 2014 to serve as hitting coach for the 2015 season. He currently serves as hitting coach for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

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