Lee Tinsley

Lee Owen Tinsley (born March 4, 1969) is a former professional baseball outfielder, who played in 1993–97 with the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was most recently the assistant hitting coach of the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball.

Lee Tinsley
Tinsley and Griffey
Tinsley talking to Ken Griffey Jr.
Outfielder
Born: March 4, 1969 (age 50)
Shelbyville, Kentucky
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 1993, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1997, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Batting average.241
Home runs13
Runs batted in79
Teams

Playing career

Oakland Athletics

Tinsley was drafted in the 1st round of the 1987 MLB draft out of Shelby County High School in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He began his professional career that year with the Medford A's of the Northwest League. In 1989 and 1990 he played with the Madison Muskies of the Midwest League. In 1991, he was promoted to the AA Huntsville Stars of the Southern League, where he hit .224 in 92 games.

Cleveland Indians

On July 26, 1991 he was traded by the Athletics (along with another minor league) to the Cleveland Indians for Brook Jacoby. He played with the Canton–Akron Indians of the Eastern League through 1992. He was then promoted to the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox to finish the 1992 season.

Seattle Mariners

Tinsley was selected off waivers by the Seattle Mariners on September 21, 1992. He spent most of 1993 with the Calgary Cannons in the Pacific Coast League, where he hit .302 in 111 games. He made his Major League debut on April 6, 1993 against the Toronto Blue Jays, pinch hitting in the fifth inning and remaining in the game to play left field. He walked once and struck out once in two plate appearances.

He collected his first Major League hit on April 11, 1993, with a ninth inning pinch-hit single off of Baltimore's Gregg Olson, eventually scoring the tying run to send the game into extra-innings. He hit his first home run on July 21, 1993 off of Steve Farr of the New York Yankees. In 11 games with the Mariners, he had three hits in 19 at-bats for a .158 batting average.

Boston Red Sox / Philadelphia Phillies

Tinsley was traded to the Boston Red Sox on March 22, 1994 for a player to be named later. He hit .222 in 78 games for them in 1994, while tying a club record by going 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts in his first full year in the majors. He opened the 1995 campaign with a 14-game hitting streak, while also making good on his first 2 stolen base attempts of the year to run his streak to a team record 15 in a row dating back to 1994. Lee later had a career-best 15-game hitting streak from June 10–25, finishing the campaign with a .284 average in 100 games for Boston.

On January 29, 1996, the Red Sox traded Tinsley (along with Glenn Murray and Ken Ryan) to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Heathcliff Slocumb and two minor leaguers. He appeared in 31 games for the Phillies before being dealt back to Boston on June 9. He appeared in 92 of the Red Sox's final 102 games and hit .245.

Back to Seattle

Lee was dealt back to Seattle prior to the 1997 season, which was an injury-riddled campaign for Tinsley, who started 19 of Seattle's first 24 games, but was eventually sidelined in May with an injured right elbow. He was then activated on August 1, returning to the lineup two days later, but was placed back on the D.L. on August 21. He hit only .197 that season in 49 games.

Later career

He never returned to the Majors but he spent 1998–99 in AAA with the affiliates of the Anaheim Angels, Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds. In 2000, he played in the independent Western Baseball League with the Valley Vipers and then moved to the Mexican League where he finished off the season.

Coaching career

Tinsley made his coaching debut as the hitting coach for the El Paso Diablos, Arizona's AA affiliate, in 2001. He left the organization for a year to serve as the roving outfield instructor for the Angels' minor league system, then returned to the Diamondbacks' chain in 2003, serving as the minor league outfield co-ordinator. He was the first-base coach for the Diamondbacks in 2006–08.

On December 1, 2008, Tinsley was named first base coach of the Seattle Mariners, a position he held through 2010.

Tinsley was the minor league outfield/baserunning coordinator for the Chicago Cubs in 2011–13. He was named the manager of the Ogden Raptors for 2014, but chose to join the Cincinnati Reds as assistant hitting coach instead. On October 22, 2015, Tinsley did not have his contract renewed by the Reds.

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Preceded by
Brett Butler
Arizona Diamondbacks first base coach
20062008
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Bundy
1991 Cleveland Indians season

The Cleveland Indians lost 105 games in 1991, the most in franchise history.

1991 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1991 season was the team's 24th in Oakland, California. It was also the 91st season in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 84-78.

The 1991 season saw the Athletics' American League dominance come to an abrupt end. Between 1988 and 1990, the team had won three American League pennants and one World Series title; in the process, they won a combined 306 regular season games. In light of these accomplishments, the Athletics were initially favored to win yet another American League pennant.

A fourth consecutive World Series appearance, however, was not to be. In 1991, poor pitching (from both the starting rotation and the bullpen) served to take the Athletics out of contention. From 1988 to 1990, the Athletics had posted a team earned run average (ERA) of roughly 3.24 (easily the American League's best over that span); in 1991, however, they posted a sickly team ERA of 4.57 (the American League's second-worst). Of particular note were the struggles of ace Dave Stewart, whose 1991 ERA (5.18) was more than twice his 1990 ERA (2.56). 1990 Cy Young Award winner Bob Welch fared almost as poorly; his earned run average swelled from 2.95 (1990) to 4.58 (1991). In 1990, he had won a league-high 27 games; in 1991, he won a mere 12.

The Athletics' 1991 campaign, as such, is remembered mainly for the record-breaking exploits of Rickey Henderson. On May 1, he stole his 938th career base; in doing so, he succeeded Lou Brock as MLB's career stolen base leader. Henderson would end the 1991 season with 994 stolen bases.

Oakland would return to contention in 1992 with a record of 96-66. The 1991 season still, however, marked the end of the Athletics as a dynastic power. The 1992 team failed to dominate the league in the manner that the 1988–90 teams had; following that team's six-game ALCS defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland wouldn't reach the postseason until 2000.

1993 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1993 season was their 17th since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 4th in the American League West, finishing with a record of 82–80 (.506). During the 1993 season, Randy Johnson set a club record with 308 strikeouts. It was also the first season he walked less than 100 batters.The previous fall, the team also introduced a new logo, team colors and uniform set for this season that remain the team's current look to this day (with slight adjustments made in 2015).

1994 Boston Red Sox season

The 1994 Boston Red Sox season was the 94th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The season was cut short by the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, and there was no postseason. When the strike started on August 12, the Red Sox were in fourth place in the American League East with a record of 54 wins and 61 losses, 17 games behind the New York Yankees.

1995 Boston Red Sox season

The 1995 Boston Red Sox season was the 95th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 86 wins and 58 losses, as teams played 144 games (instead of the normal 162) due to the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. The Red Sox then lost to the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.

1996 Boston Red Sox season

The 1996 Boston Red Sox season was the 96th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses, seven games behind the New York Yankees.

1996 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1996 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 114th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 67 wins and 95 losses. They also hosted the 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

1997 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1997 season was their 21st season, and the team won their second American League West title, with a record of 90–72 (.556), six games ahead of the runner-up Anaheim Angels. For the second straight year, they led the AL in runs scored (925) and shattered the all-time record for most home runs hit by a team in one season (set at 257 by the Baltimore Orioles the year before) with 264. Five Mariners scored at least 100 runs and six hit at least 20 home runs. In addition, the Seattle pitching staff led the league with 1,207 strike outs.

The Mariners drew over three million in home attendance for the first time in franchise history, in the penultimate full season at the Kingdome. Ken Griffey Jr. hit a franchise record 56 home runs and won the Most Valuable Player award in the American League.

2009 Seattle Mariners season

The 2009 Seattle Mariners season was the 33rd season in franchise history. They improved upon a disappointing 2008 season, where they finished last in the American League West with a 61–101 record. They finished 3rd in the AL West with an 85–77 record, a 24 win improvement. The 2009 Mariners became the 13th team in MLB history to have a winning record following a 100+ loss season. On September 13, 2009, Ichiro got his 200th hit of the season. In the process, he set a new MLB record by getting at least 200 hits for nine consecutive seasons. He would break Wee Willie Keeler's record of eight consecutive seasons.

Brett Butler (baseball)

Brett Morgan Butler (born June 15, 1957) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball and current base running/outfield coach for the Miami Marlins. He played for five different teams from 1981 through 1997. Butler's best season came in 1991, when he made the National League All-Star team. He was diagnosed with cancer in May 1996, received treatment and returned to the playing field four months later. He retired in 1997 and began a baseball coaching career. He has coached or managed numerous professional teams. He was the manager of the Reno Aces minor league team from late 2008 through 2013.

Brook Jacoby

Brook Wallace Jacoby (born November 23, 1959) is an American former third baseman. He played in the major leagues from 1981 through 1992, and in Japan in 1993. His father, Brook Wallace Jacoby Sr., played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1956.

Canton–Akron Indians

The Canton–Akron Indians are a defunct Minor League Baseball team. They played in the Eastern League at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton, Ohio from 1989 to 1996. They were affiliated with the Cleveland Indians.

Darren Bragg

Darren William Bragg (born September 7, 1969) is an American former baseball outfielder who played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball. He played for the Seattle Mariners (1994–1996), Boston Red Sox (1996–1999), St. Louis Cardinals (1999), Colorado Rockies (2000), New York Mets (2001), New York Yankees (2001), Atlanta Braves (2002–2003), San Diego Padres (2004), and his final team, the Cincinnati Reds (2004).

In his career, he hit .255 with 46 home runs, 260 RBI, and 56 stolen bases.

His most notable time in the majors came after he was traded to the Boston Red Sox by the Seattle Mariners for Jamie Moyer and immediately excelled in his new environment. For the second half of 1996, Bragg started in center field, deposing Lee Tinsley, a future coach for the Seattle Mariners, Bragg's former team. He continued his strong play and started almost every day for the Red Sox throughout 1997, despite the previous winter's signing of Shane Mack. The following year, he fell into a platoon arrangement with Darren Lewis and Damon Buford between right and center field. He was subsequently released by the Red Sox and became a notorious journeyman, receiving the most playing time with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves.

On November 3, 2006, the Dayton Dragons, the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds named Bragg the team's hitting coach for the 2007 season. This is Bragg's first coaching experience.

Bragg now heads a company called "The Hit Club" in Thomaston, Connecticut. There, he works with many kids and high schoolers on hitting. He also heads a company called "Thrive Sports and Fitness" in Middlebury, Connecticut.

Bragg is currently residing in Southbury, Connecticut with three children. His oldest daughter graduated from The Taft School and now attends University of Virginia. His other two daughters currently attend The Taft School, taking after him.

Don Wakamatsu

Wilbur Donald Wakamatsu (born February 22, 1963) is an American former professional baseball player, scout, coach, manager, and current Bench Coach of the Texas Rangers. Wakamatsu was drafted in the 11th round of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox. He was hired as bench coach of the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 season. He was the manager of the Seattle Mariners for the 2009 season, as well as the majority of the 2010 season. He was the Toronto Blue Jays' bench coach for 2011 and 2012, after which he was replaced by DeMarlo Hale. During the 2013 season he worked as a scout for the New York Yankees in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Jamaal Tinsley

Jamaal Lee Tinsley (born February 28, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player. Tinsley played his collegiate career at Iowa State University. Following his senior year he was drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the 27th pick of the 2001 NBA draft, and was immediately dealt to the Atlanta Hawks, and then to the Indiana Pacers on draft night. Tinsley played 11 seasons in the NBA, primarily with the Pacers, as well as the Grizzlies and Jazz.

Ken Ryan

Kenneth Frederick Ryan, Jr. (born October 24, 1968), is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1992-1999. He is currently working for NESN as a baseball analyst.

He owns a baseball academy in Lincoln, RI. It is called KR Baseball Academy. The academy holds instruction camps and sessions, batting cages, and AAU teams, ages 8–16.

Michael Saunders

Michael Edward Brett Saunders (born November 19, 1986) is a Canadian professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, and Philadelphia Phillies.

He was nicknamed "The Condor" by Dave Sims, who attributed the origin of it to Lee Tinsley. And also, "Captain Canada".

Shelby County High School (Kentucky)

Shelby County High School is a public high school in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky. The school was established in 1960 and later absorbed Shelbyville High School, remaining the only high school in the district until the opening of Martha Layne Collins High School in 2010 to meet overcrowding concerns. The split of the school cut the school's population roughly in half.

Ty Van Burkleo

Tyler Lee Van Burkleo (born October 7, 1963) is the current hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians. He is a former bench coach for the Seattle Mariners and a former first baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for two different major league teams in his career: the California Angels (1993) and Colorado Rockies (1994). He also played for two teams in Japan: the Seibu Lions (1988–1990) and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1991). At 24, he was player of the year with the Seibu Lions, hitting 38 home runs and driving in 90 runs for the 1988 Japan Champions.

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