Wally Joyner

Wallace Keith Joyner (born June 16, 1962) is a retired Major League Baseball player. He played for four major league teams during a 16-year career, most notably for the California Angels, for whom he was an All-Star. He was a member of the pennant-winning 1998 San Diego Padres.

Wally Joyner
First baseman
Born: June 16, 1962 (age 57)
Atlanta, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 8, 1986, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 2001, for the Anaheim Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average.289
Home runs204
Runs batted in1,106
Career highlights and awards

Early life and career

Joyner attended Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia[1]., a suburb of Atlanta. He attended college at Brigham Young University.

He credited a stint with the Mayagüez Indians of the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League as fundamental in his improvement as a slugger. Then-batting coach José Manuel Morales forced him to do power weight training and modify his posture at the batting cage as to develop upper body strength. He was consequently the top hitter on Puerto Rico's winter league on the 1985–86 season, winning the Triple Crown (.356, 14 HR, 48 RBI) in 54 games.

California Angels

During his rookie season in MLB with the California Angels, Joyner became a fan favorite and briefly inspired a sensation in which Anaheim Stadium was dubbed "Wally World". The film National Lampoon's Vacation had featured a fictional theme park by that name, and the Angels' proximity to Disneyland may also have helped inspire the moniker. Additionally, ESPN announcer Chris Berman famously called him Wally "Absorbine" Joyner, a nickname that stuck.[2]

Joyner was the starting first baseman in the 1986 All-Star Game, becoming the first rookie to be voted into the All-Star Game by the fans. Joyner tied Darryl Strawberry for first place in that year's Home Run Derby.

When the Angels met the New York Yankees in a game in August 1986, a fan threw a knife at Joyner. Joyner was grazed on the left arm by the butt end of the weapon, escaping injury.[3]

Joyner broke up two no-hit bids in the ninth during the 1986 season. Against the Texas Rangers on June 16, he foiled Charlie Hough's bid with a single with one out in the ninth, scoring Jack Howell (who had reached on a three-base error) to tie the game at 1–1. Joyner, whose hit would be the Angels only one of the game, eventually scored the winning run on Orlando Mercado's passed ball for a 2–1 Angels victory.[4] Against the Detroit Tigers on August 20, Joyner broke up Walt Terrell's bid for a no-hitter by doubling with two out in the ninth; this would also be the Angels only hit in losing to the Tigers 3–0.[5]

Joyner and the Angels advanced to the 1986 American League Championship Series, where they came within one strike of the franchise's first World Series.

At the end of the 1986 season, Joyner was the runner-up in the voting for the Rookie of the Year Award, losing to José Canseco.[6]

On October 3, 1987, Joyner hit 3 solo home runs against the Indians in a 12-5 victory on the next to last day of the season. He finished the 1987 season with 34 home runs and 117 RBI, both career highs.


After six years with the Angels, Joyner signed with the Kansas City Royals as a free agent for the 1992 season. He played with the Royals for four years. After the 1995 season, Joyner was traded to the San Diego Padres for Bip Roberts. He played with the Padres for four years, and was the starting first baseman on the 1998 pennant-winning team. After the 1999 season, Joyner was traded to the Atlanta Braves in a deal that also sent Reggie Sanders to the Braves and Bret Boone and Ryan Klesko to the Padres. He played with the Braves for one year before ending his career where it had begun, with the Anaheim Angels.

Joyner announced his retirement on June 16, 2001. In a taped message that was played on the Edison Field videoboard after the first inning that day, he thanked the Angels fans for their support and received a standing ovation.[7]

In a 16 year career, Joyner posted a .289 batting average with 204 home runs and 1,106 RBI in 2,033 games played. Defensively, he was an excellent first baseman, recording a career .994 fielding percentage. He led the American League in fielding percentage at first base in 1989 and 1995 and the National League in 1996 and 1997.

In a November 2005 interview with ESPN The Magazine, Joyner revealed that he had briefly used steroids. At age 36, as his career was beginning to decline, he asked Padres teammate Ken Caminiti how to obtain them and did so. He took three pills before deciding not to continue and flushed them down the toilet.[8] Joyner told Buster Olney that his reason for telling his story in public was to set the record straight for the sake of his daughters.[9] Joyner was listed in the 2007 Mitchell Report.


Freddy Galvis running to first base
Joyner waves Freddy Galvis to second base while serving as first base coach in a Phillies game on September 7, 2013

On July 31, 2007, Joyner was hired by the San Diego Padres to be their hitting coach, replacing Merv Rettenmund.[10] Previously, Joyner had served as a special assistant to Padres General Manager Kevin Towers. Between 2003 and 2007, he also acted as a roving minor league instructor and spring training instructor for the Padres.

In September 2008, Joyner resigned as the hitting coach for the Padres due to a number of factors including the team's low rankings in batting categories and a difference in philosophy in regards to hitting with members of upper management (most notably, CEO Sandy Alderson). The resignation came as somewhat of a surprise due to Joyner's relationship with the GM/VP Kevin Towers. Their friendship goes all the way back to the early 1980s as college teammates for the BYU Cougars. Towers even traded for Joyner in late 1995, one of the first few transactions he made as the new GM for the Padres. In spite of this, Joyner was likely to be let go at the end of the year like Bench Coach Craig Colbert was on September 29, 2008 due to the same factors in his resignation.

On October 15, 2012, Joyner was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies as their assistant hitting coach to new hitting coach Steve Henderson.[11] Following the firing of Charlie Manuel, Joyner became the first base coach under interim manager, Ryne Sandberg.[12]

On November 18, 2013, the Detroit Tigers announced the hiring of Joyner as their hitting coach. He was the team's hitting coach for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons.[13] He resigned after the 2016 season to pursue other opportunities.[14]

Personal life

Joyner now resides in Mapleton, Utah. Joyner has invested and appeared in films marketed to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church), including playing "Brother Angel" (a reference to the California Angels) in The Singles Ward, and "Brother Jensen" in the 2003 movie, The R.M..[15][16]

See also


  1. ^ "Wally Joyner". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Yabba—dabba—doo!". CNN. March 26, 1990.
  3. ^ Penner, Mike (August 27, 1986). "Bronx Fears: Joyner Hit on Arm by Knife After 2-0 Angel Win". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Texas Rangers at California Angels Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. June 16, 1986. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Angels 0, Tigers 3". baseball-reference.com. August 20, 1986.
  6. ^ "1986 American League Rookie of the Year Award". Baseball-Reference.com.
  7. ^ Digiovanna, Mike (June 17, 2001). "Joyner Enters the World of Retirement". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
  8. ^ "Special Report: Who Knew?". ESPN The Magazine. 2005. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
  9. ^ Olney, Buster (January 23, 2009). "McGwire's brother about as bad as it gets". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
  10. ^ "Padres replace Rettenmund with Joyner". SignOnSanDiego.com. July 21, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2007.
  11. ^ Murphy, David (October 15, 2012). "Wally Joyner joins Phillies coaching staff". Philly.com. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  12. ^ Fagan, Ryan (August 17, 2013). "Phillies manager Charlie Manuel out; Ryne Sandberg takes over". Sporting News. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Vizquel to be part of Tigers coaching staff". MLB.com. November 18, 2013.
  14. ^ Beck, Jason (October 8, 2016). "Ausmus' staff returning except hitting coach Joyner". MLB.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "The R.M. (2003)". Archived from the original on March 16, 2007.
  16. ^ Wally Joyner on IMDb

External links

1982 Amateur World Series

The 1982 Amateur World Series (predecessor of the Baseball World Cup) was held in South Korea from September 4 to September 14.

1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 57th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 15, 1986, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, the home of the Houston Astros of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3-2 and ended a streak where the NL won 13 of the last 14 games. Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens was named the Most Valuable Player.

1987 California Angels season

The California Angels 1987 season involved the Angels finishing 6th in the American League west with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses.

1988 California Angels season

The California Angels 1988 season involved the Angels finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses.

1989 California Angels season

The 1989 California Angels season saw the Angels finish third in the American League West with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses.

1990 California Angels season

The 1990 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses.

1991 California Angels season

The California Angels 1991 season involved the Angels finishing 7th in the American League West with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses.

1992 Kansas City Royals season

The 1992 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 5th in the American League West with a record of 72 wins and 90 losses.

1994 Kansas City Royals season

The 1994 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League Central with a record of 64 wins and 51 losses. The season was cut short by the 1994 player's strike. The season marked the Royals' alignment into the new American League Central division.

1996 San Diego Padres season

The 1996 San Diego Padres season was the 28th season in franchise history.

1997 San Diego Padres season

The 1997 San Diego Padres season was the 29th season in franchise history. The Padres finished last in the National League West. Right fielder (and future Hall of Famer) Tony Gwynn had the highest batting average in the majors, at .372.

In April, the Padres played three home games at the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals won the opening two games (a double header) on April 19, winning the first 1-0 and the second 2-1 before the Padres won game 3 on Sunday April 20 by a score of 8-2. Reported attendances were 37,382 (game 2) and 40,050 (game 3).

1999 San Diego Padres season

The 1999 San Diego Padres season was the 31st season in franchise history. They finished fourth in the National League West. They had lost several key players after their 1998 pennant-winning season, most notably pitching ace Kevin Brown.

2000 Atlanta Braves season

The 2000 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 35th season in Atlanta along with the 125th season in the National League and 130th overall. The Braves won their ninth consecutive division title, however, the 2000 season would mark the first time since 1990 that the Braves did not appear in the National League Championship Series. One of the highlights of the season was that the All-Star Game was held at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Anchorage Bucs

The Anchorage Bucs Baseball Club is a college summer baseball team in Anchorage, Alaska. The team has been a member of the Alaska Baseball League since 1981.

They were originally formed in 1980 as an Anchorage Adult League team. Team colors are black and gold. Former players who advanced to the majors include Keith Foulke, Geoff Jenkins, Wally Joyner, Don August, Jeff Kent and numerous others. They were known as the Cook Inlet Bucs until 1984.

Home games are played at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Barry Axelrod

Barry Axelrod is a sports agent from the United States.

Axelrod, a graduate of UCLA Law School, is an attorney who specializes in sports, entertainment and business law. Axelrod has continually been active in many sports associations and fund raisers. He has served on the United States Anti-Doping Agency; dealing with several issues surrounding drugs and sports. Axelrod, a sports agent, has a large client list that includes: Jake Peavy, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Matt Morris, Matt Clement, Phil Nevin, as well as Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers, broadcasters Rick Sutcliffe, Mark Grace and Wally Joyner, actors Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber, and lastly professional figure skater Michelle Kwan. (see this page).

Craig Colbert

Craig Charles Colbert (born February 13, 1965 in Iowa City, Iowa) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and former bench coach for the San Diego Padres.

A 1983 graduate out of Manhattan High School, Colbert was selected in the 20th round of the 1986 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants. He played in their farm system until making his debut at the beginning of the 1992 season, and played in 72 games over two seasons, being released after the 1993 season.

Colbert played several more seasons in the minor leagues, first for the Cleveland Indians, then for the San Diego Padres. In 1998, Colbert became a player-coach for the Las Vegas Stars, ending his playing career after that season. From 2000 through 2006, Colbert worked his way up the Padres' chain, managing at four different levels of the minor leagues.

In 2007, he was named the Padres' bench coach, a position from which he was let go on September 29, 2008 following a 99 loss season. It seems that he and hitting coach Wally Joyner were the scapegoats for the disappointing season. Though upper management's inability to put proven talent on the field, the team's bottom ranking in MLB at scoring runs, next to last ranking in team batting average, injuries to Jake Peavy and Chris Young, and their paltry 36 stolen bases for the whole season (a total that 11 players in the AL and NL surpassed on their own) heavily contributed to their lackluster season. He is currently a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lee Stevens

DeWain Lee Stevens (born July 10, 1967) is a former first baseman and designated hitter drafted by the California Angels in 1986. A highly regarded prospect, Stevens batted .314 with 19 home runs for the Edmonton Trappers in 1991. The Angels considered him heir apparent to popular first baseman Wally Joyner. However, in parts of three seasons he hit just .225 with little power.

Before his baseball career ended, Stevens played for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and Cleveland Indians.

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.

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