Don Baylor
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Don Baylor
Don Baylor
Donald Edward Baylor
Born: June 28, 1949 at Austin, Tex.
Died: August 7, 2017
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 210

Don Baylor was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 12, 2013.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Bench Coach 2003 - 2004
  • Hitting Instructor 2004

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September 24, 2004
Now that "Uncle Art" is going to be history, and a lot of names have been thrown out for the manager in 2005, how come I havn't heard Don Baylor's name mentioned a skipper for us? He commands respect, has experience and knows the team , a perfect trifecta. Hopefully he will get good play from the country club boys.

Jonathan Stern
March 14, 2005
A great ballplayer who bravely fought cancer during his brief stint at Shea. I hope he is recovering nicely.

Even before serving as a Mets coach, he had some interesting Mets-related episodes. He broke Ron Hunt's record for career HBP's. He also ended up in Tom LaRussa's doghouse (and on his bench) when, in 1988, he stated that he was hoping his A's would face the Mets in the World Series. He said he wanted a tougher opponent than the Dodgers... who defeated the Mets in seven, then whupped the A's in five, fueled in part by certain comments by Baylor and our own David Cone, among things. Kirk Gibson's homer off the Eck helped a little, too.

Of course, most interesting of all was his being a member of the 1986 Red Sox. In Mike Sowell's book "One Pitch Away," the author interviews Baylor from the visitors dugout at Shea. At the time, Baylor was the new manager of the Colorado Rockies. And I quote:

"Same spot, right here. Me and Tom Seaver, right in this corner. We sat right here for outs one and two, and then we moved up toward that step, ready to run out onto the field and celebrate.

"I like sitting here. I like to torture myself."

DanMan Mets Fan 69 86
March 16, 2007
Terrible hitting coach. Should be called hbp coach. That is one of the reasons the 2003-4 Mets were crappy.

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