10/26/2010 4:36 PM ET
D-backs add 4 to complete coaching staff
(PHOENIX) - The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have named Alan Trammell as bench coach, Don Baylor as hitting coach, Eric Young as first base coach and Charles Nagy as pitching coach for the 2011 season under manager Kirk Gibson, according to D-backs' Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.
"I am really excited about the experience we added to Kirk Gibson's coaching staff for next season," Towers said. "The four coaches we added were all All-Stars during long and successful playing careers and will be great leaders for our players to work with. You can't go wrong by adding the previous managerial and coaching experience Alan Trammell and Don Baylor bring to the staff. Although this is the first time Eric Young and Charles Nagy will be on a Major League coaching staff, both were successful during minor league coaching stints and were great veterans during the playing career."
Trammell, 52, was the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs the past four seasons (2007-10) after managing the Detroit Tigers for three seasons (2003-05), when Gibson served as his bench coach with the Tigers. He also served as the first base coach for the San Diego Padres from 2000-02 after one season as the Tigers hitting coach in 1999.
Trammell, who was the Tigers' second-round selection in the 1976 First-Year Player Draft, hit .285 with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBI during his 20-year playing career with the Tigers, which included six All-Star game selections, four Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards as the top offensive shortstop. He made his debut in 1977 at the age of 19 and ended his career in the Top 10 in many of Detroit's offensive categories, including games played (2,293, fifth) hits (2,365, seventh), doubles (412, sixth), RBI (10th) and stolen bases (236, fifth). He and teammate Lou Whitaker hold the American League record after combining to play 1,918 games together at shortstop and second base.
Trammell finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player Award voting in 1987 after posting career bests with a .343 batting average, 205 hits, 28 home runs and 105 RBI as the Tigers won the American League East Division Title. He was named Most Valuable Player during the 1984 World Series after batting .450 (9-for-20) with 2 home runs and 6 RBI as the Tigers defeated the Padres in 5 games. Trammell and Gibson were teammates on the Tigers for 12 seasons from 1979-87 and 1993-95.
Baylor, 61, was the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies for the past two seasons (2009-10) after serving as manager of the Rockies from 1993-98 and Cubs from 2000-02. He was the bench coach for the New York Mets from 2003-04, while holding the hitting coach title with the Milwaukee Brewers (1990-91), St. Louis Cardinals (1992), Atlanta Braves (1999) and Seattle Mariners (2005). He was named the first Rockies manager on Oct. 27, 1992 and garnered Manager of the Year honors from the BBWAA and The Sporting News in 1995 after the Rockies won the National League Wild Card and earned its first postseason berth in franchise history. In 1999, he was named the 46th manager of the Cubs and earned his 500th career managerial victory on Sept. 12, 2000.
Baylor, who was the Baltimore Orioles' second-round selection in the 1967 First-Year Player Draft, hit .260 with 338 home runs and 1,276 RBI during his distinguished 19-year Major League playing career with the Orioles, Oakland A's, California Angels, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. Baylor earned American League Most Valuable Player honors in 1979 with the Angels after hitting .296 with 36 home runs and leading the league with 120 runs scored and 139 RBI. He made three consecutive trips to the World Series from 1986-88 and was part of seven division titles with five different teams. Baylor, who is one of 18 players in history to collect at least 250 home runs and 250 stolen bases, also holds the American League record after being hit by 267 pitches over the course of his career.
Young, 43, served as a roving minor league instructor for the Houston Astros this past season, focusing on outfield play and baserunning, and was an in-studio analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" from 2007-09.
Young, who was the Los Angeles Dodgers' 43rd-round selection in the 1989 First-Year Player Draft, hit .283 with 79 home runs, 543 RBI and 465 stolen bases during his 15-year Major League playing career with the Dodgers, Rockies, Cubs, Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Padres. He played in two National League Division Series in his career and was named a National League All-Star in 1996 with the Rockies after leading the league with 53 stolen bases. Young also received the Silver Slugger award for second basemen in 1996 after batting .324 with 8 home runs and 74 RBI. He reached the 40-steal mark six times in his career and was second in stolen bases among all Major League players behind Kenny Lofton (597) during his career from 1992-2006.
Nagy, 43, was the pitching coach for Triple-A Columbus of the Cleveland Indians organization this past season. He also served as the pitching coach for Triple-A Salt Lake of the Angels organization from 2006-07. Prior to that, he served as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations for the Indians from 2004-05.
Nagy, who was the Indians' first-round selection in the 1988 First-Year Player Draft, went 129-105 with a 4.51 ERA and 1,242 strikeouts during his 14-year Major League playing career with the Indians and Padres. A three-time American League All-Star, Nagy was part of six AL Central Division titles in his 13 years with the Indians and was inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame in 2007. He was the starting pitcher for the AL in the 1996 All-Star Game in Philadelphia and finished fourth in the AL Cy Young Award voting that same season. Nagy posted six 15-win seasons over the course of his career, including a career-best 17 wins three times. He ranks sixth on the Indians all-time career pitching list with 297 starts and 1,235 strikeouts and 10th with 129 career victories. Nagy was also a member of the 1988 United States Olympic Team that won the gold medal in Seoul, South Korea.
Trammell, Baylor, Young and Nagy join a coaching staff that features third base coach Matt Williams and bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock.