Don Baylor, Former AL MVP, Dies At 68

Don Baylor, Former AL MVP, Dies At 68

Former Boston Red Sox Don Baylor died of cancer on Monday at the age of 68 in an Austin, Texas hospital.

Don Baylor, a retired Major League Baseball star who would eventually transition into a coaching and managerial career has died at the age of 68.

Baylor, the 1979 AL MVP, played for the Orioles, Athletics, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins over a 19-year career. He was the NL manager of the year in 1995. While remaining in Colorado for six seasons before heading to the "Windy City" for another three go-rounds, he produced an overall record of 627-689 while at the helm.

Baylor was beaned with sliders, fastball, curves and more to the tune of 267 times during his career.

In his career, he hit 338 home runs driving in 1276 RBIs with a.260 batting average in 8198 at-bats. Others will remember him as the MVP of the 1979 season, when he played in all 162 games for the Angels and led the league with 139 RBI. "Getting hit is my way of saying I'm not going to back off", Baylor said in a 1987 interview.

He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2003.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Beginning with their game in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Rockies will hang a jersey with Baylor's name on it in the dugout.

Following his playing career, Baylor became manager for the expansion Colorado Rockies for their inaugural season in 1993. Fired after the 1998 season, Baylor got a second chance at managing when he took over the Cubs in 2000 for a 2 1/2-season run that included an 88-win season in "01".

Baylor was a coach for the Angels in 2014 when he broke his right leg catching a ceremonial first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero.

Baylor is survived by his wife, Rebecca; son, Don Edward Jr.; brother, Doug; sister, Connie; two granddaughters Brooklyn and Nola Bee.