Al Nipper

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Al Nipper
Pitcher
Born: (1959-04-02) April 2, 1959 (age 55)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1983 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 16, 1990 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Win–loss record 46–50
Earned run average 4.52
Strikeouts 381
Teams

As player

As coach

Albert Samuel Nipper (born April 2, 1959) is an American professional baseball coach and a former Major League pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. He served in 2012–2013 as the minor league pitching coordinator of the Detroit Tigers[1] and spent 2014 as pitching coach of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.[2][3]

Nipper graduated from Hazelwood West High School in Hazelwood, Missouri and Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri (formerly Northeast Missouri State University). Nipper pitched for the Red Sox from 1983 to 1987, the Cubs in 1988 and the Indians in 1990. In 144 total games played (124 as a starting pitcher), he finished with a career record of 46–50 and a 4.52 earned run average in 797⅔ innings pitched, with 381 strikeouts and 303 bases on balls. He was also one of the top first year players in the ballot for Rookie of the Year in 1984.

In addition to his work in the minor leagues, Nipper has been a scout and coach for Major League clubs since the mid-1990s. He has been the MLB pitching coach of the Red Sox (mid-1995 through mid-1996) and the Kansas City Royals (2001–2002). He served as the Red Sox bullpen coach in 2006, although he spent much of that season as the team's interim pitching coach because of the surgery-induced absence of Dave Wallace. Nipper has also held roving minor league pitching instructor posts for Boston and the Texas Rangers. From 2007–2011, he was a special assignment scout for the Red Sox, specializing in evaluating pitchers.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Detroit News
  2. ^ Toledo Free Press 2013-9-18
  3. ^ Mlive.com
  4. ^ 2011 Boston Red Sox Media Guide, page 453

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Preceded by
John Cumberland
Boston Red Sox pitching coach
1995–1996
Succeeded by
Sammy Ellis
Preceded by
Brent Strom
Kansas City Royals pitching coach
2001–2002
Succeeded by
John Cumberland
Preceded by
Bill Haselman
Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
2006
Succeeded by
Gary Tuck