May 25, 1966 |
Long Branch, New Jersey
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 3, 1990 for the Texas Rangers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2003 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||210|
William Joseph Haselman (born May 25, 1966, in Long Branch, New Jersey) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He served as the first base coach for the Boston Red Sox in 2006. Before taking over the role of first base coach, Haselman served as bullpen coach. He was the catcher in Roger Clemens's second career 20-strikeout game, against the Detroit Tigers in 1996.
During his 13-year playing career (1990, 1992–2003) with the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, Haselman hit .259 with 47 HR and 210 RBI. His best season came in 1996, when he hit .274 with 8 HR and 34 RBI in a career-high 237 AB for the Red Sox. He hit .314 with 6 HR in 105 AB for Texas in 1998. The former catcher was a first-round draft pick of the Rangers in 1987.
Haselman's most dramatic offensive performance came in a game at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 27, 1995. With the bases empty and the score tied 5-5, he pinch hit for catcher Mike Macfarlane in the bottom of the 11th inning. Haselman shattered his bat, sending a Woody Williams' offering sailing over the Green Monster to give the Boston Red Sox their first walk-off win of their 1995 Eastern Division winning campaign.
Haselman was a NCAA Division 1 quarterback, serving as the backup to Troy Aikman during his American football career at UCLA. He also shares his birthday and place of birth with pitcher John Montefusco. He is an alumnus of Saratoga High School in Saratoga, California.
Haselman served as the Red Sox' interim first-base coach in 2004, bullpen coach in 2005 and fulltime first-base coach in 2006. Boston then offered Haselman a position managing in the minor leagues, and while he said he was tempted, he did not want to spend that much time away from his family.
Haselman then went into private business and worked as a post game host during Mariners' games. In 2010 he returned to baseball as manager of the Class A Bakersfield Blaze, California League affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
|Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
|Boston Red Sox first-base coach