Bob Kipper

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Bob Kipper
Boston Red Sox
Pitching coach, Pawtucket Red Sox
Former relief pitcher
Born: (1964-07-08) July 8, 1964 (age 50)
Aurora, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 12, 1985 for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
July 27, 1992 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
WL 27–37
Earned run average 4.34
Strikeouts 369
Innings pitched 562
Teams

Robert Wayne Kipper (born July 8, 1964) is an American professional baseball coach and a former middle-relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. As of 2015, he is the pitching coach of the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Triple-A International League.[1]

A native of Aurora, Illinois, Kipper, a left-hander, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg) during his active career. After graduating from Aurora Central Catholic High School, he was selected by the California Angels with the eighth pick in the first round of the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft. He had signed to play baseball at Nebraska before his selection. Kipper led the Class A California League in wins (18) and earned run average (2.04) as his league's "pitcher of the year" in 1984. He made his MLB debut with the Angels in April 1985 at age 20, but was ineffective in two games pitched and was returned to the minor leagues. Then, on August 16, the contending Angels included Kipper in a six-player trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that netted them veterans John Candelaria, George Hendrick and Al Holland. Kipper would pitch in 247 games for the Pirates over all or parts of seven seasons (1985–1991)—initially as a starter, but then as a relief specialist—before finishing his MLB career for the Minnesota Twins in 1992.

In his eight-season MLB career, Kipper posted a 27–37 record with a 4.43 ERA and 11 saves in 271 appearances. He allowed 527 hits and 217 bases on balls, with 369 strikeouts, and 562 innings pitched.

Following his playing retirement, Kipper has worked as a pitching coach in independent league baseball and in the minor leagues. A member of the Boston Red Sox organization since 1999, he has coached for their Lowell Spinners (1999), Augusta GreenJackets (2000–2001), Greenville Drive (2005–2006; 2008–2009), Lancaster JetHawks (2007) and Portland Sea Dogs (2003–2004; 2010–2014) affiliates, prior to his Pawtucket assignment. He spent the full 2002 season as bullpen coach of the MLB Red Sox.[2]

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Preceded by
John Cumberland
Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
2002
Succeeded by
Euclides Rojas