Delino DeShields

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Not to be confused with his son, Delino DeShields, Jr..
Delino DeShields
Delino DeShields managing Dayton 2011-04-15.jpg
Delino DeShields managing Dayton in 2011
Second baseman
Born: (1969-01-15) January 15, 1969 (age 45)
Seaford, Delaware
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1990 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 2002 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average .268
Hits 1,548
Runs batted in 561
Stolen bases 463
Teams

Delino Lamont DeShields (born January 15, 1969 in Seaford, Delaware[1]) is a former Major League Baseball player. He enjoyed a 13-year career as a second baseman, playing with five teams. He is currently the manager for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Early life[edit]

DeShields was born in Seaford, Delaware and played for Seaford High School. DeShields was to attend Villanova University where he would have played point guard on the basketball team; however, after being selected as the 12th overall pick in the 1987 MLB draft, he chose a career in baseball.

Career[edit]

DeShields became the regular second baseman for the Montreal Expos in 1990, finishing in second place for the NL Rookie of the Year award. He suffered from a sophomore slump in 1991, but went on to post his two best years in 1992 and 1993, hitting .294 and averaging 45 stolen bases.

On November 19, 1993, DeShields was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for then-prospect Pedro Martínez. In retrospect, this is considered one of the worst trades in Dodgers history.[2] DeShields hit a mediocre .241 during his three years in Los Angeles, while Martinez went on to win three Cy Young Awards and established himself amongst the greatest pitchers of his time.

In 1996, DeShields signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals, and later played with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. In 2001, he was the last out in Hideo Nomo's no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles.

After retirement[edit]

DeShields is the Co-Founder and VP of the Urban Baseball League. He also travels with Oil Can Boyd as part of the Oil Can Boyd Urban All Stars to promote baseball in African American communities.

DeShields was the manager for the Dayton Dragons, a single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds organization for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[3] On December 12, 2012, it was announced that DeShields would become the manager for the Cincinnati Reds AA minor league team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos[4] for the 2013 season.

Personal[edit]

Delino DeShields is married to Michelle Elliott DeShields, an educator and television host for the PBS series Georgia Traveler airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting. He has five children (two sons, Delino, Jr and D'Angelo and three daughters, Diamond, Denim, and Delaney). His eldest child, Delino DeShields, Jr., was drafted with the 8th overall pick by the Houston Astros in the 2010 MLB Draft.[5] His daughter Diamond was listed by ESPNU as one of the top 25 women's basketball recruits for the class of 2013[6] and played her freshmen year of collegiate basketball at North Carolina before deciding to transfer to the University of Tennessee. At age 15, Diamond was the youngest member of the gold-medal winning United States team at the 2010 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship [7]. DeShields tips his cap after every managerial win in tribute to little league coach Peter Kilroy, who was the original baseball role model in his life.

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