Jack Bloomfield (baseball)

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Gordon Leigh "Jack" Bloomfield (born August 7, 1932, at Monte Alto, Texas) is an American former infielder, scout and coach in professional baseball. Bloomfield attended Pan American College, batted left-handed, threw right-handed, and stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.9 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Bloomfield was a second baseman, shortstop and third baseman in his playing days, He signed with the Kansas City Athletics in 1955 but was released on April 8 and gained his first professional experience with the independent Harlingen Capitals of the Class B Big State League, where he batted .310. Bloomfield was then drafted by the Milwaukee Braves and played the bulk of his six-year U.S. professional career in the Braves' and Cincinnati Reds' organizations, once again breaking the .300 mark with the 1958 Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. Ironically, his final stint as a minor league player came with the Athletics, playing for their Triple-A Portland Beavers affiliate from July 15, 1959, through May 27, 1960, when he was released again.[1]

He then played professional baseball in Japan during the 1960s, before returning to U.S. and becoming a scout for the San Diego Padres in their first season, 1969. After five years in that role, Bloomfield became a coach under Padre manager John McNamara in 1974, then switched to the Chicago Cubs, coaching for them from 1975 through 1978.[2]

Bloomfield later scouted for the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies and Montreal Expos.

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  1. ^ Marcin, Joe, and Douchant, Mike, eds., The 1974 Official Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1974
  2. ^ Retrosheet

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