Jeff Datz

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Jeff Datz
Jeff Datz 2012.jpg
Datz pitching batting practice with the Mariners, 2012
Seattle Mariners – No. 13
Catcher / Coach
Born: (1959-11-28) November 28, 1959 (age 54)
Camden, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 1989 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1989 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average .200
Hits 2
Walks 1
Teams

As player

As coach

Jeffrey William Datz (born November 28, 1959) is an American former Major League Baseball player and former third base coach for the Seattle Mariners. On November 25, 2013, it was announced that Datz will serve the Mariners as a member of the club's professional scouting staff for the 2014 season.[1]

A former catcher, Datz played in seven games for the Detroit Tigers in 1989. He was a coach with the Cleveland Indians from 2002 until the end of the 2009 season, when general manager Mark Shapiro fired the entire coaching staff.

He was manager of the minor league Buffalo Bisons in 1998 and 1999. Datz led the Bisons to the league championship crown in 1998.

At the 2008 Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium, Datz pitched for Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore.

Datz served as the bench coach for the Baltimore Orioles in 2010.

On November 4, 2010, Datz was hired to be third base coach for the Seattle Mariners starting with the 2011 season.[2]

Before a Mariners game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 27, 2013, Datz announced that he was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer,[3] and Tacoma Rainiers manager Daren Brown was promoted to substitute for Datz.[4] On July 25, 2013, Datz was named Mariners interim bench coach after Eric Wedge suffered a minor stroke. On August 23, 2013, Datz resumed his position on the team as an extra coach.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "mlb.com". Mlb.mlb.com. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Mariners' 3B coach diagnosed with cancer". Yahoo! Sports. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (2013-05-02). "Mariners add Brown to coaching staff". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 

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