Joe Coleman (1970s pitcher)

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Joe Coleman
Joe Colman coaches at game.
Coleman in 2014
Pitcher
Born: (1947-02-03) February 3, 1947 (age 67)
Boston, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 28, 1965 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1979 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win–loss record 142–135
Earned run average 3.70
Strikeouts 1,728
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Howard Coleman (born February 3, 1947) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1965 through 1979 for the Washington Senators (1965–70), Detroit Tigers (1971–76), Chicago Cubs (1976), Oakland Athletics (1977–78), Toronto Blue Jays (1978), San Francisco Giants (1979) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1979). Coleman is the son of former Major League pitcher Joe Coleman (Joseph Patrick Coleman), and is the father of current Major League pitcher Casey Coleman.

Playing career[edit]

He was the youngest player in the American League during his rookie season in 1965.

He helped the Tigers win the 1972 American League Eastern Division. Coleman also pitched briefly for World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that would go on to win the 1979 World Series.

On March 27, 1971 Coleman was knocked unconscious[1] by a line drive hit by Ted Simmons of the St. Louis Cardinals during an exhibition match.[2] While it was first believed he had suffered a broken skull, Coleman was later diagnosed with only a concussion and he returned to the line up three weeks after the start of the season. In 1972, he was named to the American League All-Star Team but did not appear in the game.

He held the ALCS single game record of 14 strikeouts (tied by Mike Boddicker in 1983) from 1972 until 1997 when Mike Mussina struck out 15 in a single game.

In 15 seasons he had a 142–135 record, 484 Games, 340 Games Started, 94 Complete Games, 18 Shutouts, 70 Games Finished, 7 Saves, 2,569⅓ Innings Pitched, 2,416 Hits Allowed, 1,202 Runs Allowed, 1,055 Earned Runs Allowed, 234 Home Runs Allowed, 1,003 Walks Allowed, 1,728 Strikeouts, 90 Hit Batsmen, 118 Wild Pitches 10,948 Batters Faced, 65 Intentional Walks, 7 Balks and a 3.70 ERA.

Coaching career[edit]

Coleman has served as a pitching coach in various organizations since 1988, most notably with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1991 to 1994, and with the California Angels from 1997 to 1999. Coleman spent seven seasons (2000–2006) as the pitching coach of the Durham Bulls, the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and most recently was the pitching coach of the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Class A affiliate of the Tigers.[3]

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Preceded by
Bob Clear
California Angels bullpen coach
1987–1990
Succeeded by
Frank Reberger
Preceded by
Mike Roarke
St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach
19911994
Succeeded by
Bob Gibson
Preceded by
Chuck Hernandez
California/Anaheim Angels pitching coach
1996
Succeeded by
Marcel Lachemann
Preceded by
Mike Couchee
Anaheim Angels Bullpen Coach
1997-1999
Succeeded by
Bobby Ramos