Mike Barnett (baseball)

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Michael Lee Barnett (born February 1, 1959 in Columbus, Ohio) was a Major League Baseball hitting coach, most recently for the Houston Astros.

Playing career[edit]

Barnett played catcher at Ohio University, but had his baseball career end following a shoulder injury.

Coaching career[edit]

Barnett had a six-year stint as an assistant administrator of baseball operations for the New York Yankees from 1982-1987.

After leaving the Yankees, he spent two seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Tennessee from 1988-1989.

Following that, Barnett served as hitting coach at all levels of the Chicago White Sox organization from 1990–1997.

Barnett spent four seasons from 1998-2001 as hitting coach for Tucson (AAA) in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

Barnett served as hitting coach of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2002–2005, where he played a key role in the development of such hitters as Vernon Wells and Orlando Hudson. He helped lead the 2003 Blue Jays to an 86-76 record as the team ranked in the top 5 in the American League in numerous offensive categories including batting average (2nd), runs (2nd), hits (2nd) and home runs (5th).

After taking over as Royals hitting coach May 1, 2006,[1] Barnett led the Royals to a .275 (1,339-4,867) average the remainder of the season. The Royals hit a franchise-record 335 doubles in 2006, the 4th-highest total in the Majors.

On August 19, 2012, Barnett was released from the Houston Astros, along with Manager Brad Mills and first base coach Bobby Meacham.[2] The Astros 39-82 record was the worst in the Major Leagues at the time.


Barnett resides in Knoxville, Tenn., with his 2 children. He graduated from Ohio University with a degree in sports administration.


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