Rafael Belliard

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Belliard and the second or maternal family name is Matias.
Rafael Belliard
Rafael Belliard 2013.jpg
Belliard in June 2013, as Detroit's infield coach
Shortstop/Second base
Born: (1961-10-24) October 24, 1961 (age 52)
Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1982 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
April 9, 1998 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
Batting average .221
Hits 508
Sacrifice hits 58
Home runs 2
Teams

As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Rafael Leonidas Belliard Matias (born October 24, 1961, in Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Republic) is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop who played in the Major Leagues from 1982 to 1998 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. He was a member of Atlanta's 1995 World Series winning team. He served as the infield and first base coach for the Detroit Tigers from 2006–2013.

Career[edit]

Belliard signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1980 and made his Major League debut as a pinch runner against the New York Mets on September 6, 1982.[1] It was not until 1986 that Belliard became a regular in the Pirates' lineup, batting .233 in 117 games. He remained a versatile yet seldom used player until 1990, when he left Pittsburgh and signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Belliard arrived in Atlanta just as the team was emerging as a National League powerhouse. The team made World Series appearances in 1991 and 1992 before finally winning the championship in 1995. Though he had appeared in only 75 games that season, Belliard played shortstop in all six of Atlanta's World Series games.

Belliard made his final Major League appearance on April 9, 1998, in a 4–3 Braves win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He concluded his playing career with the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs of the independent Northern League in 1999. He was named the infield coach for the Detroit Tigers on October 11, 2005. Prior to that, he served five seasons in the Atlanta Braves minor league system as a roving fielding instructor.

Personal[edit]

Belliard, his wife Leonora, and son Kevin reside in Boca Raton, Florida.[2] His cousin, Ronnie Belliard, was also a Major League player. His surname Belliard is of Haitian origin.[3]

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