Reid Nichols

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Reid Nichols
Outfielder
Born: (1958-08-05) August 5, 1958 (age 56)
Ocala, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1980 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
AVG .266
Home runs 22
Hits 308
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Reid Nichols (born August 5, 1958 in Ocala, Florida) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly at center field from 1980 to 1987 for the Boston Red Sox (1980–1985), Chicago White Sox (1985–1986) and Montreal Expos (1987). Listed at 5' 11", 165 lb., he batted and threw right-handed. Nichols currently serves as minor league farm director for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Playing career[edit]

Nichols was selected by Boston Red Sox in 12th Round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. He worked his way through the Red Sox minor league system until he made his debut in 1980.

In the early 1980s, Nichols played reserve roles in a Boston outfield that was composed of Jim Rice, Tony Armas and Dwight Evans, being also used as a pinch-hitter against left-handing pitching.

In 1982 Nichols reached career-numbers in batting average (.302), home runs (7), and runs batted in (33) in 92 games, then in 1983 appeared in a career-high 100 games. During the 1985 midseason he was traded by Boston to the White Sox in exchange for Tim Lollar, and later was signed as a free agent by Montreal in 1987, his last major league season.

In an eight-year career, Nichols was a .266 hitter (308-for-1160) with 22 home runs and 131 RBI in 540 games, including 156 runs, 63 doubles, eight triples, 27 stolen bases and a .326 on-base percentage. In 408 outfield appearances, he posted a collective .990 fielding percentage (eight errors in 782 chances).

Nichols ended his professional career with the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1988.

Post playing career[edit]

Nichols served as the Farm Director for the Texas Rangers from 1994 - 2000. In 2001 he served as the Rangers first base coach.

In 2002 he was hired as the Farm Director/Director of Player Development for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002, a position he still holds. During his tenure the Brewers farm system has gone from one of the lowest ranked development systems to a number seven ranking in 2007 by Baseball Prospectus, developing current players such as Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Laurila (2007-03-04). "Prospectus Q&A: Reid Nichols". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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