|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 40|
June 29, 1954 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|August 24, 1977 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 2, 1997 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Earned run average||3.72|
|Career highlights and awards|
Frederick Wayne "Rick" Honeycutt (born June 29, 1954, Chattanooga, Tennessee) is the current pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He graduated from Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe High School in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Honeycutt was a left-handed pitcher for 21 years from 1977 to 1997. He played with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched in 30 post-season games, including 20 league championship series games and 7 World Series games, and never lost a game, going 3-0. Honeycutt gave up zero runs in the 1988 and 1990 post-seasons, and was a member of the Oakland Athletics 1989 World Series championship team.
Honeycutt played for the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team from 1973–1976, where he was an All-American first baseman-pitcher and won the Southeastern Conference batting title with a .404 mark. He played summer ball in Liberal, KS, in the Jayhawk League, for Bob Cerv. A teammate there, who played SS, was Condredge Holloway, a fellow U. of Tennessee baseball and football star. He later played in the minor leagues for the Chattanooga Lookouts, among others, during the 1970s, after signing professionally with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Honeycutt was originally drafted in the 17th round of the 1976 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 1 1⁄2 seasons in their minor league system, the Pirates traded him to the Seattle Mariners in August 1977 to complete an earlier trade for Dave Pagan.
He made his major league debut on August 24, 1977 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched two innings of relief, struck out 3, allowed 2 hits and no runs. His first start was against the New York Yankees on August 31. He pitched 7.1 innings in that start, allowing 3 runs. He finished the season 0-1, but got his first victory in his first start the following year, beating the Minnesota Twins on April 7, 1978.
He matured into a control pitcher, being selected to the 1980 All-Star Game. While he was pitching on September 30, 1980, he was caught using a thumbtack to illegally cut the ball. He was ejected and suspended for 10 games. Following the 1980 season, he was traded with Larry Cox, Willie Horton, Mario Mendoza and Leon Roberts to the Texas Rangers for Brian Allard, Rick Auerbach, Ken Clay, Jerry Gleaton and Richie Zisk. In 1983, Honeycutt represented the Rangers in the All-Star Game. On August 19, 1983, Honeycutt was traded from the Rangers to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Dave Stewart and Ricky Wright. Honeycutt led the American League in ERA in 1983 with 2.42, although he was traded to the Dodgers late in the season.
In 1987, Honeycutt was traded to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later, who would be Tim Belcher. Converted from a starting pitcher to relief in 1988 by Oakland, he became a set-up man to Dennis Eckersley, posting a series of sub-3.7 ERAs from 1988 through 1993. He was the oldest major league player in both 1996 and 1997.
He made 268 starts and 529 relief appearances in his career, logging 2,160 innings pitched and compiling 109 wins and 38 saves.
Following his playing career, Honeycutt spent a year coaching his kids' teams before joining the Dodgers as their minor league pitching coordinator.
Honeycutt joined the Dodgers coaching staff as pitching coach for the 2006 season. He has also launched a sporting goods and apparel business in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Honeycutt and Mariano Duncan were the only holdovers from Grady Little's 2007 coaching staff to return on new Dodgers' manager Joe Torre's 2008 coaching staff. Honeycutt also remained as pitching coach when Don Mattingly replaced Torre after the 2010 season.
- "Biggest cheaters in baseball". espn.go.com. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- The Official Site of The Los Angeles Dodgers: Team: Manager and Coaches
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
|American League ERA Champion
|Los Angeles Dodgers Pitching Coach