Roberto Kelly

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Roberto Kelly
Roberto Kelly 2010-2.jpg
Kelly in 2010.
San Francisco Giants – No. 39
Outfielder / First base coach
Born: (1964-10-01) October 1, 1964 (age 49)
Panama City, Panama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 29, 1987 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
April 18, 2000 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average .290
Home runs 124
Runs batted in 585
Stolen bases 235
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Roberto Conrado (Gray) Kelly (born October 1, 1964) is a Panamanian former professional baseball player and current coach. An outfielder during his playing career in Major League Baseball, Kelly is currently the first base coach for the San Francisco Giants. He previously managed the Giants' single-A team, the Augusta GreenJackets.[1] Kelly played for several major league clubs. He was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1982 and went on to play for the New York Yankees (1987–1992 and 2000), Cincinnati Reds (1993–1994), Atlanta Braves (1994), Montreal Expos (1995), Los Angeles Dodgers (1995), Minnesota Twins (1996–1997), Seattle Mariners (1997) and Texas Rangers (1998–1999). During his playing days in Panama, he was known as La Sombra, Spanish for Shadow.

Playing career[edit]

Kelly was a member of four playoff teams in his career, having helped the Dodgers win the 1995 NL West Division, the Mariners win the 1997 AL West, and the Rangers win the 1998 and 1999 AL Western Division.[2] (Kelly played ten games for the 2000 American League East-winning New York Yankees, but played his final game on April 18, long before the playoffs.)[3]

He was a two-time All-Star, having been named to the 1992 American League All-Star team as well as the 1993 National League All-Star team.

Kelly also broke up Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb's perfect game in 1989 with 2-out double in the 9th inning.[4]

In 14 seasons, he played in 1,337 games and had 4,797 at bats, 687 runs, 1,390 hits, 241 doubles, 30 triples, 124 home runs, 585 RBI, 235 stolen bases, 317 walks, a .290 batting average, a .337 on-base percentage and a .430 slugging percentage.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

On November 16, 2007, Kelly was hired as the San Francisco Giants new first base coach and hitting instructor. As a manager of the Augusta GreenJackets, he gained a reputation for his aggressive approach to baserunning.[1] In February 2008, he told Giants pitchers that he didn't want them to use the fact that they were pitchers as an excuse for poor baserunning.[1]

Family Life[edit]

two sons, Roberto Kelly who is a college football player at Valparaiso university and Xavier Kelly who is a state ranked wrestler out of the state of Florida

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Giants' motto: Without HRs, it's run, run, run
  2. ^ a b "Roberto Kelly Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  3. ^ "The 2000 NY A Regular Season Batting Log for Roberto Kelly". Retrosheet.org. Retrosheet. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ Hafner, Dan (August 5, 1989). "Third Time Is No Charm for Stieb". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 

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