Ron Jackson

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For the first baseman born in 1933, see Ron Jackson (first baseman).
Ron Jackson
First baseman
Born: (1953-05-09) May 9, 1953 (age 61)
Birmingham, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 1975 for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1984 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average .259
Home runs 56
Runs batted in 342
Teams

Ronnie Damien Jackson (born May 9, 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a coach and a former player in Major League Baseball. He was the hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox in 2004 when they won their first World Series in 86 seasons.

From 1975 through 1984, Jackson played first base and third base with the California Angels (1975–78, 1982–84), Minnesota Twins (1979–81), Detroit Tigers (1981) and Baltimore Orioles (1984). He batted and threw right-handed.

Jackson was called up to the Angels after hitting .281 in 144 games for the Salt Lake City Gulls of the Pacific Coast League, and made his major league debut on September 12, 1975.

In a 10-year career, Jackson compiled a .259 batting average with 56 home runs and 342 RBI in 926 games.

Jackson played for managers Gene Mauch, Sparky Anderson, Dick Williams and Jim Fregosi. With the Angels, he hit a career-high .297 in 1978, and in 1979 posted personal highs in hits (158), doubles (40), home runs (14), RBI (68), runs (85) and games (153) for Minnesota. In that season, his .9943 fielding percentage at first base broke Rod Carew’s Twins’ record.

Following his retirement as a player, Jackson coached for the Brewers, Dodgers and White Sox systems. The 2006 season marked his 18th year as a major league or minor league hitting coach, and his fourth with the Boston Red Sox. In his first two seasons with Boston, the Red Sox led the majors in runs, batting average, doubles, extra-base hits, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging average. In 2003 the Sox set ML records for extra-base hits, total bases and slugging, finishing one off the major league lead with 238 home runs. The Red Sox tied an ML record with 373 doubles in 2004.

Affectionately nicknamed "Papa Jack" since his playing days, Jackson was a highly respected and popular person among the Red Sox members and Fenway Park fans. However at the end of the 2006 season his contract was not renewed, as the front office decided "new voices" could not hurt.

Jackson served as the hitting coach for the Round Rock Express, then the top affiliate of the Houston Astros from 2007-2009.

He currently serves as a guest instructor at the New York Baseball Academy and coached Birmingham's Willie Mays Youth Baseball team to the 2014 championship of the Junior RBI Classic in Minneapolis.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bryant, Joseph D. (July 16, 2014). "Birmingham boys returning home as baseball champions as city officials work to recruit annual Major League event". The Birmingham News. 

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Preceded by
Dwight Evans
Red Sox Hitting Coach
2003-2006
Succeeded by
Dave Magadan