U L Washington

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U L Washington
Boston Red Sox
Shortstop / Second Baseman
Born: (1953-10-27) October 27, 1953 (age 61)
Stringtown, Oklahoma
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1977 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting Average .251
Hits 703
Stolen Bases 132
Career highlights and awards
  • 3rd in the AL in triples in 1980 with 11

U L Washington (born October 27, 1953 in Stringtown, Oklahoma) is a former Major League Baseball player from 1977 to 1987 for the Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also was the manager of Pittsburgh's Welland Pirates minor league team in 1989. The U and L do not stand for anything; his legal first name is indeed "U L".

Washington played mostly as a shortstop during his career, and is probably best known for the toothpick in the corner of his mouth while on the field and at the plate. He was also on first base and scored on George Brett's "pine tar" home run in 1983.

Coaching career[edit]

After ending his playing career, Washington coached in the Minor League organizations of the Pirates (1989), Royals (1991–98), Los Angeles Dodgers (1999), Minnesota Twins (2001–02), and the Boston Red Sox (2003–present).

On January 28, 2013, Washington was named hitting coach for the Red Sox affiliate, Greenville Drive.[1]