Willie Blair

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Willie Blair
San Diego Padres – No. 47
Bullpen coach
Born: (1965-12-18) December 18, 1965 (age 48)
Paintsville, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1990 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
July 26, 2001 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 60–86
Earned run average 5.04
Strikeouts 759

As player

As coach

William Allen Blair (born December 18, 1965) is a former journeyman right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball and current Bullpen coach for the San Diego Padres.

Playing career[edit]

Blair played baseball for Morehead State University before the Toronto Blue Jays drafted him in the 11th round of the 1986 amateur draft.[1]

He spent four seasons in the Blue Jays minor league system, playing for the St. Catharines Blue Jays (1986), the Dunedin Blue Jays (1987–1988), the Knoxville Smokies (1988), and the Syracuse Chiefs (1989).[2][3][4] In his career, Blair pitched with the Blue Jays (1990), Cleveland Indians (1991), Houston Astros (1992), Colorado Rockies (1993–1994), San Diego Padres (1995–1996), Detroit Tigers (1997, 1999–2001), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998), and New York Mets (1998).


His best year was 1997, in which he had 16–8 record and an earned run average (ERA) of 4.17. In 1999, Blair was the starting pitcher for the final Opening Day in Tiger Stadium history.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

He was the pitching coach for the Fort Wayne TinCaps for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and on December 11, 2012, he was named bullpen coach of the San Diego Padres, replacing Jimmy Jones.[6]


  1. ^ Whitmire, Tim (April 17, 1999). "Six-foot-10 pitcher racking up Ks at Morehead State". Associated Press. 
  2. ^ "Dunedin Blue Jays on winning streak". Toronto Star. May 22, 1987. p. G3. 
  3. ^ Perkins, Dave (November 17, 1988). "Jays acquire Tenace as a batting coach, add 10 roster rookies". Toronto Star. p. B6. 
  4. ^ MacCarl, Neil (July 26, 1989). "Glenallen Hill sacrifices power and his batting average soars". Toronto Star. p. F3. 
  5. ^ Stanton, Tom (2001). The Final Season. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books, An imprint of St. Martin’s Press. p. 12. ISBN 0-312-29156-6. 
  6. ^ Brock, Corey. "Padres elevate Blair to bullpen coach". MLB.com. 

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