David Howard (baseball)

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David Howard
Shortstop/Second baseman
Born: (1967-02-26) February 26, 1967 (age 50)
Sarasota, Florida
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1991, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1999, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .229
Home runs 11
Runs batted in 148

David Wayne Howard (born February 26, 1967 in Sarasota, Florida), is field coordinator of minor league instruction for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball, and a former utility player in MLB who played from 1991 through 1999 for the Kansas City Royals (1991–97) and St. Louis Cardinals (1998–99). Listed at 6 feet (1.8 m) and 175 lb. (80 kg), he was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. His father, pitcher Bruce Howard, also played in the majors.

Howard was able to play all infield and outfield positions, and had the ability to serve as emergency pitcher. His most productive season came in 1996, when he posted career highs in games (143), runs (51), hits (92), extrabases (23) and RBI (48), while hitting a .243 batting average. In a nine-season career, Howard was a .229 hitter (362-for-1583) with 11 home runs and 148 RBI in 645 games, including 169 runs, 57 doubles, 14 triples, and 23 stolen bases.

In 2004, he joined the Red Sox as a minor league coach in the Boston farm system before becoming a scout. He moved into their front office at the close of the 2007 season, spending 200809 as special assistant to Boston general manager Theo Epstein. He succeeded Rob Leary as field coordinator in 2010.

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