Datz pitching batting practice with the Mariners, 2012
|Seattle Mariners – No. 13|
|Catcher / Coach|
November 28, 1959 |
Camden, New Jersey
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 5, 1989 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 30, 1989 for the Detroit Tigers|
Jeffrey William Datz (born November 28, 1959) is an American former Major League Baseball player and former third base coach for the Seattle Mariners. On November 25, 2013, it was announced that Datz will serve the Mariners as a member of the club's professional scouting staff for the 2014 season.
A former catcher, Datz played in seven games for the Detroit Tigers in 1989. He was a coach with the Cleveland Indians from 2002 until the end of the 2009 season, when general manager Mark Shapiro fired the entire coaching staff.
He was manager of the minor league Buffalo Bisons in 1998 and 1999. Datz led the Bisons to the league championship crown in 1998.
Before a Mariners game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 27, 2013, Datz announced that he was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, and Tacoma Rainiers manager Daren Brown was promoted to substitute for Datz. On July 25, 2013, Datz was named Mariners interim bench coach after Eric Wedge suffered a minor stroke. On August 23, 2013, Datz resumed his position on the team as an extra coach.
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube
- "MLB.com Mariners Bio"