Joe Pignatano

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Joe Pignatano
Joe Pignatano 1969.jpg
Pignatano as the Mets' bullpen coach, 1969.
Born: (1929-08-04) August 4, 1929 (age 86)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 1957 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1962 for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average .234
Home runs 16
Runs scored 81
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Benjamin Pignatano (born August 4, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball. He played from 1957-1962.

He played in the 1959 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and ended his playing career with the New York Mets, hitting into a triple play in his final Major League at bat.[1]

After his playing career ended, he was a coach for the Washington Senators (1965-1967), New York Mets (1968-1981) and Atlanta Braves (1982-1985). During his years as bullpen coach with the Mets, Pignatano cultivated a vegetable garden in the bullpen.[2]


  1. ^ Nash, Bruce (1989). Baseball Hall of Shame. Allan Zullo. Simon and Schuster. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-671-68766-3. 
  2. ^ Shamsky, Art; Zeman, Barry; Costas, Bob; Namath, Joe; Seaver, Tom; Bradley, Bill (2006). The Magnificent Seasons. Macmillan. p. 118. ISBN 0-312-33253-X. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 

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Preceded by
Danny O'Connell
Washington Senators first base coach
Succeeded by
Nellie Fox
Preceded by
Sheriff Robinson
New York Mets bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Sullivan
Atlanta Braves bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Brian Snitker