Michael Coleman (baseball)
August 16, 1975 |
|September 1, 1997, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 16, 2001, for the New York Yankees|
|Runs batted in||7|
Michael Donnell Coleman (born August 16, 1975 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a former backup outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox (1997, 1999) and New York Yankees (2001). He batted and threw right-handed.
Coleman was a two-sport star at Stratford High School in Nashville, Tennessee, lettering in both baseball and football. He turned down a football scholarship to the University of Alabama to play baseball professionally.
Coleman has a Sports Training Academy in Nashville, Tennessee called M3 Baseball.
Coleman was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 1994 amateur draft. He first appearance for Boston came in September 1997, where he would go on to play eight games and post a .167 batting average with two runs batted in and no home runs.
He did not appear in 1998, but was again called up in 1999, where he played in only two games, amassing one hit in five at bats.
During the fall offseason in 2000, he was traded along with Donnie Sadler to the Cincinnati Reds for Chris Stynes. He was traded yet again that offseason to the New York Yankees in the deal that brought Willy Mo Pena to Cincinnati.
In 2001, Coleman appeared in 12 games for New York, where he would hit two home runs. He posted seven runs batted in and a .211 batting average during his time in New York, and was granted free agency following the 2001 season.
Coleman never again appeared in the major leagues, and since the 2001 season, he has played in the minor league systems of the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. Following the 2006 season, Coleman was granted free agency and has yet to sign with another team.