April 10, 1963 |
|September 2, 1987 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 17, 1998 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Runs batted in||480|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael Devereaux (born April 10, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round of the 1985 amateur draft and made his debut on September 2, 1987. Along with the Dodgers, Devereaux played for the Baltimore Orioles in two separate stints, and the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers.
Devereaux was born in Casper, Wyoming. He went to Kelly Walsh High School in Casper. He played collegiately at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance.
The peak of Devereaux's career was from 1989 to 1993, with his best season coming in 1992 with the Orioles, when he played in 159 games, with 24 home runs, 107 RBIs and a .276 batting average. Devereaux won the 1995 NLCS MVP award with the Atlanta Braves by driving in the game-winning RBI in the 10th inning of Game One and hitting a three run home run in Game Four against Cincinnati. The Braves went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.
On July 15, 1989, Devereaux hit a walk-off home run in an 11-9 win against the California Angels. The call was controversial, as the home run ball came extremely close to the foul pole. Angels manager Doug Rader argued the call with umpire Ken Kaiser the following day and was ejected prior to the start of the next game.
Devereaux played his final MLB game with his original team, the Dodgers, on April 17, 1998. In 12 seasons, he had a .254 batting average, and hit 105 home runs with 490 RBIs, three grand slams, 635 strikeouts, 85 stolen bases, and 29 errors. He is the second all-time career leader for home runs by a player born in Wyoming, surpassed by John Buck
In December 2009, it was announced that Devereaux would serve as field coach for the Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles Class-A Affiliate, South Atlantic League) in 2010, replacing former third baseman Ryan Minor, who had been promoted to team manager. He is the former field coach for the Frederick Keys. In December 2011, he was announced as the 2012 hitting coach for the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies Class-A affiliate, South Atlantic League).
- "Mike Devereaux Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
- 1991 Topps baseball card # 758