Mike Gallego

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Mike Gallego
Gallego with the Oakland Athletics
Born: (1960-10-31) October 31, 1960 (age 63)
Whittier, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1985, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
July 23, 1997, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.239
Home runs42
Runs batted in282
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Michael Anthony Gallego (born October 31, 1960) is an American former professional baseball player and current coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an infielder from 1985 to 1997, most notably as a member of the Oakland Athletics team that won three consecutive American League pennants and a World Series championship in 1989. He also played for the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. After his playing career, Gallego served as a major league coach.

Playing career[edit]

Gallego was born in Whittier, California, of Mexican descent. Before playing professionally, he graduated from St. Paul High School, where he lettered in baseball and football, and then attended the University of California, Los Angeles (1978–81, history major). Gallego played on the United States national baseball team at the 1979 Pan American Games.[1]

1989 Oakland Athletics 1989 World Series #9 Mike Gallego road jersery

Gallego was the Athletics' starting second baseman during their three-year run of AL championships from 1988 through 1990, which included a World Series sweep in 1989 against their Bay Area rivals, the San Francisco Giants. Throughout his career, he was known more for his glove than his bat. In 1990, he led the AL in sacrifice hits with 17. He had 28 hits without an extra-base hit in 1995, still the post-1912 non-pitcher record. Gallego's 12 home runs in 1991 set a career high.

While playing with the Yankees from 1992 to 1994, Gallego was the last player to wear the uniform number 2 prior to the Yankees' former All-Star shortstop, Derek Jeter.[2] Upon his return to the Oakland A's in 1987, Gallego refused to give up uniform number 9 that Reggie Jackson had worn previously with the A's, forcing Jackson to wear number 44 for his final season.[3]

Gallego closed out his career with the Cardinals in 1996 and 1997, where he once again played under Tony La Russa, his manager while with the A's.

Coaching career[edit]

Gallego was named the Colorado Rockies third base coach and infield coach in December 2004 and coached until October 7, 2008. He was hired as the A's third base coach and infield instructor during the 2008 offseason. He was dismissed on August 24, 2015.[4]

On November 25, 2015, Gallego was announced as director of baseball development for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[5] He was promoted to third base coach for the 2019 season, and to bench coach prior to the 2020 season.[6] He remained with the Angels' major-league coaching staff through the 2022 season, then was reassigned within the organization.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Gallego and his wife Caryn have three children, Joe, Niko and Ali. His son Niko also played for UCLA baseball and was signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in July 2010.[8] Niko helped the Bruins to the Championship Series of the 2010 College World Series, where they lost to South Carolina for the national championship. Following his graduation from UCLA, Niko began playing for the Visalia Rawhide of the California League.[9] He is the uncle of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes.[10] He is of Mexican descent.[11]


  1. ^ Adam, Dave (July 1, 1979). "U.S. baseball's face still competition in games". Arizona Daily Star. p. C3. Retrieved April 1, 2023 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Callahan, Maureen (March 30, 2014). "Jeter's retirement marks end of Yanks' single-digit numbers". NY Post. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  3. ^ Horton, Nathaniel. "Jackson returns to Oakland to end career". baseballhall.org.
  4. ^ Lee, Jane (August 24, 2015). "A's Name Washington 3B Coach; Gallego Dismissed". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (November 25, 2015). "Angels name Black special assistant to GM". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Maria Torres (October 31, 2019). "Joe Maddon's new Angels coaching staff is full of former Cubs". Orange County Register. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Snider, Jeff J. (November 25, 2022). "Angels News: Phil Nevin Names New Third-Base Coach for 2023 Season". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 1, 2023.
  8. ^ Angulo, Blair (July 14, 2010). "Baseball team's offseason heats up". ESPN Los Angeles.
  9. ^ http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ros&cid=516
  10. ^ "Austin Barnes and the tools of persistence". 2017-07-05.
  11. ^ "'You don't assume he's Mexican.' Why Austin Barnes and Julio Urías will be teammates at the WBC". Los Angeles Times. 2023-03-17.

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