Oscar Acosta (baseball)

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Not to be confused with the Chicano Movement activist, Oscar Zeta Acosta.
Oscar Acosta
Born (1957-03-21)March 21, 1957
Died April 19, 2006(2006-04-19) (aged 49)
Occupation baseball player and coach

Oscar Carlos Acosta (March 21, 1957 – April 19, 2006) was an American professional baseball player and pitching coach. He and a colleague, Humberto Trejo, were killed in an automobile accident on April 19, 2006, while coaching in the New York Yankees minor league system.[1] Acosta, who was 49 years old at the time of his death, served as international coordinator of instruction as well as manager of the Gulf Coast Yankees of the Yankees' Gulf Coast team in Tampa since 2004, guiding the team to the Gulf Coast League championship in his final two seasons. He had first joined the Yankees' organization in 1996, spending three seasons as the pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus (1996–98).

Biographical Information[edit]

Acosta was born on March 21, 1957 in Portales, New Mexico. He played in the minors from 1978 to 1982. He debuted with the Helena Phillies, going 0–1 with a 9.00 ERA in five appearances. In 1979, he pitched for the Peninsula Pilots and had a career year, with a 10–7, 3.04 season. He finished 9th in the Carolina League in ERA. Returning to Peninsula in 1980, he only pitched in 9 games, going 2–0 with a 3.55 ERA, 2 saves and a shutout. He resurfaced in the 1982 Mexican Baseball League, posting a 0–3, 6.75 record for the Plataneros de Tabasco to complete his career.

Acosta began coaching in the Texas Rangers organization with the Butte Copper Kings in 1988. He coached the Gastonia Rangers (1989), GCL Rangers (1990, 1993), Tulsa Drillers (1991) and Oklahoma City 89ers (1992). Moving to the Chicago Cubs' organization, he then coached the Daytona Cubs (1994) and GCL Cubs (1995). Next he coached the Columbus Clippers (1996–1998) for the New York Yankees. He managed [2] the Cubs Class A Lansing Lugnuts in the Midwest League in 1999, and was then promoted to the Major League level, serving as the pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs (2000–01) and Texas Rangers (2002).

During his big league coaching career, Acosta primarily wore number 8. Acosta, who resided in Florida. His son, Ryan, was drafted by the Cubs in the 2007 amateur draft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yanks' Acosta killed in car accident". New York Yankees. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Oscar Acosta". BaseballReference.com. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 

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