Pat Kelly (catcher)
August 27, 1955 |
Santa Maria, California
|May 28, 1980, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 3, 1980, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||0|
Dale Patrick Kelly (born August 27, 1955 in Santa Maria, California) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. Drafted in the third round of 1973 amateur draft, his career in the majors consisted of three games. He made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on May 28, 1980, and played his final game five days later. In seven at-bats, he had two hits, for a .286 batting average, with no home runs or RBIs. He batted and threw right-handed.
On June 5, 2008, Pat's son Casey was the 30th selection of the first round by the Boston Red Sox in the MLB's First Year Player Draft. Pat's older son, Chris, is currently in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system.
On January 6, 2014, Kelly replaced Ken Griffey, Sr. as the manager of the Reds' Single High-Class A California League affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif. Kelly, who managed the Reds' Rookie League team in Billings, Mont., in 2013.
In between, Kelly played winter ball with the Cardenales de Lara club of the Venezuelan League in the 1977–1978 season, and also managed the Indios de Mayagüez of Puerto Rico to the 1992 Caribbean Series championship title. Besides, he played for the Bradenton Explorers of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in its 1989 inaugural season.
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