Pat Kelly (infielder)
October 14, 1967 |
|May 20, 1991, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 5, 1999, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||217|
Patrick Franklin Kelly (born October 14, 1967 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball infielder, he played in the major leagues for nine seasons. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the ninth round of the 1988 amateur draft, but did not make his playing debut at the major league level until May 20, 1991 at age 23. In 1995 with the Yankees battling for the AL Wild Card, Kelly hit a crucial 2 run home run in the 9th inning against the Blue Jays in Toronto to cap a Yankee rally from a 3-0 deficit in the 3rd to last game of the season. Thanks to Kelly's go-ahead home run the Yankees won the game 4-3 and were able to qualify for the playoffs 2 days later. Kelly played seven seasons with the Yankees (1991–1997), spent 1998 with St. Louis Cardinals, and spent the first part of the 1999 season with the Toronto Blue Jays. He played his final MLB game on June 5, 1999. On March 22, 2000, he retired.
Kelly batted and threw right-handed. His career Major League totals are .249 batting average, 36 home runs, 495 hits in 681 games. He now is an assistant coach with the Australia national baseball team as well as being the general manager for the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League team, a contact he made during his MLB career when he played for the Brisbane Bandits in the 1992 ABL season.
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