Former Angels MVP Don Baylor, Dead At 68

By Anthony Donatelli

Don Baylor, who won the 1979 American League Most Valuable Player award with the then California Angels, has passed away at the age of 68 after battlingĀ multiple myeloma.

Baylor played for six teams (Orioles, A’s, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, Twins) during his 19 year career and later went on to manage two others (Rockies and Cubs) once his playing days were over.

The slugger, who played mostly at designated hitter and in the outfield, arguably had his best year with the Angels in 1979 where he hit .296 with a league-leading 120 runs scored and 139 RBIs, claiming the league MVP award.

Baylor played in three consecutive World Series, all with different teams, and won one in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins.

He was the first ever manager of the Colorado Rockies, from the franchise’s inaugural season, in 1993, until 1998. He later managed the Chicago Cubs from 2000-2002.

Baylor is survived by his wife, son and two granddaughters.

 

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