Bobby Mitchell (mitchbo03)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bobby Mitchell played four seasons in the major leagues, including as the regular centerfielder on the Minnesota Twins in 1982, after coming up to the big leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1980. He also appeared in 10 games for the Dodgers in 1981, a team that went on to win the 1981 World Series, but he was blocked from finding a regular job with that powerful team. In contrast, the 1982 Twins were starved for talent, giving the speedy Mitchell a chance to play regularly, but he lost his job to another career minor leaguer, Darrell Brown, in 1983 and never played in the big leagues after that.

Mitchell played in the 1967 Little League World Series. He was at USC at the same time as Steve Kemp and a number of other future major leaguers, and was drafted in the 7th round in the 1977 amateur draft by the Dodgers. He hit at least .290 each year in the minors through 1982. With the Dodgers' AAA farm club at Albuquerque in 1979-1981 he fought for outfield playing time with future major leaguers such as Candy Maldonado, Mickey Hatcher, Ron Roenicke and Rudy Law, getting at least 400 at-bats each year.

In his last minor league season, 1986 with the Syracuse Chiefs, he was a teammate of the young Cecil Fielder.

He was a roving minor league coach starting in 1992, with the Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, and Anaheim Angels (2003-2005).

He managed the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2006 and 2007. He managed the Salt Lake Bees in 2008, guiding them to the second-best overall record in the Pacific Coast League. The team featured, among others, Nick Adenhart. In 2011, Mitchell became the Angels' minor league baserunning coordinator, then managed for a couple of years in the Chicago Cubs system. In 2014, he moved to the Atlanta Braves as minor league roving outfield and baserunning instructor.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2006 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League 63-77 9th Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2007 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League 69-71 7th Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2008 Salt Lake Bees Pacific Coast League 84-60 2nd Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost in 1st round
2009 Salt Lake Bees Pacific Coast League 72-71 8th Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2010 Salt Lake Bees Pacific Coast League 73-71 9th Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2011 Arkansas Travelers Texas League 4th Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost League Finals replaced Todd Takayoshi on August 1
2012 AZL Cubs Arizona League 37-19 2nd Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
2013 AZL Cubs Arizona League 27-28 8th Chicago Cubs
2016 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 87-55 2nd New York Yankees Lost League Finals

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