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David Jeffrey LaPoint

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Dave LaPoint pitched for 9 teams over 12 years and put up respectable numbers with a 80-86 record and a career ERA of 4.02. He got his one and only save in his very first major league game on September 10, 1980 as a 20-year-old rookie with the Milwaukee Brewers against the Minnesota Twins. He pitched the last 3 innings of a 3-1 win, giving up 1 hit, no runs and walking 2. Paul Mitchell was the winning pitcher.

LaPoint appeared in the 1982 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. He did not get a decision but had a respectable 3.24 ERA in 8 and 1/3 innings. He led the 1984 NL in wild pitches with 15. He pitched a two-hitter on September 27, 1987 as a member of the Chicago White Sox against the Oakland Athletics. The only two hits were a single by Terry Steinbach and a double by Mike Gallego. He walked 2 and struck out one in the game. The White Sox won the game, 5-0.

LaPoint was the manager of the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, in the 2007 and 2010 seasons. From 2002 through 2005, he lined Ducks up in a row as the franchise's pitching coach.

In the 2006 season, he managed the Bridgeport Bluefish into the league finals where they lost the pennant to the Lancaster Barnstormers. LaPoint won the Atlantic League 2006 Manager of the Year award for the success of that campaign. He had also managed the Adirondack Lumberjacks of the Northeast League for two seasons in 1995-1996, leading them to the first-ever league championship that first season. In 2011, he became the first manager of the newly-formed Rockland Boulders of the Canadian-American Association.

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1995 Adirondack Lumberjacks Northeast League 42-27 3rd Independent Leagues League Champs
1996 Adirondack Lumberjacks Northeast League 30-50 5th Independent Leagues
2006 Bridgeport Bluefish Atlantic League 75-49 1st Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2007 Long Island Ducks Atlantic League 72-54 3rd Independent Leagues
2010 Long Island Ducks Atlantic League 70-68 4th Independent Leagues
2011 Rockland Boulders Can-Am Association 40-52 7th Independent Leagues
2012 Rockland Boulders Can-Am Association 48-52 3rd Independent Leagues

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