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Richard Pendleton Balderson

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 190 lb.

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Dick Balderson pitched in the minor leagues for 8 years (1968-1975), reaching AA. His career record was 32-21.

Balderson was the assistant farm director for the Kansas City Royals from 1977 to 1980, farm director in 1981, and Scouting Director from 1982 to 1985.

Balderson served as General Manager of the Seattle Mariners from 1986 to 1988. It was under his watch that the team drafted Ken Griffey, Jr. Just days after making one of the best trades in team history, acquiring Jay Buhner from the New York Yankees, Balderson was fired from his post as GM.

Balderson was then the scouting director of the Chicago Cubs in 1989-1990 and director of player development in 1991-1992. He moved to the Colorado Rockies as director of player development from 1993 to 1997 and held the same post with the Atlanta Braves from 2000 to 2002. In 2011, Balderson is a Special Assistant to GM for the Braves, a position he has held since at least 2008.


Preceded by
Hal Keller
Seattle Mariners General Manager
1986-1988
Succeeded by
Woody Woodward


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