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Joseph Charboneau
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Despite a brief major league career, outfielder Joe Charboneau is remembered by Cleveland Indians fans as a colorful character and the 1980 American League Rookie of the Year.

Originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins, Charboneau did not sign and later was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies. He began his pro career in 1976 with the Spartanburg Phillies, and with the Visalia Oaks in 1978, he hit .350 to lead the California League in hitting. Following that season, he was traded to the Indians for P Cardell Camper.

Charboneau continued his hitting heroics with the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1979, clubbing 21 home runs while leading the Southern League with a .352 average. Due to an injury to Andre Thornton, he got a chance with Cleveland in 1980 and made the most of it. He made his major league debut on Opening Day, hitting a home run off Dave Frost of the California Angels, and on April 19th, he went 3-for-3 with a homer against the Toronto Blue Jays. Overall, he hit .289 with 23 home runs for the Tribe and was named Rookie of the Year. However, the next season (1981) he hit only .210 with 4 homers, and he spent part of the year back in the minors. He struggled with injuries and split 1982 between Cleveland and AAA. After playing just 11 minor league games in 1983, he ended his career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1984.

In his short major league career, Charboneau developed an image as a colorful character: one of his famous tricks was to open beer bottles using his eye sockets. In spite of his short career, he was named to "The Top 100 Greatest Indians Roster", as created by the Indians in 2001. He also had a small role in the 1984 movie The Natural, playing a teammate of Roy Hobbs.

Charboneau was the hitting coach for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League when the team went on a monstrous losing streak at the end of the 2004 season. Manager Steve Maddock quit after suffering 15 consecutive losses, and Charboneau replaced him. he team lost its last five games under him, to finish the year on a 0-20 skid. It was the only managerial experience of Charboneau's career.

As of 2008, Charboneau worked for the recreation department in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

"..baseball is full of peaks and valleys. When you're hurt, it's even valleyer." - Joe Charboneau

[edit] Notable Achievements


AL Rookie of the Year
1979 1980 1981
John Castino & Alfredo Griffin Joe Charboneau Dave Righetti

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2004 Windy City ThunderBolts Frontier League 0-5 10th Independent Leagues replaced Steve Maddock (37-52)

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