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Joseph Howard Coleman

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[edit] Biographical Information

Joe Coleman was an outstanding pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, winning 62 games over a 3-year span and logging nearly 300 innings for four consecutive years from 1971-74. He worked quickly on the mound, limiting his pitches to a few seconds apart., with a live fastball being his main calling card. Colemane played fifteen seasons in the big leagues, twice winning twenty games for the Detroit Tigers.

The son of former big league pitcher [[Joe Coleman, Sr. he was the first player ever signed after being the third pick of Major League Baseball's first amateur draft in 1965 by the Washington Senators. He was also the first drafted player to reach the majors when he joined the Senators that September at age 18.

After his playing career ended, Coleman coached and managed in the minors for several seasons. Coleman was a player/coach for the Spokane Indians in 1980 and 1981. He was the manager of the Peoria Suns in 1983 and the California Angels bullpen coach from 1988 to 1990. Coleman was Joe Torre's pitching coach with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1991 to 1994. He returned to the Angels organization as a minor league pitching instructor in 1995-1996 and a coach on the big-league staff from 1997 to 1999. From 2000 to 2006 Coleman served as the pitching coach for the Durham Bulls. In 2007-2011 he was the pitching coach of the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He moved to the Miami Marlins' organization as pitching coach of the Jupiter Hammerheads in 2012-2014.

His son, Casey Coleman, came to the majors in 2010.

His first baseball card appearance was in the 1966 Topps set.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1972)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (1971-1973)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1971 & 1973)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (1968-1975)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 3 (1971-1973)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1983 Peoria Suns Midwest League 54-85 12th California Angels

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