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Ronald Bryan Coomer

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[edit] Biographical Information

Ron Coomer had a long minor league career and then a decent major league career.

Born in Chicago, IL, he attended Lockport Township High School before he was selected in the 14th round of the 1987 amateur draft. He spent nine years, from 1987 to 1995, in the minor league systems of three organizations before he got his first chance in the majors at age 28. He had hit over .300 at six stops in the minors, often along with good power, but he hadn't received a chance in the majors until a trade deadline deal sent him from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Minnesota Twins in 1995. He finally played his first 37 games in the majors with the Twins that season.

He played third base and first base in the majors, and while he had hit quite well in the Chicago White Sox organization in 1992 and 1993, the White Sox had Frank Thomas and Robin Ventura at the corners, so Coomer had no place to play at the major league level. Sent to the Dodgers' organization in a minor league trade, he was a Pacific Coast League All-Star in both 1994 and 1995 but never got to play with the big club.

He spent six years with the Twins, hitting between 12-16 home runs in five of the seasons, and having high batting averages of .296 in 1996 and .298 in 1997. He was an All Star in 1999.

He closed out his career playing one season with the Chicago Cubs in 2001, one season with the New York Yankees in 2002, and one final season with the Dodgers in 2003. He appeared for the Yankees in the 2002 Division Series, getting one hit in two at-bats in his only taste of postseason baseball.

After his playing career, he was a baseball analyst for a TV station in Chicago and then a broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins with Fox Sports Net.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1999)

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