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Russell Jay Kuntz (Rusty)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- School Cuesta College, California State University, Stanislaus
- Debut September 1, 1979
- Final Game April 24, 1985
- Born February 4, 1955 in Orange, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Rusty Kuntz was on the division-winning 1983 Chicago White Sox, but was traded away in mid-season to Minnesota. The following year, he was on the World Series champion Detroit Tigers, and appeared in two games in the Series.
He played in 7 seasons in the majors, with an average of .236. He drew more than the average number of walks.
After retiring as a player, he was first base coach for the Seattle Mariners from 1989 to 1992, and first base coach for four seasons with the Florida Marlins (1995-1996 and 1999-2000), and first base coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2003-2004). In other years, he has been a minor league instructor in those organizations. Kuntz was first base coach of the Kansas City Royals from 2008 - 2010. In 2011, Kuntz is special assistant to the general manager/Outfield, Bunting and Baserunning Coach for the Royals. In 2013 he returned to the big league coaching staff as first base coach.
He is one of only two major league players to come out of Cal State Stanislaus.
He was the same age as Chet Lemon, his teammate on both the White Sox and the Tigers.