Gregory Joseph Colbrunn
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 200 lb.
- High School Fontana High School
- Debut July 9, 1992
- Final Game June 28, 2004
- Born July 26, 1969 in Fontana, CA USA
He was a top catching prospect in the minors, especially after hitting .301 with 29 doubles and 13 homers in 125 games for the Jacksonville Expos in 1990. The Expos brought him up in September of that year, although they did not add him to the major league roster, in order for him to work on his defensive play with the big league club. However, the plan backfired when he blew out his elbow practicing throwing to second base. He had to undergo surgery and missed the entire 1991 season. He only caught one inning in the professional ranks after that.
When he returned in 1992, he was a first baseman. He made his big league debut on August 6th of that year, after hitting .306 in 57 games with the Indianapolis Indians. With Montreal, he was the starting first baseman down the stretch, playing 52 games and hitting .268 with 2 homers and 18 RBIs. The Expos were hoping that he would establish himself as a solid big league regular, but he disappointed in his sophomore season, 1993, as he hit only .255 with 4 homers and 23 RBIs in 70 games, spending a good chunk of the year back on the disabled list. The Expos ended up using a bevy of players at first base that year, including [John VanderWal]], Frank Bolick, Oreste Marrero and Derrick White in addition to Colbrunn. He was placed on waivers at the end of the season and was claimed by the Florida Marlins.
He coached the Charleston RiverDogs from 2007-2009 before becoming their manager in 2010. He returned to being Charleston's hitting coach in 2011-2012. Colbrunn was named the Boston Red Sox hitting coach for 2013. On June 5, 2014, he had to be hospitalized in Cleveland, OH when he complained of dizziness and doctors found bleeding within his brain. He was expected to make a full recovery and indeed returned to the Sox on June 30th. Minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers had served as the Red Sox's hitting coach during his absence. However, after the season, he resigned his position due to these health concerns. Colbrunn was a coach for Charleston again in 2015-2016.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2010||Charleston RiverDogs||South Atlantic League||65-74||9th (t)||New York Yankees|