Richard Francis Donnelly
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6', Weight 185 lb.
- School Xavier University
Catcher Rich Donnelly played four seasons in the minor leagues, hitting .230 as a pro.
After his playing days ended, he spent ten years as a minor league manager in the Texas Rangers organization. He was a member of the Rangers big league coaching staff in 1980 and again from 1983 to 1985. He then moved on to the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff for ten years, from 1986 to 1995. Donnelly was a Florida Marlins coach in 1997 and 1998 and a Colorado Rockies coach the next four seasons (1999-2002). From 2003 to 2005, he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers staff, and in 2005-2007, he was third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 2008, Donelly became a player-development advisor for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2011 he became a manager for the first time in almost 30 years with the Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2015, he returned to the coaching ranks as third base coach of the Seattle Mariners for one season. He was then bench coach of the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2018 and was scheduled to be bench coach of the Syracuse Mets in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19.
His son, Tim Donnelly, was a batboy for Donnelly's teams from 1992 to 2002. Tim was an assistant coach at Malone College in 2005 and Kent State University in 2006 and in 2007 was his first season as an assistant coach at Marshall University.