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Rick Waits
Rick Waits - Cleveland Indians.jpg
Born: (1952-05-15) May 15, 1952 (age 68)
Atlanta, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 17, 1973, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record79–92
Earned run average4.25
As Player

As Coach

Michael Richard Waits (born May 15, 1952) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Waits, who threw left-handed, played all or part of twelve seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers (1973), Cleveland Indians (1975–83), and Milwaukee Brewers (1983–85). Waits served as minor league pitching coordinator for the Seattle Mariners organization[1] before being named pitching coach for the Mariners under new manager Lloyd McClendon for the 2014 season.

Playing career

Waits was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in the fifth round of the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] He made his debut on September 17, 1973, pitching one game for the Texas Rangers,who had moved from Washington by then. On June 13, 1975 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Jim Bibby, Jackie Brown and cash for Gaylord Perry.[2] Waits, a starter in his prime, beat the New York Yankees in the final regular season game of 1978, forcing a one-game playoff between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox for the American League East division title. After the Indians-Yankees game ended, news of the Indians' victory was announced on Fenway Park's video screen (The Red Sox had defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5–0 only moments earlier) with the words "THANK YOU, RICK WAITS, GAME TOMORROW."[3][4]

Coaching career

In 1987, Waits joined the Rimini Pirates of the Italian Baseball League, leading them to two championships (1987 and 1988) and a European Cup Championship (1989). He led the league in ERA, serving the last two seasons (1988 and 1989) as a player-manager.[5] He also managed the IBL's Parma Angels.[1]

Waits later joined the New York Mets organization, where he worked for fifteen years in various capacities, including a stint as the team's bullpen coach in 2003.[1]

Waits was hired by Cory Snyder, manager of the Chinatrust Brothers of Taiwan's CPBL as pitching coach for 2017 season.


  1. ^ a b c Mariners name Rick Waits Minor League pitching coordinator
  2. ^ a b "Rick Waits Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Jeff (October 1, 2003). "Waits' Big Day Gave Sox Chance". The Hartford Courant. p. C3.
  4. ^ "Braves appear to be holding every edge worth holding". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. October 4, 1994. p. H2.
  5. ^ A Former Major Leaguer Savors Italian Baseball

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Preceded by
Randy Niemann
New York Mets bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Guy Conti
Preceded by
Carl Willis
Seattle Mariners pitching coach
Succeeded by
Mel Stottlemyre, Jr.
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