IN MEMORY OF OUR FRIEND DON BAYLOR
On August 7, 2017, we lost our friend and colleague Don Baylor, just a few short weeks before we launched our new business and website. Don was instrumental in the design and development of the StanceCheck iZone. Without his contributions, we would not be where we are today. We are saddened that he is not with us as we officially launch our business.
Don spent more than 45 years in professional baseball as a Major League Baseball player, Coach and Manager. He played 19 seasons in the major leagues as a first baseman, left fielder, and designated hitter. He played for six different American League teams and later managed and coached in Major League Baseball. During his 19-year playing career, Don was the 1979 AL MVP after hitting .296 with 36 home runs and a league-leading 120 runs scored and 139 RBI, an AL All-Star, and a 3-time AL Silver Slugger award winner. For his career Don hit .260 with 338 home runs and 1,276 RBI. He made three consecutive trips to the World Series from 1986-88 and was part of seven division titles with five different teams. He is one of 21 players all-time to collect at least 250 home runs and 250 stolen bases. Don also holds the AL record for being hit by a pitch - 267 times. He is the winner of the 1985 Robert Clemente Award, presented to "the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball on and off the field." He was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame in 1990.
Between 1992 and 2015, Don served as Hitting Coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, and St. Louis Cardinals, as Bench Coach for the New York Mets, and as Manager of the expansion Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. He was named National League Manager of the Year in 1995 after leading the Rockies to the playoffs.
As great a Baseball player, Coach and Manager he was, Don was an even greater human being. We are proud to be a part of his legacy.