Former Cubs manager Don Baylor dies at 68 from multiple myeloma


Baylor - who won the American League MVP Award in 1979 as a member of the Angels - joined the Red Sox in a straight-up trade with the Yankees for fellow DH Mike Easler on March 28, 1986. Baylor was a force in the American League Championship Series against the Angels, hitting.346 with a home run and three doubles against his former team. Somewhat surprisingly, that season gave Baylor the only All-Star Game appearance of his career.

Don Baylor, a former Baltimore Oriole and New York Yankees player, has died at age 68, according to reports. Over his career, Baylor was hit by a pitch 267 times.

The Colorado Rockies will honor the late Don Baylor with a tribute at the team's next home game, Monday Aug. 14, 2017, the club announced.

He played for six Major League Baseball teams including the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels, when the team was named the California Angels. Baylor won a World Series title with the Minnesota Twins in 1987.

Baylor's playing career came to an end after the 1988 season, leaving him with a.260/.342/.436 line over 19 seasons, with 338 homers. Current Cubs assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske pulled off the same feat with the Red Sox in 2007, Rays in 2008 and Yankees in 2009. That season, he was named the NL manager of the year. He was 68 years old. Under his leadership, the Rockies posted their first winning record (77-67) in 1995 and made the postseason as the wildcard team. He was hired to manage the Cubs in 2000.

Baylor was the first manager in the Colorado Rockies history. He had a 627-689 overall record. Baylor remained a fixture in big league dugouts, however, serving as bench or hitting coach with the Mets, Mariners, Rockies, Diamondbacks and Angels through 2015.