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Hal McRae
Designated hitter / Outfielder
Born: July 10, 1945 (1945-07-10) (age 64)
Avon Park, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 11, 1968 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 17, 1987 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Batting average     .290
Home runs     191
Runs batted in     1,097

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Harold Abraham McRae (born July 10, 1945 in Avon Park, Florida) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1968, 1970–72) and Kansas City Royals (1973–87). Utilized as a designated hitter for most of his career, McRae batted and threw right-handed. He was formerly the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was fired after the 2009 MLB season when the Cardinals scored just 6 runs in their post-season series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the father of former major league outfielder Brian McRae, and his son Cullen McRae is the Florida Marlins video coordinator.



McRae was selected by the Reds in the 6th round of the 1965 draft with the 117th overall pick. He was considered a below-average outfielder with the Reds. In 1972, McRae was traded to the Royals along with Wayne Simpson in exchange for Roger Nelson and Richie Scheinblum. McRae developed as a consistent designated hitter in the American League. His playing career spanned 23 years, including 14 seasons with Kansas City. Selected a three-time All-Star, he hit over .300 six times for the Royals and was named Designated Hitter of the Year three times both by The Sporting News and the Associated Press.

In 1976 McRae was on top of the AL batting title race going into the final game of the season, in which his teammate George Brett went 2-for-4 to clinch the title over McRae by a margin of less than .001; McRae finished second. Oddly, the other two of the top four finishers that season, the Minnesota Twins' Rod Carew and Lyman Bostock, played in that same game.

In a 19-year major league career, McRae posted a .290 batting average (2091-for-7218) with 191 home runs, 1097 RBI, 484 doubles, 65 triples and 109 stolen bases in 2084 games played. He added a .351 on base percentage and a .454 slugging average for a combined .805 OPS. McRae played hard—so hard, in fact, that the rule requiring a runner to slide into second base when breaking up a double play is still referred to as the Hal McRae Rule in honor of the man whose cross-body blocks into second base broke up a lot of double plays and second basemen at the same time.

Following his playing retirement, McRae managed the Royals (1991–94) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001–02). He also served as hitting coach for the Cinncinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals. McRae, who won a World Series ring playing for Kansas City against the Cardinals in 1985, won a ring as a coach for the Cardinals when they defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series, four games to one.

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
KC 1991 66 58 .532 6th in AL West - - - -
KC 1992 72 90 .444 5th in AL West - - - -
KC 1993 84 78 .519 3rd in AL West - - - -
KC 1994 64 51 .557 3rd in AL Central - - - -
TB 2001 58 90 .392 5th in AL East - - - -
TB 2002 55 106 .342 5th in AL East - - - -
Total 399 473 .458

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Preceded by
Eddie Murray
American League RBI Champion
Succeeded by
Cecil Cooper & Jim Rice
Preceded by
Bob Schaefer
Kansas City Royals managers
Succeeded by
Bob Boone
Preceded by
Bill Russell
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Billy Hatcher
Preceded by
Larry Rothschild
Tampa Bay Devil Rays managers
Succeeded by
Lou Piniella


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