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Joe Coleman
Born: February 3, 1947 (1947-02-03) (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 28, 1965 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1979 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Record     142–135
Earned run average     3.70
Strikeouts     1728
Career highlights and awards
  • All Star, 1972
  • No. 3 in American League in Strikeouts, 1971 (236)
  • No. 2 in American League in Wins, 1973 (23)
  • Top 10 in American League in Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched seven straight years (1969–1975)

Joseph Howard Coleman Jr. (born February 3, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts) was a pitcher for the Washington Senators (1965–70), Detroit Tigers (1971–76), Chicago Cubs (1976), Oakland Athletics (1977–78), Toronto Blue Jays (1978), San Francisco Giants (1979) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1979). Coleman is the son of former Major League pitcher Joe Coleman. He is currently the pitching coach for the Class A Lakeland Flying Tigers.


Playing career

He was the youngest player in the American League during his rookie season in 1965.

He helped the Tigers win the 1972 American League Eastern Division and the Pirates win the 1979 World Series.

He was named to the 1972 American League All-Star Team.

He held the ALCS single game record of 14 strikeouts (tied by Mike Boddicker in 1983) from 1972 until 1997 when Mike Mussina struck out 15 in a single game.

In 15 seasons he had a 142–135 record, 484 Games, 340 Games Started, 94 Complete Games, 18 Shutouts, 70 Games Finished, 7 Saves, 2,569⅓ Innings Pitched, 2,416 Hits Allowed, 1,202 Runs Allowed, 1,055 Earned Runs Allowed, 234 Home Runs Allowed, 1,003 Walks Allowed, 1,728 Strikeouts, 90 Hit Batsmen, 118 Wild Pitches 10,948 Batters Faced, 65 Intentional Walks, 7 Balks and a 3.70 ERA.

Coaching career

Coleman has served as a pitching coach in various organizations since 1988, most notably with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1991 to 1994, and with the California Angels from 1997 to 1999. Prior to arriving in Lakeland, Coleman spent seven seasons (2000–2006) as the pitching coach of the Durham Bulls, the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.[1]

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