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Rick Burleson
Born: April 29, 1951 (1951-04-29) (age 58)
Lynwood, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 4, 1974 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 8, 1987 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .273
Hits     1,401
Runs batted in     449
Career highlights and awards

Richard Paul Burleson (born April 29, 1951), nicknamed "Rooster", is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball. In a 13-year career, Burleson played for the Boston Red Sox (1974-80), California Angels (1981-84, 1986) and Baltimore Orioles (1987). He batted and threw right-handed.



Rick "Rooster" Burleson was a Red Sox first round draft pick in 1970. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox on May 4, 1974. Eventually he would end up being considered one of the best defensive shortshops in the history of the Boston Red Sox, playing in 1031 games (24th best), scoring 514 runs and amassing 1114 hits (19th best).

He was the starting shortstop during the 1975 season. Burleson hit over .290 in both 1976 and 1977, and was second to Jim Rice among team hit leaders in 1977 with 194 base hits. In 1979 Burleson won a Gold Glove. From 1975 to 1980, Rooster played in at least 145 games and got at least 140 hits each season. Burleson helped turn a record setting 147 double plays in 1980.

A strong-armed shortstop, Burleson turned more double plays than any Red Sox shortstop in history and still holds the major league single season record for most double plays (147 in 1980). He was selected an All-Star in four seasons and a Gold Glove Award winner in 1979.

Burleson was traded in December 1980 to the California Angels, along with Butch Hobson, for Carney Lansford, Rick Miller, and Mark Clear. Traded to the Angels before the 1981 season, he injured his throwing arm a year later; he played only 51 games over the next three seasons, and was out for the entire 1985 season. In 1986 he was awarded Comeback Player of the Year honors. He finished his career with the Orioles in 1987.

Burleson was a .274 hitter with 50 home runs and 449 RBI in 1,031 games. Following his playing career, shortstop Rick Burleson was an Oakland Athletics coach in 1991. He was a member of the Boston Red Sox staff the next two seasons as a 3rd base coach and was a California Angels 3rd base coach in 1995 and 1996. Since the 1997 season, Burleson has been managing in the minor leagues spending time at each level. He managed the Lancaster JetHawks the California League affiliate formerly of the Seattle Mariners in 1997 and 1998, the San Bernardino Stampede now the Inland Empire 66ers the California League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999, the San Antonio Missions, the former Texas League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000, the Billings Mustangs, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds from 2001 to 2003, the Louisville Bats, the International League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in 2004, and Billings again in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, he replaced Pat Kelly as manager of the GCL Reds on July 4, after Kelly was named bench coach by Cincinnati's interim manager, Pete Mackanin. In 2007, Burleson became a Minor League Roving Instructor for the Cincinnati Reds 2008 Burleson spent 2008 as the hitting coach of the Visalia Oaks, the Class A Minor League Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Burleson is currently the hitting coach for the Reno Aces, the Class AAA Minor League Affiliate of the Diamondbacks.


  • 4-time All-Star (1977-79, 1981)
  • Voted by fans as the starting shortstop in the 1977 All-Star game
  • Gold Glove Award (1979)
  • Silver Slugger Award (1981)
  • Set a major league season record for double plays by a shortstop (1980)
  • Set a major league record for assists in a game (15, 20 innings, in April 14, 1982)
  • Elected into Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Has 3 Sons, J. Tyler, R. Chad, W. Kyle and a daughter, Lauren.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1997 Lancaster JetHawks California League 75-66 3rd Seattle Mariners Lost in 2nd round
1998 Lancaster JetHawks California League 78-62 3rd Seattle Mariners Lost in 1st round
1999 San Bernardino Stampede California League 80-61 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
2000 San Antonio Missions Texas League 64-76 7th Los Angeles Dodgers
2001 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 46-29 3rd Cincinnati Reds League Champs
2002 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 38-37 3rd Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
2003 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 24-14 -- Cincinnati Reds replaced by Jay Sorg
Louisville Bats International League 16-17 2nd Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round replaced Dave Miley (63-47) on July 29
2004 Louisville Bats International League 67-77 10th Cincinnati Reds
2005 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 43-33 Cincinnati Reds
2006 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 51-25 Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
2007 GCL Reds Gulf Coast League 16th Cincinnati Reds replaced Pat Kelly on July 4

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Preceded by
Don Zimmer
Boston Red Sox Third-Base Coach
Succeeded by
Gary Allenson

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