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Rick Dempsey

Catcher
Born: September 13, 1949 (1949-09-13) (age 60)
Fayetteville, Tennessee
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 23, 1969 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1992 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .233
Home runs     96
Runs batted in     471
Teams
Career highlights and awards

John Rikard Dempsey (born September 13, 1949 in Fayetteville, Tennessee) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1969 to 1992, best known for his years with the Baltimore Orioles. He also played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers.

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Biography

His sense of humor during his playing career was renowned, and he was famous for his "rain delay theatre" performances, in which he emerged from the dugout in stockinged feet onto the tarpaulin covering the infield during a rain delay and pantomimed hitting an inside the park home run, climaxed by his sliding into home plate on his belly on the wet tarp, all to the raucous delight of the soggy fans. He sometimes did this while wearing a pair of underpants over his uniform, making fun of teammate Jim Palmer's famous advertisements for Jockey brand briefs.

Dempsey, who came to the Orioles as part of a 10-player trade with the Yankees in 1976, was awarded the World Series MVP Award in 1983, when the Orioles defeated the Philadelphia Phillies four games to one.

During his season with the Brewers, Dempsey made two relief appearances, giving three hits and one run in two innings pitched.

While playing for the Dodgers in 1990, he became involved in a brawl with Phillies' center fielder Lenny Dykstra, who took exception to Dempsey's fraternization with the home plate umpire. After the two exchanged heated words, Dempsey sucker-punched Dykstra, who then tackled Dempsey and punched him repeatedly in the face before being restrained.

Coaching career

Dempsey served as first base coach for the Orioles for several seasons, and served as third base coach in the 2005 season after bench coach Sam Perlozzo was promoted to interim manager. He assumed the bullpen coach position in the 2006 season, replacing Elrod Hendricks who the team intended to reassign to another position in the organization before his death. Later in 2006, he became the first base coach again when the team reassigned Dave Cash. Dempsey has been a candidate for managerial openings in the past, as recently as 2003 when the Orioles interviewed him for the spot that eventually went to Lee Mazzilli.

Dempsey also served as an Oriole broadcaster in 2000 and began another stint in 2007, as the studio analyst for O's Xtra on MASN, the cable channel that carries Orioles games. [1] In addition, he serves as a game analyst for occasional games on MASN.

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References

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Preceded by
Darrell Porter
World Series MVP
1983
Succeeded by
Alan Trammell
Preceded by
Bruce Sutter
Babe Ruth Award
1983
Succeeded by
Jack Morris
Preceded by
Tom Beyers
Bakersfield Dodgers Manager
1993
Succeeded by
John Shelby
Preceded by
Tom Beyers
Albuquerque Dukes Manager
1994-1995
Succeeded by
Bill Russell
Preceded by
Bruce Benedict
Norfolk Tides Manager
1997-1998
Succeeded by
John Gibbons
Preceded by
Mark Cresse
Los Angeles Dodgers Bullpen Coach
1999-2000
Succeeded by
Jim Lett
Preceded by
Eddie Murray
Baltimore Orioles First Base Coach
2002-2005
Succeeded by
Dave Cash
Preceded by
Tom Trebelhorn
Baltimore Orioles Third Base Coach
2005
Succeeded by
Tom Trebelhorn
Preceded by
Elrod Hendricks
Baltimore Orioles Bullpen Coach
2006
Succeeded by
Larry McCall
Preceded by
Dave Cash
Baltimore Orioles First Base Coach
2006
Succeeded by
Sam Mejias







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