Gallego with the Oakland Athletics
October 31, 1960 |
|April 11, 1985, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 23, 1997, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||282|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael Anthony Gallego (born October 31, 1960) is an American baseball player of Mexican descent. He is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals from 1985 to 1997, and a former third base and infield coach with the Colorado Rockies and Athletics.
- Baseball career 1
- Personal 2
- References 3
- External links 4
Gallego was the A's starting second baseman during their three-year run of A.L. Championships from 1988 through 1990, which included a World Series sweep in 1989 against their Bay Area rivals, the San Francisco Giants. Throughout his career, he was known more for his glove than his bat. In 1990, he led the AL in sacrifice hits with 17. He had 28 hits without an extra-base hit in 1995, still the post-1912 non-pitcher record. Gallego's 12 home runs in 1991 set a career high.
Gallego closed out his career with the Cardinals in 1996 and 1997, where he once again played under Tony La Russa, his manager while with the A's.
Gallego was named the Colorado Rockies third base and infield coach in December 2004 to October 7, 2008. He was hired as the A's third base coach and infield instructor during the 2008 offseason. He was dismissed on August 24, 2015.
Gallego and his wife Caryn have three children, Joe, Niko and Ali. His son Niko also played for UCLA baseball and was signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 2010. Niko helped the Bruins to the Championship Series of the 2010 College World Series where they lost to South Carolina for the National Championship. Following his graduation from UCLA, Niko began playing for the Visalia Rawhide of the California League.
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- Lee, Jane (August 24, 2015). "A's Name Washington 3B Coach; Gallego Dismissed". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- Angulo, Blair (July 14, 2010). "Baseball team's offseason heats up". ESPN Los Angeles.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)