Rich Donnelly

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Rich Donnelly
Rich Donnelly.jpg
Donnelly in spring 2007
Coach
Born: (1946-08-03) August 3, 1946 (age 67)
Steubenville, Ohio
Bats: LeftThrows: Right
 
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Rich Donnelly
Rich Donnelly.jpg
Donnelly in spring 2007
Coach
Born: (1946-08-03) August 3, 1946 (age 67)
Steubenville, Ohio
Bats: LeftThrows: Right

Richard Francis Donnelly (born August 5, 1946, at Steubenville, Ohio, USA) has been a Major League Baseball coach for over 25 years, most recently as a coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He currently the manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Early life[edit]

Donnelly graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central High School in Ohio where he played baseball and basketball. He then attended college at Xavier University.

Playing career[edit]

Donnelly was signed as a catcher by the Minnesota Twins in 1967 and played four seasons in the minor leagues, compiling a .230 career average with two home runs and 115 runs batted in.

Coaching career[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Donnelly also is rated in the top ten racquetball players over 50 in the United States.

Perhaps the best known story of Donnelly is his experience coaching the Florida Marlins in the 1997 World Series. Rich Donnelly's 17-year old daughter, Amy, died of a brain tumor in 1993. Before her death, Amy attended a 1992 playoff game in which Rich was coaching. After the game, she asked, 'Dad, what are you telling them? That the chicken runs at midnight, or what?'" since she noticed that he would cup his hands over his mouth while yelling out instructions to runners on second base. Since her death, the Donnelly family would deem that as her catchphrase and serve inspiration for the family. Years later in 1997, as part of the Florida Marlins, he would meet Craig Counsell, a player his son Tim nicknamed "Chicken Wing", because of his unique batting stance. In the 11th inning of Game 7, Counsell reached base, and was able to advance to third base as the inning progressed. Edgar Renteria then hit a single on which Counsell scored, winning the World Series for the Marlins. Rich's sons Tim and Mike, who were honorary bat boys that evening, rushed to their father in celebration. Tim pointed out to the stadium clock which read 12:00 midnight, telling his father, "The chicken ran at midnight, dad." Donnelly believes that Amy was sending him a message from Heaven, and this experience has strengthened and solidified his faith in God even more.[1]

This story can be found at the Los Angeles Dodgers website at this link, as well as the documentary "Champions of Faith", highlighting the stories of Catholic baseball professionals playing in Major League Baseball.

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Preceded by
Glenn Hoffman
Los Angeles Dodgers Third Base Coach
2006-2007
Succeeded by
Larry Bowa