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Former MVP, Manager of Year Don Baylor dead at 68

In this Aug. 13, 1977, file photo, New York Yankees’ Willie Randolph falls on top of the California Angels’ Don Baylor after throwing to first base to complete a double play, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Don Baylor, the 1979 AL MVP with the California Angels who went on to become manager of the...

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Wherever he went, Don Baylor left his mark on baseball. He was an MVP and Manager of the Year, respected as a powerful slugger, punishing runner and commanding presence in any clubhouse.
And during nearly a half-century as a pro, baseball left its mark on him. Lots of them, in fact. When Baylor retired, he’d been plunked more than anyone in major league history.
Baylor was hit by fastballs, sliders and a bunch of pitches 267 times in his career. Baylor set the modern-day record in 1987 while playing for Boston, on the day he turned 38. After the ...


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