The South Coast League of Professional Baseball is pleased to announce the signing of former major league home run champion Cecil Fielder as Roving Hitting Instructor for the 2007 season.
“This signing sends a message to our players and the baseball industry as a whole that the South Coast League is committed to player development,” said SCL Chief Executive Officer Jamie Toole . “Cecil was a premier hitter during his career and our players will benefit from his instruction.”
A graduate of UNLV, Fielder (pictured, second from left) was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 31st round of the 1981 amateur draft, but did not sign. The following season, he was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the 4th round of the 1982 draft. The Royals ultimately traded Fielder to the Toronto Blue Jays in February of 1983 where he began his minor league career.
Fielder made his debut with the Blue Jays in the summer of 1985, and managed to hit 31 homeruns and 84 RBI’s in limited playing time over four seasons. After the ’88 season, the Hanshin Tigers, of Japan ’s Central League, purchased his contract from the Jays and the rest was history.
Cecil went on to hit 38 homeruns in 1989 for Hanshin and quickly became a fan favorite in Japan , earning the nickname “Wild Bear”. The crowds weren’t the only ones pleased with his resurgence, as multiple major league scouts took notice.
In 1990, Fielder returned to the majors with the Detroit Tigers and became the first player to hit 50 homeruns in a season since George Foster hit 52 for the Reds in 1977. On the last day of the Tigers' season at Yankee Stadium, Fielder hit his 50th and 51st home runs to become the 11th player in ML history to reach the 50-HR plateau.
“We are delighted to have someone with so much experience and knowledge of the game to instruct our young hitters,” shared SCL Chief Operating Officer Chris Allen. “Anytime you are able to work with someone with such an accomplished resume as Cecil’s, it can only be a positive for your organization.”
In his six-year tenure with Detroit , Fielder had four consecutive 30-homer and 100-RBI seasons, and if the 1994 season had not been strike-shortened he almost certainly would have had another (he had 28 HRs and 90 RBI in 109 games that year). He became the only Tiger ever to hit at least 25 homers in six consecutive seasons. No player in Detroit history had hit as many over a six-year period (219), and no major league player had more home runs between the years 1990-95.
Rickey Henderson and Cal Ripken, Jr. narrowly edged him for the AL 's MVP Award in 1990 and 1991, respectively. Fielder was a member of the All-Star Team in 1990, 1991, and 1993 and was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. He was traded to the New YorkWorld Series with them that year. He finished his career with the Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians between 1997 and 1998. Yankees in the summer of 1996, and went on to win the World Series with them that year. He finished his career with the Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians between 1997 and 1998
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping these young men become better hitters and ultimately move on to affiliated baseball,” said Fielder.
In his career, Cecil Fielder batted .255, with 319 HRs, 1008 RBI and a .482 slugging average. He is currently tied for 96th place on the all-time career homerun list.
Fielder's son, Prince, is the starting first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished his rookie campaign in 2006 with 28 HR’s, 81 RBI’s and a .271 batting average.
The South Coast League is a six-team based independent professional baseball league located in the Southeastern U.S. First pitch is scheduled for May of 2007.
For more information contact:
South Coast League
867 Commerce Drive SW Suite # 300 Conyers , GA 30094