Damon Hollins
Hollins with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2021
Outfielder
Born: (1974-06-12) June 12, 1974 (age 47)
Fairfield, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left
Professional debut
MLB: April 24, 1998, for the Atlanta Braves
NPB: 2007, for the Yomiuri Giants
Last appearance
MLB: October 1, 2006, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
NPB: 2007, for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.242
Home runs28
Runs batted in86
NPB statistics
Batting average.257
Home runs12
Runs batted in45
Teams

As Coach

Damon Jamall Hollins (born June 12, 1974) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. Hollins played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His only regular major league playing time was in Tampa Bay, where he manned all three outfield positions.

Early life

Hollins was born in Fairfield, California and grew up near Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum where he attended Oakland Athletics games as a child.[1] He was the oldest child of his mother, Deborah Watson.[2]

In 1991, Hollins played in the PONY Baseball and Softball Palomino World Series.[3]

Hollins played baseball for Vallejo High School in Vallejo, California. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 1992 MLB Draft.[4]

Professional career

Hollins began his professional career in the Gulf Coast League in 1992, the day after his high school graduation.[5][1] In 1993, Baseball America ranked Hollins the best prospect in the Appalachian League.[6]

Hollins made his Major League debut on April 24, 1998 at Turner Field, recording a hit against Brian Anderson of the Arizona Diamondbacks.[4][7] He appeared in three games for the Braves that season before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 9, 1998.[4]

From 1999 to 2003, Hollins played in the minor league systems of the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins and Braves.[5] He briefly returned to the major leagues with the Braves in 2004. In 2005 and 2006, Hollins saw regular playing time for the first time in his career after joining the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[4]

On Mother's Day, May 14, 2006, Hollins was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

On December 27, 2006, he signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball for the 2007 season. Hollins played in 124 games, batted .257 with 12 home runs (2 of which were game-ending) and 45 RBI.

After playing in the Kansas City Royals organization in 2008, Hollins signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in January 2009,[8] but was released during spring training.

On December 22, 2009, Hollins signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

Coaching career

Hollins became the hitting coach of the Burlington Royals in 2010. In 2011, he served as a coach with the Kane County Cougars. In 2012, he served as a coach with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.[9] In 2013, Hollins was named the hitting coach of the Idaho Falls Chukars.[10] He served in that role for two years before joining the Lexington Legends as a hitting coach in 2015.[9] In 2019, in addition to serving as a coach for the Chukars, he was named an outfield, base running and bunting coordinator for the Kansas City Royals organization.[11] Prior to the 2020 season, he was named the first base coach of the Royals, replacing Rusty Kuntz who opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.[12] When Kuntz returned to the team the following year, Hollins resumed his role as a minor league instructor.[13]

Personal life

In July 2006, Hollins' then-fiancée, Patrice, gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Tahari.[1] As of 2016, he and Patrice were married and living in Litchfield Park, Arizona with their three children.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c Nied, Dan (14 August 2006). "Hollins right at home in McAfee Coliseum". Vallejo Times Herald. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  2. ^ Chastain, Bill (July 6, 2006). "Notes: Cycle thefts rare feat". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  3. ^ Carroll, Brian (August 11, 1991). "WEIRTON CAPTURES GOLD MEDAL". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d "Damon Hollins Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Damon Hollins Minor & Japanese Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  6. ^ Eddy, Matt (September 26, 2020). "MiLB Top 10 Prospects Flashback: 2001 Appalachian League". Baseball America. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves Box Score, April 24, 1998". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  8. ^ Alden Gonzalez (2009-01-24). "Phils sign Hollins to Minor League deal". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  9. ^ a b c "Ramirez returns as Legends manager". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. January 4, 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  10. ^ Kaegel, Dick (November 1, 2013). "Royals announce Minor League coaching staff". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Royals announce 2019 minor league coaching staffs and coordinators". FOX Sports. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  12. ^ Gase, Thomas (7 July 2020). "Vallejo High graduate Damon Hollins is new first base coach with Royals". Vallejo Times Herald. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  13. ^ Sloan, Nick (January 22, 2021). "Kansas City Royals announce return of Rusty Kuntz". KCTV Kansas City. Retrieved 10 May 2021.