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Delino DeShields
Delino DeShields managing Dayton 2011-04-15 (cropped).jpg
DeShields managing the Dayton Dragons in 2011
Cincinnati Reds – No. 90
Second baseman / First Base Coach
Born: (1969-01-15) January 15, 1969 (age 53)
Seaford, Delaware
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1990, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 2002, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average.268
Home runs80
Runs batted in561
Stolen bases463
As player

As coach

Delino Lamont DeShields (born January 15, 1969), also nicknamed "Bop", is an American former professional baseball second baseman and current first base coach for the Cincinnati Reds. He played for 13 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago Cubs between 1990 and 2002. He managed the Louisville Bats in the Cincinnati Reds organization from 2012–2017.[1] His son Delino DeShields Jr. plays for the Atlanta Braves and his daughter Diamond DeShields plays for the Chicago Sky.

Early life

DeShields was born in Seaford, Delaware where he was raised by his mother and grandmother. He was an All-American in baseball and basketball at Seaford High School. DeShields signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Villanova University. However, after being selected as the 12th overall pick in the 1987 MLB draft, he chose a career in baseball; he signed for $130,000 with the Montreal Expos.[2]


DeShields made his Major League debut on Opening Day of the 1990 season for the Expos. He recorded four hits in his debut, the most for a debutant in the National League since Mack Jones 29 seasons earlier.[3] He became the regular second baseman for the Expos in 1990,[4] finishing in second place for the NL Rookie of the Year award.[5] He suffered from a sophomore slump in 1991, but went on to post his two best years in 1992 and 1993, hitting .294 and averaging 45 stolen bases.

On November 19, 1993, DeShields was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for then-prospect Pedro Martínez. In retrospect, this is considered one of the worst trades in Dodgers history.[6] DeShields hit .241 during his three years in Los Angeles, while Martinez went on to win three Cy Young Awards and established himself among the greatest pitchers of all time.

In 1996, DeShields signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals, and later played with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. In 2001, he was the last out in Hideo Nomo's no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles.

After playing career

DeShields is the co-founder of the Urban Baseball League. He also travels with Oil Can Boyd to promote baseball in African American communities.

DeShields was the manager for the Dayton Dragons, a single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds organization for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[7] On December 12, 2012, it was announced that DeShields would become the manager for the Cincinnati Reds AA minor league team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos[8] for the 2013 season. On December 1, 2014 DeShields became manager of the Louisville Bats, replacing Jim Riggleman.[9]


DeShields is married to Michelle Elliott DeShields, an educator and television host for the PBS series Georgia Traveler airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting. He has five children; four from his first marriage, Delino Jr., Diamond, D'Angelo and Denim; and one from his current marriage, Delaney. His children from his earlier marriage both followed in his footsteps and became professional athletes. Delino Jr. is an outfielder who plays for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB) [10] and Diamond is a basketball player for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).[11][12]

DeShields tips his cap after every managerial win in tribute to Little League coach Peter Kilroy, who was the original baseball role model in his life.[citation needed]


See also


  1. ^ "Reds make big changes to minor league coaching staffs | Redleg Nation". Redleg Nation. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  2. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (July 29, 2001). "Not a stay-at-home fellow". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Batting Game Finder". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  4. ^ "1990 Montreal Expos Lineups and Defense". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  5. ^ "1990 Awards Voting". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  6. ^ Newhan, Ross (22 April 2008). "A Long-Term Trade Deficit". Los Angeles Times. pp. D–7.
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  9. ^ Sheldon, Mark. "DeShields to manage Louisville". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Delino DeShields Stats, Fantasy & News".
  11. ^ "diamond-deshields".
  12. ^ "DeShields helps lead Team USA to the GOLD medal | Prep Zone: High School Sports". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2010-06-28.