Derek Shelton
Derek Shelton 2022.jpg
Shelton as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 17
Catcher / Manager
Born: (1970-07-30) July 30, 1970 (age 52)
Carbondale, Illinois
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Career statistics
(through August 14, 2022)
Managerial record125–212
Winning %.371
As coach

As manager

Derek Lee Shelton (born July 30, 1970) is an American professional baseball coach and former catcher. He is the current manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). Shelton has spent the last 15 years as a coach in some capacity at the Major League level.

Shelton was the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians from 2005 until 2009, and the Tampa Bay Rays from 2010 until 2016. Shelton then worked as the quality control coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. He was the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins from 2018 through 2019.

College career

Shelton attended Southern Illinois University where he played college baseball for the Salukis. In his sophomore year (1990), the Salukis won 49 games and the Missouri Valley Conference championship, and played in the NCAA Tournament. Shelton led the Missouri Valley Conference in 1991, his junior year, by throwing out 43% of opposing baserunners attempting to steal.[1] [2] Shelton graduated from SIU with a degree in criminal justice.

Minor leagues

Playing career

Shelton was a minor league catcher in the New York Yankees organization in 1992 and 1993, playing alongside Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.[3] Shelton played 46 games in his minor league career, and finished with a .341 batting average, one home run, and 19 runs batted in.[4]

Managing career

Shelton managed Yankee minor league teams for three seasons, from 2000 through 2002. His teams achieved a .624 winning percentage, and he managed several future MLB players, including Robinson Canó, Dioner Navarro, and Chien-Ming Wang.[5][6]

Major league coaching career

After spending five seasons as the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians, he accepted a job with the Tampa Bay Rays at the same position after the 2009 season. The Rays fired him in September 2016.[7] On December 12, 2016, the Toronto Blue Jays hired him as a quality control coach for the 2017 season.[8] On November 6, 2017, the Minnesota Twins hired Shelton as bench coach for the 2018 season.[9]

On November 27, 2019, Shelton was named the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.[10] Shelton became the 41st manager in Club history.

Managerial record

As of games played on August 14, 2022
Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
PIT 2020 60 19 41 .317 5th in NL Central
PIT 2021 162 61 101 .377 5th in NL Central
PIT 2022 115 45 70 .391
Total 337 125 212 .371

Personal life

Shelton and his wife, Alison, have three children: Jackson, Bella, and Gianna. They live in Treasure Island, Florida.[11]


  3. ^ "1993 Greensboro Hornets Statistics". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Derek Shelton Register Statistics & History". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "2001 GCL Yankees Statistics". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "2002 Staten Island Yankees Statistics". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  7. ^ Topkin, Marc (September 6, 2016). "Rays fire hitting coach Derek Shelton, promote Chad Mottola". Archived from the original on September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays name Derek Shelton quality control coach for 2017 season". December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  9. ^ Adams, Steve. "Twins Name Derek Shelton Bench Coach". Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  10. ^ John Perrotto (November 27, 2019). "Pirates name Derek Shelton new manager". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "'He's ready for this': Inside the rare makeup of Derek Shelton". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. July 21, 2020. Retrieved July 26, 2020.