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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ex-Yankees hitting coach Rick Down dies at home in Las Vegas

After putting in six years as a Dallimore assistant from 1979 to ‘84, Rick Down would spend the next 27 employed by major league ballclubs. He would have two stints as major league hitting coach for the Yankees, and held the same job with the Dodgers, Red Sox, Orioles and Mets.

As manager at Triple-A Columbus, Down guided the Yankees’ top farm club to three consecutive division titles and a franchise-record 95 wins in 1992 before being bypassed for major league managerial jobs.

He came just as close as a player in the Montreal Expos’ organization, hitting .284 for Triple-A Memphis in 1974 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in 108 games. But Down had the misfortune of playing in the outfield at the same time as Montreal stars such as Andre Dawson, Ellis Valentine, Warren Cromartie and Jerry White.

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