Former MLB outfielder Lee Tinsley has died at the age of 53
Former MLB outfielder and manager Lee Tinsley died Thursday at age 53. No cause of death was announced.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Tinsley died in Scottsdale, Arizona, where “she is survived by three beautiful children.”
Tinsley’s brief major league career spanned five seasons from 1993 to 1997, where he played for the Mariners, Red Sox and Phillies. In 1994, he was second on the Red Sox with 13 stolen bases without being caught.
He began the 1995 campaign with a 14-game hitting streak and was moved from the bottom of the order to the top spot. He also had a 15-game hitting streak in June. Tinsley hit a career-high .284 with 18 stolen bases in 100 games for the AL East champion Red Sox.
Tinsley later played in the minor league systems of the Angels, Expos and Reds, as well as the Western Baseball League and the Mexican League.
Following his playing career, he served as a manager in the Diamondbacks, Angels, Mariners, Cubs and Reds organizations.
“We are saddened to learn of Lee’s passing,” Reds vice president and general manager Lee Krall said. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends, in and out of the game.”
Seconds Tinsley’s LinkedIn pagehe expressed his desire to go into “scouting, management and front office roles.”
The last professional baseball coach was in 2018, where he served as the hitting instructor for the Mobile BayBears, then the minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.
Shelby County High School in Kentucky also paid tribute to its former standout.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to learn of the passing of a ROCKET ICON AND LEGEND, one of the ALL-TIME GREATS to ever wear a ROCKET UNIFORM, Mr. Lee Tinsley. Rocket Nation sends our condolences to the family Tinsley,” the school tweeted.
Tinsley was a first-round pick out of high school by the A’s in 1987.
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