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Rick Honeycutt #40

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Full Name:
Rick Honeycutt
Uniform #:
40

COACHING CAREER
Honeycutt enters his ninth season as the Dodgers' pitching coach, making him the longest tenured full-time coach on the Dodgers' staff...since Honeycutt became the pitching coach in 2006, his staff has led the Major Leagues in ERA (3.71), opponents' batting average (.248) and strikeouts (9,836)...last season, Los Angeles ranked second in the Majors with a 3.25 ERA while ranking second in the National League in strikeouts (1,292) and third in opponents' batting average (.243)...under Honeycutt's tutelage, Clayton Kershaw (1.83) led the Majors in ERA for the third consecutive season while Zack Greinke (2.64) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.00) finished fourth and tied for eighth in the NL, respectively…in 2009, his staff led the Major Leagues with a 3.41 ERA...in 2009, the Dodgers' also led the Majors in opponents' batting average (.233) and finished tied for second with 1,272 strikeouts...the pitching corps had a National League best 3.68 ERA in 2008...in his first season guiding the Dodger pitching staff in 2006, saw the team post the fourth-lowest ERA in the National League at 4.23...spent the 2002-05 seasons as the Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator…started in the Dodger organization as a consultant, working with minor league pitchers in 2001…has worked closely with some of the most successful young Dodger pitching prospects, including Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Kenley Jansen…was instrumental in the development of the organization's minor league pitching philosophy of allowing pitchers to pitch in both starting and relief roles during the season.

PLAYING CAREER
Pitched 21 seasons in the Major Leagues, including five with the Dodgers (1983-87)…appeared in 797 games, the 48th-highest total in Major League history…his teams reached the postseason seven times, including one World Series winner (1989), and two pennant winners (1988 and 1990) with Oakland…while with Texas, led the American League in ERA in 1983 with a 2.42 mark in 25 starts…earned a spot on the 1980 and 1983 AL All-Star teams…on Aug. 19, 1983 was traded to the Dodgers for Dave Stewart, Ricky Wright and cash…originally drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1976…was the "player to be named later" in a deal to Seattle on Aug. 22, 1977…made his big league debut two days later, throwing two scoreless innings…made his first Major League start in Yankee Stadium on Aug. 31, 1977, allowing three runs in 7.1 innings in a no-decision…earned his first Major League victory on April 7, 1978, defeating Minnesota, 6-3…pitched for the Dodgers' Division Championship teams in 1983 and 1985…made 268 starts in his career, logging 2,160 innings…finished his career with 109 wins and 38 saves... posted a career-low 2.35 ERA, pitching in a career-high 64 games for Oakland in 1989, when he was 2-2 with 12 saves…was an All-America first baseman/pitcher at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville after winning the Southeastern Conference batting title with a .404 mark.

PERSONAL
Frederick Wayne Honeycutt and his wife Debbie make their home in Georgia…they have two children, Holli (Griffith) and Ricky, and he is the grandfather of four (Haden, Kaylee, Kendall and Brooks)…after his retirement in 1997, Rick spent the next year coaching his son's travel team and attending his daughter's Belmont university volleyball games…Holli has a doctorate in physical therapy…purchased a 100-acre ranch in northern Georgia that his wife, Debbie, uses to host a non-profit organization that specializes in hippotherapy for mentally and physically challenged children…is also involved with the Ronald McDonald House and in 2013 hosted the 30th Annual Rick Honeycutt Youth Benefit Golf Tournament…hobby is golf…in 2006 he was inducted into the Tennessee State Hall of Fame along with NFL greats Richard Dent and D.D. Lewis...on Feb. 19, 2009, was named to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's All-Century team...served as the pitching coach for Major League Baseball's 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series.

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