Mitch Webster

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Mitch Webster
Outfielder
Born: (1959-05-16) May 16, 1959 (age 60)
Larned, Kansas
Batted: SwitchThrew: Left
MLB debut
September 2, 1983, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1995, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 70
Runs batted in 342
Teams

Mitchell Dean Webster (born May 16, 1959) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1983 through 1995 for the Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. Listed at 6' 0", 185 lb., he was a switch hitter and threw left handed. [1]

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Career

Born in Larned, Kansas, Webster was selected by the Dodgers in the 23rd round of the 1977 MLB Draft. He then was selected by Toronto from Los Angeles in the 1979 Minor League draft. [1]

A speedy outfielder, Webster achieved good production from both sides of the plate, and also had a strong arm with the ability to play all three outfield positions exceptionally well.

His most productive season came with Montreal in 1986, when he posted career-highs with a .290 batting average and 36 stolen bases while leading the National League with 13 triples. [1]

In a 13-season career, Webster slashed .263/.330/.401 with 70 home runs and 160 steals in 1,265 games, driving in 342 runs and scoring 504 times while playing mostly as a leadoff hitter. [1]

As an outfielder, he committed just 42 errors in 2,007 fielding chances for a .979 fielding percentage. [1]

After his playing days, Webster scouted during 14 years with the Dodgers organization, [2] serving for eight seasons as an amateur scout before working in 2008 and 2009 as a professional scout, being responsible for signing such players as Blake DeWitt, Scott Elbert, Joel Hanrahan, Koyie Hill, Lucas May, Bubba Starling, and Scott Van Slyke, among others. [3] He also spent four seasons as a coach in the Dodgers minor league system from 1996 to 1999. [2]

In 2009, the Kansas City Royals named Webster as their Midwest Regional Scouting Supervisor. [2] He was nominated and named to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. [4]

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Sources

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Major League Baseball Statistics and History. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on January 17, 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 Royals name Mitch Webster Midwest Regional Scouting Supervisor. MLB.com. Retrieved on January 17, 2017.
  3. Biography. Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved on January 17, 2017.
  4. Barber, Hayden (June 13, 2018). "Royals' Kauffman, Paul Pierce, Larry Drew among Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees". Kansas City Star . Retrieved June 14, 2018.

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