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Rick Langford

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Full Name:
Rick Langford

APPOINTED: Appointed Bullpen Coach of the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2010 season.

PERSONAL: 1970 graduate of Varina H.S. in Richmond, Virginia where he lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track... Attended Manatee Junior College where he went 14-2 with a 1.84 ERA in 1972 and batted .318 when not pitching. Was the only junior college player chosen on the United States Collegiate All-Star team that toured Japan in 1972... Attended Florida State University where he played the outfield for one year, hitting .295 and leading the team in hits, RBI, homers, total bases and runs... Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Pirates in 1973... Traded with Doug Bair, Dave Giusti, Doc Medich, Tony Armas and Mitchell Page to Athletics for Chris Batton, Phil Garner and Tommy Helms on March 15, 1977.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: 1974: Finished fourth in the Carolina League in ERA (2.69). 1976: Ranked eighth in the International League in ERA (3.20); tossed a no-hitter vs. Memphis on May 30; hit a double in his first major league at-bat. 1979: Named American League Pitcher-of-the-Month and Northern California Athlete-of-the-Month for August; led A's in innings (219) and complete games (14). 1980: Led the American League in complete games (28) and innings pitched (290), tied for sixth in wins (19) and was ninth in ERA (3.26); set the AL record for most consecutive chances accepted by a pitcher without an error (230 - April 13, 1977 to October 2, 1980); the streak-ending error was his first in the majors; set team record for most consecutive complete games (22) from May 23-September 12. 1981: Led the AL in complete games (18) and finished third in innings (195); 1982: Ranked third in the AL in complete games (15); led team in innings (237.1) and tied for the club lead in wins (11) and shutouts (2). 1983: Underwent elbow surgery late in the year. 1984: Pitched sparingly for Tacoma and Oakland as he rehabbed his elbow. 1985: Won three of his last four decisions; went 3-1 at home and 0-4 on the road.

COACHING & MANAGING CAREER: 1996-97: Served as pitching coach for Knoxville of the Southern League. 1998: Joined the Dunedin staff as a pitching coach. 1999: Moved to Syracuse (AAA) of the International League as pitching coach. 2000: Made his major league debut as a pitching coach with the Blue Jays. 2001-02: Returned to Syracuse for the 2001 & 2002 seasons. 2003-05: Appointed as the Pitching Coach for Dunedin and remained for three seasons... In 2004, pitchers like Josh Banks and Ismael Ramirez flourished under his direction with Banks earning monthly honours twice as the Blue Jays Organizational Pitcher of the Month and Ramirez being selected as the 2004 Florida State League's Most Outstanding Pitcher... In 2005 was honoured by the Blue Jays with the Bobby Mattick Player Development Award, recognizing his outstanding achievements and efforts in working with the Club's young pitching prospects... In each of his three seasons in Dunedin, the D-Jays qualified for the playoffs and had a different pitcher rank either first or second in the Florida State League in wins... 11 different D-Jays hurlers working under his direction have been selected during those years as mid or postseason Florida State League All-Stars. 2006-07: On November 8, 2005 was named as the pitching coach for the Syracuse SkyChiefs. 2008: Served as Pitching Coach with Syracuse for a third consecutive season. 2009: Served as the Roving Rehab and Pitching Coach for the 2009 season. 2010: Appointed Bullpen Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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