John Hardin Stearns nicknamed “Bad Dude”, was an American professional baseball catcher and coach who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets from 1975 to 1984 after playing a single game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1974.
American professional baseball catcher and coach John Stearns dies at 71
John Stearns, a four-time National League All-Star during his 10 seasons with the New York Mets, died Thursday night at the age of 71 in Denver, the team confirmed. Stearns, who had attended the Mets’ Old Timers’ Day at Citi Field last month, had prostate cancer. After retiring in 1986, Stearns stayed in baseball, eventually becoming a coach with the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and Mets.
He has had duties inside the Brewers, Blue Jays, Reds, and Nationals organizations. “I am heartbroken,” former teammate Lee Mazzilli remarked. “John was really a delight to be around. He enjoyed the game so much. I was amazed when he went to the batting cage on Old Timers’ Day. That just showed you how much of a competitor he was.”
John Stearns Age, Family, Early Life
John Stearns was born on August 21, 1951, in Denver, Colorado. He holds an American nationality and His Zodiac sign is Leo. He belongs to the white ethnicity.
There is currently no verified information about John Stearns’s parents yet.
John Stearns Wife, What about his Children?
John Stearns and his wife, Martha Jo, married after the 1977 season. They had a son, named Justin.
John Stearns Career, What was his profession?
Stearns’s professional career started with the Reading Phillies of the Class AA Eastern League in 1973. After batting just .241 for Reading, he was demoted to the Rocky Mount Phillies of the High-A Carolina League for 1974 and batted .343 in 64 games. Mid-season, he was promoted immediately to the Toledo Mud Hens of the Class AAA International League.
He batted .266 for Toledo and was promoted to the major leagues in September. On September 22, 1974, Stearns made his major league debut and picked up his first hit, going 1-for-2 off the bench. Stearns’s first game with the Phillies turned out to be his last. With rising prospect Bob Boone securely planted behind the plate for Philadelphia, Stearns became expendable. He was traded along with Del Unser and Mac Scarce from the Phillies to the New York Mets for Tug McGraw, Don Hahn, and Dave Schneck at the Winter Meetings on December 3, 1974.
Scout and Minor League Coach
In late 1986, the Milwaukee Brewers recruited Stearns as a scout and minor league coach. In 1989, he was the New York Yankees’ bullpen coach. He was then recruited by the Toronto Blue Jays as the manager of the AA-level Knoxville Blue Jays for 1990 and 1991, reaching the post-season in the latter season. Stearns joined the Mariners as minor-league catching coordinator (2011) then served as a professional scout in 2012.
On May 2, 2013, was designated the temporary manager for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers after Daren Brown replaced third-base coach Jeff Datz at his post due to Datz’s cancer diagnosis. Stearns was named the Mariners’ third base coach for the 2014 season. However, Stearns underwent surgery for a hiatal hernia prior to spring training and his slower-than-expected recovery caused him to quit on March 7, 2014.
He stayed in the Mariners’ organization, though, as a scout for the 2014 season. After attending a memorial ceremony for his high school baseball coach in 2015, he said he was not sure how he would be involved with baseball again.
How much is John Stearns Net Worth?
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Which school and college did he go to?
John Stearns attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Colorado.
Is he available on any kind of social media platform?
John Stearns is active on Twitter. He has 1,033+ followers on Twitter.
Physical Appearance of John Stearns’s Height, Weight
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