Gary Pettis


Gary Pettis

Infobox MLB retired
bgcolor1=#000080
bgcolor2=#8B0000
textcolor1=white
textcolor2=white
name=Gary Pettis
position=Outfielder
bats=Switch
throws=Right
birthdate=birth date and age|1958|4|3
debutdate=September 13
debutyear=1982
debutteam=California Angels
finaldate=September 10
finalyear=1992
finalteam=Detroit Tigers
stat1label=Batting Average
stat1value=.236
stat2label=Hits
stat2value=855
stat3label=Stolen Bases
stat3value=354
teams=
* California Angels (by|1982-by|1987)
* Detroit Tigers (by|1988-by|1989, by|1992)
* Texas Rangers (by|1990-by|1991)
* San Diego Padres (by|1992)
highlights=
* A.L. Gold Glove Award: 1985-86, 1988-90

Gary George Pettis (born April 3, 1958, in Oakland, California) is the current first base coach of the Texas Rangers and a former center fielder in Major League Baseball. Pettis played minor league baseball for the Salinas Spurs of the class "A" California League in 1980 and then the Holyoke Millers of the double "A" Eastern League in 1981. In 1982 Pettis moved up to the big leagues and joined the California Angels, where Pettis spent the most of his career a total of six of the eleven seasons he played in MLB. Pettis joined the Angels beginning in 1982 and stay with them till 1987. After six seasons with the California Angels, Pettis went on to play two seasons with the Detroit Tigers, 1988 through the following season of 1989. After two years with Detroit, Pettis joined the Texas Rangers for two seasons 1990-1991. Pettis finished his career in the Major leagues in 1992. The 1992 season saw Pettis play for two different teams. After leaving the Texas Rangers, Pettis joined the San Diego Padres for the 1992 season but ended that season back in Detroit with the Tigers

Pettis was selected in the 6th round of the 1979 draft by the Angels and spent eleven years in the major leagues. He consistently hit for low averages and was known for striking out often, but he performed extremely well on defense, earning five Gold Glove Awards. He was noted for making many spectacular leaping or diving catches, depriving hitters of home runs or base hits, and was known in baseball circles as "The man who made center field look easy". Additionally, he was a prolific base runner and had five seasons where he stole over 40 bases. Pettis held the Angels' club record for stolen bases for nearly 20 years, until it was broken by Chone Figgins on July 15, 2007.

Pettis had his younger brother pose in for his picture on his 1985 Topps baseball card.Fact|date=February 2007

Personal

His son, Austin Pettis, is a wide receiver for Boise State University. [ [http://www.ocvarsity.com/ocvarsity/todaysregister/article_1374285.php Article - News - Pettis has knack for highlights ] ]

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