Mike Pagliarulo

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Michael Timothy Pagliarulo

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mike Pagliarulo played 11 seasons in the big leagues, achieving the most prominence during the years at the start of his career when he played for the New York Yankees. In 1987 he had 32 home runs, ninth in the 1987 American League.

Although he played much of his career with the Yankees, his only World Series appearance was with the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 World Series.

He was signed as a 6th round pick in the 1981 amateur draft by the New York Yankees and scout Fred Ferreira. Pag had been at the University of Miami from 1979 to 1981, the same years that Neal Heaton was there.

Pagliarulo played in the minors from 1981 to 1983 and part of 1984. He had 22 home runs in 1982 for the Greensboro Hornets and 19 home runs in 1983 for the Nashville Sounds.

Mike made his major league debut with the Yankees in July 1984 and became a third baseman with some power, posting a slugging percentage of around .450 each season from 1984-1987. In the second half of his career he became somewhat of a journeyman, playing for four teams after being traded away by the Yankees in mid-1989. Not usually a high average hitter, he broke .300 in 1993.

Pags played in Japan in 1994 and later (with Willie Fraser) ran a scouting company that consults with teams about Japanese prospects.

In 2013-2014, Pagliarulo was hitting coach of the Indianapolis Indians. In 2017, he was named hitting coach of the Miami Marlins under former teammate Don Mattingly. On April 19, 2019, with Marlins hitters off to a brutal start, he was fired and replaced by assistant hitting coach Jeff Livesey.

Pagliarulo's father, Charles Pagliarulo, was a minor league infielder in 1958.

He is the second of two players whose last names start with "Pagliar", with the other being Jim Pagliaroni. One was nicknamed "Pag", the other "Pags".

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1986 & 1987)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1987)
  • Won a World Series with the Minnesota Twins in 1991

Further Reading[edit]

  • Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Third Baseman Mike Pagliarulo", Baseball Digest, November 1992, p. 63. [1]

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