Richard Michael Sofield
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
- School University of Minnesota, University of South Carolina
- High School Morristown High School
- Debut April 6, 1979
- Final Game October 4, 1981
- Born December 16, 1956 in Cheyenne, WY USA
Rick Sofield played three years in the majors, including as a regular outfielder for the 1980 Twins. He also played seven seasons in the minors.
After saying goodbye to baseball in 1983, he enrolled at the University of South Carolina, intending to go out for football (as a quarterback). Alas, he was ruled ineligible when it was revealed that he had briefly attended the University of Minnesota in 1975. He became, instead, an assistant baseball coach at the University of South Carolina (1983-1986), and later went on to become the head coach at the University of Utah (1988-1994).
Sofield later went back into professional baseball and became a minor league manager at the AA level with the Harrisburg Senators (Montreal Expos), and then the Las Vegas 51s (Los Angeles Dodgers AAA affiliate), and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate). In addition, he has been a field coordinator for a number of major league clubs, including the Dodgers (1999-2000), Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Yankees (2004-2007).
In 2007, Sofield was hired as the first head baseball coach for the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
After returning to the Minor Leagues to manage the West Virginia Power in 2012, Sofield was named the Pirates' first base coach for the 2013 season on October 31, 2012. He continued as a Pirates coach through 2016.
The only other major leaguer whose last name starts "Sof" has been Ray Soff.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1995||West Palm Beach Expos||Florida State League||35-45||14th||Montreal Expos||replaced Gomer Hodge (19-36) on June 4|
|1996||West Palm Beach Expos||Florida State League||68-67||7th||Montreal Expos|
|1997||Harrisburg Senators||Eastern League||86-56||1st||Montreal Expos||League Champs|
|2001||Las Vegas 51s||Pacific Coast League||68-76||11th||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|2003||Colorado Springs Sky Sox||Pacific Coast League||73-70||6th||Colorado Rockies|
|2012||West Virginia Power||South Atlantic League||61-79||13th||Pittsburgh Pirates|