Al LeBoeuf

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Alan Wayne LeBoeuf

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Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman Al LeBoeuf was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 28th round of the 1981 amateur draft. He played in their farm system from 1981 to 1988, hitting .270 in 703 games. LeBoeuf played at the AAA level multiple years, but never received a call to the major leagues. He spent most of his final season as a player/coach with the AA Reading Phillies.

LeBoeuf was a hitting coach in the Phillies' chain for the Martinsville Phillies in 1989, Clearwater Phillies in 1990, Reading Phillies in 1991, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons in 1992. He spent the next six years managing in the Phillies system. He guided Batavia to the playoffs in 1995 and led Clearwater to the Florida State League finals in 1996. The following season, he was named Manager of the Year at Reading. LeBoeuf was a hitting coach for the Red Barons in 1999 and for Clearwater in 2000.[1].

After leaving the Phillies, LeBoeuf joined the New York Mets organization as a hitting coach for the Norfolk Tides from 2001-2004. He was replaced by Howard Johnson in 2005. Some reports indicate he coached St. Lucie Mets hitters in 2005, but this might not be accurate. When Nelson Liriano had to leave the Wichita Wranglers in late July for health reasons, LeBoeuf was available to take over as hitting coach. He returned to the Wranglers in 2006. He left the Kansas City Royals organization after 2006 for the Toronto Blue Jays where he was the hitting coach for the Syracuse Chiefs in 2007-2008 and the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2009.

The Milwaukee Brewers hired LeBoeuf as a hitting coach with the Huntsville Stars in 2010-2011 and Nashville Sounds in 2012. During the 2012 season LeBoeuf experienced the health issues described below. LeBoeuf spent 2013 as a Player Development Scout in Florida so he could be near home as he continued his rehabilitation. He returned to the field as a hitting coach for the AZL Brewers in 2014-2015 and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2016. LeBoeuf was a coach for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2017. He went back to coaching hitters with the Biloxi Shuckers in 2018 and the San Antonio Missions in 2019. Under his tutelage, the Missions set a new franchise single-season home run record by belting 195 over the fence. LeBoeuf was scheduled to return to San Antonio in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. He was a hitting coach of the Nashville Sounds in 2021-2024. The 2022 version of the Sounds set a franchise record with 809 runs scored.

In 2012, LeBoeuf began to be bothered by unexplainable cramping in his legs, which doctors eventually traced to a cancerous spot on his hip that was causing nerve damage. The spot was where he had been hit by a pitch back when he was a player with the AAA Portland Beavers in 1985, causing a serious bone bruise and causing him to miss almost all of that season. The injury derailed his playing career and in an extremely rare development, the bruise eventually turned cancerous. The condition is very often fatal, but LeBoeuf was lucky that it was caught and treated early. Stem cell treatment and chemotherapy were able to arrest the progression of the disease and help him regain feeling in his legs. He was confined to a wheelchair for a time, but was able eventually to walk again under his own power with the use of leg braces, although he can sometimes dispense with them. When he returned to duty with AZL Brewers in 2014, the Brewers allowed his son Mac to be along with him, to act as a personal caregiver and assist him to perform the tasks that were still a challenge. His wife of 28 years, Laura, had been at his side for his recovery during most of the previous year, when he was away from the game.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1993 Batavia Clippers New York-Penn League 38-39 7th Philadelphia Phillies
1994 Batavia Clippers New York-Penn League 40-34 6th Philadelphia Phillies
1995 Batavia Clippers New York-Penn League 41-34 4th Philadelphia Phillies Lost in 1st round
1996 Clearwater Phillies Florida State League 75-62 3rd Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1997 Reading Phillies Eastern League 74-68 4th Philadelphia Phillies
1998 Reading Phillies Eastern League 56-85 10th Philadelphia Phillies

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