Derrel Thomas

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Biographical Information[edit]

In fifteen seasons in the majors, Derrel Thomas played every position but pitcher. His most common position was second base, but he was also in over 1,000 games where he appeared at other positions. He played most of his major league career in California with the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the California Angels.

He managed in the minors in 1987. A graduate of Dorsey High School, he became the baseball coach there in December 1991. The following March, a player shot himself fatally on the team bus playing Russian roulette. One month later, Thomas was arrested for attempting to purchase 22 pounds of cocaine and sentenced to probation; probation that was extended after a 1997 drug possession arrest.

In 1989, Thomas played for the Gold Coast Suns of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .303 and stole 9 bases for the club. In 1990, he was with the San Bernardino Pride of the SPBA. He played in 13 games and batted .268 before the league folded.

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

Related Sites[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1987 Boise Hawks Northwest League 9-29 -- none Replaced by Mal Fichman (17-21) on July 26
1998 Tri-City Posse Western Baseball League -- -- none -- Replaced Jamie Nelson on May 29