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Lonnie Keeter

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Lonnie W. Keeter

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Biographical Information[edit]

Lonnie Keeter played, coached and managed in baseball during his career.

Keeter was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 1968 amateur draft. He debuted professionally with the 1969 Winter Haven Red Sox, hitting .289/~.396/.363 with 17 steals in 23 tries. His .928 fielding percentage was above average for the Florida State League third basemen as he manned the position to the left of Juan Beniquez.

Keeter's production fell from that fine start, though. In 1970, he was with the Greenville Red Sox and hit .244/~.375/.349 with 20 runs in 31 games and five steals in five tries. Moving to second base with the 1971 Winston-Salem Red Sox, he batted .221/~.322/.264 in 92 games with 11 steals in 16 tries. In 1972, Lonnie played his final season, hitting .161/~.297/.215 in 28 games for Greenville.

He was an assistant coach at University of Nevada, Las Vegas for 2 years, then head coach at the University of Utah from 1982 to 1987.

Keeter was the coach of the AZL Padres in 1988 and managed the club in 1989. He was then a coach for the Wichita Wranglers in 1990 and the the High Desert Mavericks in 1991-1992 [1]. He was later coach and interim manager of Mudville Nine in 2000.

Sources include 1970-1973 Baseball Guides

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1989 AZL Padres Arizona League 23-29 4th San Diego Padres none
2000 Mudville Nine California League -- Milwaukee Brewers replaced Barry Moss on May 25 /
replaced by Frank Kremblas on June 14

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