Rick Sofield

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Richard Michael Sofield

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Biographical Information[edit]

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.

Rick turned down a football scholarship to the University of Michigan when the Minnesota Twins made him a first round pick in the 1975 amateur draft.

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[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
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

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