Kimera Bartee, Tigers initial-foundation coach and previous outfielder, dies at 49


The Detroit Tigers announced on Tuesday that very first-foundation mentor and previous outfielder Kimera Bartee died unexpectedly on Monday. Bartee, who put in four seasons of his six-calendar year MLB profession with the Tigers, was 49. No cause of death has been declared. 

Bartee, a Nebraska native, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round of the 1993 draft, and produced his big-league debut with the Tigers in 1996, when he was 23. He played in 110 game titles for the Tigers that calendar year, the most he’d play in 1 season. He went on to engage in areas of the future five seasons for the Tigers, the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies, spending most of his time in the minors. 

Pursuing the close of his participating in occupation, Bartee was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008 to be their small-league outfield and baserunning coordinator, a part he stayed in for 9 many years till he was promoted to 1st-base mentor and outfield teacher at the key-league amount. He still left the Pirates next the 2019 time and was employed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2020 to be their roving baserunning and bunting coordinator.

The Tigers employed Bartee in 2021 to do a very similar baserunning and outfield instruction position. When Chip Hale, the Tigers 3rd-foundation coach, still left midseason to come to be the head mentor at the College of Arizona, Bartee was promoted to very first-foundation mentor. Detroit announced in November that they were being retaining Bartee in that occupation for the 2022 period. 

Tigers manager A.J. Hinch launched a statement about Bartee’s death, praising him for his ability to connect and connect with players of any age. 

“Like numerous across baseball, I was devastated by the information of Kimera’s passing. From the get started of spring teaching very last yr, it was distinct that ’KB’ was the epitome of a player’s mentor, getting an uncanny ability to establish deep connections with any person from a rookie to a 10-year veteran. I was very pleased of his selflessness and adaptability when he swiftly shifted to the Main League staff previous year, and how energized he was about the shiny long run he had in both of those baseball and lifestyle. The sport has lost an incredible guy, but much more importantly his spouse and children has dropped a loving fiancé, father, and son.”

Al Avila, normal supervisor of the Tigers, also introduced a assertion about Bartee.

“All of us in the Tigers baseball household had been shocked and saddened to study that very first foundation mentor Kimera Bartee quickly handed absent on Monday at the age of 49. Through his time in our business as the two a participant and coach, Kimera was known as a form soul but intensive competitor who did his best every single working day to elevate people all-around him to do good things. Even though Tigers followers received utilised to seeing him in the first base coach’s box, Kimera’s affect on our ballclub went much further and will be sorely missed. In talking with Kimera’s father, Jerry Bartee, we provided our condolences and aid to his household. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the corporation are with Kimera’s household and good friends, and his memory and spirit will under no circumstances be overlooked.”

Even though Bartee expended most of his playing many years with Detroit, the bulk of his submit-participating in several years were expended with the Pirates. Staff operator Bob Nutting introduced a statement on Tuesday about the passing of their longtime coach. 

“We are deeply saddened to listen to the information of the unexpected passing of Kimera Bartee. He was a wonderful man or woman, whose upbeat perspective and infectious smile would often raise the spirits of any person who interacted with him. Our hearts go out to his loved ones, whom he loved so significantly. He was much also younger and will be dearly missed.”

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