Thaddis Bosley Jr. (born September 17, 1956 in Oceanside, California) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder for the California Angels (1977, 1988), Chicago White Sox (1978-1980), Milwaukee Brewers (1981), Seattle Mariners (1982), Chicago Cubs (1983-1986), Kansas City Royals (1987-1988) and Texas Rangers (1989-1990).
Bosley was called up to the Angels after hitting .326 in 69 games for the Salt Lake City Gulls of the Pacific Coast League, and made his Major League debut on June 29, 1977.Bosley was traded in the off-season to the Chicago White Sox with Richard Dotson and Bobby Bonds. He remained with the White Sox organization for three years and later played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, and Chicago Cubs, distinguishing himself as one of the best pinch hitters in the majors. During the 1985 season, Bosley hit .328 and was voted the best pinch hitter in baseball. After being traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1987, Bosley returned again to the California Angels in 1988. In 1989, he signed with the Texas Rangers and ended his playing career on June 1, 1990.
He appeared with two division champions: the 1981 Brewers and the 1984 Cubs. Both teams lost their respective League Championship Series, however, so Bosley never played in a World Series.
Nonetheless, Bosley played fourteen major-league seasons, appearing in 784 games with 1,581 at-bats, a .272 batting average and twenty home runs.
Bosley was a coach for the Oakland Athletics from 1999-2002. During the 2008-2009 seasons Bosley served as an assistant coach and then as the head coach for the baseball team at the now defunct Bethany University in Scotts Valley, CA. Thad Bosley was announced on 6/24/09 as Southwestern College in Phoenix, Arizona as head coach. After spending one season as coach for Southwestern College Bosley accepted the hitting coach vacancy for the most recent American League Champion, Texas Rangers.
Bosley was briefly a member of a funk group called Ballplayers which featured another Major League Baseball journeyman named Lenny Randle. Some of their music can be heard on a compilation called "Family Album" which was released in 2010 on the DC-based music label, People's Potential Family.*
Bosley was named hitting coach for the Texas Rangers on November 23, 2010. He was fired as the Rangers hitting coach on June 8, 2011.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Former major-leaguer Thad Bosley has been named executive director for athletics and athletic development and head coach of the new baseball program at a small college in Omaha, Neb.Grace University on Wednesday announced the hiring of Bosley.The 56-year-old Bosley was a career .272 hitter for five teams from 1977–90, twice leading the majors in pinch hits.Bosley will oversee a three-year plan to start programs in baseball, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field.The school also plans to join the NAIA after having competed in the National Christian College Athletic Association.- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/209422561_Grace_U__hires_Bosley_as_coach__athletic_director.html?scpromo=1#sthash.JgbdfEFc.dpuf
By Dean Hanley
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