- Kash Beauchamp
Kash Beauchamp (born
January 8, 1963) is the son of Jim Beauchamp, and a former minor league baseballoutfielder and manager. Beauchamp originally attended Grove High Schoolin Oklahomaand then Bacone College. He was drafted first overall by the Toronto Blue Jaysin the 1982 January amateur draft, ahead of names such as Kirby Puckettand John Cangelosi.
Beauchamp played 12 seasons in the minors, seeing moderate success but never reaching the Majors, although he did get as high as Triple-A. He displayed good speed at the beginning of his professional career, stealing as many as 25 bases in a season, although as his career went on he stole less and less each year.
In 1984, he was the MVP of the
Carolina LeagueAll-Star Game, going 5-for-6 with a home run, two triples and five RBI. He was voted Best Defensive Outfielder and Outfielder With the Best Arm that year by Baseball America.
Interestingly, Beauchamp was the first player to be signed to a professional (major league affiliated) contract out of the independent leagues when, after hitting .367 with the
Rochester Acesof the Northern League in 1993, he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds.
He ended his playing career in 1995, and afterward he began managing and coaching various teams in different independent leagues. From 1995 to 1997, he was a hitting coach in the
Montreal Exposfarm system. From 1998 to 2000, he managed the New Jersey Jackalsof the Northeast League. He managed the Lincoln Saltdogsin 2001 and then the Adirondack Lumberjacksfor the next three seasons. He didn't managed in 2005, instead he served as the scouting director for the Golden Baseball League. He managed the Pensacola Pelicansof the American Association in 2006. In 2007, he served as Vice President/Director of Baseball Operations for the South Coast League. He also served as manager of the league's Anderson Joesfranchise for the final 37 games of the 2007 season. Beauchamp left both positions in November 2007 [http://southcoastleague.com/news/press/?id=761] to become manager of the Wichita Wingnutsof the American Association. On July 9, 2008, Beauchamp had a major tirade, taking off his shoe and trying to make the umpire smell his shoe along with his armpit; he received a four-game suspension for his actions. [Citation |last=Marshall |first=John |title=Wingnuts manager suspended over tirade with ump |url=http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D91RRGNG0.html |publisher=" Dallas Morning News" |date=2008-07-11 |accessdate=2008-07-11]
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