Tom Goodwin

For other people named Thomas Goodwin, see Thomas Goodwin (disambiguation).
Tom Goodwin

Goodwin with the Mets in 2016.
New York Mets – No. 22
Center fielder / First base coach
Born: (1968-07-27) July 27, 1968
Fresno, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1991, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2004, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .268
Home runs 24
Runs batted in 284
Stolen bases 369

As player

As coach

Tom Goodwin
Medal record
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
1988 Seoul Team
Baseball World Cup
1988 Rome Team

Thomas Jones Goodwin (born July 27, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball center fielder. He attended Central High School (Fresno, California) and then went on to play for Fresno State University. He is currently the first base coach with the New York Mets.

Professional career

In 1986, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Goodwin in the sixth round (134th overall). He opted not to sign. In 1988, he was a member of the gold winning United States baseball team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Because of this, he decided to wait until 1989 to sign with a team, which is when he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, after being drafted in the 1st round (22nd overall).

At 6'1", Goodwin was only 175 pounds, which gave him an advantage over his heavier teammates. He developed a forté in base stealing. He spent only three seasons in the minors (during each of which he stole over 45 bases) before making his Major League debut on September 1, 1991, at the age of 23.

Some of his major league career highlights include the 369 bases he stole over 14 years in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, a career high 66 stolen bases with the Royals in 1996, and a .290 batting average with the Rangers in 1998. Tom had an interesting year when it came to home runs in 2000—not because he hit so many, but because of what kind of home runs they were. One of his six home runs occurred on April 5, was an inside-the-parker against the Braves. On April 30 against the Mets, he hit a grand slam, and on July 17 against the Athletics, he hit another grand slam.

His career statistics draw comparisons to those of Billy North, a former Oakland Athletic.

He last played major league baseball in 2004, but he played in the independent Atlantic League in 2005 for the Atlantic City Surf.

Post playing career

After retiring as a player, Goodwin managed the Lewisville Lizards, coached for the Lowell Spinners, a minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and served as a roving outfield and base running coach in the Red Sox minor league system.[1]

On October 29, 2011 Goodwin was named the first base coach for the Mets replacing former coach Mookie Wilson.[2]

Goodwin with the Mets in 2012.

Major Transactions

Honors and awards

See also


  1. Michael Silverman (2008-02-07). "Kielty's official". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  2. Matthew Cerrone (2011-10-29). "Mets name Tom Goodwin as 1B Coach". Retrieved 2011-10-29.
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