|Outfielder / Hitting coach|
|Born: April 11, 1965|
|September 10, 1990, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 27, 2001, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||219|
|Career highlights and awards|
Turner Max Ward (born April 11, 1965), is a former professional baseball player who played outfield and is currently a hitting coach. He played in the Major Leagues from 1990 to 2001 for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Ward was inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Major League Career
Cleveland Indians (1990–1991)
Ward was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 1986 MLB draft, however, on March 19, 1989, the Yankees traded Ward and Joel Skinner to the Cleveland Indians for Mel Hall.
Ward made his Major League Baseball debut with the Indians on September 10, 1990, as he went 0 for 4 while playing in right field in a 6–2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. On September 12, Ward earned his first career hit off Steve Rosenberg of the White Sox. In his third career game on September 15, Ward went 3 for 5 with a triple, home run and six RBI in a 14–6 win over the Kansas City Royals. Ward hit his first career home run off Andy McGaffigan. Ward finished the season with a .348 batting average with 1 HR and 10 RBI in 14 games with Cleveland.
Ward began the 1991 season as the Indians starting right fielder, however, he got off to a slow start, batting .230 with 0 HR and 5 RBI in 40 games. On June 27, the Indians traded Ward and Tom Candiotti to the Toronto Blue Jays for Denis Boucher, Glenallen Hill, Mark Whiten, and cash.
Toronto Blue Jays (1991–1993)
Ward spent most of his time with the Toronto Blue Jays AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League, however, he was a September call-up, and in eight games with Toronto, Ward hit .308 with 0 HR and 2 RBI in 13 at-bats.
Ward once again saw very limited action in 1992 with Toronto, playing in 18 games, where he hit .345 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. He did not play in any playoff games as Toronto won the 1992 World Series.
In 1993, Ward got into 72 games with the Blue Jays, however, he struggled offensively, batting .192 with 4 HR and 28 RBI. He once again did not see any playing time in the post-season, as the Blue Jays repeated as champions by winning the 1993 World Series. On November 24, Ward was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers off waivers.
Milwaukee Brewers (1994–1996)
Ward became an everyday player with the Milwaukee Brewers during the 1994 season, splitting his time between all three outfield positions with the club. He played in 102 games, batting .232 with 9 HR and 45 RBI before the season was cut short due to the 1994 MLB strike.
Ward saw his playing time decrease rapidly in 1995, as he played in only 44 games, batting .264 with 4 HR and 16 RBI with the Brewers.
In 1996, Ward played in 43 games, hitting only .179 with 2 HR and 10 RBI. On November 1, the Brewers released Ward.
Pittsburgh Pirates (1997–1999)
Ward had a very productive 1997 season as the Pirates fourth outfielder, as he played in 71 games, batting .353 with 7 HR and 33 RBI.
On May 3, 1998, Ward broke through the right field wall at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh while chasing a fly ball. The spectacular catch that resulted was a staple of TV highlight shows for the rest of the year. Ward played in a career high 123 games during the season, batting .262 with 9 HR and 46 RBI.
He began the 1999 season with Pittsburgh, however, Ward struggled to a .209 batting average with 0 HR and 8 RBI in 49 games with the Pirates. On August 11, the club released Ward.
Arizona Diamondbacks (1999–2000)
On August 18, 1999, Ward signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, helping the club win the NL West with a .348 batting average with 2 HR and 7 RBi in 10 games. In the 1999 NLDS against the New York Mets, Ward played in three games, getting two at-bats, where he had a home run and 3 RBI, however, the D-Backs lost the series.
In 2000, Ward hit .173 with 0 HR and 4 RBI with Arizona in 15 games. On October 5, he was released.
Philadelphia Phillies (2001)
On December 20, 2000, Ward signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, and in the 2001 season, Ward played in 17 games with the club, batting .267 with 0 HR and 2 RBI. On October 8, he was granted free agency, then retired.
Major league career (1990–2001)
Ward played in 12 seasons during his Major League Baseball career, appearing in 626 games, as he had a .251 batting average with 39 HR and 219 RBI. Ward had 389 career hits, and stole 33 bases. Defensively, he recorded a .988 fielding percentage playing at all three outfield positions. He was a member of the 1992 and 1993 World Series champions, the Toronto Blue Jays.
State College Spikes
Ward became the manager of the Mobile BayBears, the Arizona Diamondbacks AA affiliate in the Southern League, in the 2011 season. Ward coached the BayBears for two seasons, 2011 and 2012, leading the team to two consecutive Southern League championships. He earned the 2011 Southern League Manager of the Year.
In 2013, Ward became an assistant hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Notably, he was thrown out of the game during a massive brawl between the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers on June 11, 2013. He became full-time hitting coach in 2014.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On October 1, 2019, the Cincinnati Reds announced that Ward would not be retained.
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- Manager and Coaches | Arizona Diamondbacks
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- Weisman, Jon (December 17, 2015). "Dodgers name coaches for 2016". Dodgers.com. Retrieved December 17, 2015.