Rick Honeycutt

Rick Honeycutt

Rick Honeycutt was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 29, 1954 and grew up in north Georgia where he played baseball at LFORA during his youth. He attended Lakeview High School where he played football, baseball, and basketball. In his junior and senior years, he led the baseball team to State Championship titles. Rick was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles after his senior year, but instead decided to attend the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship.
Rick was drafted as both a pitcher and a first baseman by the Pittsburgh Pirates in June of 1976. In his first game as a professional, he was the starting pitcher, batted clean-up, and hit a home run in his first professional at-bat. Rick spent very little time in the minor leagues as he was traded during his second season to the Seattle Mariners, making the move from AA baseball to the Major Leagues. This was the beginning of 21 years in the Major Leagues, from his first appearance in 1977 at Yankee Stadium to his last appearance in 1997. Along the way, his journey took him to the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals.

His first 10 years he was a starter and the last 10 years of his career he was a reliever. He made the All Star team in 1980 and 1983 and was a 16 game winner in 1983. He pitched in 3 consecutive World Series in 1988, 1989 and, 1990. He won the World World Series with the Athletics in 1989. His 797 appearances rank him 33rd all-time in Major League history and 8th all time among lefties in Major League history.

He is currently the Pitching Coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Throughout his great career he has never lost touch with his roots and the solid baseball foundation that began on the LFORA fields that now bear his name.