Erik Pappas

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Erik Pappas
Catcher
Born: (1966-04-25) April 25, 1966 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1991, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
April 30, 1994, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.242
Home runs1
RBI35
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 2004 Olympian for Greek national baseball team

Erik Daniel Pappas (born April 25, 1966) is an American former professional baseball player and coach.[1] He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Baseball career[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Pappas was drafted by the California Angels as the 6th overall pick in the first round of 1984 Major League Baseball draft.[2] He made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on April 19, 1991 at the age of 24.[1] He appeared in 8 games for the Cubs during the 1991 season and appeared in a total of 97 games for the Cardinals during 1993 and 1994 seasons.[1] During the 1993 season, he had one home run and 28 RBIs. Pappas played in his final major league game on April 30, 1994 at the age of 28.[1] Pappas, who is of Greek ancestry, was selected to play for the Greek national baseball team in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Career statistics[edit]

In a three-year major league career, Pappas played in 104 games, accumulating 70 hits in 289 at bats for a .242 career batting average along with 1 home run, 35 runs batted in and a .342 on-base percentage.[1] He ended his career with a .978 fielding percentage.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Pappas became the hitting coach for the Peoria Chiefs. Pappas spent 2006–12 at the Cangelosi Baseball Academy in Orland Park, Illinois, while also serving as a scout for the Texas Rangers from 2005 to 2009. Pappas became a coach in the Cardinals system as the Springfield Cardinals Hitting Coach for the 2014 season.

Pappas currently resides in the Beverly neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Erik Pappas statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ "1984 Baseball Draft". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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