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Getting To Know the Manager and Coaches – Reggie Willits (First Base Coach)

by Paul Semendinger

March 14, 2021


What follows are some interesting, fun, and random facts, etc. regarding Reggie Willits:

Like Matt Blake, Reggie Willits was a high school coach before coaching professionally in the Yankees’ system. He won two state championships in Oklahoma.

The will be his fourth season as the Yankees’ First Base Coach.

Reggie Willits is also an outfield instructor.

Reggie played Major League Baseball for six seasons, all with the Los Angeles Angels. In 414 games, he batted .258. In his career, he never hit a big league home run.

The last professional home run Willits hit was in 2009 while playing for Salt Lake of the Pacific Coast League. That was one of 15 homers he hit in his minor league career, but most of these, except for that one came from 2003 to 2006. After the 2006, that home for Salt Lake was the only one he’d hit as a professional.

Reggie Willits stole 40 big league bases. He was caught stealing 17 times for an overall success rate of 70.1%.

When Willits served as the Yankees’ player development system teaching base running (from 2015-17), the players’ success rate in stolen bases was…70.3% (You can’t make this kind of stuff up… )

Reggie Willits was named after Reggie Jackson.

He named his first son Jaxon

268 MLB players have come from Oklahoma. Of these, the following were Yankees at one point in their career:

Paul Blair

Ray Burris

Johnny Callison

Lou Clinton

Bobby Cox

George Frazier

Matt Holliday

Charlie Hudson

Mickey Mantle

Lindy McDaniel

Bobby Murcer

Allie Reynolds

Bob Shirley

Roy Staiger

Ralph Terry

Paul Waner


(Cover photo from The Oklahoman)


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