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Former Colorado Rockies manager and MLB player Don Baylor: 1949-2017

Don Baylor, the first manager of the Colorado Rockies, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at age 68. Baylor managed the Rockies from 1993-98 and led them to their first winning season and playoff appearance (1995).

NL MANAGER
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, right, jokes with owner Jerry McMorris after Baylor was named the National League Manager of the Year for the 1995 season at a news conference in Denver's Coors Field on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1995. Baylor led the third-year, expansion-team Rockies to a wild-card playoff spot. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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California Angels Don Baylor, left, gets a handshake from teammate Rod Carew, 29, after hitting a home run in the 4th inning to put the Angels in front of the Baltimore Orioles 2-1. Play came in the third game of the American League playoffs in Anaheim on Friday, night, Oct. 5, 1979. Center Baltimore catcher Dave Skaggs. (AP Photo)
California Angels Don Baylor, left, gets a handshake from teammate Rod Carew, 29, after hitting a home run in the 4th inning to put the Angels in front of the Baltimore Orioles 2-1. Play came in the third game of the American League playoffs in Anaheim on Friday, night, Oct. 5, 1979. Center Baltimore catcher Dave Skaggs. (AP Photo)

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ROCKIES BRAVES
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, left, congratulates third baseman Vinny Castilla after the Rockies' 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves Sunday, April 26, 1998 in Atlanta. Castilla went four-for-four with two home runs and five RBIs on the day. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor wears a heavy jacket and keeps his hands warm in his back pockets as he watches drills in relatively cold weather at spring training in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Feb. 27, 1997. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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METS ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies coach Walt Weiss, left, chats with New York Mets coach Don Baylor, who was manager of the Rockies when Weiss played shortstop for the team, before the Mets and Rockies play in Denver on Tuesday, May 13, 2003. The trip to Denver was the first for Baylor since he was diagnosed with cancer of his immune system. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Youngsters line up for Don Baylor's autograph Monday, April 29th at Sky Sox Stadium. The Rockies were playing an exhibition game against the Sky Sox. Reis photo
Youngsters line up for Don Baylor's autograph Monday, April 29th at Sky Sox Stadium. The Rockies were playing an exhibition game against the Sky Sox. Reis photo

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BREWERS ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies baseball players join manager Don Baylor, right, on the first base foul line for the National Anthem before their Cactus League exhibition game with the Milwaukee Brewers in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, March 1, 1996. The Rockies beat the Brewers 4-0. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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ROCKIES GIANTS
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher John Thomson, left, is sent to the bench by manager Don Baylor, right, during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Thursday, May 22, 1997. The Giants won the game, 7-2, and the Rockies matched their worst road trip in franchise history. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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ROCKIES SPRING TRAINING
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor talks to his third base coach and infield instructor Gene Glynn, right, during spring training in Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 1996. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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BAYLOR
Don Baylor turns up his nose after Sean Berry's solo homer in the 4th gave the Astros a 2-1 lead. Howdy Lakes photo

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EXPOS ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies' Ellis Burks, center is congratulated by manager Don Baylor, right, Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla, far right, and coach Gene Glynn (2) after Burks hit a 13th-inning single that scored Colorado's Walt Weiss to beat the Montreal Expos 6-5 in Denver on Saturday, April 27, 1996. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

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LS35 BBN ROCKIES CARAVAN
Ralph Vogt has his Boston Red Sox cap autographed by Don Baylor during the Rockies Caravan stop at the Dugout store on Academy Blvd. Monday afternoon, Jan. 9,1994. Vogt has more than a passing connection with the Red Sox, his grand-nephew Scott Cooper is a 3rd baseman for the team. Smiley photo

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ROCKIES COSTNER
Actor Kevin Costner and Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, left, share a laugh as they head to the clubhouse after infield and batting practice at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday, March 2, 1997. Costner, who starred in "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham" donned a Rockies uniform and took batting practice and infield practice with the Rockies before Sunday's game with the San Francisco Giants. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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EXPOS ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies centerfielder Ellis Burks, center, is helped off the field by trainer Dave Cilladi, left, and manager Don Baylor after Burks sprained his ankle when he collided with rightfielder Larry Walker while chasing down a fly ball off the bat of Montreal Expos batter Shane Andrews in the fourth inning of the Expos' 8-3 victory in Denver's Coors Field on Sunday, April 13, 1997. Burks was pulled from the game and his status will be day-to-day in the Rockies lineup. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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SPRING ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor and general manager Bob Gebhard, right, talk as they watch the pitchers workout at spring training, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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ROCKIES BAYLOR
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, center, smiles after the announcement that he has agreed to a two-year contract extension to lead the National League-expansion team during a news conference on Saturday, Jan. 6, 1996, in Denver's Coors Field. Looking on are Rockies owner Jerry McMorris, left, and general manager Bob Gebhard. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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ROCKIES REDS OPENER
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor talks with Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin prior to the start of the Reds season opener Tuesday, April 1, 1997, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

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ROCKIES CARDINALS
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, left, takes the ball from starting pitcher Mark Thompson who was pulled during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 27, 1997, in St. Louis. Thompson gave up five runs on six hits. (AP Photo/Mary Butkus)

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9/27/98 ROCKIES BAYLOR
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, front right, waves to the crowd as the Rockies take their traditional walk around Denver's Coors Field to mark the end of the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998. The Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-8 to force the Giants to play the Cubs in Chicago on Monday to determine the wild card team in the National League playoffs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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BRONCOS ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, left, congratulates Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan after presenting him with a Rockies jersey during a pre-game ceremony to honor the Broncos for their victory in Super Bowl XXXII Wednesday, June 3, 1998, in Denver's Coors Field. The ceremony was staged before the Rockies played the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third game of a four-game home -stand. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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BREWERS ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, center, argues with umpire Frank Pulli (14) during the fifth inning of their game with the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field in Denver, Monday night, May 18, 1998. Both benches emptied after Pedro Astacio, standing on first, was hit by a pitch from Brewers Jeff Juden and Astacio threatened to throw his bat at Juden. Astacio and Juden were ejected from the game.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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9/27/98 ROCKIES BAYLOR
Colorado Rockies manager Don Baylor, front right, waves to the crowd as the Rockies take their traditional walk around Denver's Coors Field to mark the end of the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998. The Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-8 to force the Giants to play the Cubs in Chicago on Monday to determine the wild card team in the National League playoffs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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California Angels Don Baylor swings away during sixth inning action, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1982 at night against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game one of their American League Championship Series. Baylor, with five runs batted in led the Angels to a 8-3 victory over the Brewers, giving them a one-game advantage. (AP Photo)
California Angels Don Baylor swings away during sixth inning action, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1982 at night against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game one of their American League Championship Series. Baylor, with five runs batted in led the Angels to a 8-3 victory over the Brewers, giving them a one-game advantage. (AP Photo)

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California Angels' Don Baylor looks upward after slugging a grandsalm homer in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, Oct. 9, 1982 bringing the score to 7-5 Milwaukee, but it was to no avail as Milwaukee went on to win 9-5. (AP Photo/ John Swart)
California Angels' Don Baylor looks upward after slugging a grandsalm homer in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, Oct. 9, 1982 bringing the score to 7-5 Milwaukee, but it was to no avail as Milwaukee went on to win 9-5. (AP Photo/ John Swart)

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