An all star in 1979, Newman spent nine seasons in the majors, catching for the Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox. He came up in 1976 with Oakland and was the team’s backup catcher for the next two years. He played in 105 games in 1978 then took over as the starting catcher for the A’s the following season. He hit .231 in 1979 while setting career highs in home runs (22), RBIs (71) and runs scored (53). He saw action in 127 games the following season but returned to a backup role in 1981. The A’s eventually dealt him to the Red Sox where he spent the final two years of his playing career. Newman hit .224 for his career, with 63 home runs.
Newman coached in the majors for close to 20 years after he quit playing. He was the Cleveland Indians’ third base coach from 1991-1999. It was with the Indians that Newman reached the World Series in 1995 and 1999.
Jeff Newman – career stats