John Stearns Death – EX-New York Mets Catcher and Baseball Manager John Stearns have passed away. He died on Thursday 15th September 2022 at the age of 71. John Stearns was born on August 21, 1951, in Denver, Colorado. He was announced dead on Facebook by Randye Ringler who states “Just got very sad news. John Stearns passed away a little while ago. The circumstances surrounding the cause of John Stearns’ death are unknown at this time.
John Stearns Early Life
At the age of 17, John Stearns was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 13th round of the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft. However, he opted to continue his education at the University of Colorado at Boulder rather than sign with the Athletics. His older brother, Bill, was selected in the late rounds of the draft in 1971 and played in the New York Yankees organization. He was also a catcher, but he was never called up to the major leagues.
At Colorado, where Stearns was a student, he excelled in both baseball and football as a star athlete. As of 2017, his career total of 16 interceptions is still the record for Colorado, where he played safety and also punted for the team. In the 17th round of the 1973 National Football League Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected him as a defensive back for their team.
In 1973, Stearns began his professional career with Philadelphia’s Eastern League affiliate, the Reading Phillies; however, this phase of his career did not get off to a particularly strong start. After only hitting.241 in double-A, he was promoted to the high-A Carolina League’s Rocky Mount Phillies for the 1974 season, where he showed significant growth in his batting average. Directly in the middle of the season, he was elevated to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens.
Stearns debuted with the Mets wearing jersey number 16 in his first game. In preparation for the beginning of the 1977 season, he and Lee Mazzilli, the center fielder for the Mets, swapped uniform numbers, and Stearns started playing with the number 12. In the month of June, Stearns had two games in which he drove in four runs, one of which was the first and only grand slam of his career.
John Stearns Coaching Career
Toward the end of his career, he was plagued by a series of unfortunate injuries. Before being promoted to the position of third base coach for the 2014 season under the direction of Lloyd McClendon, he worked as the catching coordinator for the Seattle Mariners and as the interim manager of the minor league Tacoma Rainiers. However, Stearns had surgery for a hiatal hernia prior to the start of spring training, and his recovery was taking longer than was anticipated. As a result, he was forced to resign on March 7, 2014.
John Stearns’ obituary has not been released by the family
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