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Former Yankees slugger Don Baylor dead at age 68

Former New York Yankees designated hitter Don Baylor has passed away at the age of 68.

Baylor died of multiple myeloma, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

The 19-year MLB veteran spent three seasons with the Bombers from 1983 through 1985, during which time he won two Silver Slugger Awards and slashed .267/.345/.472 with 71 home runs and 265 RBI.

Known for crowding the plate, Baylor was hit by 267 pitches in his career, the fourth-highest total in MLB history.

Baylor played for six different clubs during his career, including the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins.

In 1979, Baylor earned American League MVP honors with the Angels after hitting .296 with 36 homers, and an MLB-best 120 runs and 139 RBI.

Baylor also served as a manager for the Colorado Rockies (1993-1998) and Chicago Cubs (2000-2002), and in 1995 was named Manager of the Year after guiding the Rockies to their first winning season as a franchise.