Greg Gross
American baseball player and coach
Greg Gross
Gregory Eugene Gross, is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues from 1973–1989, playing for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies. He was formerly the hitting coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, being dismissed on October 3rd, 2012. Gross was best known for his clutch pinch-hits as a Phillie, and holds the Phillies career record in pinch hits with 117.
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Third-place Philadelphia Phillies fire 1B, bench, hitting coaches after finishing season 81-81
Fox News - over 4 years
Immediately after finishing with a .500 record, the Philadelphia Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.
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For the Love of Mic: Wood 'n' Lips Newsletter
Santee Patch - almost 5 years
Stop by the Wood ‘n’ Lips Open Mic at Frubble every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Hey, It was a bit of a surprise when I arrived extra early to start set-up to find the parking lot full and overflowing.  It turned out that the Pathways Church next door was holding the funeral ceremonies for one of the teens killed in an accident over the weekend.  It was a very sad occasion; fortunately, by the time we started the open mic, it was over and most of the parking was available again. The reason I had arrived early was that Greg Gross was in Julian doing sound for the Julian Fiddle Festival; Bob Setzer and I were going to be running the show by ourselves.  By the time Bob arrived, I had all of the mics in place and hooked up and the speakers set up.  He was able to do the tricky wiring and get us going in a timely fashion.  I was proud of us; the set-up has evolved into quite a complicated system what with compressors, monitors and other numerous sound devices. After last week’s ligh ...
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The Wood 'n' Lips Open Mic Newsletter -
Google News - over 5 years
6:25 Greg Gross: Gave up his set but started the evening a couple of minutes early with John McCutcheon's “Calling all the Children Home. 6:30 Emma Richardson: Was the beneficiary of Greg's spot. She started with a tune she had recently penned,
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Unity event starts anew with community backing -
Google News - over 5 years
"We have to get people to understand we don't live in a big city ... we should be able to get along," she said. McFadden said the groups are planning to hold future events. -- Reach Greg Gross at 505-5434 or
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Police: SUV strikes, kills woman on city sidewalk -
Google News - over 5 years
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 846-1234. - Reach Elizabeth Evans at, 505-5429 or Reach Greg Gross at 505-5434 or
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FLYERS CAMP: Pronger has positive day - The Mercury
Google News - over 5 years
They were being instructed by Phils' hitting coach Greg Gross. James van Riemsdyk was the only player to hit a home run… Both Brayden Schenn and Blake Kessel will play in the preseason opener tonight. That's noteworthy because their respective older
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Philadelphia Phillies: The Rise of John Mayberry, Jr - Bleacher Report
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During today's game against the Atlanta Braves, in an interview, Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach Greg Gross was asked if he saw "this" coming from John Mayberry Jr. His answer was, "I wish I could say I did." Before this season, John Mayberry Jr
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Greg Gross Phillies Jersey: Philly2Philly Throwback Thursday Jersey of the Week -
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Phillies' hitting coach Greg Gross played for the Phils for a decade, and was part of the first Phillies World Championship team in 1980 as well as and another pennant winning team in 1983
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Shane Victorino's Suspension Reduced To Two Games - Philly Sports Daily
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The center fielder charged the mound and pushed home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, not letting a Giants bench coach nor Phillies bench coach Greg Gross to hold him back. He was fined, as was Placido Polanco, Giants catcher Eli Whiteside and pitcher
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$1M lottery ticket sold in Hanover -
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... call the lottery at 702-8146 and a file claim at its headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. Claims may be filed at the headquarters from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. - Reach Greg Gross at 505-5434 or
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Drivers identified in Route 30 crash; one seriously hurt -
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(Greg Gross) A Lancaster County woman was badly hurt during a Wednesday evening crash on Route 30 in Springettsbury Township. Dana Briggs, 54, of Columbia, was in serious condition Thursday morning at York Hospital, a hospital spokesman said
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Shane Victorino Suspended Three Games - Philly Sports Daily
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The center fielder charged the mound and pushed home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, not letting a Giants bench coach nor Phillies bench coach Greg Gross to hold him back. That series of events will cost him a three-game suspension, Major League Baseball
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For the Love of Mic: Woods 'n' Lips Newsletter -
Google News - over 5 years
6:30 Greg Gross: As host, Greg brought the meeting to order with Harold Groot's quirky “Baby Vampire Boogie”; followed by everybody's favorite, Peter, Paul & Mary's “Puff the Magic Dragon”; Joni Mitchell's “Big Yellow Taxi”; and he finished with a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Greg Gross
  • 2013
    Age 60
    Greg Gross is now with Arizona Diamondback Organization as he is currently the Reno Aces Triple A Hitting Coach for 2013 season.
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  • 2012
    Age 59
    On October 3, 2012, Greg was fired from his position of hitting coach by the Philadelphia Phillies when they decided not to renew his contract for the 2013 season.
    More Details Hide Details Gross has two children, Megan and Michael, and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Gross is honored annually by the AGA with the Greg Gross Open (GGO) golf tournament held at the Anetsberger Golf Club in Northbrook, IL. The 2008 GGO will be held August 2. The reigning GGO champ is Scott Strangberg of Racine, Wisconsin.
  • 2010
    Age 57
    On July 22, 2010, it was announced he would take over as hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.
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  • 2008
    Age 55
    Then, on December 13,, Gross was named the 2008 hitting coach for the Phillies' Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor league team.
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  • 2005
    Age 52
    On December 22, 2005, Gross was named the 2006 hitting coach for the Phillies' high-A Clearwater Threshers minor-league team.
    More Details Hide Details On November 28,, Gross was named the hitting coach for the Phillies' Reading Phillies minor-league team.
  • 2004
    Age 51
    He remained the Phillies' hitting instructor through 2004.
    More Details Hide Details On January 3,, Gross became the hitting instructor for the Phillies' Class-A Batavia Muckdogs minor league team.
  • 2002
    Age 49
    In 2002, Gross became the Phillies' hitting instructor.
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  • 2000
    Age 47
    Gross quit the Rockies at the end of the 2000 season to become a bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2001.
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  • 1997
    Age 44
    He served in that capacity in 1997 through 2000.
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  • 1995
    Age 42
    In 1995, Gross worked as a first-base coach for the Ravens, and then stayed with the club for the 1996 season as well.
    More Details Hide Details On October 24,, the Rockies promoted Gross to become the Rockies' roving minor-league hitting instructor.
  • 1991
    Age 38
    After his baseball career ended, Gross worked as a color commentator for several games for SportsChannel Philadelphia in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details He dabbled in real estate and coached at Malvern Prep High School. He returned to professional baseball on February 6,, when the Colorado Rockies announced that Gross would make his debut as a professional coach with the Rockies' AA New Haven Ravens minor-league affiliate in New Haven, Connecticut.
    "I've enjoyed my career, I really have," Gross told the San Diego Union-Tribune in March 1991. "There've been frustrations, sure, but the good times and being at this level of the game outweigh any of the negatives.
    More Details Hide Details I wanted to play every day, sure, but it didn't work out for me. But I found that niche and it worked out. Probably, if I'd been an everyday player, I wouldn't have lasted this long. I'd rather have the longevity." Both in 1986 and in 1989, Gross was called to the pitcher's mound during blowouts. On June 8,, Gross pitched the final two-thirds of the eighth inning in a 12-0 Phillies loss to the Montreal Expos. Gross gave up a double to Andrés Galarraga, and then struck out Casey Candaele and Herm Winningham to end the rout. And on May 21,, Gross took the mound in the ninth inning of what wound up being a 17-5 loss by the Astros to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In that game, Gross had relieved shortstop Craig Reynolds, who had pitched the eighth inning. In the ninth inning, Gross gave up three hits and two earned runs. However, he also struck out José Lind swinging. "The worst part is how close you are to the batter after you throw the ball," Gross told the Sporting News in its June 5, 1989 issue. "I throw batting practice, but you've got the screen. I was looking for a way to sneak the screen out there."
    Several weeks later, there was reported interest in Gross by the Boston Red Sox, according to a May 14, 1991 article in the Boston Globe, but nothing ever materialized.
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    However, on April 5, 1991, the Padres cut Gross, choosing instead to sign Mike Aldrete to its final roster spot.
    More Details Hide Details The move ended Gross' major-league career.
    On March 30, 1991, the Los Angeles Times reported that Gross had made the Padres as a pinch-hitter.
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    Gross came to spring training at the recommendation of his old teammate and then-Phillies coach Larry Bowa, who had asked then-Padres manager Greg Riddoch to invite Gross to camp. "I love this game so much," Gross told the Los Angeles Times in an article that appeared on February 28, 1991. "I can't leave it alone.
    More Details Hide Details It's not the money. It's not the attention. It's just being around this game. And I'm not going to cheat myself from playing as long as someone will let me."
  • 1990
    Age 37
    After a lockout by the owners in early 1990, Gross never received a single tryout, and he wound up sitting out the 1990 season.
    More Details Hide Details Gross again tried to extend his baseball career. On February 7,, the San Diego Padres announced that they had invited Gross to spring training.
    Gross had hoped to be invited to a major-league club for a tryout in 1990.
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  • 1989
    Age 36
    On November 2, 1989, Gross filed for free agency.
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    In October 1989, as part of a rebuilding movement, the Astros told Gross and many other veterans—including Bob Forsch, Rick Rhoden, Dan Schatzeder, Terry Puhl and Harry Spilman—that they would not negotiate new contracts with them before the free agent filing period, which was to begin after the 1989 World Series, if at all.
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    Despite his historic success as a prolific pinch-hitter, Gross struggled as a pinch-hitter with the Astros in 1989, hitting just .184 (7-for-38).
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  • 1988
    Age 35
    Gross remained with the Phillies through the 1988 season, in which he hit just .203 in 133 at-bats but posted the unusual statistic of striking out just 3 times during the entire season.
    More Details Hide Details In fact, in Gross' entire career of 3,745 at-bats, Gross struck out just 250 times. On April 5,, Gross rejoined the Houston Astros as a free agent, hitting .200 for the season largely in a pinch-hitting role.
  • 1982
    Age 29
    In 1982, he led the league in pinch hits with 19.
    More Details Hide Details Gross has said he had hoped to be a full-time player for the Phillies in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but the Phillies just had too many other talented outfielders, namely Bake McBride, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, and Lonnie Smith. "I didn't figure I should be playing part-time at that point in my career," Gross told the San Diego Union-Tribune in an article that appeared on March 18, 1991. "But they had those three guys and I knew they should be playing ahead of me. Plus, they were winning and that changes your thinking a lot. Before, I was playing on second-division teams and we were out of it pretty early. But when you get your first taste of winning, when you're in the playoffs and the World Series, you want more of it." In addition, Gross acknowledged in an interview in 2007 the difficulty of being a starting player when he was neither fast nor a power hitter. "The cycle that baseball was in back then, with the AstroTurf and everything, centered on the stolen base or the home run, and I did neither of those," Gross told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg in an article that was published on April 8, 2007. "It was just a matter of survival. You made the best out of it. The big break for me was when I got onto a real good club."
  • 1980
    Age 27
    Gross established himself as a key platoon outfielder and first baseman for the Phillies, getting to play in the 1980 League Championship Series (he went 3-for-4—all pinch hits—with 1 RBI in 4 games), the 1980 World Series (he went 0-for-2 in 4 games), the 1983 League Championship Series (he went 0-for-5 in 4 games with a run scored), and in the 1983 World Series (he went 0-for-6 in 2 games).
    More Details Hide Details And, Gross was an invaluable pinch hitter as well.
  • 1978
    Age 25
    After a busy 1978 season, Gross was traded by the Cubs on February 23, to the Philadelphia Phillies with Manny Trillo and Dave Rader for Jerry Martin, Barry Foote, Ted Sizemore, Derek Botelho and Henry Mack.
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  • 1977
    Age 24
    In 1977, Gross hit his first major-league home run, connecting a total of five times while hitting .322 in 115 games.
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  • 1975
    Age 22
    In 1975 and 1976, Gross continued to be a starting outfielder for the Astros, hitting .294 and .286, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details On December 8,, the Astros traded Gross to the Chicago Cubs for Julio González.
  • 1974
    Age 21
    In 1974, Gross also set a major league record for most times caught stealing in a rookie season with 20.
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    In 1974, Gross became the Astros' starting right fielder and leadoff hitter, playing in 156 games and batting .314.
    More Details Hide Details Gross was named the Sporting News' National League Rookie Player of the Year and finished second in the voting for National League Rookie of the Year. Gross also finished the season with a .393 on-base percentage, giving him one of the highest on-base percentages of any rookie since 1970.
  • 1973
    Age 20
    The Astros decided to call up Gross to the major leagues late in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details On September 5,, Gross made his major league debut with the Astros, going 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in a 9-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Gross finished the season going 9-for-39 for a .231 average.
    In 1973, Gross started the season with the Denver Bears, which by that point had become the Astros' new AAA farm club.
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  • 1972
    Age 19
    In 1972, Gross played most of the season at Columbus, and was promoted later on in the season to the Oklahoma City 89ers, which was the Astros' AAA farm club.
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  • 1971
    Age 18
    In 1971, Gross was promoted to the Columbus Astros of the Southern League, where he played outfield and first base.
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  • 1970
    Age 17
    He led the league in hits in 1970 while playing for Covington in the Appalachian League, batting .351.
    More Details Hide Details He also tied for the league lead in double plays by outfielders.
  • 1952
    Born on August 1, 1952.
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