After battling a long illness, former MLB All-Star Davey Nelson has passed away at 73 years old. Over the course of his 10 year career, Nelson would play for Cleveland, the Rangers and Royals. In fact, he would become the Rangers’ second-ever batter. Additionally, in 1973, Davey would earn his first and only All-Star appearance, slashing .286/.325/.378 with 24 doubles and 43 stolen bases.
Later in life, Nelson would work in some capacity for the Athletics, Expos, Cleveland and Brewers. But Milwaukee is where he would finish his career as the following:
- Minor league outfield coach (2001-02)
- MLB first base coach (2003-06)
- Director of Alumni Relations
- Brewers analyst on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The statement from the Brewers reads as follows:
“Davey Nelson, a member of the Brewers family since 2001 and a former Major League All-Star infielder, passed away today after battling a long illness. He was 73.”
Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger says the following:
“Davey took every opportunity to turn a casual introduction into a lifelong relationship, and his legacy will live on in the positive impact he had on the lives of so many people. Daveya��s love of life and commitment to helping those in need were second to none, and we are so grateful for the time that we had with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of those who loved him.”
Rest in peace, Davey.