Don Baylor, former AL MVP, dies at 68

Don Baylor made three trips to the World Series and won an AL MPV during his 19 seasons in the MLB. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Former American League MVP and MLB manager Don Baylor died Monday after a long battle with cancer, his family confirmed. He was 68.

Baylor spent 19 seasons in the majors with six teams, including the then-California Angels, where he was tapped as the 1979 league MVP. 

Baylor slugged 338 home runs and finished his career playing in three consecutive World Series for different teams -- the 1986 Boston Red Sox, 1987 World Series champion Minnesota Twins and the '88 A's.

Baylor was the Colorado Rockies' first manager in franchise history, guiding them to the first National League wild-card berth in 1995. He managed nine seasons overall between the Rockies and Chicago Cubs, posting a 627-689 record.

As recently as 2014, he served as Los Angeles Angels hitting coach but was not retained after one season.

Baylor died at 4:25 a.m. Monday due to complications from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

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