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Former Major League Baseball outfielder and coach Lee Tinsley dead at 53

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Former Major League Baseball player Lee Tinsley passed away on Thursday at the age of 53. 

Tinsley died in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is survived by his three children.

During his five seasons in the big leagues, Tinsley, an outfielder, played for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. 

The Mariners and Reds confirmed Tinsley’s passing.

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Lee Tinsley #5 of the Montreal Expos looks on during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at the Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, on Feb. 28, 1998.

Lee Tinsley #5 of the Montreal Expos looks on during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at the Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, on Feb. 28, 1998.
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The Mariners tweeted: “We are saddened by the passing of former player and first base coach Lee Tinsley, and extend our condolences to his family and loved ones.”

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Lee Tinsley of the Boston Red Sox is safe at home on a Mo Vaughn sacrifice fly against catcher Jorge Fabregas of the California Angels in the first inning 08 June at Fenway Park.

Lee Tinsley of the Boston Red Sox is safe at home on a Mo Vaughn sacrifice fly against catcher Jorge Fabregas of the California Angels in the first inning 08 June at Fenway Park.
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The Reds also tweeted their condolences: “The Reds mourn the loss of Lee Tinsley. ‘We are sad to hear of Lee’s passing,’ VP/GM Nick Krall said of Tinsley, who was the Reds’ assistant hitting coach for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. ‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends, inside and outside the game.’”

After his MLB career came to an end, Tinsley spent time in the Minor Leagues with the Los Angeles Angels and Montreal Expos. 

He also played in the Mexican League and the Western Baseball League. 

Lee Tinsley #29 of the Boston Red Sox looks on before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 25, 1995, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lee Tinsley #29 of the Boston Red Sox looks on before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 25, 1995, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Tinsley served as a coach within the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Angels, Mariners and Reds’ organizations.

Tinsley was selected 11th overall in the first round of the 1987 amateur draft by the Oakland Athletics. 

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