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David Newhan

(1973 - )

David Newhan is a Jewish American professional baseball manager and former major league player.

Newhan (born September 7, 1973) was born in Los Angeles. His father Ross was a long-time baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times. Newhan attended Cypress Junior College, Georgia Tech, and Pepperdine; he was All-West Coast Conference in 1995 after leading the league in slugging and home runs.

In 1995, the Oakland Athletics drafted Newhan in the 17th round of the draft. Newhan was traded to the San Diego Padres two years later and made his big league debut with the Padres in 1999. On June 8, 1999, Newhan became the first San Diego player in 19 years to get hits in his first two major league at-bats.

In 2004, the Baltimore Orioles signed Newhan and played in the Orioles organization through 2006. He signed one ear contracts with the New York Met (2007) and Houston Astros (2009).

After serving three seasons as the hitting coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm, Newhan was named by the Oakland Athletics as its manager for the Vermont Lake Monsters for 2014.

Newhan was born Jewish but later converted to Christianity.

Sources: Jews in Sports; Photo courtesy Colorado Springs Sky Sox; Wikipedia