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Former Pirates Outfielder Alex Cole Dies at 58



Alex Cole, a speedy outfielder on the last Pittsburgh Pirates team to win a division title, has died. He was 58.

The Cleveland Guardians announced Cole’s death. No other details were provided.

Cole played in 64 games for the Pirates in 1992 when they captured their third straight National League East championship. He was acquired from Cleveland in a July 4 trade and hit .278/.335/.361 with seven stolen bases.

The Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves in seven games in the National League Championship Series that year. Cole played in four of those games and went 2 for 10.

The bespectacled Cole was then selected by Colorado Rockies in the expansion draft following that season.

Cole spent seven seasons in the major leagues with Cleveland (1990-92), the Pirates (1992), Rockies (1993), Minnesota Twins (1994-95) and Boston Red Sox (1996). He finished his career hitting .280/.360/.351 with five home runs and 148 steals in 573 games.


John Perrotto is a columnist for Pittsburgh Baseball Now and has covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB since 1988.

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