Jeff Taylor

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Jeff Taylor was an outstanding baseball player at the University of Delaware and a respected baseball scout. Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1977, Taylor played five seasons of minor league
baseball, climbing as high as the Double A level, when an elbow injury ended his playing career. Returning to UD, Taylor served as assistant baseball coach.  In 1986 he was named head baseball
coach at Wilmington College and guided the Wildcats to a district championship. The next year Taylor began scouting for the Yankees.  He later scouted for the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays,
Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds.  He retired in the fall of 2014 as major league special assistant to the Reds general manager. He passed away later that year. All people needed to know
about Taylor’s team-first attitude was a development at Newark High, where he was a three-sport standout.  When Newark coach Fran Fulghum told Jeff and his twin brother Steve they couldn’t keep
switching between pitcher and catcher, Steve said he didn’t want to give up pitching.  Jeff said, “I’ll catch.” At UD Taylor compiled a 13-5 pitching record in his sophomore and senior
years.  During his junior year he was UD’s catcher.  He was drafted as a catcher by the Texas Rangers after his junior year, but stayed at UD. Following his senior year, Jeff was drafted by
the Yankees in the ninth round.  Jeff’s brother Steve, a Delaware Sports Hall of Famer, also pitched in the Yankees farm system. While at Newark High, Jeff led the Gold all-stars to victory in
the annual Blue-Gold football game, throwing three touchdown passes.

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