Kimera Bartee, coach of Tigres 1B, passes away

Tigers first base coach Kimera Bartee, who played six seasons in the majors before beginning a successful coaching career, has died at age 49.

Bartee was recently retained on the coaching roster of Felinos manager AJ Hinch after joining as the starting coach mid-season. He previously served as a coach for the Pirates and Phillies before joining Detroit a year ago as a base-running instructor.

“Like many in the baseball world, I was heartbroken at the news of Kimera’s death,” Hinch stated. “From the beginning of Spring Training, it was apparent that ‘KB’ was the definition of a coach for players, having an amazing ability to create deep connections with someone from a rookie to a 10-year veteran.”

Bartee came on Hinch’s payroll after third base coach Chip Hale was hired as the manager of the University of Arizona.

Bartee would have turned 50 next July. He was the father of three children.

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