CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox have hired Vince Coleman as a major-league/minor-league baserunning instructor.
Coleman, 52, served as an outfield and baserunning coach in the Houston organization from 2013-14. He previously served as a minor-league instructor in the Chicago Cubs organization in 2004-05. Coleman batted .267 (1,425-5,406) with 752 stolen bases in 1,371 games over 13 major-league seasons with St. Louis (1985-90), the New York Mets (1991-93), Kansas City (1994-95), Seattle (1995), Cincinnati (1996) and Detroit (1997).
Coleman ranks sixth all-time in stolen bases and led the National League in each of his first six seasons, including 110 as a rookie with the Cardinals in 1985, 107 in 1986 and 109 in 1987. He was the 1985 NL Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 1988 and 1989.
Coleman's best season came in 1987 when he batted .289 (180-623) with 121 runs scored and a .363 on-base percentage. He stole second and third base in the same inning 13 times that season and helped the Cardinals reach the World Series. In 1989, Coleman was successful on 50 consecutive stolen-base attempts in one stretch during the season.