GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Greenwich’s Timothy Shawn Teufel!
Timothy Shawn Teufel, who grew up in Greenwich, turns 56 on Monday. The Major League Baseball second baseman was born July 7, 1958, in Greenwich.
Teufel was drafted in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft in the second round and signed with the Minnesota Twins.
He spent all of 1980 and 1981 with the Double-A Orlando Twins. In 1983, he lit up the International League with a .323 batting average, 1.022 OPS, 27 home runs and 100 runs.
He made his major league debut on Sept. 3, 1983, in a 13-0 drubbing at the hands of Scott McGregor and the Baltimore Orioles.
In 1985, he was traded with minor leaguer Pat Crosby to the New York Mets for Billy Beane, Bill Latham and Joe Klink.
He played for the Mets from 1986 to 1991 and was a member of the 1986 team that won the World Series. He played for the San Diego Padres from 1991 until retiring in 1993.
He returned to the Mets as a roving instructor for 2001 and 2002. He was named the manager of the Mets Rookie-level minor league Brooklyn Cyclones for 2003 and was promoted to the Single-A St. Lucie Mets for 2004 and 2005.
He was named manager of the Savannah Sand Gnats on Jan. 11, 2007, and was a Mets' representative at the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He returned as St. Lucie's manager in 2008 and 2009.
He was named manager of the Buffalo Bisons in January 2010. In 2011, he was named manager of Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
He returned to the New York Mets organization as the new third base coach for the 2012 season.