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Brent Robert Gates (born March 14, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball second and third baseman.

Brent Gates
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1970-03-14) March 14, 1970 (age 49)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 5, 1993, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1999, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.264
Home runs25
Runs batted in279

He attended Grandville High School in West Michigan, and then the University of Minnesota where he played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball team. Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft, Gates made his Major League Baseball debut with the Oakland Athletics on May 5, 1993, and appeared in his final game on October 3, 1999. Brent was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Year and was a member of the 1991 College Baseball All-America Team. He was the varsity baseball coach at Byron Center High School in Byron Center, Michigan, through the 2018 season. Brent Gates is married to Tiffany Gates and has 5 children: Taylor, Brent Gates Jr, Madison, Jordyn, and Brady. Brent Gates Jr. plays hockey at the University of Minnesota and was recently drafted by the Anaheim Ducks. His two younger daughters, Madison and Jordyn have both committed to play Division 1 volleyball. Gates is based in Grand Rapids and is a professional scout for the Tampa Bay Rays.[1] He used to be head coach of the Grand Rapids Christian High School baseball team, leading them to two State Championships. [1] and was a coach for the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps during the 2001 season.


  1. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2015). Baseball America 2015 Directory. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-56-5.

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