Kevin Richard Baez (born January 10, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former American Major League Baseball player. He was a shortstop for the New York Mets in 1990, 1992 and 1993. Baez attended college at Dominican College and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 7th round in 1988. He made his debut on September 3, 1990. In 63 career games, he was 27 for 126 (a .179 average). He had 7 career RBIs. Baez played in his final game on October 3, 1993. He is currently the manager for the Long Island Ducks.
Baez has also served as the Long Island Ducks 3rd Base Coach.
In 2007 Baez spent most of the season coaching in the Mets organization.
Third base/infield coach Baez returned to the Ducks after serving as a coach in 2009. The former Ducks and big league infielder became a full-time coach with Long Island on May 20, 2005, and spent most of the 2007 season coaching in the Mets organization. In his role with the Ducks, he is responsible for working with all players to make sure the level of play is where it is needed both offensively and defensively to support the pitching staff. Baez will also coach third base
Baez is currently running baseball clinics for all ages in Oceanside, NY at South Shore Sports Complex. He helps children of all ages with the fundamentals of baseball from fielding to hitting.
Baez was an anchor of the Ducks' 2004 championship team, batting .256 with 36 runs scored and 40 RBI in 98 games played. He was selected to the Atlantic League All-Star team and took home MVP honors after going 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored the go-ahead run in the North's 10-8 victory over the South at Camden's Campbell's Field. In the 2004 playoffs, Baez batted .263 en route to his first professional baseball championship.
On November 17, 2010, the Long Island Ducks named Baez their manager for the 2011 season, replacing Dave LaPoint.
A veteran of 63 major league and 1,750 minor league games, Baez registered career-highs in hits (113) and doubles (27) in 2000 with the Norfolk Tides (AAA, Mets). He has made three different stops in the majors (all with the Mets). His most lengthy stay came in 1993 when he appeared in 52 games at shortstop for New York.