Monday, November 05, 2012

Dodgers Continue to Look for Best Baseball Minds- They Hire Pat Corrales

You may not know him, but I remember when he used to manage some very bad Indians teams in the 80's.  His record in Cleveland is hardly indicative of his skills, it's just that those where some really terrible teams.  Anyway, he would become the very first manager of Mexican-American descent (I have just discovered that Ted Williams was the first Mexican-American to manage in Baseball- on his maternal side), and went on be a bench coach for Bobby Cox's Braves for 9 years.

Now, he joins the Dodgers as Special Assistant to the General Manager.  From the Dodgers press release:

“We are very happy to have Pat join us,” Colletti said.  “His vast experience, especially from his years in Atlanta and Washington, will be a great strength to our organization. He will assist us in a variety of ways, including evaluating our player development system and helping us at the Major League level.  I have known Pat for a long time and some of my early mentors, whom I respect very much, have worked side by side with him.”

After his playing career, Corrales managed for nine years in the big leagues with the Texas Rangers (1978-80), Phillies (1982-83) and the Cleveland Indians (1983-87).   He was the first major league manager of Mexican-American descent and became only the fourth manager to manage in both leagues in the same season (Philadelphia and Cleveland in 1983).

When he was hired in 1990, former Atlanta Braves’ manager Bobby Cox tabbed Corrales to be his bench coach. Corrales coached alongside Cox for nine years, a period that was part of the Braves’ reign of 14 consecutive National League East titles.  The Los Angeles native joined the Washington Nationals as a bench coach in 2007 and 2008 and returned in mid-season in the same capacity for the Nationals in 2009 and 2011 while also spending time during those years evaluating their minor league system.

Corrales, 71, was a star at Fresno (Calif.) High School and had a nine-year Major League career as a catcher with the Philadelphia Phillies (1964-65), St. Louis Cardinals (1966), Cincinnati Reds (1968-72) and San Diego Padres (1972-73).
As I indicated above, Ted Williams was actually the first Mexican-American to manage in Baseball.  Every source I've ran into has indicated that Pat Corrales was the first, but based on Williams' maternal lineage, he was actually the first to manage.

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  1. Ted Williams was first manager of Mexican-American descent.

    1. You have just revealed something I did not know. You are right, Ted Williams is of Mexican descent- on his mother's side.

      I guess you learn something new everyday


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