Mike Redmond, another catcher named manager

by Bill Chuck on November 2, 2012

Mike Redmond is the latest catcher to be named a major league manager, but interestingly the trend continues of Redmond being another manager who was not a major league catching hitting star. With two vacancies remaining, 13 of the 28 current major league managers have catching experience in the majors or minors.

In this season’s postseason, the final four teams all were managed by catchers.

  • Bruce Bochy – Lifetime .239 hitter with 26 homers and 93 RBI in 358 career games.
  • Jim Leyland – Minor league catcher only
  • Mike Matheny – Lifetime .239 hitter with 67 homers and 443 RBI in 1305 career games.
  • Joe Girardi – Lifetime .267 hitter with 36 homers and 422 RBI in 1277 career games.

As you can see, to be a successful manager you don’t have to have been a particularly successful big league hitter.

In fact, it may prove that the best catcher/managers may not be great hitters at all.

Here are the 25 catchers with the most career homers:

Rk Player HR
1 Mike Piazza 427
2 Johnny Bench 389
3 Carlton Fisk 376
4 Yogi Berra 358
5 Lance Parrish 324
6 Gary Carter 324
7 Ivan Rodriguez 311
8 Jorge Posada 275
9 Javy Lopez 260
10 Ted Simmons 248
11 Mickey Tettleton 245
12 Roy Campanella 242
13 Gabby Hartnett 236
14 Benito Santiago 217
15 Todd Hundley 202
16 Bill Dickey 202
17 Gene Tenace 201
18 Bill Freehan 200
19 Jason Varitek 193
20 Ernie Lombardi 190
21 Darrell Porter 188
22 Mike Stanley 187
23 Del Crandall 179
24 Walker Cooper 173
25 Charles Johnson 167
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/2/2012.

Of the catchers on this list, Yogi (930 games) and Del Crandall (833 games) were MLB managers for any length. The others on this list who managed were Gabby Hartnett (383 games) , Bill Dickey (105 games), and  Gene Tenace (33 games).

We’ll have more on this in the coming days, it’s great Hot Stove talk.

 

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