Al Pedrique

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Al Pedrique
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Shortstop/Coach
Born: (1960-08-11) August 11, 1960 (age 53)
Aragua State, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1987 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
June 21, 1989 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
AVG .247
HR 1
RBI 36
Teams

Alfredo José Pedrique García (born August 11, 1960), best known as "Al Pedrique" (pay-DREE-kay), is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter who played for the New York Mets (1987), Pittsburgh Pirates (1987, 88) and Detroit Tigers (1989). Pedrique was most recently the Houston Astros bench coach.

Playing career[edit]

Pedrique was signed by the Mets in 1978 and made his debut nine years later. After five games with the team, he hit .301 with the Pirates in his rookie season, but only managed a .188 cumulative batting average after that.

Pedrique was a career .247 hitter with one home run, 36 RBI, 32 runs, 18 doubles, one triple, and five stolen bases in 174 games.

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

After retiring, Pedrique managed in the minors for the Diamondbacks, Astros and Royals organizations from 2000 to 2002. He came back to the majors in 2003 as a third base coach for the Diamondbacks. In 2004, he began the season as manager of the Tucson Sidewinders, the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate, but he was hired as manager of the Diamondbacks on an interim basis when Bob Brenly was fired in July. Pedrique compiled a 22–61 record. He was replaced by Wally Backman, and then Bob Melvin, at the end of the season.

Pedrique created some controversy as manager when he ordered the Diamondbacks pitching staff to intentionally walk Barry Bonds throughout an entire three-game series against the San Francisco Giants from September 10–12, since Bonds was on the verge of hitting his 700th career home run, which Pedrique did not want to happen at Bank One Ballpark.[1] Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated called the incident one of "professional cowardice." [2]

He was hired as the Houston Astros bench coach on October 31, 2009, after previously serving as Minor League Field Coordinator & third base coach for the Astros.[3] After the 2013 season for the Tampa Yankees they let go there manager. In the off season Tampa signed Pedrique as the new Tampa Yankees manager for the 2014 season.[4]

Managerial records[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ARI 2004 22 61 .265 5th in NL West

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