Buddy Bailey

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Buddy Bailey
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Buddy Bailey manages the Daytona Cubs in 2011
Tennessee Smokies
Manager
Born: (1957-03-28) March 28, 1957 (age 57)
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MiLB managerial statistics
(through the 2012 season)
Win-Loss record 1,819–1,682 (.520)[1]
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Welby Sheldon "Buddy" Bailey (born March 28, 1957 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is an American professional baseball manager with 35 years of experience in the game. In 2014, he will spend his third consecutive season and fourth year overall as skipper of the Tennessee Smokies of the Double-A Southern League.[2] The veteran minor league baseball manager won his 1,500th game in May 2011[3] and has been a member of the Chicago Cubs' organization since 2006.

Career in Cubs' organization[edit]

Bailey initially joined the Cub system as its roving minor league catching instructor, before assuming the managerial reins of the Daytona Cubs of the Class A Florida State League in the middle of the 2006 season. He then spent 2007 and 2008 as a manager in high classification leagues, including one year as skipper of the Smokies. Bailey spent 2007 as pilot of the Iowa Cubs of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and finished second overall in the PCL American North Division standings with a 79–65 record. In 2008, his Smokies finished in last place in the SL's North Division with a mark of 62–77 (.446).[4] He was replaced by Baseball Hall of Fame member and all-time Cub great Ryne Sandberg as Smokies' manager on December 17, 2008.[5]

Bailey then returned to Daytona for the 2009–2011 seasons. His 2011 Daytona Cubs finished 76–61 during the regular season and won the first-half championship of the Florida State League's Northern Division.[6] The Cubs then won the FSL playoff championship, earning Bailey a promotion to his second term as manager of the Double-A Smokies for 2012.[7] His 2012 club missed the SL playoffs (compiling a record of 72–68), but the 2013 edition finished 76–62, the best overall record in the Southern League North Division, to qualify for the postseason. The Smokies then fell to the eventual league champion Birmingham Barons in the first playoff round, three games to two.

Roots with the Atlanta Braves[edit]

A graduate of Amherst County High School, Amherst, Virginia, and Lynchburg College,[8] Bailey signed his first pro contract with the Atlanta Braves in 1979. A catcher, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.83 m) tall and weighed 193 pounds (87.5 kg). Bailey never reached Major League Baseball as a player, hitting .210 with six home runs over four minor league seasons, mostly at the Class A level.[9] He managed in the Atlanta organization from 1983–1990, winning the Southern League pennant as pilot of the Greenville Braves in 1988.

Red Sox minor league skipper, scout and coach[edit]

Bailey joined the Boston Red Sox as manager of their Class A Lynchburg Red Sox affiliate in the Carolina League in 1991–1992. He then became the ninth skipper in the history of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 1993, the youngest manager in team history at the time. He would lead the "PawSox" for seven seasons, spread over two terms (1993–1996; 2002–2004). Under Bailey, the PawSox played for the 2003 Governors' Cup, the championship of the International League. They were defeated by the Durham Bulls. He won Manager of the Year twice in the IL, in 1996 and 2003, becoming one of only four managers to do that in league history.

Bailey also spent one season (2000) in the Major Leagues as the bench coach for the parent Red Sox and was Boston's advance scout, field coordinator of minor league instruction, or roving catching instructor during the period of 1997–1999 and in 2001.

Bailey also has been the manager of Tigres de Aragua of the Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP) since 2002 and has collected six championships and two sub-championship in nine finals, while leading the Tigres to the 2009 Caribbean Series title. He also was named the VWL Manager of the Year in the 2006–2007 season.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Russ Nixon
Greenville Braves manager
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Chris Chambliss
Preceded by
Rico Petrocelli
Gary Jones
Pawtucket Red Sox manager
1993–1996
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Ken Macha
Ron Johnson
Preceded by
Grady Little
Boston Red Sox bench coach
2000
Succeeded by
Dave Jauss
Preceded by
Don Buford
Jody Davis
Daytona Cubs manager
2006
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Jody Davis
Brian Harper
Preceded by
Mike Quade
Iowa Cubs manager
2007
Succeeded by
Pat Listach
Preceded by
Pat Listach
Brian Harper
Tennessee Smokies manager
2008
2012–
Succeeded by
Ryne Sandberg
Incumbent