Gary Allenson

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Gary Allenson
Gary Allenson with Captain O-Flaherty.jpg
Gary Allenson with U.S. Navy Captain Kevin O’Flaherty
Catcher
Born: (1955-02-04) February 4, 1955 (age 59)
Culver City, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1979 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 23, 1985 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Batting average .221
Home runs 19
Runs batted in 131
Teams

Gary Martin Allenson (born February 4, 1955) is an American minor league baseball manager and a former Major League catcher and coach. On January 7, 2013, he was named manager of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Toronto Blue Jays' Double-A Eastern League affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire.[1] On January 13, 2014, the Blue Jays organization named Allenson as the new manager of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Nicknamed "Muggsy," Allenson played for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team in college. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 9th round of the 1976 amateur draft.

Allenson served as a backup catcher in Major League Baseball for the Red Sox (1979–1984) and Toronto Blue Jays (1985). He batted and threw right-handed. In a seven-season career, Allenson posted a .221 batting average with 19 home runs and 131 RBI in 416 games played.

Coaching/managing career[edit]

Allenson began his minor league managerial career in 1987 with the Oneonta Yankees of the New York Yankees farm system. Compiling an 89–62 record in two years, he led the team to the New York – Penn League championship in 1988. He returned to the Red Sox organization in 1989, first managing at Lynchburg for two seasons (128–146) and then New Britain for one (47–93). He was promoted to Boston, serving as bullpen coach in 1992 and 1993 and third-base coach in 1994.[3]

He returned to the minors in 1996, managing the Charleston RiverDogs, then a Texas Rangers affiliate, to a 63–78 record. He moved on to the Houston Astros farm system the following year to pilot the Jackson Generals to a 66–73 mark. He spent the next five campaigns in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, the first two leading Louisville, known as the Redbirds in 1998 and the RiverBats in 1999, to a combined 140–148. He was brought up to Milwaukee, where he was the first-base coach in 2000 and the third-base coach in 2001 and 2002.[3]

A 77–57 campaign in 2005 at the helm of the Carolina Mudcats, then a Florida Marlins affiliate, was sandwiched in between two stints in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He piloted the Ottawa Lynx to a 79–65 finish in 2003. After a 31–37 year as skipper of the Bluefield Orioles in 2006, he returned to the International League to manage the Norfolk Tides to a combined 228–254 in a little over 3⅓ seasons.[3] Allenson was promoted to Baltimore as its third-base coach on June 4, 2010, when Juan Samuel was promoted to interim manager upon the firing of Dave Trembley.[4] Allenson returned to manage the Tides in 2011[5] then was the 2012 manager of the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles' Short Season-Class A affiliate.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blue Jays announce Minor League appointments". MLB.com. January 7, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Davidi, Shi (January 13, 2014). "Blue Jays unveil minor league coaching staff". Sportsnet. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Gary Allenson (managing & coaching history) – The Baseball Cube.
  4. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (June 4, 2010). "Orioles fire manager Dave Trembley: Samuel to take over club on interim basis". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tides sign Portsmouth native and a new manager". The Virginian-Pilot. November 24, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ mlb.com

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John McLaren
Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
1992–1993
Succeeded by
John Wathan
Preceded by
Rick Burleson
Boston Red Sox Third Base Coach
1994
Succeeded by
Dave Oliver
Preceded by
Ron Jackson
Milwaukee Brewers First Base Coach
2000
Succeeded by
Luis Salazar
Preceded by
Chris Speier
Milwaukee Brewers Third Base Coach
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Rich Donnelly
Preceded by
Juan Samuel
Baltimore Orioles Third Base Coach
2010
Succeeded by
John Russell