Gene Lamont

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Gene Lamont
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Lamont in June 2013
Detroit Tigers – No. 22
Catcher/Manager/Bench coach
Born: (1946-12-25) December 25, 1946 (age 68)
Rockford, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1970 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 24, 1975 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average .233
Hits 37
Home runs 4
Games managed 1,115
Win–loss record 553–562
Winning percentage .496
Teams

As player

As coach

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Gene William Lamont (born December 25, 1946) is a former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball who managed the Chicago White Sox (1992–1995) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1997–2000). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Lamont is currently the bench coach for the Detroit Tigers.

Biography[edit]

Lamont was a Chicago Cubs fan all his life, growing up in Kirkland, Illinois and attending Western Illinois University. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round, as the 13th pick, of the 1965 amateur draft, and came up with them as a September call-up in 1970, when he had 13 hits in 44 at bats. The following year, he had only 15 at-bats and only 1 hit. In his biggest year, he had 92 at-bats, playing as a backup to Tigers catcher Jerry Moses. After 1975, his major league career, spent entirely with the Tigers, was over. He bounced around in the minors, on triple-A Evansville (with such players as Tom Brookens and Jerry Manuel) before stopping. He ended with a lifetime batting average of .233, with 4 home runs and 14 RBI in 87 games played. He had 37 hits in 159 at-bats, and stole 1 base.

The highlight of his time as a player had been a home run in his first at bat of his career off the Boston Red Sox' Cal Koonce. However, his career would go on as a manager, beginning soon in 1977 with the Kansas City Royals as a manager, managing their single-A Fort Myers team for two years. After that, he guided double-A Jacksonville Suns to a championship in 1982 and again in 1983, being named Southern League Manager of the Year in the former.

Finally after two seasons with the triple-A Omaha Royals in the minors, he had worked his way up to the majors, serving as a third base coach for Jim Leyland's 1986 Pirates team. By the early '90s, with the Pirates emergence as a contender, Lamont was being considered by some teams for a managing job.

In 1992, Jeff Torborg left the White Sox to take the managing job with the New York Mets, and Lamont was named manager of Chicago. That year, the Sox did well, finishing 86–76, 3rd in the American League's Western Division. However, the following year the White Sox finished 94-68 under Lamont and were first in the AL West for the first time since they won 99 games in 1983 under Tony La Russa. His team consisted of such stars as Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, Ellis Burks, Jack McDowell, Alex Fernandez, Jason Bere, and Wilson Alvarez. Lamont took home the AL Manager of the Year award that year, and the team lost in the American League Championship Series to the soon-to-be champs, the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 1994, a baseball strike took place. When it began, the White Sox had the best record in the division; but the team did not fare as well the following year, starting out with an 11–20 record before Lamont was fired and replaced by Terry Bevington.

Lamont returned to the Pirates and began coaching again, before Leyland left in 1997, giving Lamont the job of manager once again. He was the first Pirates manager to have been a catcher during his playing career since Billy Meyer (1948–1952). Amazingly, in his first year Lamont finished second with a young, inexperienced team that was widely predicted to finish last. His team often upset many NL teams vying for playoff spots. He came in 2nd place in the manager of the year voting behind Dusty Baker of the San Francisco Giants.

There was no continued success for the Pirates though, finishing in last place in the Central in 1998. After the terrible 2000 season, Lamont was fired and replaced by Lloyd McClendon.

He has a career record of 553–562, barely below .500 at .496, despite the many bad Pirates seasons. His all-time record in Chicago was 258–210, and he was 295–352 in Pittsburgh. Lamont had two first place finishes, including the strike shortened year.

Lamont returned to coaching, with the Red Sox and the Astros. He has been the Tigers third base coach since the 2006 season.[1]

On November 12, 2011, Lamont was interviewed for the manager position for the Boston Red Sox after the Red Sox declined to exercise Terry Francona's 2012 option for manager. Lamont joined Torey Lovullo, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Pete Mackanin, and Dale Sveum vying for the managerial position.[1][2] As of November 27, only Lamont and Bobby Valentine were still in contention for the position. On November 29, it was reported that Valentine would be the new Red Sox manager.

In 2013, Lamont was moved to the dugout as the bench coach and was replaced by Tom Brookens, who was previously the 1st base coach.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (October 1, 2011). "Ignore the spin — Red Sox fired Francona". The Boston Globe. p. A1. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Joe (12 November 2011). "Red Sox interview Gene Lamont". ESPN Boston. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
first manager
Fort Myers Royals Manager
1978–1979
Succeeded by
Brian Murphy
Preceded by
Joe Jones
Jacksonville Suns Manager
1980–1983
Succeeded by
Rick Renick
Preceded by
Joe Sparks
Omaha Royals Manager
1984–1985
Succeeded by
John Boles
Preceded by
Pittsburgh Pirates Third Base Coach
1986–1991
Succeeded by
Rich Donnelly
Preceded by
Rich Donnelly
Pittsburgh Pirates Third Base Coach
1996
Succeeded by
Jack Lind
Preceded by
Wendell Kim
Boston Red Sox Third Base Coach
2001
Succeeded by
Mike Cubbage
Preceded by
Matt Galante
Houston Astros Third Base Coach
2002-2004
Succeeded by
Doug Mansolino
Preceded by
Marc Bombard
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Manager
2005
Succeeded by
John Russell