Jerry Manuel

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Jerry Manuel
Jerry Manuel.jpg
Second baseman / Manager
Born: (1953-12-23) December 23, 1953 (age 60)
Hahira, Georgia
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1975 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 30, 1982 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
Batting average .150
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 13
Games managed 1,390
Win–loss record 704–684
Winning % .507
Teams

As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Jerry Manuel (born December 23, 1953), nicknamed "The Sage," is a former major league manager. He previously managed the Chicago White Sox from 1998 to 2003 and the New York Mets from the middle of 2008 to 2010 and played in the majors for parts of five seasons in the 1970s and early 1980s. He now works as an analyst for MLB Network.

Playing career[edit]

Manuel played sparingly in the major leagues from 1975 to 1982, mostly as a second baseman. He accumulated only 127 at bats and a .150 batting average with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 96 games. Although his playing career was brief and stale, Manuel was the starting second baseman for the Montréal Expos in their only postseason series victory in 1981. He was 1-for-14 (.071) in the series and was replaced by Rodney Scott in the NLCS.

Other than Montréal, Manuel played for the Detroit Tigers and the San Diego Padres and ultimately retired in 1984.[1]

In 1972, Manuel and Mike Ondina became the first pair of high school teammates to be drafted in the first round of a Major League draft. Both attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California. While Manuel played less than 100 games, Ondina fared even worse, never reaching the majors.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

Manuel held a variety of coaching positions over the next six years. He was originally hired by the Chicago White Sox in 1985 to scout Northern California.[1] He left the White Sox the following year to join the Montréal Expos organization, a team with which he would remain associated for the next 11 years. In 1986, Manuel joined the Expos' Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association, as a player/coach.[2][3] Manuel spent the next three years as the Expos' roving infield instructor (1987) and their minor league field coordinator (1988–1989). In 1990, Manuel became a manager for the first time as he was named the manager of the Southern League's Jacksonville Expos,[2] the Expos' Double-A affiliate. He led the team to an 84–60 record[4] and was named the league's manager of the year.[1]

1991–2003[edit]

Following a successful season at Double-A, Manuel was elevated to Triple-A to manage the Indianapolis Indians for the 1991 season.[5] Midway through the campaign, he was brought up to Montréal to serve as the third base coach for the Expos,[2] ending a minor league managing career in which Manuel compiled a 112–82 record.[1] He remained the Expos' third base coach through the 1996 season. In 1997, he moved on to the Florida Marlins, where he became a bench coach under Jim Leyland. The team went on to win the 1997 World Series.[6] Just over one month later, in December, Manuel signed a multi-year deal to manage the Chicago White Sox.[1] Over the next six seasons, he amassed 500 wins and led the Sox to 95 in 2000 alone. In that season, Manuel guided the White Sox to a first-place finish in the American League's Central Division and was named the American League's Manager of the Year.[6] Following the 2003 season, Manuel was replaced as White Sox manager by Ozzie Guillén.

His 2003 Topps baseball card reads:

"Jerry has a philosophical air about him that makes him a sage influence and respected leader on his teams. After six seasons directing the White Soxs fortunes, he's risen to fourth on the franchise's managerial wins list. Formerly, he was a pro player for 15 years and 12-year coach/Minor League manager. Manuel and Ken Williams form the first African-American GM/manager tandem in MLB history."

New York Mets (2005–2010)[edit]

Coach[edit]

After being released by the White Sox, Manuel joined the New York Mets in 2005 as the first base and outfield coach under new manager Willie Randolph. Manuel became Randolph's bench coach in 2006, a position he remained in until 2008.[6]

Since he was fired by the White Sox, Manuel wanted to manage again. But in February 2007 he announced a contingency plan—he was introduced as the man who would lead the formation of a baseball program at William Jessup University, an NAIA school in Rocklin, California. He said he would coach the team when it started in 2009 if he did not get another managing job.

Manager[edit]

On June 17, 2008, Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson, and first base coach Tom Nieto were fired by the Mets. Omar Minaya announced Manuel as the interim manager, while Ken Oberkfell, Dan Warthen, and Luis Aguayo were brought up from the New Orleans Zephyrs (the then-Mets' Triple-A affiliate) to fill the remaining coaching vacancies.[6]

In 2008, the New York Mets were unable to hold a division lead, and ultimately the Phillies clinched the division on September 27. The Mets were then eliminated from the NL Wild Card berth the following day when the team lost to the Florida Marlins 4–2 in the final game at Shea Stadium.

On October 3, 2008, Manuel agreed to a two-year deal to remain the Mets manager. The deal included a club option for a third year.

On October 4, 2010, the Mets announced that both Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya would not return for the 2011 season.[7]

Post MLB Career[edit]

After leaving Major League Baseball, Manuel went back to his home in the Sacramento area and started the Jerry Manuel Foundation to "Educate African American young men with Charter School standards and train them in the fundamentals of baseball."[8]

On January 16, 2014 it was announced that Manuel would be brought on as the Director of Baseball Operations at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA [9]

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