Joel Skinner

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Joel Skinner
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Joel Skinner in 2009
Catcher
Born: (1961-02-21) February 21, 1961 (age 53)
La Jolla, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 1983 for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1991 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average .228
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 136
Teams

Joel Patrick Skinner (born February 21, 1961) is a retired Major League Baseball catcher and current manager of the Charlotte Knights. He is the son of Bob Skinner, a National League outfielder in the 1950s and '60s.

High school career[edit]

At Mission Bay High School in San Diego, Joel Skinner played baseball and water polo. He was drafted immediately following his senior year and was the first player taken in the free-agent compensation draft.

Major league playing career[edit]

Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Skinner was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1983. After brief call-ups to the majors over the next three years, Skinner was slated to start 1986 with the White Sox.

New general manager Hawk Harrelson had taken a liking to Skinner, and decided to make him the starting catcher in place of Carlton Fisk. This made some sense on paper; Fisk was 38 years old, and conventional wisdom then as now suggests that catchers at that age don't have many years left. Harrelson wanted to have Fisk's successor in place when Fisk retired. To ease the transition, Fisk was moved to left field. The move backfired when Skinner batted only .171 in April. On May 10, Fisk became the regular catcher, and Skinner only made 25 more starts behind the plate before being traded to the New York Yankees on July 30.[1]

Skinner's career never really recovered after that. He bounced between the majors and minors with the Yankees and Cleveland Indians until his retirement in 1994.

Minor league managing career[edit]

Skinner spent six seasons managing in the Indians minor league system from 1995–2000. In those seasons he compiled a record of 448–333 (.574) and took his team to the playoffs in five of six seasons.

  • 1997 – Managed the Class A Kinston Indians (Carolina League) in 1997 as they won titles in both the first and second halves with an 87–53 record, earning him Carolina League Manager of the Year honors
  • 2000 – Managed the AAA Buffalo Bisons to the best record in the International League and an IL North Division title with a record of 86–59 (.593). His leadership of the Bisons in earned him Minor League Manager of the Year honors from Baseball America and The Sporting News in addition to being given International League Manager of the Year honors. Was a coach for Team USA in the 2000 All-Star Futures Game in Atlanta.
  • 2011 – Hired as the manager of the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, for the 2012 season.

Major League managing/coaching career[edit]

Skinner was named to the coaching staff of the Cleveland Indians on November 10, 2000, succeeding Jim Riggleman as third base coach. He was named interim manager of the Tribe on July 11, 2002 after Charlie Manuel was let go in a contract dispute. At the time, Skinner was the youngest manager in the major leagues, at age 41. He skippered the team to a 35–41 record to finish the season, including a 15–13 record in September. Skinner's name was mentioned among candidates to the permanent manager's job, but Eric Wedge was chosen instead. Skinner remained on the Indians' coaching staff until Manny Acta was hired in 2009. On October 20, 2010, Skinner was hired as the Oakland Athletics bench coach for the 2011 season replacing Tye Waller. On November 14, 2011, Skinner was hired as the manager of the Charlotte Knights.[2]

Managerial records[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 2002 35 41 .461 3rd in AL Central

Career statistics[edit]

G AB R H RBI HR AVG
564 1441 119 329 136 17 .228

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neyer, Rob (2006). Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Blunders. New York City: Fireside. ISBN 0-7432-8491-7. 
  2. ^ "Joel Skinner Named Charlotte Knights Manager". MiLB. November 14, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Jim Riggleman
Jeff Datz
Jeff Datz
Cleveland Indians Third Base Coach
2001–2002
2003–2005
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Jeff Datz
Jeff Datz
Steve Smith
Preceded by
Robby Thompson
Cleveland Indians Bench Coach
2006
Succeeded by
Jeff Datz
Preceded by
Tye Waller
Oakland Athletics Bench Coach
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Chip Hale