Phil Regan (baseball)
April 6, 1937 |
|July 19, 1960 for the Detroit Tigers|
Last MLB appearance
|July 15, 1972 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||3.84|
Career highlights and awards
Philip Ramond "the Vulture" Regan (born April 6, 1937 in Otsego, Michigan) is a former professional baseball player who spent 13 years with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and very briefly, the Chicago White Sox. He made 105 starts in his career, and pitched in 551 games. He attended Wayland Union High School where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. The Detroit Tigers signed him out of Western Michigan University in 1956.
Regan was a starting pitcher while the Tigers but transitioned to relief midway through his career. His best season came with the Dodgers in 1966 when he went 14-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 116 innings pitched as a reliever. That year, Regan's knack for earning wins in late-inning relief situations caused Sandy Koufax to nickname him "The Vulture".
In his career, he went 96-81 with a 3.84 ERA and 92 saves. He accumulated 743 strikeouts in 1372 innings pitched.
In 1973, Regan began his coaching career as the head coach at Grand Valley State University, serving in this capacity until 1982. He began coaching at the major league level in 1983 as a minor league pitching instructor and advance scout for the Seattle Mariners and then served as the Mariners' pitching coach from 1984 to 1986. In 1987, he began a six-year stint with the Dodgers as their major league special assignment and advance scout. Regan then served as pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians during the strike-shortened 1994 season and in 1995 became manager of the Baltimore Orioles, finishing with a record of 71-73. The remainder of his professional coaching career is summarized below:
- 1996 - Managed Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque (finished with a record of 67-76).
- 1997 - Served as Chicago Cubs pitching coach (1997–1998).
- 1999 - Served as Cleveland Indians pitching coach.
- 2000 - Served as Team USA pitching coach at Summer Olympics in Sydney.
- 2002 - Served as West Michigan Whitecaps manager (2002–2003).
- 1989-2009 Managed teams in the Venezuelan Winter League, including Leones del Caracas, Navegantes del Magallanes, Cardenales de Lara, Bravos de Margarita and Tiburones de La Guaira.
- Managed Leones del Escogido to Dominican Championship in 1987-88 and 1988-89 (including winning the Caribbean World Series in 1988).
- Since 2009 - St. Lucie Mets pitching coach.
- Led the National League in saves twice in the 1960s (1966 & 1968)
- National League all-star in 1966
- Pitched 1 scoreless inning for the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series, where they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles
- The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award
- The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award
- List of Major League Baseball saves champions
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)