|Second baseman/third baseman|
October 21, 1933 |
Cumberland, Rhode Island
|September 20, 1957, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1964, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||48|
John Albert Goryl (born October 21, 1933 in Cumberland, Rhode Island) is a special adviser/player development for the Cleveland Indians and a former infielder, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball.
A right-handed batter and thrower who stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg), Goryl apprenticed in the farm systems of the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and Chicago Cubs. He played 117 games for the Cubs over three seasons (1957–1959), returned to the minor leagues when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then joined the Minnesota Twins in 1962 for the remainder of his MLB playing career. His finest season was 1963, when he hit .287 with nine home runs in 64 games. Overall, Goryl batted .225 with 134 hits in 276 games over six MLB campaigns.
When his playing career ended, Goryl became a manager in the Twins' farm system (1966–68; 1970–78), and third-base coach of the MLB Twins (1968–69; 1979–80). During his second stint as a Minnesota coach in 1980 he was named successor to manager Gene Mauch on August 25. The Twins won 23 of their final 36 games that season, to improve from sixth to third place in the American League West, but when they faltered coming out of the gate in 1981 — losing 25 of their first 36 games — Goryl was replaced by one of his coaches, Billy Gardner. His career MLB managing record was 34–38 (.472).
After his firing, Goryl joined the Cleveland organization as a Major League coach (1982–88; 1997–98) and development official in the Indians' minor league system, continuing into the present day. He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. Goryl won the Mike Coolbaugh Award in 2012 for his work ethic, knowledge of the game, and mentoring of young players.