July 21, 1950 |
|April 7, 1974, for the Texas Rangers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 1981, for the New York Mets|
Michael Lee Cubbage (born July 21, 1950) is a former third baseman, coach and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m), 180 pounds (82 kg), he batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Cubbage was the son of Lindy and Marge Cubbage and came from a baseball family, as his cousins Larry Haney and Chris Haney played in the major leagues. Cubbage attended University of Virginia, where he played for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball and football teams.
Cubbage originally was selected by the expansion Washington Senators in the fifth round of the 1968 MLB draft, but did not sign. He then was drafted again by Washington in the second round of the 1971 entry draft, and spent parts of four seasons in the minor leagues before joining the Texas Rangers on April 7, 1974, in a game against the Oakland Athletics. While appearing in nine games with the Rangers in 1974, he did not collect his first major league hit until being called up in 1975, in a game on June 20 against the California Angels, when he went 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
Cubbage was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1976. On July 27, 1978, he hit for the cycle against the Toronto Blue Jays. Those that attended the game or watched on television called it an "accidental cycle". In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Cubbage hit a 1-0 pitch to right field, and was thrown out at third trying to leg out a triple; he was therefore credited for a double on the play. He subsequently hit a home run (4th inning), single (5th inning), and triple (7th inning) to complete the cycle.
Cubbage later signed as a free agent with the New York Mets for the 1981 season. Throughout his playing career, he was considered somewhat of a utility player, playing mostly third base, but with stints at the first and second bases and designated hitter positions. Although he spent most of his playing time at shortstop in high school, Cubbage did not receive any playing time at this position in the major leagues.
In his MLB career of eight seasons, Cubbage appeared in 703 games, batting .258 with 34 home runs and 251 RBIs.
Coaching and managerial career
Cubbage managed the Mets' AA affiliate Jackson Mets for the 1986 season, taking them to their league playoff finals.
Cubbage then served as Mets' third base coach in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was named interim manager in September 1991. He managed the Mets in seven games, finishing with a career managerial record of three wins and four losses (.429).
During spring training in 2002, Cubbage served as the interim manager of the Boston Red Sox after previous manager Joe Kerrigan was fired. Cubbage remained on the staff as third base coach after the Red Sox hired Grady Little as Kerrigan's full-time replacement.
- "Mike Cubbage College Stats". sports-reference.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- "Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 4". Retrosheet. April 7, 1974.
- "California Angels 12, Texas Rangers 11". Retrosheet. June 20, 1975.
- "Minnesota Twins 6, Toronto Blue Jays 3". Retrosheet. July 27, 1978.
- SEXTON, JOE (1991-10-01). "BASEBALL; The Mets' Manager for 1992? Try Cubbage, Says Cubbage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- "Red Sox pick Little to be new manager". Chicago Sun-Times. 2002-03-12. Retrieved 2007-06-17.[dead link]
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet