Mike Cubbage

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Mike Cubbage
Third baseman/Manager
Born: (1950-07-21) July 21, 1950 (age 66)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 1974, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1981, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average .258
Home Runs 34
RBI 251
Teams

As Player

As Manager

As Coach

Michael Lee Cubbage (born July 21, 1950) is a former third baseman, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. Listed at 6' 0", 180 lb., he batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Early life[edit]

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 team.

Playing career[edit]

Cubbage originally was selected by the expansion Washington Senators in the sixth 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.

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, he 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 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.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

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.[1] He managed the Mets in seven games, finishing with a career managerial record of three wins and four losses (.429).

In 2002, Cubbage served as the interim manager of the Boston Red Sox after previous manager Joe Kerrigan was fired during spring training. He remained on the staff after the Red Sox hired Grady Little as Kerrigan's full-time replacement.[2]

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Positions
Preceded by
Sam Perlozzo
Little Falls Mets Manager
1983
Succeeded by
Bud Harrelson
Preceded by
Sam Perlozzo
Lynchburg Mets Manager
1984–1985
Succeeded by
Bobby Floyd
Preceded by
Sam Perlozzo
Jackson Mets Manager
1986
Succeeded by
Tucker Ashford
Preceded by
Sam Perlozzo
Tidwater Tide Manager
1987–1989
Succeeded by
Steve Swisher
Preceded by
Bill Robinson
New York Mets First Base Coach
1990
Succeeded by
Tom Spencer
Preceded by
Chuck Hiller
New York Mets Third Base Coach
1991
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bill Robinson
New York Mets Hitting Coach
1991
Succeeded by
Tom McCraw
Preceded by
New York Mets Third Base Coach
1992–1996
Succeeded by
Cookie Rojas
Preceded by
Houston Astros Third Base Coach
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Matt Galante
Houston Astros Third Base Coach
2001
Succeeded by
Tony Peña
Preceded by
Gene Lamont
Boston Red Sox Third Base Coach
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Dale Sveum