Andrew Auguste Etchebarren
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 197 lb.
- High School La Puente High School
- Debut September 26, 1962
- Final Game April 20, 1978
- Born June 20, 1943 in Whittier, CA USA
Andy Etchebarren had a long career in the majors, playing no position other than catcher in his 15 seasons. All of his career was in the American League, and most of it was with the Baltimore Orioles, who won the 1966 World Series and 1970 World Series as well as being in the 1969 World Series and 1971 World Series.
The Basque-American broke in at age 19, one of the youngest players in the league, and was named to the All-Star team in 1966 and 1967, when he was 23 and 24 years old. Etchebarren suffered broken right metacarpals in both 1966 and 1968. When Clay Dalrymple joined the Orioles in 1969, he got Andy to switch mitts and avoid reaching in with his right hand while receiving.
Etchebarren and his platoon partner Elrod Hendricks both excelled when it came to working with the great Baltimore pitching staffs. His lifetime batting average of .235 seems low until one realizes that it was compiled during the heart of the second dead-ball era. For example in 1968, when he hit .233, the team average was .225, the league average was .230, and the Orioles won 91 games. He also knew how to draw a walk, with a lifetime on-base percentage that was 71 points higher than his batting average.
There is a story that he once saved Frank Robinson's life in 1966, during Frank's Triple Crown year. Robinson was attending a lively party and fell into the pool but didn't know how to swim, so Etchebarren pulled him out.
Etchebarren returned to coaching in 1982, as he became the Brewers minor league catching instructor, a position he held until 1984. He was promoted to the Brewers big league club, as he was named the first base coach in 1985, a position he also held in 1986 and 1987. Etchebarren later became the bench coach under manager Tom Trebelhorn in 1988, where he worked with then Brewers catcher B.J. Surhoff, then returned to catching first base from 1989 to 1991.
Etchebarren became manager of the Bluefield Orioles in 1993, leading them to a first-place tie. He led Bluefield to a second-place finish in 1994. The success continued in 1995 as Etchebarren led the team back to first place.
Etchebarren returned to the Bluefield Orioles to become their manager once again in 1998, going 33-34. He was promoted to the Class A Frederick Keys, where he was their manager for the 1999 season, going 67-71. The Orioles promoted Etchebarren once again, naming him the manager of the AA Bowie Baysox where he spent the 2000 season as manager. Once again, Etchebarren was promoted to the AAA Rochester Red Wings, serving as their manager in 2001 and 2002.
The Orioles named Etchebarren their roving minor league catching instructor in 2003, a position he held until 2006.
He once again again returned to managing, as the Orioles named him the 2005 manager of the A Aberdeen Ironbirds. The Orioles fired Etchebarren after the 2007 season, after which he left Organized Baseball, becoming a manager in the Atlantic League.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
- 2007 Orioles Information And Record Book