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Edwin Albert Brinkman

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[edit] Biographical Information

A slick fielding shortstop who covered a lot of ground, Eddie Brinkman somehow survived 15 big league seasons despite a horrendous .224 career batting average. Acquired with teammate and defensive wizard Aurelio Rodriguez in 1971 for the fabled Denny McLain, Brinkman and Rodriguez made the left side of Detroit's infield almost airtight but offensively inept.

His main teammates were Frank Howard, Mickey Lolich, Ken McMullen, Bill Freehan, Mike Epstein and Norm Cash.

After his playing career ended, Brinkman was a Detroit Tigers coach in 1979 and was with the San Diego Padres in 1981. He managed the Montgomery Rebels in 1977 and 1978, the Lakeland Tigers in 1980, the Birmingham Barons in 1982 and was then a member of the Chicago White Sox staff from 1983 to 1988.

He is the brother of Chuck Brinkman

[edit] Notable Achievements

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1977 Montgomery Rebels Southern League 86-51 1st Detroit Tigers League Champs
1978 Montgomery Rebels Southern League 67-77 7th Detroit Tigers
1980 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 56-77 9th Detroit Tigers
1982 Birmingham Barons Southern League 69-74 5th/2nd Detroit Tigers

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