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Jeffrey Allen Torborg

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[edit] Biographical Information

Catcher Jeff Torborg spent a decade in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers and California Angels. He caught three no-hitters (by Sandy Koufax, Bill Singer and Nolan Ryan) in his career. Although a top hitter in college at Rutgers University, he was not a strong hitter in the majors with a lifetime .214 batting average and a .265 slugging percentage.

He became a Cleveland Indians coach in 1975 and was named the club's skipper in 1977. After that, he spent ten seasons as a New York Yankees coach. He later went on to manage the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, Montreal Expos, and Florida Marlins. In 1990 and 1991, his White Sox teams finished second, and he was manager when the rookie Frank Thomas came up. In 2003, he was the manager - for part of the season - for the Florida Marlins, who won the 2003 World Series after he was fired.

He was also a television broadcaster for the FOX network from 1997 to 2001 and again in 2004 and 2005. He joined the Atlanta Braves television broadcast team in 2006.

His son, Dale Torborg, played baseball at Northwestern University and later was a professional wrestler known as "The Demon". He currently is Minor League conditioning coordinator for the White Sox.

His main teammates included Willie Davis (325), Wes Parker (316), Maury Wills (265), Claude Osteen (263), Don Drysdale (261), Sandy Koufax (259) and Jim Lefebvre (259).

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Preceded by
Frank Robinson
Cleveland Indians Manager
1977-1979
Succeeded by
Dave Garcia
Preceded by
Jim Fregosi
Chicago White Sox Manager
1989-1991
Succeeded by
Gene Lamont
Preceded by
Mike Cubbage
New York Mets Manager
1992-1993
Succeeded by
Dallas Green
Preceded by
Felipe Alou
Montreal Expos Manager
2001
Succeeded by
Frank Robinson
Preceded by
Tony Perez
Florida Marlins Manager
1989-1991
Succeeded by
Jack McKeon


[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1977 Cleveland Indians American League 45-59 5th Cleveland Indians replaced Frank Robinson (26-31) on June 19
1978 Cleveland Indians American League 69-90 6th Cleveland Indians
1979 Cleveland Indians American League 43-52 -- Cleveland Indians replaced by Dave Garcia on July 23
1989 Chicago White Sox American League 69-92 7th Chicago White Sox
1990 Chicago White Sox American League 94-68 2nd Chicago White Sox
1991 Chicago White Sox American League 87-75 2nd Chicago White Sox
1992 New York Mets National League 72-90 5th New York Mets
1993 New York Mets National League 13-25 -- New York Mets replaced by Dallas Green on May 19
2001 Montreal Expos National League 47-62 5th Montreal Expos replaced Felipe Alou (21-32) on May 31
2002 Florida Marlins National League 79-83 4th Florida Marlins
2003 Florida Marlins National League 16-22 -- Florida Marlins replaced by Jack McKeon on May 11

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