Chuck Cottier

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Charles Keith Cottier

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chuck Cottier played nine seasons in the major leagues, mostly as a second baseman, and also managed for three seasons in the majors.

He was signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1954, and sent to the Georgia-Florida League in 1954 and New Iberia in the Evangeline League in 1955. In 1956, he was sent to the Milwaukee Braves. He came up in 1959 for 10 games with the Braves, getting only 1 hit. The next year, he became the regular second baseman as incumbent Red Schoendienst struggled with tuberculosis. Cottier hit .227 in 95 games in 1960.

In the off-season, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers, and then traded again in June of the 1961 season to the Washington Senators. He appeared in only 10 games with Detroit, so he must have been glad to get to Washington, where he played in 101 games. He hit .235 for the season. In 1962, he had his strongest season, hitting .242 on a team that hit .250. He had 6 triples and 6 home runs, both career highs. His 14 stolen bases and 44 walks were also career highs. In 1963, he dropped to .205, and became a backup in 1964, hitting .168. He briefly appeared in 1965, getting one at-bat. A few years later, he had appearances in 1968 and 1969 with the California Angels.

After his playing days, Cottier was a minor league manager, then a New York Mets coach from 1979 to 1981. He joined the Seattle Mariners staff in 1982, and in 1984, he replaced Del Crandall as the team's skipper. After posting a 98-119 mark in about two years at the helm, he was fired and became a Chicago Cubs coach from 1988 to 1994. He spent the next season, 1995, on the Orioles staff and then was a Philadelphia Phillies coach from 1997 to 2000.

Preceded by
Del Crandall
Seattle Mariners Manager
Succeeded by
Dick Williams

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1971 Niagara Falls Pirates New York-Penn League 8-3 -- Pittsburgh Pirates replaced by Dick Cole
1972 Niagara Falls Pirates New York-Penn League 48-22 1st Pittsburgh Pirates none League Champs
1973 Charleston Pirates Western Carolinas League 72-52 1st Pittsburgh Pirates
1977 Quad Cities Angels Midwest League 75-64 3rd California Angels
1978 Salinas Angels California League 84-56 3rd California Angels
1984 Seattle Mariners American League 15-12 5th Seattle Mariners replaced Del Crandall (59-76) on September 1
1985 Seattle Mariners American League 74-88 6th Seattle Mariners
1986 Seattle Mariners American League 9-19 -- Seattle Mariners replaced by Marty Martinez on May 8

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