Don Robert Dyer
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.
- School Arizona State University
- High School Cortez High School
- Debut September 21, 1968
- Final Game April 15, 1981
- Born August 15, 1945 in Dayton, OH USA
Don "Duffy" Dyer was one of a large group of solid major leaguers to come out of Arizona State University in the 1960s. He attended Cortez High School in Phoenix, AZ where he was the quarterback of the football team, as well as playing basketball and baseball. Dyer put in several years in the 1970s as a backup catcher to Jerry Grote with the New York Mets from 1968 to 1974 and to Manny Sanguillen and Ed Ott with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1975 to 1978. An excellent fielder, he could also hit with occasional power. Dyer also played with the Montreal Expos, where he backed up Gary Carter in 1979, and the Detroit Tigers, where the starting catcher was Lance Parrish in 1980 and 1981.
He hit his first major league homer as a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning of the first game in the history of the Expos, playing for the Mets on April 8, 1969. He caught John Candelaria's no-hitter on August 9, 1976 and led National League catchers in fielding percentage in 1977.
Dyer was the bullpen coach for the Chicago Cubs in 1983. He then managed in the Minnesota Twins chain in 1984-1985 and for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986 to 1988. He was the Milwaukee Brewers' third base coach from 1989 to 1995, then a coach for the Oakland A's from 1996 to 1998. He returned to managing with the Bluefield Orioles in 1999-2000 and in independent ball in 2001-2002. Dyer scouted for the New York Mets in 2003-2004 and returned to the field as manager of the Erie SeaWolves in 2005-2006. After the 2007 season, Dyer was named minor league catching coordinator for the San Diego Padres.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1984||Kenosha Twins||Midwest League||70-68||6th||Minnesota Twins|
|1985||Kenosha Twins||Midwest League||76-60||3rd||Minnesota Twins||League Champs|
|1986||El Paso Diablos||Texas League||85-50||1st||Milwaukee Brewers||League Champs|
|1987||El Paso Diablos||Texas League||75-59||2nd||Milwaukee Brewers||Lost in 1st round|
|1988||Denver Zephyrs||American Association||72-69||5th||Milwaukee Brewers|
|1999||Bluefield Orioles||Appalachian League||25-43||8th||Baltimore Orioles|
|2000||Bluefield Orioles||Appalachian League||31-32||7th||Baltimore Orioles|
|2001||Bridgeport Bluefish||Atlantic League||66-60||4th||Independent Leagues|
|2002||Bridgeport Bluefish||Atlantic League||71-55||3rd||Independent Leagues||Lost League Finals|
|2005||Erie SeaWolves||Eastern League||63-79||11th (t)||Detroit Tigers|
|2006||Erie SeaWolves||Eastern League||60-81||12th||Detroit Tigers|