Grady Little

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William Grady Little

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Biographical Information[edit]

Grady Little spent two decades as a coach and minor league manager, but he is best known as the skipper of 2002 and 2003 Boston Red Sox, famous for leaving Pedro Martinez in 1 or 2 innings too long in the 7th game of the 2003 ALCS against the New York Yankees. He was ultimately fired after that season.

Prior to his coaching/managing career, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves as a catcher and spent several seasons in the minors. He was a player/coach for the West Haven Yankees in 1973, and a coach in 1974. After his playing career ended, he spent five years away from baseball as a cotton farmer in Texas.

He returned to baseball and managed in the Baltimore Orioles (1980-1984), Toronto Blue Jays (1985), and Atlanta Braves (1986-1995) chains. Little was a coach for the San Diego Padres (1996), Boston Red Sox (1997-1999), and Cleveland Indians (2000-2001) before getting his shot with the Red Sox in 2002-2003. He was the minor league catching instructor for the Chicago Cubs in 2004-2005. In December 2005, he was named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and led his team to the post-season in 2006. He resigned as Dodgers manager on October 30, 2007.

His younger brother, Bryan Little, played and coached for several seasons in the majors.

Little was an adviser to the producers of the baseball movie, "Bull Durham".

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Post-season appearances: 2 (2003 & 2006 Wild Card)

Preceded by
Joe Kerrigan
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Terry Francona
Preceded by
Jim Tracy
Los Angeles Dodgers Manager
Succeeded by
Joe Torre

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1980 Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League 29-39 5th Baltimore Orioles none
1981 Hagerstown Suns Carolina League 70-68 4th (t) Baltimore Orioles
1982 Hagerstown Suns Carolina League 71-65 5th Baltimore Orioles
1983 Charlotte O's Southern League 69-77 6th Baltimore Orioles
1984 Charlotte O's Southern League 29-43 -- Baltimore Orioles replaced by John Hart (46-29)
Hagerstown Suns Carolina League 1-3 -- Baltimore Orioles replaced John Hart (32-38) on June 21
replaced by Len Johnston (27-39) on June 25
1985 Kinston Blue Jays Carolina League 64-73 7th Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
1986 Pulaski Braves Appalachian League 41-25 2nd Atlanta Braves League Champs
1987 Pulaski Braves Appalachian League 39-31 5th Atlanta Braves
1988 Burlington Braves Midwest League 20-22 -- Atlanta Braves replaced by Rick Albert on May 24
Durham Bulls Carolina League 52-45 2nd Atlanta Braves replaced Buddy Bailey (30-13) on May 23
1989 Durham Bulls Carolina League 84-54 1st Atlanta Braves Lost League Finals
1990 Durham Bulls Carolina League 71-68 4th Atlanta Braves
1991 Durham Bulls Carolina League 79-58 3rd Atlanta Braves
1992 Greenville Braves Southern League 100-43 1st Atlanta Braves League Champs
1993 Richmond Braves International League 80-62 2nd Atlanta Braves Lost in 1st round
1994 Richmond Braves International League 80-61 1st Atlanta Braves League Champs
1995 Richmond Braves International League 75-66 2nd Atlanta Braves Lost in 1st round
2002 Boston Red Sox American League 93-69 2nd Boston Red Sox
2003 Boston Red Sox American League 95-67 2nd Boston Red Sox Lost ALCS
2006 Los Angeles Dodgers National League 88-74 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost NLDS
2007 Los Angeles Dodgers National League 82-804 4th Los Angeles Dodgers

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