- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 165 lb.
- High School Cordova High School
- Debut September 18, 1975
- Final Game May 30, 1982
- Born December 23, 1953 in Hahira, GA USA
Manager Jerry Manuel led the Chicago White Sox for six seasons. In 2000, the club won the AL Central division title, and the team finished in second place four times in his tenure. However, the Sox were considered underachievers, and he was fired following the 2003 season.
Manuel was a coach for the Indianapolis Indians in 1986-1987. He has also been a scout and held coaching positions with the Montreal Expos (1991-1996), Florida Marlins (1997), and the New York Mets (2006-2007). Before being hired by the White Sox, Manuel was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays managerial opening that was instead given to fellow Florida Marlins coach Larry Rothschild. Manuel was named interim manager of the New York Mets on June 17, 2008, taking over for the fired Willie Randolph. He was rapidly confirmed as permanent manager, as the Mets improved significantly under his guidance, but as had happened the previous season, the team played poorly down the stretch, was overtaken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East, and lost out to the Milwaukee Brewers on the last day of the season for the wild card. The Mets started off well in 2009, but the season was derailed by injuries to key players such as Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and they fell out of contention. Then, things went from bad to worse as 3B David Wright and pitcher Johan Santana joined the ranks of the disabled in August, leaving the Mets but a shell of the team that had started the season. Manuel stayed on for another season, in 2010, but the Mets also went nowhere that year, finishing in 4th place with 79 wins while never being in contention. Manuel was let go after the season.
On April 9, 2014, Manuel was appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig as head of Major League Baseball's diversity task force, established exactly a year earlier to look at the issue of declining numbers of African-Americans active in the major leagues. Working under take force chairman Dave Dombrowski, GM of the Detroit Tigers, Manuel was put in charge of implementing the three main recommendations that came out of the task force: expanding MLB support for existing programs aimed at developing baseball in inner cities; launching program to improve the quality of coaching available to young African-American players; and raising its profile in inner cities by engaging current and past stars in outreach programs directed at the African-American community.
- AL Manager of the Year Award (2000)
- Division Championships: 1 (2000)
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Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1990||Jacksonville Expos||Southern League||84-60||1st||Montreal Expos||Lost in 1st round|
|1991||Indianapolis Indians||American Association||29-22||--||Montreal Expos||replaced by Pat Kelly (46-46) on June 3|
|1998||Chicago White Sox||American League||80-82||2nd||Chicago White Sox|
|1999||Chicago White Sox||American League||75-86||2nd||Chicago White Sox|
|2000||Chicago White Sox||American League||95-67||1st||Chicago White Sox||Lost ALDS|
|2001||Chicago White Sox||American League||83-79||3rd||Chicago White Sox|
|2002||Chicago White Sox||American League||81-81||2nd||Chicago White Sox|
|2003||Chicago White Sox||American League||86-76||2nd||Chicago White Sox|
|2008||New York Mets||National League||55-38||2nd||New York Mets||replaced Willie Randolph (34-35) on June 17|
|2009||New York Mets||National League||70-92||4th||New York Mets|
|2010||New York Mets||National League||79-83||4th||New York Mets|