Jerry Royster

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jerry Royster played 16 years in the major leagues, of which 10 were with the Atlanta Braves. He had over 300 at-bats in 5 of those seasons, and for much of the rest of his career was a useful infielder-outfielder. Similarity scores shows that the most similar player to Royster is another all-purpose player, Derrel Thomas.

Royster hit his only career grand slam on June 21, 1985 as a member of the San Diego Padres against the San Francisco Giants. It came in the 8th inning off Greg Minton.

Jerry was featured on the opening credits of the tv show This Week in Baseball for many years making a leaping catch at Fulton County Stadium as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

In 1989, Royster played for the Bradenton Explorers of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .337 in 20 games with the club.

Royster was a manager in the minors from 1989-1992. He was a member of the expansion Colorado Rockies coaching staff in their inaugural season of 1993. He returned to the minor leagues as a coach for the Jacksonville Suns in 1994, then managed from 1995 to 1998. In 1999 he was the minor league baserunning/infield coordinator for the Montreal Expos. After spending over two seasons a Milwaukee Brewers coach, he was the club's skipper for most of the 2002 season. Royster was the Los Angeles Dodgers infield coordinator in 2003-2004. In 2005 and 2006, he managed the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.

Royster was hired to manage the Lotte Giants for 2008. He was the first foreign manager in the 26-year history of the Korea Baseball Organization. Lotte got off to a good start in the first month while Royster was trying to learn how to greet properly. He was bowing as common in Korea but was also making eye contact, an American custom frowned upon in Korea. Royster led Lotte to the playoffs for the first time in 8 years, but they were swept by the Samsung Lions. One of his players was Karim Garcia.

In 2012, he was named third base coach of the Boston Red Sox under new manager Bobby Valentine.

One of his cousins is Greg Vaughn. Therefore, he is also related to Mo Vaughn and Cory Vaughn. He is also the uncle of Aaron Fuller.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Davey Lopes
Milwaukee Brewers Manager
Succeeded by
Ned Yost

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1989 GCL Dodgers Gulf Coast League 40-23 2nd (t) Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1990 Yakima Bears Northwest League 36-40 4th Los Angeles Dodgers
1991 Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League 79-52 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1992 San Antonio Missions Texas League 62-74 6th Los Angeles Dodgers
1995 Memphis Chicks Southern League 68-74 7th San Diego Padres Lost in 1st round
1996 Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League 73-67 3rd San Diego Padres Lost in 1st round
1997 Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League 56-85 10th San Diego Padres
1998 Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League 70-72 11th San Diego Padres
2002 Milwaukee Brewers National League 53-94 6th Milwaukee Brewers replaced Davey Lopes (3-12) on April 18
2005 Las Vegas 51s Pacific Coast League 57-86 4th Los Angeles Dodgers
2006 Las Vegas 51s Pacific Coast League 67-77 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers
2008 Lotte Giants Korea Baseball Organization 69-57 3rd Korea Lost in 1st round
2009 Lotte Giants Korea Baseball Organization 66-67 4th Korea Lost in 1st round

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jerry Royster (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, May 1985, pp. 55-57.[1]

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