Pat Corrales

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Patrick Corrales

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pat Corrales was a "good field, no hit" catcher who played 9 seasons in the major leagues. In an even 300 games, he hit only .216 with 4 homers. He was never a regular. He had his most playing time as a rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1965, getting into 63 games and amassing 174 at-bats. In spite of his limited playing time, he was named to the 1965 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. He was a back-up to Hall of Famer Johnny Bench on the Cincinnati Reds from 1968 to 1972 and got to play briefly in the 1970 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. In 1965, he twice reached base two times in a game because of catcher's interference. This is particularly remarkable because those are two of the only seven times this has happened in major league history.

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After his playing career ended, Corrales became a Texas Rangers coach in 1976 and took over as the club's manager in the final game of the 1978 season. He guided the team for two more years. He was skipper of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1982 and 1983 and the Cleveland Indians from 1983 to 1987. The Phillies were in first place in a tight NL East race when they fired Corrales and replaced him with front office executive Paul Owens on July 18, 1983. Owens led them to the World Series. The club was 43-42 at the time. For his part, Corrales finished the season in last place, managing the Indians. He therefore has the unique distinction of managing first place and last place teams in the same season. With the Indians, he managed to lead the team to a rare winning season in 1986 (although the team was still only 5th in the tough AL East). This however ratcheted up expectations for 1987 sky high: in spring training, Sports Illustrated published a cover with a picture of the team and the headline "Best Team in the Majors?" When the Indians regressed to mediocrity, he was fired at the All-Star break.

After managing the Detroit Tigers' AAA afiliate in 1988, he was a New York Yankees coach in 1989, and from 1990 to 2006, he was a member of the Atlanta Braves staff, all the time under manager Bobby Cox. He was rumored to be Cox's heir apparent in Atlanta, but Cox outlasted him. In 2007, he joined the Washington Nationals as bench coach for two seasons. He came back to the job in 2009, when his successor, Jim Riggleman was promoted to skipper in mid-year, and a third time in 2011, after Davey Johnson succeeded Riggleman as manager, also in mid-season.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Billy Hunter
Texas Rangers Manager
Succeeded by
Don Zimmer
Preceded by
Dallas Green
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Paul Owens
Preceded by
Mike Ferraro
Cleveland Indians Manager
Succeeded by
Doc Edwards

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1975 Alexandria Aces Texas League 58-72 7th San Diego Padres
1978 Texas Rangers American League 1-0 2nd Texas Rangers replaced Billy Hunter (86-75) on October 1
1979 Texas Rangers American League 83-79 3rd Texas Rangers
1980 Texas Rangers American League 76-85 4th Texas Rangers
1982 Philadelphia Phillies National League 89-73 2nd Philadelphia Phillies
1983 Philadelphia Phillies National League 43-42 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Paul Owens on July 18
Cleveland Indians American League 30-32 7th Cleveland Indians replaced Mike Ferraro (40-60) on July 31
1984 Cleveland Indians American League 75-87 6th Cleveland Indians
1985 Cleveland Indians American League 60-102 7th Cleveland Indians
1986 Cleveland Indians American League 84-78 5th Cleveland Indians
1987 Cleveland Indians American League 31-56 -- Cleveland Indians replaced by Doc Edwards on July 13
1988 Toledo Mud Hens International League 58-84 8th Detroit Tigers

Further Reading[edit]

  • James Ray: "Pat Corrales", in Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin, eds.: The Year of Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2013, pp. 75-78. ISBN 978-1-933599-51-9

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