Phil Regan

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Philip Raymond Regan (The Vulture)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 200 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Phil Regan had a substantial 13-year career in the majors, with success both as a starter and as a reliever. As largely a starter with the 1960-1962 Detroit Tigers, he went 36-25. As primarily a reliever from 1966 on, he led the league in saves twice, in 1966 and 1968.

Regan was a starter with Detroit until he was traded at the 1965 winter meetings to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He then earned the nickname "The Vulture" for his uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time to earn the victory during his 14-1 / 1.62 breakthrough season as a relief pitcher for the 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers. He was an All-Star that year and a key reason why the Dodgers won the pennant.

In 1969 he pitched for the famous 1969 Cubs who are traditionally said to have "choked", although Regan had 17 saves with a record of 12-6.

Regan was the baseball coach at Grand Valley State College from 1974 to 1982, with a cumulative 176-153 record. He then became a major league pitching coach working with the Seattle Mariners from 1984-1986, the Cleveland Indians in 1994 and 1999, and the Chicago Cubs from 1997-1998. Regan also had a stint as manager of the Baltimore Orioles in 1995.

He managed the 1996 Albuquerque Dukes and then coached for Team USA in the 2000 Olympics. Regan managed the West Michigan Whitecaps in his home state in 2002 and 2003.

In 2009-2015 he was the pitching coach for the St. Lucie Mets of the class A-Advanced Florida State League.

During a June 3, 2011 telescast, Al Hrabosky claimed that Regan - despite his religiosity - threw the "slippery elm."

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Johnny Oates
Baltimore Orioles Manager
Succeeded by
Davey Johnson

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1995 Baltimore Orioles American League 71-73 3rd Baltimore Orioles
1996 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 67-76 9th Los Angeles Dodgers
2002 West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League 83-57 2nd Detroit Tigers Lost in 2nd round
2003 West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League 67-73 9th Detroit Tigers

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