Rick Sweet

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Biographical Information[edit]

After the end of his playing career, Catcher Rick Sweet became the bullpen coach for the Seattle Mariners in 1984 and did advance scouting for Seattle in 1985-1986. He was a minor league manager from 1987 to 1995 before spending 1996 as the first base coach for the Houston Astros. Sweet spent 1997 in the New York Mets organization before switching to the Montreal Expos. He was the Expos' minor league field coordinator in 1999 and started 2000 in that role before resigning at the end of February to spend more time with his family. This hiatus did not last long as Sweet rejoined the Expos organization on July 20th after the Expos promoted Ottawa Lynx manager Jeff Cox to the major leagues and Sweet took his place.

From 2000 onward Sweet managed almost exclusively at the AAA level for different organizations. In 2012-2013 he was a minor league catching instructor for the Cincinnati Reds. Sweet was scheduled to manage the San Antonio Missions in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.


Sweet gained further managerial experience in the winter leagues. He started the 2009/2010 season by managing the Águilas Cibaeñas in the Dominican League before being fired on November 29th. Two years later, he was managing the Estrellas Orientales until his dismissal on October 31, 2011. Sweet was not out of work long before he was hired to skipper the Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan League on November 17th. He returned to Caracas in 2012 only to be fired on November 6th after a slow start.

Through his long managerial career, Sweet has garnered multiple awards. These include Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 1994, International League Manager of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and Baseball America’s Manager of the Year in 2010. Following the 2022 season, Sweet was honored with the Mike Coolbaugh Award and International League Manager of the Year.

Sweet hit well against the following All-Star pitchers: Jack Morris (.450); Len Barker (.429); Dennis Eckersley (.400); Rick Sutcliffe (.333); and Charlie Hough (.300).

Sweet is in the top 5 all time in Minor League Wins by a Manager.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1987 Bellingham Mariners Northwest League 30-46 7th Seattle Mariners
1988 Wausau Timbers Midwest League 52-88 11th Seattle Mariners
1989 Osceola Astros Florida State League 72-65 8th Houston Astros
1990 Columbus Mudcats Southern League 67-77 6th (t) Houston Astros
1991 Jackson Generals Texas League 70-66 4th Houston Astros
1992 Jackson Generals Texas League 61-74 7th Houston Astros
1993 Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League 83-60 1st Houston Astros League Champs
1994 Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League 81-63 2nd Houston Astros
1995 Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League 87-56 1st Houston Astros Lost in 1st round
1997 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 66-76 8th New York Mets
1998 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League 73-69 4th Montreal Expos League Champs
1999 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League 4-3 -- Montreal Expos interim for Doug Sisson (July 6-12)
2000 Ottawa Lynx International League 15-34 13th Montreal Expos Replaced Jeff Cox (38-54) on July 20
2001 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 71-73 8th San Diego Padres
2002 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 72-71 8th (t) San Diego Padres
2003 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 69-75 12th San Diego Padres
2004 Erie Sea Wolves Eastern League 80-62 3rd Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
2005 Louisville Bats International League 66-78 11th Cincinnati Reds
2006 Louisville Bats International League 75-68 3rd Cincinnati Reds
2007 Louisville Bats International League 74-70 7th Cincinnati Reds
2008 Louisville Bats International League 88-56 1st (t) Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
2009 Louisville Bats International League 84-58 1st Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
2010 Louisville Bats International League 79-64 3rd Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
2011 Louisville Bats International League 73-71 8th Cincinnati Reds
2014 Nashville Sounds Pacific Coast League 77-67 5th Milwaukee Brewers
2015 Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League 62-81 13th Milwaukee Brewers
2016 Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League 67-71 11th Milwaukee Brewers
2017 Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League 80-57 2nd Milwaukee Brewers Lost in 1st round
2018 Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League 73-66 5th Milwaukee Brewers
2019 San Antonio Missions Pacific Coast League 80-60 3rd(t) Milwaukee Brewers
2021 Nashville Sounds Triple-A East 63-56 9th Milwaukee Brewers 7-2
2022 Nashville Sounds International League 91-58 1st Milwaukee Brewers Lost League Finals
2023 Nashville Sounds International League 83-65 4th Milwaukee Brewers
2024 Nashville Sounds International League Milwaukee Brewers

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