Ricky Gutiérrez

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Ricardo Gutiérrez

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Biographical Information[edit]

On June 26, 1998, playing for the Houston Astros in an interleague game against the Cleveland Indians, Ricky Gutierrez was involved in a 20-pitch at-bat against Bartolo Colon before striking out swinging. It was the longest at-bat ever recorded until Brandon Belt was retired on the 21st pitch thrown by Jaime Barria on April 22, 2018.

In his final major league season, in 2004, he was acquired by the Boston Red Sox from the New York Mets in late July and spent the last two months with the BoSox as a back-up infielder, hitting .275 in 21 games. He was thus a member of the team that broke the "Curse of the Bambino" by winning the 2004 World Series, even though he did not appear in postseason play.

Gutierrez joined the coaching ranks a few years after he retired from playing. He was the head coach at his alma mater American Senior High School for several years, including the period 2010-2014. There are indications he coached other years as well, but this could not be confirmed. He led teams to the state tournament in 2010, 2013, and 2014 and won the state championship in 2014.

In 2017 Gutierrez joined the Cincinnati Reds organization as a bench coach for the Daytona Tortugas. He took over as interim manager on August 12th when manager Eli Marrero took a leave of absence for the remainder of the season. He managed the same team in 2018-2019. He was scheduled to manage the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19 and did manage the team in 2021.

Gutierrez moved to the Washington Nationals organization in 2022 as a Special Assistant to the Vice-President, International Operations.

His son Ricky Gutierrez Jr. was drafted by the Nationals in the 40th round of the 2012 amateur draft but went to college and played wide receiver for the Connecticut Huskies instead.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Won one World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 (he did not play in the World Series)

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2018 Daytona Tortugas Florida State League 69-66 6th (t) Cincinnati Reds Lost League Finals
2019 Daytona Tortugas Florida State League 66-68 7th Cincinnati Reds
2020 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Season cancelled
2021 Chattanooga Lookouts Double-A South 58-54 4th Cincinnati Reds

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