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Andy Etchebarren, who led York Revolution to two Atlantic League titles, dies at age 76

Andy Etchebarren, the manager who led the York Revolution to two Atlantic League championships, has died.

Etchebarren was 76. He death was first announced by the Revs and Major League Baseball.

“It is with great sorrow that we inform our fans of the passing of our beloved Andy Etchebarren,” the Revs posted on the team’s Twitter site on Saturday night. “Etch was the second manager in Revolution history and led the team to its first two (Atlantic League) championships. He will be missed by baseball fans everywhere.”

A former All-Star catcher with the Baltimore Orioles, Etchebarren became York’s manager during the 2009 season, replacing another ex-Orioles catcher, Chris Hoiles.

 

QLE Posted: October 07, 2019 at 01:03 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 07, 2019 at 01:21 AM (#5887259)
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: October 07, 2019 at 07:13 AM (#5887264)
Mossi...Etchebarren...who's No. 3?

RIP
   3. Bug Selig Posted: October 07, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5887343)
Karkovice would like a word.
   4. bachslunch Posted: October 07, 2019 at 02:08 PM (#5887397)
As would Willie McGee, Randy Johnson, Otis Nixon, Bartolo Colon, Ezequiel Astacio, and Mike Kruk.
   5. Itchy Row Posted: October 07, 2019 at 02:16 PM (#5887399)
It's too bad Bob Tufts was a normal-looking guy. I doubt Ginger Baker played much baseball growing up in London.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: October 07, 2019 at 02:29 PM (#5887408)
It's too bad Bob Tufts was a normal-looking guy.


Sure, if you can overlook the horns.

   7. Swoboda is freedom Posted: October 07, 2019 at 02:40 PM (#5887411)
Etchebarren is such a memorable name. Wasn't there a story of him saving a guy from drowning in a pool? Or was saved from drowning?
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: October 07, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5887415)
Wasn't there a story of him saving a guy from drowning in a pool?


Frank Robinson.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: October 07, 2019 at 05:20 PM (#5887538)
Unibrow Hall of Fame member.

in all those years, as you can see from his series of Topps baseball cards, apparently no one ever took him aside and said, "You know, Andy..."
   10. bachslunch Posted: October 07, 2019 at 05:57 PM (#5887553)
Etchebarren made two all-star teams early in his career — and did so despite having OPS+ of 89 and 83 (BAs of .221 and .215) in 1966 and 1967. He wasn’t the only Oriole on the squad, either.

He didn’t do so in 1968 despite having the best OPS+ of his career at 113 (he had a BA of .233, during the peak of the dead ball era).
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 07, 2019 at 06:06 PM (#5887558)
Wasn't there a story of him saving a guy from drowning in a pool?
Recounted in the article linked in # 1. Seems to have been well-liked by his teammates, too.
   12. DanG Posted: October 07, 2019 at 07:47 PM (#5887638)
Retired catchers similar to Etchebarren. Within 400 PA, 6 OPS+, and 3.3 WAR, past hundred years.

Player           WAROPS+   PA  RC Rfield From   To
Mike LaValliere  13.9   93 2871 306   46.1 1984 1995
Ellie Rodriguez  13.4   94 2622 258   12.0 1968 1976
Wes Westrum      13.3   94 2849 314   22.0 1947 1957
Ray Fosse        12.9   90 3228 325   
-3.8 1967 1979
Andy Etchebarren 10.8   88 2934 268   15.0 1962 1978
David Ross       10.2   94 2644 318   27.0 2002 2016
Dave Valle       10.0   86 3147 322   12.5 1984 1996
Frankie Pytlak    9.0   84 2718 311   21.0 1932 1946
Jason LaRue       8.8   84 3103 342   36.5 1999 2010
Joe Azcue         8.5   84 3095 285   16.0 1960 1972
Billy Sullivan    7.8   92 3130 384   
-6.0 1931 1947
Chad Kreuter      7.7   84 2932 318    0.1 1988 2003 
   13. Walt Davis Posted: October 07, 2019 at 11:44 PM (#5887759)
RIP

On of the more memorable names of my youth (not so memorable as a player). I traveled through Basque country a year ago ... can't say I picked up any language per se but read some translated fiction and picked up a smidgen of pronunciation. Etche (or Etxe) is Basque-sounding and, per Wiki, he is of Basque descent so score one for my limited language ability. Apparently a language of no known pedigree. (If memory serves, "etxe" on its own means home.) Apparently the last guy to bat against Koufax.
   14. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:17 AM (#5887830)
Etchebarren made two all-star teams early in his career — and did so despite having OPS+ of 89 and 83 (BAs of .221 and .215) in 1966 and 1967. He wasn’t the only Oriole on the squad, either.


In 1966, Etchebarren was a rookie catcher who was hitting .202 (!) with three homers at the All-Star break. And he made the All-Star team. There's gotta be a story behind that.
   15. bachslunch Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:29 AM (#5887859)
@14: BBRef has him hitting .249, though that still isn't terribly accomplished. He started the season on fire, though: BA of .393 as of April 23, and it remained over .300 from April 19 to May 3, gradually coming back down to earth as May/June/July progressed. It's likely a case of early season flash that stuck in the memory of whoever was picking the AL All-Star squad (wouldn't be the first example), plus having three catchers on the team. Etchebarren's batting game log for that year:

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.fcgi?id=etchean01&t=b&year=1966
   16. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:15 AM (#5887885)
@14: BBRef has him hitting .249, though that still isn't terribly accomplished.


My mistake - I was looking at his home/road splits.
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:33 AM (#5887893)
It's likely a case of early season flash that stuck in the memory of whoever was picking the AL All-Star squad (wouldn't be the first example)


Surprisingly, Ken Reitz was only an all-star one season (his "flirtation" with .400 year).

   18. Itchy Row Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:45 PM (#5887925)
The other AL all star catchers in 1966 were starter Bill Freehan (.248, 8 HR, 30 RBI in the 1st half) and Earl Battey (.280, 2 HR and 16 RBI.) Both had been in multiple all star games before that one.

The NL had starter Joe Torre (.286, 21 HR, 53 RBI), Tom Haller (.242, 19 HR, 45 RBI), and Tim McCarver (.265, 4 HR, 30 RBI).

For the season, the top five catchers by WAR were all in the NL.
   19. Kiko Sakata Posted: October 08, 2019 at 03:41 PM (#5888012)
In 1966, Etchebarren was a rookie catcher who was hitting .202 (!) with three homers at the All-Star break. And he made the All-Star team. There's gotta be a story behind that.


I don't know the story, but the Orioles were 58-29 at the break with an 8-game lead in the AL on the way to the first pennant in Orioles history (second pennant in franchise history after the 1944 Browns, who were a fluke war-time team) with an incredibly young pitching staff (their top 3 starters were 23, 20, and 21). I could see folks extrapolating that the young catcher was working wonders with the young pitchers and deserved a lot of credit for that. That, and the lack of a lot of better catching options in the AL per #18.
   20. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 04:00 PM (#5888023)
Etche (or Etxe) is Basque-sounding and, per Wiki, he is of Basque descent so score one for my limited language ability. Apparently a language of no known pedigree.

I'm thinking Etchebarren is a variant of Hechevarria, when you consider how similar names might have been spoken and then recorded at Ellis Island. There are other surnames that invite this kind of question.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 04:04 PM (#5888024)
I'm thinking Etchebarren is a variant of Hechevarria,
Has anybody ever seen Andy Etchebarren and Adeiny Hechavarria in the same room??
   22. Walt Davis Posted: October 08, 2019 at 06:16 PM (#5888078)
The Basque-English online dictionary translates "etxebarren" as "in the house" ... which is cool. "Etxevarria" translates as "housewife" ... also an interesting surname. "Hechavarria" translates as "unpleasant;" "hetxevarria" is "welcome;" "hetxavarria" translates as "hustle" ... I've got my doubts about that translation but clearly a good one for an athlete. Somehow "hetxebarren" is "in Hazarebar" ... but there seems to be no such place. "Hetxabarren" translates as "hababar" with an accent over the first a which means it doesn't even translate as English ... or any other language near as I can tell.

In the tradition of not speaking ill of the deceased, I say we go with "Andy in the House!" over "Andy the Unpleasant."
   23. Itchy Row Posted: October 08, 2019 at 06:26 PM (#5888082)
Ancestry.com says there was one Etchebarren family in the US in 1920. They were in Utah.

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