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Monday, August 28, 2023

Former MLB manager, coach, catcher Pat Corrales dies at age 82

Corrales was a backup catcher with four teams over a nine-year career in the majors, but he was more notable as MLB’s first manager of Mexican-American descent when he took over the Rangers for the final game of 1978 season.

Corrales was fired by the Phillies in 1983, even though the team was tied for first place in the NL East. General manager Paul Owens replaced Corrales and guided the Phillies to the World Series, where they lost to the Baltimore Orioles in five games.

Corrales’ managed the Rangers for two full seasons after his one-game interim stint, finishing with a record of 160-164 in Arlington.

He was hired as the Phillies manager in 1982, going 89-73 in his only full season with the team. Corrales was let go with Philadelphia at 43-42 the following year, but he wasn’t out of work for long.

Finishing out the season as Cleveland’s manager, he would guide the AL team then known as the Indians over five seasons. After a 102-loss campaign in 1985, Cleveland bounced back to an 84-78 mark the following year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2023 at 10:41 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: August 29, 2023 at 04:23 PM (#6139887)
I thought of Corrales just the other day for the Immaculate Grid. (I guessed wrong.) He was the Erik Kratz (or whoever) of my youth and you always got 3 Corrales cards per pack (I swear to God). As a manager, he got saddled with 1.5 seasons with terrible Cle teams but otherwise kept his teams around 500.

Anyway, Corrales is a name I'll always remember from my baseball youth, sorry to see him go.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 29, 2023 at 05:27 PM (#6139904)
always got 3 Corrales cards per pack

Well his 1973 card is pretty epic, and I've always wondered is that a shadow, blood covering his thigh from getting spiked in this slide, or what?
   3. BDC Posted: August 29, 2023 at 05:36 PM (#6139909)
Closest complete careers to Donaldson, by PAs and OPS+. Interesting that the top four defensively were all MVPs. Two active players would be on the list – Christian Yelich and José Abreu – and they too were MVPs.

Player             dWAR   PA OPSRbaser  HR  RBI   BA      Pos
Jackie Robinson    10.3 5941  133     32 141  761 .313 4537H6
Buster Posey        9.8 5607  129     
-2 158  729 .302     23HD
Josh Donaldson      6.0 5787  130      5 276  805 .262 5DH2
Roger Maris        
-1.6 5847  127     19 275  850 .260    *98H7
Sid Gordon         
-4.5 5814  129      1 202  805 .283 759H3/84
Bob Allison        
-5.3 5924  127      6 256  796 .255    9783H
Hal Trosky         
-8.0 5750  130      2 228 1012 .302    *3H/4
John Titus         
-8.5 5843  128    -11  38  564 .282    *97H8
Richie Zisk        
-9.2 5737  127    -14 207  792 .287     9D7H
Topsy Hartsel      
-9.8 5842  128     -3  31  341 .276    7O8H9
Danny Tartabull   
-18.4 5842  133    -12 262  925 .273 9DH467/

Provided by View Stathead Tool Used
Generated 8/29/2023.
   4. BDC Posted: August 29, 2023 at 07:34 PM (#6139930)
Hmmn, wrong thread. I can't edit it now.

But I can make up by saying RIP, Pat Corrales. The 1982 Phillies were one of my favorite teams. Corrales was notorious for being fired and then seeing the 1983 Phillies win a pennant, but he was a big part of keeping them in contention a bit past the time they had any business still being in it.

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