Billy-Ball Daily: 2008-8-20

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck

Here’s a managers’ special edition for you.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Speaking of managers…

* Joe Maddon was a part of the Angels organization for 31 years. Maddon is a former minor league catcher. The baseball field at Hazleton (PA) High School was re-named “Joe Maddon Field” in 2003.
* Dodger manager Joe Torre is a former catcher who hit the first home run given up by Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan in September, 1966.
* Reds manager Dusty Baker had a career batting average of .347 with 5 homers and 20 RBI against Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.
* The last two batters Bud Black, manager of the Padres, faced to end his major league career (with the Indians) were Jay Buhner and Darren Bragg of the Seattle Mariners. They followed the Tino Martinez grand slam homer that was the last hit Bud surrendered. Black was born to Canadian parents in Southern California.
* A number of major league managers were born outside the U.S.:
o Bruce Bochy, the Giants manager, was born in Landes De Bussac, France which is located near Bordeaux. Bochy is one of eight major leaguers born in France, but he is the one with the most career homers, 26.
o Ron Gardenhire, the Twins manager, was born in Butzbach, West Germany. A total of 13 players were born in West Germany, but only one manager.
o Fredi Gonzalez, the Marlins manager, was born in Havana, Cuba. Like so many managers, Gonzalez was a catcher spending six years in the New York Yankees’ farm system. He advanced as high as Double-A.
o Manny Acta, the Nationals manager, was born in San Pedro de Macor