Saturday’s Den: Playing careers of current NL managers……

Playing careers of current National League managers:
Torey Lovullo, Arizona:
— Once a highly-touted prospect, Lovullo played eight years in the majors for seven different teams. He played 116 games for the Angels, the most of any team.
— Hit .224 in 837 plate appearances.
— Played every position but catcher and CF, but mostly played 2B.

Brian Snitker, Braves:
— Never played in majors, managed 23 years in the minors.
— Hit .254 in 780 minor league at-bats, in four years in the Braves organization.
— Was a catcher who also played some 1B.

David Ross, Cubs:
— Rookie manager hit .229 in a 15-year major league career as a catcher.
— Played for seven major league teams, won a World Series with the Cubs in his last season.
— Played in 254 games for the Reds, the most of any team.

David Bell, Reds:
— His father and grandfather also played in the major leagues.
— Played 12 years in majors for six different teams, hitting .257.
— Hit .282 in 117 post-season at-bats.
— Played mostly for the Phillies and Mariners; he played all over the IF, mostly at 3B.

Bud Black, Rockies:
— Pitched in majors for 15 years, going 121-116 in 398 games (296 starts).
— Pitched mostly for the Royals (56-57 in 128 starts)
— Won 10+ games eight times, went 17-12 in 1984.

Dave Roberts, Dodgers:
— Played 10 years in the majors for five different teams, hitting .266.
— His one year in Boston was memorable, helping the Red Sox break the Curse of the Bambino in 2004.
— Played mostly with the Dodgers/Padres; he was an OF.
— Five guys named Dave Roberts have played in the major leagues.

Don Mattingly, Marlins:
— Played whole 14-year career in the Bronx, batting .307 with an .830 career OPS.
— 6-time All-Star won the MVP in 1985.
— Led AL in doubles every year from 1994-96, hitting 44-48-53 doubles.

Craig Counsell, Brewers:
— Hit .255 in a 16-year career with five different teams.
— Was MVP of the 2001 NLCS while playing for Arizona.
— Played all over the infield, mostly in middle infield.

Luis Rojas, Mets:
— 38-year old rookie manager has been a coach in Mets’ organization since 2007.
— Went 549-469 in eight years as a minor league skipper.
— He is Felipe Alou’s son, Moises Alou’s half-brother.

Joe Girardi, Phillies:
— Played for four teams in a 15-year catching career, making the 2000 All-Star Game
— Hit .267 for his career, half of which was spent with the Cubs.
— Hit .184 in 114 postseason at-bats, but did win three rings in the Bronx.

Derek Shelton, Pirates:
— Hit .341 in 46 minor league games as a catcher in the Bronx organization.
— Was a hitting coach for Cleveland/Tampa Bay for 12 years, was then a quality control coach for Toronto, then a bench coach for the Twins.
— Managed in the minors from 2000-02, winning 62% of his games.

Mike Shildt, Cardinals:
— Was a high school coach, then an assistant coach at NC-Charlotte for five years.
— Was a general major league scout for three years before the Cardinals hired him as a minor league coach.
— Went 603-531 in ten years as a minor league manager.

Jayce Tingler, Padres:
— Rookie manager played four years in the minors, getting as high as Double-A.
— Has served in a variety of positions, from minor league manager to field coordinator to assistant GM to player development coordinator, mostly with the Texas Rangers.
—- Hit .271 in 1,477 AB’s as a minor league OF, with only three homers.

Gabe Kapler, Giants:
— Hit .268 in a 12-year major league career with six different teams.
— Went 3-27 in 15 career playoff games.
— Made one of the best catches I’ve ever seen at Dodger Stadium in 2008, robbing Russell Martin of a homer and costing me my fantasy league championship. 🙁

Dave Martinez, Nationals:
— Played for nine different teams in a 16-year major league career as an OF.
— Hit .276 for his career, with 91 career homers.
— Played mostly for Montreal/White Sox; never played more than four years with any team.

TV highlight of the day: Solid movie night- The Hangover, Lost in Translation, The Natural. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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