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How pitching coaches have fared as managers

It’s relatively rare for pitching coaches like John Farrell to make the transition to the manager’s chair. And the ones who did generally struggled to find success. A look at how some of the pitching coaches who have become managers have fared in the modern era:

Manager Year(s) Team(s) Record Notes
Clyde King 1969-70, 1974-75, 1982 Giants, Braves, Yankees 234-229 Won 90 games his first year, good for second place. Never managed a full season after that.
Bob Lemon 1970-72, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1981-82 Royals, White Sox, Yankees 430-403 Led Yankees to 1978 title after midseason takeover, and again to 1981 pennant.
Jeff Torborg 1977-79, 1989-91, 1992-93, 2001, 2002-03 Indians, White Sox, Mets, Expos, Marlins 634-718 Never finished higher than second. The 2003 Marlins went on to win World Series after his dismissal.
Roger Craig 1978-79, 1985-92 Padres, Giants 738-737 Led Giants to NL pennant in 1989, also won NL West in ’87.
Ray Miller 1985-86, 1998-99 Twins, Orioles 266-297 Never had a record above .500 in any of his four seasons.
Marcel Lachemann 1994-96 Angels 161-170 Finished one game out of playoff spot in 1995. Was under. 500 other two seasons.
Phil Regan 1995 Orioles 71-73 A year after he left, Orioles made first of two straight trips to ALCS.
Larry Rothschild 1998-2001 Devil Rays 205-294 Failed to win 70 games in any season. Fired 14 games into 2001 campaign.
Joe Kerrigan  2001 Red Sox 17-26 Infighting and negativity (including a nine-game losing streak) marked his short tenure.
Bud Black 2007-present Padres   464-509 Has finished under .500 in four of six seasons. Yet to make playoffs.
John Farrell 2011-12 Blue Jays 154-170 Finished in fourth place both years before being hired by Red Sox.

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