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How pitching coaches have fared as managers

Joe Kerrigan’s tenure as Red Sox manager lasted just 43 games after he was promoted from pitching coach to the big seat after Jimy Williams’ departure in 2001.

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Joe Kerrigan’s tenure as Red Sox manager lasted just 43 games after he was promoted from pitching coach to the big seat after Jimy Williams’ departure in 2001.

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:

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ManagerYear(s)Team(s)RecordNotes
Clyde King1969-70, 1974-75, 1982Giants, Braves, Yankees234-229 Won 90 games his first year, good for second place. Never managed a full season after that.
Bob Lemon1970-72, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1981-82Royals, White Sox, Yankees430-403Led Yankees to 1978 title after midseason takeover, and again to 1981 pennant.
Jeff Torborg1977-79, 1989-91, 1992-93, 2001, 2002-03Indians, White Sox, Mets, Expos, Marlins634-718Never finished higher than second. The 2003 Marlins went on to win World Series after his dismissal.
Roger Craig1978-79, 1985-92Padres, Giants738-737Led Giants to NL pennant in 1989, also won NL West in ’87.
Ray Miller1985-86, 1998-99Twins, Orioles266-297Never had a record above .500 in any of his four seasons.
Marcel Lachemann1994-96Angels161-170

Finished one game out of playoff spot in 1995. Was under. 500 other two seasons.

Phil Regan1995Orioles71-73A year after he left, Orioles made first of two straight trips to ALCS.
Larry Rothschild1998-2001Devil Rays205-294Failed to win 70 games in any season. Fired 14 games into 2001 campaign.
Joe Kerrigan 2001Red Sox17-26Infighting and negativity (including a nine-game losing streak) marked his short tenure.
Bud Black2007-presentPadres  464-509Has finished under .500 in four of six seasons. Yet to make playoffs.
John Farrell2011-12Blue Jays154-170Finished in fourth place both years before being hired by Red Sox.

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