Duffy Dyer

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Don Robert Dyer

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Biographical Information[edit]

Don "Duffy" Dyer was one of a large group of solid major leaguers to come out of Arizona State University in the 1960s. He attended Cortez High School in Phoenix, AZ where he was the quarterback of the football team, as well as playing basketball and baseball. Dyer put in several years in the 1970s as a backup catcher to Jerry Grote with the New York Mets from 1968 to 1974 and to Manny Sanguillen and Ed Ott with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1975 to 1978. An excellent fielder, he could also hit with occasional power. Dyer also played with the Montreal Expos, where he backed up Gary Carter in 1979, and the Detroit Tigers, where the starting catcher was Lance Parrish in 1980 and 1981.

He hit his first major league homer as a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning of the first game in the history of the Expos, playing for the Mets on April 8, 1969. He caught John Candelaria's no-hitter on August 9, 1976 and led National League catchers in fielding percentage in 1977.

Dyer was the bullpen coach for the Chicago Cubs in 1983. He then managed in the Minnesota Twins chain in 1984-1985 and for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986 to 1988. He was the Milwaukee Brewers' third base coach from 1989 to 1995, then a coach for the Oakland A's from 1996 to 1998. He returned to managing with the Bluefield Orioles in 1999-2000 and in independent ball in 2001-2002. Dyer scouted for the New York Mets in 2003-2004 and returned to the field as manager of the Erie SeaWolves in 2005-2006. After the 2007 season, Dyer was named minor league catching coordinator for the San Diego Padres.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1984 Kenosha Twins Midwest League 70-68 6th Minnesota Twins
1985 Kenosha Twins Midwest League 76-60 3rd Minnesota Twins League Champs
1986 El Paso Diablos Texas League 85-50 1st Milwaukee Brewers League Champs
1987 El Paso Diablos Texas League 75-59 2nd Milwaukee Brewers Lost in 1st round
1988 Denver Zephyrs American Association 72-69 5th Milwaukee Brewers
1999 Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League 25-43 8th Baltimore Orioles
2000 Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League 31-32 7th Baltimore Orioles
2001 Bridgeport Bluefish Atlantic League 66-60 4th Independent Leagues
2002 Bridgeport Bluefish Atlantic League 71-55 3rd Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2005 Erie SeaWolves Eastern League 63-79 11th (t) Detroit Tigers
2006 Erie SeaWolves Eastern League 60-81 12th Detroit Tigers

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