Gary Allenson

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Gary Martin Allenson
(Hardrock or Muggsy)

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Biographical Information[edit]


Catcher Gary Allenson was selected in the ninth round of the 1976 amateur draft, having helped Team USA to a Silver Medal in the 1975 Pan American Games. He was the International League MVP in 1978, when he hit .299 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI with the Pawtucket Red Sox. He played parts of seven seasons in the majors, primarily with the Red Sox, but was never able to fill the void left by Carlton Fisk when he departed for the Chicago White Sox in free agency. He became a spare catcher after a rough 1982 season, and finished his career up North with Toronto in 1985. In 1989, Allenson played for the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .340 in 43 games with the club. In 1990, he was with the Sun City Rays for the circuit's second season. He batted .313 in 10 games before the league folded.

Since his playing career ended, Allenson has been a major league coach and minor league manager. He managed the AA New Britain Red Sox in 1991 and was a Red Sox coach from 1992 to 1994 and a member of the Milwaukee Brewers staff from 2000 to 2002. After that, he managed the Bluefield Orioles in 2006 and the Norfolk Tides from 2007 to 2010.

On June 4, 2010, Allenson was brought up to Baltimore Orioles as a result of the firing of manager Dave Trembley. He took over for Juan Samuel as third base coach, while Samuel became the team's interim manager. He returned to Norfolk for 2011 and skippered the Aberdeen IronBirds before flying the Orioles coop to manage in the Toronto Blue Jays chain. From 2013 to 2017, he alternated managing their Double A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and their Triple A outfit, the Buffalo Bisons.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1987 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 41-34 5th New York Yankees
1988 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 48-28 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1989 Lynchburg Red Sox Carolina League 70-66 5th Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1990 Lynchburg Red Sox Carolina League 58-80 6th Boston Red Sox
1991 New Britain Red Sox Eastern League 47-93 8th Boston Red Sox
1996 Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League 63-78 10th Texas Rangers
1997 Jackson Generals Texas League 66-73 5th Houston Astros
1998 Louisville Redbirds International League 77-67 5th Milwaukee Brewers Lost in 1st round
1999 Louisville RiverBats International League 63-81 11th Milwaukee Brewers
2003 Ottawa Lynx International League 79-65 3rd Baltimore Orioles Lost in 1st round
2005 Carolina Mudcats Southern League 77-57 3rd Florida Marlins Lost in 1st round
2006 Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League 31-37 8th Baltimore Orioles
2007 Norfolk Tides International League 69-74 9th Baltimore Orioles
2008 Norfolk Tides International League 64-78 11th Baltimore Orioles
2009 Norfolk Tides International League 71-71 7th Baltimore Orioles
2010 Norfolk Tides International League 24-31 -- Baltimore Orioles replaced by Bobby Dickerson on June 4
2011 Norfolk Tides International League 56-87 13th Baltimore Orioles
2012 Aberdeen IronBirds New York-Penn League 28-48 14th Baltimore Orioles
2013 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League 68-72 7th Toronto Blue Jays
2014 Buffalo Bisons International League 77-66 4th Toronto Blue Jays
2015 Buffalo Bisons International League 68-76 9th Toronto Blue Jays
2016 Buffalo Bisons International League 66-78 9th Toronto Blue Jays
2017 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League 59-80 12th Toronto Blue Jays
22 Seasons 1311-1443 1 League Championship

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