Jerry Manuel

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Biographical Information[edit]

Manager Jerry Manuel led the Chicago White Sox for six seasons. In 2000, the club won the AL Central division title, and the team finished in second place four times in his tenure. However, the Sox were considered underachievers, and he was fired following the 2003 season.

Manuel was a coach for the Indianapolis Indians in 1986-1987. He has also been a scout and held coaching positions with the Montreal Expos (1991-1996), Florida Marlins (1997), and the New York Mets (2006-2007). Before being hired by the White Sox, Manuel was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays managerial opening that was instead given to fellow Florida Marlins coach Larry Rothschild. Manuel was named interim manager of the New York Mets on June 17, 2008, taking over for the fired Willie Randolph. He was rapidly confirmed as permanent manager, as the Mets improved significantly under his guidance, but as had happened the previous season, the team played poorly down the stretch, was overtaken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East, and lost out to the Milwaukee Brewers on the last day of the season for the wild card. The Mets started off well in 2009, but the season was derailed by injuries to key players such as Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and they fell out of contention. Then, things went from bad to worse as 3B David Wright and pitcher Johan Santana joined the ranks of the disabled in August, leaving the Mets but a shell of the team that had started the season. Manuel stayed on for another season, in 2010, but the Mets also went nowhere that year, finishing in 4th place with 79 wins while never being in contention. Manuel was let go after the season.

In 1989, he played for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association and hit .301 in 50 games.

On April 9, 2014, Manuel was appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig as head of Major League Baseball's diversity task force, established exactly a year earlier to look at the issue of declining numbers of African-Americans active in the major leagues. Working under take force chairman Dave Dombrowski, GM of the Detroit Tigers, Manuel was put in charge of implementing the three main recommendations that came out of the task force: expanding MLB support for existing programs aimed at developing baseball in inner cities; launching program to improve the quality of coaching available to young African-American players; and raising its profile in inner cities by engaging current and past stars in outreach programs directed at the African-American community.

His son, Anthony Manuel, is a former minor league second baseman, and his nephew, Marcellous Manuel, is a former minor league outfielder. He was the father-in-law of Rondell White.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Terry Bevington
Chicago White Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Ozzie Guillen
Preceded by
Willie Randolph
New York Mets Manager
Succeeded by
Terry Collins

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1990 Jacksonville Expos Southern League 84-60 1st Montreal Expos Lost in 1st round
1991 Indianapolis Indians American Association 29-22 -- Montreal Expos replaced by Pat Kelly (46-46) on June 3
1998 Chicago White Sox American League 80-82 2nd Chicago White Sox
1999 Chicago White Sox American League 75-86 2nd Chicago White Sox
2000 Chicago White Sox American League 95-67 1st Chicago White Sox Lost ALDS
2001 Chicago White Sox American League 83-79 3rd Chicago White Sox
2002 Chicago White Sox American League 81-81 2nd Chicago White Sox
2003 Chicago White Sox American League 86-76 2nd Chicago White Sox
2008 New York Mets National League 55-38 2nd New York Mets replaced Willie Randolph (34-35) on June 17
2009 New York Mets National League 70-92 4th New York Mets
2010 New York Mets National League 79-83 4th New York Mets

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