Mike Ferraro

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Michael Dennis Ferraro

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Biographical Information[edit]

After his playing career ended, third baseman Mike Ferraro was a minor league manager. He was in charge of the Oneonta Yankees (1974-1975), Fort Lauderdale Yankees (1976), West Haven Yankees (1977) and Tacoma Yankees (1978). He was a New York Yankees coach from 1979 to 1982. During the 1980 ALCS, he was the victim of one of owner George Steinbrenner's patented tirades when the Boss blamed him, as the Yankees' third base coach, for Willie Randolph having been thrown out at home plate during Game 2. Steinbrenner wanted to have Ferraro fired on the spot but just about everyone else who followed baseball jumped to Ferraro's defense. Yankee manager Dick Howser found the episode so distasteful that he resigned after the Series.

Ferraro took over as manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1983 but was replaced by Pat Corrales after just 100 games - Corrales had earlier been fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies with his team in first place, and the Indians' brass jumped at the chance to hire a "proven manager", leaving Ferraro holding the short end of the stick. In 1984, he joined the Kansas City Royals coaching staff, working again with Howser. He was with the team in its 1985 World Series victory, and took over the club for the second half of the 1986 season after skipper Howser was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Ferraro returned to the Yankees staff from 1987 to 1991, and also spent 1993 as a Baltimore Orioles coach.

Mike's cousin, Dave Ferraro, was elected to the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame in 1997; he won ten PBA titles, including the prestigious Firestone Tournament of Champions in 1990, was Player of the Year in 1992, and was the 17th PBA member to earn $1,000,000 in winnings. Dave Ferraro is also a member of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Preceded by
Dave Garcia
Cleveland Indians Manager
Succeeded by
Pat Corrales
Preceded by
Dick Howser
Kansas City Royals Manager
Succeeded by
Billy Gardner

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1974 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 53-16 1st New York Yankees none
1975 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 35-34 3rd New York Yankees none
1976 Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 77-62 3rd New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1977 West Haven Yankees Eastern League 86-52 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1978 Tacoma Yankees Pacific Coast League 80-57 1st New York Yankees League Co-Champs
1983 Cleveland Indians American League 40-60 -- Cleveland Indians replaced by Pat Corrales on July 31
1986 Kansas City Royals American League 36-38 3rd (t) Kansas City Royals replaced Dick Howser (40-48) on July 17

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