Pat Kelly (kellypa02)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pat Kelly played three games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980, going 2 for 7 and striking out twice. He then went on to a long career as a minor league manager.

In 1989, Kelly played for the Bradenton Explorers of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He batted .316 in 21 games. In 1990, he played for the Florida Tropics, also of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He played in 17 games and was batting .328 when the league folded.

Kelly was a coach for the GCL White Sox (1984) and Glens Falls White Sox (1985). Later, he was a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays (2001-2002) and Atlanta Braves (2006). In 2007, Kelly became the director of Florida on-field operations for the Cincinnati Reds. On July 3rd, he was named the team's bench coach following the departure of Bucky Dent, two days after the firing of manager Jerry Narron.

Kelly's brother, Mike Kelly, was an outfielder in the Toronto Blue Jays chain. His son, Casey Kelly, was drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox and made his major league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2012.

In the winter of 2016-17, he was the manager of the Tigres del Licey in the Venezuelan League, but the stint ended in ignominy when on January 5, 2017, he came to the mound in the 8th inning to replace P Rafael Soriano without having checked that a reliever was warmed up. He was forced to replace Soriano with a cold Leyson Septimo, who went on to cough up the lead and lose the game against arch-rivals Águilas del Zulia in a key game. He was fired the next day.

Kelly was scheduled to manage the Louisville Bats in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19. He did manage the Bats in 2021.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1986 Charleston Rainbows South Atlantic League 63-69 6th San Diego Padres
1987 Reno Padres California League 76-66 5th San Diego Padres
1988 Wichita Pilots Texas League 60-76 8th San Diego Padres
1989 Wichita Wranglers Texas League 73-63 3rd (t) San Diego Padres Lost League Finals
1990 Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League 58-86 10th San Diego Padres
1991 Rockford Expos Midwest League 27-21 -- Montreal Expos replaced by Rich Dubee (1-1) on June 3
Indianapolis Indians American Association 46-46 4th Montreal Expos replaced Jerry Manuel (29-22) on June 3
1992 Indianapolis Indians American Association 83-61 2nd Montreal Expos
1993 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League 72-69 4th Cincinnati Reds
1994 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League 67-73 6th Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
1995 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League 61-80 10th Montreal Expos
1996 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League 74-68 4th Montreal Expos League Champs
1997 Ottawa Lynx International League 54-86 10th Montreal Expos
1998 Ottawa Lynx International League 69-74 10th Montreal Expos
1999 Syracuse Sky Chiefs International League 73-71 8th Toronto Blue Jays
2000 Syracuse Sky Chiefs International League 15-19 -- Toronto Blue Jays replaced by Omar Malave on May 17
2003 Richmond Braves International League 64-79 13th Atlanta Braves
2004 Richmond Braves International League 79-62 2nd Atlanta Braves Lost League Finals
2005 Richmond Braves International League 56-88 14th Atlanta Braves
2007 Sarasota Reds Florida State League Cincinnati Reds replaced Rick Burleson /
replaced by Joe Ayrault
GCL Reds Gulf Coast League -- Cincinnati Reds replaced by Ron Ortegon / Rick Burleson on July 4
2008 GCL Reds Gulf Coast League 25-31 14th Cincinnati Reds
2009 GCL Reds Gulf Coast League 28-27 8th Cincinnati Reds
2010 Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League 61-77 7th Cincinnati Reds
2011 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 44-32 2nd Cincinnati Reds
2012 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 42-34 3rd Cincinnati Reds
2013 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 28-46 8th Cincinnati Reds
2014 Bakersfield Blaze California League 78-62 2nd(t) Cincinnati Reds Lost in 2nd round
2015 Pensacola Blue Wahoos Southern League 63-75 8th Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
2016 Pensacola Blue Wahoos Southern League 81-59 2nd Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
2017 Pensacola Blue Wahoos Southern League 74-66 3rd Cincinnati Reds League Co-Champs
2018 Louisville Bats International League 4-6 -- Cincinnati Reds Replaced by Dick Schofield on April 19
2019 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League 61-75 8th Cincinnati Reds
2020 Louisville Bats International League Season cancelled
2021 Louisville Bats Triple-A East 51-68 15th Cincinnati Reds 4-5
2022 Louisville Bats International League 60-90 19th Cincinnati Reds
2023 Louisville Bats International League Cincinnati Reds

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