Rene Lachemann

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Rene George Lachemann

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Biographical Information[edit]

The brother of Marcel Lachemann and Bill Lachemann, former catcher Rene Lachemann has been a longtime big league manager and coach.

Most of his major league at-bats came with the Kansas City Athletics in 1965, when he was age 20. He was the # 2 catcher on the team behind 26-year-old Billy Bryan. Lachemann hit .227 on a team which hit .240, and showed notable power with 9 home runs, good for fifth on the team even though he had only 216 at-bats. He was not the youngest player on the team, however, as there were several 19-year-olds, including Catfish Hunter.

Rene played in the minors through 1972. From 1969 to 1972 he was a teammate of his brother Marcel, who was a pitcher, with the Iowa Oaks.

After his playing career ended, he spent several seasons as a minor league manager. He was skipper of the Seattle Mariners from 1981 to 1983 and managed the Milwaukee Brewers in 1984. In 1985 and 1986, he was a Boston Red Sox coach, and he was a member of the Oakland Athletics staff from 1987 to 1992.

Lachemann took over as manager of the expansion Florida Marlins and remained with the team until 1996. While with the Marlins, his brother Marcel was his pitching coach in 1993 and part of 1994. Rene was the St. Louis Cardinals third base coach from 1997 to 1999, and he spent the next three seasons as a Chicago Cubs bench coach (2000-2002). He returned to the Mariners as a coach in 2003 and 2004, and from 2005 to 2007, Lachemann was a member of the Oakland Athletics coaching staff. In 2008 he became the hitting coach of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, a position he held until 2012. In 2013, he was named the first base coach of the Colorado Rockies, then in 2014 gave up that position in favor of that of catching and defensive positioning coach.

Preceded by
Maury Wills
Seattle Mariners Manager
Succeeded by
Del Crandall
Preceded by
Harvey Kuenn
Milwaukee Brewers Manager
Succeeded by
George Bamberger
Preceded by
Florida Marlins Manager
Succeeded by
Cookie Rojas

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1973 Burlington Bees Midwest League 54-64 8th Oakland Athletics
1974 Burlington Bees Midwest League 61-59 6th Oakland Athletics
1975 Modesto A's California League 68-72 4th Oakland Athletics
1976 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League 70-68 4th Oakland Athletics Lost in 1st round
1977 San Jose Missions Pacific Coast League 64-80 7th Oakland Athletics
1978 San Jose Missions Pacific Coast League 53-87 8th Seattle Mariners
1979 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 68-79 9th Seattle Mariners
1980 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 60-80 8th Seattle Mariners
1981 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 11-9 -- Seattle Mariners replaced by Ken Pape on May 6
Seattle Mariners American League 38-47 6th Seattle Mariners replaced Maury Wills (6-18) on May 6
1982 Seattle Mariners American League 76-86 4th Seattle Mariners
1983 Seattle Mariners American League 26-47 -- Seattle Mariners replaced by Del Crandall on June 25
1984 Milwaukee Brewers American League 67-94 7th Milwaukee Brewers
1993 Florida Marlins National League 64-98 6th Florida Marlins
1994 Florida Marlins National League 51-64 5th Florida Marlins
1995 Florida Marlins National League 67-76 4th Florida Marlins
1996 Florida Marlins National League 39-47 -- Florida Marlins replaced by Cookie Rojas on July 7
2002 Chicago Cubs National League 0-1 -- Chicago Cubs interim between Don Baylor (34-49) and
Bruce Kimm on July 5

Further Reading[edit]

  • Thomas Harding: "Monotony has no chance against Lachemann: Baseball lifer uses wit, experience to cut through repetitiveness of camp",, March 11, 2016. [1]
  • Norm King: "Rene Lachemann", in Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy, ed.: The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game 6, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016. pp. 278-282. ISBN 978-1-943816-19-4

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